June 3, 2017

Felix Brych's Champions League Final (Juventus - Real Madrid)

Felix Brych and his team will take charge of tonight's UEFA Champions League final between Juventus Turin and Real Madrid in Cardiff.


The 41-year old Dr. in law from Munich, Germany, has already taken charge of the UEFA Europa League final between Sevilla FC and SL Benfica in 2014.

Check his statistics and some background information on his refereeing style in the referee portrait we created prior to UEFA EURO 2016 last year.

In an interview with UEFA.org, Brych said he and his team felt honoured by their final appointment. He further emphasized the importance of the first minutes in the game ideally giving the referee team confidence for the tasks awaiting them. Check the full interview here!




03 June 2017, 20:45 CET
Millennium Stadium, Cardiff (Wales)
Juventus Turin - Real Madrid
Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (Germany)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (Germany)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Bastian Dankert (Germany)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Marco Fritz (Germany)
Fourth Official: Milorad Mažić (Serbia)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Rafael Foltyn (Germany)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jaap Uilenberg (Netherlands)
UEFA Delegate: Dennis Cruise (Ireland)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Raymond Ellingham (Wales)

71 Comments:

  1. Why blue when Real Madrid had purple. They could better play in red or yellow

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  2. Correct YC to Dybala. Just one doubt: a foul in the midfield in my opinion was indirect free kick, Brych whistled but I think he gave direct free kick.
    However, so far everything is OK, no troubles.
    AR1 with an offside call, replay not shown.

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    1. I think, you mean the foul (kicking) inside the halfway circle. I don't know why so many referees issue an indirect FK for fouls like that one was. It isn't dangerous play, it is kicking (even the attempt is enough, there hasn't to be a contact) and this is a direct free-kick. Correct by Brych, according to my opinion.

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    2. So, when indirect free kick should be whistled? Player with raised leg has always the aim to hit the ball, if there isn't contact with opponent, for me it stays as indirect.

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    3. For dangerous play, e.g. scissor kick. In this case you issue kicking (or the attempt), what is direct.

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    4. Has to be contact otherwise you can't call a direct free kick.

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    5. Do you really say a referee cannot award a direct FK when there is no contact? What is about the attempt to kick, to strike or to trip?

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  3. Good YC to Ramos - probably for persistent infringement? (It's one of these that's a mix of unsporting foul, SPA, and persistent infringement). That being said, Ramos is also being very Ramos-esque by running his mouth a bit. He needs to calm down now.
    Brych is being very clear - almost confrontational - that he is not interested in discussing and debating. If Real keep on arguing, he'll have to get the YCs out.

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  4. Correct YC to Sergio Ramos, I agree it can be also for persistent infringement and the player from Real should calm down.
    Wrong corner kick in 37', however difficult to spot that the last touch was by Alex Sandro. It was the side without AR / AAR.
    A few earlier, in my opinion wrong free kick to Juventus, Dybala looked for the contact with the opponent.

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    1. Wrong YC for Carjaval. Even no foul here. But missed foul and caution just before so my thought is Brych booked him for the general attitude.

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    2. You are showing your bias, Chef

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  5. Missed foul and obligatory YC to Carvajal and Ronaldo's handball in the wall are the only clear mistakes so far.

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    1. In my opinion, handball in the wall is still a borderline situation. I'm not sure.

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    2. According to my opinion, the issued for Carvajal and a corner kick for JUV short before were mistakes too.

      All his 3-4 mistakes happened in the last few minutes. After excellent first 35 minutes, I missed his concentration after.

      Ronaldo's handball was outside the penalty area, I think? Anyway it is a missing YC as well.

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    3. Agree Gitzlo. But from Brych's position, hard to see the hand.

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  6. Good job by Brych in the first half. Only (minor) issues: Missed handball in 34' and wrong corner kick (fortunately no goal after that one). Harsh YC for Carvajal but I think the YC was for persistent infringement.

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  7. Ronaldo's handball in the wall
    https://streamable.com/8gvsz

    Carvajal's reckless tackle
    https://streamable.com/4yu79

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    1. Thanks for the videos. I was wrong, clearly a punishable handball there. I had the impression of a touch by head. It was arm. Difficult for Brych, but missed free kick and YC.

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    2. Missed YC to Carvajal is clear as well.

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  8. I didn't saw the foul at the corner in "48

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  9. Another missed YC - Marcelo...

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  10. Right decision to give kroos a YC

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    1. Yeah. Very similar foul to that of Marcelo one minute earlier.

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  11. Correct decision: YC to Kroos.

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  12. That was a foul of bonnuci against Isco

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    1. Yes. Unfortunately Brych with a lot of minor mistakes since 35'.

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    2. Some missed incidents when the game heated up.

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  13. I must say I'm not really a fan of Brych's demeanor when giving YCs. The raised dismissing arm to me seems unnecessarily arrogant: a kind of "get away from me", or like an officer telling a soldier he is dismissed. I get that Brych isn't interested at all in discussing, but it seems to me that Kuipers, for instance, is just as effective at stifling dissent in general without being as haughty.

