August 12, 2016

Olympic Football Tournament 2016 - Referee Appointments for Men's Quarterfinals

The following referees will officiate the quarterfinals of Men's Tournament. 

Men's Quarterfinals (13 August) 

Brasilia, 18:00 CET
Portugal - Germany
Referee: Walter López Castellanos (Guatemala)
Assistant Referee 1: Leonel Leal (Costa Rica)
Assistant Referee 2: Gerson Otoniel López Castellanos (Guatemala)
4th Official: Fahad Al Mirdasi (Saudi Arabia)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Lee Harmon (Cook Islands)

Salvador, 21:00 CET
Nigeria - Denmark
Referee: Sandro Ricci (Brazil)
Assistant Referee 1: Emerson Carvalho (Brazil)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcelo Van Gasse (Brazil)
4th Official: Diego Haro (Perù)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Héctor Vergara (Canada)

Belo Horizonte, 00:00+1d CET
Korea Republic - Honduras
Referee: Ghead Grisha (Egypt)
Assistant Referee 1: Redouane Achik (Morocco)
Assistant Referee 2: Waleed Ahmed (Sudan)
4th Official: Joseph Lamptey (Ghana)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Jacqueline Leleu (Australia)

São Paulo, 03:00+1d CET
Brazil - Colombia
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey)
Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin Duran (Turkey)
Assistant Referee 2: Tarik Ongun (Turkey)
4th Official: Clément Turpin (France)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Carlos Alarcon (Paraguay)

source: Árbitro Internacional


  1. All what we remember about Brazil - Colombia at FIFA level is terrible.
    Hopefully Cüneyt Çakır will help us to forget that game ;)

    1. In his current shape, one may be afraid.

    2. I would have preferred a CONCACAF crew for this match. It is going to be a passionate, feisty, and fiery encounter. It's the type of game that Latino referees have a feel for and are able to manage all the intricacies that are involved. Cakir was not all that convincing in ARG v ALG. In a very uncharacteristically Cakir performance, he was forced to issue a total of 10 yellow cards.

  2. Some observers and delegates for CL's next week games (first legs):

    PFC Ludogorets Razgrad (BUL) - FC Viktoria Plzeň (CZE)
    Referee Observer: Guy Goethals (BEL)
    Delegate: Scott Struthers (SCO)

    Celtic FC (SCO) - Hapoel Beer-Sheva FC (ISR)
    Referee Observer: Fritz Stuchlik (AUT)
    Delegate: Eduard Dervishaj (ESP)

    FC København (DEN) - APOEL FC (CYP)
    Referee Observer: Sándor Piller (HUN)
    Delegate: Per Svärd (SWE)

    Dundalk FC (IRL) - Legia Warszawa (POL)
    Referee Observer: Rodger Gifford (WAL)
    Delegate: Pierino L. G. Lardi (SUI)

    GNK Dinamo (CRO) - FC Salzburg (AUT)
    Referee Observer: Francesco Bianchi (SUI)
    Delegate: Petr Fousek (CZE)

    Steaua Bucureşti (ROU) - Manchester City FC (ENG)
    Referee Observer: Zbigniew Przesmycki (POL)
    Delegate: Adonis Procopiou (CYP)

    FC Porto (POR) - AS Roma (ITA)
    Referee Observer: William Young (SCO)
    Delegate: Mark Blackbourne (ENG)

    AFC Ajax (NED) - FC Rostov (RUS)
    Referee Observer: Juan Antonio Fernández Marin (ESP)
    Delegate: Christian Kofoed (DEN)

    BSC Young Boys (SUI) - VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach (GER)
    Referee Observer: Peter Jones (ENG)
    Delegate: Michał Listkiewicz (POL)

    Villarreal CF (ESP) - AS Monaco FC (FRA)
    Referee Observer: Kaj Natri (FIN)
    Delegate: Tormod Larsen (NOR)

    Among EL observers, I would mention:
    FK Austria Wien (AUT) - Rosenborg BK (NOR)
    Nikolai Levnikov (RUS)

    US Sassuolo Calcio (ITA) - FK Crvena zvezda (SRB)
    Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE)

    IFK Göteborg (SWE) - Qarabağ FK (AZE)
    Jaap Uilenberg (NED)

    1. Strange that Observers and delegates' names are made public before the 48 hours mark but not the referees' name yet? Any idea about that? Any clue who might be on their way to the leg 1 matches?

    2. Seeing the observers, I have the impression that we may see some First Group officials in CL.

    3. @Soham
      You are wrong. This is appointment's policy by yers. There is nothing strange, referees appointments for CL have been always confidential. Observers and delegates are public but referees, even though already appointed, are kept secret until 48 hours before the game. I expected the names for EL but it seems as this time also EL referees for Play Off will be confidential until Monday, I think (differently from CL, 3 days before the games).
      One possible prediction is in my opinion Clattenburg for Villarreal - Monaco, the observer for this game indicates that there will be a very experienced Elite referee in which committee has a total trust. So the English could be the right name. For Porto - Roma, reading observer and delegate, English officials shouldn't be there, but we have too many options to make predictions. Let's wait for Sunday and Monday and we will know.

