May 10, 2016

Mark Clattenburg to Referee Champions League Final Madrileño - Jonas Eriksson Appointed for Europa League Final

UEFA has appointed English Elite Referee Mark Clattenburg to take charge of the 2016 Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid in Milan's Stadio Giuseppe Meazza. Swedish Jonas Eriksson has been chosen to take charge of the Europa League final between Liverpool FC and Sevilla FC in Basel.

UEFA Champions League Final 2016

28 May 2016, 20:45 CET
Estadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan (Italy)
Real Madrid - Atlético Madrid
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (England)
Assistant Referee 1: Simon Beck (England)
Assistant Referee 2: Jake Collin (England)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Anthony Taylor (England)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Andre Marriner (England)
Fourth Official: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Stuart Burt (England)
UEFA Referee Observer: Pierluigi Collina (Italy)
UEFA Delegate: Pertti Alaja (Finland)
The 3rd Team Referee Observer: Artur (Switzerland)

UEFA Europa League Final 2016

18 May 2016, 20:45 CET
St.-Jakob Park, Basel (Switzerland)
FC Liverpool - Sevilla FC
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)
Assistant Referee 1: Mathias Klasenius (Sweden)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Wärnmark (Sweden)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Stefan Johannesson (Sweden)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Markus Strömbergsson (Sweden)
Fourth Official: Svein Oddvar Moen (Norway)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Mehmet Culum (Sweden)
UEFA Referee Observer: Hugh Dallas (Scotland)
UEFA Delegate: Rudolf Řepka (Czech Republic)
The 3rd Team Referee Observer: Chefren (Italy)

UEFA Women's Champions League Final 2016

26 May 2016, 18:00 CET
Stadio Città del Tricolore, Reggio Emilia (Italy)
VfL Wolfsburg - Olympique Lyon
Referee: Katalin Kulcsár (Hungary)
Assistant Referee 1: Judit Kulcsár (Hungary)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrea Hima (Hungary)
Fourth Official: Gyöngyi Gaál (Hungary)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Lucia Abruzzese (Italy)
UEFA Referee Observer: Bo Karlsson (Sweden)
UEFA Delegate: Klara Bjartmarz (Iceland)
The 3rd Team Referee Observer: Harry (England)


  1. Great injustice to Mazic.

    1. Certainly he would have merited at least the Fourth Official role in Milan more than Kassai, maybe Madrid Derby of 2015 ruled him out?

    2. Good point Harry, but then he could have been in Basel at least...

      Nonetheless, 2 referees and their teams (and 2 fourth officials) have received a huge appointment. So I think the first thoughts should go to them and not to other referees.

  2. Surprise with Clattenburg........

  3. Well, so this time UEFA surprised us, but of course not a total surprise.
    Clattenburg showed an excellent performance in Atletico - PSV (my mark was 8.5), then he was very good also in Atletico - Bayern. So, the final appointment is a reward for this good work. What we can say about Eriksson, if he was the original name in mind of committee, is that it was really difficult to imagine him again appointed with Bayern. I indeed think that he paid the AR mistake in Bayern - Juventus. Perhaps, with different teams, he would have handled this final, but we can't be sure of that of course. So, an excellent season for Clattenburg, somehow he made the same impressive route of Atkinson one year ago with Europa League.
    I don't think that this was a decision made on purpose by committee following the rumors about Eriksson for CL final, sometimes we assume to know something, but in fact we know nothing.
    Eriksson will have time in future, in a certain way committee is inviting him to go on without retiring, we will see this decision after EURO 2016.
    What I don't like is Moen appointment as fourth official, this is only politics, he never deserved that, after only one game in CL in KO stage, and nothing more. Names like Rocchi, Mazic and other ones would have deserved to be there as fourth officials. But perhaps committee want to see how referees called for EURO work together, indeed you can see that all fourth named for both finals will be in France.
    Well, absolutely amazing. This season Collina changed everything: a referee can handle three times a team in KO stage (Clattenburg - Atletico) and a final appointment can be reached after having officiated a semifinal.

