May 18, 2015

Cüneyt Çakır and Martin Atkinson in charge of Champions League and Europa League Finals

Great honour for Turkish Cüneyt Çakır: He will, as expected, take charge of this season's UEFA Champions League Final between Juventus Turin and FC Barcelona in German capital Berlin on 6 June 2015. Some days earlier, on 27 May 2015, English Martin Atkinson and his crew will take charge of the UEFA Europa League Final between Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk and Sevilla FC at Warsaw's Stadion Narodowy.

Great success also for numerous further officials: Assistant Referees Michael Mullarkey and Stephen Child as well as Additional Assistant Referees Anthony Taylor and Andre Marriner will accompany Martin Atkinson, with Jake Collin having the status of the Reserve Assistant Referee. Czech Republican Pavel Královec, who has shown an overall really good season at UEFA level, will serve as the Fourth Official at the benches.

Cüneyt Çakır's long-standing and reliable team consisting of Bahattin Duran, Tarik Ongun (ARs), Hüseyin Göçek, Barış Şimşek (AARs) and Mustafa Emre Eyisoy (Reserve AR) will be completed by Swedish top-referee Jonas Eriksson, who will take the role of the Fourth Official as he did in Çakır's World Cup semi-final between the Netherlands and runners-up Argentina.

27 May 2015, 20:45 CET
Stadion Narodowy, Warsaw (Poland)
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk - Sevilla FC
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Mullarkey (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Stephen Child (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Andre Marriner (ENG)
Fourth Official: Pavel Královec (CZE)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Jake Collin (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marc Batta (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Jozef Kliment (SVK)
The 3rd Team Referee Observer live in Stadion Narodowy: Gitzlo (AUT)

06 June 2015, 20:45 CET
Olympiastadion, Berlin (Germany)
Juventus Turin - FC Barcelona
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin Duran (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tarik Ongun (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Barış Şimşek (TUR)
Fourth Official: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Mustafa Emre Eyisoy (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Hugh Dallas (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Harry Been (NED)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Florian Götte (GER)
The 3rd Team Referee Observer: Maxi R. (GER)



  1. Congrats cuneyt cakir this season was great
    Good luck

  2. UEFA Media Release

  3. Cakir was expected, congratulation nonetheless! Atkinson is a really suprising appointment, I think. An referee from the UK was very likely to be honest after Mazic had been appointed for the semifinals, but if it had come down England, I would have preferred Clattenburg over Atkinson as Clatts' performances were on a higher level this year I think. But on the other side, Atkinson has never been so good in Europe than this year and he isn't the youngest anymore... So I guess Clattenburg will have his chances in the future. That is the only reason I can think of.
    Congratulation to both officials and all the luck!

  4. Absolutely expected and deserved appointment for Çakır, I would dare to say a honor for the whole Turkey, because this is the first time for a Turkish referee in CL final.
    A very solid referee and he showed always very good performance at least in the recent two seasons, I want also to include World Cup, with semifinal appointment.
    Jonas Erikssson will be with him as fourth official, waiting for the "major call" (hopefully for him) in the next season.

    About Atkinson: I'm surprised and I must be honest. I didn't expect to read his name for EL final. I tend to agree with MaxiRthr, it is very likely a reward after a so long career as UEFA Elite referee, but at the same time one must be hones: at the beginning of this season, it was absolutely impossible to predict. I don't see a big problem for Clattenburg after this nomination, I think we can find several reasons for this choice: Atkinson is almost at the end of international career (perhaps one year and EURO 2016) while Clattenburg has still 5 years, and we shouldn't forget that he officiated, at the beginning of this season, Super Cup final (Sevilla was there). He will have his time in the future, at the same time I don't think that now Atkinson is ahead Clattenburg in UEFA preferences: recent matches for Clattenburg were all at least good or expected level, so this was very likely just an opportunity, and UEFA wanted to reward Martin.
    Kralovec fourth official in Warsaw is a signal for the future, of course.

  5. I disagree with Maxi, I believe Atkinson has had a better European season than Clattenburg. Thoroughly deserved IMO. What a career Mike Mullarkey has had!

    Congratulations to both teams!

  6. Anonymous18/5/15 19:22

    Also think the fact that Clattenburg had done the Super Cup final this season probably went against him. Maybe they should have had Atkinson do that one and Clattenburg do the Europa League!

    Surely English teams permitting, Clattenburg will get the Champions League final in the next few years.

    Does this also suggest that both English refs could go to Euro 2016 if they're both still in form by December? Clattenburg is highly rated by Collina whilst they could hardly leave behind one of their two final referees (providing the match goes well for him which I hope it does)

  7. I think both have been on a good level, with some good/very good performances and with some performances that were not that good. Both very close to each other. And in the end, maybe the age indeed decided. Now the EURO 2016 question is of course becoming more difficult. Maybe in the end UEFA selects both English officials.

    After years at the almost-climax of UEFA refereeing, Cakir has now managed it. Remarkable career already until now and there are still many years to come, impressive.

    A very early guess for the Supercup, whoever qualifies for it: Mazic.

