August 26, 2012

UEFA Champions League 2012/13 - Referee Appointments Play-Offs (2)

One of five appointed referees: Tom Harald Hagen (NOR)

(BEL) Anderlecht
 RSC Anderlecht
AEL Limassol FC
AEL Limasol (CYP)
Tuesday, 28 August 2012, 20:45 CET, Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, Brussels (BEL), 1st Leg: 1-2
Referee: Marcin Borski (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Rafal Rostkowski (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Fourth Official: Maciej Wierzbowski (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Dawid Piasecki (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Stefanski (POL)
UEFA Delegate: David Findlay (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kyros Vassaras (GRE)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Georges Delacour (BEL)

(ISR) Hapoel Kiryat
 Hapoel Kiryat Shmona FC
FC BATE Borisov
Tuesday, 28 August 2012, 20:45 CET, Itztadion Ramat Gan, Ramat Gan (ISR), 1st Leg: 0-2
Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Gábor Erös (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: György Ring (HUN)
Fourth Official: Robert Kispál (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tamás Bognar (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Mihaly Fabian (HUN)
UEFA Delegate: Charles Schaack (LUX)
UEFA Referee Observer: Manuel Lopez Fernandez (ESP)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Benishty Yossi (ISR)

(SVN) Maribor
 NK Maribor
GNK Dinamo Zagreb
Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)
Tuesday, 28 August 2012, 20:45 CET, Stadion Ljudski vrt, Maribor (SVN), 1st Leg: 1-2
Referee: David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Raúl Cabañero Martínez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Jesús Calvo Guadamuro (ESP)
Fourth Official: José Fernández Miranda (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: César Muñiz Fernández (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Barry Bright (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Terje Hauge (NOR)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Silvo Borosak (SVN)

(ITA) Udinese
 Udinese Calcio
SC Braga
Braga (POR)
Tuesday, 28 August 2012, 20:45 CET, Friuli, Udine (ITA), 1st Leg: 1-1
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Sander van Roekel (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin E.J. Zeinstra (NED)
Fourth Official: Berry Simons (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Pol van Boekel (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Richard Liesveld (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Michael Kirchner (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vladimir Antonov (MDA)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Luca De Reggi (ITA)

(GRE) Panathinaikos
 Panathinaikos FC
Málaga CF
Málaga (ESP)
Tuesday, 28 August 2012, 20:45 CET, OAKA Spiros Louis, Athens (GRE), 1st Leg: 0-2
Referee: Tom Harald Hagen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Dag-Roger Nebben (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Magnus Lundberg (NOR)
Fourth Official: Geir Age Holen (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Espen Berntsen (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Ken Henry Johnsen (NOR)
UEFA Delegate: Jim Stjerne Hansen (DEN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Johannes Reijgwaart (NED)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Antonis Tzanetopoulos (GRE)

(UKR) Dynamo Kyiv
 FC Dynamo Kyiv
VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach
Borussia M'gladbach (GER)
Wednesday, 29 August 2012, 20:45 CET, Olimpiyskiy, Kyiv (UKR), 1st Leg: 3-1
Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Derek Rose (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Alasdair Ross (SCO)
Fourth Official: Graham Chambers (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Steven McLean (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Sune Hellströmer (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Nuno Castro (POR)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Oleg Bilous (UKR)

(SCO) Celtic
 Celtic FC
Helsingborgs IF
Helsingborg (SWE)
Wednesday, 29 August 2012, 20:45 CET, Celtic Park, Glasgow (SCO), 1st Leg: 2-0
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Yuste Jiménez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Roberto Díaz Pérez-del Palomar (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Fernando Teixeira Vitienes (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Michele Uva (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Ilkka Koho (FIN)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Sandy Roy (SCO)

(TUR) Fenerbahce
 Fenerbahçe SK
FC Spartak Moskva
Spartak Moskva (RUS)
Wednesday, 29 August 2012, 20:45 CET, Sükrü Saracoglu, Istanbul (TUR), 1st Leg: 1-2
Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)
Fourth Official: Markus Häcker (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Felix Zwayer (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Guido Winkmann (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Dennis Cruise (IRL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stefano Farina (ITA)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Efe Unur (TUR)

(FRA) OSC Lille
 LOSC Lille
FC København
Kobenhavn (DEN)
Wednesday, 29 August 2012, 20:45 CET, Lille Métropole, Lille (FRA), 1st Leg: 0-1
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Wilczek (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Antonin Kordula (CZE)
Fourth Official: Patrik Filipek (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Radek Prihoda (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Michal Patak (CZE)
UEFA Delegate: Nebojsa Ivkovic (SRB)
UEFA Referee Observer: William Young (SCO)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Claude Cauvet (FRA)

(ROU) CFR Cluj
 CFR 1907 Cluj
FC Basel 1893
FC Basel (SUI)
Wednesday, 29 August 2012, 20:45 CET, Stadionil Radulescu, Cluj-Napoca (ROU), 1st Leg: 2-1
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)
Fourth Official: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Mauro Bergonzi (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Andrea De Marco (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Mark Blackbourne (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jörn West Larsen (DEN)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Mircea Mihail (ROU)

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  1. UEFA has again underlined the difficulty of those duels between clubs that have their focus on passionate play, on fighting for the win. It is no coincidence that BATE Kiryat is handled by Webb and Kassai. I thought UEFA would start the novelty of ED refs in CL Play-Offs with two, three or four ED refs, but now we have already six of them! Královec is even still to come. I wonder whether Fernández Borbalán replaces Velasco Carballo or whether both Spaniards have a match..

