November 13, 2015

Cüneyt Çakır and Martin Atkinson to complete Play-off appointments

Turkish football federation has revealed the appointment of Cüneyt Çakır for the return leg of Slovenia - Ukraine, play-off for EURO 2016. The match will be played on 17 November 2015 in

17 November 2015

Stadion Ljudski vrt, Maribor (SVN), 20:45 CET 
Slovenia - Ukraine
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)
Assistant Referees: Bahattin Duran (TUR), Tarık Ongun (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referees: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR), Barış Şimşek (TUR)
Fourth Official: Mustafa Emre Eyisoy (TUR)
UEFA Delegate: David Griffiths (WAL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Manuel Enrique Mejuto González (ESP)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

Telia Parken, Copenhagen (DEN), 20:45 CET 
Denmark - Sweden
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG)
Assistant Referees: Michael Mullarkey (ENG), Stephen Child (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referees: Anthony Taylor (ENG), Andre Marriner (ENG)
Fourth Official: John Brooks (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Jānis Mežeckis (LVA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Hugh Dallas (SCO)
Blog Referee Observer: Gitzlo (AUT)


  1. Atkinson, surely now the favourite to handle the Scandinavian derby.

  2. OT : I want to present my french friends my condolences, all my solidarity and my deep support for terrorist attacks drama which they were loosely victims. I am wholeheartedly with them in these difficult times.

  3. OT:

    Collina officiated the first half of a charity match organised by UNICEF yesterday. Anthony Taylor took over after the interval.

    1. John Brooks and Michael Salisbury ran the lines.

      Really was great seeing the great man officiating again ;)



  4. Does anyone know the referee, for surely on emotionally charged match, between England and France on Tuesday in London
    My condolences also, for all those affected in Paris

    1. I share your feelings.
      The referee for England - France seems to be still unknown. Perhaps an Elite official not involved in play off match. Skomina? Bebek? Hategan? We will see. It would be possible to see a German, too. Aytekin coming back from U17 WC?
      Meanwhile, an appointment for today (it wasn't included in the list posted on the blog):
      Albania - Georgia
      Davide Massa (ITA)
      Fabiano Preti (ITA) – Sergio Ranghetti (ITA)

    2. Here you find a short report with statements by Mateu Lahoz who refereed in Paris on Friday. I am sure it is still a big shock for him too. Hope he can recover soon. All the best!

    3. AZERBAIJAN v MOLDOVA = Lasha Silagava (GEO)
      MACEDONIA v LEBANON = Damir Skomina (SVN)

    4. A rather low-key game for Skomina. Thought he might handle ENG - FRA tomorrow.

    5. Jonas Eriksson(SWE), as usual accompanied by Klaesenius and Wärnmark, will officiate England-France.

      "It's always an honour to referee in international matches, but to be present in this specific match, on Wembley in London after Friday's tragic events in Paris will be something very special for me and my team. Football means a lot in this moment and we feel priviliged to be part of the game"

    6. Very interesting. I think that it is possible that this appointed has been changed. Perhaps the original was different. Eriksson will be the only referee with a play off and a very important friendly, it is very difficult to image that he was already planned also for this game. Furthermore, following what happened, a very experienced official was needed here. What do you think?

    7. Belgium - Spain has been annulled.

    8. Agreed, Chefren. Eriksson's a good choice (IMO favourite for CL final).

  5. Hello guys,
    thanks to everyone for the support you've shown. The French and I, first as a man and then as a French, appreciate it. Thanks again....your support and your phrases have been really moving. Hope we can work together.

    Robert Lefebvre

  6. Relegations/promotions in Norway:

    Brage Sandmoen, Espen Berntsen, Ole Gya and Omar Rafiq, who must be considered as low performers this season retire, possibly at the request of Terje Hauge, the new head of the Norwegian referees.

    From the 1st division Petter Toppe and Mads Ahlsen do the same.

    Kai Erik Steen is promoted to the Tippeliga group, while Martin Lundby probably is the next Norwegian FIFA referee.

  7. Greek appointments on CL and EL

    EL 26/11

    Sidiropoulos, Efthimiadis, Kostaras, Koukoulakis, Tritsonis, Dimitriadis

    CL or EL 8-10/12

    Koukoulakis, Grevenis, Kourompilia, Kalogeropoulos, Pappas, Baltas

    CL 24/11

    Lyon - Gent
    UEFA Observer: Kyros Vassaras (GRE)

  8. The match Germany-Netherlands has been annulled too.

    1. Rumors say there is a bomb in the stadium. Trrible, hopefully that's not true.

  9. A walk in the park for Eriksson tonight - the Swede was very good nonetheless.

    How did Atkinson and Cakir get on...?

  10. Very good performance by Cakir. He was in control in otherwise very challenging match. Well done by Turkish team.

    1. Very challenging match for Cakir, a battle which lasted 97 minutes. A battle in the real meaning of the term. I think that this match can be a proof that at moment he is one of the best among Elite officials. Many unsporting situations, wasting of time, fouls, provocations. But Cakir was always ready. One could say that he had a certain leniency, but being strict in this game would have led to 4 or 5 sending off. I think that, given the importance of the game, there was an excellent reading of it by the Turkish. One can find perhaps a missed YC and other small mistakes, but the pressure he had to face was extra-ordinary. More on the report, but surely a good performance in my opinion. When you whistle the end of such matches without any polemics, you are a top class referee, in my opinion.

