November 3, 2014

Champions League 2014/15 - Referee Appointments - Matchday 4 (Wednesday)

UEFA has assigned 6 Elite and 2 First Group officials for Wednesday matches of Champions League. Turkish Cüneyt Çakır has been assigned to the important Bayern Munchen - Roma while Tasos Sidiropoulos will oversee Manchester City - CSKA Moskva. Daniele Orsato will officiate Maribor - Chelsea on his 1st CL assignment this season.

05/11/2014, 20:45 CET
City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester, England
Manchester City - CSKA Moskva (E)
Referee: Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Damianos Efthimiadis (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Polychronis Kostaras (GRE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Ilias Spathas (GRE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Stavros Tritsonis (GRE)
Fourth Official: Christos Akrivos (GRE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marc Batta (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Balázs Makray (HUN)
Blog Referee Observer: Thomas (NED)

05/11/2014, 20:45 CET
Fußball Arena München, Munich, Germany
Bayern Munchen - AS Roma (E)
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin Duran (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tarık Ongun (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Barış Şimşek (TUR)
Fourth Official: Mustafa Emre Eyisoy (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Donald McVicar (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Benny Jacobsen (DEN)
Blog Referee Observer: Nikitas (GRE)

05/11/2014, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Parc des Princes, Paris, France
Paris SG - Apoel FC (F)
Referee: Olegário Benquerença (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Ricardo Santos (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Nuno Pereira (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Xistra (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Marco Ferreira (POR)
Fourth Official: Rui Tavares (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Fritz Stuchlik (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Adrian Titcombe (ENG)
Blog Referee Observer: Howard M. (GER)

05/11/2014, 20:45 CET
Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Ajax - FC Barcelona (F)
Referee: Pedro Proença  (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bertino Miranda  (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tiago Trigo  (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Manuel De Sousa  (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: João Capela  (POR)
Fourth Official: Paulo Soares  (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Edgar Steinborn (GER)
UEFA Delegate: William Campbell (NIR)
Blog Referee Observer: Nur H (ENG)

05/11/2014, 20:45 CET
Stadium: José Alvalade, Lisbon, Portugal
Sporting SP - Schalke 04 (G)
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: Alessandro Costanzo (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Murat Ilgaz (TUR)
UEFA Delegate: Ivan Lekov (BUL)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

05/11/2014, 20:45 CET
Stadion Ljudski vrt, Maribor, Slovenia
NK Maribor - Chelsea FC (G)
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Renato Faverani (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrea Stefani (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Antonio Damato (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
Fourth Official: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Manuel Enrique Mejuto González (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Roland Tis (BEL)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

05/11/2014, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Arena Lviv, Lviv, Ukraine
Shakhtar Donetsk - Bate Borisov (H)
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: Markus Häcker (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Borislav Alexandrov (BUL)
UEFA Delegate: Dumitru Mihalache (ROU)
Blog Referee Observer: Nikitas (GRE)

05/11/2014, 20:45 CET
Estadio de San Mamés, Bilbao, Spain
Athletic Club De Bilbao - Porto FC (H)
Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Bastian Dankert (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Marco Fritz (GER)
Fourth Official: Marco Achmüller (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Leslie Irvine (NIR)
UEFA Delegate: George Koumas (CYP)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)


  1. Anonymous3/11/14 12:05

    Bayern-Roma, important match?
    With the 1-7 previous, one promenade
    for Çakir.

    1. 2nd place is still very much up for grabs, with City, Roma and possibly even CSKA vying for that spot... As unlikely though it may seem, if Roma win, they'll be two points off the summit.

  2. Moen is missing, perhaps he is injured or busy.
    Extremely important test for Tagliavento, in my opinion, after the last matchday. I think that the qualification could be decided here. Tagliavento comes in Portugal after a good performance in serie A on last Saturday (Napoli-Roma).

