November 24, 2014

Champions League 2014/15 - Referee Appointments - Matchday 5 (Wednesday)

Viktor Kassai has been assigned to take charge of Arsenal FC - Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday in form of UEFA Champions League's matchday 5, being observed by UEFA Chief Refereeing Officer Pierluigi Collina. Meanwhile, Wolfgang Stark will have his farewell match in Estadio Vicente Calderón taking charge of Atlético - Olympiakos, which will be his 51st UEFA Champions League tie. The full appointments will follow in a couple of moments.

26/11/2014, 20:45 CET 
Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid (ESP)
Atlético Madrid - Olympiakos (A)
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mike Pickel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Christian Dingert (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Siebert (GER)
Fourth Official: Robert Kempter (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Levan Paniashvili (GEO)
UEFA Delegate: Mike Foster (ENG)
Blog Referee Observer: TBD

26/11/2014, 20:45 CET 
Malmo New Stadium, Malmö (SWE)
Malmö FF - Juventus Turin (A)
Referee: Pedro Proença (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bertino Miranda (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tiago Trigo (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Duarte Gomes (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: João Capela (POR)
Fourth Official: Paulo Santos Soares (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sergey Zuev (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Zoran Cvrk (CRO)
Blog Referee Observer: Nikitas (GRE)

26/11/2014, 20:45 CET 
St. Jakob-Park, Basel (SUI)
FC Basel - Real Madrid (B)
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Milovan Ristić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Dalibor Djurdjević (SRB)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Danilo Grujić (SRB)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Dejan Filipović (SRB)
Fourth Official: Vladimir Jovanović (SRB)
UEFA Referee Observer: Hans Reijgwart (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Armen Minasyan (ARM)
Blog Referee Observer: Maxi R (GER)

26/11/2014, 20:45 CET 
Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski, Sofia (BUL)
Ludogorets - Liverpool FC (B)
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Pau Cebrián Devis (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Díaz Pérez Del Palomar (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)
Fourth Official: Raúl Cabañero Martínez (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stefano Farina (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Michael Kirchner (GER)
Blog Referee Observer: Howard M. (GER)

26/11/2014, 18:00 CET 
Stadion Petrovskiy, St Petersburg (RUS)
Zenit St Petersburg - SL Benfica (C)
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Renato Faverani (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrea Stefani (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Luca Banti (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Antonio Damato (ITA)
Fourth Official: Alessandro Costanzo (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Zbigniew Przesmycki (POL)
UEFA Delegate: Orkhan Huseynzade (AZE)
Blog Referee Observer: Yuliyan (BUL)

26/11/2014, 20:45 CET 
BayArena, Leverkusen (GER)
Bayer Leverkusen - AS Monaco (C)
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Marco Guida (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Davide Massa (ITA)
Fourth Official: Matteo Passeri (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: William Young (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Jacques Antenen (SUI)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)

26/11/2014, 20:45 CET 
Emirates Stadium, London (ENG)
Arsenal FC - Borussia Dortmund
Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: György Ring (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Vencel Tóth (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tamás Bognar (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Mihaly Fabián (HUN)
Fourth Official: Robert Kispál (HUN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Pierluigi Collina (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Karl-Erik Nilsson (SWE)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

26/11/2014, 20:45 CET 
Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, Brussels (BEL)
RSC Anderlecht - Galatasaray
Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomislav Petrović (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Miro Grgić (CRO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Domagoj Vučkov (CRO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Goran Gabrilo (CRO)
Fourth Official: Dalibor Conjar (CRO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Francesco Bianchi (SUI)
UEFA Delegate: David Roger Griffiths (WAL)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)


  1. Collina Observer of Kassai.
    And Collina always with Matéu.
    Two nonsenses.

  2. In my opinion, Kassai and Mateu are two of the best referees in the Uefa List.

  3. Stark equals Lubos Michel with 51 CL appearences. Is there any referee with more?

    1. Kim Milton Nielsen had 59.

  4. Is Zenit - Benfica the last international match for Faverani and Stefani?

    1. I'm not sure because in MD6 Orsato could get Champions League and in this case I think that both Faverani and Stefani would be appointed again!
      Nevertheless, if not the last, this is surely the second-last.

