19 December 2014

Walter López appointed to handle 2014 CWC Final

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Walter López Castellanos from Guatemala has been appointed to handle the final match of the 2014 FIFA Club  World Cup, between Real Madrid and San Lorenzo De Almagro, to be played on 20 December 2014 in Marrakech. He will be assisted by Leonel Leal (CRC) and Gerson López (GUA).



A FIFA referee since 2006, López attended the 2014 WC as fourth official, after a long preselection's process. Prior to this assignment, the last CONCACAF referee appointed for  FIFA CWC final had been Benito Archundia from Mexico, in the 2009 edition.  For Walter López, this will be the second match in the competition, after having refereed  the play off for quartefinals.  To complete the officiating crew for this final, Noumandiez Doué from Ivory Coast will act as fourth official.

2014 FIFA CWC Final
20 December 2014, 20:30 CET (Marrakech)
Real Madrid - San Lorenzo De Almagro
Referee: Walter López Castellanos (GUA)
Assistant Referee 1: Leonel Leal (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Gerson López Castellanos (GUA)
Fourth Official: Noumandiez Doué (CIV)

A few hours earlier, the third place final will be played in the same stadium, between Cruz Azul from Mexico and Auckland City from New Zealand. The referee selected by FIFA for this clash is the Portuguese Pedro Proença, at his second match in this tournament, after a quarterfinal. Enrique Osses will take the duties of fourth official. This could be the last international match for the Portuguese official, having hinted about a possible retirement after the tournament, especially in case of appointment for the final match. 

2014 FIFA CWC Third Place Final
20 December 2014, 17:30 CET (Marrakech)
Cruz Azul - Auckland City
Referee: Pedro Proença (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bertino Miranda (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: José Trigo (POR)
Fourth Official: Enrique Osses (CHI)
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International Referees and Assistant Referees for 2015

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The 3rd Team is honoured to provide you with the entire list of international referees and assistant referees for the next year - 2015. Congratulations to all match officials included in this list and thanks to those who will leave it at the end of 2014!


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13 December 2014

UEFA Referee Categories - Women and Futsal

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These are the new UEFA categories for Women and Futsal officials applicable from 12 December 2014 onwards. 

Stéphanie Frappart, new French Elite (c) lexpress.fr

WOMEN:


Elite Group
Jana Adamkova (CZE), Teodora Albon (ROU), Sandra Braz Bastos (POR, prom.), Cristina Dorcioman (ROU), Stéphanie Frappart (FRA, prom.), Gyöngyi Krisztina Gaál (HUN), Riem Hussein (GER), Katalin Kulcsar (HUN), Pernilla Larsson (SWE), Efthalia Mitsi (GRE), Kateryna Monzul (UKR), Monika Mularczyk (POL, prom.), Sara Persson (SWE), Morag Pirie (SCO), Silvia Tea Spinelli (ITA), Esther Staubli (SUI), Bibiana Steinhaus (GER), Carina Susanna Vitulano (ITA).

First Group
Linn Anderson (SWE), Esther Azzopardi (MLT), Floarea Cristina Babadac (ROU), Petra Chuda (SVK), Rhona Daly (IRL), Amy Fearn (ENG), Florence Guillemin (FRA, prom.), Kirsi Heikkinen (FIN, dem.), Sofia Karagiorgi (CYP), Zuzana Kovacova (SVK), Marija Kurtes (GER, prom.), Eleni Lampadariou (GRE), Lina Lehtovaara (FIN, prom.), Elia María Martínez Martínez (ESP), Anastasia Pustovoytova (RUS), Karolina Radzik-Johan (POL), Sharon Sluyts (BEL), Marte Sørø (NOR, prom.), Eszter Urban (HUN, prom.), Olga Zadinova (CZE).

Second Group 
Lilach Asulin (ISR), Sabine Bonnin (FRA), Paula Brady (IRL), Vesna Budimir (CRO), Lorraine Clark (SCO, prom.), Tania Fernandes Morais (LUX, prom.), Simona Ghisletta (SUI), Dilan Deniz Gökçek (TUR), Kseniya Goryachev (RUS, prom.), Knarik Grigoryan (ARM), Gordana Kuzmanovic (SRB), Yuliya Medvedeva (KAZ), Ana Minic (SRB), Zuzana Valentova (SVK), Kateryna Zora (UKR).

Third Group
Eleni Antoniou (GRE), Ewa Augustyn (POL, new), Julia-Stefanie Baier (AUT), Barbara Bollenberger (AUT), Cristina Bujor (ROU), Charlotte Carpenter (WAL, new), Svetlana Ceban (MDA), Aleksandra Cesen (SVN), Virginie Derouaux (BEL), Galiya Echeva (BUL), Cathrine Eide (NOR, new), Marta Frías Acedo (ESP), Valentina Garoffolo (ITA), Sarah Garratt (ENG), Beatriz Gil Gozalo (ESP), Désirée Grundbacher (SUI), Sabayel Gurbanova (AZE), Mihaela Gurdon Basimamovic (CRO), Liliya Hasanova (KAZ, new), Kristina Husballe (DEN), Frida Mia Klarlund Nielsen (DEN, new), Dliek Kocbay (TUR), Eliška Královec Kramlová (CZE), Ifeoma Kulmala (FIN), Yuliya Larionova (AZE, new), Justina Lavrenovaite (LTU), Katarzyna Lisiecka-Sęk (POL, new), Jurgita Mačikunytė (LTU, new), Ivana Martincic (CRO), Dimitrina Milkova (BUL), Neslihan Muratdağı (TUR, new), Henrikke Holm Nervik (NOR), Elvira Nurmustafina (KAZ), Vera Onica (MDA, new), Hannelore Onsea (BEL, new), Vera Opeikina (RUS, new), Lois Otte (BEL), Meliz Özçiğdem (TUR), Vivian Peeters (NED), Tess Petersson (SWE, new), Ruzanna Petrosyan (ARM), Graziella Pirriatore (ITA), Ivana Projkovska (MKD), Viola Raudzina (LVA), Anastasiya Romanyuk (UKR, new), Silvia Andreia Rosa Domingos (POR), Ana Sofia Soares Aguiar (POR, new), Angelika Soeder (GER, new), Nelli Stepanyan (ARM), Sandra Strub (SUI, new), Tanja Subotic (SVN), Marianne Svendsen (DEN), Liudmyla Telbukh (UKR), Bojana Tosic (BIH,new), Biljana Trifunovic (SRB), Volha Tsiareshka (BLR, new), Irina Turovskaya (BLR), Irena Velevackoska (MKD), Ivana Vlaic (BIH).

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12 December 2014

UEFA Referee Categories - Winter 2014/15 - Aytekin and Mateu Lahoz promoted to Elite

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UEFA's Referee Committee members have decided to promote Germany's Deniz Aytekin and Spaniard Antonio Mateu Lahoz to the highest category of European international referees. From now on, they belong to Elite Group. Congratulations!

++ Craig Pawson is the new English FIFA referee. ++
++ RFEF is the first association allowed to have more than three referees in Elite. ++
++ For the first time (in history?), France will not be represented in the Elite Group. ++


Born in 1978, Deniz Aytekin has already taken charge of 7 Champions League and 91 Bundesliga matches. The official from Oberasbach in Bavaria probably saw that promotion coming: he is the director of a German website focused on consulting horoscopes.

Having been the best Spanish referee in La Liga 2013/14, Antonio Mateu Lahoz has already officiated 122 times in the highest Spanish league and appeared 6 times in Champions League. Some years ago, he was highly lauded by José Mourinho, something which does not happen that often.

Both will join the pool of 22 Elite Group referees.