    Predictions for tomorrow

    FEN-SPA Brych
    CEL-HEL Lannoy
    KYI-GLA Thomson
    LIL-KOB Kralovec
    CFR-BAS Rocchi

    1. Fernandez Borbalan was supposed to be Velasco's AAR1. I don't know what has changed.

  2. Interesting appointments, something to say about Kassai.
    Again Gábor Erös as first assistant, probably a questionable choice if we consider that Webb has changed his assistants due to mistakes. Kispal will be the fourth official.
    Hapoel Kiryat - BATE is not a top clash and it seems an appointment on the "background" for the Hungarian team. I think that, after EURO2012 (even though it's clear for us that he hasn't any fault), this match be the right choice to return to the path.

    1. By the way, it would be interesting to know the rules about the appointments in these play off.

      Are assistants chosen by UEFA or by their national federation?

      We can see also the famous Dag-Roger Nebben, not so much loved here in Italy.
      If you remember Øvrebø... for sure, a choice of Norwegian federation.

    2. He had a blackout, apart from that I am convinced that he is one of the biggest AR talents in Europe, specially considering his experience at his young age. Lundberg with his debut in CL. I think that every federation has to report to uefa which assistants they want for their referees, if there are 2 referees active in EL and CL, there will be five assistant referees, if there are 3 referees from the same nation in CL/EL there will be 7 I think it is very likely a decision by UEFA on the basis of what the federations/referees advised them.

  3. And of course Marcin Borski will face the probably most decisive test of his career so far, being under Vassaras' eyes.

    1. Absolutely. Vassaras is one of the strict observes and his opinion always matters a lot.

    2. I absolutely agree, he can make a radical change in his UEFA career, and this is a crucial match. Who will observe him for the blog, should take into account also this thing, writing a very detailed report.
      We should understand if he can be a Champions League referee for the future.
      I saw him in Steaua-Napoli (as already said to Yun Hyeon) two years ago, the overall impression was good for what I remember.

    3. I am curious whether there is kind of internal ranking within the committee. Of course Collina, Dallas and Batta should theoretically have most of the power, but I cannot imagine that Baskakov has as much to say as someone like Uilenberg.

    4. I don't know about internal ranking but I do know that the Ref. Committee is divided at 5 sub-committees. Of course the oldest members of the committee have more to say about a newrly one.

  4. I znowu Kassai sędzióje z Gabor Eroesz ten duet ostatnio zawodzi, natomiast jego nie dawny asystent Tibor Vamosz za 4 miesiące kończy kariere FIFA-ASSISTANT z powodu limitu 45 lat.Mnie cieszy że moi rodacy sędzióją i wreszcie po 4 latach przerwy mecze CH.L.sędziował będzie Polak to juz 4 po RYSZARDZIE WÓJCIKU, JACKU GRANACIE, i GRZEGORZU GILEWSKIM(spadł za korupcje)pora na MARCINA BORSKIEGO i mam nadzieje że też na PAWŁA GILA

  5. petschovschi27/8/12 00:10

    Vaslui- Steaua Bucharest: Paolo Valeri, Massimiliano Grilli, Andrea Stefani

    1. That's a bit weird ;)
      Roumanian football federation asked for an italian referee for that match of Liga I when Vaslui on thursday has to face just an italian team ;)
      It is also rported here in Italy that the fourth official will be Daniele Doveri

  6. It's a great thing here in Poland. The last match in this stage whistled Grzegorz Gilewski. His career was promising but he was outed from refereeing (match fixing - big scandal (something like Calciopoli)). Now Marcin Borski can reach even more refereeing CL group stage in the future. This match is very important. I think it's deliberate procedure to nominate him for such hot and important match to chack is he able to referee such kind of matches and is he ready for CL and Elite Category. Although his style is very strict and minimalistic (card or nothing, someone like Mazić) we all here hope he cope with this match and make a step forward to be one of the best referees in the World. Now with our new head of referees everything is possible. Everything here in Poland is better now. Good luck Mr Borski!

  7. Appointments 29 August 2012:
    Cluj-Basel: Rocchi (Ita)
    Celtic-Helsingborg: Velasco Carballo (Spa)
    Fenerbahce-Spartak Moscow: Brych (Ger)
    Dynamo Kyiv-Mönchengladbach: Thomson (Sco)
    Lille-Copenhague: Kralovec (Cze)

  8. Anonymous27/8/12 12:08

    I´m surprised that assistants perform as fourth officials as e.g. Häcker in Fener vs Spartak.
    Will it stay in group stage that the fourth officials are no referees in their home countries but assistants?

    1. Yes it's confirmed in all the matches with ADDITIONAL ASSISTANT REFEREES involved.
      Fourth official always an assistant referee.

  9. Anonymous27/8/12 12:13

    Its interesting that their we dont have Lannoy with Champions league playoff so is he injured or will he maybe referee European Super Cup?

    1. Anonymous27/8/12 12:24

      He isn't injured since he was the referee of twom french Ligue 2 matches.
      But he isn't appointed for next day in Ligue 1...

  10. Wel, I think that Lannoy is going to be the fourth official of Skomina in the Super Cup (and this is also more possible since they play in Monaco, near France).
    As it happened for EL and CL finals, another Elite referee will act as fourth official.
    Otherwise, there aren't explanations for the absence of Lannoy, he isn't injuried.

  11. Kralovec is getting the biggest of the 5 matches. UEFA is probably looking forward to promote him next December. Carballo with Celtic (probably needed an easy match after a disastrous EURO) and Brych with an anyway hot match. Rocchi and Thomson with 2 (probably) already decided matches which means UEFA thought they will be more difficult.