    2. It would be nice to end their career with Rizzoli rather than Orsato :)

    3. Is Stark today evening last international match in Madrid?

  5. Funny how Rizzolis AAR clearly ejected a situation with his arms at 89 min.

  6. I fear Ring made a crucial mistake just after 80 seconds. Arsenal's 1:0 appeared offside to me.

    1. Yes, it was most likely offside.

    2. Good performance by team Kassai in the first half, in not an easy match. I think that's very borderline offside situation and if we follow the UEFA-instructions, acceptable decision by Ring.

  7. Tagliavento "missed" or rather decided to not give a YC against LEV #26 in 12'. Absolutely not understandable. At least reckless tackle, yellow / orange for me and he chose to warn the player.

    1. Next missed orange card for an ellbow check (37')

      Very less acceptance under the players.

    2. His foul detection is more than clumsy, he still has not spotted the pair #5 LEV and #7 MON.. At least YC for #7 MON after illegal use of arms in an air duel in 37'. Seems to be not focused.

    3. Furthermore he does not control his temperament that much. Very offensive and annoyed body language. A style for which I can find very little sympathy. And it just did not work so far.

    4. You're right. He appears to be bored by "the stupidity of the players".. Not very professional I understand.

    5. After nearly every whistle many players critizise him. Absolutely no acceptance. No YC - I am wondering.

      Very bad performance by Tagliavento (especially disciplinary control + personality)

    6. Did you watch the match or you are talking just to defend the referee in question?

  8. A controversial situation in Bebek match in 22': foul outside or inside the box? It happened in AAR1 vicinity and the final decision was free kick, but I think it was inside...

  9. Proenca has a very inconsistent level in my opinion. Didn't call a couple of clear free kicks but has a called some soft ones.

    1. I think he missed a YC right now (30') for a reckless challenge.

    2. It has been a bit strange. Some yes others no, not sure there is a method to it. He has been consistently inconsistent. Finally the first yellow card at 85' but other than the 30' decision not too much yellow worthy

  10. Too mistakes of Kassai and Co. at Arsenal-Borussia.
    Offside in the goal.

  11. Chedjou from Galatasaray was booked in the added time of first half by Bebek because he made an offensive gesture against AR1, like "you should wear glasses".
    I think that this could be even punished by a straight red card, if a referee is strict.

    1. In the German Bundesliga, an identical case was correctly evaluated. RC (Frankfurt - Stuttgart).

    2. In the LOTG this gesture is evaluated as unsporting behaviour and recommendations from ref committee is yellow card

    3. Red card always

    4. Anonymous1/12/14 00:07

      RAP 2013:2. Clip C7. Yellow card.

  12. Proença lost the control his foul detection was awful

  13. Mateu Lahoz without a card, but his reaction towards diving is scary...

  14. Full controll of match in the Emirates. Usual Kassai-style, let the game flow. Absolutely respected by the players. Kagawa's handball was a mistake in the 92' minutes. Ring's decision for me is not a mistake, acceptable decision. Overall good performance.

  15. The Malmo-captain about the YC from Proenca for protest:
    The referee asked me if I wanted a yellow card... I answered do what you like and then he gave me the card.

  16. A few pivotal games in the final matchday:

    Juventus - Atletico
    Barcelona - PSG
    Roma - Man City
    Liverpool - Basel
    Monaco - Zenit

    1. Yes, anyway Barcelona - PSG is different because both teams are already qualified, they will play just to determine group winner and runner up.
      Clashes in Rome, Liverpool and Monaco are really crucial. I hope that UEFA will make wise appointments.

    2. Roma-ManCity: KUIPERS
      Liverpool-Basel: BRYCH
      Monaco-Zenit: CLATTENBURG

    3. All your three predictions are impossiblle.
      Kuipers got this match in Manchester, Brych and Clattenburg already had three games in group stage.
      Kuipers can get Liverpool - Basel, because he already had Zenit.

