February 5, 2017

UEFA Youth League 2016/17 - Play-offs for KO Stage - Referee Appointments

UEFA has appointed the following officials to handle the play-offs for the access to 2016-17 UEFA Youth League KO stage. Match will be played on 7 and 8 February 2017. 

07.02.2017, 16:00 CET (Herning)
FC Midtjylland - SL Benfica 
Referee: Svein Erik Edvartsen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Magnus Lundberg (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan Erik Engan (NOR)
Fourth Official: Sandi Putros (DEN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jørn West Larsen (DEN)
UEFA Delegate: Bert Andersson (SWE)

07.02.2017, 16:30 CET (Haifa)
Maccabi Haifa FC - Borussia Dortmund
Referee: Stephan  Klossner (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Marco Zürcher (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Efe Kurnazca (SUI)
Fourth Official: David Fuxman (ISR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Shmuel Shteif (ISR)
UEFA Delegate: Alin Cioban (ROU)

07.02.2017, 18:00 CET (Duivendrecht)
AFC Ajax - Juventus
Referee: Bojan Pandzic (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Stefan Hallberg (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Peter Magnusson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Jeroen Manschot (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marinus Koopman (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Steve Stride (ENG)

08.02.2017, 14:00 CET (Rome)
AS Roma - AS Monaco
Referee: Roi Reinshreiber (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Matityahu Yakobov (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Rotem Waizman (ISR)
Fourth Official: Aleandro Di Paolo (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stefano Podeschi (SMR)
UEFA Delegate: Sigurður Hannesson (ISL)

08.02.2017, 16:00 CET (Ovidiu)
FC Viitorul Constanța - FC København
Referee: Sergey Lapochkin (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Aleksei Lebedev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksandr Kudriavtsev (RUS)
Fourth Official: Claudiu Cornel Marcu (ROU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alexandru Deaconu (ROU)
UEFA Delegate: Volodymyr Chorno-Ivanov (UKR)

08.02.2017, 16:00 CET (İzmir)
Altinordu SK - Atlético de Madrid
Referee: Anatolii Zhabchenko (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Viktor Matyash (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Volodymyr Vysotskyi (UKR)
Fourth Official: Emre Abar (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Muharrem Zihni Aksoy (TUR)
UEFA Delegate: Edgars Pukinsks (LVA)

08.02.2017, 18:00 CET (Trondheim)
Rosenborg BK - FC Basel 1893
Referee: Þorvaldur Árnason (ISL)
Assistant Referee 1: Jóhann Gunnar Guðmundsson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 2: Frosti Viðar Gunnarsson (ISL)
Fourth Official: Mads Følstad Skarsem (NOR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Rune Pedersen (NOR)
UEFA Delegate: Targo Kaldoja (EST)

08.02.2017, 18:00 CET (Salzburg)
FC Salzburg - Manchester City
Referee: Kristo Tohver (EST)
Assistant Referee 1: Sten Klaasen (EST)
Assistant Referee 2: Hannes Reinvald (EST)
Fourth Official: Sebastian Gishamer (AUT)
UEFA Referee Observer: Fritz Stuchlik (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Michail Kassabov (BUL)


  1. Predection for KO stages for CL and EL

    14 February
    Benfica-Dortmund William Collum (SCO)
    PSG-Barcelona Mark Clattenburg (ENG)

    15 February
    Bayern München-Arsenal Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)
    Real Madrid-Napoli Milorad Mazic (SRB)

    16 February
    Kuban Krasnodar-Fenerbache Matej Jug (SVN)
    AZ Alkmaar-Lyon Tamás Bognár (HUN)
    Monaco-Fiorentina Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)
    Rostov-Sparta Prague Serdar Gözöbüyök (NED)
    Gent-Tottenham Tobias Stiler (GER)
    Olympiacos- Osmanliyspor Martin Strömbergsson (SWE)
    Celta Vigo-Sahtar Anthony Taylor (ENG)
    Ludogorets-Köbenhavn Sébastien Delefiére (BEL)
    Astra-Genk Ivan Kruzliak (SVK)
    Paok. Schalke Pawel Gil (POL)
    Hapoel Beer Sheva-Besiktas Alexey Kulbakov (BLR)
    Villareal- AS Roma Pavel Královecz (CZE)
    Manchester United-AS St.Étienne Daniele Orsato (ITA)
    Anderlecht-Zenit David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)
    Legia-Ajax Deniz Aytekin (GER)
    Athletic Bilbao-APOEL Gediminas Mazeika (LTU)

    1. Mine are:
      Benfica-Dortmund: Mazic (SRB)
      PSG-Barcelona: Marciniak (POL)
      Bayern München-Arsenal: Kassai (HUN)
      Real Madrid-Napoli: Turpin (FRA)

