April 27, 2017

Referees for FIFA Confederations Cup - Russia 2017

FIFA has officially announced the selected officials for 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, to be played in Russia. Nine officiating trios and eight VAR officials have been selected from five different confederations. A support referee completes the appointments. 

Referee: Fahad Al Mirdasi (Saudi Arabia, 1985)
Assistant Referee 1: Abdulah Alshalwai (Saudi Arabia, 1975)
Assistant Referee 2: Mohammed Al Abakry (Saudi Arabia, 1980)

Referee: Alireza Faghani (Iran, 1978)
Assistant Referee 1: Reza Sokhandan (Iran, 1974)
Assistant Referee 2: Mohammadreza Mansouri (Iran, 1978)

VAR: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan, 1977)


Referee: Bakary Gassama (Gambia, 1979)
Assistant Referee 1: Jean-Claude Birumushahu (Burundi, 1972)
Assistant Referee 2: Marwa Range (Kenya, 1977)

VAR: Malang Diedhiou (Senegal, 1973)


Referee: Mark Geiger (USA, 1974)
Assistant Referee 1: Joe Fletcher (Canada, 1977)
Assistant Referee 2: Charles Morgante (USA, 1974)

VAR: Jair Marrufo (USA, 1977)


Referee: Néstor Pitana (Argentina, 1975)
Assistant Referee 1: Hernán Maidana (Argentina, 1972)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Pablo Belatti (Argentina, 1979)

Referee: Wilmar Roldán (Colombia, 1980)
Assistant Referee 1: Alexander Guzmán (Colombia, 1985)
Assistant Referee 2: Cristian de la Cruz (Colombia, 1978)

VAR: Enrique Cáceres (Paraguay, 1974), Sandro Ricci (Brazil, 1974)


Referee: Milorad Mažić (Serbia, 1973)
Assistant Referee 1: Milovan Ristić (Serbia, 1974)
Assistant Referee 2: Dalibor Đurđević (Serbia, 1973)

Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (Italy, 1973)
Assistant Referee 1: Elenito Giovanni Di Liberatore (Italy, 1973)
Assistant Referee 2: Mauro Tonolini (Italy, 1973)

Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)
Assistant Referee 1: Jure Praprotnik (Slovenia, 1985)
Assistant Referee 2: Robert Vukan (Slovenia, 1976)

VAR: Ovidiu Alin Haţegan (Romania, 1980), Artur Soares Dias (Portugal, 1979), Clément Turpin (France, 1982)

Support Referee:
Abdelkader Zitouni (Tahiti, 1981)


  1. We expected most of these names, but again the big news is that Clattenburg wont attend this tournament as well. What about his future as UEFA and FIFA preselected referee for WC? I'm more convinced that nobody from England will be in Russia...

    1. Maybe Anthony Taylor or Michael Olive could be one of the English referees going for to Russia? But it is unlikely.

  2. My predections for the tournaments in the future:
    Under 17 European Championship
    TUR-ESP Al Hakim (SWE) FO:Pejin (CRO)
    CRO-ITA Masias (CYP) FO: Costa (POR)
    SCO-FAR Ouschan (AUT) FO: Jovic (CRO)
    HUN-FRA Maae (DEN) FO: Strukan (CRO)

    GER-BHR Papapetrou (GRE) FO: Zebec (CRO)
    SRB-IRL Costa (POR) FO: Pejin (CRO)
    NED-UKR Rumsas (LTU) Maae (DEN)
    NOR-ENG Laforge (BEL) FO:Jovic (CRO)

    FIFA U 20 WC
    VEN-GER Mohamed (UAE) FO: Conger (NZL)
    ARG-ENG Sikazawe (ZAM) FO: Aquilar (SLV)
    VAN-MEX Hauata (TAH) FO:Kruzliak (SVK)
    KOR-GUI Lahoz (ESP) FO: Cakir (TUR)

    ZAM-POR Bascunan (CHI) FO: Dias De Vivar (PAR)
    IRN-CRC Eriksson (SWE) FO: Kim (KOR)
    RSA-JPN Karasev (RUS) FO: Brych (GER)
    ITA-URU Lopez (GUA) FO: Al Jasim (QAT)

