October 5, 2015

UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifiers - Referee Appointments for Matchday 9 (October 2015) - I

These are the officials appointed by UEFA for MD 9 of EURO 2016 Qualifiers.

8 October 2015

Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi (GEO), Group D, 18:00 CET 
Georgia - Gibraltar
Referee: Sergii Boiko (UKR)
Assistant Referees: Oleksandr Voytuk (UKR), Oleg Pluzhnyk (UKR)  
Additional Assistant Referees: Anatoliy Abdula (UKR), Sergiy Berezka (UKR)
Fourth Official: Sergii Bekker (UKR)
UEFA Delegate: Octavian Goga (ROU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kuddusi Müftüoglu (TUR)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Avtandil Shalamberidze (GEO)

Aviva Stadium, Dublin (IRL), Group D, 20:45 CET
Republic of Ireland - Germany
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)
Assistant Referees: Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP), Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referees: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP), Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)
Fourth Official:  Marcos Álvarez Moreno (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Per Svärd (SWE) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Markus Nobs (SUI)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Patrick A. Daly (IRL) 

Hampden Park, Glasgow (SCO), Group D, 20:45 CET
Scotland - Poland
Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN)
Assistant Referees: György Ring (HUN), Vencel Toth (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referees:  Tamás Bognar (HUN), Ádam Farkas (HUN)
Fourth Official: Peter Berettyán (HUN)
UEFA Delegate: Danilo Filacchione (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Bertrand Layec (FRA)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: William Machray (SCO) 

Groupama Aréna, Budapest (HUN), Group F, 20:45 CET
Hungary - Faroe Islands
Referee: Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT)
Assistant Referees: Maximilian Kolbitsch (AUT), Matthias Winsaeur (AUT)
Additional Assistant Referees: Harald Lechner (AUT), Dominik Ouschan (AUT)
Fourth Official: Richard Huebler (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Andreas Akkelides (CYP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kaj Østergaard (DEN)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Gabor Erös (HUN)

Windsor Park, Belfast (NIR), Group F, 20:45 CET
Northern Ireland - Greece
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (NED)
Assistant Referees: Rob Van de Ven (NED), Charles Schaap (NED)
Additional Assistant Referees: Kevin Blom (NED), Ed Janssen (NED)
Fourth Official: Bas Van Dongen (NED) 
UEFA Delegate: José Aguiar (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Fritz Stuchlik (AUT)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Norman Loughins (NIR) 

Arena Națională, Bucharest (ROU), Group F, 20:45 CET
Romania - Finland
Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO)
Assistant Referees: David McGeachie (SCO), William Conquer (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referees: Steven McLean (SCO), Andrew Dallas (SCO)
Fourth Official: Douglas Gordon Ross (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: George Fantaros (CYP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Matteo Simone Trefoloni (ITA)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Augustus Constantin (ROU) 

Elbasan Arena, Elbasan (ALB), Group I, 20:45 CET
Albania - Serbia
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)
Assistant Referees: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA), Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referees: Luca Banti (ITA), Antonio Damato (ITA) 
Fourth Official: Andrea Padovan (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Dennis Cruise (IRL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Juan Antonio Fernández Marin (ESP)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Albano Janku (ALB)

Estádio Municipal de Braga, Braga (POR), Group I, 20:45 CET
Portugal - Denmark
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG)
Assistant Referees: Simon Beck (ENG), Jake Collin (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referees: Andre Marriner (ENG), Jonathan Moss (ENG)
Fourth Official: John Brooks (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Bernd Barutta (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Luis Medina Cantalejo (ESP)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Carlos Manuel Ferreira Matos (POR)

Centralized friendly
Allianz Riviera, Nice (FRA), 20:45 CET
France - Armenia
Referee: Slavko Vinčič (SVN)
Assistant Referees: Bojan Ul (SVN), Tomaž Klančnik (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referees: Mitja Žganec (SVN), Roberto Ponis (SVN)
Fourth Official: Andraž Kovačič (SVN)


  1. So Rizzoli for Albania - Serbia. We all remember what happened at the first match. Let's see if Rizzoli can control it.