    4. Barcelona-PSG Benquerenca
      Juventus-Atletico Lannoy
      Liverpool-Basel Kuipiers
      Roma-Manchester City Velasco Carballo
      Monaco-Zenit Collum

    5. I would go for:

      Juventus - Atletico: Bjorn Kuipers Barcelona - PSG: Martin Atkinson
      Roma - Man City: Carlos Velasco
      Liverpool - Basel: Alberto Undiano
      Monaco - Zenit: Svein Moen

      Do we know if Cakir is fit for MD6?

    6. I think that we have to wait for Cakir, he could be available for MD6.
      Moen can't get again Zenit, his only CL match this season was just Benfica - Zenit :)

    7. Okay, thanks ;) In that case, I'll swap Moen with Collum.

    8. Were the appointments for MD 5 and 6 made together, as a package, as someone stated on this blog or is this a special situations where UEFA waited for MD 5 results?

  17. Not best match for Mazic tonight! Clear missed red card to Coentrao and missed penalty comitted by Ramos.

    1. A YC is still acceptable for me

    2. Hi Daniel, can you report the exact minutes of these situations? Thanks

    3. I am currently re-watching the game and will enlighten you later with my thoughts on it ;-) match report to follow.

    4. 48' Coentrao dangerous challenge 58' Ramos' handball in the box

    5. Thanks, I think that the foul is borderline Yellow / Red, but considering that excessive force was used I think that it is more RC.
      Handball: interesting situation. I don't want to write more, waiting for MaxiRthr report.

    6. 48' - to me yellow. Target was ball, leg was not streched, reckless not excessive force
      58' - again, I agree no penalty. Ball was going far away from target, only slightly changed direction.
      But yellow for Christiano in first half, kicked the ball after whistle, was MUST.

    7. On Mazic in general: overall, he was very good. Decent interpretation of the LOTG and a good personality.
      On the situations: 48': this is serious foul play. Excessive force with studs up into his opponent's thigh.
      56' (handball yes or no): Detecting handball follows a certain pattern: 1) is it deliberate? 2) was it unsporting or did it even stop a certain goal?
      In this case here, it is deliberate. #4 RM uses the hand on a height near his head, most certainly no normal position also he is not jumping into the tackle. Therefore deliberate and additionally Yellow for unsporting handball inside the box. Penalty + YC.
      These mistakes, of course, lower the mark despite an otherwise very good performance.
      Match report should be uploaded tonight.
      Feel free to discuss, this is just my personal opinion.

  18. MD6 - predictions

    Olympiakos - Malmö: AYTEKIN
    Juventus - Atletico: BENQUERENCA

    Liverpool - Basel: KUIPERS
    Real - Ludogorets: ATKINSON

    Monaco - Zenit: KASSAI
    Benfica - Leverkusen: COLLUM

    Galatasaray - Arsenal: BORBALAN
    Dortmund - Anderlecht: LANNOY

    Roma - ManCity: CARBALLO
    Bayern - ZSKA: MARCINIAK

    Barcelona - PSG: SKOMINA

    Chelsea - Sporting: MOEN
    Maribor - Schalke: MALLENCO

    Porto - Shakhtar: STAVREV
    Bilbao - BATE: ROCCHI

    1. Mine are:

      Olympiakos - Malmö: Lannoy
      Juventus - Atletico: Cakir

      Liverpool - Basel: Moen
      Real - Ludogorets: Vad

      Monaco - Zenit: Collum
      Benfica - Leverkusen: Velasco

      Galatasaray - Arsenal: Undiano
      Dortmund - Anderlecht: Borbalan

      Roma - ManCity: Skomina
      Bayern - ZSKA: Benquerenca

      Barcelona - PSG: Atkinson
      Ajax - APOEL: Karasev

      Chelsea - Sporting: Sidiropoulos
      Maribor - Schalke: Kuipers

      Porto - Shakhtar: Turpin
      Bilbao - BATE: Aytekin

    2. Nikolay Levnikov observes Juve-Atlético, Konrad Plautz is in Istanbul, Bertrand Layec at Maribor. So I guess we will see interesting appointments for these matches. I bet on Sidiropoulos for Maribor-Schalke and Fernández in Istanbul. Maybe Moen for Juve then (Cakir had Levnikov not so long ago). Your prediction for Bayern is possible, Markus Nobs could be a suitable observer for Benquerenca's farewell match.