    FRA-HON Grisha (EGY) FO:Auoum (CMR)
    ECU-USA Kassai (HUN) FO: Martinez (CUB)
    VET-NZL Kuipers (NED) FO: Tessema (ETH)
    KSA-SEN Cunha (URU) FO:Al Kaf (OMA)

    Worl Cup Qualifiers
    FAR-SUI Kehlet (DEN)
    LTA-POR Kovács (ROU)
    NED-LUX Reinshreiber (ISR)
    BLR-BUL Jug (SVN)
    EST-BEL Schörgenhofer (AUT)
    BHR-GRE Rocchi (ITA)
    GIB-CYP Ekkberg (SWE)
    SWE-FRA Rizzoli (ITA
    AND-HUN Aghayev (AZE)

    KAZ-DEN Pisani (MLT)
    SCO-ENG Hategan (ROU)
    SLO-MLT Bognár (HUN)
    AZE-NIR Borbalán (ESP)
    NOR-CZE Undiano Mallenco (ESP)
    GER-SMR Popov (BUL)
    LTU-SVK Gräfe (GER)
    MNE-ARM Nijhuis (NED)
    POL-ROU Mazic (SRB)

    MDA-GEO Vertenten (BEL)
    FIN-UKR Liany (ISR)
    IRL-AUT Skomina (SLO)
    SRB-WAL Turpin (FRA)
    ISL-CRO Atkinson (ENG)
    MKD-ESP Thomson (SCO)
    ITA-LIE Özkayha (TUR)
    ISR-ALB Taylor (ENG)
    KOS-TUR Dabanovic (MNE)

    FIFA Confederations Cup
    RUS-NZL Gassama (GAM FO: Pitana (ARG)
    POR-MEX Al Mirdasi (KSA) FO: Zitoumi (TAH)
    CAM-CHI Rocchi (ITA) FO: Mazic (SRB)
    AUS-GER FAghani (IRN) FO: Geiger (USA)
    RUS-POR Pitana (ARG) FO:Gassama (GAM)
    MEX-NZL Roldán (COL) FO: Zitoumi (TAH)
    CAM-AUS Skomina (SLO) FO: Rocchi (ITA)
    GER-CHI Geiger (USA) FO: Mazic (SRB)
    MEX-RUS Mazic (SRB) FO: Al Mirdasi (KSA)
    NZL-POR Faghani (IRN) FO: Roldán (COL)
    GER-CAM Pitana (ARG) FO:Skomina (SLO)
    CHI-AUS Gassama (GAM) FO: Zitoumi (TAH)

    UEFA Under 21 European Championship
    SWE-ENG Mazeika (LTU)
    POL-SVK Stieler (GER)
    POR-SRB Lechner (AUT)
    ESP-MKD Vincic (SLO)
    GER-CZE Bastien FRA)
    DEN-ITA Gil Manzano (ESP)

    1. Mine are (for some of those):
      FIFA U 20 WC
      VEN-GER Conger (NZL) FO: Martinez (CUB), VAR: Waldron (NZL)
      ARG-ENG Ramos (MEX) FO: Montero (CRC), VAR: Garcia (MEX)
      VAN-MEX Alioum (CMR) FO:Kruzliak (SVK), VAR: Otogo (GAB)
      KOR-GUI Kassai (HUN) FO: Aguilar (SLV), VAR: Kralovec (CZE)

      ZAM-POR AlJassim (QAT) FO: AlKaf (OMA), VAR: Sato (JPN)
      IRN-CRC Eriksson (SWE) FO: Grisha (EGY), VAR: Moen (NOR)
      RSA-JPN Karasev (RUS) FO: de Vivar (PAR), VAR: Marciniak (POL)
      ITA-URU Kim (KOR) FO: Tessema (ETH), VAR: Bin Jahari (SIN)

      FRA-HON Haro (PER) FO: Otogo (GAB), VAR: Vargas (BOL)
      ECU-USA Brych (GER) FO: Kralovec (CZE), VAR: Zwayer (GER)
      VET-NZL Lopez (GUA) FO: Garcia (MEX), VAR: Montero (CRC)
      KSA-SEN Cakir (TUR) FO: Charef (ALG), VAR: Orsato (ITA)