    1. Expected decision. I believe that Clattenburg was second option. This match needs calm, experienced referee, so Rizzoli is good solution. First match was whistled by Atkinson, and he did everything well on the pitch - there was no problem whatsoever until 40th minute, when the drone with Albanian flag came from the sky. I don't expect such provocation in this match.

    2. Yet, I would have been happier with the German team, and Dr. Felix Brych.

    3. Brych could be good solution, too. I think that he didn't get his match because he officiated Serbia-Croatia in Belgrade, back in 2013. He had some problematic decisions then. Rizzoli was appointed in WC final and CL final, so we can't find more experienced referee than he is.

    4. His Referee Observer at the match Serbia vs. Croatia was pleased with his refereeing, as I recall (Jaap Uilenberg). Of course, I have nothing against Nicola Rizzoli. The selector of Albania's is Italian, if we think that this "logic". I think that's Brych at the moment stable, calm and in better shape. IMO!

    5. I think that the good Rizzoli won't have any problem with this match no matter how hot it will be.

    6. "The selector of Albania's is Italian". That's speculation.

    7. As much of the speculation that Brych wasn't nominated for this match due to "a some of problematic decisions on the match Serbia vs.Croatia". For me, Nicola Rizzoli isn't debatable, for God's sake. :) On the contrary! We didn't understand.
      Referee, Giovanni De Biasi or Gianni De Biasi is Hungarian?! Please! :)

    8. Branko, I didn't say that Brych hasn't been appointed because he had problematic decisions (penalty on Markovic in 5th minute and soft RC for this kind of a match for Matic, that's just my opinion - I don't know the observer was pleased by his performance, bearing in mind that reports of UEFA observers are classified, as I was told here in this blog). I said that Brych probably hasn't been appointed because he already whistled in Serbia's match, in another Balcan derby, so it was hard to expect him again.

    9. UEFA/FIFA Referee No I- Nicola Rizzoli- excellent performance. It was the average match. But I was wrong. The best UEFA/FIFA referees team Rizzoli's team! Bravo, PlC!!!

  2. Match between France and Armenia will judge:

    Referee: Slavko Vinčič (SVN)
    Assistant Referees: Bojan Ul (SVN), Tomaž Klančnik (SVN)
    Additional Assistant Referees: Mitja Žganec (SVN), Roberto Ponis (SVN)
    Fourth Official: Andraž Kovačič (SVN)

  3. Expected appointments for Velasco and Clattenburg, in my opinion. After the scandal in Serbia, UEFA did not have another choice but appointing their (IMO) most experienced referees: Rizzoli.

    My predictions for the rest of MD9 (which were quite difficult to make):

    Macedonia - Ukraine: Strahonja (CRO)
    Slovakia - Belarus: Göcek (TUR)
    Spain - Luxembourg: Welz (GER)
    England - Estonia: Sidiropoulos (GRE)
    Slovenia - Lithuania: Delferiere (BEL)
    Switzerland - San Marino: Jug (SVN)
    Liechtenstein - Sweden: Chapron (FRA)
    Moldova - Russia: Undiano Mallenco (ESP)
    Montenegro - Austria: Hategan (ROU)
    Iceland - Latvia: Vad (HUN)
    Kazakhstan - Netherlands: Orsato (ITA)
    Azerbaijan - Italy: Gil (POL)
    Norway - Malta: Van Boekel (NED)
    Croatia - Bulgaria: Çakir (TUR)
    Czech Republic - Turkey: Brych (GER)
    Bosnia - Wales: Rocchi (ITA)
    Israel - Cyprus: Královec (CZE)

    What do you think?


    1. Vad's assistant is SCO-POL(4th OF) with Kassai. I think he will be appointed in MD 10.
      Mark from Hungary

    2. I think that you should take previous matches and "historical" aspects into consideration: Anasthasios Sidiropoulos handled Estonia less than one month ago, Pawel Gil Azerbaijan in June, Felix Brych Turkey this spring, a Croatian referee for Macedonia also does not seem very likely in my view etc.