    3. Maribor-Schalke belongs to the most important matches as direct match for place 3 with Schalke having realistic chances for R16. Therefore I really expect an Elite referee there, although Layec indicates something else.
      Fernandez in Istanbul sounds very sensible, only Dortmund-Anderlecht for Undiano then?
      Collum could be another alternative for Juve-Atletico.

    4. Some remarks (not only on Philipp but also on Anonymous):
      Cakir - if his problems were really so severe, as was reported, his nomination seems not possible to me. Health must be the priority.
      Aytekin - if he was really injured at FIFA seminar for prospective referees (he has no matches in Bundesliga) his nomination seems not possible to me.
      Velasco Carballo - his season including WC is far from excellent, so I expect for him less demanding match, surely not Roma - Manchester City. He had Leverkusen in play-off and his performance was simply bad. So Benfica - Leverkusen probably not. Why not Porto - Shakhtar?
      Marciniak - 2 matches in CL, another one in EL (today). So another nomination for CL match for him is not impossible but... Kassai is IMO more suitable for some important match.
      Sidiropoulos - after Man. City - CSKA I am not sure if he get the nomination in CL. Maybe yes but...
      Maribor - Schalke is surely important match but not so important as Roma - M. City, Liverpool - Basel and Monaco - Zenit. Therefore I don't expect Kuipers for it.
      Examples with somebody who have had 4 matches in Group phase of CL had occured yet so Eriksson or Brych would be not surprise for me.
      Sorry, I was not very brief. :)

    5. Thanks for the feedback.
      You're right about the injured referees, I did not really consider it or hoped they would be fit again. If they are not available, and also Makkelie (I think, an inury wa reported here somewhere?), we run a bit short of possibilities: Only Orsato besides the referees I predicted. Therefore, maybe the "only 1 match in MD5/6" rule is really broken.
      About Velasco, UEFA's plans with him are difficult to guess, but Porto-Shakhtar is rather a match for a CL debut than an Elite referee. I would prefer a decisive EL match for him, although I don't see a problem with Leverkusen, because they did not react negatively on his performance.
      I agree about the three most important matches, but Kuipers is only possible for Liverpool-Basel, what I felt a very good match for Moen. If Cakir is out, Kuipers is my favourite for Juve-Atletico.

  19. Elite referees who should get a match in MD6 are:
    Atkinson (ENG)
    Benquerença (POR)
    Cakir (TUR, not sure)
    Collum (SCO)
    Fernández Borbalán (ESP)
    Undiano Mallenco (ESP)
    Velasco Carballo (ESP)
    Kuipers (NED)
    Lannoy (FRA)
    Moen (NOR)
    Skomina (SVN)
    So, 11 referees (including Cakir and Moen, who are not still sure) for 16 matches.
    Then, taking a look at Former Elite Development, we have:
    Karasev (RUS)
    Orsato (ITA)
    Vad (HUN)
    Other Category 1 referees who could get CL:
    Sidiropoulos (GRE)
    Turpin (FRA)
    And we have 16 names.

    But still further options are possible:
    A debut for Kulbakov (BLR)?

    Three further options from Category 1, former Elite Development who didn't get CL in recent times:
    Gräfe (GER)
    Stavrev (MKD)
    Strahonja (CRO)

    Other names for a debut? Or, the last chance, Elite referees with the fourth appointment in group stage (Eriksson? Rizzoli?)

    1. I can imagine that maybe Kenn Hansen (DEN) will get his Champions League bow some time soon. At least this was what his observers and regular appointments in the UEL suggest. Maybe he will get a game where everything is decided already as I don't think he is ready for a knock-out match.
      Interesting thoughts by the way, Chefren. Sounds logic.

  20. After checking the observers and delegates, it is 99% clear that Barcelona-Paris will be handled by Atkinson. Spanish referees might be possible in Piraeus or Liverpool (the Brych in Moscow-principle).

