March 30, 2017

Ali Palabıyık in charge of UEFA Youth League Final - Andris Treimanis and Bartosz Frankowski to referee semifinal ties

Turkish referee Ali Palabiyik has been appointed to take charge of this season's UEFA Youth League final contested by the winners of the semifinals for which Latvian Andris Treimanis (FC Barcelona - FC Salzburg) and Poland's Bartosz Frankowski (Real Madrid - SL Benfica) have been chosen. Lithuanian Paulius Malzinskas will observe the semifinals.


21 April 2017, 13:00 CET
Centre Sportif de Colovraj, Nyon (SUI)
FC Barcelona - FC Salzburg
Referee: Andris Treimanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 1: Haralds Gudermanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksejs Spasjonnikovs (LVA)
4th Official: Alain Bieri (SUI)
UEFA Referee Observer: Paulius Malzinskas (LTU)

21 April 2017, 17:00 CET
Centre Sportif de Colovraj, Nyon (SUI)
Real Madrid - SL Benfica
Referee: Bartosz Frankowski (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Marcin Boniek (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Jakub Winkler (POL)
4th Official: Sandro Schärer (SUI)
UEFA Referee Observer: Paulius Malzinskas (LTU)


24 April 2017, 17:00 CET
Centre Sportif de Colovraj, Nyon (SUI)
FC Barcelona/FC Salzburg - Real Madrid/SL Benfica 
Referee: Ali Palabıyık (TUR, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Cem Satman (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Kerem Ersoy (TUR)
4th Official: Alper Ulusoy (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: to be defined


  1. UCL Observers:

    Dortmund-Monaco: Horst Brummeier (Austria)
    Juventus-Barcelona: Hans Reijgwart (Netherlands)
    Atlético-Leicester: Luciano Luci (Italy)
    Bayern-Real: Jozef Marko (Slovakia)

    UEL Observers:

    Anderlecht-ManU: Alfredo Trentalange (Italy)
    Lyon-Besiktas: Francesco Bianchi (Switzerland)
    Ajax-Schalke: Bo Karlsson (Sweden)
    Vigo-Genk: Christos Skapoullis (Cyprus)

    1. Predictions:

      Dortmund-Monaco: Kuipers (NED)
      Juventus-Barcelona: Skomina (SVN)
      Atlético-Leicester: Eriksson (SWE)
      Bayern-Real: Marciniak (POL)

      Anderlecht-ManU: Kružliak (SVK)
      Lyon-Besiktas: Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
      Ajax-Schalke: Hațegan (ROU)
      Vigo-Genk: Orsato (ITA)

    2. Your choice is Hans Reijgwart for Skomina? Does it mean that Skomina is an option №1 for UCL final?

    3. @Chefren how about having Kuipers for Real Madrid v Bayern Munich 2nd leg?? Kuipers hasn't yet visited Santiago Bernabeu in his career so possibly this time??

    4. @Chefren how about having Kuipers for Real Madrid v Bayern Munich 2nd leg?? Kuipers hasn't yet visited Santiago Bernabeu in his career so possibly this time??

    5. Viktor Kassai,Pável Královecz,Björn Kuipers, Jonas Eriksson without CL KO stage matches. Skomina,Mazic,Collum,Rizzoli,Brych,Turpin, Lahoz were the referees in the Round of16 matches first legs. IMO they will refereeing in this Round

    6. Chefren, tbh I don't expect Kuipers/Brummeier again, only 2 years after their historical game in London (Chelsea-PSG).

    7. My predictions:
      Dortmund-Monaco: Skomina
      Juventus-Barcelona: Mazic
      Atlético-Leicester: Brych
      Bayern-Real: Eriksson

      Anderlecht-ManU: Turpin
      Lyon-Besiktas: Mateu Lahoz
      Ajax-Schalke: Karasev
      Vigo-Genk: Collum

    8. @Phillip Marciniak has a CL QF game 1st leg it has been confirmed so there has to be at least one change in these predictions!!

    9. Right, I forgot. I choose him for Atletico-Leicester instead of Brych then.

    10. My Predictions


      Dortmund-Monaco: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
      Juventus-Barcelona: Felix Brych (GER)
      Atlético-Leicester: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
      Bayern-Real: Milorad Mazic (SRB)


      Anderlecht-ManU: Mateu Lahoz (SPN)
      Lyon-Besiktas: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
      Ajax-Schalke: Mark Clattenburg (ENG)
      Vigo-Genk: Ovidiu Hategan (ROM)

    11. @Soham yes it is possible to see Kuipers in Real Madrid - Bayern.
      @Glitzo I forgot that, however after two years it should be possible again in my opinion. If not Kuipers, perhaps Kassai is the right name for Brummeier in Dortmund.

    12. @Sviat M in my opinion Skomina will be CL final referee, however the observer for this match, Hans Reijgwart, is appointed very often for "regular" Elite referees, he is not a committee member.

