09 April 2013

UEFA Europa League Quarterfinals - Second Legs - Referees

Fırat Aydınus of Turkey, Ivan Bebek from Croatia, Portugal's Olegário Benquerença and Pavel Královec of Czech Republic have been assigned to take charge of Thursday's UEFA Europa League quarterfinals second legs.


Fırat Aydınus (TUR) in charge of Rubin - Chelsea (c) ZIMBIO

For professional Turkish referee Fırat Aydınus, it is the peak of a great season having started with the Champions League match between Bayern München and Valencia CF and resulting in handling a Champions League K.O. stage match as Elite Development referee (Juventus - Celtic).
As another sign of his comeback to the pool of the most promising European future referee, Croatian Ivan Bebek will get another chance to convince in Newcastle - Benfica, having already performed well in the sonorous Internazionale - Tottenham clash.
With Pavel Královec, UEFA has rewarded the next rising star of their refereeing: after four remarkable Champions League matches in this season, among others the Round of 16 match between Bayern München and Arsenal FC, he will have the honour to oversee the duel between Lazio and Fenerbahçe. He will be under a certain pressure, as Lazio heavily complaint about the referee performances in their matches, e.g. William Collum's decisions in Istanbul last week.
Last but not least, the most striking and surprising appointment of the entire matchday: Portugal's Olegário Benquerença will return to the big stage after his long absence due to injury after which he merely handled two UEFA club competition matches. It will be his second international match in 2013 though.

In a sum, UEFA's appointments fully make sense and are deserved rewards for the appointed officials, while Benquerença's presence stays a small surprise.

11 April 2013, 18:00 CET
Luzhniki Stadion, Moscow, Russia
Rubin Kazan - Chelsea FC [1:3]
Referee: Fırat Aydınus (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Serkan Ok (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleks Tasçıoğlu (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Barış Şimşek (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Tolga Özkalfa (TUR)
Fourth Official: Çem Satman (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Horst Brummeier (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Elxan Mammadov (AZE)

11 April 2013, 21:05 CET
St.-Jakob Park, Basel, Switzerland
FC Basel - Tottenham [2:2]
Referee: Olegário Benquerença (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: João Santos (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ricardo Santos (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Manuel de Sousa (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Taborda Xistra (POR)
Fourth Official: Venâncio Raposo Tomé (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Juan Antonio Fernández Marín (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Panagiotis Chatzialexiou (GER)

11 April 2013, 21:05 CET
St. James' Park, Newcastle, England
Newcastle Utd. - Benfica SL [1:3]
Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomislav Petrović (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Miro Grgić (CRO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Domagoj Vučkov (CRO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Goran Gabrilo (CRO)
Fourth Official: Dalibor Conjar (CRO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Bo Karlsson (SWE)*
UEFA Delegate: Jacques Antenen (SUI)

11 April 2013, 21:05 CET
St.-Jakob Park, Basel, Switzerland
Lazio Roma - Fenerbahçe [0:2]
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Roman Slyško (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: Vítor Melo Pereira (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Jean-Louis Piette (FRA)

* UEFA Referee Committee member

59 Comments:

  1. BTW Benquerença, like Lannoy, two refeeres which have never given up, many problems, long injuries. It should mean that they love what they do and this is the first important thing, in my opinion.
    Since they have a certain age, they could also have left the international refereeing... if not really interested.

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  2. That's true. And they also have full support in the committee they can rely on. It's a good sign basically, what I find remarkable is however that Benquerenca has got the tightest of the four duels - ok, UEFA could not know it as his appointment was probably made one or two days before the first legs..
    I like that UEFA is totally predictable, Mazic, Aydinus, Collum, Kralovec, Bebek, all showed good performances in the previous rounds and get therefore the next chance, although I still believe one also could have given Collum CL.

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  3. Bo Karlsson (SWE) will observe the match in Newcastle.

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    1. Very interesting.
      I would like to know the meaning of the Spanish observer for Benq.
      Admin?

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    2. Thanks! Great test then, after Fandel, Karlsson sees Bebek. No Tom Hagen by the way.

      Juan Fernández Marín normally observes development referees in First Group (e.g. Todorov, Aytekin, Liany...). He also attended u19 EURO 2012 as one of the observers along with, among others, Jozef Marko. So he definitely seems to be very important. Same goes for Horst Brummeier and Vítor Melo Pereira. Look at their palmarès, mostly very relevant matches and officials.