  12. Apart from Lannoy, Manuel Gräfe and Istvan Vad have also not been appointed so far. Does anyone know something about the reasons?

    Btw. has Laurent Duhamel retired?

  13. Manuel Gräfe is injured, Niclas said that.
    I can guess that Istvan Vad needs time, after what happened in Ukraine-England.
    Don't know about Duhamel. He was not appointed neither in Ligue 1 until now.

  14. petschovschi27/8/12 14:10

    From what I read here Grafe is injured. Vad is probably punished after Ukraine-England.

    From what I saw there are a number of referee who didn't receive a game in play-offs:
    Elite: Lannoy
    ED: Vad, Grafe (I don't count anymore Strombergsson as he retired)
    1st cat: Probert, Banti, Fautrel, Duhamel, Teixeira Vitienes, Bruno Paixao, Mazeika, Johannesson, Stalhammar

    From 2nd cat. Munukka and Turpin had games in play-off.

    P.S: my opinion is that something happened with Lannoy. I believe Fernandez Borbalan substitute him in Maribor- Dinamo (otherwise I don't have any explanation why Borbalan is the only referee with 2 games in play-off).

  15. As far as I am informed, the fourth official in Monaco will be an assistant referee from Slovenia (completing the SVN crew).

    1. Then, something unknown happened with Lannoy

    2. petschovschi27/8/12 19:34

      If really Borbalan will replace Lannoy than I have to make a short comment.
      In 1st leg Fernandez Borbalan had an Europa league game. There were other many Elite and ED referees in same situation: Mallenco, Tagliavento, Meyer, Collum, Rasmussen, Nijhuis and Stavrev. From all thesse names was choose should means he's appreciated by Uefa and a promotion in Elite is close (imo Kralovec, Chapron and Borbalan will be promoted in winterbreak).

    3. Chapron is a difficult case, he is already 40 years old. I think if he had no chance then he would not have been appointed for Malaga - Panathinaikos. Anyway, I agree with your chosen refs for a promotion, Kralovec must be finally promoted.

    4. petschovschi27/8/12 21:09

      Chapron is 40 years old and is an ED since january 2010. At the end of 2012 he will have 3 years as ED which is preety much for an ED.
      For these reasons I think this autumn will be decisive for him.

      Kralovec seems to be a sure bet for Elite.

      Regarding Borbalan he is an ED since january 2012, but thinking that Spain has only 2 referees in Elite I think it's enough space for Borbalan.

      For me, as a romanian, more important are the future promotions for ED (I hope Hategan will be there soon)

    5. Chapron is probably considered for promotion (if he performs well) because France is only left with Lannoy.
      Borbalan is the 3rd Spanish choice for Elite (if we take a look at First Category only Mateu Lahoz can reach ED and Elite).
      Kralovec, I agree, is safe bet.
      As for the smaller categories Hategan is maybe young but he has been tested in difficult matches so I expect a promotion here.
      Finally I truly hope Koukoulakis to be promoted since last year lost his chance after the match Udinese - Celtic.

    6. Anonymous27/8/12 22:35

      I think that Jug has a chance to be promoted also Turpin

    7. petschovschi27/8/12 23:01

      Turpin almost sure will be promoted.
      About Jug I don't think so. Slovenia has already a referee in Elite, maybe it's too much for a small country like Slovenia, thinking that other countries don't have a referee in Elite or ED (for example Austria, Greece, Switzerland, Belgium, Romania, Bulgaria etc.).

      An important sign for a promotion in ED can be a game in CL. From 1st category only Gautier, De Sousa and Hategan have already a game in CL groups (Hategan has also game in 1/8 of Europa league). Koukoulakis and Jug still don't have a game in CL groups.

    8. Anonymous28/8/12 12:13

      I'm french so I can tell you my POV about french refereeing.
      I think Turpin has to be promoted in 1st category, as he is our best referee in France these last years. He also handled international and european matches in a pretty convincing way.
      As far as Gautier and Chapron are concerned, I think it's a better idea to promote Gautier in ED than to promote Chapron in Elite Category for two reasons. First, Chapron isn't a very good plan for the future: he's already 40 and Lannoy will very probably whistle 2014 WC. Second, Gautier seems more talentuous than Chapron, and perhaps more "diplomatic". The truth is that Chapron is used to being at the centre of controversies here for his authoritarianism... Sometimes they aren't justified, but sometimes, they are...
      To finish with, I'd like to tell something about Lannoy and Duhamel. Lannoy isn't injured, that's for sure: he officiated one week ago. But he doesn't have other appointment for next french matches. On the contrary, Duhamel seems to have disappeared: no friendly matches in july, no european matches (EL or CL), no League Cup matches, and no Ligue 2 nor Ligue 1 matches this year. But I don't really know what happens with him...

    9. Jug was born in 1980, he has all the chances in the future..
      Aydinus' promotion could be also a theme of discussion. One EL match in 2008, then nothing for three years, where he got 3 EL matches of not so much importance with 16 yellows and 3 straight red cards. Sorry, but is that really enough for ED? Uilenberg has certainly pushed him to have another Turkish referee in the two elite categories, but why Aydinus and not Göcek?

    10. Just read that Aydinus and Cakir are the only Turkish professional referees, that might be the reason.

    11. I confirm that this is the reason, Cakir and Aydinus are professional referees (I read this news some months ago) and UEFA wants to promote FULL TIME referees, the committee is very pleased if a referee becomes professional.
      Howard Webb is another example of that.

    12. petschovschi28/8/12 18:07


      Do you think that some countries (like Turkey, Slovenia, Norway, Scotland etc.) deserve 2+ referees in Elite and ED? There are many other countries without a referee in top categories: Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium etc. I think is not fair.

