February 25, 2014

Europa League - Round of 32 - Referee Appointments (II)

These are the referee appointments for the second leg ties of UEFA Europa League's Round of 32. Among others, top-class referee Björn Kuipers will take charge of Eintracht Frankfurt - FC Porto and Poland's Szymon Marciniak (photo) will be observed by Marc Batta, vice Chief Officer  in UEFA's referee committee.

18:00 CET, Rubin, Kazan (RUS)
Rubin Kazan - Real Betis
Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Stuart Burt (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Darren England (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jonathan Moss (ENG)
Fourth Official: Simon Beck (ENG)
Referee Observer: Georgios Bikas (GRE)
UEFA Delegate: Stanislaw Speczik (POL)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

19:00 CET, Stadio San Paolo, Napoli (ITA)
SSC Napoli - Swansea City
Referee: Ovidiu Alin Hategan (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavian Sovre (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Eugen Gheorghe (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Sebastian Coltescu (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: István Kovács (ROU)
Fourth Official: Radu Adrian Ghinguleac (ROU)
Referee Observer: Alain Hamer (LUX)
UEFA Delegate: George Koumas (CYP)
Blog Referee Observer: Philipp S. (GER)

19:00 CET, Donbass Arena, Donetsk (UKR)
Shakhtar Donetsk - Viktoria Plzen
Referee: Pol van Boekel (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Davie Goossens (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Bas van Dongen (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Dennis Higler (NED)
Fourth Official: Rob van de Ven (NED)
Referee Observer: Miroslav Radoman (SRB)
UEFA Delegate: Michel Pralong (SUI)

19:00 CET, Commerzbank Arena, Frankfurt (GER)
Eintracht Frankfurt - FC Porto
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Angelo Boonman (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin E.J. Zeinstra (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Richard Liesveld (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Ed Janssen (NED)
Fourth Official: Charles Schaap (NED)
Referee Observer: Levan Paniashvili (GEO)
UEFA Delegate: Michael Appleby (ENG)

19:00 CET, Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Sevilla (ESP)
Sevilla CF - NK Maribor
Referee: Luca Banti (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Sandro Pozzi (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Andrea Gervasoni (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Domenico Celi (ITA)
Fourth Official: Matteo Passeri (ITA)
Referee Observer: László Vagner (HUN)
UEFA Delegate: Joël Wolff (LUX)

19:00 CET, Stadion Salzburg, Salzburg (AUT)
RB Salzburg - Ajax Amsterdam
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Antonio Damato (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Carmine Russo (ITA)
Fourth Official: Alessandro Constanzo (ITA)
Referee Observer: Patrick Kelly (IRL)
UEFA Delegate: Andrei Medintsev (BUL)

19:00 CET, Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski, Sofia (BUL)
Ludogorets - Lazio Roma
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: Artur Soares Dias (POR)
Fourth Official: Nuno Tomás Pereira (POR)
Referee Observer: Rodger Gifford (WAL)
UEFA Delegate: Claude Runavot (FRA)

19:00 CET, St. Jakob-Park, Basel (SUI)
FC Basel - Maccabi Tel-Aviv
Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomislav Petrović (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Miro Grgić (CRO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tihomir Pejin (CRO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Goran Gabrilo (CRO)
Fourth Official: Dalibor Conjar (CRO)
Referee Observer: Ilkka Koho (FIN)
UEFA Delegate: Pat Quigley (IRL)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

21:05 CET, Estadi de Mestalla, Valencia (ESP)
Valencia CF - Dynamo Kyiv
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Guido Kleve (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Markus Häcker (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Bastian Dankert (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Siebert (GER)
Fourth Official: Mark Borsch (GER)
Referee Observer: Konrad Plautz (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Gerhard Sager (SWE)
Blog Referee Observer: Thomas H. (NED) 