    General impression (57'): Brych is clearly privileging flow over control - lots of small fouls missed in order to concentrate on major fouls. We'll see if it pays off. So far the players are respecting it, but there have been some blatant YCs missed.

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    1. Agree Emil. You saw now it with YC against Pjanic. Very aggressive and pedantic behavior by Brych, with this gesture of "come here on my feet".

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    2. Same counts for his gestic “stand up“ when a player falls and Brych lets the game flow, especially if one does it THAT often as Brych does.

      But, well... That's Brych. I've never seen him without this gestic. Same counts for his positioning at the kick-off (about 10m in front of (!) the ball).

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  14. Not a punishable offside by Ronaldo (if I'm not wrong) when Real scored 2-1.
    Buffon was not influenced by his presence.

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    1. Really? and what about earlier foul of Casimiro on Cuadrado?

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    2. Forgive me, on Dani Alves, unlawful manhandling and block of Alves. Casimiro then went on to score. Match officials whistled in the first half for an identical situation of interfering offside in occasion of Pjanic shot

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  15. Correct YC to Cuadrado.

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  16. Disagree with second YC to Cuadrado. Bad management by Brych, I would even dare to say he had forgotten that the player from Juventus was already booked. Wrong second YC to me.

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    1. Tottally agree with you. IMO this is a huge mistake.

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    2. I assume the AR saw a deliberate stamping on Ramos' foot (the replay on BT Sport didn't show the feet), in which case it is correct. If it's for the little push on the shoulder, were I Brych I would have some very serious questions for the AR.

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    3. Howard Webb on BT saying that "it's not a second YC in [his] view" and that Brych et al were obviously fooled by Ramos' histrionics. Indeed - given Brych's overall lenient approach, you'd expect a RC (any RC) to be indisputable. So maybe acceptable by the book, but it doesn't fit with the overall approach. I wonder how much of it Brych saw and how much of it was a decision by the AR.

      Other side point: Bibi Steinhaus' partner criticising a German referee team on live TV?

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    4. Yes. For me, Ramos has 'feigned an injury', which is surely should be a second caution. The push was worthy of a word, not a yellow. Brych done well most of the time, but unfortunately a mistake there.

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    5. I am surprised that you already make judgments without having video material. If the same replays were shown like in Germany, the reason why Brych dismissed Cuadrado (who accepted it, by the way) - apparently a stamp on the foot / bottom area - was NOT caught by the TV cameras. The replays only caught the upper area which Lupp focussed on. So... I believe Brych would never issue a sending-off in a fianl if he was not 100% sure. But, I also say this as a general remark: let's wait for better pictures. I had hoped also Webb would be so fair.

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    6. Crucial mistake. Not even YC.

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    7. I'm really sorry for Brych but that is an incorrect decision the 2nd YC call... And disgraceful behaviour by Ramos I must say!!! 😠

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  17. Bye bye Cuadrado, Why no straight red, but the second yellow

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  18. Brych same as always. Average.

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  19. No punishable offside form Morata. He doesn't play a role

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  20. Overall, let me continue Gitzlo's comments: 1-35: very good and sovereign, good and tactically clever start into the game, fully in control and accepted. 36-60: unconcentrated, too many small mistakes, 2 missing cards, 61-90: overall good.

    In general, Brych once again showed that contrary to the Rizzolis, Clattenburgs and Cakirs he is no streamlined referee. He uses his cards. He even sends someone off in a CL final. Something I never believed to see again for years.

    I am personally not Brych's biggest fan. Similar to Emil, I think his body language is a trace too arrogant and authoritative. However, he kept full control and leadership. I would have expected more conflicts between problematic player duos like Mandzukic-Ramos. They were quickly taken out of the game by Brych: Very good. His decision-taking should have been more accurate in some stages of the game, that was his main weakness from my point of view. The 2nd YC is up to his perception: I tend to trust him, that's all I can do without having replays allowing a proper judgment.

    So: Far away from great, technically not even quite good, in the big picture and including areas like control/acceptance etc. still an okayish performance for me. 8.2-8.3.

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    1. Exactly my thoughts (and marks)!!!

      PS
      Check your mailbox, pls.

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    2. I agree.
      Congratulations for referee team!
      PS Am I the only one who dislike Brych's usage of the whistle? BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAP, for every single minor foul :)

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    3. A good summary. My mark would be 8.2 - including a good game-management, full control and a good acceptance on the one hand but a lot of mistakes between 35' und 60' on the other hand.

      Finally, there were 3 clear (!) YCs missing (2 of these incidents even not whistled!) and one very soft given. Furthermore 1 wrong corner kick and 1-2 minor mistakes. So 8.2 would be the maximum according to my opinion (and only if the 2nd YC is correct what I still don't know).

      By the way: It was the 25th UCL final and the first issued 2nd YC ever!

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    4. @DrMr: Yes yes yes! A very bad whistle language. We already mentioned his gestic too. These two points were surely the most important points for improvement in his general performance.