      FIFA Confederations Cup
      RUS-NZL AlMirdasi (KSA), FO: Faghani (IRN), VAR: Irmatov (UZB)
      POR-MEX Pitana (ARG), FO: Zitouni (TAH), VAR: Caceres (PAR)
      CAM-CHI Rocchi (ITA) FO: Skomina (SVN), VAR: Soares Dias (POR)
      AUS-GER Roldan (COL), FO: Gassama (GAM), VAR: Ricci (BRA)
      RUS-POR Skomina (SVN), FO: Pitana (ARG), VAR: Turpin (FRA)
      MEX-NZL Gassama (GAM), FO: AlMirdasi (KSA), VAR: Diedhiou (SEN)
      CAM-AUS Mazic (SRB), FO: Roldan (COL), VAR: Hategan (ROU)
      GER-CHI Geiger (USA) FO: Zitouni (TAH), VAR: Marrufo (USA)
      MEX-RUS Faghani (IRN) FO: Zitouni (TAH), VAR: Irmatov (UZB)
      NZL-POR Rocchi (ITA) FO: Geiger (USA), VAR: Marrufo (USA)
      GER-CAM Pitana (ARG), FO: AlMirdasi (KSA), VAR: Caceres (PAR)
      CHI-AUS Skomina (SVN) FO: Mazic (SRB), VAR: Turpin (FRA)

      UEFA Under 21 European Championship
      SWE-ENG Gil Manzano (ESP), FO: Demeshko (RUS)
      POL-SVK Gözübüyük (NED), FO: Somolani (SVK)
      POR-SRB Bastien (FRA), FO: Borkowski (POL)
      ESP-MKD Mazeika (LTU), FO: Hassan (ISR)
      GER-CZE Lechner (AUT), FO: Nevado (ESP)
      DEN-ITA Vincic (SVN), FO: Obukowicz (POL)

    2. FAR-SUI Atkinson (ENG)
      LTA-POR Kovacs (ROU)
      NED-LUX Massa (ITA)
      BLR-BUL Marriner (ENG)
      EST-BEL Gil (POL)
      BHR-GRE Borbalan (ESP)
      GIB-CYP Grinfeld (ISR)
      SWE-FRA Tagliavento (ITA)
      AND-HUN Eskov (RUS)

      KAZ-DEN Evans (WAL)
      SCO-ENG Rizzoli (ITA)
      SLO-MLT Strömbergsson (SWE)
      AZE-NIR Blom (NED)
      NOR-CZE Yefet (ISR)
      GER-SMR Beaton (SCO)
      LTU-SVK Estrada (ESP)
      MNE-ARM Drachta (AUT)
      POL-ROU Aytekin (GER)

      MDA-GEO Frankowski (POL)
      FIN-UKR Stavrev (MKD)
      IRL-AUT Jug (SVN)
      SRB-WAL Nijhuis (NED)
      ISL-CRO Thomson (SCO)
      MKD-ESP Boiko (UKR)
      ITA-LIE Chapron (FRA)
      ISR-ALB Gräfe (GER)
      KOS-TUR Ekberg (SWE)

  3. No coincidence the candidates for the UEFA Finals are appointed here, and not at U17/20 imo

    1. I wonder, what the decision process was:
      ConfedCup -> No U20 -> final candidates or
      final candidates -> No U20 -> Confed Cup

    2. I guess it is the 2nd version :)
      Most likely Busacca called Collina to ask which referees he should better keep out of U20. Or Collina decided both himself given his new role in FIFA.

      It is pretty obvious who will appear in the finals. The interesting question is who will be fourth official in UCL final. Rocchi if Juve do not qualify? (-> Mazic for UEL final?), or Mazic if Juve qualify (-> Rocchi for UEL final with Hategan or Turpin as 4th?).

    3. Mazic will referee either UCL or UEL final , he wont be fourth official..

  4. Unbelievable that Sandro Ricci is not having duties in the middle, could've easily been a candidate for the Final... An early prediction for the final would be Nestor Pitana and if not Pitana then Mark Geiger!!