    1. Anonymous3/11/14 15:18

      Why Orsato gets Rizzoli's ARs, who are also 45? There are no other good ARs in Italy besides Faverani, Stefani, Cariolato, De Liberatore, Tonolini, Manganelli?

    2. There are three Italian teams in action this matchday, so there are 9 Italian ARs needed in total (6 ARs and 3 4ths). Italy has a total of 10 FIFA ARs, so at least one of Faverani and Stefani is required. It is for me logical that the two most experienced Italian ARs are used in a team and it is IMO a good idea for them to assist the least experienced referee.

    3. Anonymous3/11/14 16:01

      They will be out from the FIFA list on December, so the last appearances... they surely deserve that.

    4. I'd say they get their final match on MD6, in Team Rizzoli. But I agree that they are at Maribor-Chelsea also partly due to their impending retirement.

    5. Anonymous3/11/14 21:58

      The question is why Orsato never had stable ARs, while Rizzoli and Tagliavento had? Out of the reminder 6 Italian FIFA ARs, Orsato could not find 2 ARs to make up Team Orsato?

    6. You forgot that also Rocchi has stable ARs: Di Lberatore and Cariolato.
      Therefore 6 FIFA assistant referees out of 10 in the Italian list were not available.
      Among the remaining names, there was a change 11 months ago: Nicoletti and Grilli out, Costanzo and Passeri in. So not possible to make a stable team with them. The only chance for Orsato was Di Fiore (FIFA from 2011) and Giallatini (FIFA from 2013). But this was not always possible also because one must take into account EL appointments. It happened that when Orsato had a match, there were often other names like Damato, Banti, Mazzoleni in EL with these two assistants referees...

    7. Anonymous4/11/14 00:23

      Moen was appointed with his regular team in the Norwegian Premier League last weekend, so I don't think that he is injured.

      /Swedish observer

    8. Anonymous4/11/14 19:30

      Moen: another conflict with Collina?

  3. Anonymous3/11/14 12:39

    Like with all those 7 talents, committee is there to give 8.5 and have a nice evening. To justify European Championship participation.

  4. Very good appointment for Sidiropoulos, that's for sure.
    So UEFA again proceeds as expected. 3 "national duos" are sent to 3 groups to stay more flexible. Stark again with BATE after the play-offs, probably because there were no other matches suitable for him.

  5. Strongest candidates for winter promotion, imo:
    Aytekin, Bebek, Karasev, Hategan, Orsato (?), Mateu Lahoz (?)

    Estrada, Hunter, Kuchin, Shmuelevitz (?)

    end of refereeing/strong candidates for demotion:
    Stark, Lannoy, Benquerenca, Webb, Thomson (?), Borbalan/Velasco (?), Tagliavento/Rocchi (?)

    Stavrev, Aydinus, Jakobsson, Hansson, Kakos, Marriner, Yildirim

    promotion next round (summer or winter):
    Turpin, Jug, Vad, Marciniak, Sidiropoulos, Makkelie, Zwayer

    Dingert, Stieler/Welz, Beaton/Clancy, Del Cerro Grande/Gil Manzano, Guida/Massa, Bastien/Millot, Rainville, Jaccottet/Klossner, Taylor, Tohver, Valjic

    Strong candidates to have in mind for the future as well: Aranovskiy (!), Buquet (!), Delferiere (!), Hansen (!), Kruzliak (!), Lechner (?), Liany (?), Madden, Özkahya, Strömbergsson, Vincic (!) and Zelinka (!)

    How to evaluate Kulbakov, Mazeika and Soares Dias (maybe Boiko)???
    No chances like Göcek, Nijhuis (refereeing?), Kaasik, Hagen?