    3. Mine would be:
      Macedonia - Ukraine: Dingert (GER)
      Slovakia - Belarus: Özkahya (TUR)
      Spain - Luxembourg: Karasev (RUS)
      England - Estonia: Orsato (ITA)
      Slovenia - Lithuania: Kuipers (NED)
      Switzerland - San Marino: Estrada (ESP)
      Liechtenstein - Sweden: Chapron (FRA)
      Moldova - Russia: Taylor (ENG)
      Montenegro - Austria: Marciniak (POL)
      Iceland - Latvia: Gil (POL)
      Kazakhstan - Netherlands: Koukoulakis (GRE)
      Czech Republic - Turkey: Atkinson (ENG)
      Azerbaijan - Italy: Kovarik (CZE)
      Norway - Malta: Delferiere (BEL)
      Croatia - Bulgaria: Johannesson (SWE)
      Bosnia - Wales: Moen (NOR)
      Israel - Cyprus: Turpin (FRA)
      Andorra - Belgium: Stavrev (MAZ)

  4. OT
    What do you think of this https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=9&v=fQnTa-__g8s?
    No matter the mark, the final decision is enlightening.

    1. One can argue that the ball wasn't hit enough in order to prevent an opponent before gaining control over this ball. And then, if there is a contact that makes the attacker fall (even if the contact with the ball is the first one), it's OK to whistle a careless foul and at least book the defender for SPA.

  5. Velasco Carballo returns to the scene of arguably his greatest achievement (2011 EL final).

  6. Situation in Albania is critical. Bus with Serbian players was hit by the rock. Lot of people are in front of the hotel. The man that let the drone with the flag of Big Albania in Belgrade is in prison, because police found in his car 2 guns with 30 bullets this morning, as well as 35 tickets for the match. Terrorist organization Red brigade asked for his release, or they will attack Serbian players. That's the atmosphere in which the match is being expected. Let's see what UEFA is going to do - is the football more important than human life. Serbian Football Association is considering possibility not to take the risk and play the match. Said, very said situation.

    1. Which begs the question: why didn't Uefa separate these two nations? Utter lunacy on their part.

    2. Or even in the current situation play in a neutral location (Cyprus?) behind closed doors rather than an extremely dangerous match such as this. I can only remember Croatia - Yugoslavia in '98/99 and Bosnia - Serbia 04'/05' being as tense, if not more. Very sad for a football match really.

    3. @harry midd People on the Balcans are very passionate, and because of the politicians and their interests, they are indoctrinated to hate each other, to hate their neighbors. That resulted the wars in last 20 years, and the wounds are still fresh. The biggest tensions are in sports, especially football and basketball. When the matches finished, the atmosphere became rather normal. You mentioned two important clashes in the past, and you are wright, and you wrote it correctly - the tensions were in Zagreb and Sarajevo, not in Belgrade. Even in clash Serbia-Albania, the crowd was calm until 40th minute when the drone came from the sky, which is the provocation by unseen proportions. Only Serbian team was punished (when Serbian lunatics in Genoa interrupted the match Italy-Serbia, again only Serbian team was punished, not the organizers, and when Croatians 3 or 4 time interrupted the match in Milano against Italy - no one was punished, there were only money punishment). UEFA's business, it is obvious that they have different approach, and that all teams are not equal. We will see what will happen tonight - lets all hope that everything will be in sport's spirit.

    4. @nole
      Yeah I completely agree with all your points, and of course the painful war and genocide of 20 years ago, which would explain why Belgrade was fine before the drone, and rather Zagreb and Sarajevo weren't. Obviously sport, especially football and basketball as you say (the atmosphere at Crvena zvezda in Euroleague was like nothing I have ever heard before!), is the main way to show hate in this context and of course this is contrary to what sport should be, in contrast it would be naive to expect people to dismiss the horror of 20 years ago. In the end I think Serbia were basically deducted points for being at home and for the 'fans' that brought in the reverse fixture.
      Thank you very much also for saying what journalists who travel out for a week or so!
      BTW I think Rizzoli is doing very well, fantastically controlled game, although the disallowed goal was questionable, even wrong in my view.