  8. Anonymous18/5/15 19:33

    Congratiulations to both. Cakir really deserved it. I don't like to read Atkinsons name, but that's because I don't like his style. Would have liked to see Eriksson there, but on the other hand I understand the appointment, because it's "only" Sevilla Dnipro,so no really big names in the EL final this year(at least not compaired to the matches last years with Chelsea-Benfica, and Sevilla-Benfica) ,so if the commitee wanted to give Atkinson a final then this was THE opportunity and they took it, although I wouldn't have given a final to Atkinson at all... But that's personal taste and he did quite well this year so I have to say a deserved appointment.

  9. Berlin is the largest Turkish settlemet outside Turkey with about 200,000 Turks living there. So, it's kind of a home match for Cakir.

  10. Congratulations Cuneyt Cakir, congratulations Turkish Team.
    It is an honour for Turkish Refereeing...
    Hope he will have a good match and continue his career with other finals...

  11. Anonymous18/5/15 21:09

    big countries referees get the finals, like usual. For me atkinson is more a first category ref than elite.

    Atkinson gets a final of europa league and Alexandru dan tudor / gumienny did not get a single game after christmas. What an incredible joke. Islandic referee jacobsson was also such an example of incompetence of uefa referee commission. The great (i never give a yellow for dissent) milorad mazic is the chouchou of collina.

    I encourage uefa to continue to appoint the same referees. Errors have never been higher than these days. it's quite nice to watch struggling officiating.

    1. Anonymous18/5/15 21:45

      From which you fairy tales? What kind of movies do you like? Science fiction? You compare Çakır, Atkinson and Mažić with Tudor, Gumienny and Jacobsson? Who are the other three names? What is so significant refereed to be deserving of the attention of the UEFA Ref's Committee? Deserved nominations. Absolutely. IMO, Clatts is better referee, but Atkinson deserved this final if it refereed Carballo, etc.Çakır ? I think this is a very good estimate Pl Collina and the UEFA Ref's Committee because, IMO, Cüneyt Çakır was the best European referee at the World Cup in Brazil (my opinion). Remain Brych, Mažić, Eriksson, Clatts... I agree with Niclas that Mažić No I candidate for the Super Cup!

    2. Anonymous19/5/15 00:14

      Çakir is not the best referee of Europe.

    3. Anonymous19/5/15 11:12

      You are, then?!

    4. Anonymous19/5/15 11:29

      Very likely he thinks to be better than Cakir writing this stupid comment.

    5. Maybe in his/her opinion there are just better referees than Cakir...

  12. Congratulation to both teams and especially to Cakir and Atkinson. I really wish them to enjoy this outstanding achievement and to officiate the match without any big mistake and compliants.

    Like most of you Cakir was expected even from my side and he really deserves this appointment. A little bit more surprised by Atkinson, because I was convinced that Clattemburg was on top of him in Uefa ranking, but on top of that, I was convinced that Brych didn't miss Uefa Champion League final since Bayern is not on the pitch.
    Atkinson is a good choice, I agree with the commetee.
    Clattenburg, Mazic will have thier chance, even Brych, I hope, so since everybody expected these, the most amazing point is why Uefa released the names so early. I really didn't expected this evening and I was on the website just to support my daughter on her home work........lucky to has a glance on your blog.
    generally name is released 3 days before the match; what happens this year ?
    So let me launch an other survey: Who in August for Super Cup Final match ?


    1. You are right, normally appointments are released 2,5 days prior to the kick-off. But for finals it is different. Last year, Kuipers' and Brych's appointments were released that early as well.
      My bet is Mazic (see above).


    2. For Supercup the most obvious candidates are Brych and Mazic. However an appointment there could decrease or even remove their chances for a big final in the next season (as it happened now with Clattenburg).
      So the next on the list should be Collum, Kralovec and Moen.
      If Juventus is not there, Rizzoli could be another option, having been one of the best in this season.
      Personally my choice would be indeed Rizzoli, if possible, else Brych.

    3. Rizzoli released an interview and he said that he would be pleased in case of appointment for Super Cup, the last final missing in his palmares, along with Euro tournament (waiting for 2016).
      I think that without Juventus, this appointment will be very likely made.

    4. I don't think that Mazic will get the Super Cup. He will probably be reserved for the EL final after 3 semifinals in the competition.

    5. Anonymous19/5/15 00:12

      Mazic was one disaster at Madrid.

  13. Good luck to Maxi & Gitzlo is their respective matches. If you are offering expenses paid trips to obverse referees in the stadium, then please appoint me to a match in Split, Iceland or Barcelona ;-)
    Just out of interest, Gitzlo, will you be in the crowd or in a reserved seat?

    1. Anonymous19/5/15 21:35

      What do you say?

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  15. Anonymous20/5/15 12:04

    Atkinson has been a consistent European elite referee for many years, unlucky for him, as we all know that he was always ranked second from England behind the great Howard Webb until Webb's recent retirement. Atkinson deserves this final appointment. IMO, still Clattenburg will go to Euro 2016 ahead of Atkinson if UEFA decides to pick only one referee per country.

  16. Anonymous20/5/15 15:49

    UEFA Referee Liaison Officers for EL final are Tomasz Listkiewicz (responsible for referees) and Damian Picz (responsible for UEFA referee observer and members of UEFA Referees Committee including Pierluigi Collina).

  17. Batta and Dallas are the observers.


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