Elite Group
Martin Atkinson (ENG), Deniz Aytekin (GER, prom.), Felix Brych (GER), Cüneyt Çakır (TUR), Mark Clattenburg (ENG), William Collum (SCO), Jonas Eriksson (SWE), David Fernández Borbalán (ESP), Viktor Kassai (HUN), Pavel Královec (CZE), Björn Kuipers (NED), Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP, prom.), Milorad Mažić (SRB), Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR), Pedro Proença (POR), Nicola Rizzoli (ITA), Gianluca Rocchi (ITA), Damir Skomina (SVN), Paolo Tagliavento (ITA), Craig Thomson (SCO), Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP), Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)

First Group 
Ievgenii Aranovskiy (UKR), Pavel Balaj (ROU), Luca Banti (ITA), Ivan Bebek (CRO), Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS), Kevin Blom (NED), Tamás Bognar (HUN, prom.), Serhiy Boiko (UKR), Marcin Borski (POL), Ruddy Buquet (FRA), Tony Chapron (FRA), Carlos Clos Gómez (ESP), Sébastien Delferiere (BEL), Christian Dingert (GER, prom.), Oliver Drachta (AUT, prom.), Aleksei Eskov (RUS), Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP, prom.), Simon Evans (WAL), Mattias Gestranius (FIN), Pawel Gil (POL), Hüseyin Göçek (TUR), Duarte Gomes (POR), Manuel Gräfe (GER), Serge Gumienny (BEL), Tom Harald Hagen (NOR), Kenn Hansen (DEN),  Ovidiu Alin Hategan (ROU), Arnold Hunter (NIR), Stefan Johannesson (SWE), Matej Jug (SVN), Sergei Karasev (RUS), Michael Koukoulakis (GRE), Libor Kovarik (CZE), Ivan Kruzliak (SVK), Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR), Harald Lechner (AUT), Liran Liany (ISR), Robert Madden (SCO), Danny Makkelie (NED), Szymon Marciniak (POL), Andre Marriner (ENG), Gediminas Mazeika (LTU), Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni (ITA), Steven McLean (SCO), Bas Nijhuis (NED), Michael Oliver (ENG), Daniele Orsato (ITA), Halis Özkahya (TUR), Clayton Pisani (MLT, prom.), Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT), Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE), Artur Soares Dias (POR, prom.), Manuel Sousa (POR), Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD), Marijo Strahonja (CRO), Martin Strömbergsson (SWE), Stephan Studer (SUI),  Anthony Taylor (ENG, prom.), Leontios Trattou (CYP), Alexandru Tudor (ROU), Clément Turpin (FRA), István Vad (HUN), Pol van Boekel (NED), Slavko Vinčič (SVN), Tobias Welz (GER, prom.), Alon Yefet (ISR), Miroslav Zelinka (CZE), Felix Zwayer (GER)

Second Group
Anatoliy Abdula (UKR, prom.), Aliyar Aghayev (AZE), Ionut Marius Avram (ROU), Bastien Benoît (FRA), John Beaton (SCO), Alain Bieri (SUI), Alexandre Boucaut (BEL, prom.), Kevin Clancy (SCO), Sebastian Coltescu (ROU, prom.), Antonio Damato (ITA), Bastian Dankert (GER), Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP), Amaury Delerue (FRA, new), Neil Doyle (IRL), Nerijus Dunauskas (LTU), Svein-Erik Edvartsen (NOR, prom.), Andreas Ekberg (SWE, prom.), Said Ennjimi (FRA), Fredy Fautrel (FRA), Marco Fritz (GER), Antony Gautier (FRA, dem.), Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP), Vlado Glodjovic (SRB), Serdar Gözübüyük (NED), Orel Grinfeeld (ISR, prom.), Marco Guida (ITA), Alexander Harkam (AUT), Alejandro Hernández Hernández (ESP), Sergei Ivanov (RUS, prom.), Adrien Jaccottet (SUI), Ken Henry Johnsen (NOR), Georgi Kabakov (BUL), Mete Kalkavan (TUR, prom.), Jakob Kehlet (DEN), Stephan Klossner (SUI), István Kovacs (ROU), Artyom Kuchin (KAZ), Sergei Lapochkin (RUS), Jonathan Lardot (BEL, prom.), Michael Lerjeus (SWE), Richard Liesveld (NED), Juan Martínez Munuera (ESP, new), Davide Massa (ITA), Dimitar Meckarovski (MKD), Vitaly Meshkov (RUS), Hugo Miguel (POR), Benoît Millot (FRA), Antti Munukka (FIN), Christos Nicolaides (CYP, prom.), Aleksei Nikolaev (RUS), Craig Pawson (ENG, new), Radu Petrescu (ROU), Lee Probert (ENG), Pawel Raczkowski (POL), Pavle Radovanović (MNE), Nicolas Rainville (FRA), Alan Mario Sant (MLT, prom.), Eitan Shmuelevitz (ISR), Daniel Siebert (GER, new), Ilias Spathas (GRE), Daniel Stefanski (POL), Tobias Stieler (GER), Ivaylo Stoyanov (BUL), Padraigh Sutton (IRL), Stanislav Todorov (BUL), Kristo Tohver (EST), Andris Treimanis (LVA, prom.), Stavros Tritsonis (GRE), Richard Trutz (SVK), Siarhei Tsynkevich (BLR), Michael Tykgaard (DEN), Jan Valasek (SVK), Paolo Valeri (ITA), Ognjen Valjić (BIH), Ante Vucemilović-simunović jr (CRO), Carlos Xistra (POR)

Third Group
Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE, new), Alexandr Aliyev (KAZ), Sascha Amhof (SUI), Sándor Andó-Szabó (HUN), Dennis Antamo (FIN), Aleksandrs Anufrijevs (LVA), Petr Ardeleanu (CZE), Thorvaldur Arnason (ISL), Adrian Azzopardi (MLT, new), Suren Baliyan (ARM), Sven Bindels (LUX), Marco Borg (MLT), Johnny Casanova (SMR), Raymond Crangle (NIR), Nikola Dabanović (MNE), Andrew Dallas (SCO, new), Oleksandr Derdo (UKR, dem.), Sergiu Derenov (MDA), Vasilis Dimitriou (CYP), Vadims Direktorenko (LVA), Alain Durieux (LUX, new), Mihaly Fabián (HUN, dem.), Adam Farkas (HUN, new), Bartosz Frankowski (POL), Aleksander Gauzer (KAZ), Athanassios Giachos (GRE), Danilo Grujić (SRB), Dag Vidar Hafsas (NOR), Markus Hameter (AUT), Nikolaj Hänni (SUI), Tore Hansen (NOR), Richard Harrington (WAL, new), Rahim Hasanov (AZE), Thoroddur Hjaltalin (ISL), Zaven Hovhannisyan (ARM), Milan Ilić (SRB, new), Denis Izmailov (KAZ, new), Dejan Jakimovski (MKD), Edin Jakupović (BIH), Jari Järvinen (FIN), Lorenc Jemini (ALB), Michael Johansen (DEN), Gunnar Jónsson (ISL), Enea Jorgji (ALB), Srdjan Jovanović (SRB, new), Fran Jović (CRO), Charalambos Kalogeropoulos (GRE, new), Jovan Kaludjerovic (MNE), Laurent Kopriwa (LUX), Yaroslav Kozyk (UKR), Peter Kralovic (SVK), Tvetan Krastev (BUL), Mads Kristoffersen (DEN), Giorgi Kruashvili (GEO, new), Nicolas Laforge (BEL, new), Erik Lambrechts (BEL), Tiago Lopes Martins (POR, new), Jens Maae (DEN), Orkhan Mammadov (AZE, new), Bryn David Markham-Jones (WAL), Tim Marshall (NIR, new), Dimitrios Massias (CYP, new), Paul McLaughlin (IRL), Yuriy Mozharovskyy (UKR), Dumitru Muntean (MDA), Tomasz Musial (POL), Ville Nevalainen (FIN), Ola Hobber Nilsen (NOR, new), Dominik Ouschan (AUT, new), Tolga Özkalfa (TUR, new), Ali Palabiyik (TUR, new), Bojan Pandzić (SWE), Erez Papir (ISR, new), Andreas Pappas (GRE), Bardhyl Pashaj (ALB), Tihomir Pejin (CRO), Irfan Peljto (BIH, new), Nikola Popov (BUL), Anders Poulsen (DEN), Radek Prihoda (CZE), Zbynek Proske (CZE), Petur Reinert (FAR), Roi Reinshreiber (ISR), Robert Rogers (IRL), Eiko Saar (EST), Joao Santos Capela (POR), Marco Santos Ferreira (POR), Sandro Schärer (SUI, new), Manuel Schüttengruber (AUT), Dzianis Shcharbakou (BLR), Lasha Silagava (GEO), Bariş Şimşek (TUR), Sergejus Slyva (LTU), Mervyn Smyth (NIR), Roomer Tarajev (EST, new), Alexandru Tean (MDA), Vilhjalmur Alvar Thorarinnsson (ISL, new), George Vadachkoria (GEO), Bart Vertenten (BEL), Mikhail Vilkov (RUS), Ignasi Villamayor (AND), Vladimir Vnuk (SVK), Domagoj Vuckov (CRO), Nikolay Yordanov (BUL), Mitja Zganec (SVN), Anatolii Zhabchenko (UKR)

prom. = promoted
dem. = demoted
new = new on the FIFA list
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11 December 2014

Predictions: Promotions and Demotions in UEFA's Referee Categories

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Tomorrow, on 12 December, UEFA's Referee Committee members are about to gather at UEFA's headquarters in Suisse Nyon. Without knowing the agenda of the meeting, it is relatively easy to guess that defining the promotions and demotions within their referee categories will be the focal point of discussion Pierluigi Collina and his colleagues are going to have. A prediction.


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08 December 2014

Europa League - Referee Appointments - Matchday 6

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These are the officials appointed by UEFA for 2014-15 Europa League Group Stage Matchday 6. Besides some more experienced match officials, Pawel Raczkowski and István Kovács will make their Europa League debuts.