    5. * sorry if my terms are incorrect: Ethnic Cleansing rather than Genocide

    6. Didn't get your full point, but never mind. We shouldn't speak here about politics, ethnic cleansing (do not believe everything in media, many western countries on the Balcans have big interests, as well as in Norht Africa and West Asia and influence on that wars). We can do that on some other blog.
      Everyone should know this: people in Serbian do not hate anybody, we are passionate but very warm and friendly, and excellent hosts. But, we have some fools, some lunatics that create totally wrong picture about Serbia (the same is in Croatia, Albania...), and media emphasize that, of course. You should know, for example, that people from Serbia and Kosovo Albanians cooperate a lot, especially in trading...
      About the Rizzoli - well done, good management, some not so good foul detections, maybe missed 1 or 2 YCs, but nothing important for this kind of a match. Excellent decision from AR1 at first goal. Expected level from Rizzoli, probably 8.3, maybe even 8.4 having in mind importance and strong political aspect of the match (although he had some small mistakes).

  7. 16': Missed PK by Velasco.

    1. No. There is a holding but IMO no crucial mistake to play-on, especially compared with his generous line in the first 20min. A wise decision for me.

    2. 18' correctly disallowed goal for Germany (Özil impended an opponent)

    3. @gitzlo: Nevertheless this was too much. The Irish player held Hummels for a few seconds without being interested to play the ball at all. I thought, I was watching Greco-Roman wrestling.

      But to be honest: As a German I may be not unprejudiced... ;-)

    4. 28' similar situation on the other side not given. So Velasco is consequent^^

    5. IMO a foul whistle would not be wrong but it would not match with his line in the rest of the game, for example at the incident inside the German penalty area or now (28') as he did not whistle a similiar holding in favor of IRL.

      You are right, a penalty whistle would be correct as well, but no crucial mistake for me.

    6. Ok, that's a point, we can agree on. Although I would have liked to see a PK for this. ;-)

    7. For me a clear penalty (holding for 2 seconds clearly pulling Hummels down).
      The YC against Hummels obviously wrong even in live view. Too little prevention and too passive IMO. Impeded once with play . Good control and assistants.
      7.8/7.9 for me.

    8. I forgot: exemplary use of advantages (only in case of team benefit, otherwise free kick) and delayed whistle.

    9. I think it was still acceptable to play-on, it wasn't necessary to point to the spot. Correct disallowed goal, good decision by AR1. However, wrong booking for Hummels in 86'. Velasco should improve his positioning as he intervened with play twice; but overall solid performance.
      I'd go for this marks:
      REF: 8.3
      AR1: 8.5 (good offside decisions taken)
      AR2: 8.4
      Other officials: 8.4

  8. Interesting situation with the goal disallowed to Germany. I think that Oezil didn't touch the ball, so was that a correct decision by AR?

    1. IMO yes. Interferes anyway with play.

    2. IMO the Germany goal was disallowed correctly. Attacker was active, he try to to play the ball and did try score the goal, therefore it's offside offence.

  9. Rizzoli had good start in Albania, with two early bookings to calm players (appropriate tactics). Good decision to deny Serbian goal, due to foul on gk. Maybe he missed one YC, and for sure in 2-3 cases he had bad foul detection. So far (halftime), solid performance in normal match on the pitch, but very tough overall, due to situation over this match.

  10. Thomson with a missed DOGSO and some penalty appeals.

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  12. Poland - Ireland on Sunday looking very interesting... Big game for Cakir.

    1. A play off for direct access to France.

    2. Yes, but maybe it won't be hard match for Cakir. For example, match between Albania and Serbia was quite normal, Rizzoli didn't have any problems on the pitch whatsoever. The same was in the WC final. I believe Cakir will handle it well.

  13. Good performance by Nijhuis. A lenient line in foul detection but worked well for him. Some positioning problems again but lesser compared to Arsenal - Olympiakos. Good match and disciplinary control. 8.4 for me.

  14. Clattenburg missed a clear handball penalty in favor of Denmark tonight. (45th min)

  15. 2 crucial mistakes for Schorgenhofer and Thomson.

    Schorgenhofer: missed penalty for Feroe at 1-1.
    → http://fullyfootball.com/hungary-vs-faroe-islands-2-1-highlights-euro-2016-qualifiers-11319 ← skip to min 7:00

    Thomson: missed penalty for Finland at 0-1.
    → http://www.digisport.ro/Sport/FOTBAL/Competitii/Echipa+Nationala/live-text/video+Romania-Finlanda+ ← click on min 72.

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