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    3. btw I have listed all those four observers in group A, the highest group (based on this analytical try related to the importance of observers).

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  4. Predictions based on the last appointments.

    EUROPA LEAGUE SEMIFINALS
    FIRST LEG
    Brych (GER) - Rizzoli (ITA)
    SECOND LEG
    Mallenco (ESP) - Cakir (TUR)
    Mallenco should be there, since he got only one appointment until now, among the Elite official. I'm not sure for Cakir but there aren't other Elite officials. Rocchi difficult since he had a quarterfinal.

    CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SEMIFINALS
    FIRST LEG
    Webb (ENG) - Skomina (SVN)
    SECOND LEG
    Kassai (HUN) - Proença (POR)
    These four names can be enforced by the fact that there aren't teams from those countries, and I can't imagine one of them without a further appointment in CL.

    Then, for the finals: the speech about EL is very difficult, too many names, but about CL I'm sure, Brych or Rizzoli.
    This is my pattern based on what seen until today.

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    1. Another possible name for EL semifinal, in case of Cakir absence, is Eriksson, even though he got EL semifinal already one year ago.

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    2. And what if we are all wrong and there is someone totally unexpected for CL final? Kuipers, Eriksson...it's so difficult..for EL semifinals, my four names are slightly different: Moen (NOR), Undiano (ESP), Kuipers (NED) and Lannoy (FRA). An alternative could be either Brych (GER) or Rizzoli (ITA), but at the moment I prefer these ones. Also keep in mind that Cakir could be difficult to appoint if Fenerbahce go through.

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    3. Just a gamble:
      Semifinals:

      Tottenham - Chelsea: Alberto Undiano (ESP) and Felix Brych (GER)
      Benfica - Fenerbahce: Svein Moen (NOR) and Björn Kuipers (NED)

      = it really depends on the drawing..

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    4. I am still not sure what has happend with Strahonja. I don't know if he made any mistake in Anzhi-Hannover. If he did he wouldn't even get Ireland-Austria because UEFA appoints referees for those matches too. I looked back in a history and I saw this: in 2010 Cakir was appointed in EL Round of 32 and then he got EL semi-finals even he was in that time Premier Development referee. Strahonja is only ED referee who was appointed just once in knock-out faze and if he didn't make any mistake I don't see reason for leaving him out especially if we know that he has great fitness test results.

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    5. An injury, maybe?
      He is out from 1. HNL since 02.03.2013 (Cibalia Vinkovci- Hajduk Split ).

      One month out.... ;) I think t's almost sure, a physical problem!

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    6. Strahonja's performance in Anji-Hannover cannot be the reason, it was good.
      Also Rasmussen (for known reasons) and Bas Nijhuis did not get anything so far, Orsato after his doubtful sending-off/penalty did not get anything either.
      Physical problems cannot be the case either. He was fully alert and fit in Ireland-Austria on 26 March. By the way, FIFA has made these appointments at the start of March already.

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    7. *rather "FIFA has confirmed..."

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    8. I forgot the FIFA appointment, sorry :D

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    9. About Prva HNL absence: He was appointed for Zadar-Hajduk (March, 17), but one hour before match he got the fever, he was examined by a doctor who told him not to whistle the match and fourth official replaced him. After that he was not appointed, probably private reasons, as I know he is not injured. Why no more EL matches I don't know.

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    10. Maybe he personally asked UEFA to be not appointed more for personal reasons (work or other related to his private life).

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  5. Who would be the best referee for a German derby in CL semifinals, Borussia Dortmund - Bayern?

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    1. Gagelmann and Gräfe. ;)

      Probably the refereeing styles of Webb and Skomina would fit to it. Depends on the other match, if it is Real-Barca, then I would say Kassai and Proenca should have the Spanish duel.

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    2. If Dortmund this evening is able to qualify, Skomina will be appointed for the other match, since he already got this team in QF.
      Do you agree?

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    3. I´m OK because Gagelmann and Gräfe are two
      greats referees. But Gagelmann is not
      international.

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    4. I know, it was irony ;)

      I would not say so, first Skomina had BVB in R16, and second, other examples have shown UEFA does not care about that (Brych 2x Chelsea in 2012, Velasco 2x ManU in 2011).

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  6. About Orsato, I think that his appointments were anyway over, after that match, independently from the mistake. Also Stavrev was never appointed again.
    And it's clear that, under this aspect, Aydinus and Mazic are the names ready to be promoted...

