August 3, 2015

Champions League 2015/16 - Referee Appointments - Third Qualifying Round (II)

As already posted last week, please discuss the performances of UEFA Champions League's Third Qualifying return legs here (for the purpose of clarity).

Second Legs

04/08/2015, 19:00 CET (Molde)
Molde FK - Dinamo Zagreb
Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Stuart Burt (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Lee Betts (ENG)
Fourth Official: Lee Mason (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Tomasz Mikulski (POL)
UEFA Delegate: Alvaro Albino (POR)
Blog Referee Observer: Jake (FRO)

04/08/2015, 19:00 CET (Nicosia)
APOEL Nicosia - Midtylland
Referee: Robert Madden (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Douglas Ross (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Stuart Stevenson (SCO)
Fourth Official: Donald Robertson (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sándor Piller (HUN)
UEFA Delegate: David McDowell (SVN)
Blog Referee Observer: Nikitas (GRE)

04/08/2015, 20:15 CET (Amsterdam)
Ajax Amsterdam - Rapid Wien
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Balko (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomaš Somoláni (SVK)
Fourth Official: Mario Vlk (SVK)
UEFA Referee Observer: Bo Karlsson (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Markus Stenger (GER)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

04/08/2015, 20:45 CET (Monaco)
AS Monaco - Young Boys
Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Mario Diks (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Hessel Steegstra (NED)
Fourth Official: Kevin Blom (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Christian Schmölzer (AUT)
Blog Referee Observer: Faolan (IRL)  

05/08/2015, 16:00 CET (Astana)
Astana - HJK Helsinki
Referee: Alon Yefet (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Roy Hassan (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Sagy Mazamber (ISR)
Fourth Official: Guy Berger (ISR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Robert Sedlacek (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Tobias Wolf (GER)

05/08/2015, 18:30 CET (Baku)
Qarabag - Celtic
Referee: Martin Strömbergsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Gustavsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Hallberg (SWE)
Fourth Official: Johan Hamlin (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alain Hamer (LUX)
UEFA Delegate: Peter Lundström (FIN)
Blog Referee Observer: Harry (ENG)  

05/08/2015, 18:45 CET (Nicosia)
Sparta Praha - CSKA Moskva
Referee: Paolo Mazzoleni (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Fabio Galloni (ITA)
Fourth Official: Andrea Gervasoni (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jan Fasung (SVK)
UEFA Delegate: Kris Bellon (BEL)

05/08/2015, 20:15 CET (Basel)
FC Basel - Lech Poznán
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Guillaume Débart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Fourth Official: Fredy Fautrel (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Christos Skapoullis (CYP)
UEFA Delegate: Roy Cathcart (NIR)

05/08/2015, 20:30 CET (Malmö)
Malmö FF - RB Salzburg
Referee: Michael Koukoulakis (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Alexandros Gevrenis (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Chrysoula Kourompylia (GRE)
Fourth Official: Charalampos Kalogeropoulos (GRE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stephen Lodge (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Peadar Ryan (IRL)

05/08/2015, 20:30 CET (Bruges)
Club Brügge - Panathinaikos
Referee: Stefan Johannesson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mehmet Culum (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Magnus Sjöblom (SWE)
Fourth Official: Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Patrick Kelly (IRL)
UEFA Delegate: Milovan Djukanović (MNE)

05/08/2015, 20:30 CET (Borisov)
BATE Borisov - Videoton
Referee: Kenn Hansen (DEN, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Lars Rix (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: David Vang Andersen (DEN)
Fourth Official: Jakob Kehlet (DEN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jozef Marko (SVK)
UEFA Delegate: Patrick Wattebled (FRA)
Blog Referee Observer: Detelin (BUL)

05/08/2015, 20:45 CET (Lviv)
Shakhtar Donetsk - Fenerbahçe
Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Guido Kleve (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Florian Steuer (GER)
Fourth Official: Sascha Stegemann (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alan Snoddy (NIR)
UEFA Delegate: Siarhei Ilyich (BLR)
Blog Referee Observer: Gitzlo (AUT)  

05/08/2015, 20:45 CET (Plzen)
Viktoria Plzen - Maccabi Tel-Aviv
Referee: Ievgenii Aranovskyi (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Oleksandr Voytyuk (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Sergii Bekker (UKR)
Fourth Official: Anatolii Zhabchenko (UKR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vladimir Antonov (MDA)
UEFA Delegate: Jevgenijs Milevskis (LVA)

05/08/2015, 20:45 CET (Belgrade)
Partizan - Steaua Bucuresti
Referee: István Vad (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Peter Berettyán (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: László Viszokai (HUN)
Fourth Official: Adam Farkas (HUN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Luciano Luci (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Mark Blackbourne (ENG)
Blog Referee Observer: Howard M. (GER)

05/08/2015, 20:45 CET (Elbasan)
Skënderbeu - Milsami
Referee: Artur Soares Dias (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Rui Tavares (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Paulo Santos Soares (POR)
Fourth Official: Cosme Machado (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Juan Fernández Marín (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Pavel Kolev (BUL)


  1. Anonymous4/8/15 16:05

    Thoughts about the new offside rule in Premier League?

  2. Anonymous4/8/15 20:30

    SPOT ON red card by Madden.

    1. Anonymous5/8/15 07:45

      One can argue that the tackle was low with medium intensity and hence reckless. However, the studs are showing and I believe the tackle endangers the safety of the victim.


    2. Two footed. Hard to argue that decision.

  3. Anonymous4/8/15 20:30

    3 penalties for Molde so far, anyone watching the game?