    13. @Glitzo Why do you think Kuipers and Brummeier combination is not possible?Kuipers had a poor night at Stamford Bridge in 2015 and has made a proper comeback from that just like an Elite referee should do so I really don't see any reason why we can't see the Kuipers-Brummeier combination again!! Although personally I would hope that Kuipers gets a better game in QFs like Real Madrid v Bayern or Barcelona v Juventus​ and not Dortmund v Monaco based on his good performances this season!!

    14. What about Clattenburg for Bayern-Real?

    15. Very much possible to have Clattenburg in Munich!! Either way I don't want Marciniak for that game... Atlético v Leicester is perfect for Marciniak!!

  2. My predictions:

    Dortmund-Monaco: Viktor Kassai (HUN)
    Juventus-Barcelona: Björn Kuipers (NED)
    Atlético-Leicester: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
    Bayern-Real: Szymon Marciniak (POL)

    Anderlecht-United: Sergei Karasev (RUS)
    Lyon-Besiktas: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
    Ajax-Schalke: Ovidiu Hategan (ROU)
    Vigo-Genk: Daniele Orsato (ITA)

    1. @K.S. Kuipers isn't possible for Juventus v Barcelona as the observer is a Dutchman!!

  3. Using a random number generator on my calculater this happened

    DOR-MON, Çakir 8.3, Kassai 8.2
    JUV-BAR, Mažić 8.0, Kuipers 8.3
    ATL-LEI, Eriksson 8.1, Rocchi 8.5
    BAY-RLM, Marciniak 8.8, Atkinson 7.3
    AJX-SCH, Haţegan 8.4, Rizzoli 8.8
    CLT-GNK, Karasev 7.1, Collum 7.4
    LYO-BES, Brych 7.2, Mateu Lahoz 8.1
    AND-MNU, Turpin 8.2, Orsato 7.8(0)

    DOR-JUV, Kuipers 8.5, Marciniak 8.2
    RLM-ATL, Rocchi 8.7, Kassai 8.6
    SCH-MNU, Eriksson 8.4, Mateu Lahoz 8.3
    CLT-BES, Cakir 7.4, Rizzoli 8.2

    UEL, MNU-BES, Gianluca ROCCHI 8.8
    UCL, JUV-RLM, Damir SKOMINA 8.8

    Likely? ;-)

    1. CLT-BES, Cakir 7.4, Rizzoli 8.2
      Your prediction failed when you appoint a Turkish Referee to a Turkish Team :)

  4. Andris Treimanis showed a good performance in the first semi-final. The 32-y.o. showed a likeable approach, a good body language and in general a good handling of the game. He has all requirements for a really good referee and I am sure we'll see him in some 'bigger' games than this one was again.

    Two important points for improvement:
    * CARD PRESENTATION: 37' good caution after playing advantage but anyway I would prefer a quicker card presentation - 39' questionable caution for simulation. Referee shows his yellow card twice (???), both times while the cautioned player is still lying on the ground.
    * FREE-KICK-MANAGEMENT: 18' and 45+1' free-kicks in front of the assistant referee, anyway the referee does the FKM himself but he stays on his position and does it from about 30m distance. Either you delegate it to your AR or you do it from near (presence!). Similiar in 52' when the referee determined the place the free-kick should be taken as if by command. Why don't you go to the place and say 'here was the foul'? Better optic, less dissent.

    Furthermore there were some controversial decisions:
    * 39' Caution for simulation. I agree with 'no penalty' but either a careless foul by the attacker or playing on would be more correct for me.
    * 90+4' No penalty, correct. But simulation? Compare the YC in 39' (simualation) and this one....
    * 71' Penalty appeal (holding) by SAL. Not solvable in TV.
    * 77' Correctly no YC for holding by a SAL player. Following an already cautioned BAR player critized fierce. Normally a mandatory YC, referee issues a very last verbal warning. In the whole context of the situation still OK.
    * 61' Probably the most crucial situation: YC SAL/22. Unfortunately I saw only the very last seconds of the replay why I cannot fully judge it. But it seems to be a very orange card...

    SUMMARY: A good performance by Treimanis who showed he is absolutely able to handle important games and furthermore he is ready for bigger tasks. I look forward to see more of him in future! My mark would be, if we accept to accept all the crucial decisions, 8.2!

  5. I watched only a part of the 1st half (~ 25'-45') of Ali Palabiyik's final game. It isn't a challenging game at all but to be honest, I'm not really convinced by his performance. Very lenient against unsporting behavior and dissent. Hardly presence, average body language, following medium acceptance by the players. Compared with Treimanis some days ago, I prefer the Latvian. But I saw Palabiyik in an UEL qualifying game some months ago and back then I was quite pleased by his performance. I think, he has a lot of potential and UEFA seems to trust him.

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