    1. Nice summary - totally agreed.

      Rocchi was unlucky to be overlooked for the Euros. A FO appointment for the EL final would have been a small consolation.

    2. Also - Norwegian and Swedish are mutually intelligible, so appointing Moen might have the added benefit of simplifying communication, which can be very useful.

    3. Indeed, good point.

  4. I've lost count on the amount of times Clatts has ref'd either Atletico or Real Madrid. Especially the former.

    I too am surprised with this announcement, but no one can say Clattenburg doesn't deserve it.

    Eriksson must settle for the EL final, so I guess he won't hang up his whistle after the Euros...

    Mazic's exclusion from semi-finals is baffling, perhaps like Atkinson...he has picked-up an injury?

    1. 7 times Atletico and 5 times Real before the final. Those are the two non-English teams Clattenburg refereed the most in his career.

    2. Injury is not reason for sure. He will be "man in the middle" tomorrow, national cup final game.

    3. It is indeed really strange, I would have easily guessed Mazic at least for a semifinal. Perhaps there was something in PSG - City. As I reported, Collina assessed as offside the goal by Rabiot, due to Ibrahimovic presence. Or maybe the penalty call, I don't know.

    4. I agree... In full.

    5. More likely the awarded penalty, Chefren. That could have an impact on his non-appointments.

    6. @Philipp: cheers, very interesting.

      @referee77: Interesting. Then his absence is even more bewildering.

  5. I'm speechless.

    I can only say..
    It seems that some referees became coleteral damage.
    I think that Clattenburg was planned for EL final, but after Liverpool reached the final he was 'swapped' with Eriksson.

    IMO Eriksson's appointment is absolutely undeserved, and Moen's appointment.. shame.

  6. I guess Moen is appointed, so that the swedish team still can speak swedish, and do not have to speak english. (Norweigian people understand most of the swedish language)

    1. The problem is that appointment should be also reward for a good season, its not fair to appoint someone just to avoid language problems.

      Marciniak,Mazic,Rocchi,Skomina deserved it.

    2. At the same time, I have to appreciate the fact that UEFA cares about fielding effective working teams, rather than only caring about politics and making people happy. This is the biggest game in European football until the EURO, so fielding an effective referee team should be more important than rewarding referees.

    3. However, to my knowledge most referee teams still communicate in their mother tongue even if the 4th official comes from a different country.

      Such a final nomination for Moen makes - maybe - some sense in terms of having a team used to each other (WC 2014) and to give him some extra motivation for the next seasons (one day, he might be the man in the middle). Well I also forgot that Mazic was Brych's 4th official in the UEL final 2014, so Mazic again as 4th would have made no sense.

    4. Yes, but with a coach like Klopp on the sideline, being able to communicate easily with your 4th official is really important ;)

    5. True! And same with Simeone...Kassai has the personality needed to cope with him. (We'll see whether this changes anything)

    6. 'However, to my knowledge most referee teams still communicate in their mother tongue even if the 4th official comes from a different country. '
      Thats the point.

    7. It suffices to listen to the communication between Fröjdfelt and his 4th official (Ivan Bebek?) or the lack of communication between Skomina and Manuel Mejuto Gonzalez in the film "Kill the Referee" about the EURO 2008 to see the potential problems that having a non-native 4th official might induce.

    8. Sorry, that was the communication between Massimo Busacca and Ivan Bebek.

  7. A very good referee for Spanish derby.

    1. Best in Europe :)

    2. In the last years it's been difficult to see a Spanish refereeing team in the last rounds of European tournaments due to Spanish teams getting to the finals or semifinals.

      Although Clattenburg is a top ref, Carlos Velasco Carballo hasn't been allowed to be there most of years. And he's at his level at the least.

  8. I think Felix Brych will refreeing UCL Final.... and I hope next season UEFA change the rule,non-European referees can become referee of UCL and UEL.