Manuel Gräfe will be in charge of Sevilla - Rijeka


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Champions League 2014/15 - Referee Appointments - Matchday 6 (Wednesday)

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Surprising appointment for Porto - Shakhtar: French Ruddy Buquet will make his debut in UEFA Champions League. Additionally, Serbian Milorad Mažić will handle AS Roma - Manchester City under the eyes of Marc Batta. Portuguese Olegário Benquerença will attend his farewell game in Munich, while English World Cup final assistant referees Darren Cann, Renato Faverani and Andrea Stefani are about to finish their long careers in Camp Nou and San Mamés respectively.



10/12/2014, 20:45 CET
Stadio Olimpico, Rome (ITA)
AS Roma - Manchester City
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Milovan Ristić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Dalibor Djurdjević (SRB)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Danilo Grujić (SRB)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Dejan Filipović (SRB)
Fourth Official: Dejan Petrović (SRB)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marc Batta (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Roland Ospelt (LIE)
Blog Referee Observer:

10/12/2014, 20:45 CET
Allianz Arena, Munich (GER)
Bayern München - CSKA Moskva
Referee: Olegário Benquerença (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Ricardo Santos (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Rui Tavares (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Manuel De Sousa (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Taborda Xistra (POR)
Fourth Official: Nuno Tomás Pereira (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Markus Nobs (SUI)
UEFA Delegate: Svein Johannessen (NOR)
Blog Referee Observer: Carter (AUS)

10/12/2014, 20:45 CET
Camp Nou, Barcelona (ESP)
FC Barcelona - Paris SG
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Mullarkey (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Darren Cann (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Andre Marriner (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Fourth Official: Stephen Child (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Leif Sundell (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Pat Quigley (IRL)
Blog Referee Observer: Maxi R. (GER)

10/12/2014, 20:45 CET
AmsterdamArena, Amsterdam (NED)
Ajax Amsterdam - APOEL Nicosia
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
Fourth Official: Angel Nevado Rodríguez (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Rune Pedersen (NOR)
UEFA Delegate: Yoav Strauss (ISR)
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10/12/2014, 20:45 CET
Stamford Bridge, London (ENG)
Chelsea FC - Sporting
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Kim Thomas Haglund (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Frank Andås (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Ken Henry Johnsen (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Svein-Erik Edvartsen (NOR)
Fourth Official: Sven Erik Midthjell (NOR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Charles Agius (MLT)
UEFA Delegate: Sune Hellströmer (SWE)
Blog Referee Observer: Gitzlo (AUT)

10/12/2014, 20:45 CET
Stadion Ljudski vrt, Maribor (SVN)
NK Maribor - Schalke 04
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Pawel Sokolnicki (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Rafal Rostkowski (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Marcin Borski (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Wajda (POL)
Fourth Official: Michal Obukowicz (POL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Bertrand Layec (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Adrian Ixari (MDA)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

10/12/2014, 20:45 CET
Estádio do Dragão, Porto (POR)
FC Porto - Shakhtar Donetsk
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Guillaume Débart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Benoît Bastien (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Amaury Delerue (FRA)
Fourth Official: Cyril Saint Cricq Lompre (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Luis Medina Cantalejo (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Stanislaw Speczik (POL)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

10/12/2014, 20:45 CET
Estadio San Mamés, Bilbao (ESP)
Athletic Club - BATE Borisov
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Renato Faverani (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrea Stefani (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Antonio Damato (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
Fourth Official: Matteo Passeri (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Donald McVicar (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Markus Stenger (GER)
Blog Referee Observer: Howard M. (GER)
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07 December 2014

Champions League 2014/15 - Referee Appointments - Matchday 6 (Tuesday)

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Belarusian Aleksei Kulbakov will make his UEFA Champions League bow at Estádio da Luz being the showplace of SL Benfica - Bayer Leverkusen in Group C. Meanwhile, William Collum will handle one of the most important matches of Tuesday evening when Juventus Turin will fight for the runners-up place in Group A against Atlético Madrid. The Scottish will be assessed by the only UEFA Referee Committee member of the evening, Nikolay Levnikov. Find all appointments placed below.



09/12/2014, 20:45 CET
Georgios Karaiskakis, Piraeus (GRE)
Olympiakos - Malmö FF
Referee: Stéphane Lannoy (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Annonier (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Laurent Stien (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Antony Gautier (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Olivier Thual (FRA)
Fourth Official: Hicham Zakrani (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stefan Ormandjiev (BUL)
UEFA Delegate: Christian Mutschler (SUI)
Blog Referee Observer: Nur (ENG)

09/12/2014, 20:45 CET Juventus Stadium, Turin (ITA)
Juventus Turin - Atlético Madrid
Referee: William Collum (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Damien Macgraith (IRL)
Assistant Referee 2: Graham Chambers (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Robert Madden (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
Fourth Official: Alastair Mather (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Nikolay Levnikov (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Charles Schaack (LUX)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)

09/12/2014, 20:45 CET
Anfield Road, Liverpool (ENG)
Liverpool FC - FC Basel
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Sander van Roekel (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin E.J. Zeinstra (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Pol van Boekel (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Richard Liesveld (NED)
Fourth Official: Angelo Boonman (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sándor Piller (HUN)
UEFA Delegate: Christian Kofoed (DEN)
Blog Referee Observer: Gitzlo (AUT)

09/12/2014, 20:45 CET
Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid (ESP)
Real Madrid - Ludogorets
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Frédéric Cano (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Danos (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Fredy Fautrel (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Rainville (FRA)
Fourth Official: Philippe Jeanne (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Panagiotis Chatzialexiou (GER)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

09/12/2014, 20:45 CET
Stade Louis II, Monaco (MON)
AS Monaco - Zenit St Petersburg
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jure Praprotnik (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Robert Vukan (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Slavko Vinčić (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Ponis (SVN)
Fourth Official: Andraž Kovacic (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Guy Goethals (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Michel Pralong (SUI)
Blog Referee Observer: Maxi R (GER)

09/12/2014, 20:45 CET
Estádio da Luz, Lisbon (POR)
SL Benfica - Bayer Leverkusen
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)
Assistant Referee 1: Andrei Hetsikau (BLR)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleh Maslianka (BLR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Siarhei Tsynkevich (BLR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Dzianis Shcharbakou (BLR)
Fourth Official: Dmitry Zhuk (BLR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jan Fasung (SVK)
UEFA Delegate: Steve Stride (ENG)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

09/12/2014, 20:45 CET
Ali Sami Yen Spor Kompleksi, Istanbul (TUR)
Galatasaray - Arsenal FC
Referee: David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Raúl Cabañero Martínez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: José Fernández Miranda (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Fernando Teixeira Vitienes (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP)
Fourth Official: Teodoro Sobrino Magán (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Konrad Plautz (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Dusko Grabovac (CRO)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)

09/12/2014, 20:45 CET
Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund (GER)
Borussia Dortmund - RSC Anderlecht
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Díaz Pérez Del Palomar (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Pau Cebrián Devis (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Alejandro Hernández Hernández (ESP)
Fourth Official: Victoriano Díaz Casado (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Rodger Gifford (WAL)
UEFA Delegate: Patrick Wattebled (FRA)
Blog Referee Observer: Nikitas (GRE)
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25 November 2014

Cüneyt Çakır has suffered a pneumothorax and was taken to hospital

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Turkish World Cup 2014 semifinal referee Cüneyt Çakır has suffered a pneumothorax during last weekend's Süper Lig match between Gençlerbirliği and Karabükspor in Ankara and was taken to hospital immediately.


After 28 minutes, Çakır started to feel pain in his chest and furthermore suffered from breathlessness for a while on the field of play. He continued to referee the match until the end of the first half and was then replaced by his first additional assistant referee.

His doctor, Mr Tevfik Ali Küçükbaş, explained it as follows: "Due to an unexpected airflow in his lung tissue, there was an accumulation of air in his chest. This prevented his lungs from enlarging in order to breath properly. After an operation, he is still in our hospital to make his lung recover and will stay here for a couple of days. Until the weekend, he will have recovered completely."

The medicine additionally suspected that Çakır's pneumothorax was due to an infection, influenza or something comparable. Often times, pneumothoraces are a consequence of smoking or drinking too much alcohol, which Çakır's father clearly excluded: "We thank the doctors and hospital, the Turkish football federation and everybody who reached us. I believe he is very strong. We all know that he (Çakır) has a very proper lifestyle, doesn't smoke and doesn't drink any alcohol. Now he just needs some time to return onto the field of play."

Cüneyt Çakır's career as top referee is clearly not in danger. As the doctors believe the pneumothorax has resulted from something acute and nothing chronical, "there is nothing that might adversely affect his refereeing career", as Zekeriya Alp (Head of Refereeing in TFF) said.