    1. It's interesting to see how the pendulum has swung for Atkinson. Last year, he had to wait until MD4 for his first CL appointment. This season, he's taking charge of some big games: Serbia - Albania, Juventus - Olympiakos, Austria - Russia and possibly Barcelona - PSG.

  21. Under the uncertain assumption that Cakir will be back on MD6 and that Aytekin is still injured:

    Olympiakos – Malmö FF
    Referee Observer: Stefan Ormandjiev (BUL)
    Delegate: Christian Mutschler (SUI)
    Prediction: Stéphane Lannoy (FRA)

    Juventus – Atlético Madrid
    Referee Observer: Nikolay Levnikov (RUS)
    Delegate: Charles Schaack (LUX)
    Prediction: Svein Moen (NOR)

    Liverpool FC – FC Basel
    Referee Observer: Sándor Piller (HUN)
    Delegate: Christian Kofoed (DEN)
    Prediction: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)

    Real Madrid – Ludogorets
    Referee Observer: Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)
    Delegate: Panagiotis Chatzialexiou (GER)
    Prediction: Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE)

    AS Monaco – Zenit
    Referee Observer: Guy Goethals (BEL)
    Delegate: Michel Pralong (SUI)
    Prediction: Cüneyt Cakir (TUR)

    SL Benfica – Bayer Leverkusen
    Referee Observer: Jan Fasung (SVK)
    Delegate: Steve Stride (ENG)
    Prediction: István Vad (HUN)

    Galatasaray – Arsenal
    Referee Observer: Konrad Plautz (AUT)
    Delegate: Dusko Grabovac (CRO)
    Prediction: David Fernández (ESP)

    Borussia Dortmund – RSC Anderlecht
    Referee Observer: Rodger Gifford (WAL)
    Delegate: Patrick Wattebled (FRA)
    Prediction: Alberto Undiano (ESP)

    AS Roma – Manchester City
    Referee Observer: Marc Batta (FRA)
    Delegate: Roland Ospelt (LIE)
    Prediction: Damir Skomina (SVN)

    Bayern München – CSKA Moskva
    Referee Observer: Markus Nobs (SUI)
    Delegate: Svein Johannessen (NOR)
    Prediction: Olegario Benquerenca (POR)

    FC Barcelona – Paris SG
    Referee Observer: Leif Sundell (SWE)
    Delegate: Pat Quigley (IRL)
    Prediction: Martin Atkinson (ENG)

    Ajax Amsterdam – APOEL
    Referee Observer: Rune Pedersen (NOR)
    Delegate: Yoav Strauss (ISR)
    Prediction: Sergei Karasev (RUS)

    Chelsea FC – Sporting
    Referee Observer: Charles Agius (MLT)
    Delegate: Sune Hellströmer (SWE)
    Prediction: Björn Kuipers (NED)

    NK Maribor – Schalke 04
    Referee Observer: Bertrand Layec (FRA)
    Delegate: Adrian Ixari (MDA)
    Prediction: William Collum (SCO)

    FC Porto – Shakhtar Donetsk
    Referee Observer: Luis Medina Cantalejo (ESP)
    Delegate: Stanislaw Speczik (POL)
    Prediction: Clément Turpin (FRA)

    Athletic – BATE
    Referee Observer: Donald McVicar (SCO)
    Delegate: Markus Stenger (GER)
    Prediction: Daniele Orsato (ITA)

    1. Two Scottish teams in a row for Maribor?

    2. Don't believe in Collum too. Also some doubts about Turpin's appointement. And why that sure in Atkinson?

    3. You are right. Predictions are too difficult this time and Collum is indeed a mistake. Atkinson in Barca mostly because he does not suit in other matches.

    4. Ajax-apoel and Mónaco-zenit could be other choices for Atkinson but I agree Niclas Barcelona-Psg is the more suitable match for him. I agree too the only possible referee in Roma-City is Skomina but the spaniards (Undiano and Fernández could also handle chelsea-Sporting and maribor-shalke, even Liverpool-Basel instead of Velasco who could be in Monaco. It is true there are lot of combinations. I don,t expect Cakir,s appointment after his ilness os maybe one referee could get four matches in group stage if the appointments were done before the new of Cakir,s neumothorax.