      I'm from Romania and last romanian referee at a final tournament was Igna (Euro 1988) !!! Romania qualified for WC 1990, WC 1994, WC 1998, Euro 1996, Euro 2000 and Euro 2008, but we didn't have a referee at a final tournament in last 24 years...
      Regarding club competitions, Craciunescu was in charge at CL final Milan- Ajax in 1995. In last 17 years maximum performance for a romanian referee was a 1/8 finals in Europa League (Tudor in 2009 and Hategan in 2012).
      Also keep in mind that Romania is a big country in Europe( >20.000.000 inhabitans, 7th place in UE)

    13. Anonymous28/8/12 21:40

      What happened with the past Romanian Referees Committee presidents (Constantin, Avram) and some ex-FIFA referees (Corpodean, Lica, Bogaciu) may be enough reason for UEFA not to trust them.

    14. petschovschi28/8/12 22:37

      Those things about you talking happened in last 3-4 years. But:
      -we didn't have a referee at a final tournament since 1988...
      -in club competitions, best performances of romanian referees (in last 17 years) were exactly in last 4 years ( in 2009 and 2012 when Tudor and Hategan had 1/8 finals in Europa League.

      So, your theory isn't so strong :)

    15. Anonymous29/8/12 07:21

      It is not a theory; just an opinion on a free forum. Another opinion is that Romania did not have any more referee talents like Rainea, Igna and Craciunescu. Tudor and Balaj were given some chances, while UEFA has been considering Hategan since he was in the Talents and Mentors program.

    16. Anonymous29/8/12 08:13

      I watch Jug every week here in Slovenia. Although I like his strict refereeing style (I was such a no-bullshit referee myself), he is a very controversial and inconsistent referee. Every few matches he shows a disastrous refereeing, especially in big games, e.g. the Slovenian derby Maribor-Olimpija. I'm surprised that he got even this far in Europe, can't find another explanation as the influence of Vlado Šajn (the same as with Skomina, however Skomina has all the quality). I think it's only a matter of time when Jug will make a mess of some European match and he certaintly isn't ready for Elite Development (yet).

  16. Wiesz Yun niechce być tu złym omenen brońmnie panie BOŻE ale Marcin mój rówieśnik(39 lat)tak jak Grzesiek ale jak wiesz Marcin miał już dwukrotnie kontuzje w naszej ekstraklasie i zastępował go jego niedawny sędzia techniczny Tomek Garbowski ja się skłaniam ku większej karierze zbliżonej do naszych ex sędziów którzy gwizdali na MŚ czyli panowie SUCHANEK,JARGUZ i WÓJCIK chodzi mi o duet GIL & MARCINIAK ta dwójka wydaje mi się najleprza

  17. And something to amuse you. Yesterday at Super League game OFI - Xanthi the referee Anastasios Kakos made an excellent pass of high technique. It is remarkable.

    1. This comment has been removed by the author.

    2. Excellent pass, he is ready for Champions League matches now ;)
      However, in case of scored goal in that situation, he could have been in a big trouble.

      Yesterday I watched Palermo-Napoli. Some things about Orsato, I'm going to write a small report. On thursday he is going to referee Rosenborg - Legia Warsaw in EL.
      He had a solid performance with consistent and appropriate yellow cards but there was a missed penalty, unluckily a crucial mistake when the score was still 0-1. The additional assistant potentially involved was Domenico Celi, but he also wasn't able to see that. If you want to take a look at the situation (from 01:30 in the video):
      Probably referees were deceived by the fact that Palermo's player was able to shot on goal although he was already on the ground. It seems a clear penalty.
      Assistants showed a very good performance, not so much work for the first, several calls for the second one. Second additional Giannoccaro was also potentially involved in a anyway not difficult situation.

      Final marks:

      Orsato 7,5
      Vuoto 8
      Cariolato 8,4
      Celi 7,3
      Giannoccaro 8,1
      Musolino (fourth official) 8

  18. More amusement:
    The difficulties of modern technology...

    1. :D Best moment of the matchday

    2. A wonderful moment.

  19. Chłopaki niedziwcie się że Laurent Duhamel zniknoł raz że ma już 45 lat awięc jego kariera na arenie międzynarodowej się kończy a dwa że poprostu załamał się po śmierci brata

  20. Cakir to referee England-Ukraine in FIFA World Cup 2014 QF.

    1. Very important match, taking into account also what happened at EURO2012.

    2. Any idea, Who is the observer of Cakir?

  21. Wow, great appointment.
    Skomina's full team can be seen in the other thread. Dallas will observe him.

  22. Just an information (specially for Edward).
    Maribor-Zagreb, skyGermany made a 3d animation for the 0-1. The goal did not cross the line, so that the header was executed legally, correct decision by Muniz Fernández (although he was positioned badly.) Cabanero Martinez with a crucial error, Borski with a possible straight red card (studs-up foul of high intensity, he only issued the yellow card).

    1. I agree. It should be a red card for Gillet (Anderlecht) by Borski. Very dangerous tackle and high pace. A correct yellow card for time wasting by the goalkeeper of AEL Limassol.

    2. Thanks a lot Niklas. I thought that the ball did not cross the line but I wasn't completely sure. As for Cabanero Martinez it is a very difficult situation but I believe it is an own goal and therefore a mistake.

    3. Anonymous28/8/12 22:24

      What about the advantage not applied by Fernandez Borbalan and Maribor's completely legal goal ruled out? A disgraceful error...