    1. Anonymous4/8/15 21:46

      Here you can watch all the penalties:

    2. Anonymous4/8/15 23:33

      All three are correct, but shouldn't the second be yellow card too?

    3. Anonymous5/8/15 07:43

      Yes I think the second PK should be yellow card. Also, do you think the third is very close to SFP?

    4. The foul by the goalkeeper? Well for me careless only. The attacker would have never reached the ball anymore (his only chance was passing the ball into the out and hoping for a careless foul by the goalkeeper, which he got). A promising attack was not denied in my view, and therefore no card is fully ok and more not necessary.

    5. Anonymous6/8/15 12:12

      Not sure 1st one was PK. Defender cleary plays the ball. 2nd has to be YC. 3rd correctly given PK + YC.

    6. On the second penalty I fully agree with Niclas concerning (no) disciplinary sanction. Goalkeeper dives and only touches attacker slightly with his arms, so careless, not reckless. Furthermore attacker probably isn't able to reach the ball in time, and if so, there is no clear promising attack anymore. No card perfectly acceptable for me.
      And on the first penalty, I really doubt it was the defender playing the ball. Cannot recognize that 100% from the clip. Watching the line of the ball it could just as well be the attacker playing it.
      Third penalty YC suffices imo, very high foot and showing studs, however the contact on attacker's foot is not that intense. Furthermore attacker is in the air and not with his feet on the ground, which reduces the risk of getting seriously injured.

  4. Good first half by Kruzliak in a normal match.

    Good decision to disallow a goal by Ajax (min. 15') for a foul on the GK. He shoulld, however, caution #23 RAP for a challenge near AR2 (min. 19')

    1. Anonymous4/8/15 21:19

      For me a very good first half. He has a great potential, really a referee with future.

      In my opinion it was a brilliant way to caution these both incidents in begin not. I agree also with his way of dealing the 19th minute. Why do you want a YC? It was careless, it was no promising position. He issued a verbal warning in a similiar position some minutes before for Ajax, so it was perfect and also an uniform line for both teams to issue a verbal warning also in this situation. One verbal warning for Ajax, one verbal warning for Rapid - brilliant start and all players were fair in the 25min after. His words had an impact. For me very well done.

      Please think about before you write your report :)

    2. Was it careless? I don't think so. Ball is away and he going only to stop his opponent.

    3. Anonymous4/8/15 22:22

      In my opinion it was on the boundary between careless and reckless. The perfect moment for a verbal warning.

  5. Anonymous4/8/15 22:23

    Ivan Kružliak in Amsterdam with a very good performance. But unfortunately in my opinion the 2:2 goal was irregular. So on 7.9/8.4 for him - 8.4 for the rest of the team. Congratulations!

    1. For me the goal was 100% regular. Its not forbidden to challenge for the ball. The keeper jumps into the attacker. However I do agree on Edward that #23 RW should be cautioned. The foul of Dijks was no SPA and not reckless. The foul of #23 was SPA and quite careless, mandatory YC. I wondered what the Yc for Tete was for. I guess it was dissent? I dont think it was a foul, and certainly not a YC. But a good performance, 8.3 for me.

    2. I have to watch that scene (2-2 goal) before the report. The referee had already given 2 free-kicks in favor of RAP GK. At that scene, I see the defender going backwards on the attacker because he tries to have eye-contact with the ball. That's the live impression.

    3. Anonymous5/8/15 00:00

      One of you says 19th min was no SPA but reckless, the other says careless but SPA. That shows that it was no card :))

      Dijks-YC was for dissent by action. In my opinion it was also a foul. Correctly done.

  6. Anonymous5/8/15 18:18

    Astana - Helsinki two penalties and a straight red card. It would be nice to know more about this match ended 4-3!

    1. Poor quality. The second penalty... It could be a sign that UEFA deemed the disallowed Neymar goal (CL final) a correct decision.

    2. My opinion: first penalty clear, correct decision, red card perhaps is a bit exaggerated but due to video quality I can't say more, one can trust AR1 who was there, second penalty for me a clear mistake, absolutely never intentional.
      Another season is about to start and about this big issue we have not still accurate instructions, for example in the RAP UEFA didn't want to make statements on the handball in City - Roma (Kuipers) and Roma - Bayern (Eriksson). Both decisions were backed.
      Consistency about handballs is still very far away from us and I must also say that it seems impossible to reach.

  7. Another red card, this time in Sparta Praha - CSKA Moskva match (Mazzoleni).
    Foul by Sparta player, yes, but surely a particular situation, one could also say something about CSKA player...

    1. Anonymous5/8/15 21:43

      Crucial mistake by referee, no red card in my opinion. Referee was tollerant against protest playery by Sparta, for example Dockal. No authority. Referee probably was more prefer team from big country a doesn't be opponent referee committe member Baskakov.

    2. Anonymous5/8/15 22:12

      Mazzoleni is very bad referee. I think he is the worst FIFA referee.

    3. Anonymous6/8/15 00:40

      Agree. Mazzoleni killed Sparta today. Probably wrong red card, missed penalty against CSKA and a lot of mistakes during the game. No yellow card for discussion, ale players of Sparta disskussed all the time. And when he whistled finish, then he immediately went to the cabin, no wait for assistent referee, no giving hands. Mazzoleni said to the czech player borek Dockal that he is satisfied with his performance. It's scandal!

  8. Anonymous5/8/15 20:52

    The obvious foul Steaua's striker (push opponents a head) prior 1:1!!! Vad, Vad, Vad ...