    5. About Monaco-Zenit I agree, it is possible, but it does not happen that often that the same match is handled by 2 referees from the same nation (Clatts had the first leg). Ajax-Apoel is possible as well - but Rune Pedersen as the observer rather indicates a younger and more inexperienced referee.

  22. I heard a rumor, Oliver CL at MD6.

    1. OMG, how much this ref is pushed.... Give him a time to gain experience, mentor him re coping with dissents, evaluation of elbow-checks and tackles and we can say about good EL matches for him. UEFA, English FA, pls....

    2. I doubt we'll see Oliver in the CL anytime soon...

  23. I have been checking Europa league MD6 and there aren,t too many big matches, so I think it,s not neccessary appointing Elite referees, or not many, there.

    1. Can u say which matches are relevant in EL MD6?

    2. The matches where both teams are still competing for promotion are:
      Mönchengladbach - FC Zürich
      Club Brugge - HJK Helsinki
      Dnipropetrovsk - Saint-Etienne
      Sevilla FC - HNJ Rijeka
      Lille OSC -VfL Wolfsburg
      Young Boys - Sparta Praha
      PAOK Saloniki - EA Guingamp

    3. Predictions:
      Mönchengladbach - FC Zürich: Hansen
      Club Brugge - HJK Helsinki: Bezborodov
      Dnipropetrovsk - Saint-Etienne: Zelinka
      Sevilla FC - HNJ Rijeka: Kulbakov
      Lille OSC -VfL Wolfsburg: Borski
      Young Boys - Sparta Praha: Jakobsson
      PAOK Saloniki - EA Guingamp: van Boekel

    4. Borski is out from EL this matchday. There will be Gil and Raczkowski from Poland.

  24. Not any prediction. These would be my appointments (presuming Çakir won't be available):

    Olympiakos-Malmö William Collum
    Juventus-At. Madrid Craig Thomson

    Real Madrid-Ludogorets Razgrad Tasos Sidiropoulos
    Liverpool-Basel Damir Skomina

    SL Benfica-Bayer Leverkusen Gianluca Rocchi
    Monaco-Zenit Carlos Velasco Carballo

    Galatasaray-Arsenal David Férnandez Borbalán
    Dortmund-Anderlecht Ovidiu Alin Hategan

    Rome-Manchester City Olegário Benquerença
    Bayern-CSKA Stéphane Lannoy

    FC Barcelona-PSG Bjorn Kuipers
    Ajax-Apoel Martin Atkinson

    Chelsea-Sporting Alberto Undiano Mallenco
    Maribor-Schalke 04 Svein Oddvar Moen

    FC Porto-Shaktar Donetsk Kenn Hansen
    Athletic Bilbao-Bate Borisov Viktor Kassai

    1. Impossible assignment for Kuipers. He is a Dutch referee. He can't referee a match in the same group as Ajax.

    2. That's not correct. As the match between Barca and PSG has no impact on Ajax anymore, Kuipers can theoretically handle this match. See Brych in CSKA-Roma.

    3. Yeah, same stuff with Brych in Moscow (CSKA-Rome) and Mateu Lahoz in Sofia (Ludogorets Razgrad-Liverpool). It makes sense when a match doesn't have influence on the other one of the same group anymore.

    4. Damir Skomina for LIVERPOOL - BASEL does not seem very realistic after having been appointed for REAL - BASEL on matchday 1.

    5. Rocchi had already three appointments (2 CL, 1 EL), he wont appear again.

    6. The same counts for Viktor Kassai.

    7. And also for Craig Thomson.

    8. Anonymous1/12/14 00:19

      Ok, I can easily swap Skomina for Kuipers (as I had initially thought), appointing the Slovenian for Barcelona-PSG.

      As for Rocchi, Kassai and Thomson, your comments don't stack up by any means. As I pointed out, these would be my appointments. It's NOT a prediction. These three have only made 2 CL matches so far, thus being totally available for yet another one. EL clashes must be left out in this analysis.