The Third Team wishes Cüneyt Çakır all the best!
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24 November 2014

Europa League - Referee Appointments - Matchday 5

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These are the officials appointed by UEFA for 2014-15 Europa League Group Stage Matchday 5.

Kristo Tohver will be observed by Bo Karlsson


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Champions League 2014/15 - Referee Appointments - Matchday 5 (Wednesday)

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Viktor Kassai has been assigned to take charge of Arsenal FC - Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday in form of UEFA Champions League's matchday 5, being observed by UEFA Chief Refereeing Officer Pierluigi Collina. Meanwhile, Wolfgang Stark will have his farewell match in Estadio Vicente Calderón taking charge of Atlético - Olympiakos, which will be his 51st UEFA Champions League tie. The full appointments will follow in a couple of moments.

Observed by Collina: Viktor Kassai from Hungary


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23 November 2014

Champions League 2014/15 - Referee Appointments - Matchday 5 (Tuesday)

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UEFA has assigned the following eight referee teams for next Tuesday's Champions League Matchday 5 ties. Among others, Czech Pavel Královec will handle the game tie between Manchester City and Bayern München, while Slovenian Matej Jug will be observed by committee's member Jozef Marko in Paris Saint Germain - Ajax.



25/11/2014, 18:00 CET 
Arena Khimki, Khimki, Russia
CSKA Moskva - AS Roma (E)
Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Bastian Dankert (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Marco Fritz (GER)
Fourth Official: Marco Achmüller (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Mehmet Murat Ilgaz (TUR)
UEFA Delegate: Pavel Kolev (BUL)
Blog Referee Observer: Gino (BEL)

25/11/2014, 18:00 CET
Borisov Arena, Borisov, Belarus
BATE Borisov - Porto FC (H)
Referee: Ovidiu Alin Hațegan (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavian Sovre (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Eugen Gheorghe (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Alexandru Dan Tudor (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Costantin Coltescu (ROU)
Fourth Official: Radu Adrian Ştefan Ghinguleac (ROU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Zoran Petrović (SRB)
UEFA Delegate: Jean Paul Mievis (BEL)
Blog Referee Observer: Howard M. (GER)

25/11/2014, 20:45 CET
Arena Lviv, Lviv, Ukraine
Shakhtar Donetsk - Athletic Club De Bilbao (H)
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Simon Beck (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Jake Collin (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Michael Oliver (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jonathan Moss (ENG)
Fourth Official: Simon Peter Bennett (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jean Lemmer (LUX)
UEFA Delegate: Jevgenijs Milevskis (LVA)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

25/11/2014, 20:45 CET
City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester, England
Manchester Cty - Bayern München (E)
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Roman Slysko (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Martin Wilczek (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Radek Prihoda (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Michal Patak (CZE)
Fourth Official: Antonin Kordula (CZE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE) 
UEFA Delegate: Dag Steinar Vestlund (NOR)
Blog Referee Observer: Gitzlo (AUT)

25/11/2014, 20:45 CET 
GSP Stadium, Nicosia, Cyprus
APOEL Nicosia - FC Barcelona (F)
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Gianluca Cariolato (ITA) 
Assistant Referee 2: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Carmine Russo (ITA)
Fourth Official: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jørn West Larsen (DEN)
UEFA Delegate: Bernd Barutta (GER)
Blog Referee Observer: Nikitas (GRE)

25/11/2014, 20:45 CET 
Parc des Princes, Paris, France
Paris SG - Ajax (F)
Referee: Matej Jug (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Matej Žunič (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Bojan Ul (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Mitja Zganec (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Dejan Balazic (SVN)
Fourth Official: Manuel Vidali (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jozef Marko (SVK)
UEFA Delegate: Joël Wolff (LUX)
Blog Referee Observer: Maxi R. (GER)

25/11/2014, 20:45 CET 
Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Schalke 04 - Chelsea FC G)
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mathias Klasenius (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Wärnmark (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Stefan Johannesson (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Markus Strömbergsson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Mehmet Culum (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: László Vagner (HUN)
UEFA Delegate: Cornel Cristian Bivolaru (ROU)
Blog Referee Observer: Mike (AUT)

25/11/2014, 20:45 CET
José Alvalade, Lisbon, Portugal
Sporting SP - NK Maribor (G)
Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: William Conquer (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: David McGeachie (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Brian Colvin (SCO)
Fourth Official: Francis Connor (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Terje Hauge (NOR)
UEFA Delegate: José Luis López Serrano (ESP)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)
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21 November 2014

Youth League - Referee Appointments - Matchdays 5 & 6

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UEFA has chosen the following match officiating teams to oversee the last two group stage matchdays of UEFA Youth League's 2014/15 campaign. The assignments for Matchday 6 will be added in due course.

Czech Petr Ardeleanu to handle Schalke (U19) - Chelsea (U19)

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19 November 2014

Weekly News: Hugh Dallas quits as Greek Referee Officer following Attacks on colleague

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At the start of August of this year, we reported about the appointment of Hugh Dallas to become the Chief Refereeing Officer in the Greek football associations. After only three months, the Scottish UEFA Vice Refereeing Officer has quit a part of his job in Athens following violent attacks on his colleague Christoforos Zografos.


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11 November 2014

Weekly News: Mistaken Identity, The Invisible Clatts, EURO 2016 and Post-Match Suspensions

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These things bothered us during the last week(s). Besides presenting some news and statements, your opinion is needed this time as well!

Mistaken identity: Who has to get the yellow card?

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UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifiers - Referee Appointments for November 2014 (MD4)

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These are the referees appointed by UEFA for MD4 of  EURO 2016 qualifying matches, to be played on 14, 15 and 16 November 2014.


Björn Kuipers will officiate Italy - Croatia

14 November 2014

Boris Paichadze Erovnuli Stadioni, Tbilisi (GEO), Group D, 18:00 CET
Georgia - Poland
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)
Assistant Referees: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA), Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referees: Luca Banti (ITA), Antonio Damato (ITA)
Fourth Official: Alessandro Costanzo (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Metin Kazancioglu (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vladimir Antonov (MDA)

Grundig Stadion, Nuremberg (GER), Group D, 20:45 CET
Germany - Gibraltar
Referee: Alexandru Tudor (ROU)
Assistant Referees: Aurel Oniţă (ROU), Octavian Șovre (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referees: Ovidiu Haţegan (ROU), Cristian Balaj (ROU)
Fourth Official: Ovidiu Artene (ROU)
UEFA Delegate: Eggert Magnusson (ISL) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Emil Bozinovski (MKD)

Celtic Park, Glasgow (SCO), Group D, 20:45 CET
Scotland - Republic of Ireland
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB)
Assistant Referees: Milovan Ristić (SRB), Dalibor Djurdjević (SRB)
Additional Assistant Referees: Danilo Grujić (SRB), Dejan Filipovic (SRB)
Fourth Official: Dejan Petrović (SRB)
UEFA Delegate: Petr Fousek (CZE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jaap Uilenberg (NED)

Stadio Georgios Karaiskakis, Piraeus (GRE), Group F, 20:45 CET
Greece - Faroe Islands
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)
Assistant Referees: Renato Faverani (ITA), Andrea Stefani (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referees: Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni (ITA), Davide Massa (ITA)
Fourth Official: Gianluca Cariolato (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Leonid Kaloshin (RUS)
UEFA Referee Observer: Plarent Kotherja (ALB)

Groupama Aréna, Budapest (HUN), Group F, 20:45 CET
Hungary - Finland
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA)
Assistant Referees: Frédéric Cano (FRA), Nicolas Danos (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referees: Fredy Fautrel (FRA), Nicolas Rainville (FRA)
Fourth Official: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Wolfgang Thierrichter (AUT)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alan Snoddy (NIR) 

Arena Națională, Bucharest (ROU), Group F, 20:45 CET
Romania - Northern Ireland
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
Assistant Referees: Mathias Klasenius (SWE), Daniel Wärnmark (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referees: Stefan Johannesson (SWE), Markus Strömbergsson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Mehmet Culum (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Kazimierz Oleszek (POL) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Eyjolfur Olafsson (ISL)

Estádio Algarve, Faro-Loule (POR), Group I, 20:45 CET
Portugal - Armenia
Referee: Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referees: Damianos Efthimiadis (GRE), Polychronis Kostaras (GRE) 
Additional Assistant Referees: Ilias Spathas (GRE), Stavros Tritsonis (GRE)
Fourth Official: Christos Akrivos (GRE)
UEFA Delegate: Rudolf Zavrl (SVN) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Nikolay Levnikov (RUS)

Stadion FK Partizan, Belgrade (SRB), Group I, 20:45 CET
Serbia - Denmark
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)
Assistant Referees: Bahattin Duran (TUR), Tarik Ongun (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referees: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR), Barış Şimşek (TUR)
Fourth Official: Mustafa Emre Eyisoy (TUR)
UEFA Delegate: Dusan Tittel (SVK)
UEFA Referee Observer: Markus Nobs (SUI)