  9. Anonymous5/8/15 20:52

    (Crucial)Mistake Istvan Vad. For me he didnt whistle (clear)foul for Partizan few seconds before Steaua's goal. Partizans defender was pushed from back in the penalty area by Steauas attacker while he was in the air trying to reach for the ball.

    1. Anonymous6/8/15 12:17

      That's up to referee which criteria for FK is going to use. So he could whistle for FK or to let the play on.
      But, wrong penalty call (as pulling was clearly outside) but still correct red card.

  10. Anonymous5/8/15 21:14

    Koukoulakis missed a clear penalty in mimute 39 but overall good performance of him

    Btw: Is the spray used in in qualifying for CL because Koukoulakis doesn't carry any with him

    1. Anonymous5/8/15 21:35

      In min 48 Koukoulakis missed a very good advantage for Salzburg. He whistled the foul instead

    2. Anonymous5/8/15 21:52

      Correct 2nd YC for Adu

  11. Anonymous5/8/15 21:28

    Correct decision AR2 (offside Bozhinov). There are often written huge Vad potential, and always when you need to show it is far from elite. The obvious foul ("smart" I would say the Steaua's attacker). Extremely low positioning- instead of jumping the gun to the side, his body language, and a noticeable belly more reminiscent of watherpolo referee. This look is inadmissible for a potential UEFA "elite" referee.

  12. Anonymous5/8/15 21:36

    Excellent red card - DOGSO by Vad.

  13. Anonymous5/8/15 21:38

    Another mistake by Vad. Correct red card for DOGSO to Steauas defender, but it was outside penalty area, and not inside.

    1. Anonymous5/8/15 21:39

      It was inside, can you rewatch it better?

    2. Anonymous6/8/15 12:19

      For sure outside! Correct RC!

  14. Anonymous5/8/15 21:44

    I was outside. I watched it twice at least. But if i'm wrong i will admit my mistake. You can see that Partizan attacker started falling from outside where contact happend, and finished falling inside penalty area

  15. Anonymous5/8/15 22:24

    Quite better management Vad, very well card policy, in the second part of the game, but I wish you to analyze the situation PK+RC (DOGSO). I'm not sure of where the offense - inside or outside the box?! Howard M?

  16. Anonymous5/8/15 22:27

    Koukoulakis really bad imo. 7,8/8,1 for me

  17. Very solid performance by Buquet in Basel. He brilliantly solved pushing and pulling at set pieces by verbally warning players in one action and immediately booking them in second one. After that, there was no need to talk to them at set pieces through the rest of the game. A very good feeling for what is a foul and what is not. His accuracy was really high in this aspect. Six yellow cards: two of them for persistent infringement/unsporting behaviour at set pieces, two for breaking promising attack by deliberately handling the ball, one for breaking a promising attack (a trip), one for reckless foul. Buquet showed a composed approach, intervened when needed, reluctant to talk much to players. His positioning was also of very good standards. All players fully accepted him and approached to him after the final whistle to thank him for a good performance. I have to mention a faultless performance by assistant referees too (offside/onside, assistance and teamwork)!

  18. Anonymous5/8/15 22:46
    Partizan vs. Steaua- penalty kick+ RC (DOGSO). A very difficult situation for the assessment of technical sentence. Disciplinary is correct. Opinions?

    1. Anonymous5/8/15 22:52

      Red card is correct. DOGSO. I think free kick instead of penalty but too difficult from the pitch. Player seems already falling before entering the penalty area, but there is a contact exactly on the line. One can back the referee or at least understand why he decided for that.

  19. Well spotted serious foul play by Portuguese officials in Skënderbeu - Milsami game.

  20. Anonymous5/8/15 22:57

    Penalty by Zwayer:
    SPOT ON, replay is clear. AR1 was very likely involved in this decision.

    1. Here is even the full match (bad quality and not sure, how long):
      1:09:20 confrontation at the sideline, Fenerbahce coach is sent off
      1:12.10 penalty
      1:41:15 2nd yellow card for SPA

    2. Well you have to give this penalty, but it is one of these situations where the attacker actually does not need any contact as he would very likely fall himself...he did not want anything else and got it, the goalkeeper had little chances to avoid that.

  21. Anonymous5/8/15 23:21

    Big mistake the second yellow by Hannsen in BATE-Videoton. 1:40:00

    1. Anonymous5/8/15 23:31

      Why? It was the blue player who touched the ball, not the white one.

    2. Where is the mistake?

    3. Agree with anonymous 11:31, absolutely correct to deem this as a foul. Another defender was close, so you can argue the attack was not sooo promising, but look at the dynamic of the counterattack. Compulsory and correct 2nd YC for me.

  22. Anonymous6/8/15 01:14
    Not a penalty kick- outside penalty-area. Decisions: Free-kick and RC (DOGSO).. Foul prior 1:1, IMO 7.8, Vad and AR1 (7.9).

  23. Anonymous6/8/15 08:43

    Sparta Praha vs CSKA - 5/8/2015 2:3. Amazing what Italian referee Paolo Mazzoleni was able to do. The red card was so strict (both of the players went in direct slide) and then he didn't whistle penalty on a S. striker D. Lafata. It's unbelievable where the football is going...

    1. Anonymous6/8/15 12:28

      UEFA prefer CSKA in Champions League and Mazzoleni agree, so next week get another match. In second half he whistled tendentiously.

  24. So for Estrada this is a yellow card.

    1. All those friendlies and referees' decisions/sick leniency in them...

    2. Anonymous6/8/15 10:58

      This video is private, can you post it again?


