20 April 2014

Swedish Jonas Eriksson to take charge of Vicente Calderón clash

Swedish World Cup referee Jonas Eriksson has been nominated to take charge of Tuesday's UEFA Champions League semifinal first leg between Atlético Madrid and Chelsea FC at Estadio Vicente Calderón. After having taken charge of Manchester City - FC Barcelona in the Round of 16, the Spurs' defeat against Benfica SL in Europa League and finally Bayern München's 3:1 win over Manchester United in the Champions League quarterfinals, it is the fourth match in a row for Eriksson with English involvement. He will be assisted by the same quintet that was already active in the quarterfinals, featuring his regular assistant referees Mathias Klasenius and Daniel Wärnmark on the sidelines, Stefan Johannesson and Markus Strömbergsson on the goallines and Daniel Gustavsson as the fourth official.



22 April 2014, 20:45 CET
Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid, Spain
Atlético Madrid - Chelsea FC
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: Jaap Uilenberg (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Adonis Procopiou (CYP)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)


At the same time it has very likely turned out that the Champions League Final 2014 will not be controlled by the professional referee from Sigtuna taking into account that it has never happened that a Champions League semifinal official handled the consecutive final. Depending on Bayern München's result, Björn Kuipers and Felix Brych could be potential names in the run for Lisbon final and, as usual, a certain Serbian could maybe surprise us all.

55 Comments:

  1. Only one prediction correct........

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  2. After the Chelsea-Bayern(SuperCup in Prague, 26-8-2013)
    Mourinho said about the work of Eriksson: "My teams are
    victims of UEFA".

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    1. True. There are humans suffering from paranoia and being unable to lose.

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    2. Mourinho's plan to play:
      1. Playing as defensive as possible
      2. Scoring by a counter attack
      3. If 1 and 2 don't work: Blame the ref.

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    3. Jose Mourinho: "Congratulations to Mike Dean, because he made a fantastic performance. And congratulations to Mike Riley, because what they did during the season was fantastic for the way the championship is going."

      The sheer arrogance of the man, really does beggar belief...

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    4. This one is really special...

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  3. Well; you can guess the final appointment now... You can't give Kuipers only Man.United-Olympiakos in his current form. It would be a waste to wait for the results of the semifinal; if Bayern would reach the final or not.

    Brych for final EL, Kuipers CL. Last two years the best referees of Europa imo.

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    1. Kuipers with big problems in Group stage in Dortmund and now Final? There are other Referees with better performance the last two years.

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    2. Dortmund-Arsenal

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    3. maybe there was one or two mistakes, but for this he can do also a final after the perforemance in the last matches.

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    4. two mistakes means 7,4 and than final?

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    5. Where do you know from that he got 7.4? You probably have an exclusive source. He made one crucial mistake, not 2 and that can happen to everybody. His past 4 UEFA performances were all expected level or higher and that's enough.

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    6. Our lovely anonymous didn't see the IMO great performances of Kuipers in Confederations Cup final, Man city- Bayern and Man-United-Olympiacos, which were not Always easy matches :) Of course Kuipers may have had one game with less refereeing, but Eriksson was also not good in Ajax-Milan and still got a deserved CL semi! Kuipers is one of the (if not the) man in form the last 2 years, and I think he should have had CL final already last year, but that wasn't posssible unfortunately. He and mister Brych are for me the only 2 candidates for this years final... And I have to say it I'd love to see Kuipers do this years CL final and WC final, I bet he'd do much better then Rizolli in last years CL final, cause Rizolli's CL final was one of the worst final performances I've seen in the last years. (only Webb WC final was worse for me). Also Brych would be nice to see in CL final if Bayern doesn't get there! For mr. Mazic only EL final is possible this year IMO, although it's a very good referee. But for me he's only one year Elite, he needs one or two years to grow and this year a SF or a EL final is IMO the highest possible, because CL final should go to a referee who is the best this season(s) and is a WC final candidate. For me Brych and Kuipers were the best last seasons and both are possible WC final material! So one of these two will IMO have this years CL final.... I think that UEFA already knows that it's gonna be Kuipers!

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  4. No ring no Eriksson.LOL

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  5. UEFA seems to have clear preferences inside the Elite group. Was that decided by Collina?

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  6. Well the appointment was not expected. But probably the committee has/had already decided on the final and wanted to honour Eriksson for his very good season overall.

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  7. Let's hope Cakir for wednesday top clash. Rizzoli and Kassai for return leg.
    IMO Kuipers and Brych deserve UCL more than Eriksson, so I appreciate today's appointment, the swedish only in the semif.
    Skomina still my 1st choice for UEL.
    Happy Easter

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    1. You forget Proença.

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    2. Mazic with only 8 CL-matches in his career a Semifinal?

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    3. Velasco only needed 4 matches before S04-MNU.

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  8. Pedro Proenca will referee a match of semi-finals. The only thing I do not know is whether is the first or second leg. Source: top secret, but reliable. Trust me, very reliable.