  5. What is the main task of support referee?

    1. Reserve referee and fourth official in some games.

  6. As it's been long suspected, the punishment doesn't fit the crime. Neil Taylor (Wales) was given a mere 2 match ban by the "know it all's" at FIFA. It goes without saying that this is an utter and complete joke of a suspension when the poor Irish lad is going to be sidelined for a significant time longer. The only message that FIFA sends with this suspension is that breaking an opponents leg is not as bad as saying a few words to an assistant referee. A complete and utter disgrace!

  7. Interesting: Those who predicted Cakir and Kuipers for Real-Atlético (including myself) seem to be wrong.

    Uilenberg observes Monaco-Juve, so no Kuipers possible. But as Ilgaz observes Real-Atlético, Kuipers is unprobable there as well, as he was already observed by the Turkish last week in Barca-Juve. At the same time, Ilgaz cannot observe his compatriot Cakir... so someone else has one of the Madrid derbies. Atkinson or Brych, maybe?

    1. In my opinion, Mazic will be the man for this game.

    2. Mazic,Ristic,Djurdjevic they are not appointed for a weekend in the super league Serbia.

    3. I think, it will be Brych (who is rested in Bundesliga) or Marciniak in Madrid.
      Mazic in Monaco and Kuipers&Cakir for the two second legs then.

    4. So Kuipers'​ wait for a maiden visit to the Santiago Bernabeu will continue!! *sighs*

    5. Niclas, is it possible for a referee to have the same observer in 2 games during a season?? I mean has it happened before anytime??

    6. @Philipp I'm not so sure that a referee from Munich can handle Real Madrid after all what happened on previous round, but of course still possible.
      I think that Brych is more likely in Monaco - Juventus.

      @Soham there was a case some seasons ago, now I don't remember well the particulars, however in that case more time passed between the two appointments. However, everything is still possible, of course.

    7. Uilenberg observing Brych..is it really necessary?? I would like to believe that it will be Mazic in Monaco under the eyes of Uilenberg and in case of a good performance he might get a final 😎 Logically Kuipers and Çakir were the two best available referees for the Madrid derby but UEFA surely thinks differently!!

    8. Kuipers and Cakir could get second legs!

    9. Yup I'd say Kuipers at Vicente Calderon, Madrid and Çakir at Juventus Stadium, Turin!!

    10. I could also imagine Cakir in Monaco - Uilenberg was disallowed to observe him for many years due to his work for TFF, but maybe now it could be possible.

      @Soham: Yes, it happened as Chefren already mentioned. I remember one particular case, a small look into the referee-observer-archive helped to find it:

      CL 13/14 GS JUV-GAL Kassai Viktor HUN Krondl Vaclav CZE
      CL 13/14 GS S04-CHE Kassai Viktor HUN Krondl Vaclav CZE

    11. Another interesting point to note is that these 2 matches were on successive matchdays so technically Kuipers is still possible for Santiago Bernabeu on 2nd May!!

    12. Niclas, I believe the case with referee and observer that you are looking for is with Kassai and Vaclav Krondl (CZE). He observed him 3 times in 1 month, IIRC.

    13. In that way it's not impossible to imagine Ilgaz observing Kuipers again in Semi-finals!!

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    15. Kassai was more a special case thanks to his then (lack of) form I suspect. Not impossible but unlikely to see Kuipers this Tuesday, rather in BAR-JUV he confirmed by impression that apart from Rizzoli Eriksson Kassai Brych Çakir(in his best form) would succeed in such atmosphere as the second leg of Madrid Derby, and the first four names are likely out.
      We will see :-)

  8. DFB Cup Final (Borussia Dortmund v Eintracht Frankfurt):
    Deniz Aytekin, AR1 Christian Dietz, AR2 Eduard Beitinger, 4th Benjamin Brand

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    1. What was wrong with a comment about Héber Lopes not being in the cup?

    2. It is not the first time you mention him. Kidding referees is not allowed there. You should understand what was wrong without asking.

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