      It would be a big surprise to read Category 1 officials in CL playoffs, but perhaps not impossible. It never happened in recent years.

    4. Chefren that is not true. In 2012 Strahonja, Mazic,Chapron, Borski, Borbalan, Hagen and Kralovec all first category in 2012 refereed CL Playoff.

    5. @Chefren
      Oh sorry, I got a bit confused about the process!! By the way Björn Kuipers has PSV-AZ Eredivisie match on Sunday 14th so is it likely that we see him in the 1st leg of CL playoffs?? I probably feel he will head for a 2nd leg match... Probably same for Kassai who has NB1 appointment as an AAR this week!!!

    6. @Referee12 indeed, I meant the "recent" years, the last three sesons :)
      Moreover at that time, if I'm not wrong, there was still the "Elite development" category and indeed Kralovec belonged to it.

    7. Yes Chefren you are right it was ED group. So many changes in last years that one could not remember them all. It started with ED and cat1 referees appointed in CL and cat2 in EL, then they quited ED... In one season they appointed ED in CL PlayOff and never again. Cakir and Mazic were both appointed in EL semis while in ED group. Later we had Mazic, Aydinus, Bebek and Karasev in CL Round of 16 as cat1 referees, later it never happened again. And this year, IMO biggest surprises of them all: Cakir with two CL semis, Skomina with EL and CL semis and finally Clattenburg semi and final. My guess is Collina invents something new every season and it will be te case this season. I noticed that in last few months Collina was very busy as observer, CL and EURO finals, CL qf, maybe he is bored with just 'office jobs'.

    8. You are absolutely right. In recent months, Collina has been very active. He started to appear more and more frequently as observer at stadium. This can be also explained by the fact that his role has been confirmed (along with Dallas and Batta) until summer 2020. Four seasons of work are waiting for him and at least another big tournament (EURO 2020). This perhaps gave more motivations, I don't want to say that before the announcement of his renewal for further years he was less motivated, but surely this trust by UEFA may have been a great incentive for him.

  3. Just see how Video Refereeing worked in United States:

  4. Por-Germ
    Good job today by Castellanos.
    Only one YC.

    1. It was actually two cautions. Both for Germany. Sven Bender in the 47th minute and Max Meyer in the 50th minute. But yes excellent game management shown by Walter Lopez today. He is a vastly experienced referee and is routinely assigned to the top clashes in CONCACAF.

  5. Bit of trouble for Grisha at the end of the match with a couple South Korean players to include Tottenham's Son Hyung Min. It all stemmed from the amount of added time that was given and how much of it was actually played. For the amount of time wasting and gamesmanship that Honduras employed in the 2nd half, 3 minutes was not adequate.
    Add to this that a whole minute was used up while a Honduran player laid on the pitch. Grisha correctly allowed play to continue beyond the 3 minutes. However he only added about 40 seconds of the lost minute.

    I understand that added time is always a contentious issue. But what is everybody else's opinion in regards to added time do's and don'ts.

  6. Trying to double watch the athletics and Cakir ;-)

    It is the best I have seen him so far, very much active, good communication and control. Honestly he will need it really, a match that could very much turn very challenging based on the first 15 minutes anyway.

    1. * best I have seen him since the EURO, and maybe even only based on the opening minutes best since Slovenia - Ukraine even

    2. All the talking that he is doing does not work in these matches. This isn't a Champions League match where the players play nice and are cordial. This is a fiery, passionate, feisty South American clash. I stated it before and after 45 minutes I stand by what I said before. This match was intended for a CONCACAF or CONMEBOL crew. Pitana being my first choice and Lopez my second choice.

      What exactly has Cakir's disciplinary line been so far? To me, in my humble opinion he has been all over the place. Some yes, some no, this yellow, but not other similar ones.

      We all know that Cakir had a great run of it a couple years ago. However we must be honest with ourselves and accept that this Cakir isn't the best version.

      With all that said, for the good of the game, I hope he has a better and smoother second 45.