    1. Jens has numerous mistakes, I think.

    2. Why? Most names make sense.

  6. Nice comment; i think that only Aytekin, Bebek and Karasev are sure for promotion at the end of this year. Hategan could be an option for next summer since he need to be tested again in more key match with very important observer. Honestly I don't see chance for Orsato even if Tagliavento is still border line. Orsato never shown so solid performances to justify a high level beloging.
    Mateu Lahoz is a strong candidate but I don't think that Spain will have 4 referees in elite class, so it will not so easy to manage Brobalan demotion.
    Do you mean that Stavrev, Aydinus, Kakos, Marriner and Yildrim will leave at the end of year for age limit ? I don;t think so, the only 45 years old are Jakobsson and Hansson (over than Stark, Lannoy and Benquerenca of course).
    Next round: for sure France need an eilte class referee for many reasons: Turpin or Buquet ? the first one actually has more chances. Marciniak and Sidiropoulus are in my opinion sure for summer 2015. For the next ones I bet on Oliver, Zwayer and Zelinka, but it will be in a long future. let's see.

    1. Anonymous4/11/14 15:09

      What's the reason Makkelie doesn't fit in your picture?

    2. Anonymous4/11/14 20:45

      There some rumors regarding Aydinus and Yildirim in Turkish mainstream media some time ago. It is said that they couldn't pass the UEFA fitness test yet again and therefore they won't have any appointments till the end of the season. Hence, this is an important disadvantage for their future career. It is also reported in that TFF might just remove them from FIFA list since they won't have any future in UEFA level and replace them with two young promising referees. Ofcourse never confirmed. I guess we will see it when the lists are public.


    3. Anonymous5/11/14 09:14

      Kaasik from Estonia (1st group) is not in the FIFA list anymore due to an injury problem that ha disturbed his refereeing for almost 2 years now. A possibility for Tohver to get to the 1st group now

    4. Kakos is also out of FIFA list.

    5. IMO Makkelie and Hansen are both clear names for the future.

      Marriner is not going to leave FIFA list. England has currently 6 referee and I believe that Pawson will be the 7th.

    6. Anonymous5/11/14 17:50

      Hansson (SWE) is born in 1971 so he will be eligible for a couple of more years on the FIFA list.

      /Swedish observer

    7. Anonymous6/11/14 17:32

      How come Aydinus snd Yldirim pass the tests in Tutkey, but not at UEFA? Same with the Brazilian refs who missed WC fue to failing fitness tests, but apparently passed national tests. Are they not the same tests?

  7. Niclas, can you kindly publish the list of FIFA referees who will leave at the end of 2014 for age limit ? Thanks

    1. Only referees, this should be the whole list.

      Ali Saleem (Maldives, 1995)

      Brice Igue A. (Benin, 2004)
      Mohamed Farouk Mahmoud (Egypt, 2006)
      Badara Diatta (Senegal, 1999)
      Ramadhan Kibo Ibada (Tanzania, 2004)

      Ricardo Cerdas Sanchez (Costa Rica, 2006)
      Neal Brizan (Trinidad & Tobago, 2002)

      Martin Vazquez (Uruguay, 2001)

      Stéphane Lannoy (France, 2006)
      Wolfgang Stark (Germany, 1999)
      Kristinn Jkobsson (Iceland, 1997)
      Olegario Benquerença (Portugal, 2001)

    2. Thanks ! regarding CONMEBOL, "arbitro Internacional" reports following changes:
      IN: Dario Herrera, Jorge Baliño and Andrés Merlos
      OUT: Saúl Laverni, Diego Abal and Pablo Díaz

      IN: Dewson Freitas, Anderson Daronco, Raphael Claus, Luiz Flavio de Oliveira
      OUT: Wilson Seneme, Paulo César de Oliveira, Francisco Nascimiento, Marcelo Henrique

      IN: Vinicio Espinel, Juan Carlos Albarracin
      OUT: Alfredo Intriago, José Luis Espinel

    3. Anonymous7/11/14 20:04

      Is Andrew Dallas going to be promoted to the FIFA List?