Friendly:
Stade de la Route-de-Lorient - Rennes (FRA), 20:45 CET
France - Albania
Referee: Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)
Assistant Referees: Ondřej Pelikán (CZE), Krystof Mencl (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referees: Libor Kovařik (CZE), Michal Paták (CZE)
Fourth Official: Radek Kotik (CZE)

15 November 2014

Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg (LUX), Group C, 18:00 CET
Luxembourg - Ukraine
Referee: Kristinn Jakobsson (ISL) 
Assistant Referees: Gunnar Gunnarsson (ISL), Johann Gudmundsson (ISL)
Additional Assistant Referees: Thoroddur Hjaltalin (ISL), Thorvaldur Árnason (ISL)
Fourth Official: Sigurdur Oli Thorleifsson (ISL)
UEFA Delegate: Michel Pralong (SUI)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vitalijs Liholajs (LVA)

Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (AUT), Group G, 18:00 CET
Austria - Russia
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG) 
Assistant Referees: Darren Cann (ENG), Stephen Child (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referees: Michael Oliver (ENG), Craig Pawson (ENG)
Fourth Official: Peter Kirkup (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Jan Damgaard (DEN) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Zbigniew Przesmycki (POL)

Stadionul Zimbru, Chisinau (MDA), Group G, 18:00 CET
Moldova - Liechtenstein
Referee: Mattias Gestranius (FIN)
Assistant Referees: Jan-Peter Aravirta (FIN), Mikko Alakare (FIN)
Additional Assistant Referees: Antti Munukka (FIN), Dennis Antamo (FIN)
Fourth Official: Matti Heininen (FIN)
UEFA Delegate: Patrick Wattebled (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Dragutin Karlo Poljak (CRO)

Wembley Stadium, London (ENG), Group E, 18:00 CET
England - Slovenia
Referee: Olegário Benquerença (POR)
Assistant Referees: Ricardo Santos (POR), Rui Tavares (POR)
Additional Assistant Referees: Carlos Xistra (POR), Marco Ferreira (POR)
Fourth Official: Nuno Pereira (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Luis Cuervas Del Real (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Wilfried Heitmann (GER)

San Marino Stadium, Serravalle (SMR), Group E, 18:00 CET
San Marino - Estonia
Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
Assistant Referees: Mark Borsch (GER), Stefan Lupp (GER)
Additional Assistant Referees: Felix Zwayer (GER), Marco Fritz (GER)
Fourth Official: Marco Achmüller (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Ísak Mikladal (FRO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Günter Benkö (AUT)

AFG Arena, St Gallen (SUI), Group E, 20:45 CET
Switzerland - Lithuania
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
Assistant Referees: Kim Thomas Haglund (NOR), Dag-Roger Nebben (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referees: Ken Henry Johnsen (NOR), Svein-Erik Edvartsen (NOR)
Fourth Official: Sven Erik Midthjell (NOR)
UEFA Delegate: Roland Coquard (FRA) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Jozef Marko (SVK)

Estadio Nuevo Colombino, Huelva (ESP), Group C, 20:45 CET
Spain - Belarus
Referee: Kenn Hansen (DEN)
Assistant Referees: Lars Rix (DEN), Henrik Larsen (DEN)
Additional Assistant Referees: Jakob Kehlet (DEN), Jens Maae (DEN)
Fourth Official: Derya Oguz (DEN)
UEFA Delegate: Peter Lundström (FIN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vítor Melo Pereira (POR)

Gradski Stadion Podgorica, Podgorica (MNE), Group G, 20:54 CET
Montenegro - Sweden
Referee: William Collum (SCO)
Assistant Referees: Damien MacGraith (IRL), Graham Chambers (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referees: Bobby Madden (SCO), Kevin Clancy (SCO)
Fourth Official: Alastair Mather (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Gunther De Saedeleer (BEL) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Alain Hamer (LUX)

Nacionalna Arena Filip II Makedonski, Skopje (MKD), Group C, 20:45 CET
FYROM - Slovakia
Referee: Pedro Proença (POR)
Assistant Referees: Bertino Miranda (POR), Tiago Trigo (POR)
Additional Assistant Referees: Manuel De Sousa (POR), João Capela (POR)
Fourth Official: Paulo Soares (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Andrew Shaw (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Charles Agius (MLT)

16 November 2014

Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam (NED), Group A, 18:00 CET
Netherlands - Latvia
Referee: Liran Liany (ISR)
Assistant Referees: David Elias Biton (ISR), Oren Borneshtain (ISR)
Additional Assistant Referees: Eitan Shemeulevitch (ISR), Orel Grinfeld (ISR)
Fourth Official: Nissan Davidy (ISR)
UEFA Delegate: Barry Bright (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Bo Karlsson (SWE)

King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels (BEL), Group B, 18:00 CET
Belgium - Wales
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE)
Assistant Referees: Roman Slyško (SVK), Martin Wilczek (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referees: Radek Příhoda (CZE), Petr Ardeleanu (CZE)
Fourth Official: Antonin Kordula (CZE)
UEFA Delegate: Ghenadie Scurtul (MDA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Domenico Messina (ITA)

GSP Stadium, Nicosia (CYP), Group B, 18:00 CET
Cyprus - Andorra
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG)
Assistant Referees: Simon Beck (ENG), Jake Collin (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referees: Andre Marriner (ENG), John Moss (ENG) 
Fourth Official: Simon Bennett (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Ralph Aubry (NIR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Ioannis Tsachilidis (GRE)

Bakcell Arena, Baku (AZE), Group H, 18:00 CET
Azerbaijan - Norway
Referee: Ievgenii Aranovski (UKR) 
Assistant Referees: Aleksandr Voytuk (UKR), Semen Shlonchak (UKR)
Additional Assistant Referees: Sergii Boiko (UKR), Anatolii Adula (UKR)
Fourth Official: Sergey Bekker (UKR)
UEFA Delegate: Mehmet Süheyl Önen (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Zoran Petrović (SRB)

Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski, Sofia (BUL), Group H, 20:45 CET
Bulgaria - Malta
Referee: Martin Strömbergsson (SWE)
Assistant Referees: Daniel Gustavsson (SWE), Joakim Flink (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referees: Andreas Ekberg (SWE), Bojan Pandžić (SWE)
Fourth Official: Per Brogevik (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Irakli Nakaidze (GEO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Konrad Plautz (AUT)

Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan (ITA), Group H, 20:45 CET
Italy - Croatia
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED)
Assistant Referees: Sander van Roekel (NED), Erwin Zeinstra (NED)
Additional Assistant Referees: Pol van Boekel (NED), Richard Liesveld (NED)
Fourth Official: Mario Diks (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Jacques Antenen (SUI)
UEFA Referee Observer: László Vagner (HUN)

Itztadion Sammy Ofer, Haifa (ISR), Group B, 20:45 CET
Israel - Bosnia and Herzegovina
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
Assistant Referees: Pau Cebrián Devís (ESP), Roberto Díaz Pérez del Palomar (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referees: Alejandro Hernandez (ESP), Javier Estrada (ESP)
Fourth Official: Raúl Cabanero Martínez (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Ionel Piscanu (ROU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Bertrand Layec (FRA)

Doosan Arena, Plzen (CZE), Group A, 20:45 CET
Czech Republic - Iceland
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (GER)
Assistant Referees: Mike Pickel (GER), Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
Additional Assistant Referees: Christian Dingert (GER), Daniel Siebert (GER)
Fourth Official: Markus Häcker (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Duncan Fraser (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kaj Natri (FIN)

Ali Sami Yen Spor Kompleksi, Istanbul (TUR), Group A, 20:45 CET
Turkey - Kazakhstan
Referee: Aleksei Eskov (RUS)
Assistant Referees: Dmitrii Mosiakin (RUS), Valery Danchenko (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referees: Alexey Nikolaev (RUS), Mikhail Vilkov (RUS)
Fourth Official: Nikolai Golubev (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Alan McRae (SCO) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Miroslav Radoman (SRB)
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07 November 2014

Video Coaching: Assessing the Level of Punishment and Advantage Rule - Solutions!

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The following match situations are both taken from the UEFA Champions League Matchday 3 tie between Atlético Madrid and Malmö FF and belongs to the category Advantage Rule & Assessing the Level of Punishment.

The official involved was Slovenian First Group referee Matej Jug.

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03 November 2014

FIFA Club World Cup 2014 Morocco - Referees

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Following sure information provided by Árbitro Internacional, FIFA has chosen the following six referee trios to officiate at 2014 FIFA Club World Cup to be played in Morocco for the second time. Six World Cup 2014 referees or standby officials have received a call-up for the tournament joined by Real Madrid and several other intercontinental top teams.