    4. Red card to Arghus (MAR) at 84' probably for DOGSO. Not totally convinced this is the case.

    5. Anonymous28/8/12 22:56

      I have no problem with red card, however I have a very big problem with no advantage and disallowed goal!

    6. Totally right decision by Borbalan. Studs-up tackle by Arghus (Mar), high intensity, high pace, excessive force, in short: a red card.

    7. If he gave it for that Martin I am completely with him. As for the advantage and the disallowed goal it is a crucial error. Report will be ready probably tomorrow.

    8. Anonymous29/8/12 14:30

      are there somewhere available these situations to watch?thanks

    9. The advantage situation is here:

      Not the best camera but it is visible.

    10. At this video there is the goal of Dinamo Zagreb.

    11. The disallowed goal was wrong because he was behind the ball, even if it was an own goal it does not exclude offside. But as I said, it was onside at any rate.

  23. Anonymous28/8/12 22:23

    Kassai in new black CL jersey, I must say that I don't like it.

  24. 7 or 8 minutes given by Borski, as expected. :)

    I'm watching Udinese-Braga, very intensive match, some interesting situations to evaluate for Kuipers, extra time now.

  25. Just excellent Tom Harald Hagen in the difficult match. Same hard fight from both sides and he was faultles with exception of two missed yellow cards. Great job Mr Hagen! I think he's ready for Elite after today's performance. Very doubtful situation with a disallowed goal to Malaga in 88'. Maybe someone will review it. I am curious about your opinions.

    1. Sorry but this was not an excellent job for me.He missed 4 yellow cards very odvious,especially for spyropoulos of panathinaikos,and gave some phantom fouls outside penalty area(christodoulopoulos...)Also poor running!!!As for the assistants obvious mistake to disallow the goal of Malaga and some more wrong off side desicions for both of you agree edward?

    2. I agree in missed card, but I would count only two obvious. Phantom fouls - I would like to know minutes. Didn't detect that. He let the game very flow. Didn't whistle clear but hard tackles. Was consistent and self-confident. Had a good communication. Running and positioning were normal I am sure he can improve it but I don't think it was poor. This performance was far better than that in which I saw him about 2 years ago. He did huge improvement. I was very positively surprised.

    3. Why do you ask me? I haven't seen the match. If you don't know (obviously) I was Referee Observer at Maribor - Dinamo Zagreb. Couldn't watch two games at once.

  26. And something funny. Romanian Cup match between ACS Berceni - CS Buftea ended with score 31-0!

  27. Anonymous29/8/12 01:41

    Any WC qualifier appointments?? If not, when??

  28. Anonymous29/8/12 11:00

    The results of 3D analysis of the match Maribor-Dinamo are now known. The goal of Dinamo was regular, ball had not crossed the line before. Second goal of Dinamo also regular, no offside, therefore a mistake of AR (very close call though, hard to blame him). And the non-advantage will remain a huge mistake forever:)

  29. A very particular episode in Udinese-Braga.

    Take a look at Braga keeper, immediatly after Armero's falling down.
    What happens? A clear kick near the face of Udinese player, by keeper, probably it was unintentional considering the action, but this wsas for sure relevant for the fact that the keeper was later able to catch the ball. A very stupid action, in my opinion, and a penalty, very difficult to see but possible to give.

    What do you think?

    1. F. Taveira29/8/12 14:35

      Kuipers was good in that particular situation. Pure unintentional situation. I see no reason to award a penalty because the GK just wants to catch the ball, he just has the eyes on the ball and by accident he touches in the Udinese player.
      We had also other penalty appeal in the entrance of Braga area but was a great and clean cut made by H.Viana. At least in the first 90 minutes I was happy with Kuipers he had a great and relaxed approach but at the same time he was strict, he had a correct approach in a latin vs. latin team and not all Elite are able to do so.

  30. Anonymous29/8/12 14:20

    Of course no penalty.

  31. Anonymous29/8/12 14:29

    Is Damir Skomina youngest referee with European Super Cup or there was younger referee in history of European Super Cups?

    1. Yes, at least in the 2000-millennium he is the youngest referee with a SC final.

  32. Friendly match, 11 September 2012
    Czech Republic - Finland
    Hubert Siejewicz - Konrad Sapela, Marcin Lis (POL)

    In addition to this, Czech trio will whistle friendly between Poland and RSA (12 October 2012).

    Marcin Borski and Szymon Marciniak will be in charge of WC Qualifiers (11 Spetember 2012).

    From my point of view, Szymon Marciniak is one of the biggest talents now and I am quite sure he will reach at least Elite Development in the future. Interesting thing is that he sent off 4 players in 2 matches of current season in Polish Ekstraklasa.

  33. I have to neglect my previous statement. I said Borski could have given a red card instead of yellow, but no. He must give that. A dark red card.

  34. Anonymous29/8/12 20:14

    Kim Milton Nielsen in 1993 was the youngest referee all time in UEFA Supercup (32 years old)

  35. Maribor - Dinamo Zagreb


    Borbalan: 7.5
    Cabanero: 7.5
    Guadamuro: 7.9
    Muniz Fernandez: 8.5
    Estrada Fernandez: 8.0
    Miranda: 8.0