    4. Anonymous6/8/15 11:16

      Red card, but you see a Spanish referee for a friendly involving Barcelona and Messi, can you find the courage to send off him?

    5. Yes, a professional referee should always be professional, even in a friendly...

  25. Anonymous6/8/15 09:56

    Plzen vs. Maccabi- referee Ievgenii Aranovskyi. I was really suprised about this referee, very solid. For me 8,4 in normal match. Another match in Czech rep. Sparta vs. CSKA- referee Mazzoleni. It was... instructive. Red card (link above), good positioning, good view, but direct RC?? For me normal challenge, maybe YC for reckless. And finally 100% penalty for Sparta, unfortunately... Regards czech observer.

    1. Aranovskyi vas really good, but he must improve his positioning. He was often too close to the ball, and once the ball even hitted him. Still, a very good performance.

    2. Anonymous6/8/15 21:22

      Yes, but I like this style. It was remarkable especially in penalty situation. I like, when you blow penalty just behind players. Yes, sometimes it could be to risky, but for me it look´s very authenticaly. Congratulations to all team.

    3. Anonymous6/8/15 22:48

      It is obvious that Aranovsky now is much better than Boiko.

  26. Anonymous6/8/15 13:35

    To begin with ; shaktar-fenerbahçe the second leg of ucl third qualifying. The referee was on spectacular monitoring positions but when it comes to decisions it's not correct in parallel . In the second half , sending out of vitor pereira was not correct decision , 4. referee couldn't help referee enough in that position . Actually there was a goodwill but it comes to mind missleading . absolutely there was some good decisions like penalty osition and red card for SİMON KJAER

  27. 7 scenes from Kruzliak


    1. 1) Could be YC for holding, but early in the game the verbal warning might be acceptable
      2) correct decision, GK controls the ball; only careless
      3) reckless, should be YC; at least he warns him, could still be acceptable in the match context
      4) Difficult to see how mucht contact there is, but straight leg anyway, so caution is no mistake
      5) correct decision, GK controls the ball; only careless
      6) not totally clear, but I think, one shoul whistle the action against the GK
      7) No foul; YC maybe for dissent?, but could be given for SPA as well

    2. Anonymous6/8/15 15:35

      7) The caution was for dissent, yes.

    3. 1) Imo YC would be a better option than verbal warning; AJA35 loses ball, holds his opponent preventing him from speeding up in the space ahead, and enables himself to correct his mistake by a sliding tackle, thereby stopping a promising attack.
      2) Correctly disallowed goal and no YC
      3) Also here, for me an obvious promising attack is stopped by RAP23, considering the space ahead and the speed of AJA21. Interesting question: is AJA21 waiting for the contact, letting his foot low until he is touched by defenders leg?
      4) Agreed with Philipp, YC acceptable
      5) Like 2) correct decision
      6) Less obvious as 2) and 5). I agree with the referee to play on, too little ground to whistle a foul and GK just should have shown more determination in his action.
      7) No foul

      I didn't watch the whole match, but in some of the clips it looks like Kruzliak is a little hesitant to communicate (verbally) with players (for instance clips 2 and 5). Maybe Edward can say something about that in his evaluation :-)

    4. Anonymous6/8/15 21:38

      Agree with you but I think even the clips looks like YC 1 and 3 - in first half only 7 fouls so I think in Spirit of this match was verbal warning fully accepted - it is also about managent and it worked..
      Situation 6 agree, no foul, play on was better solution, striker challanged only ball..
      Sit.no7 - dissent.
      For me Kruzliak did a good job.

    5. On 1), for me a compulsory yellow card and an ideal starting point. The whole right wing was free and 3-4 green attackers would have been able to join the attack. Promising attack for me.

    6. Anonymous7/8/15 22:28

      1) When a player loses the ball and then he holds the opponent it is very likely YC, but in this situation I think that referee had a good management with his presence. You can perhaps back him, not a real black or white situation.
      2) Correct decision to disallow this goal.
      3) In this case I'm less satisfied with this (even though strong) warning. For me YC, it is a reckless and late tackle.
      4) YC is ok.
      5) Another correct decision, but I think that keeper was too theatrical here.
      6) Keeper didn't protest (at least according to video) so I would back the referee, the contact is impossible to detect. Can't say more.
      7) Fair challenge on the ball, for me a mistake to whistle this foul. Card was perhaps for dissenting behavior, or SPA. Philipp explained that well.

      I read that only 7 fouls were whistled in first half, in this context it is perhaps even more acceptable that in borderline situations cards were not issued. Referee with a good use of verbal warnings, but of course when cards are compulsory according to LOTG, they must be issued.

  28. EURO Qualifiers

    03/09 Belgium - Bosnia@Herzegovina
    UEFA Referee Observer: Kyros Vassaras (GRE)

    05/09 N. Ireland - Scotland
    UEFA Referee Observer: Ioannis Tsachilidis (GRE)

    1. NIR-SCO probably is U21?

      BEL-BIH is one of those matches, that normally needs an Elite referee, but because there are many such matches on the next matchdays and with Vassaras there probably will be a promising First Group referee, e.g. Zelinka

  29. Early PO predictions:
    Astana - APOEL: Nijhuis / Rocchi
    Skenderbeu - Dinamo: Kralovec / Collum
    Celtic - Malmö: Velasco / Brych
    Basel - Maccabi: Bebek / Kassai
    BATE - Partizan: Moen / Clattenburg
    Lazio - Leverkusen: Atkinson / Mazic
    Manchester - Brugge: Skomina / Rizzoli
    Sporting - CSKA: Sidiropoulus / Undiano
    Rapid - Donetsk: Mateu / Eriksson
    Valencia - Monaco: Cakir / Kuipers

    1. Anonymous7/8/15 15:48

      Sidiropoulos Undiano make no sense. Sidiropoulos had trouble with Cska and Undiano is Iberian can be avoided.