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    1. Stavrev was appointed for R16, Kazan-Levante.
      If one wants to force an Italian ED ref into another R16 game, one could have done it. So I think they did not want. Same goes for Tagliavento.

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    2. Also the appointment for Orsato was a R16 (but first leg).
      I don't see a difference :)
      By the way, the fact to have already 3 Elite officials to appoint (Rizzoli, Rocchi and Tagliavento) was another reason for which Orsato got only these 2 appointments in EL.

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    3. Right, sorry. For some reason I thought Orsato only got R32.

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  7. There are some media reports in the net about Wolfgang Stark, saying he won't get another European match in this season (what a surprise...). More interesting, it is said, he was one of the main candidates for the Wembley final and that referees from the quarterfinals won't be used anymore this season.
    I haven't found an English source yet, maybe you just search at Google News.

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  8. By the way, how long can a UEFA referee stay in Elite Development, before being either promoted to Elite or sent back to the First Category? Is it maximum 2 or 3 years? Can anyone provide a link to an official UEFA source/document?

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    1. 1.2 Criteria for promotion and relegation and match appointments

      From the UEFA Referee Convention

      The reasons for promotions/relegations and appointments/non-appointments should be kept confidential within the referees committee and refereeing department.
      The criteria in all cases should be based on performance, personality, availability, development, administrative factors and successful completion of the relevant
      written and fitness tests. Average observer marks are not appropriate as the only criterion. Possibilities for fast-track promotions should be made available, in
      particular for match officials that have successfully completed a talents and mentors programme.


      I guess it's obligatory to spend at least a year or so in the same category, but I would not say it is a rule..there are always exceptions and this statute posted above keeps it open and quite liberal.

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    2. Can we read this appointments as promotions of Firat Aydinus and Ivan Bebek? Also is there any chance to have more number of FIFA referees for Turkey? At the moment we have 7 FIFA referees, can it be 8?

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    3. Since 2009, no referee remained more than 3 years in ED. After maximum 2-3 years in ED, referees were either promoted to Elite or sent back to First Cat. Not sure, though, whether the rule is maximum 2 years and those very few refs who stayed 3 years in ED were just the exceptions? Maybe someone has an official source who can say whether it is maximum 2 or 3 years?

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    4. A simple answer - as long as the referee is sympathetic to the members of the Committee or held by a member of the Committee.Age at top Nations no problem.

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  9. @Blog-Admin
    why did you say Ivan Bebek make a good performance at the Inter - Spurs clash? I think he was horrible in this game. He booked Kyle Walker for diving and Walker missed the first leg against Basel. but it was a clear foul from the Inter-player. and Kyle Walker is a Key-player for Spurs.

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    1. Herbert Fandel doesn't think so. He probably gave high mark to Bebek, because he is one of only four ED referees appointed in EL QF. Obviously, UEFA thinks those four were the best ED referees this season.

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    2. Even though it was a mistake, can you evaluate the whole performance only based on this?

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    3. Right. It was one wrong assessment. He correctly rejected two or three penalty appeals by Spurs, so that should be more relevant. 8.4 I think could have been the mark.

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    5. I agree that it is one of the best ED referees this season- Ivan Bebek. IMO, Mr. Bebek is the best referee of Croatia. He got a second chance and now we have a new, more mature Bebek.
      Nic E. said that football is not all " black and white ". IMO, this blog is the best blog of its kind in the world. Long and " rocky " path was to make something like this. Niclas E reverence ( BIG RESPECT ).

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  10. I have heard interesting news: At the end of this season we'll have huge number od promotions/demotions in Elite/ED/cat1 groups. All ED referees that were promoted to ED in January 2012 will be promoted or demoted, no more time for development: Strahonja, Borbalan, Orsato, Stavrev, Vad, Nijhuis, Hagen, Mažić, Aydinus. I think Borbalan, Orsato, Nijhuis will sure be demoted, same for Gräfe I think because he is in ED even longer than those guys. Mažić and Aydinus will probably be promoted. I also think Stavrev goes down, Vad could get another six months since he had no CL matches this season. Strahonja I really don't know. I wouldn't be surprised that Bebek become elite this summer. He has great season behind him, he was earlier in ED category, maybe they think 6 months in ED is enough. That could be reason for committee members as observers. Karasev must be promoted I think, great referee.