Pedro Proença will represent UEFA in Morocco

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Europa League - Referee Appointments - Matchday 4

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These are the officials appointed by UEFA for 2014-15 Europa League Group Stage Matchday 4. 


Russian Aleksei Eskov will officiate his first match in EL group stage (c) fc-anji.ru

Group F, 6 November 2014, 18:00 CET
Stadium: Tofig Bahramov Republican stadium, Baku (AZE)
Qarabağ - Dnipro
Referee: Pawel Gil (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Piotr Sadczuk (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcin Borkowski (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Paweł Raczkowski (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Krzysztof Jakubik (POL)
Fourth Official: Konrad Sapela (POL) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Vladimir Antonov (MDA)
UEFA Delegate: Bujar Kasmi (ALB)

Group E, 6 November 2014, 18:00 CET
Stadium: Arena Khimki, Khimki (RUS)
Dinamo Moskva - Estoril
Referee: Mattias Gestranius (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan-Peter Aravirta (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Mikko Alakare (FIN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Antti Munukka (FIN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Dennis Antamo (FIN)
Fourth Official: Matti Heininen (FIN) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Gylfi Orrason (ISL)
UEFA Delegate: Emil Ubias (CZE)

Group E, 6 November 2014, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Apostolos Nikolaidis, Athens (GRE)
Panathinaikos - PSV Eindhoven
Referee: Marijo Strahonja (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Siniša Premužaj (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Igor Krmar (CRO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Ante Vučemilović (CRO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Fran Jović (CRO)
Fourth Official: Ivica Modrić (CRO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Rodger Gifford (WAL)
UEFA Delegate: Ilja Kaenzig (SUI)

Group F, 6 November 2014, 19:00 CET
AS Saint-Étienne - FC Internazionale
Referee: Slavko Vinčić (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jure Praprotnik (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomaž Klančnik (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Bojan Mertik (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Davor Drecnik  (SVN)
Fourth Official: Andraž Kovacic (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alan Snoddy (NIR)
UEFA Delegate: Adonis Procopiou (CYP)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

Group A, 6 November 2014, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Stadion Letzigrund, Zurich (SUI)
Zürich - Villarreal
Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Nikolai Golubev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Maksim Gavrilin (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Mikhail Vilkov (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Igor Fedotov (RUS)
Fourth Official: Aleksei Lebedev (RUS)
UEFA Referee Observer: Nuno Castro (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Ivančica Sudac (CRO)

Group A, 6 November 2014, 19:00 CET
Stadium: GSP Stadium, Nicosia (CYP)
Apollon Limassol - Borussia Mönchengladbach
Referee: Antony Gautier (FRA) 
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Annonier (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Philippe Jeanne (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Benoit Bastien (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Amaury Delerue (FRA)
Fourth Official: Stephan Luzi (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Christer Fällström (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Paolo Rondelli (SMR)

Group B, 6 November 2014, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Helsinki Football Stadium, Helsinki (FIN)
HJK Helsinki - Torino
Referee: Arnold Hunter (NIR)
Assistant Referee 1: Richard Storey (NIR)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrew Neeson (NIR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Raymond Crangle (NIR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Mervyn Smyth  (NIR)
Fourth Official: Stephen Bell  (NIR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jørn West Larsen (DEN)
UEFA Delegate: George Pirtskhalava (GEO)

Group B, 6 November 2014, 19:00 CET
Stadium: FC København Stadium, Copenhagen (DEN)
København - Club Brugge
Referee: Manuel Gräfe (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Guido Kleve (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Holger Henschel (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tobias Stieler (GER) 
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Robert Hartmann (GER)
Fourth Official: Christoph Bornhorst  (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Erol Ersoy (TUR)
UEFA Delegate: Mark Blackbourne (ENG)

Group C, 6 November 2014, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Theodoros Kolokotronis Stadium, Tripoli Arkadia (GRE)
Asteras Tripolis - Tottenham Hotspur
Referee: Javier Estrada (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: José Miranda (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2:  Javier Rodriguez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Fernando Teixeira (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Eduardo Prieto Iglesias (ESP)
Fourth Official: Angel Nevado Rodriguez (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jaap Uilenberg (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Sune Hellströmer (SWE)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)

Group C, 6 November 2014, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Atatürk Olimpiyat Stadium, Istanbul (TUR)
Beşiktaş - Partizan
Referee: Alexandru Tudor (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Aurel Oniţă (ROU) 
Assistant Referee 2: Octavian Șovre (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Ovidiu Haţegan (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 2:  Cristian Balaj (ROU)
Fourth Official: Radu Ghinguleac (ROU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Nikolai Ivanov (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Gijs de Jong (NED)

Group D, 6 November 2014, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Marin Anastasovici, Giurgiu (ROU)
Astra Giurgiu - Celtic
Referee: Serhiy Boiko (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Serhiy Bekker (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2:  Volodymyr Volodin (UKR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Yevhen Aranovskiy (UKR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2:  Anatoliy Abdula (UKR)
Fourth Official: Oleksandr Voytyuk (UKR) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Andreas Schluchter (SUI)
UEFA Delegate: Metin Tuncer (TUR)

Group D, 6 November 2014, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Stadion Maksimir, Zagreb (CRO)
Dinamo Zagreb - Salzburg
Referee: Michael Koukoulakis (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Karsiotis (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Christos Baltas (GRE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Andreas Pappas (GRE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Anastasios Papapetrou (GRE)
Fourth Official: Chrysoula Kourompylia (GRE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marinus Koopman (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Mike Appleby (ENG)

Group G, 6 November 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Feijenoord Stadion, Rotterdam (NED)
Feyenoord - Rijeka
Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Stuart Stevenson (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Francis Connor (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Brian Colvin (SCO)
Fourth Official: David McGeachie (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Ronen Hershco (ISR)
Blog Referee Observer: Howard M. (GER)

Group G, 6 November 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville (ESP)
Sevilla - Standard Liège
Referee: Bobby Madden (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Graham Chambers (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Douglas Ross (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: John Beaton (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Andrew Dallas (SCO)
Fourth Official: Alastair Mather (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vitor Melo Pereira (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Oleg Harlamov (EST)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

Group H, 6 November 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: VfL Wolfsburg Arena, Wolfsburg (GER)
VfL Wolfsburg - Krasnodar
Referee: Pol van Boekel (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Davie Goossens (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Bas van Dongen (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Richard Liesveld (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Peter Janssen (NED)
Fourth Official:  Patrick Langkamp (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Georgios Bikas (GRE)
UEFA Delegate: David McDowell (SVN)

Group H, 6 October 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Goodison Park, Liverpool (ENG)
Everton - LOSC Lille
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Rob van de Ven (NED)
Assistant Referee 2:  Charles Schaap (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED) 
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Kamphuis Jochem (NED)
Fourth Official: Mario Diks (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Eduard Dervishaj (ESP)

Group I, 6 November 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Stadion Letná, Prague (CZE)
Sparta Praha - Slovan Bratislava
Referee: Aleksei Eskov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Anton Averianov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Valeri Danchenko (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 1:Aleksei Nikolaev (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Sergei Lapochkin (RUS)
Fourth Official: Aleksei Vorontsov (RUS)
UEFA Referee Observer: Lutz Fröhlich (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Adrian Ixari (MDA)

Group I, 6 November 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Stadio San Paolo, Naples (ITA)
SSC Napoli - Young Boys
Referee: Kenn Hansen (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Lars Rix (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: David Vang Andersen (DEN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Jakob Kehlet (DEN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Mads-Kristoffer Kristoffersen (DEN)
Fourth Official: Henrik Larsen (DEN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Hans Reijgwart (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Dr. Rainer Koch (GER)
Blog Referee Observer: Thomas (NED)

Group J, 6 November 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: NSK Olimpiyskyi, Kyiv (UKR)
Dynamo Kyiv - Aalborg
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)
Assistant Referee 1: Vitali Malyutin (BLR)
Assistant Referee 2: Oleg Maslyanko (BLR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Sergei Tsinkevich (BLR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Denis Scherbakov (BLR)
Fourth Official: Dmitri Zhuk (BLR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Costas Kapitanis (CYP)
UEFA Delegate: Crawford Wilson (NIR)

Group J, 6 November 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Rio Ave, Vila do Conde (POR)
Rio Ave - Steaua București
Referee: Marcin Borski (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Rafal Rostkowski (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcin Boniek (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tomasz Musiał (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Bartosz Frankowski (POL)
Fourth Official: Krzysztof Myrmus (POL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Dragutin Karlo Poljak (CRO)
UEFA Delegate: Renata Tomasova (SVK)

Group K, 6 November  2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Roudourou, Guingamp (FRA)
Guingamp - Dinamo Minsk
Referee: Artyom Kuchin (KAZ)
Assistant Referee 1: Evgeni Belski (KAZ)
Assistant Referee 2: Anatoli Hodin (KAZ)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Aleksandr Gauzer (KAZ)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Alexandr Aliyev (KAZ)
Fourth Official: Sergei Vassyutin (KAZ)
UEFA Referee Observer: Paul Allaerts (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Paul Krähenbühl (SUI)