21:05 CET, White Hart Lane, London (ENG)
Tottenham - Dnipro
Referee: Antony Gautier (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Michaël Annonier (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Philippe Jeanne (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Benoît Bastien (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Benoît Millot (FRA)
Fourth Official: Guillaume Débart (FRA)
Referee Observer: Rune Pedersen (NOR)
UEFA Delegate: José Aguilar (POR)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)

21:05 CET, KRC Genk Arena, Genk (BEL)
KRC Genk - Anji
Referee: Manuel Gräfe (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Mike Pickel (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Marco Fritz (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Robert Hartmann (GER)
Fourth Official: Holger Henschel (GER)
Referee Observer: Miroslav Vitković (CRO)
UEFA Delegate: Teuvo Holopainen (FIN)

21:05 CET, Hüseyin Avni Aker Stadyumu, Trabzon (TUR)
Trabzonspor - Juventus Turin
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Roman Slyško (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Martin Wilczek (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Radek Příhoda (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Michal Patak (CZE)
Fourth Official: Ondrej Pelikan (CZE)
Referee Observer: Markus Nobs (SUI)
UEFA Delegate: Ronny Zimmermann (GER)

21:05 CET, Stade de Gerland, Lyon (FRA)
Olympique Lyon - Chornomorets Odessa
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD)
Assistant Referee 1: Marjan Kirovski (MKD)
Assistant Referee 2: Dejan Kostadinov (MKD)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Dimitar Meckarvoski (MKD)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Dejan Jakimovski (MKD)
Fourth Official: Nikola Karakolev (MKD)
Referee Observer: Costas Kapitanis (CYP)
UEFA Delegate: Milovan Djukanovic (MNE)
Blog Referee Observer: Nur H. (ENG)

21:05 CET, Estádio da Luz, Lisbon (POR)
SL Benfica - PAOK
Referee:  Szymon Marciniak (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Pawel Sokolnicki (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Pawel Raczkowski (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Musial (POL)
Fourth Official: Radoslaw Siejka (POL)
Referee Observer: Marc Batta (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Danilo Filacchione (ITA)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

21:05 CET, AZ Stadion, Alkmaar (NED)
AZ Alkmaar - Slovan Liberec
Referee: Serhiy Boiko (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Oleksandr Korniyko (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Volodymyr Volodin (UKR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Ievgenii Aranovskyi (UKR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Anatoliy Abdula (UKR)
Fourth Official: Oleksandr Voytyuk (UKR)
Referee Observer: Edgar Steinborn (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Ghenadie Scurtul (MDA)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

21:05 CET, Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence (ITA)
ACF Fiorentina - Esbjerg fB
Referee: Marijo Strahonja (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Sinisa Premuzaj (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Goran Pataki (CRO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Ante Vučemilović-Šimunović jr (CRO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Fran Jović (CRO)
Fourth Official: Ivica Modrić (CRO)
Referee Observer: Raymond Ellingham (WAL)
UEFA Delegate: Graham Hover (ENG)
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February 24, 2014

Champions League - Round of 16 - Referee Appointments (IV)

Spanish World Cup 2014 referee Carlos Velasco Carballo and company will take charge of Galatasaray Istanbul vs Chelsea FC. Based in Madrid, the former engineer and current professional referee will handle José Mourinho's team for the second time this season having already overseen their clear win away in Bucharest. At the same time, Howard Webb has been assigned for the duel between Schalke 04 and Real Madrid. He has already met both clubs multiple times in his long international career.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014, 20:45 CET
Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany
FC Schalke 04 - Real Madrid CF
Referee: Howard Webb (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Mullarkey (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Darren Cann (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Lee Probert (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Kevin Friend (ENG)
Fourth Official: Stephen Child (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Michel Vautrot (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Michal Listkiewicz (POL)
Blog Referee Observer: Thomas H. (NED)