      16 February
      Kuban Krasnodar-Fenerbache: Gräfe (GER)
      AZ Alkmaar-Lyon: Rizzoli (ITA)
      M'gladbach-Fiorentina Sidiropolous (GRE)
      Rostov-Sparta Prague: Lechner (AUT)
      Gent-Tottenham: Eskov (RUS)
      Olympiacos- Osmanliyspor: Oliver (ENG)
      Celta Vigo-Shakthar: Mazeika (LTU)
      Ludogorets-Köbenhavn: Kruzliak (SVK)
      Astra-Genk: Soares Dias (POR)
      Paok-Schalke: Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
      Hapoel Beer Sheva-Besiktas: Stavrev (MKD)
      Villareal-AS Roma: Pavel Kralovec(CZE)
      Manchester United-AS St.Étienne: Strömbergsson (SWE)
      Anderlecht-Zenit: Hategan (ROU)
      Legia-Ajax: Vad (HUN)
      Athletic Bilbao-APOEL: Kulbakov (BLR)

    2. Mateu Lahoz has been appointed for a match on Monday February 13th, so I doubt that he will handle Bayern-Arsenal... however, and given previous appointments by RFEF, I wouldn't left him out completely. But seems unlikely.

  2. Another article on uefa.org from Malaga:
    By watching the pics, we can confirm the presence, among others, of Category 2 Aghayev.

  3. Predictions for Champions League Round of 16 :

    14 February 2017
    Benfica v Dortmund – Sergei Karasev (Russia)
    PSG v Barcelona – Szymon Marciniak (Poland)

    15 February 2017
    Bayern Munich v Arsenal – Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)
    Real Madrid v Napoli – Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)

    1. @Chefren please share your opinion on these predictions of mine!! 🙂

    2. Nice predictions. I can add a particular remark. I once heard Collina talking about the need of having always referees in top form for top clashes, especially after winter break. So, referees coming from countries like Russia and Sweden (leagues with a very long winter break), for example, should at first "recover" the long absence from the pitch and then, only after that, be appointed in sonorous games in CL. For example, an appointment in Europa League, as test, before a big game in CL, would be a good solution.
      So, for this reason perhaps we wont see (but of course that's not sure) immediately Eriksson and Karasev in such games... but of course I can't question on the names. They are possible in these games.
      However, given the observer, in Real Madrid - Napoli, we could expect an Elite official like Turpin.

    3. One year ago Eriksson got his first CL game after winter break on 16/03.
      Karasev the same...

    4. Oh I didn't know this... Keeping all these points in mind, another name that pops up in my mind is Ovidiu Hategan... Uilenberg might make a good observer for him... For Benfica v Dortmund Çüneyt Çakir might be a good option or maybe Nicola Rizzoli!!

  4. In each two today's games Roma - Monaco and Altınordu - Atlético the referees - Roi Reinshreiber and Anatoliy Zhabchenko respectively - issued three red cards (all six for second yellow).

  5. I watched Reinshreiber and Edvartsen (almost) in full length.

    Edvartsen has quite a special style, not a "streamlined UEFA style". More authoritarian than others, he is working more with strict body language and mimic. Overall, it was a decent performance with, among others, a correct 2nd YC. AR1 unfortunately wrongly disallowed a goal by Midtylland for alleged offside after only 100 seconds. Another wrong offside in 33', both decisions not even extremely close.

    Reinshreiber: Correct and absolutely mandatory YC for a reckless stemp in minute 3 - no other choice possible. However, in minute 13', an even more reckless tackle by the same player was not sanctioned with the appropriate 2nd YC. Of course noone likes to send someone off with a 2nd YC after 13 minutes, but ... it was absolutely compulsory. And did not really contribute positively to the game, which became more and more intense and characterized by hard tackles due to that.

    Most yellow cards were absolutely correct after that, even 2-3 more were possible, one clear YC (not far away from violent conduct) was missed during the first half, too. The second 2nd YC was unfortunately wrong for my taste. Not even a foul. A stretched leg, but without studs shown, clearly targeted at the ball and without immediate proximity to the opponent. Penalties appeared to be correct, I unfortunately missed the first one. Generally Reinshreiber faced a very difficult game with many reckless challenges and unfair play, even though the interpersonal atmosphere itself never turned aggressive (no mass confrontations or alike). The 3rd 2nd YC was mandatory as well, he could have given another one in 90+3. But I guess nobody wanted it and he was happy to blow the final whistle soon after it... the missing 2nd YC in 13' should have been given and who knows what preventive message it would have sent. His communication was limited to a minimum, which was understandable, but made him rather like a law-executor yesterday. Due to 2 crucial mistakes and other problems, I believe he can be content about a 7,3-7,4.

    Saw maybe 30 minutes of Klossner and Tohver each, nothing special to report in the time I watched.


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