Group K, 6 November 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence (ITA)
ACF Fiorentina - PAOK
Referee: Sébastien Delferiere (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Yves De Neve (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Frank Bleyen (BEL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Jonathan Lardot (BEL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Bart Vertenten (BEL)
Fourth Official: Rien Vanyzere (BEL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Robert Sedlacek (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Roy Cathcart (NIR)
Blog Referee Observer: Mike L. (AUT)

Group L, 6 November 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Daknam, Lokeren (BEL)
Lokeren - Trabzonspor
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Gianluca Cariolato (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Carmine Russo (TA)
Fourth Official: Matteo Passeri (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Mike Riley (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Dennis Cruise (IRL)
Blog Referee Observer: TBD

Group L, 6 November 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Stadion Wojska Polskiego, Warsaw (POL)
Legia - Metalist
Referee: Eitan Shemeulevitch (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Dvir Shimon (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Oren Borneshtain (ISR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Orel Grinfeld (ISR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Ziv Adler (ISR)
Fourth Official: Shabtai Nahmias (ISR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Bo Karlsson (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Alvaro Albino (POR)
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Champions League 2014/15 - Referee Appointments - Matchday 4 (Wednesday)

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UEFA has assigned 6 Elite and 2 First Group officials for Wednesday matches of Champions League. Turkish Cüneyt Çakır has been assigned to the important Bayern Munchen - Roma while Tasos Sidiropoulos will oversee Manchester City - CSKA Moskva. Daniele Orsato will officiate Maribor - Chelsea on his 1st CL assignment this season.

Tasos Sidiropoulos will be observed by Marc Batta


05/11/2014, 20:45 CET
City of Manchester Stadium, Manchester, England
Manchester City - CSKA Moskva (E)
Referee: Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Damianos Efthimiadis (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Polychronis Kostaras (GRE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Ilias Spathas (GRE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Stavros Tritsonis (GRE)
Fourth Official: Christos Akrivos (GRE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marc Batta (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Balázs Makray (HUN)
Blog Referee Observer: Thomas (NED)

05/11/2014, 20:45 CET
Fußball Arena München, Munich, Germany
Bayern Munchen - AS Roma (E)
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin Duran (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tarık Ongun (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Barış Şimşek (TUR)
Fourth Official: Mustafa Emre Eyisoy (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Donald McVicar (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Benny Jacobsen (DEN)
Blog Referee Observer: Nikitas (GRE)

05/11/2014, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Parc des Princes, Paris, France
Paris SG - Apoel FC (F)
Referee: Olegário Benquerença (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Ricardo Santos (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Nuno Pereira (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Xistra (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Marco Ferreira (POR)
Fourth Official: Rui Tavares (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Fritz Stuchlik (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Adrian Titcombe (ENG)
Blog Referee Observer: Howard M. (GER)

05/11/2014, 20:45 CET
Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Ajax - FC Barcelona (F)
Referee: Pedro Proença  (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bertino Miranda  (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tiago Trigo  (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Manuel De Sousa  (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: João Capela  (POR)
Fourth Official: Paulo Soares  (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Edgar Steinborn (GER)
UEFA Delegate: William Campbell (NIR)
Blog Referee Observer: Nur H (ENG)

05/11/2014, 20:45 CET
Stadium: José Alvalade, Lisbon, Portugal
Sporting SP - Schalke 04 (G)
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Marco Guida (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Davide Massa (ITA)
Fourth Official: Alessandro Costanzo (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Murat Ilgaz (TUR)
UEFA Delegate: Ivan Lekov (BUL)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

05/11/2014, 20:45 CET
Stadion Ljudski vrt, Maribor, Slovenia
NK Maribor - Chelsea FC (G)
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Renato Faverani (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrea Stefani (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Antonio Damato (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
Fourth Official: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Manuel Enrique Mejuto González (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Roland Tis (BEL)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

05/11/2014, 20:45 CET
Stadium: Arena Lviv, Lviv, Ukraine
Shakhtar Donetsk - Bate Borisov (H)
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mike Pickel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Christian Dingert (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Siebert (GER)
Fourth Official: Markus Häcker (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Borislav Alexandrov (BUL)
UEFA Delegate: Dumitru Mihalache (ROU)
Blog Referee Observer: Nikitas (GRE)

05/11/2014, 20:45 CET
Estadio de San Mamés, Bilbao, Spain
Athletic Club De Bilbao - Porto FC (H)
Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Bastian Dankert (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Marco Fritz (GER)
Fourth Official: Marco Achmüller (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Leslie Irvine (NIR)
UEFA Delegate: George Koumas (CYP)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)
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02 November 2014

Champions League 2014/15 - Referee Appointments - Matchday 4 (Tuesday)

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UEFA has assigned the following eight referee teams for next Tuesday's Champions League Matchday 4 ties. Among others, Clément Turpin will attend Emirates Stadium, while Viktor Kassai has been chosen to officiate the most sonorous encounter of the evening at Santiago Bernabeu.

Chosen for Real Madrid - FC Liverpool: Viktor Kassai (c) focus


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30 October 2014

UEFA Officials for Matchday 4

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These are the referee observers and delegates UEFA's administrative bodies and referee committee have appointed for next week's UEFA Champions League's matchday 4. We welcome your predictions!

Manuel Mejuto González will observe NK Maribor - Chelsea FC

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28 October 2014

Video Coaching: Offside Goals in Schalke 04 - NK Maribor? Solutions!

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The following match situations are both taken from the UEFA Champions League Matchday 2 tie between Schalke 04 and NK Maribor and belongs to the category Offside.
The officials involved were Carlos Velasco Carballo (referee), Roberto Alonso Fernández (assistant referee 1) and Carlos Del Cerro Grande (additional assistant referee 1) from Spain.



Solution: 
At the moment of a shot on goal, a yellow-dressed attacking player is clearly in an offside position. However, does he become active? Yes, he does.
He is both clearly obstructing the goalkeeper's line of vision and is making a clear action within playing distance having a clear impact on the goalkeeper's ability to save the ball by impeding his movement and actions. For this reason, the attacker interferes with an opponent.
The goal should have been disallowed for offside offence. It must be highlighted that only clear cases of obstructing the line of vision of an opponent can be penalized in the sense of Law 11. This was the case here. 
Furthermore, the referee himself as well as the additional assistant referee have a responsibility and should take action and fulfill their duty to follow play attentively in order to be prepared to support their team-mate, who does not have the best angle to gauge the punishability of the offside position from his position at the sideline.

OFFSIDE OFFENCE

89% of you agreed with this solution.



Solution:
Again, at the moment of a shot on goal, an attacking player is standing in an offside position between the ball and the goalkeeper. You can argue that he maybe obstructs the goalkeeper's line of vision. However, the attacker does not clearly obstruct his line of vision. He jumps over the travelling ball and, being a bit farther away from the goalkeeper than the attacker in clip 1, allows the goalkeeper a wider visual angle and better visual contact to the ball. Law 11 demands that such an obstruction is really clear, and this was not the case here.
In addition, the attacker does not have an impact on the goalkeeper's ability to save the ball, as there is no clear action within playing distance and as he makes no attempt to play the ball. By jumping over the ball, he makes clear he has no interest in playing or touching it and also stays far enough away. The referee team's decision must be supported and should be deemed as correct for this case.

NO OFFSIDE OFFENCE

59% of you agreed with this solution, which demonstrates that this clip has been of higher difficulty and that there is the need to clarify such cases in a clearer and more uniform way in future.

Our solutions were given as such in our match report uploaded last month and are in line with UEFA's interpretation of these clips.

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20 October 2014

Europa League - Referee Appointments - Matchday 3

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These are the officials appointed by UEFA for 2014-15 Europa League Group Stage Matchday 3. 