Wednesday, 26 February 2014, 20:45 CET
Ali Sami Yen Spor Kompleksi, Istanbul, Turkey
Galatasaray Istanbul - Chelsea FC
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 Clos Gómez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)
Fourth Official: Roberto Díaz Pérez Del Palomar (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vaclav Krondl (CZE)
UEFA Delegate: Jean-Louis Piette (FRA)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)
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February 23, 2014

Champions League - Round of 16 - Referee Appointments (III)

UEFA has appointed William Collum and Gianluca Rocchi to be in charge of Tuesday's time-displaced Champions League matches in St. Petersburg and Piraeus. The Scottish official will oversee the duel between Zenit and last year's finalists Borussia Dortmund, while Italian Gianluca Rocchi has been nominated for Olympiakos - Manchester United.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014, 18:00 CET
Petrovskiy Stadium, St Petersburg, Russia
Zenit St Petersburg - Borussia Dortmund
Referee: William Collum (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Cryans (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: William Conquer (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Robert Madden (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: John Beaton (SCO)
Fourth Official: Graham Chambers (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jozef Marko (SVK)
UEFA Delegate: Jānis Mežeckis (LVA)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

Tuesday, 25 February 2014, 20:45 CET
Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium, Piraeus, Greece
Olympiakos - Manchester United
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Gianluca Cariolato (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Paolo Mazzoleni (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
Fourth Official: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Zdravko Jokić (SRB)
UEFA Delegate: Georges Lüchinger (LIE)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)
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February 18, 2014

IFAB considers Implementation of Video Replays

World football's lawmakers, the International Football Association Board (IFAB), have laid out their agenda for their 128th general annual meeting that is going to take place on 1st March 2014 in Suisse Zurich. This agenda is nothing else than a blueprint for modern football: for the first time ever, there are official considerations to implement video replays for match officials.

They care about football...the IFAB.
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Europa League - Round of 32 - Referee Appointments (I)

UEFA has designated the following referees and assistant referees to form the teams that will control the sixteen Europa League Round of 32 first legs.Pierluigi Collina will observe France's referee talent Clément Turpin, David Elleray has been nominated as referee observer for Felix Zwayer and the last committee member, Herbert Fandel, will follow Aleksei Kulbakov's performance.

20 February 2014

18:00 CET, Saturn, Ramenskoye (RUS)
Anzhi - KRC Genk
Referee: Alon Yefet (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Danny Krasikow (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Amihay Yesohua Mozes (ISR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Eli Hacmon (ISR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Menashe Masiah (ISR)
Fourth Official: Nissan Davidy (ISR)
Referee Observer: Gevorg Hovhannisyan (ARM)
UEFA Delegate: Kuanysh Kanapyanov (KAZ)

19:00 CET, GSP Stadium, Nicosia (CYP) - re-located due to political situation in the Ukraine.
Dynamo Kyiv - Valencia CF
Referee: Liran Liany (ISR) - replacing Martin Atkinson's team
Assistant Referee 1: Shabtai Nahmias (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: David Elias Biton (ISR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Orel Grinfeeld (ISR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Roy Reinshreiber (ISR)
Fourth Official: Sharon Eyal (ISR)
Referee Observer: Michael Argyrou (CYP)
UEFA Delegate: Adonis Procopiou (CYP)
Blog Referee Observer: Philipp S. (GER) 

19:00 CET, Stadio Toumba, Salonika (GRE)
PAOK - SL Benfica
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan-Hendrik Salver (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Mike Pickel (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tobias Stieler (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Siebert (GER)
Fourth Official: Christoph Bornhorst (GER)
Referee Observer: Oguz Sarvan (TUR)
UEFA Delegate: Johan van Kouterik (NED)

19:00 CET, Stadium: U Nisy, Liberec (CZE)
Slovan Liberec - AZ Alkmaar
Referee: Alexandru Tudor (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Aurel Onita (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Octavian Sovre (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Ovidiu Alin Hategan (ROU)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Pavel Cristian Balaj (ROU)
Fourth Official: Radu Adrian Ghinguleac (ROU)
Referee Observer: Adrian D. Casha (MLT)
UEFA Delegate: Lucien Kayser (LUX)

