June 25, 2015

Under-21 EURO 2015: Karasev and Sidiropoulos in charge of Semifinals, Marciniak confirmed for Final

UEFA has appointed Tasos Sidiropoulos of Greece to take charge of the first semifinal of this year's Under-21 EURO between Portugal and Germany. A bit later, Russian Sergei Karasev will be the man in the middle in the Scandinavian duel between Denmark and Sweden.

27 June 2015, 18:00 CET (Ander Stadium)
Portugal - Germany
Referee: Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Damianos Efthymiadis (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Polychronis Kostaras (GRE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Michael Koukoulakis (GRE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Stavros Tritsonis (GRE)
Fourth Official: Jan Patak (CZE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Miroslav Liba (CZE)
UEFA Delegate: Martin Sturkenboom (NED)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

27 June 2015, 21:00 CET (Letná Stadium)
Denmark - Sweden
Referee: Sergei Karasev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Anton Averianov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Tikhon Kalugin (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Sergei Lapochkin (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Sergei Ivanov (RUS)
Fourth Official: Ondrej Pelikan (CZE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Hugh Dallas (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Claude Runavot (FRA)
Blog Referee Observer: Gitzlo (AUT)

Furthermore, the Polish Football Association has made public that Szymon Marciniak would be in charge of final to be played on 30 June between the winners of both semifinals. He will be accompanied by Pawel Sokolnicki, Tomasz Listkiewicz, Pawel Raczkowski and Tomasz Musial.


  1. Anonymous25/6/15 19:07

    Fourth officials from host country because they don't want to give hints about the remaining quintet, but it is the Polish one, I'm quite sure. Congratulations to your sources because on UEFA.com I still don't read the names.

    1. Anonymous25/6/15 19:27

      I expect the Polish referee team too. Even if it surprisingly that they would have the first and the last game of this tournament. But finally it is anyway "only" U21.

    2. Anonymous25/6/15 20:05

      Polish football website 90minut.pl confirmed that Marciniak team has been appointed to final. They publish confirmed information only.

  2. Anonymous25/6/15 20:08


    Marciniak is confirmed by Polish Football Associaction

  3. Anonymous25/6/15 20:15

    Raczkowski refereed Euro U-17 final, Marciniak Euro U-21 final. Good times for polish referees and hopefully even better to come.

  4. So in the end all went the expected way...
    Now the only question is who will be the fourth official in the final. If they proceed like in Israel in 2013, it could be Makkelie.

    1. I agree, all went the expected way. My prediction was Marciniak or Karasev for the final and a semifinal, plus another referee for the other semifinal, at the end Sidiropoulos has been selected, so very likely the penalty assigned to Sweden was accepted by committee. After yesterday, it was this penalty in the first match to decide Sweden qualification at the expense of Italy.
      The big honor is for Marciniak, I think deserved and absolutely expected. Promotion to Elite is waiting.
      I also think that in case of play off for Olympics needed, they would have appointed Makkelie.
      A very good tournament, now I hope that the three officials appointed will keep high the standard with good or at least expected level performance.

    2. Anonymous26/6/15 13:10

      UEFA confirm Turpin as 4th official

  5. Anonymous25/6/15 21:24

    For those who are interested:



  6. Anonymous25/6/15 22:39

    OT: Luciano Luci has been appointed as the new chairman of FFU (Ukraine) Referees Committee. He replaced Pierluigi Collina.

  7. Anonymous26/6/15 07:53

    No, it seems that Luci replaced Vassili Melnychuk. Collina is still Supervisor of Referees' Department.

    Source: http://www.sports.ru/football/1030477855.html
    Source: http://www.referee.ffu.org.ua/ukr/committees_main/


    1. Anonymous26/6/15 08:06

      Nope, the committee list at the site is not updated yet. The article taken from the Ukrainian referees' site: http://www.referee.ffu.org.ua/ukr/news/451/

      The first sentence can be translated: 'FFU Executive Committee approved the new head of the Referees Committee, which has become a former assistant of Pierluigi Collina - Luciano Luci'.

  8. Anonymous26/6/15 08:10

    Until this season, Vassili Melnychuk has been Chairman of Referees' Committee, not Pierluigi Collina.