  36. First Celtic goal was offside... crucial mistake for Carballo team

  37. What a match in Kiev! First half was extremely boring, second started the same but the last 20 minutes were unbelievably exciting.
    Craig Thomson was very good in the first easy half and then in the second when the match gone more tense he totally lost his control. Old EURO problems. When a game is easy he does all well but when it's starting to be faster and more emotional Craig isn't able to re-adapt his style to more strict, decisive and authoritary one.
    Missed at least two but in my opinion three (!) red cards today: Miguel Veloso for a foot-up tackle on Herrmann in front of well-positioned Derek Rose (61', Herrmann got an injury what strenghthens my feeling it was a red card tackle), Arango who deliberately stepped on Harmash' foot after a foul (again in front of Derek Rose and Steven McLean..., 63') and Khacheridi who deliberately kicked Stranzl after a clear duel between them (this time Thomson went for an action and both assistants were too far away - however I have a feeling Thomson told with Rose about this situation and did nothing, 90+2').
    The rest was normal but there were some missed fouls, whistled Nordveidt's phantom foul on Brown when Norwegian was booked for a dissent (probably correctly), Vukojević didn't foul an opponent (the foul was earlier in this action and Khacheridi should have been booked for it, 65').
    As I mentioned, not the best control. Just too passive in the last 30 minutes when the match was more tense.
    Assistants were just poor. Especially mr Derek Rose who wrongly raised his flag when Brown wasn't in offside and was starting for a goal-scoring opportunity (23'). Rose missed also two red cards that were in his area of vicinity. The Thomson's fault was only too much believing in his assistants and being too far away from their area of vicinity. Alasdair Ross with average performance with great onside call leading to the important 1-2 goal (Brown was maybe 10cm offside but it's impossible to see, therefore a brilliant call by Ross). However, also with two mistakes when wrongly signaled offside of Dynamo player (90+1) and missed offside by Herrmann (43')

    Thomson - 7,0
    Rose - 6,4
    Ross - 7,7
    Chambers - 8,2
    McLean - 7,6
    Clancy - 8,3

  38. Completely agree with you, the performance was awful and was crowned by his added time procedure. 2nd half actually required 4 or 5 minutes of added time, he gave 3. Then, it took Dynamo 50 seconds to execute a free-kick, they were allowed two substitutions (I would not have allowed them at all..). What does Mr Thomson? Final whistle after 90+3:01. Unbelievably bad performance of the whole team.
    Difficult situation for Alonso Fernández, players were level, but not player and ball..Brych with a tough match that was hard to control.

  39. 07/09/2012
    2014WC qualifiers

    Bulgaria - Italy

    Martin Atkinson

  40. Anonymous30/8/12 17:51


    1. I hope to be able to watch the match and make the report, as soon as possible.
      I have no info for now, sorry. Just wait ;)

  41. F. Taveira30/8/12 18:19

    2014 WC qualifiers

    Kristo Tohver; Ar's: Klaasen/Reinvald 4th: Hannes Kaasik

    Szymon Marciniak; Ar's: Sokolnicki/Siejka 4th: R. Malek

  42. Uy uy City and Real...

    1. and Ajax, the Dutch team is very unlucky, considering also what happened one year ago

  43. Oh dear, Dortmund to these three German ref for Real City. Schalke have nearly exactly the same group like Dortmund last year (ARSENAL/MARSEILLE/OLYMPIACOS, now it is ARSENAL/MONTPELLIER/OLYMPIACOS).

  44. Azerbaijan - Israel WC Qualifiers
    Matej Jug (SVN)

  45. Anyway, a good drawing for Schalke, isn't it?
    Arsenal is a big team but for sure the most approachable.

  46. Of course, but only at the moment. We are not the favourites, Olympiacos are very strong at home. Difficult, we can be 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th. In Cl, one cannot be sure.

    Tomasz Listkiewicz with a decision in AND-AEL, I could not stop laughing, in fact, I never saw a comparable scene before (yellow players are from AEL in attack, including their goalkeeper who was in the offence in extra time..)

    1. It is an open group for all teams. Arsenal is way down than last year. Monpellier is more or less unknown and Olympiakos has lost many players and has changed his defence by 3/4. So everything is open.

      BTW: Poor Real!!!!

  47. Report for Borski will by the way come before super cup kick off. Mark not above 7.3.

  48. Turkey - Estonia (11/09/2012, Istanbul)
    Marcin Borski - Rafał Rostkowski, Tomasz Listkiewicz - Paweł Gil (POL)

    1. Anonymous30/8/12 22:30

      Moldova - England
      Pol van Boekel - Berry Simons - Angelo Boonman - Danny Makkelie (NED.)

  49. I would give a yellow card or nothing to Jodłowiec instead of red. There wasn't denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity only a normal foul. Hannover player didn't control the ball but in the other way around he kicked the ball forward because he wanted to be fouled by Jodłowiec. Weak reading of this situation by Sergey Karasev and additional assistant 2. However, penalty correct.

    1. Anonymous30/8/12 23:39

      there is no additional assistant in the play off matches my friend.poor observation!

    2. Sorry, my fault. But observation is good. It was never a red card! My friend...

  50. Anonymous30/8/12 21:31

    Oh what a disgraceful first half of Mark clattenburg : miss a clear handball which give goal to Belgrade ( two hands as a goalkeeper) amazingly not seen by english team!!! Forgotten high tackle on obraniak : yellow card on this action, no reaction...and after YC for Maurice bellay for a little foul...wrong throw in by assistant Simon Beck which was Very Very Very clear!
    Very upset by this awful perf!


  51. I'm watching De Sousa, excellent decision with red card and penalty.
    Nothing more of difficult happened, until now.