19:00 CET, Dnipro Arena, Dnipropetrovsk (UKR)
FC Dnipro - Tottenham
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Pau Cebrián Devis (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Javier Aguilar Rodríguez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Clos Gómez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Alejandro Hernández Hernández (ESP)
Fourth Official: Roberto Díaz Pérez Del Palomar (ESP)
Referee Observer: Christakis Skapoullis (CYP)
UEFA Delegate: David McDowell (SVN)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

19:00 CET, Juventus Stadium, Turin (ITA)
Juventus Turin - Trabzonspor
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)
Assistant Referee 1: Dmitry Zhuk (BLR)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrei Hetsikau (BLR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Dzianis Shcharbakou (BLR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Siarhei Tsynkevich (BLR)
Fourth Official: Aleh Maslianka (BLR)
Referee Observer: Herbert Fandel (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Petr Fousek (CZE)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)

19:00 CET, Chornomorets, Odessa (UKR)
Chornomorets - Olympique Lyon
Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Alan Mulvanny (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Damien Macgraith (IRL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Steven McLean (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
Fourth Official: David McGeachie (SCO)
Referee Observer: Uno Tutk (EST)
UEFA Delegate: Ori Shilo (ISR)
Blog Referee Observer: Thomas H. (NED)

19:00 CET, Sport og Event Park Esbjerg, Esbjerg (DEN)
Esbjerg - Fiorentina
Referee: Sergei Karasev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Tikhon Kalugin (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Anton Averianov (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Maksim Layushkin (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Vitaly Meshkov (RUS)
Fourth Official: Dmitry Mosyakin (RUS)
Referee Observer: Paul Allaerts (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Ivan Lekov (BUL)
Blog Referee Observer: Nur H. (ENG)

21:05 CET, Stadio Olimpico, Roma (ITA)
Lazio Roma - Ludogorets
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: Holger Henschel (GER)
Referee Observer: David Elleray (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Gunther De Saedeleer (BEL)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

21:05 CET, Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam (NED)
Ajax Amsterdam - RB Salzburg
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Frédéric Cano (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Danos (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tony Chapron (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Rainville (FRA)
Fourth Official: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Referee Observer: Pierluigi Collina (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Luis Cuervas Del Real (ESP)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)

21:05 CET, Stadium: Bloomfield, Tel Aviv (ISR)
Maccabi Tel-Aviv - FC Basel
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: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)
Fourth Official: Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP)
Referee Observer: Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Barry Bright (ENG)

21:05 CET, Estádio do Dragão, Porto (POR)
FC Porto - Eintracht Frankfurt
Referee: Matej Jug (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Matej Žunič (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Roland Brandner (AUT)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Dragoslav Perič (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Dejan Balažič (SVN)
Fourth Official: Robert Vukan (SVN)
Referee Observer: Alan Snoddy (NIR)
UEFA Delegate: Dusko Grabovac (CRO)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

21:05 CET, Benito Villamarín, Sevilla (ESP)
Real Betis - Rubin Kazan
Referee: Serge Gumienny (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Frank Bleyen (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Kristof Meers (BEL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Alexandre Boucaut (BEL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Luc Wouters (BEL)
Fourth Official: Yves de Neve (BEL)
Referee Observer: William Young (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Patrick Wattebled (FRA)

21:05 CET, Swansea Stadium, Swansea (WAL)
Swansea City - SSC Napoli
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)
Referee Observer: Marinus Koopman (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Panagiotis Chatzialexiou (GER)