    4. Almost certainly, Paul Robertson had been out injured for the last year, will not be reappointed to the fifa list and Dallas is the hot favourite to replace him

  8. In my opinion Sidiropoulos was deceived by a dive or at least too easy descend of a ManCity attacker close to the penalty area. There was a contact but it was fully caused by the attacker, who fell theatrically.
    The direct free-kick was directly converted to the 1:1 goal for City, which would mean that it's a crucial mistake.

  9. Clearly missed penalty by Proenca (handball by Jordi Alba). Not understandable how he missed that.

    1. Anonymous5/11/14 21:24

      Nice wait and see from the AR at Barca's goal though.

    2. Absolutely, very good decision.

    3. Anonymous5/11/14 21:36

      Apart from missed pen, it was pretty good.
      FCB #22 YC was harsh for me, AJA cap YC situation started because he got in the way of the play, but the YC for that tackle was a must!

    4. Anonymous5/11/14 22:00

      Actually I'm not convinced that much...
      Apart from the wrong no-penalty call, his positioning is really inadequate. More than once he interfered with play and players, what caused Moisander to make the foul for which he was cautioned. Actually I think he should have been sent off for this tackle with studs up. And then there was the foul of Al Ghazi, who slapped his opponent with the elbow on the back of the head; imo also a red card.

    5. Red card Veltman (2nd yellow) well done. Bad use of advantage prior to 0-2. No chance to play the ball forward for Ajax, free kick would have been better imo.

    6. In my very humble opinion, Proenca should have retired after his finals in 2012. I had this impression very often in different matches and it has manifested.

    7. Anonymous6/11/14 13:22

      Hands absolutely involuntary.
      Proença perfect, I think.
      Turpin and Orsato, very bad.

    8. Anonymous6/11/14 16:40

      Hahaha anonymous (1:22 PM), are you kiddin' us?

  10. Wrong penalty kick in Bilbao for me, decision taken by AAR2 who stood 3-4 metres away.

  11. Anonymous5/11/14 21:30

    Missing penalty for Schalke (deliberate handball by Jefferson)..

  12. Benquerença is not really fit, fast breaks are a problem for him. Also a missed yellow-foul where I can't understand why he does not whistle (39') and maybe a warning was not enough at 44'.

  13. Anonymous5/11/14 21:36

    I watched some games in first half and it's again shocking to see the quality of penalty area decisions by EUROPE'S ELITE. I stress that. These are the best and I must expect from them to spot infractions we expect to see from amateur refs.

  14. Stark with a particular situation prior to the final whistle... a free kick was saved by keeeper on the line and Luiz Adriano tried to kick the ball in the net when it was still on keeper's hand, who was lying on the ground.. almost a RC if you ask me, for such stupid behavior, well, there was a big riot, Luiz Adriano was booked for his action, but now I see that a player from BATE got two YC in a row, I think complaints after the final whistle...

  15. Very good NO offside decision before Shakhtar's 2:0. Good co-operation between Stark and Pickel (was there a touch? was the question).

  16. Sidiropoulos cautioned the wrong player. If he had cautioned the correct player, it would have been a 2nd yellow card.

  17. Correct red card by him now against Touré for a violent conduct. What a game.

  18. Sidiropoulos cautioned the wrong player at min. 77'. 03 CSKA is the one who did the foul but he cautioned 04 CSKA. However I believe that the number was suggested by his AAR.

    1. Anonymous5/11/14 22:28

      The problem is that this type of mistake is one of the worst technically considered. UEFA could face a protest by the team involved. And in such cases (like Karasev), UEFA administration bodies don't care whether AAR, AR or whoever suggests it.

    2. Anonymous5/11/14 22:32

      Of course the referee is the main responsible for a YC. Sidiropoulos career is in danger, because this is an amateur mistake.

  19. Anonymous5/11/14 22:40

    Most def a dive.