  52. Studer with a crucial error. Penalty not given to Atromitos and red card to Newcastle GK.


  53. WC 2014 QUALIFIERS

    Luxembourg - Portugal (07/09/2012, Luxembourg)
    Kristo Tohver - Sten Klaasen, Hannes Reinvald - Hannes Kaasik (EST)

    Netherlands - Turkey (07/09/2012, Amsterdam)
    Carlos Velasco Carballo - Roberto Alonso Fernandez, Juan Carlos Yuste Jimenez - David Fernandez Borbalan (ESP)

    England - Ukraine (11/09/2012, London)
    Cüneyt Çakır - Bahattin Duran, Tarık Ongun - Tolga Özkalfa (TUR)

    France - Belarus (11/09/2012, Saint-Denis)
    Hüseyin Göçek - Mehmet Cem Satman, Orkun Aktaş - Halis Özkahya (TUR)

    Norway - Slovenia (11/09/2012, Oslo)
    Fırat Aydınus - Serkan Ok, Aleks Taşçıoğlu - Bülent Yıldırım (TUR)

    Portugal - Azerbaijan (11/09/2012, Braga)
    Szymon Marciniak - Paweł Sokolnicki, Radosław Siejka - Robert Małek (POL)

    Turkey - Estonia (11/09/2012, Istanbul)
    Marcin Borski - Rafał Rostkowski, Tomasz Listkiewicz - Paweł Gil (POL)


    Spain - Saudi Arabia (07/09/2012, Pontevedra)
    Anar Salmanov - Mübariz Haşımov, Yaşar Abbasov (AZE) - Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)

    Czech Republic - Finland (11/09/2012, Teplice)
    Hubert Siejewicz - Konrad Sapela, Marcin Lis (POL)

    1. Anonymous31/8/12 03:05

      Estonia - Romania (07/09/2012. Talin)
      Milorad Mažić - Milovan Ristić - Igor Radojčić (SRB)

    2. Fourth Official is Milenko Vukadinović, observer Alfredo Trentalange, delegate Svein Johannessen Norrast.

      Sweden - China (06/09/2012, Helsingborg)
      Mattias Gestranius - Mikko Alakare, Marko Hänninen (FIN) - Magnus Sjöblom (SWE)

      Sweden - Kazakhstan (11/09/2012, Malmö)
      Serhiy Boyko - Volodymyr Volodin, Oleksandr Korniyko - Oleksandr Derdo (UKR)

    5. Anonymous31/8/12 04:19

      Mažić - observers Mike Riley(FIFA RC DEVELOPMENT MEMBER) and Alfredo Trentalange(FIFA RC COMPETITION MEMBER)!Very interesting.And very interesting match!

    6. Anonymous31/8/12 11:17

      But can Mažić really have two Riley and Trentalange?

    7. Anonymous31/8/12 11:47

      Can't, of course! " One could have guessed Mazic' appointment for AEL-Anderlecht. Riley is probably not only there to observe Mazic for UEFA, but also for FIFA "(Niclas E).AEL - ANDERLECHT - observer - Mike Riley...
      I agree with Niclas...
      ESTONIA - ROMANIA - observer- Alfredo Trentalange(Yun Hyeons source)...

    8. Also these referees will get a match:

      Carlos Clos Gómez - Javier Aguilar Rodriguez, José Manuel Fernández Miranda - César Muñiz Fernández (ESP, 07/09/2012)

      Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz - Pau Cebrián Devis, Victoriano Díaz Casado - Fernando Teixeira Vitienes (ESP, 07/09/2012)

      Alberto Undiano Mallenco - Roberto Díaz Pérez del Palomar, Raúl Cabañero Martínez - Carlos Clos Gómez (ESP, 11/09/2012)

      Ilias Spathas - Dimitrios Bozatzidis, Dimitrios Saraidaris - Anastasios Kakos (GRE, 11/09/2012)

    9. Russia - Northern Ireland (07/09/2012, Moscow)
      Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz - Pau Cebrián Devis, Victoriano Díaz Casado - Fernando Teixeira Vitienes (ESP)

    10. I have in my feeling that Undiano will have the honour in Vienna on 11/9 :S

    11. Anonymous31/8/12 17:53

      Austria - Germany
      Bjorn Kuipers - Sander van Roekel - Erwin Zeinstra - richard Liesveld (Ned.)

    12. Iceland - Norway (07/09/2012, Reykjavik)
      Antony Gautier - Michael Annonier, Eric Dansault - Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
      Observer: Zdravko Jokić (SRB)
      Delegate: Gijs de Jong (NED)

    13. Finland - France (07/09/2012, Helsinki)
      Craig Alexander Thomson - Alasdair Ross, Derek Rose - Kevin Clancy (SCO)

    14. Azerbaijan - Israel (07/09/2012, Baku)
      Matej Jug - Marko Stančin, Milan Kogej - Slavko Vinčič (SVN)
      Observer: Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE)
      Delegate: Mikhail Varabyov (BLR)

    15. These appointments are made by UEFA referees committee or FIFA?

    16. In Conmebol they are done by FIFA, but of course Conmebol suggest some names to FIFA, I guess for UEFA it´s the same...

    17. Surely. Busacca cannot be totally aware of the progress of some referees. UEFA is definitely the right address to make the appointments, thanks for the research, Jokic with Gautier is interesting.
      Thought about the opportunity of Ilias Spathas for GER-FRO. I somewhere read he would get a match and that would be the right sort of match for him.

    18. But FIFA delegates it to his Conmebol member Carlos Alarcón so that we can say Conmebol does the apps since Alarcón does them for all Conmebol tournaments
      The same goes for Concacaf, where his Concacaf member Carlos Batres do the apps.

      In UEFA the man with the most influence is Mikkelsen, but he gets suggestions of UEFA as far as we know.


    19. FRIENDLY:
      Lebanon - Australia (06/09/2012, Beirut)
      Christos Nikolaidis - Sotiris Viktoros, Georgios Papathomas (CYP)

      Referee Observer in Latvia - Greece will be Christakis Skapoulis from Cyprus.