    9. Feel free to make your appointments, they are appreciated, nonetheless Peter's remark is correct. UEFA referees can only referee maximum 3 group stage matches in the same season (UCL and UEL are counted together). The only exception is if someone must step in for someone else who maybe got injured or ill, sometimes it happened that a referee had 4 games. But this is the exception.

    10. Anonymous1/12/14 12:42

      Yes, I've seen situations in which a referee made four group stage matches.

      Here you have my final appointments after fine-tuning them (and still presuming Çakir won't be available)

      GROUP A
      Olympiakos-Malmö Daniele Orsato
      Juventus-At. Madrid Stéphane Lannoy

      GROUP B
      Real Madrid-Ludogorets Razgrad Tasos Sidiropoulos
      Liverpool-Basel Bjorn Kuipers

      GROUP C
      SL Benfica-Bayer Leverkusen William Collum
      Monaco-Zenit Carlos Velasco Carballo

      GROUP D
      Galatasaray-Arsenal Danny Makkelie
      Dortmund-Anderlecht Ovidiu Alin Hategan

      GROUP E
      Rome-Manchester City Olegário Benquerença
      Bayern-CSKA Damir Skomina

      GROUP F
      FC Barcelona-PSG Svein Oddvar Moen
      Ajax-Apoel David Férnandez Borbalán

      GROUP G
      Chelsea-Sporting Alberto Undiano Mallenco
      Maribor-Schalke 04 Martin Atkinson

      GROUP H
      FC Porto-Shaktar Donetsk Kenn Hansen
      Atletic Bilbao-Bate Borisov Clément Turpin

    11. Anonymous1/12/14 15:20

      I think the Dutch FA confirmed that Makkelie will be out recovering from a knee injury untill after the winter break.

    12. Anonymous1/12/14 17:11

      So, I swap Makkelie for Mario Strahonja:

      GROUP D
      Galatasary-Arsenal Mario Strahonja

    13. Anonymous6/12/14 00:50

      And also swap Daniele Orsato for István Vad.

      GROUP A
      Olympiakos-Malmö Istvan Vád

  25. Anonymous1/12/14 16:24

    Olympiakos-Malmö Lannoy
    Juventus-At. Madrid Karasev

    Real Madrid-Ludogorets Sidiropoulos
    Liverpool-Basel Kuipers

    SL Benfica-Bayer Leverkusen Turpin
    Monaco-Zenit Moen

    Galatasaray-Arsenal Strahonja
    Dortmund-Anderlecht Hategan

    Rome-Manchester City Skomina
    Bayern-CSKA Collum

    FC Barcelona-PSG Kassai
    Ajax-Apoel Borbalán

    Chelsea-Sporting Velasco Carballo
    Maribor-Schalke 04 Martin Atkinson

    FC Porto-Shaktar Donetsk Van Boekel
    Atletic Bilbao-Bate Borisov Benquerenca

    After two years of KO-stage for Van Boekel, at not the least important games, and also this season interesting games and good performances. So I can imagine he will have his debut in this game.

    1. Anonymous3/12/14 06:49

      Karasev in such a high-profile match like Juventus-At.Madrid with one knockout stage spot still up for grabs? From my point of view, assigning Karasev to this clash would mean sailing close to the wind.

    2. Anonymous3/12/14 12:25

      Skomina in Roma-Manchester City is too dangerous.
      Problems with assistant referees and not best shape.
      Referee in middling.

    3. Anonymous3/12/14 14:13

      I agree on that, but I saw him as the best option. Kuipers has already had City-Roma, Atkinson is out offcourse, Carballo / Lannoy were no option, The only other options were Undiano Mallenco or Moen.

    4. Moen would be possible for sure. About Karasev, he does not come in question, as the match is observed by a Russian.

    5. Undiano is not possible either. He refereed Bayern-City in MD 1.

    6. Anonymous3/12/14 15:50

      Karasev would be the last referee to be chosen for such an important match like Juventus-At. Madrid. Perhaps he won't even be assigned for MD6 following the controversy around Schalke-Sporting.

      I hold with the Anonymous' view up there appointing Benquerença for Rome-City. Both at UCL stage and in the Portuguese League he's been very active and has made high-profile matches. Plus, he'll be bidding farewell to his international career. Even though there are other options, he fits the bill.


