September 8, 2016

Referee Observers, Delegates and Predictions for Champions League Matchday 1

UEFA has appointed the Referee Observers and Delegates of next week's first Champions League matchday of the new 2016/17 campaign. As the observers usually indicate the type and level of referee who is about to handle the respective match, they are contrasted with the predictions made by the community (84 voters) and me.

UEFA Champions League - Matchday 1

Paris SG - Arsenal FC (Group A)
UEFA Referee Observer: Francesco Bianchi (SUI)
UEFA Delegate: Dag Vestlund (NOR)
Most Predicted Referees: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA, 14), Felix Brych (GER, 13), Björn Kuipers (NED, 9)
My Prediction: Björn Kuipers (NED)

FC Basel - Ludogorets (Group A)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kaj Østergaard (DEN)
UEFA Delegate: Peter Lundström (FIN)
Most Predicted Referees: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR, 7), Deniz Aytekin (GER, 6), David Fernández Borbalán (ESP, 6), Daniele Orsato (ITA, 6)
My Prediction: Bas Nijhuis (NED)

Dynamo Kyiv - SSC Napoli (Group B)
UEFA Referee Observer: Horst Brummeier (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Roland Ospelt (LIE)
Most Predicted Referees: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP, 14), William Collum (SCO, 5), Jonas Eriksson (SWE, 5)
My Prediction: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)

SL Benfica - Besiktas (Group B)
UEFA Referee Observer: Patrick Kelly (IRL)
UEFA Delegate: Barry Bright (ENG)
Most Predicted Referees: Ovidiu Alin Hategan (ROU, 6), Felix Brych (GER, 5), Clément Turpin (FRA, 5)
My Prediction: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)

FC Barcelona - Celtic FC (Group C)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jozef Marko (SVK)
UEFA Delegate: Steen Dahrup (DEN)
Most Predicted Referees: Ovidiu Hategan (ROU, 7), Pavel Královec (CZE, 7), Clément Turpin (FRA, 6)
My Prediction: Clément Turpin (FRA)

Manchester City - Borussia M'gladbach (Group C)
UEFA Referee Observer: Zbigniew Przesmycki (POL)
UEFA Delegate: Per Svärd (SWE)
Most Predicted Referees:  Nicola Rizzoli (ITA, 12), Björn Kuipers (NED, 7), Jonas Eriksson (SWE, 6)
My Prediction: Ovidiu Hategan (ROU)

FC Bayern München - FC Rostov (Group D)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marc Batta (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Andrei Medintsev (BUL)
Most Predicted Referees: Artur Soares Dias (POR, 7), Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE, 6), Clément Turpin (FRA, 6), Anthony Taylor (ENG, 5)
My Prediction: Artur Soares Dias (POR)

PSV Eindhoven - Atlético Madrid (Group D)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alan Snoddy (NIR)
UEFA Delegate: Campbell Ogilvie (SCO)
Most Predicted Referees: Mark Clattenburg (ENG, 10), Martin Atkinson (ENG, 9), Damir Skomina (SVN, 7)
My Prediction: Szymon Marciniak (POL)

Tottenham Hotspur - AS Monaco (Group E)
UEFA Referee Observer: Juan Fernández Marín (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Kris Bellon (BEL)
Most Predicted Referees: Björn Kuipers (NED, 11), Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP, 10), Cüneyt Çakır (TUR, 7)
My Prediction: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)

Bayer Leverkusen - CSKA Moskva (Group E)
UEFA Referee Observer: Murat Ilgaz (TUR)
UEFA Delegate: Trefor Lloyd Hughes (WAL)
Most Predicted Referees: William Collum (SCO, 6), Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP, 6), Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE, 4)
My Prediction: William Collum (SCO)

Real Madrid - Sporting CP (Group F)
UEFA Referee Observer: Paul Allaerts (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Wolfgang Thierrichter (AUT)
Most Predicted Referees: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA, 10), Martin Atkinson (ENG, 9), Mark Clattenburg (ENG, 8)
My Prediction: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)

Legia Warszawa - Borussia Dortmund (Group F)
UEFA Referee Observer: Konrad Plautz (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Nils Fisketjonn (NOR)
Most Predicted Referees: Craig Thomson (SCO, 9), Ovidiu Hategan (ROU, 7), Clément Turpin (FRA, 7)
My Prediction: Daniele Orsato (ITA)

Club Brügge - Leicester City (Group G)
UEFA Referee Observer: Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Bernd Barutta (GER)
Most Predicted Referees: Deniz Aytekin (GER, 7), Svein Moen (NOR, 6), David Fernández Borbalán (ESP, 6), Felix Zwayer (GER, 5)
My Prediction: Deniz Aytekin (GER)

FC Porto - FC København (Group G)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Jaroslav Dudl (CZE)
Most Predicted Referees: Sergei Karasev (RUS, 7), Deniz Aytekin (GER, 6), Clément Turpin (FRA, 5)
My Prediction: Felix Zwayer (GER)