21:05 CET, Stadion Ljudski vrt, Maribor (SVN)
NK Maribor - Sevilla CF
Referee: István Vad (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: István Albert (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Zsolt Szpisjak (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Sándor Andó-Szabó (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Zsolt Szabó (HUN)
Fourth Official: László Viszokai (HUN)
Referee Observer: Zbigniew Przesmycki (POL)
UEFA Delegate: Ionel Piscanu (ROU)

21:05 CET, Štruncovy Sady Stadión, Plzen (CZE)
Viktoria Plzen - Shakhtar Donetsk
Referee: Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Christos Akrivos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Damianos Efthimiadis (GRE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Ilias Spathas (GRE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Stavros Tritsonis (GRE)
Fourth Official: Dimitrios Gagas (GRE)
Referee Observer: Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Tomás Gea (AND)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)
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February 17, 2014

Idem Ius Omnibus, UEFA...

The first four referee appointments of this season's Champions League knockout-stage have been unveiled and undoubtfully, the circumstance that four top-class referees have been chosen to oversee these matches underlines the high power density of the clubs fighting for the eight quarterfinal tickets. There is not any unimportant or decided match and this fact makes this year's Round of 16 more exciting than in previous years. However, there is another subtle but equally striking finding when reflecting one appointment and bringing it in line with what we have seen and experienced in the last one or two seasons.

Andrea Stefani will attend Arsenal FC - Bayern München © The Third Team
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Champions League - Round of 16 - Referee Appointments (II)

Nicola Rizzoli and Pedro Proença have been assigned to head their officiating teams into Wednesday's UEFA Champions League Round of 16 ties in London's Emirates Stadium and Stadio Giuseppe Meazza of Milan. Rizzoli has been appointed for the top clash between Arsenal FC and Bayern München and will thus handle the German champions' return to the English capital after 2013 Champions League final at Wembley that was also overseen by the Italian no.1. Simultaneously to this match, Portugal's World Cup referee Pedro Proença will referee AC Milan vs Atlético Madrid.

Wednesday, 19 February 2014, 20:45 CET
Emirates Stadium, London, England
Arsenal FC - FC Bayern München
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Andrea Stefani (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Renato Faverani (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Luca Banti (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Antonio Damato (ITA)
Fourth Official: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Manuel Mejuto González (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Armen Minasyan (ARM)
Blog Referee Observer: Thomas H. (NED)

Wednesday, 19 February 2014, 20:45 CET
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, Milan, Italy
AC Milan - Atlético Madrid
Referee: Pedro Proença (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bertino Miranda (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tiago Trigo (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: João Capela (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Duarte Gomes (POR)
Fourth Official: Paulo Alexandre Santos (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Horst Brummeier (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Wolfgang Thierrichter (AUT)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)
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February 16, 2014

Champions League - Round of 16 - Referee Appointments (I)

UEFA has selected Jonas Eriksson of Sweden and Hungarian Viktor Kassai to take charge of Tuesday's UEFA Champions League Round of 16 opening matches. The Swedish match official will be observed by refereeing vice-officer Hugh Dallas from Scotland, which indicates that the absolute top clash of this first K.O. round between Man.City and FC Barcelona  is going to be a vitally important match for the Scandinavian World Cup 2014 referee. At the same time, Viktor Kassai will referee Bayer Leverkusen - Paris SG.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014, 20:45 CET
Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England
Manchester City - FC Barcelona
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: Daniel Gustavsson (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Hugh Dallas (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Henk Kesler (NED)
Blog Referee Observer: Thomas H. (NED)

Tuesday, 18 February 2014, 20:45 CET
BayArena, Leverkusen, Germany
Bayer Leverkusen - Paris Saint-Germain
Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: György Ring (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Vencel Tóth (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tamás Bognar (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Mihály Fabián (HUN)
Fourth Official: Robert Kispál (HUN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jean Lemmer (LUX)
UEFA Delegate: Mike Foster (ENG)
Blog Referee Observer: Nur H. (ENG)
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February 15, 2014

UEFA Youth League - Round of 16 Appointments

This blog will follow very closely the knockout stage of the 2013-14 UEFA Youth League.  Similarly to Champions and Europa League, all the appointments will be posted as soon as they will be available.  Let's start with Round of 16.