    20. "Regarding your question about the designation of referees for the FIFA World Cup qualifiers, please be informed that all the proposals of match officials' appointments for the said competition emanate from the Confederations and are ratified by FIFA. Appointments are announced a few days before each match."

      This is what I've got from FIFA about Referee Appointments for FIFA WC QF.

    21. Thanks a lot, this makes it clear!

  54. Anonymous30/8/12 22:55

    Very Good and brave décision by clattenburg with penalty kick at 92". But weak overall perf with YC only at jovanovic for an obvious violent conduct with elbow on gouffran ( straight red card needed : brutality ). Then, agression on Belgrade player decision taken by ref and Simon Beck, who CAN see the situation.
    After the crucial error on the first half ( goal with double handball not seen), a lot of phantom fouls whistled, a return to a foul with advantage applied : the player shot and ball went over the Line. Goal kick only possible : Free kick and severe YC with clattenburg personal law.
    After, just before Belgrade 2-2, ref interrupted the game to give a normal corner kick....but whistled before the ball went out the pitch...

    Very bad performance IMO for the english top ref, no harmony on foul detection ( sometimes "english way" and sometimes phantom fouls especially in benefit of defensors).
    Wrong YC card for Maurice bellay with Strong consequence with second YC after and Red card consequently. Horrible foul by jovanovic only booked for this violent conduct. In addition with crucial error with goal allowed wrongly despite double handball, very poor refereeing by english team...


  55. Anonymous30/8/12 23:06

    And finally, little info about Laurent Duhamel. French former top ref is actually injured. He has not done physical tests but maybe will begin his season on september. :-)

    Best regards Niclas, Chefren and company.


    1. Hello Benoît!

      Thank you for your info, very interesting.
      I have watched on youtube the handball situations. here a pic taken from the video:
      It's incredible, player touched the ball intentionally with both hands, and he was able to win the rebound against the defender, then he joined penalty area and he scored.
      This is an unbeilavable mistake from a Elite referee, I can't imagine a situation like this in a Champions League group stage (or more) match.
      Luckily for UEFA, it happened now, and more luckily, Bordeaux was able anyway to qualify.
      I'm curios about Clattenburg next appointments now.
      Furthermore, I have still to watch the other situations in this match, that you have mentioned, including penalty.
      Best regards.

  56. Anonymous31/8/12 00:21

    Jonas Eriksson instead of Daniel Stalhammar in Viktoria Plzeň - Lokeren...interesting..

  57. Sergei Karasev was simply great.
    I do not want to hide too much, of course there should be an allure to read the report tomorrow. I just say so much: correct penalty, debatable red card in this scene for alleged dogso, good arguments for yellow and red in this situation, so no crucial error, excellent advantage prior to a goal, excellent NO penalty decision that was very hard to make. To make it much shorter: he will get a 9.0. Excellent performance. Averianov just good, Kalugin with one crucial decision he made correct and one stupid but small mistake, so a very good mark for him, too.

    1. Everything OK, but I can't agree with this red card. Schlaudraff specially kicked the ball ahead and would never catch up it before the line... He just waited for this foul and a red card for an opponent. The referee should have detected that and in this case even a yellow card to Jodłowiec is not neccessary. Therefore it was a foul, penalty and nothing more due to typical cunning presented by Schlaudraff. Yesterday I conversed with one referee and he confirmed my feelings.
      Of course, the rest was great and he's ready for a higher category. And then Elite, I'm sure.

    2. Yes, that was the question.
      I do not think Schlaudraff had the intention to get the penalty. I think he just missed to play the ball technically well so that it would have been a shot on goal, but the foul appeared after this contact, the ball was on its way to cross the goalline. Therefore I had a debate with myself if you want so whether this is DOGSO, the problem is the Polish defender's will was to avoid a promising shot, but in its effect, yellow would probably have been I said, I see arguments for both, no red and red. Will think about it until tomorrow.

    3. And that the others know what we are talking about:

    4. I tend to agree with Yun Hyeon on this. Schlaudraff had already lost control of the ball which would have gone out of play. No OGSO therefore and the red card seems exaggerated. A yellow would have been necessary however, as Jodłowiec only attacked the oponent to stop him without the slightest chance to play the ball.

    5. The more I see the replays, the more I agree with both of you. I'll try to find a compromise with the mark. Perhaps this is a sign that the system should be changed a bit. An excellent performance with one tight crucial error cannot be less than an only acceptable performance..perhaps we could integrate this case as 7.8 or 7.9.
      What do you think?

    6. Yes, I have thought about the same also in the case of Stavrev performance. 7,5 is absolutely too weak mark for excellent performance with one tight crucial error as you've said. I think those cases we can still consider as a good expected level but not higher than 8,1.

    7. The problem is: can you call a wrong red card at the score of 0-1 very early in the match as expected level? I mean, a performance of expected level should be ranked better than creating a match influencing mistake. But of course, we can debate that, until CL group stage there is enough time.

  58. Have a look on that foul..Domka (USA) was the referee.

    Video 1:45

    1. Nicely detected and at least 5 matches ban.

    2. Terrible foul, very well detected. I wonder whether the call was suggested by AR1 as the referee was quite far away and I don't know if she could have seen the situation properly from her angle of view.

      (debatable penalty call however at 1:14 of the video)

    3. Right, nonetheless he must be USA's future female referee..Seitz has passed the limit, so her time will come in Canada soon.

    4. Seitz was born in 1970, so she is age-eligible for her fifth Women's World Cup in 2015!

    5. She herself said prior to Olympics that it would be the end of her career.


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