    2. Anonymous7/8/15 17:28

      Very often referees from Portugal handled Spanish teams and viceversa, you surely remember Proença many times with Real Madrid. So I don't see this big problem if one appoints Undiano Mallenco for a Portuguese team. About Sidiripoulos I must agree, indeed, he wont handle CSKA again.

    3. Anonymous7/8/15 21:47

      What's the issue with Mallenco officiating a match involving a Portuguese team? So Kuipers cannot handle a match featuring a German team just to give one example? Absurd!

    4. Anonymous7/8/15 21:51

      What??? Then Kuipers cannot referee matches involving German teams, Kralovec cannot take charge of matches featuring German, Polish, Austrian or Slovak teams, Undiano cannot referee matches involving French teams (Spain borders on France) and so on and so forth. Folks, come in out of the rain!

    5. Anonymous10/8/15 13:10

      Three spanish referees is too.

  30. My predections
    Astana - APOEL: Liany/Bebek
    Skenderbeu - Dinamo: Estrada F./Nijhuis
    Celtic - Malmö: Karasev/Marciniak
    Basel - Maccabi: Hatagen/Thomson
    BATE - Partizan: Göcek/Tagliavento
    Lazio - Leverkusen: Turpin/Eriksson
    Manchester - Brugge: Orsato/Collum
    Sporting - CSKA: Oliver /Rocchi
    Rapid - Donetsk: Hanssen/Mateu L.
    Valencia - Monaco: Aytekin/Kassai

    1. Anonymous8/8/15 11:28

      Collum can't referee a team from the UK so won't be involved in the Manchester - Brugge game

    2. Anonymous9/8/15 00:17

      Very bad predictions of Mark Szanto

    3. Anonymous9/8/15 23:01

      @last anonymous
      Make your own instead of blaming other people.

  31. Anonymous7/8/15 16:04

    When Philipp S has a lot of nominations that could confirm. When Mark Szanto are meaningless (Liany, Estrada, Gocek, Oliver, Hansen, third game for Collum). This year/season there were a lot of promotion into the Elite group for one things- play-off, GF and KO UCL will refereed the referees only from the UEFA Elite category. Ende!

    1. Relating the appointments for CL play-offs I agree with you. These play-offs, where the difference between progressing to CL group stage or being condemned to EL group stage, will amount to millions of euro's, only elite referees will be appointed.
      However I'm sure that we will see some of the more talented first group referees in CL group stage.

  32. Anonymous7/8/15 18:35

    Valencia can be the fifth team from Spain entering group stage.This would mean something for Elite referees and UEFA. Indeed, with 5 groups involving Spanish teams, appointments for Velasco, Undiano, Fernandez and Mateu would be forced in only three group. Remarkable problem, too many Elite referees from a country who has already many teams at top level.

    1. If Real or Barca qualify early (e.g. after MD4/5), then Spaniards could handle the other match in the same group which does not involve a Spanish team (see Velasco in Ajax-APOEL after Barca were already qualified). This would be one solution, but of course I agree, it is a problem. Maybe Fernández gets only 1-2 matches.

  33. Anonymous8/8/15 18:53

    Simon Hooper disallowed this goal in his first ever PL game. In my opinion it was the wrong decision. The foot wasn't that high up and he clearly got the ball first.

    1. I agree. Also he missed a clear penalty at 92'.

    2. Anonymous8/8/15 19:58

      It is an absolutely regular goal. What a pity. Videos for the missed penalty?
      Oliver with a challenging game, too.

    3. Anonymous8/8/15 21:06
      are penalty and red card correct decisions?

    4. Great decision by Oliver. And great refereeing in Molde-Dinamo...

    5. Anonymous9/8/15 20:04

      Opinion of a WC referee:

    6. I agree with red, I would say the attacker still had a good scoring opportunity as the ball did not move too far away from him towards the corner. The goal would have been empty with only 1 defender MAYBE being between the ball and the goal. Moreover Courtois showed studs so that we could even argue about SFP. Much more red than yellow for me.

    7. Anonymous10/8/15 19:34

      Red card was OK but IMO only for DOGSO, not SFP. Studs were showed but not fully used, speed and intensity of the offence was not high. Reckless offence for sure. BTW, AR deserves compliment for confirming, if not determining, point of offence inside the PA. Surely more important role than Zwayer's AR1 at penalty in Donetsk / Lviv.

      To Oliver in Molde: I am very surprised that nobody mentioned lack of disciplinary action at the first penalty. IMO mandatory YC for SPA, if not more.


  34. Anonymous9/8/15 17:32

    My (quite early) predictions:
    Astana - APOEL: Moen (NOR) / Královec (CZE)
    Skenderbeu - Dinamo: Atkinson (ENG) / Velasco Carballo (ESP)
    Celtic - Malmö: Kuipers (NED) / Rizzoli (ITA)
    Basel - Maccabi: Turpin (FRA) / Marciniak (POL)
    BATE - Partizan: Rocchi (ITA) / Aytekin (GER)
    Lazio - Leverkusen: Lahoz (ESP) / Karasev (RUS)
    Manchester - Brugge: Cakir (TUR) / Mazic (SRB)
    Sporting - CSKA: Brych (GER) / Skomina (SVN)
    Rapid - Donezk: Bebek (CRO) / Kassai (HUN)
    Valencia - Monaco: Eriksson (SWE) / Clattenburg (ENG)

    Tell me what you think and what you would change.