Martin Strömbergsson (SWE) will officiate the Czech-Slovakian derby

Group L, 22 October 2014, 18:00 CET
Stadium: Dinamo im. Valeriy Lobanovskyi, Kyiv (UKR)
Metalist - Legia
Referee: Gediminas Mažeika (LTU)
Assistant Referee 1: Vytautas Šimkus (LTU) 
Assistant Referee 2: Saulius Dirda (LTU)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Sergejus Slyva (LTU)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jurij Paškovskij (LTU)
Fourth Official: Vytenis Kazlauskas (LTU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Bernardino González Vázquez (ESP)
UEFA Delegate:

Group H, 23 October 2014, 18:00 CET
Stadium: Kuban, Krasnodar (RUS)
Krasnodar - Wolfsburg
Referee: Artur Dias (POR)  
Assistant Referee 1: Bertino Miranda (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Rui Tavares (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Hugo Miguel (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Cosme Machado (POR)
Fourth Official: Paulo Sares (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Levan Paniashvili (GEO)
UEFA Delegate:

Group H, 23 October 2014, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Grand Stade Lille Métropole, Villeneuve d'Ascq (FRA)
LOSC Lille - Everton
Referee: Manuel de Sousa (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Ricardo Santos (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Alvaro Mesquita (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Xistra (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Marco Ferreira (POR)
Fourth Official: Antonio Godinho (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vasyl Melnychuk (UKR)
UEFA Delegate:

Group I, 23 October 2014, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Štadión Pasienky, Bratislava (SVK)
Slovan Bratislava - Sparta Praha
Referee: Martin Strömbergsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Gustavsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2:  Joakim Flink (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Andreas Ekberg (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Bojan Pandžić (SWE)
Fourth Official: Per Brogevik (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Michel Piraux (BEL)
UEFA Delegate:

Group I, 23 October 2014, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Stade de Suisse, Berne (SUI)
Young Boys - SSC Napoli
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Guillaume Debart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Fredy Fautrel (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Amaury Delerue (FRA)
Fourth Official: Michael Annonier (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: William Young (SCO)
UEFA Delegate:
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

Group J, 23 October 2014, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Aalborg Stadion, Aalborg (DEN)
Aalborg - Dynamo Kyiv
Referee: Stephan Studer (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Sandro Pozzi (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Sladan Josipović (SUI)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Adrien Jaccottet (SUI)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Sébastien Pache (SUI)
Fourth Official: Stephane De Almeida (SUI)
UEFA Referee Observer: Aleh Chykun (BLR)
UEFA Delegate:

Group J, 23 October 2014, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Arena Națională, Bucharest (ROU)
Steaua Bucarest - Rio Ave
Referee: Simon Lee Evans (WAL)
Assistant Referee 1: Philip Thomas (WAL)
Assistant Referee 2: Edward King (WAL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Mark Whitby (WAL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Nick Pratt (WAL)
Fourth Official:  John Bryn Roberts (WAL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Aleksei Spirin (RUS)
UEFA Delegate:

Group K, 23 October 2014, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Borisov Arena, Borisov (BLR)
Dinamo Minsk - Guingamp
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD)
Assistant Referee 1: Marjan Kirovski (MKD)
Assistant Referee 2: Dejan Kostadinov (MKD)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Dimitar Meckarovski (MKD)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Dejan Jakimovksi (MKD)
Fourth Official: Goce Petreski (MKD)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marian Ruzbarsky (SVK)
UEFA Delegate:

Group K, 23 October 2014, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Stadio Toumba, Salonika (GRE)
PAOK - ACF Fiorentina
Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Marco Achmüller (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Bastian Dankert (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Robert Hartmann (GER)
Fourth Official: Robert Kempter (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Luis Medina Cantalejo (ESP)
UEFA Delegate:
Blog Referee Observer: TBD

Group L, 23 October 2014, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Hüseyin Avni Aker Stadyumu, Trabzon (TUR)
Trabzonspor - Lokeren
Referee: Liran Liany (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Danny Krasikow (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: David Elias Bitton (ISR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Ziv Adler (ISR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Menashe Masiah (ISR)
Fourth Official: Nissan Davidy (ISR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Drago Kos (SVN)
UEFA Delegate:

Group G, 23 October 2014, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Kantrida, Rijeka (CRO)
Rijeka - Feyenoord
Referee: Tom Harald Hagen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Dag-Roger Nebben (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan Erik Engan (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Dag Vidar Hafsås (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Ola Hobber Nilsen (NOR)
Fourth Official: Leif Erik Opland (NOR) 
UEFA Referee Observer: Stefano Farina (ITA)
UEFA Delegate:

Group G, 23 October 2014, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Stade Maurice Dufrasne, Liege (BEL)
Standard Liège - Sevilla
Referee: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR) 
Assistant Referee 1: Mustafa Eyisoy (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Orkun Aktaş (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Mete Kalkavan (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Hakan Ceylan (TUR)
Fourth Official: Serkan Ok (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Ray Ellingham (WAL)
UEFA Delegate:

Group A, 23 October 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Estadio El Madrigal, Villarreal (ESP)
Villarreal - FC Zürich
Referee: Halis Özkahya (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Çem Satman (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Kemal Yilmaz (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tolga Özkalfa (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Ali Palabıyık (TUR)
Fourth Official: Ekrem Kan (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Rune Pedersen (NOR)
UEFA Delegate:

Group A, 23 October 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Borussia-Park, Mönchengladbach (GER)
Borussia Mönchengladbach - Apollon Limassol
Referee: Yevhen Aranovskiy (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Oleksandr Korniyko (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Volodymyr Volodin (UKR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Serhiy Boiko (UKR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Sergiy Berezka (UKR)
Fourth Official: Serhiy Bekker (UKR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alexandru Deaconu (ROU)
UEFA Delegate:
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)

Group B, 23 October 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Stadio Olimpico, Turin (ITA)
Torino - HJK Helsinki
Referee: Stephan Klossner (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Remy Zgraggen (SUI) 
Assistant Referee 2: Vital Jobin (SUI)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Alain Bieri (SUI)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Nikolaj Hänni (SUI)
Fourth Official: Johannes Vogel (SUI)
UEFA Referee Observer: Haim Jakov (ISR)
UEFA Delegate:

Group B, 23 October 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Jan Breydelstadion, Bruges (BEL)
Club Brugge -  København
Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Stuart Burt (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Stephen Child (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Lee Mason (ENG) 
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Paul Tierney (ENG)
Fourth Official: John Brooks (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Markus Nobs (SUI)
UEFA Delegate:

Group C, 23 October 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: White Hart Lane, London (ENG)
Tottenham - Asteras Tripolis
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomaš Somolani SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomaš Mokoš (SVK)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Richard Trutz (SVK)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Vladimir Vnuk (SVK)
Fourth Official: Ondrej Brendza (SVK)
UEFA Referee Observer: Luciano Luci (ITA)
UEFA Delegate:

Group C, 23 October 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Stadion FK Partizan, Belgrade (SRB)
Partizan -  Beşiktaş 
Referee: Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA) 
Assistant Referee 2: Matteo Passeri (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Marco Guida (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Andrea Gervasoni (ITA)
Fourth Official: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE)
UEFA Delegate:
Blog Referee Observer: Nikitas (GRE)

Group D, 23 October 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Celtic Park, Glasgow (SCO)
Celtic - Astra Giurgiu
Referee: Kristinn Jakobsson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 1: Gylfi Mar Sigurdsson (ISL) 
Assistant Referee 2: Sigurdur Oli Thorleifsson (ISL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Thoroddur Hjaltalin (ISL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Vilhjalmur Thorarinsson (ISL)
Fourth Official: Gunnar Gunnarsson (ISL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jan Fasung (SVK)
UEFA Delegate:

Group D, 23 October 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Stadion Salzburg, Salzburg (AUT)
Salzburg - Dinamo Zagreb
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED) 
Assistant Referee 1: Hessel Steegstra (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Davie Goossens (NED)  
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Dennis Higler (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Kamphuis Jochem (NED)
Fourth Official: Charles Schaap (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alain Hamer (LUX)
UEFA Delegate:

Group E, 23 October 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: António Coimbra Da Mota, Estoril (POR)
Estoril Praia - Dinamo Moskva
Referee: Alon Yefet (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Shabtai Nahmias (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Amihay Yehoshua Mozes (ISR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Eitan Shemeulevitch (ISR) 
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Bar Natan (ISR)
Fourth Official: Oren Borneshtain (ISR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Gaetano De Gabriele (MLT)
UEFA Delegate:

Group E, 23 October 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: PSV Stadion, Eindhoven (NED)
PSV - Panathinaikos
Referee: Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1:  Ondřej Pelikán (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Antonin Kordula (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Petr Ardeleanu (CZE) 
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Michal Paták  (CZE)
Fourth Official: Martin Wilczek (CZE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Oguz Sarvan (TUR)
UEFA Delegate:
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

Group F, 23 October 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan (ITA)
FC Internazionale - AS Saint-Étienne
Referee: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Mullarkey (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Gary Beswick (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Craig Pawson (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jonathan Moss (ENG)
Fourth Official: Simon Bennett (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Nikolay Levnikov (RUS), Pierluigi Collina (ITA)
UEFA Delegate:
Blog Referee Observer: Howard M. (GER)

Group F, 23 October 2014, 21:05 CET
Stadium: NSK Olimpiyskyi, Kyiv (UKR)
Dnipro - Qarabağ
Referee: Libor Kovařik (CZE) 
Assistant Referee 1: Krystof Mencl (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2:  Jan Paták (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Radek Příhoda (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jan Jilek (CZE)
Fourth Official: Petr Blažej (CZE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stefan Ormandjiev (BUL)
UEFA Delegate:
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