August 19, 2012

UEFA Champions League 2012/13 - Referee Appointments Play-Offs (1)

(RUS) Spartak Moskva
 FC Spartak Moskva
Fenerbahçe SK
Fenerbahce (TUR)
Tuesday, 21 August 2012, 18:00 CET, Luzhniki Stadion, Moscow (RUS) REPORT
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Peter Kirkup (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Stuart Burt (ENG)
Fourth Official: Stephen Child (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Michael Oliver (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Michael Jones (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Rudolf Zavrl (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Andreas Schluchter (SUI)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Viacheslav Kharlamov (RUS)

(GER) M'gladbach
 VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach
FC Dynamo Kyiv
Dynamo Kyiv (UKR)
Tuesday, 21 August 2012, 20:45 CET, Borussia Park, Mönchengladbach (GER)
Referee: Pedro Proença (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Tiago Bolinhas Trigo (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Venâncio Raposo Tomé (POR)
Fourth Official: Rui Tavares (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Duarte Gomes (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: João Capela (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Scott Struthers (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kaj Natri (FIN)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Günter Risse (GER)

(DEN) København
 FC København
LOSC Lille Métropole
OSC Lille (FRA)
Tuesday, 21 August 2012, 20:45 CET, Parken, Copenhagen (DEN) REPORT
Referee: Marijo Strahonja (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Sinisa Premuzaj (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Igor Krmar (CRO)
Fourth Official: Goran Pataki (CRO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Igor Pristovnik (CRO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Ante Vucemilovic-Simunovic jr (CRO)
UEFA Delegate: Panagiotis Chatzialexiou (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jaap Uilenberg (NED)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Bill René Hansen (DEN)

(SUI) Basel
 FC Basel 1893
CFR 1907 Cluj
CFR Cluj (ROU)
Tuesday, 21 August 2012, 20:45 CET, St. Jakob-Park, Basel (SUI) REPORT
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mathias Klasenius (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Wärnmark (SWE)
Fourth Official: Stefan Wittberg (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Martin Strömbergsson (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Tobias Mattsson (SWE) 
UEFA Delegate: Harry Been (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Wilfried Heitmann (GER)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Jürg Burkhart (SUI)

(SWE) Helsingborg
 Helsingborgs IF
Celtic FC
Celtic (SCO)
Tuesday, 21 August 2012, 20:45 CET, Olympia, Helsingborg (SWE) REPORT
Referee: Olegário Benquerença (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bertino Miranda (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: João Santos (POR)
Fourth Official: Ricardo Santos (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Artur Soares Dias (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Taborda Xistra (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Roland Tis (BEL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Peter Mikkelsen (DEN)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Martin Ingvarsson (SWE)

 FC BATE Borisov
Hapoel Kiryat Shmona FC
Hapoel Kiryat (ISR)
Wednesday, 22 August 2012, 20:45 CET, Dinamo Stadion, Minsk (BLR) REPORT
Referee: Howard Webb (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Mike Mullarkey (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Darren Cann (ENG)
Fourth Official: Simon Beck (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Kevin Friend (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Jozef Kliment (SVK)
UEFA Referee Observer: Zoran Petrovic (SRB)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Vadim Zhuk (BLR)

(CYP) AEL Limasol
 AEL Limassol FC
RSC Anderlecht
Anderlecht (BEL)
Wednesday, 22 August 2012, 20:45 CET, GSP Stadion, Nicosia (CYP) REPORT
Referee: Milorad Mazic (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Milovan Ristic (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Igor Radojcic (SRB)
Fourth Official: Vladimir Jovanovic (SRB)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Milenko Vukadinovic (SRB)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Miodrag Gogic (SRB)
UEFA Delegate: Steen Dahrup (DEN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Mike Riley (ENG)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Michalis Ioannou (CYP)

(CRO) Dinamo Zagreb
 GNK Dinamo Zagreb
NK Maribor
NK Maribor (SVN)
Wednesday, 22 August 2012, 20:45 CET, Maksimir, Zagreb (CRO) REPORT
Referee: Cüneyt Cakir (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin Duran (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tarik Ongun (TUR)
Fourth Official: Orkun Aktas (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Süleyman Abay (TUR)
UEFA Delegate: Balázs Makray (HUN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Konrad Plautz (AUT)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Ivica Modric (CRO)

(POR) Braga
 SC Braga
Udinese Calcio
Udinese (ITA)
Wednesday, 22 August 2012, 20:45 CET, Estádio Municipal de Braga, Braga (POR) REPORT
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan-Hendrik Salver (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Mike Pickel (GER)
Fourth Official: Guido Kleve (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tobias Welz (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Marco Fritz (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Andrey Medintsev (BLR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Miroslav Liba (CZE)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: José Ramalho (POR)

(ESP) Málaga
 Málaga CF
Panathinaikos FC
Panathinaikos (GRE)
Wednesday, 22 August 2012, 20:45 CET, La Rosaleda, Málaga (ESP) REPORT
Referee: Tony Chapron (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Fredji Harchay (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Huseyin Ocak (FRA)
Fourth Official: Emmanuel Boisdenghien (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Said Ennjimi (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Olivier Thual (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Christian Schmölzer (AUT)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alan Snoddy (NIR)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Manuel Díaz Morales (ESP)



  1. Interesting appointment, as guessed.
    Another name out for the Super Cup: Eriksson.
    Benquerença back and Miranda again with him, so it will be difficult for Proença to have always his EURO2012 assistants. Anyway, Proença reached his top, now in my opinion it's ok
    Marijo Strahonja as exptected, and a normal appointment for Atkinson.