    7. Anonymous3/12/14 16:03

      Batta observer for Benquerença?

    8. Webb went with Collina, so maybe this is possible.

      Zwayer is assigned to Dortmund-Hoffenheim on Friday in Bundesliga with Aytekin's regular assistant referees, as it already happened 2 weeks ago. So he is definitely out of MD6 due to injury.

    9. Anonymous3/12/14 16:49

      Maybe Zwayer would make the step to UCL? He had a very good season and is on the prospective list, so why not UCL?

    10. Because he had problems in one of his UEL games and got UEL MD5 already. But ok, since Marciniak gets UCL MD6, this is no argument anymore.

  26. Anonymous1/12/14 22:47

    Polish FA announced that Szymon Marciniak will get another a game in CL matchday 6

    1. Thanks, it was already announced on the blog by Hubert M. Demboveac here:

    2. Anonymous2/12/14 14:24

      Sorry for duplicating the news I haven't seen it there ;)

  27. Anonymous2/12/14 01:22

    This means Marciniak is getting his fourth group stage match (CL and EL). Perhaphs the same will happen with other officials. So, not that unusual.

  28. Lannoy is out from appointments since 09/11 (Saint Etienne - Monaco).
    This could mean that he is injured or not available.
    No appointments in MD 14, 15 ,16 and 17 of Ligue 1 and he was also out form international matches (14-19 November).

    1. Hi Chefren,

      according to the following website, Stéphane Lannoy could have handled the Saudi Arabian "El Clasico" Al-Ittihad – Al-Hilal this Monday:

      Kind regards from Vienna,

    2. Confirmation:

    3. Thank you Peter. So he can be appointed in CL.

  29. Anonymous2/12/14 15:20

    Let's see what will happen. By the way, @Chefren, you're Italian, aren't you?

    Can you tell me whether Italy is to have a new international referee in January? Thanks.

    1. Yes I am.
      No new referees from Italy, the list should be confirmed for 2015.
      Assistant referees: out Stefani and Faverani, in Meli and very likely one between Preti and Paganessi.
      That should be everything.

  30. Cakir is out from Turkish domestic appointments on this weekend, therefore I guess no Champions League for him.

    1. Anonymous3/12/14 16:46

      If you read carefully the reports after his release from hospital, Cakir will be able to re-start training in 10 days, so no refereeing until next year.

  31. Do you know the referees appointed for the next ASIAN CUP in Australia ?
    Any update on Uefa classes and ranking ?

  32. UEFA Referees Committee has a meeting in Nyon on 12 December, the day after the last matches of European competitions. We have to wait until this date, and then new categories will be surely formalized.

    I haven't news about Asian Cup referees. This is the official site:
    I think they will be published soon.
    We are also waiting for African Cup of Nations referees.

  33. About the referee's Committee meeting.

    I think this meeting will be the hardest one. They have to replace 3 Elite offcials from a pool of 7 referees in theory. Also it will be very interesting to see any possible changes in the lower categories.

    1. Anonymous4/12/14 23:08

      How does the system work ? Is it FIFA that name the referees and then UEFA that put them in categories ?

    2. That's right. FIFA is the one who accepts all the international referees and then UEFA divides them in their categories. The same applies to the other Confederations.

    3. Anonymous5/12/14 01:05

      Thx, Have FIFA already named the Referees ? Are the list official ? Or will this also happen 12 dec ?

    4. I think that FIFA must have already checked the new proposed referees and approved them. Those referees will be FIFA from 1st January 2015.

    5. Anonymous6/12/14 14:18

      Who are the three and who are the seven?

    6. I think Edward meant: Benquerença, Stark, Lannoy. They will retire due to age and committee must replace them. Anyway, one could add also Webb, because his spot in Elite is still vacant (no categories update 6 months ago).
      And I even think that the number of promoted referees in Elite can be higher than 4.
      The candidates for Elite should be (7 or 8): Mateu Lahoz, Aytekin, Karasev, Bebek, Hategan, Marciniak, Sidiropoulos, Turpin.

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