    1. Atkinson to Albania could be problematic after the EURO qualifier.
      I think, for Lazio-Leverkusen more experienced referees are needed.
      Otherwise your predictions are quite sensible in my opinion.

    2. Anonymous9/8/15 21:46

      Philipp has right. Atkinson surely not in Albania.

      Turpin probably not in Basel because in the previous round another french referee was there (Buquet).

      Karasev not with Lazio because if somebody awarded 3 penalties against one team in the same match UEFA will not take the risk to appoint him again. No mather that every penalty was correct, no mather that it was 2 or 3 years ago.

      Cakir not with Manchester Utd. The reason is clear.

      Every match for elite referee: I only can agree.


    3. Anonymous9/8/15 21:56

      How long Cakir has still to stay away from Manchester United?

    4. Anonymous10/8/15 13:12

      Good predictions but I hope Borbalán and not Matéu.

  35. Anonymous9/8/15 19:22

    Howard Webb has accepted to work for Saudi Arabia federation, he will be the head of referees there.

    1. Not true.

    2. Anonymous10/8/15 15:42

  36. Anonymous9/8/15 19:42

    What is the problem with German assistant referees? They have terrible flag technique, terrible positioning and no sideways movement. This offside decision stole a win from Wurzburg (3. division) against Wolfsburg. Note the lazy and amateurish movement, positioning and technique of the assistant:

    1. Anonymous9/8/15 20:01

      Who is this assistant referee? He is even fat.

    2. Würzburg played against Werder Bremen, not Wolfsburg.
      The assistant referee is called Felix-Benjamin Schwermer, he is a referee in the 3rd division and an assistant in the 2nd division (and celebrates his 28th birthday today).
      Flag technique is not considered important in the training of assistant referees in Germany and also not really the problem in this situation. The positioning was obviously bad and probably the reason for the mistake there.
      Generally, I don't think, that German assitants are that bad (except the flag technique), mistakes like this unfortunately happen sometimes, but not more often than elsewhere.

    3. Anonymous9/8/15 21:01

      Most German assistants I have seen don't know how to move and position themselves effectively (walking instead of sidesteps, sprints, body and head position), and with their amateur-looking flag technique they look lazy and unconvincing.

    4. Anonymous9/8/15 21:04

      If you look at a good assistant referee, they are always on their toes, constantly either sidestepping or running (not walking), they moving their body and head to get a good overview, and they carry the flag in the correct hand, pointed to the ground and held still while running. Tell me a German assistant referee who does this.

    5. Anonymous10/8/15 12:18

      I find Italian assistant referees are same thing but they are extremely accurate with offside.

    6. Keep in mind that Schwermer is almost 2m high, so he might look a bit more corpulent, but his body fat ratio has to be in a good area, otherwise he would not have been promoted in the past. Also consider that there were almost 40°C in Würzburg, such a mistake does not become much better, but there can be multiple reasons for a lack of concentration in movement.
      Furthermore, flag technique is "only" poor for a majority of ARs, as soon as they get the FIFA badge, they normally do it correctly (which they often have not done previously). So obviously a matter of instructions.

    7. Anonymous10/8/15 19:43

      You can blame the heat, his height etc, but this guy's style is just like any other German assistant referee I've seen, and I've expected mistakes like these to happen, it's like a ticking bomb. It's very problematic that the German referee system, which is excellent and uses referees in a great way, giving them experience in higher categories as assistant referees, does not train their assistants at all. I have refereed in many countries in Europe, Germany, England, Spain, Portugal and Norway and German assistants don't impress me at all. I went to Norway Cup this year and I saw young and older referees from all over Europe. Norwegian, Spanish, English, Slovak and even Gibraltarian referees who referee at much lower level than the AR in question were able to sidestep, position themselves and use their flag better than all the Germans at the cup and even many I've seen in the Bundesliga.

    8. The plural of some individual cases and anecdotes is not = facts.
      Generalizing everything won't help. In Bundesliga there are enough assistant referees who meet the requirements of movement, flag technique and accuracy in decisions, but another huge part is not meeting these requirements, so yes, DFB actually must act here and I do not understand why they are sleeping in terms of that for years. In my opinion most referees focus on their refereeing career, you specialize quite late. An earlier specialization would maybe be a solution.
      The mistake by Schwermer even happens on CL and EL level, after writing / uploading more than 500 observers reports, I can ensure that this is a global and not only a German problem.

  37. Anonymous10/8/15 10:11

    Norwegian league. The keeper was sent off.

    1. Anonymous10/8/15 10:27

      Correct decision imo

    2. Anonymous10/8/15 10:34

      Clear DOGSO.

  38. Anonymous10/8/15 20:14

    Disallowed goal by Markus Strömbergsson in the Stockholm derby AIK - Djurgården (link). Wrong decision in my opinion. Correct DOGSO later though.

    1. Anonymous10/8/15 20:22

      The red card:

      He also missed a penalty for a handball at the free kick afterwards in my opinion, no video though.

  39. From the Elite officials, Bebek, Hategan, Nijhuis, Orsato and Tagliavento have a UEL playoff.

  40. Anonymous11/8/15 11:26

    29 elite officials; 5 in EL; 20 matches. So 4 are missing (3 if we dont count Collum)

    1. Not all UEL playoffs are already assigned to referees, so there is still some room for four more Elite refs.

      Dallas in Leverkusen, Fandel in Brügge, Uilenberg in ManU, Karlsson in APOEL, Levnikov and Marko have a match, too.