    Kind regards from Portugal
    Luís Almeida

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    1. This would be another unexpected appointment. In this case, I guess, no room at all for Cakir in Champions League. Unknown reasons... well, the match for Proença should be Bayern - Real Madrid, the only one possible in my opinion...

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    2. Happy Easter to all.

      The appointment makes sense even though it is maybe a bit surprising. As Chefren pointed out, it should be Bayern Real with Vaclav Krondl. Maybe Cakir then in one hour ;)

      Thanks Luís!

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  9. REAL - BAYERN

    Referee: Howard Webb (ENG)
    Assistant referees: Michael Mullarkey (ENG) , Darren Cann (ENG)
    Additional assistant referees: Martin Atkinson (ENG) , Anthony Taylor (ENG)
    Fourth official: Stephen Child (ENG)
    UEFA Delegate: Jacques Antenen (SUI)
    UEFA Referee observer: Pierluigi Collina (ITA)

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  10. Very big pressure for Eriksson as what we know what happened when his senior, Andres Frisk, after a match with Mourinho's Chelsea. We should also remember with another Scandinavia's referee, Tom Henning Ovrebo, when he had Chelsea's knockout-stage match.

    ==Nash==

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  11. I think that it is clear that Kuipers (deservedly) will referee the UCL final in Lisbon. Brych, Cakir, Eriksson and Webb are in my view the candidates to referee the UEL final. Last year Kuipers did a UCL semifinal and then went on to referee the UEL final. I would not be surprised if the same happens this year.

    For this reason, it might very well be so that the two semifinals in Madrid this week will decide who will referee the UEL final. The fact that the return legs are not observed by committe members (or a Chief Refereeing Officer) indicates to me that the final stands between Eriksson and Webb. Brych and Cakir are of course also very good candidates, but I think that they will wait at least another season for their turn.

    I would therefore not be surprised if both Uilenberg and Collina will be in the stands of Vicente Calderon tonight, and also in the stands of Santiago Bernabeu tomorrow. This in order to evaluate both Eriksson and Webb together. And, in the end, to decide which referee they would like to see in Turin later this year.

    Best of luck to both officiating teams in Madrid!

    /Swedish observer

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  12. We should not forget that there are strong rumors that both Webb and Eriksson will retire after the WC. The presence of PLC and Uilenberg could also be related to that. A perfect opportunity to give them the well deserved honors. But.... there are some valid points in Swedish observers analyses. IMO the shortlist for the UCL final and UEL final have been drafted. Regards RC

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    1. Both Swedish and English refereeing would be in a dire state if they were to retire. Sweden has no obvious #2 who could be promoted to Elite. England has Clattenburg, but not much after that.

      However, where did you find these rumours? It's the first time I hear of them. I know Webb recently resumed part-time community work in the police, but apart from that, I haven't seen anything pointing in that direction.

      In both cases, young promising referees can be seen on the horizon (Michael Oliver, Andreas Ekberg, Bojan Pandzic), but ready for Elite? Not yet.

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  13. Not a very entertaining first half and Mourino is surely happiest for that. Overall a good first half by team Eriksson, with some really great calls (as usual) by Klasenius.

    What about the situation where Cech got injured? An argument for a penalty could be made, but I think that Jonas Eriksson correctly ignored that situation.

    Tight and hostile environment for sure, and still no cards.

    All in all, I am quite content so far but one half left!

    /Swedish observer

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    1. I agree with both your statements Swedish Observer. I thought about another scenario, what if Bayern are out, maybe even lose high tomorrow? Since the committee can't really afford to not use this chance, Brych might be back in the run - considering that Kuipers is able to handle practically every final of the next seasons, while it will be difficult for Brych or any other German / Spaniard due to Bayern's and Real's foreseeable dominance in the coming years.
      As for the Cech situation, that was surely not enough for a penalty, correct decision - but also no really demanding one.

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    2. Of course Brych is an alternative if Bayern misses the final. My gut feeling is however that Kuipers has done a better season than Brych overall and that Kuipers therefore should get the final anyway.

      /Swedish observer

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  14. Missed second yellow..... RC

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    1. Do you mean the Lampard handball? In my world that is never a booking, but maybe I am biased. Freekick for sure, but not more to me.

      /Swedish observer

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    2. I think you are biased. Tonight bad semi final with a ref who lost it a bit in the second half. At least it looked like that. Eriksson was not really bad, but also not good, and we are talking about a cl semi. I expected a better performence and I m almost sure we wont see jonas in turin.

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  15. IMO the movement shows intent that would means yellow... Solid performance overall. Maybe Im seeing things that aren't there but... did we see an Eriksson that knows that this was his last performance on the European stage because he decided himself to retire..... The future will proof me wrong I hope.... but Im not sure.

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    1. Please don't make confusion.
      The intentional movement of the arm means that the handball is punishable. And of course, I agree. Deliberate action by Lampard. But then, there are other criteria to decide whether a YC is mandatory or not.