Round of 16, 18 February 2014, 18:00 CET
Stadium: Mini Estadi, Barcelona (ESP)
FC Barcelona - FC København
Referee: Jonathan Lardot  (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Karel De Rocker  (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Thibaud Nijssen (BEL)
Fourth Official: David Medie Jimenez  (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Bertrand Layec  (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Kris Bellon  (BEL)

Round of 16, 25 February 2014, 16:00 CET
Stadium: Chelsea Football Club Training Ground, Surrey (ENG)
Chelsea FC - AC Milan
Referee: Peter Kralović  (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomaš Mokoš  (SVK) 
Assistant Referee 2: Peter Chladek  (SVK)
Fourth Official: Charles Breakspear  (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Michael Thomas Ross  (NIR)
UEFA Delegate: Christian Kofoed  (DEN)

Round of 16, 25 February 2014, 19:00 CET
Stadium: Anoeta, San Sebastian (ESP)
Real Sociedad de Fútbol - FC Schalke 04
Referee: Jari Järvinen  (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan-Peter Aravirta  (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Sami Nykänen  (FIN)
Fourth Official: Gorka Sagués Oscoz  (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Manuel Lopez Fernandez  (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Peadar Ryan  (IRL)

Round of 16, 25 February 2014, 20:00 CET
Stadium: Meadow Park, Borehamwood (ENG)
Arsenal FC - FC Shakhtar Donetsk
Referee: Robert Rogers  (IRL)
Assistant Referee 1: Emmet Dynan  (IRL) 
Assistant Referee 2: Robert Clarke  (IRL)
Fourth Official: Lee Collins  (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jan W. Wegereef  (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Ilja Kaenzig  (SUI)

Round of 16, 26 February 2014, 15:00 CET
Stadium: Rodina, Khimki (RUS) 
CSKA Moskva - Paris Saint-Germain FC
Referee: Enea Jorgji  (ALB)
Assistant Referee 1: Ridiger Çokaj  (ALB) 
Assistant Referee 2: Rejdi Avdo  (ALB)
Fourth Official: Alexandra Ponomareva  (RUS)
UEFA Referee Observer: Aleksei Spirin  (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Petro Ivanov  (UKR)

Round of 16, 26 February 2014, 17:00 CET
Stadium: Caixa Futebol Campus, Seixal (POR)
Benfica - Austria Wien
Referee: Nikola Dabanović  (MNE)
Assistant Referee 1: Vladan Todorović  (MNE) 
Assistant Referee 2: Nikola Radulović  (MNE)
Fourth Official: Rui Rodrigues  (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Nuno Castro (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Emil Ubias  (CZE)

Round of 16, 26 February 2014, 18:00 CET
Stadium: Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano, Madrid (ESP)
Real Madrid - SSC Napoli
Referee: Andreas Pappas  (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Polychronis Kostaras  (GRE) 
Assistant Referee 2: Alexandros Grevenis  (GRE)
Fourth Official: José Luis Lesma Lopez  (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Juan Antonio Fernandez Marin  (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Andrew Shaw  (ENG)

Round of 16, 26 February 2014, 20:00 CET
Stadium: Ciudad Deportiva Cerro Del Espino, Majadahonda (ESP)
Atlético de Madrid - Manchester City
Referee: Tore Hansen  (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Reidar Gundersen  (NOR) 
Assistant Referee 2: Tom Harald Grønevik  (NOR)
Fourth Official: Miguel Ángel Ortiz Arias  (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Bernardino González Vázquez  (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Paolo Rondelli  (SMR)
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Declaration on Confidential Referee Appointments

Dear readers of the blog,

I would like to make an announcement on the public revelation of confidential UEFA referee appointments on this blog. 