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    5. @DrMr
      No, you're not the only one :)

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    6. And here is one suitable video angle, going clearly into Chefren's direction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=6&v=1peryCM2ObI

      Based on this, huge doubts on whether this is enough...

      In terms of his whistle language...I don't remember any Brych game we discussed here where it was not mentioned :)

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    7. Well, I fear I have to correct myself to 7.8....

      Video of the 2nd YC: https://youtu.be/1peryCM2ObI (probably UEFA will take it offline soon)

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    8. Indeed, the video is clear. 2nd YC...to Ramos.
      Can you blame Brych, though? I'd be very curious about the decision-making here: the AR is not looking at the feet at all; so did the AR recommend YC based only on the push in the back, or did Brych make the decision based on what he saw, despite being miles away?

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    9. To answer your first question: I fear we have to blame him. I cannot imagine Lupp moving him into such a decision with no visual control of the incident. Maybe Fritz also told him sth via micro, but he had a poor angle and too much distance as well. So yes, probably Brych decided it on his own.

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    10. Indeed. A third possibility would be the AAR (as far away as Brych). I fear, the whole decision was based on a suspicion.

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    11. In case the Youtube-video disappears, and with a little zoom and in slomo:

      https://vimeo.com/220152550

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  21. Summary: Overall ok for Brych. No one will complain about the referee, which generally indicates a good job. 2 crucial decisions: no handball in the wall and the RC. Neither can be considered mistakes, certainly not crucial mistakes (in other words, Brych can be supported both times, at least until we get conclusive video on the RC).
    That being said, lots of small mistakes that add up. Inconsistencies (no YC for Marcelo, identical foul=YC to Kroos a minute later) and a few clear YCs ignored. So I'd suggest 8.2 (normal match) or 8.3/8.4 (challenging match).

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    1. I expected a lot better from Brych to be honest... This was a very scattered kind of a performance (somewhat like Rizzoli in 2013) and far from the kind of polished performance you'd expect in an UCL final!! A long way away from the level of Kuipers in 2014 (challenging match), Çakir in 2015 (normal match) or Clattenburg in 2016 (intermediate between normal and challenging)!!

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    2. I really enjoyed the way Clattenburg refs the derby. Pepe was under his full control.

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  22. About second YC, looking from Brych's angle:

    This is very 'ugly' situation to watch.
    Whole stadium plus milion and milion of people saw 'something'.
    Ramos is on the grass, he is 'in pain', you saw... nothing. Your AR saw nothing... And whole world is waiting on you to make the decision.

    Your only solution is to gamble and try to make a decision 'based on feeling'.
    Simply, you can't do nothing.

    It's easier to give second YC to attacker, imagine second YC for diving for Real Madrid captain in the final.

    I just tried to get into Brych's head.

    What do you think, folks?

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    1. I imagine Clattenburg's reaction and gesture on this situation :)

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    2. Watching the immediate reaction of Cuadrado, I think that there has been a stamp, since he immediately apologises. AR wasn't looking at players feet (of course!) then for me it's hard to say something against this decision. I'm wondering what would have happened with VAR...

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    3. Nothing would have happened with VAR since it was a yellow card and VAR isn't supposed to interfere in YC decisions... A similar incident happened in U20 World Cup Mexico v Senegal where Çakir debatably sent off a Senegalese player rather incorrectly but then there was no VAR intervention as per the rules!!! :)

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    4. Using DutchRef's zoomed video, take a lot at that:
      http://fs5.directupload.net/images/170604/zbjzok24.png

      If this is a stamp - and it looks like that here - then the decision is fully ok. Cuadrado's initial movement makes only sense if he wants to provoke a contact with Ramos, and here he appears to have stepped on his foot. This was surely no accident. Maybe UEFA has other replay angles, cameras that focus solely on Cuadrado or Ramos for the full time. If these replays had been shown, maybe we would all praise Brych. I don't know... but what I know is that with the videos available we cannot make an ultimate judgment.

      Apart from that, I think his performance neither was too positive nor too negative. There have been too many mistakes, no doubt, there have been some smaller blackouts as noticed yesterday. And I will never become a fan of his body language, whistle language and interpersonal style (although it mostly works).

      Still, there have been positive points, too. One of them is, in my view, his management of problematic players. And there were lots of them. Mandzukic, Ramos, Casemiro, Carvajal, Dani Alves... some of them were expected to bring fuel into the game, and some of them did in the first minutes, but Brych calmed them down quickly. What I mean is: We don't talk about it because there was hardly any problematic confrontation between e.g. Mandzukic and Ramos. With less preventive and fruitful action, we would maybe not only talk about Cuadrado's action, but about several smaller confrontations and ugly things we have seen so often in past matches involving Real Madrid. The circumstance that these things did not crop up is one of Brych's merits. The problem is: The positive effect of good prevention is often not visible / measurable. And that's why they might tend to be forgotten...

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    5. Too many smaller mistakes as you already pointed out makes it a far from polished performance... But its true that Brych's performance in both his EL final and his CL final will not be his most memorable ones!! :)

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  23. Just a question I was wondering - could call Brych's style modern? I'm torn...

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