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    2. For me, no YC, good call. It's deliberate handball, hence foul, but the damage caused is much more to his team (in front of his 16m), and not to Atletico.

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    3. If its a deliberate action with intent to play the ball with the arm it is mandatory YC. After watching several replays I have doubt that it was even handball.... I think it was possible the chest..... RC

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    4. Lampard's handball - even if it was maybe his chest - did not meet the requirements for a YC for the reasons mentioned below.

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  16. I thought Eriksson was decent tonight, woefully poor game of football however...

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    1. Not a fan of the Sweden, but this difficult game was superior and very well directed. Congratulations.

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  17. My overall impression of team Eriksson tonight was very good. He got all the important decisions correct and booked appropriately. Mandatory cautions issued, which seemed the right thing to do. Don't think that Lampard should have got his second YC, so well done there in my view.

    Kept a firm grip over the match, even when it threatened to boil over. All in all a very good performance. Considering the fact that this is a semifinal of two quite tough teams, I think that he handelled a potentially explosive match very sensibly.

    As always good communication, rapport and acceptance through his appearance and body language.

    8,5 for him in my view. The same for Klasenius and Wärnmark tonight, in my view. Those are my views directly after the game.

    /Swedish observer

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    1. Not a fan of the Sweden, but this difficult game was superior and very well directed. Congratulations.

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  18. Not the best football for evening, one must be honest.
    Chelsea renounced to play making fouls and delaying the play all the time.
    In a such match, I must say that Eriksson convinced me.
    I think that the match was quite challenging and the Swedish official can be overall satisfied. We are less or more at an expected level, with small points for improvement (he struggled a bit in second half), but still an OK performance in my opinion. When there is a team who doesn't want to play football, it's always difficult.
    As for Lampard handball: I can accept the decision, the card was not mandatory (not a pass between two opponents or SPA). It was just blatant, but blatant doesn't mean mandatory YC by itself.
    A top class performance from both assistant referees, faultless in their flags. A very difficult one caught my attention in second half (AR2).

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  19. Totally agree with Swedish Observer. At first, I must say that Lampard's handball was never a yellow card (no SPA, no making an opponent unable to play the ball as there was no one near to him, no cheating in this field zone). The second very good decision was to just let the play on after small pushing in penalty area (Cech injury), not enough for penalty, but no foul on GK too. YCs were adequately given. Eriksson had a great rapport with players (some well used verbal warnings), nice empathy for the game (what was difficult with those teams), superb management of time wasting from Chelsea (gestures, booking) and nearly faultless foul detection in dirty match. Both assistants at high level (my only doubt is play-on in 90+2' by AR2). The same counts to 4th official who had to cope with Simeone, not Mourinho and AARs who were a bit meticulous in foul detection, but did their job well.

    My marks would be:
    Eriksson - 8.5
    Klasenius - 8.5
    Warnmark - 8.4
    Gustavsson - 8.4
    Johannesson - 8.4
    Strombergsson - 8.4

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  20. 1.
    There was a moment in the middle of 2nd half when Chelsea had a throw in their own half and their right back Azpilicueta, a regular player to take throw ins, went to take it, started to waste time. Erikson pointed to his watch and told no time wasting. then Azpilicueta gave the ball to Willian, who's their winger, to take the throw in. For me, the referee should read the game better there and give Azpilicueta a yellow card for time wasting.
    2. Lampard should've got a 2nd yellow for deliberate hand ball. I think he didn't manage this situation well at all, because he didn't punish Lampard, but punised 2 players instead of that who will now miss the 2nd leg.

    Other than those two incidents, i thought he had a strong game, especially up to the first yellow card which came in 64th minute.

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    1. As previously mentioned, the criteria for a YC due to deliberate handball were not fulfilled by Lampard. Surely common sense should tell us that this should be a caution, but he neither stopped a promising attack, nor prevented an opponent from gaining possession of the ball not blocked a shot on goal. Therefore, no yellow card is correct.

      In general I found his performance good. He was the needed authority and handled the match with some feeling for the game. His foul detection was good as well. I was not content though with his slightly chaotic management of 75' and his rather offensive body language - he more than once confronted players aggressively. Maybe this was needed in this match, I think the outcome would have been far better if he had been calmer in some situations (Diego e.g.).

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  21. All of you who state that Lampard should have received a 2nd yellow - please explain it by the laws of the game. Because it is 100% not a yellow card. Learn the rules!

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    1. Two users of many said this. Please read the comments more carefully.

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  22. I won't say much since I have to make my report.

    But the Lampard situation in my book is also not a mandatory YC. So I agree with Eriksson's decision.

    More on the report.

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    1. One foult in your report Edward. Jaap Uilenberg is from the Netherlands and not from Sweden.

      You wrote a good report Edward!!!

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    2. Thanks for the observation and your comment. Those macros can destroy you.

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  23. Not good Eriksson in Atlético-Chelsea. Too mistakes....

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