    3. And it did turn very, very challenging. Cakir had done very well up until the with only minor conflicts, but really his only mistake in the half, he missed a foul after the ball had gone on Neymar, but at the next stoppage obviously one of his team told him because the COL player was cautioned. Next anyway Neymar had a revenge foul, absolute yellow card, red card maybe even acceptable but tactically never an option really. This triggered one of the biggest fights I've seen, players, substitutes, coaches, must have been 30 people in total. Cakir in just watched. I didn't see any clear violent conducts but according the the LOTG there must have been scores of Unsporting Behavior, but Cakir called over the two captains, and obviously just told them to calm their players. Actually they started having a go each other but Cakir, as if a teacher really, shouted at them and then they calmed down. The revenge revenge fouls then happened there must have been 4/5 in just a few minutes, only two were reckless but all of them were perfectly dealt by Cakir. Only five cautions in total and a fantastic first half from Cakir, he was great in general and I would even say bordering on excellent in those few minutes.
      I have to say to even think of the Cakir of the EURO in this match was a scary thought, he is back to his best; maybe even on or above his performance in Slovenia - Ukraine. I would even dare to say for those minutes anyway, it was harder than Velasco Carballo's refereeing this match two years ago. Very well done but still a second half to come.

    4. Off the ball the COL captain, #10, just committed a violent conduct off the ball, surely in the perfect vicinity of Fourth Official Turpin, and maybe AR1 Ongun but missed, still control though no riot. Now a rejected penalty for handball, very close but similar to a situation of 2016:1 UEFA RAP of AZ - Slovan Liberec, but much closer and I think it is an acceptable decision anyway. So far Cakir carrying on from the first half.

    5. Full Time, Brazil are in the Semifinal

      It was much calmer really after that moment, for sure it was still tense of course and he needed his preventative refereeing, complete feel for the game and when to create 'a wall' between opposing players in a conflict. Looking back actually the best part of the performance for me was how he dealt with BRA#10, Neymar. What Mazic didn't do in the Madrid derby in 2015, Cakir did perfectly tonight. He could very easily have just sent him away when he complained, but surely he realised he had to 'get him on side'. If Neymar 'avenged' all the revenge fouls of the end of the first half then we would have many, many red cards. So Cakir, you could even say a classy version of Lopes' style but used perfectly and so much more subtly. When he was fouled Cakir was always recognised the danger of this for the match in general, but more than this he saw the match almost revolved around him, and he made sure Neymar didn't make many fouls off the ball. Of course his fantastic prevention in general helped this for sure. I could only name a handfull of referees in recent times who could have controlled this match (Rizzoli, Webb, De Bleeckere?) . It is a shame really that maybe it took a match like this to see Cakir on top form, but for sure that was Cakir right at his best. He really should be appointed again, whether he is will be down to Busacca, so not too much hope :-(.
      As for a mark, 8.7 would be dependable considering the poor management that contributed somewhat to the mass riot in the first half. I would go 8.8/8.9 region. If you have a spare two hours I really would recommend watching the match replay here:

    6. Thank you for this very detailed analysis, I will try to watch the full game soon.

    7. I checked now the penalty appeal for handball. In my opinion it must be a penalty. Arm is not in natural position, defender is aware of the risk. Extremely short distance can be the only argument in favor of play on, but we know that, at least at UEFA level, this is not enough to exonerate the player from responsibility in such scenarios. It was a shot on goal, clearly blocked, so I would say penalty and YC to be given.
      I watched here and there a bit of the game, Cakir struggled.

  7. I am truly hope that others are able to watch tonight's BRA v COL match. Because I am genuinely interested in hearing multiple opinions on Cakir's performance.

    I personally view his performance as an example of the current dangerous downward trend. A trend where it's become acceptable to forego the enforcement of the Laws of the Game and to change the color of cards as long as the players don't complain too much or get hurt too severely. The MLS comes to mind when I think of this type of officiating. It's pretty uninspiring when the Disciplinary Committee has to continuously hand out retroactive punishment for incidents that their referees punish with the wrong card or miss completely.
    Gentleman, this is my humble opinion. Any comments, suggestions, or rebuttals are welcomed.

    1. I have to be honest and contrary to what I said earlier Cakir was not so good, not great control, good preventative refereeing as usual, but there was no real control at all. It was a clear RC:VC for Neymar, it was a penalty for handball, and as Nando at the top Cakir wasn't the right name for, as was Velasco Carballo two years ago, as two years ago really it should have been Pitana, or Lopes/Ramos. Cakir wasn't quite so bad as his Spanish collegue though. As Nando says there I think Cakir is kind of the perfect example of this. A very brave referee, RC to Terry for VC, and of course the Nani RC:SFP. But he wasn't really backed by UEFA, you can forgive him for not taking such brave decisions, as he had no real incentive anymore. Cakir now is not really a refeee who takes amny brave decisions, especially in his current form considering Brazil - Colombia, Spain - Italy. He is still of course one of the best UEFA referees on his best day, just last night wasn't his best and he isn't in good form.
      In my defense I was trying to double watch the athletics and I was very tired ;-). I am sorry for giving the wrong impression earlier

  8. @Chefren and @Niclas
    Gentlemen, are the appointments for Champions League 1st leg matches on 16 August released by UEFA?

    1. The post will appear as soon as UEFA will release appointments.


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