    2. Anonymous11/8/15 11:53

      It seems as Marko is still a effective committee member (but not on the paper) and Proença out.

    3. Anonymous11/8/15 12:30

      Niclas, can I ask for particular matches?

    4. You can, but UEFA only appointed a small number of referees for now. And UCL appointments are confidential contrary to UEL.

  41. Anonymous11/8/15 17:38

    Zorya vs Legia // Sidiropoulos, Efthymiadis, Kostaras, Spathas (20/08)
    Vojvodina vs Viktoria Plzen // Koukoulakis, Grevenis, Kourombylia, Kalogeropoulos (27/08)

    1. Steaua Bucharest - Rozenborg BK (20/08)
      UEFA Referee Obsever: Georgios Bikas (GRE)

    2. Any info about Lech - Videoton and Polish officials?

    3. As these appointments are apparently not confidential, we can post them soon. About Legia, Welz has the 1st leg, Gestranius has Lech.
      About Bikas, he observes Luca Banti. More next days.

    4. You mean Welz in second leg for Legia? Zorya - Legia is 1st leg and it belongs to Sidiropoulos?

    5. Ah yes, sorry, he has the 2nd leg (the match played in Warsaw).

  42. Anonymous11/8/15 20:48

    Collum missed one milestone YC, I can't explain this decision.

    1. Anonymous11/8/15 20:49


    2. Anonymous11/8/15 20:49

      Bad as always. We can discuss if YC or RC. Buf no card?! What the hell? Collum...

    3. Anonymous11/8/15 20:52

      Next missing YC for SPA (if he whistles a foul by SEV4 as he did). Collum at his best.

    4. Anonymous11/8/15 20:55

      I think that he hesitated for the advantage and he forgot the card. But also, second free kick leading to 1-1 was YC.

    5. Anonymous11/8/15 21:00

      Now first YC (two situations too late) and I don't know what for?! Can only be dissent by word/action.

    6. Anonymous11/8/15 21:03

      Okay, replay shows another foul by the booked player. Caution is acceptable but he did not caution nearly the same incident some minutes before (free-kick before 1:1). Really disappointing Collum tonight.

    7. Anonymous11/8/15 21:06

      Now a missed handball short before the penalty area - should be a free-kick, maybe also a YC for Pique what I cannot say yet.

  43. Anonymous11/8/15 21:00

    Booking only for protests? A new style by Collum this evening.

  44. Anonymous11/8/15 21:06

    No free kick for Pique's handball? o.O

    1. Anonymous11/8/15 21:07

      Unbelievable referee's performance tonight.

  45. Anonymous11/8/15 21:08

    I must admit that Collum looks to be not focused on this match.

  46. Anonymous11/8/15 21:11

    Yes. Two clear YC (prior 1:0 and 1:1, both for SPA). Personality? Super Cup referee? :)

  47. Anonymous11/8/15 21:13


    1. Anonymous11/8/15 21:15

      No. Crucial mistake by AR1.


      Tonight we see why it is a pity that Hugh Dallas pushes all Scottish referees up. Madden showed in the Europa League (e.g. Valencia-Salzburg) that he is not that good, Collum proves it game for game with a new climax tonight.

    2. Anonymous11/8/15 21:18

      Salzburg played against Villareal, but you are right that he wasn't really good there.

    3. Anonymous11/8/15 21:36

      Villareal, yes - thank you ;)

    4. Anonymous11/8/15 21:41

      Crucial mistake was from Irish assistant referee, sorry. No Scottish involved.

    5. Anonymous11/8/15 21:47

      Correct, but Collum made a few mistakes too.
      No card for Mascherano, Foul (?!) before freekick leading to 2:1

      I hope that he'll do better in second half.

  48. Anonymous11/8/15 21:15

    Was that really offside? I don't know because the replay was shown very quickly.

    1. Anonymous11/8/15 21:16

      I am recording this game. I checked that quickly and it was a very poor call by McGraith. Believe me, 100% no offside.

    2. Anonymous11/8/15 21:19

      The first player or the scorer? Couldn't checl that live, replay was too hurry, perhaps UEFA afraid of showing that.

    3. Definitely no offside in moment of both passes.

    4. Anonymous11/8/15 21:28 says Suarez

    5. Anonymous11/8/15 21:30

      I checked the video. No offside. Crucial mistake.

  49. Anonymous11/8/15 21:15

    Very bad offside call by McGraith. Wrongly disallowed goal. Crucial mistake.

  50. Anonymous11/8/15 21:37

    Was the Mascherano foul before the 1-0 (first minute) for you YC or RC? SPA or DOGSO? For me more red than yellow.

    (Collum issued no card)

    1. Anonymous12/8/15 19:38

      Not red for Mascherano.

  51. Anonymous11/8/15 21:40

    Was it really a foul before the 2-1 free kick? For me and the commentators of my country's TV not really.

    First half of Collum:
    One missing YC (SEV#4)
    One missing YC or RC?! (Mascherano)
    One missing handball short before the penalty area (Pique)
    Wrong free kick before 1-2
    Wrong disallowed goal ("offside")


    It was 1.22 m no offside in the second situation as showed by TV in my country...

  53. Krohn-Dehli escaped a yellow card too... 'Consistency'.

    1. Red card for Krohn-Dehli.

  54. Anonymous11/8/15 21:57

    This match has no story but hopefully for committee now it should be clear that Collum is no option for big matches. He can be elite but only for secondary matches.