It has already happened three times that anonymous users placed comments underneath a respective blog post unveiling a referee appointment for a match on UEFA Champions League or UEFA Europa League level. Yesterday, it happened again.
While I well understand the passion to share exciting and exclusive information with the community, there is a borderline of confidentiality we should not cross for multiple reasons. 
UEFA usually publishes referee appointments 2 days before the kick-off of the match concerned. Actually, there is a 48h-limit, but mostly, UEFA.com officially provides us with referee appointments about 60 hours before the kick-off. With some narcism I may say that the blog has frequently managed to get and publish these appointments even one or two hours earlier to satisfy the curiosity all of us have got in terms of who will referee an important UEFA match. Posting referee observers is legitimate, as their assignments do not reveal the exact referee appointments, but make us able to exclude some referees, to speculate, to enjoy the tension before the referee appointments are officially published.
The reason why I am against publicly sharing referee appointments too early has little to do with curiosity or suspense though. It rather has the potential to put the referee teams concerned into danger. Match fixing is an urgent issue UEFA and we all should be very much interested in. In order to make it impossible and to ban it out of football. That's the actual reason why UEFA and most national associations are deploying a 48h-limit at all. With my - and your - blog, I do not want to support match fixing in any way. I even want to exclude the very possibility that there could be consequences of that kind. So, if you don't want that referees could potentially fear negative consequences, don't post confidential referee appointments please. Endangering colleagues should not be in the interest of any honest referee. 
If this remark is ignored, I will delete every comment putting referees into danger in future. For sure, there is also a difference to what could be - quite suitably in terms of refereeing - described as "whistleblowing". Breaking confidentiality would, in this case, mean that things are rendered problematic, discussed and improved. This blog understands itself as an independent power that is open to lead such discussions. So don't mix that up please.
If you feel the urgent need to share referee appointments or such issues with us, you can do so via mail. I ensure maximum confidentiality.

Thank you for your attention.
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February 14, 2014

Law 11 can be confusing..

At the beginning of the week I focused on further explanatory videos for the new offside rule and one special facet of it. One of them showed a situation having occurred in German Bundesliga in the match between Hertha BSC Berlin and 1. FC Nürnberg. While the pre-dominant emphasis was put on challenging an opponent for the ball and what this term means at all in this specific video, another question for debate was raised by a user's comment. Before unfolding it, please check the video again.

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February 12, 2014

Match Officials for CL & EL K.O. stage matches ready

These are the men appointed by UEFA to function as referee observers and match delegates respectively in the first legs of Champions League's Round of 16 and Europa League's Round of 32.

Herbert Fandel will observe a match in Europa League (c) spox.com

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February 10, 2014

What "challenging an opponent for the ball" means

To ensure that the new version of the offside rule is understood in the appropiate way, this blog will continuously spotlight match situations that serve as paramount examples to explain the differences and partly similarities between Law 11's old and current version. Having already examined the terms deliberate save and deliberately playing the ball, this post focuses on interfering with an opponent by challenging an opponent for the ball.

Offside! © The Third Team

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February 3, 2014

Player Management and Reaction to Dissent

Referees must be aware that in tough matches the teams' fight for the aspired outcome of the match is so important that anger or tension, that have piled up throughout the game, tend to easily erupt in one single situation that is actually of minor relevance. Mostly the referees’ calls provide players with the needed target to vent their spleen and to set a sign for team-mates or even opponents. So dissent as one form of conflict is inevitable and natural. Football probably would suffer if those emotive sallies did not exist. Thus dissent claims targeted and pro-active conflict management from the referee, who must act like a psychologist in such occasions. Typically, these psychological management skills are not only required in the case of dissent, but also as a tool that has, in my opinion, the same relevance like and maybe even a bigger relevance than disciplinary sanctions: Player management is specially needed as soon as it comes to verbal warnings. 

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