Juventus Turin - Sevilla FC (Group H)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sergey Zuev (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Adrian Titcombe (ENG)
Most Predicted Referees: Felix Brych (GER, 18), Mark Clattenburg (ENG, 17), Björn Kuipers (NED, 8)
My Prediction: Mark Clattenburg (ENG)

Olympique Lyon - Dinamo Zagreb (Group H)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jaap Uilenberg (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Patrick McGrath (IRL)
Most Predicted Referees: Sergei Karasev (RUS, 9), Svein Moen (NOR, 7), William Collum (SCO, 6)
My Prediction: Anthony Taylor (ENG)

UEFA Europa League - Matchday 1

Feyenoord - Manchester Utd. (Group A)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jørn West Larsen (DEN)
UEFA Delegate: Pierino L.G. Lardi (SUI)

FC Zorya Luhansk - Fenerbahce SK (Group A)
UEFA Referee Observer: Aleh Chykun (BLR)
UEFA Delegate: Thomas Weyhing (GER)

Young Boys - Olympiacos FC (Group B)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kostadin Gerginov (BUL)
UEFA Delegate: Luis Cuervas Del Real (ESP)

APOEL FC - FC Astana (Group B)
UEFA Referee Observer: Nikolai Ivanov (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Zoran Cvrk (CRO)

1. FSV Mainz 05 - AS Saint-Étienne (Group C)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marinus Koopman (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Adonis Procopiou (CYP)

RSC Anderlecht - Qäbälä FK (Group C)
UEFA Referee Observer: Luciano Luci (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Emil Ubias (CZE)

AZ Alkmaar - Dundalk FC (Group D)
UEFA Referee Observer: Michel Piraux (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Metin Kazancioglu (TUR)

Maccabi Tel-Aviv - Zenit St Petersburg (Group D)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stefan Messner (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: David McDowell (SVN)

FC Astra Giurgiu - FK Austria Wien (Group E)
UEFA Referee Observer: Manuel Mejuto González (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Loukas Siotropos (GRE)

Viktoria Plzen - AS Roma (Group E)
UEFA Referee Observer: Dani Koren (ISR)
UEFA Delegate: Michael Kirchner (GER)

Rapid Wien - KRC Genk (Group F)
UEFA Referee Observer: Antonio Almeida Costa (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Michail Anagnostou (GRE)

Sassuolo Calcio - Athletic Club (Group F)
UEFA Referee Observer: Iain Brines (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Martin Sturkenboom (NED)

Panathinaikos FC - Ajax Amsterdam (Group G)
UEFA Referee Observer: Luc Wilmes (LUX)
UEFA Delegate: Scott Struthers (SCO)

Standard Liège - Celta Vigo (Group G)
UEFA Referee Observer: Emil Bozhinovski (MKD)
UEFA Delegate: Anton Fagan (SCO)

Konyaspor - Shakhtar Donetsk (Group H)
UEFA Referee Observer: Shmuel Shteif (ISR)
UEFA Delegate: Dimitri Bokeria (GEO)

SC Braga - KAA Gent (Group H)
UEFA Referee Observer: William Young (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Sergio Di Cesare (ITA)

OGC Nice - FC Schalke 04 (Group I)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stephen Lodge (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Charles Schaack (LUX)

RB Salzburg - FC Krasnodar (Group I)
UEFA Referee Observer: Guy Goethals (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Jean-François Crucke (BEL)

Qarabag - Slovan Liberec (Group J)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vladimir Antonov (MDA)
UEFA Delegate: Pavel Kolev (BUL)

PAOK - ACF Fiorentina (Group J)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jouni Hyytiä (FIN)
UEFA Delegate: Graham Hover (ENG)

Southampton FC - Sparta Praha (Group K)
UEFA Referee Observer: Erol Ersoy (TUR)
UEFA Delegate: Michal Listkiewicz (POL)

FC Internazionale - Hapoel Beer-Sheva FC (Group K)
UEFA Referee Observer: Goran Mihaljevic (MNE)
UEFA Delegate: João Morais (POR)


  1. Marc Batta in München clearly indicates a Category 1 referee, in my opinion.
    Artur Soares Dias is the first option...

  2. Dankert, Borsch and Lupp have a match on Monday, therefore Brych is very likely not appointed next week.

    1. Italy: Tagliavento, Rizzoli and Rocchi all additional assistant referees on Sunday. Orsato has a game on Sunday as main referee, so he surely wont appear as referee on Tuesday.
      Spain: Mateu Lahoz without any game in Spain on this weekend. So very likely a CL appointment, perhaps on Tuesday.
      England: Clattenburg with Manchester's derby on Saturday. Atkinson as well with a game on Saturday. Both are possible for Tuesday's games.

    2. In Russia Karasev referees a single Friday match

    3. Also, Willie Collum has been given the Old Firm which is on a Saturday--don't be surprised if he gets a Tuesday CL fixture.

    4. In Poland Marciniak and his AAR1 Raczkowski have matches on Sunday, so the Tuesday match in CL is less probable. Maybe Raczkowski will get something in EL.

    5. Raczkowski in EL 1st matchday, Marciniak in CL 2nd matchday, Gil in EL 2nd matchday.

  3. 2 english, 2 german, 2 dutch. I think this is not possible.