  9. Interesting item with Estrada on the UEFA-website: http://www.uefa.com/under21/video/videoid=2261268.html?autoplay=true

    1. Anonymous26/6/15 12:05

      This video was already posted yesterday, Rik...

    2. I am sorry, didn't see that. Probably missed that.

    3. Thanks Rik, good video.

  10. Anonymous26/6/15 13:11

    C. Turpin and F. Cano as 4-th official and reserve assistant referee. PLC will be the referee observer. (Source: uefa.com)


    1. Anonymous26/6/15 14:12

      Now its clear. Politics above good performances at u21. Unbelievable that makkelie is sent home after 2 great games and one of them really difficult. Instead we have turpin at the benches who imo clearly should have been home already with one so so performance. Thanks collina/batta!

  11. Anonymous27/6/15 14:26

    POR vs. GER: delegate: Martin STURKENBOOM (NED)
    DEN vs. SWE: delegate: Claude RUNAVOT (FRA)

  12. Overall good/solid performance by Sidiropoulos, not that challenged, good decisions for 80 minutes. But in the last 10-15 minutes his concentration was not that high anymore. Some badly played advantages (not always team benefit given), 1 missed card, he did not protect the Portuguese players enough in the end. The 2nd YC looked correct in live play, the replays raised the question whether there was a contact at all. Anyway good tournament and probably 8.3.

    1. Anonymous27/6/15 20:26

      That many areas for improvement in an easy game and still 8.3?
      A suboptimal application of some advantages was already to see in the past.

    2. The game actually became easy because of the scoreline. It wasn't that easy in some moments. I think that the referee managed it well and his lack of concentration after 80' can be explained by the lack of interest on it. I would also go for 8.3.

    3. As often I would give 8.25 if this level existed, I would also support 8.2.

  13. Anonymous27/6/15 21:11

    Was this goal disallowed for offside or deliberate handball?

    1. Unfortunately for handball but this was not deliberate imo. (Karasev signaled a handball and the game went on with a direct free-kick)

    2. Anonymous27/6/15 21:22

      A replay showed that AR1 raised the flag, before Karasev call. I don't know.

    3. That's true but as I already said: Karasev signaled a handball (with his hands) and the game went on with a direct free-kick. Would it be due an offside position (what would be the only correct decision), it must an indirect free-kick.

    4. Anonymous27/6/15 21:40

      Clear handball for me.

    5. Yes, handball - but not a deliberate handball! :)

    6. Anonymous27/6/15 22:09

      I would say not even 5 % of handballs are "deliberate", there are other things to take into consideration.

  14. Anonymous27/6/15 21:47

    Missed clear free kick yellow on Danish player.

  15. Anonymous27/6/15 22:01

    Penalty to Sweden not that clear.

  16. Anonymous27/6/15 22:17

    Weird and wrong offside call.

    1. Anonymous27/6/15 22:47

      88' missed a reckless elbow. For me YC. No foul was whistled.

    2. The offside call was really, really weird. I cannot understand how that can happen at this level. (AR2 Kalugin)

    3. From his position not visible and no chance for any other teammate, maybe he should have moved closer and a bit more to the sideline (?).

    4. Anonymous27/6/15 23:03

      The 88' situation was acceptable for me. No reckless elbow, part of game.

  17. Anonymous27/6/15 23:50

    As a Swede I am of course happy that we won, but I have some mixed emotions on team Karasev's performance tonight. He kept good control throughout, but with a somewhat inconsequent assessment of some of the duels. In the end, the decision to rule out Denmark's first goal was correct - offside though probably ibstead of handball in my view. The penalty he gave to Sweden was - at least in my view - completely correct and Karasev was able to spot the push in the back because of his excellent position. Generally speaking his positioning was often good, but sometimes he got too close to the play, and interfered in the play. I think that some hefty tackles went under- or even un-punished tonight and I would have liked to see one or two more cards in order to protect the players. A mixed bag for me, and I have never seen Karasev before. But somehow he did not impress me so much that I would promote him to the Elite category on 1 July. But maybe he has been much more impressive before than he was tonight. Do you want me to give him a mark? Normal match but with some flaws so possibly I would have ended on 8,1 or 8,2. AR 2's decision on the offside puzzeled me, but maybe we did not see all the replay? I hope so. Otherwise the mark will be heavily affected.

    /Swedish observer


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