  2. Christian Dingert refereed Offenbach-Fürth yesterday in DFB Pokal.
    The result: one wrong handball penalty, two sending-offs including a straight red card due to an allegedly tried violent conduct. Harsh decisions. Fürth after that with 9 men, after the wrong penalty against themselves, failed. They lost 0-2 and were out. Again a crucial mistake, one of many in a row. And that is enough for the FIFA badge.

    1. Even in friendly Kaiserslautern - Bayern which I saw yesterday he missed quite obvious penalty and some obvious yellow cards...

  3. Normal appointments for me. Even Benquerenca gets an probably easy match after his long absence.

    1. Remember Edward, sometimes the names of the teams aren't enough to say if a match will be easy or difficult.
      Everything can happen in every moment, and a referee has to be always aware.
      The importance of these play off matches is, first of all, that the winner teams will join the group stage.
      Then, in a second moment, we can consider the difficulty of the match itself.
      I don't know if you agree.
      It's differente from (for example) a group stage match in which you can also have already reached your target.

    2. Kassai showed 10 yellows in 2011 in a match between APOEL and Legia (am I right?) cannot predict play-offs, that is right.

    3. Actually Niklas it was APOEL - Wisla Krakovie.

      Chefren, of course every match is difficult and important. But it also natural some matches to be considered easy mostly because of their long presence at UEFA competitions.

  4. I think Kobenhavn-Lille is one of the most important clashes of this playoff round. The fact that Strahonja has got it is interesting. I presume Kralovec will get Celtic-Helsingborg. He is already familiar with Hampden Park, would be nice.

  5. I agree, Niclas. Kobenhavn and Lille are two very similar teams in strength. The possibility is high that this will be a tight and hard fought duel. Therefore an important test for Strahonja.
    The most important tie of the round is arguably Spartak Mosva-Fenerbahce. Atkinson's appointment only reflects his high standings in UEFA's books.

  6. Absolutely. Pascal, can you observe Eriksson?

  7. Amój rodak Borski sędzióje mecz PLAY-OFF wprzyszłym tygodniu

  8. Stark has a match on Wednesday with Salver, Pickel, Welz and Fritz.

  9. And Brych a 2nd leg with Borsch, Lupp, Zwayer and Winkmann.

  10. Stark has Braga-Udinese... Brych another name out for the Super Cup.

  11. Chapron for Malaga. Surprise.

    1. I can't believe in my eyes. Chapron is being given such a big match. UEFA surprises us once again.

    2. On the other hand, we do not know whether it is really sooo big.

      Panathinaikos 50.920
      Malaga 16.873

      Kobenhavn 46.505
      Lille 38.835

      I know that UEFA does not appoint refs based on coefficients, but Malaga's importance on international level is not really high. But of course, it is a sonorous game, but I still think BATE Kiryat will be more difficult.

  12. Anonymous20/8/12 11:14

    Mažić, Webb, Cakir

  13. I'm going to think that Skomina will referee the Super Cup.

  14. Me too. Kassai or Skomina, one of both I presume.

  15. One could have guessed Mazic' appointment for AEL-Anderlecht. Riley is probably not only there to observe Mazic for UEFA, but also for FIFA.

  16. Referee: Cüneyt Cakir (TUR)
    Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin Duran (TUR)
    Assistant Referee 2: Tarik Ongun (TUR)
    Fourth Official: Orkun Aktaş (TUR)
    Additional Assistant Referee 1: Hüeyin Göçek (TUR)
    Additional Assistant Referee 2: Süleyman Abay (TUR)

  17. AEL - Anderlecht

    Full appointment

    Referee Milorad Mažić (SRB)
    Assistant referees Milovan Ristić (SRB), Igor Radojčić (SRB)
    Additional assistant referees Milenko Vukadinović (SRB), Miodrag Gogić (SRB)
    Fourth official Vladimir Jovanović (SRB)
    UEFA Delegate Steen Dahrup (DEN)
    UEFA Referee observer Michael Riley (ENG)

  18. After Kirkup's mistakes at Euro 2012, Webb will work again with his ARs from the 2010 WC and UCL finals: Cann and Mullarkey.

  19. Slightly opportunistic to my mind.

    1. In my opinion, Webb - Cann, Mullarkey had very good matches together and they should have stayed together at Euro as well.

  20. Niclas, what about German FIFA assistant referee Detlef Scheppe?
    He seems a very experienced man, with many bundesliga matches in the last years, but not so much considered in international competitions...

  21. He is Kinhöfer's assistant referee, for both counts the same. In Bundesliga much, international nearly nothing. But now he accompanied Aytekin, probably because Schiffner is still injured.

    1. Could you find out what was Schiffner's injury and how long he will out?

    2. His injury was as far as I know a cruciate rupture. He was out from January and I have no information when he will be back. He is still Bundesliga listed so he must return this year.

  22. Atkinson should have awarded a penalty to Spartak in 44'. Excessive holding in the box.

  23. Atkinson has used the kit of last season, the green one.
    The new kits will be used from the group stage matches?


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