  9. Never non-European referees in matchs of UEFA.

  10. I hope for Nicola Rizzoli in EURO 2016 final

    1. After he was the referee in WC in 2014?

    2. Yes, in euro final 2012 was appointed Pedro Proenca because italy played the match; otherwise Rizzoli has been the referee and this appointment is the only lack in Rizzoli's carrer. I think this is the last year as uefa referee , Rizzoli was born in 1971.

    3. Yes, in euro final 2012 was appointed Pedro Proenca because italy played the match; otherwise Rizzoli has been the referee and this appointment is the only lack in Rizzoli's carrer. I think this is the last year as uefa referee , Rizzoli was born in 1971.

    4. My early predection for MD1 in EURO

      France-Romania Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP) FO:Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)
      England-Russia Felix Brych (GER) FO:Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)
      Wales- Slovakia Szymon Marciniak (POL) FO:Cüneyt Cakir (TUR)
      Albania-Switzerland Pavel Kralovec (CZE) FO: Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE)
      Türkey-Croatia William Collum (SCO) FO:Björn Kuipers (NED)
      Poland-Northern Ireland Sergey Karasev (RUS) FO:Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
      Germany-Ukraine Milorad Mazic (SRB) FO:Anthony Taylor (ENG)
      Belgium-Italy Martin Atkinson (ENG) FO:Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)
      Spain-Czech Republic Viktor Kassai(HUN) FO:Stefan Johanesson (SWE)
      Republic of Ireland- Sweden Damir Skomina (SLO) FO:Luca Banti (ITA)
      Austria-Hungary Clément Turpin (FRA) FO: Pawel Raczkowski (POL)
      Portugal-Iceland Ovidiu Hategan (ROU) FO:Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE)

    5. Most of them are more than possible, the biggest doubt I have is Collum for Turkey-Croatia. Considering his "non-appointments" in the past months (surely the most disappointing KO stage for him during the last years), I think that UEFA will only use him for smaller matches. Turkey-Croatia could easily become the most heated match of all matches at Matchday 1, so that I expect a top-flight referee there - Eriksson for example.

    6. What do you think about Nicola Rizzoli for final match?

    7. He is surely joining the pool of referees that come into question for the final. It depends on his performances during the tournament.

    8. And what do you think Kassai's situation? Again get big matches?

    9. I think he is in the (upper?) midfield of UEFA's EURO referees at the moment. We'll see.

    10. Comment by Philipp S (got lost somehow):

      My predictions are
      France-Romania Mark Clattenburg (ENG) FO: Pavel Kralovec (CZE)
      England-Russia Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP) FO: Clement Turpin (FRA)
      Wales- Slovakia Szymon Marciniak (POL) FO: Tasos Sidiropolous (GRE)
      Albania-Switzerland Viktor Kassai (HUN) FO: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)
      Türkey-Croatia Nicola Rizzoli (ITA) FO: Sergei Karasev (RUS)
      Poland-Northern Ireland Ovidiu Hategan (ROU) FO: Damir Skomina (SVN)
      Germany-Ukraine William Collum (SCO) FO: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
      Belgium-Italy Felix Brych (GER) FO: Cüneyt Cakir (TUR)
      Spain-Czech Republic Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR) FO: Tasos Sidiropolous (GRE)
      Republic of Ireland- Sweden Milorad Mazic (SER) FO: Björn Kuipers (NED)
      Austria-Hungary Martin Atkinson (ENG) FO: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)
      Portugal-Iceland Pavel Kralovec (CZE) FO: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)

      Posted by Philipp S to The 3rd Team at 14/5/16 18:08

    11. The fourth official referees will be the additional assistant referees or referees?

  11. Hey guys,Bertino Miranda refereed his last match today.Congratulations Bertino for a beautiful career!

    1. Thanks for the info. Why does he retire already now being born 1972?
      Indeed a great career and IMO one of the best European assistant referees of the last decade.

    2. Niclas,i don't know.Proenca also was there like Webb by Cann's last match at Camp Nou.


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