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  11. Actually, only Grafe has been ED for 3 years. He must be either promoted or sent back to First. Mazic, Aydinus and Bebek seem to have high chances to be promoted. The other ED refs could be evaluated during the next 6-12 months.

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  12. Barış Şimşek is working in Moscow as AAR1 without his FIFA badge on the chest, don't know why.

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  13. For me a phantom penalty given to Kazan, with all due respect, a totally wrong decision o.O

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    1. No clear replay from tv, but also for me a clear gift by Aydinus, I wasn't able to notice even a small contact....
      crucial mistake in a easy match until now.

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    2. Nope. Replay after replay and it does not become a justified penalty. Aydinus had a good position and should have seen that better. Yellow for dive could have been adequate.

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    3. http://s7.directupload.net/file/d/3222/w384spsv_jpg.htm

      http://s1.directupload.net/file/d/3222/9eyrzkx4_jpg.htm

      http://s14.directupload.net/file/d/3222/qsfkuoax_jpg.htm

      This was the best replay, I would dare to say that it was a 100% simulation.

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    4. Aydinus a sympathetic referee, good looks and demeanor, but the penalty was a madness, unintelligible.

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    5. Agree..
      By the way, correct me, but I think it was the first penalty shoot-out in EL yesterday since its implementation (2009/10)(?)

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    6. Awful decision in a really easy game, unacceptable at this level

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  14. Olegário Benquerença was good today. However, he missed some obvious yellow cards. I would evaluate this performance as 8.2

    - - - - -

    JAE PARKINSON

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  15. Kralovec was good, no big calls, anyway a total control of a potentially difficult match.
    Well done...

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  16. great performace for BEBEK's team.

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    1. I agree. But the 70' the game changed character, it has become difficult for the trial. I was thinking about 8.4, even 8.5 but his reaction ( and team reaction ) to confrontations between the players in the last 24 minutes are unacceptably low.

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    2. 8.1 for me as you say didn't deal effectively with these situations however overall impression was good

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    3. I'm glad you noticed that, Ryan. But I look at it from the aspect of the laity ( the viewer ), but also in terms of profession. I think the whole team had to be more mobile ( especially in 69 ' ). All " major " decisions were correct and we have to keep in mind. Fitness performance- great ( running style resembles Jorge Larrionda :) ). Repeatedly tolerated reaction to the decisions AR, as well as 81 ' ( apparently to show FC Newcastle player- number 13 a yellow card for a reckless challenge, and two Benfica FC players unnecessarily gesture- it's unsporting behavior ).
      However, my score was 8.3. AR1- 8.5, AR2- 8.5!

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  17. Interesting change by the way in penalty shoot outs.
    Now AAR1 and AAR2 are standing on the goalline during the pso, last year e.g. in CL final, there were AR1 and AAR1.

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  18. Even the fact that season is not over yet, I think we may say that Bebek, Mažić and Aydinus are new elite referees. Mažić great matches, Collina as observer, Aydinus the same, Brummeier and Jokić are important observers. I think Bebek refereed more matches then any other referee this season: EL-6 matches, CL-2 matches, CL-3 matches (I counted CL and EL qualifiers), and 2 matches in WC qualifiers=in total 13 UEFA matches this season. If you find somebody who refereed more this season congratulations. And look Bebek's observers: Layec, Plautz, Vassaras, Hauge, Fandel, Karlsson and Stempniewski, three ref committee members, one A cat, two B category observers (concerning Niclas categorisation).

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    1. Did you not watch Aydinus last night? Awful penalty decision in an otherwise easy match. You should not make such sweeping statements and have no proof to back them up. In any case I can guarantee there will not be 3 referees demoted from Elite, the weakest referee usually gets demoted (wouldn't be surprised if it's Atkinson) and an ED promoted.

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    2. Calm a bit down please. I predict there will be 2 movements from Elite to First and 3 promotions from ED to Elite, while there will be at least 2 officials dropped from ED to First so that I will predict 4 or 5 new ED referees in a separate thread. Aydinus had six good performances including a CL K.O. match and gave one ridiculously bad penalty, that's true, but I am not sure whether this is enough to not allow him to promote.

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  19. Right. As you can imagine, I counted other referees' matches :D Gautier is the next one with 12 matches, Aytekin and Hategan with 10. I think it is time for a prognose thread related to promotions/demotions.

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