  20. Anonymous5/11/14 23:29

    In my humble opinion, UEFA did a mistake appointing this referee for such match. My personal feeling is that the game was underestimated, thinking about a easy win by English side. A referee at his second assignment in Champions League can't officiate a so crucial game. I admit that several calls were very brave and this shows why he is estimated by committee, but it was definitely too early. Another match in Champions League was possible, but not this one. UEFA in the recent seasons has lost the strictness they had a few years ago, appointing only Elite officials in Champions League. Now Elite officials are not enough, and other young talents need to make experience, that's sure, but they are making too many mistakes due to this inexplicable hurry in appointing them for big clashes. That is, of course, only my opinion, as humble reader of this blog. Best wishes to Sdiropoulos for his future.

    1. You are completely right. Fast-track promotions have become a self-purpose inside UEFA due to the need to have more referees than usual at the next EURO. They damage football and the referees concerned.
      To be fair with Collina, however, I would have appointed Sidiropoulos for this match as well, as I did not expect this course of events either. As far as I remember, it was his first performance on UEFA level clearly not meeting requirements and expectations. Everyone can have a bad day. But of course there is a systematical problem behind it we by the way criticize for more than a year.

  21. Anonymous6/11/14 08:45

    Why Sidiropoulos starts to think about the YC only after the claims by City players?
    At first, it seems that he doesn't want to book the player. Then, he loses the right playeer and perhaps asks for a help, talking in his earphone, covering the mouth.

  22. Anonymous6/11/14 10:01

    Always red card for Nasri. Why yellow? Why harsh to give red? No intention playing the ball. VIOLENT conduct.

  23. Clear red card missed by Proenca due to awful positioning...

    1. Anonymous6/11/14 16:38

      Agreed! I even think his positioning is - at least partly - the cause of Moisander fouling his opponent. Maybe that's one consideration of Proenca for not issuing a red card...

    2. Anonymous6/11/14 19:14

      For me yellow is acceptable, but borderline. If you look closely the Ajax player is watching the ball, that bounces back from Proenca. In a split second he decides to challenge for the ball, which he obviously misses. I don't believe there was an intention to hurt the opponent.
      Nonetheless the Proenca's positioning was a big problem.

    3. It was already a big problem in POL-GER, at WC2014 etc. Proenca obviously has no hunger to give his best anymore, his career is almost finished, no ambitions visible. And nobody seems to tell Proenca these mistakes and rooms for improvement.

  24. According to the Telegraph, Sidiropoulos booked Sergei Ignashevic for dissent, not because he mistakenly thought he had committed a foul made by Pontus Wernbloom:


    1. Anonymous6/11/14 16:30

      Referee may not talk about decisions taken in UEFA matches. So either it's a rumour or Sidiropoulos has broken a common and strictly followed rule.

    2. Of course, if you read the article, it says that the source of the information is the match report filled out by the referee, not an interview...

    3. Anonymous6/11/14 18:37

      If you look closely at the video, then you can see that he has his eyes on nr 3 all the time, then he hides his mouth and talks - only after that does he choose nr 4. Smells like the yellow for dissent is not the real story. Neither does he bother to explain the City players that it is for dessent.

  25. Anonymous6/11/14 16:29

    What a load of rubbish. You can't hide these mistakes. Referees who can not take the blame for blatant mistakes are not going to the top.

    Good referee but you can see that he is talking to his AAR and looking for the right number. He was insecure as you could see on the video.

  26. Anonymous6/11/14 16:33

    Hahaha nice trick. Everybody saw there was no protest. And the face of the referee after the YC card was clearly doubting and confused. A good observer will give him at least 7.4 for a catastrophe performance. Two clear mistakes: missed red card and a wrong caution. Besides that his foul detection was bad. Only huge dallas is the chairman in Greece and Batta committee member so I expect that he will be lucky.

  27. Anonymous6/11/14 16:48

    My opinion, to be honest, is that it wasn't even a foul by CSKA player. No whistle was needed there.


    Handball in Sporting - Schalke. In my opinion, minimal distance after the header, but clear penalty due to the raised arm and the enlargment of body volume. One could also say that it was a deliberate act. The deflection seemed to be a save.


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