    2. Comments on Atkinson? It would be nice to know how he performed in Denmark.

  11. My predections for MD 5
    BATE Borisov-Bayer Leverkusen Stefan Johannesson
    Zenit-Valencia Cüneyt Cakir
    Lyon-Gent Deniz Aytekin
    Barcelona-AS Roma William Collum
    Arsenal-Dinamo Zagreb Nicola Rizzoli
    Bayern-Olympiacos Clément Turpin
    FC Porto-Dynamo Kyiv Alberto Undiano Mallenco
    Maccabi Tel Aviv-Chelsea Matej Jug

    Astana-Benfica Danny Makkiele
    CSKA Moskov-Wolfsburg Ivan Bebek
    Man,Utd-PSV Damir Sokimna
    Atlético-Galatasary Martin Atkinson
    Malmö-PSG Bas Nijhuis
    Sahtar-Real Madrid Craig Thomson
    Juventus-Manchester City Viktor Kassai
    Mönchengladbach-Sevilla Michael Oliver

    1. Mine are:
      BATE Borisov-Bayer Leverkusen Pavel Kralovec
      Zenit-Valencia Jonas Eriksson
      Lyon-Gent Mark Clattenburg
      Barcelona-AS Roma Craig Thomson
      Arsenal-Dinamo Zagreb Damir Skomina
      Bayern-Olympiacos Björn Kuipers
      FC Porto-Dynamo Kyiv Nicola Rizzoli
      Maccabi Tel Aviv-Chelsea Carlos Velasco Carballo

      Astana-Benfica Svein Oddvar Moen
      CSKA Moskov-Wolfsburg Clement Turpin
      Man Utd-PSV Milorad Mazic
      Atlético-Galatasary Deniz Aytekin
      Malmö-PSG Gianluca Rocchi
      Shaktar-Real Madrid Istvan Vad
      Juventus-Manchester City Szymon Marciniak
      Mönchengladbach-Sevilla Artur Soares Dias

    2. Italian referees can't handle Ukrainian teams due to the rule of Collina in the national federation.

    3. Since M'gladbach and Sevilla both fight for the 3rd place I think this would be a bit much for a CL debut for Soares. Depending on his mark in Schalke (7.9 very likely if the observer checked the DVD), he is a good guess though - I would say rather for MD6 though.

    4. #Niclas Have you observer list for MD 5?

  12. News from Spain: Alberto Undiano Mallenco was originally appointed for a match on Sunday (Real Betis Balompié - Club Atlético de Madrid) but today he has been removed due to "international assignment", as you can read here (replaced by Jaime Latre):

    That is actually strange because RFEF CTA has always allowed to handle matches within two days. So he should be confirmed for CL on Tuesday or Wednesday. Perhaps, the long travel for Kazakhstan, even though the match will be on Wednesday, could be the answer. :)

  13. I must correct myself, due to Atletico Madrid, Undiano is not possible in Kazakhstan. So surely a match on Tuesday evening.

    1. And that must be in group G. Undiano and Velasco for these two matches seems sensible.

    2. Yes very likely Undiano in Israel (Maccabi - Chelsea) and Velasco in Portugal (Porto - Dinamo Kiev). Let's see.

  14. Great offside/onside situation from Australia:

  15. No words about Borbalan's performance in Classico? Missed clear penalty against Suarez and 2nd YC fot Ramos (he should get 1st YC in 1st half, when Borbalan missed to whistle foul against Dani Alves - two similar fouls). Also, for me missed RC for Ronaldo, when he deliberately punched Alves with his elbow. Those were most important mistakes.

  16. No words about Borbalan's performance in Classico? Missed clear penalty against Suarez and 2nd YC fot Ramos (he should get 1st YC in 1st half, when Borbalan missed to whistle foul against Dani Alves - two similar fouls). Also, for me missed RC for Ronaldo, when he deliberately punched Alves with his elbow. Those were most important mistakes.

  17. My predictions:

    Borisov - Leverkusen: Turpin (FRA)
    Zenit - Valencia: Eriksson (SWE)
    Lyon - Gent: Hategan (ROU)
    Barcelona - Roma: Thomson (SCO)
    Arsenal - Zagreb: Skomina (SVN)
    Bayern - Olympiacos: Collum (SCO)
    Porto - Kyiv: Velasco Carballo (ESP)
    Tel Aviv - Chelsea: Undiano Mallenco (ESP)
    Astana - Benfica: Moen (NOR)
    Moscow - Wolfsburg: Makkelie (NED)
    United - Eindhoven: Mazic (SRB)
    Atlético - Galatasaray: Aytekin (GER)
    Malmö - Paris: Rocchi (ITA)
    Donetsk - Madrid: Nijhuis (NED)
    Juventus - City: Královec (CZE)
    M'gladbach - Sevilla: Marciniak (POL)

  18. Tobias Stieler again with a very sovereign and good performance in an important match (Schalke-Bayern). After several other top clashes Fandel entrusted him (Bayern-Wolfsburg, Schalke-Gladbach in DFB Cup et al.), he seems to have established at the peak of German refereeing, at least domestically. At the moment clearly the no.3 behind Brych and Zwayer if we consider the current FIFA officials with regard to level of performances and importance of appointments. A name for the future for sure.

    1. I absolutely agree. Stieler made great progress and deserved this kind of matches. He had all top clashes full under control and is accepted by the players.
      Of course a man for the future, I wouldn't be surprised if he will be selected for more national top clashes. Maybe a candidate for the German award 'Referee of the year 15/16'.


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