  55. Anonymous11/8/15 22:05

    Possible to whistle a penalty for Barça for this handball, both arms raised, unnatural position. I wouldn't say crucial mistake but definitely more penalty than play on. Clear body's volume enlargement.

  56. Anonymous11/8/15 22:06

    Penalty in 61'?
    The hand was very high and it wasn't a natural position in my view.

  57. Having the replay in hand, Krychowiak should be off in 67th minute of the game. But being honest, it was very difficult to see it well live.

  58. Anonymous11/8/15 22:14

    Madden saved Collum with this penalty call. He had missed the foul...

    1. Anonymous11/8/15 22:17

      The SEV-attacker holds his opponent (the defender) on his kit too. Difficult.

    2. 50/50, I can accept both calls. According to Iturralde Gonzalez, it should have been red card for DOGSO.

  59. Anonymous11/8/15 22:33

    Offside before 4-4?

    1. Anonymous11/8/15 22:35

      Wasn't the ball coming from a throw-in?

    2. Anonymous11/8/15 22:39

      Yeah, my bad. Saw the replay now

  60. Anonymous11/8/15 22:35

    Finally a YC for tactical foul.

  61. Anonymous11/8/15 22:48

    Next missing YC, this time for Immobile. Pique is not amused.

    How bad is this refereeteam????

  62. Anonymous11/8/15 22:52

    For me a wrong offside flag by AR1 in 101'. The attacker does not interfere with play.

  63. Anonymous11/8/15 23:09

    Collum missed one blatant penalty before 5-4 and possible offside after that. I have no words for such performance.

    1. Anonymous11/8/15 23:13

      I don't think that it was offside because there was a white player on the right side of the goal but i didn't see a replay yet

    2. Anonymous11/8/15 23:15

      Ok, no offside. But missed penalty.

    3. Anonymous11/8/15 23:22

      That's true. Collum with a bad performance tonight. A few missed YC or even RC (DOGSO?) a one missed penalty.

  64. Anonymous11/8/15 23:10

    Clear missing penalty - handball. Short before the 5-4.

    Crucial mistake by Collum.

    1. Anonymous13/8/15 00:26

      Not handball.

  65. Anonymous11/8/15 23:10

    That was a hand ball penalty before the 5-4 goal, crazy game!

  66. Clear penalty + yellow card. There will be no big discussion as Barcelona scored immediately afterward.

  67. Anonymous11/8/15 23:12

    Sort of lucky Collum! It's a BLATANT penalty he couldn't spot just before Barça's 5th goal.

  68. Anonymous11/8/15 23:21

    What a game - what a referee's performance. I have no words for Mister Collum.

    1 crucial and many, many small mistakes by Collum.
    1 crucial mistake by AR1.

    I look forward to read your report. Collum's mark must be below 7.6 for me.

  69. Anonymous11/8/15 23:22

    Collum 7.8 (8.1)
    MacGraith 7.9 (8.3)
    Francis Connor 8.4
    Bobby Madden 8.5
    Kevin Clancy 8.4
    Graham Chambers 8.4

    1. Anonymous11/8/15 23:24

      7.8? Really too much. I would say 7.7

    2. Anonymous11/8/15 23:30

      I think Collum will get a lower mark.
      The rest sounds sensible.

    3. Anonymous11/8/15 23:44

      8.1 (without cm) is too high for Collum.
      8.5 for Madden what for? Penalty decision was acceptable but I could also accept to play-on

    4. Anonymous12/8/15 13:17

      Not 7,8 for Collum. Only 6,2.

    5. Very bad Collum yesterday.

  70. Anonymous12/8/15 01:43

    I agreed that Willie Collum tonight hadn't a great night. I understand the refereeing tactics, assessment of referee that "early", but there are offenses that can be punished YC's (SPA's). Crucial mistakes are clear, too. What I am tonight much more worrying is the lack of any personality, bad body language, feel for the game, much confrontation and nervousness, which are the result of bad decisions refereeing team. The rivalry can be seen, but we assume that these two opponents met in the play-off or KO UCL?! IMO, that it would be "painful" to watch. Thus, this kind of game, though, should be entrusted to the most experienced referees. Willie Collum has a lot to work on some elements (improve), he is elite, but the "third row".

  71. Anonymous12/8/15 11:53

    UEFA Europa league, second leg, 27th of August:
    AZ Alkmaar - Astra Giurgiu
    Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT), Matthias Winsauer (AUT), Roland Brandner (AUT), Oliver Drachta (AUT).

  72. Anonymous12/8/15 18:00

    I think much of the criticism of Collum, McGraith etc is unnecessary. The teams also had many errors, defensive, leading to 9 goals, and these are elite players remember! A useful analogy. Cup Finals are one off games, they have different dimensions, feelings and tactics. Frequently it is the game that is remembered, as it should be, and not the referees. In this game we had a hugely entertaining match, yes there may have been a missed foul here, or a missed YC there, but put the match in context. It is not a friendly, it is before the play off round, it is a highly prestigious game for the teams, but perhaps not UCL intensity for everyone concerned, but a useful preparation for the European season ahead. For everyone - UEFA, the city Tbilisi, the teams, the organisation, the officials. I suspect there will not be too much official criticism of the referee team. The real tests, for them and the teams, start on matchday 1 in September.

    1. Anonymous12/8/15 19:42

      Collum is not one good referee but Dallas
      helps the scotish referees.

  73. Anonymous12/8/15 22:37

    Can I ask what minute are these missing YC's and crucial mistakes? I would like to watch and analyze.


    1. Anonymous13/8/15 02:18

      Two missing YC before 0-1 and 1-1 (both SPA)
      Crucial mistake before 5-4



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