  4. Soares Dias has game on Sunday in Portugal .
    The ARs are the same as the last international games .
    Maybe a match EL .

    1. So, difficult to see him again 48 hours after this game in Bayern - Rostov.

    2. Only if he has Uilenberg.
      But I bet in the EL game. There are good games:
      Feyenoord vs M. United
      Young Boys vs Olympiacos
      Panathinaikos vs Ajax
      Nice vs Schalke
      and others...

    3. Indeed, perhaps another test in EL before a CL appointment, would be a good thing.

  5. Tasos Sidiropoulos has a Superleague match on Saturday. With Efthimiadis and Kostaras. That could indicate a CL match next week.

    1. Tasos Sidiropoulos has a CL match MD1.

      Assistants: Damianos Efthymiadis, Polychronis Kostaras
      Additional Assistants: Charalampos Kalogeropoulos, Alexandros Aretopoulos
      Fourth Official: Lazaros Dimitriadis

  6. Björn Kuipers has an Eredivisie appointment on Saturday... No Eredivisie appointment for Bas Nijhuis this week!!! CL match on MD1 for both them????

  7. Piotr Sadczuk (Paweł Gil's assistant referee #1 in UEFA games) is no longer a professional and FIFA referee. Zbigniew Przesmycki (head of referees) asked Zbigniew Boniek (president of Polish FA) to dissolve the contract with Sadczuk. Most likely Dawid Golis will replace him on the list.

    The reason: professional referees and assistant referees in Poland make video observations of referees' performances at second and third tier. He contacted with the referee he was assessing in order to come to an agreement regarding a mark...

    Official statement:

  8. Jonas Eriksson has a sweidish league game on monday.

    1. I wouldn't be surprised in reading the name of Eriksson for an EL game this time.

    2. Can Mark Clattenburg or Martin Atkinson get a match on MD1 among PL referees?

      Among Dutchmen, Nijhuis is a certainty and probably Kuipers will get one as well this matchday...

  9. @Chefren and Niclas
    Can the referee and the UEFA delegate be from the same nation?

    1. I think that basically UEFA tries to avoid that, but it is not forbidden.
      For example, in Youth League we will have referee and delegate from the same nation for a game...

    2. If UEFA avoids that for CL then that would mean no Clattenburg for Juventus v Sevilla!!!

    3. Moen had Wolfsburg-CSKA last season with a Norwegian Delegate. So seems to be no problem.

  10. Greek football Federation announced the appointment for sidiropoulos 13 or 14 of September with his team

    1. Can you please share the link??

    2. Soham, again you don't understand. The appointment is confidential. Federation is informed about the day and the competition, but nobody knows the specific game, only the officials involved. We must wait, as always for tomorrow or Monday.


    3. Chefren, all is evident.

    4. Leverkusen v CSKA seems to be the ideal match for Sidiropoulous!!

    5. I agree that this match is an option for Sidiropoulos.

    6. We will know tomorrow whether Collina feels the same as we do!! 😀

  11. @Chefren and Niclas
    Which match out of PSG v Arsenal and Juventus v Sevilla is expected to be more challenging for the referees!!! Thoughts???

    1. Difficult to answer, perhaps I'm trivial saying that, but everything can happen in a game. However, being forced to give an answer, I would say PSG - Arsenal.

    2. So looks like UEFA will go for a trusted name for this game... The blog prediction of Kuipers for this game really looks a good one after his strong performance in Porto-Roma... Let's see what we finally get!!

    3. PSG-Arsenal goes to Viktor... Kuipers gets Manchester City-Borussia Mönchenglagbach... Atkinson for PSV-Atletico Madrid...

  12. Swedish referee Martin Strömbergsson is confirmed being appointed for a chamapions league this week. From the begining he was appointment to a swedish fisrt division game(Allsvenskan) on Monday, but was then appointed to a Swedish second divison game(Superettan) on saturday. The explanation from the referee comity was that he had an champions league game.

  13. OT

    Polemics situations in the Portuguese league this week.
    Porto vs Guimaraes (ref: De Sousa)

    1) 00:22 'Goal disallowed for handball player No 10. Correct decision?

    Arouca vs Benfica (ref: Verissimo)

    2) Referee does not consider reason for penalty. Correct decision?

    1. 1) Very difficult, for what I can see, not a deliberate handball. I would have allowed the goal.
      2) Penalty should be given, in my opinion that was definitely enough. But I have a doubts, despite of the fact that it looks inside the box, perhaps the first and decisive contact takes place a few outside. At any rate, for me a whistle had to follow.

    2. Thanks, Chefren

      1) also do not see deliberate handball.
      2) I accept the decision. In England it would never whistled, in Portugal it is customary to be.

    3. 1) Very difficult scene. I don't see a deliberate handball. Is it possible that the referee whistled something else? Foul?

      2) I would agree more with a penalty call here rather than a play on. I guess such incidents depends on the referee's general line.

    4. Thanks, Edward

      De Sousa considered handball, it was clear from the conversation with the players.
      In the other situation (2) I agree with you.


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