October 30, 2011

A real dilemma for players..

Yesterday, there was again one situation which was quite remarkable in Gelsenkirchen (Schalke 3-1 Hoffenheim):

Without any doubt, this goal has been scored according to the rule book. Raúl surely touched the ball with his arm or hand, only due to this contact the ball crossed the line. However, it was neither a deliberate handball, nor there was an unnatural position of the hand. Furthermore, the distance was very small.
However, referee Tobias Welz decided to consult Raúl. Obviously, he admitted that he touched the ball with his hand but without intention. Hence, Welz allowed the goal.
After the match, some players of Hoffenheim were upset and even called Raúl a liar.

To my mind, it is impossible that a referee can, must or may ask a player. The referee converts the responsibility for the decision to the player. Apart from the fact that it was a correct decision, Welz and Bartsch (AR2) must see that themselves. One could observe yesterday what happens with the reputation of a player like Raúl, even though he said the truth. What happens if a player lies like Luis Fabiano did last year in the conversation with Lannoy? So far nothing, but consulting a player unfolds as indefensible condition.
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October 28, 2011

UEFA Champions League, MD 4


This thread will be filled on Sunday with the official appointments, but first of all, it is time for our appointments.
Here is the result of the last matchday. It was very hard this time as there were many unexpected names, 5 of 8 players got 12 points, so we have five 3rd places: RESULTS

Everyone who wants to participate can write me a mail containing the appointments 

We again need observers!


Tuesday, 01/11/2011

Group E, Mestalla, 20:45
Valencia CF - Bayer Leverkusen
Referee Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
Assistant Referees Stefan Wittberg (SWE), Fredrik Nilsson (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referees Markus Strömbergsson (SWE), Tobias Mattsson (SWE)
4th Official Martin Strömbergsson (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer Sergey Zuev (RUS)
Blog Referee Observer Nacho Pascual (ESP)

Group E, KRC Arena, 20:45
Genk - Chelsea
Referee Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
Assistant Referees Kim Thomas Haglund (NOR), Dag Roger Nebben (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referees Espen Berntsen (NOR), Dag Vidar Hafsas (NOR)
4th Official Tom Harald Hagen (NOR)
UEFA Referee Observer Uno Tutk (EST)
Blog Referee Observer Carlos Salcedo (COL)

Group F, Emirates, 20:45
Arsenal - Marseille
Referee Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)
Assistant Referees Nicola Nicoletti (ITA), Massimiliano Grilli (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referees Daniele Orsato (ITA), Antonio Damato (ITA)
4th Official Antonio Giannoccaro (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer Aron Schmidhuber (GER)
fr.l: Bezborodov, Golubev
Blog Referee Observer Dragan Nikolovski (MKD)

Group F, Signal Iduna Park, 20:45
Borussia Dortmund - Olympiacos
Referee Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS)
Assistant Referees Nikolay Golubev, Vyacheslav Semenov (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referees Sergei Karasev, Aleksei Eskov (RUS)
4th Official Stanislav Sukhina (RUS)
UEFA Referee Observer Jaap Uilenberg (NED)
Blog Referee Observer 1 Edward A. (GRE)
Blog Referee Observer 2 Niclas E (GER)

Group G, Petrovski, 18:00
Zenit St.Petersburg - Shakhtar Donezk
Referee Stéphane Lannoy (FRA)
Assistant Referees Eric Dansault (FRA), Frédéric Cano (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referees Olivier Thual (FRA), Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
4th Official Hervé Piccirillo (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer Patrick Kelly (IRL)
Blog Referee Observer Niclas E (GER)

Group G, GSP Stadium, 20:45
APOEL - FC Porto
Referee Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
Assistant Referees Luca Maggiani (ITA), Elenito di Liberatore (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referees Mauro Bergonzi (ITA), Andrea de Marco (ITA)
4th Official Andrea Gervasoni (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer Levan Paniashvili (GEO)
Blog Referee Observer Edward A. (GRE)

Group H, Dinamo Stadium, 18:00
BATE - AC Milan
Referee Peter Rasmussen (DEN)
Assistant Referees Henrik Sönderby (DEN), Anders Nörrestrand (DEN)
Additional Assistant Referees Jakob Kehlet (DEN), Kenn Hansen (DEN)
4th Official Lars Christoffersen (DEN)
UEFA Referee Observer Jozef Marko (SVK)
Blog Referee Observer Filipe Taveira (POR)

Group H, Eden, 20:45
Plzen - Barcelona
Referee Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT)
Assistant Referees Alain Hoxha (AUT), Norbert Schwab (AUT)
Additional Assistant Referees Oliver Drachta (AUT), Thomas Gangl (AUT)
4th Official Rene Eisner (AUT)
UEFA Referee Observer Johannes Reijgwart (NED)
Blog Referee Observer Carlos Salcedo (COL)

Wednesday, 02/11/2011

Group A, AllianzArena, 20:45
FC Bayern München - SSC Napoli
Referee Björn Kuipers (NED)
Assistant Referees Sander van Roekel (NED), Erwin E.J. Zeinstra (NED)
Additional Assistant Referees Bas Nijhuis (NED), Richard Liesveld (NED)
4th Official Pol van Boekel (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer Kaj Natri (FIN)
Blog Referee Observer Niclas E (GER)

Group A, El Madrigal, 20:45
Villarreal - Manchester City
Referee Pedro Proenca (POR)
Assistant Referees Tiago Trigo (POR), Ricardo Santos (POR)
Additional Assistant Referees Joao Capela (POR), Joao Ferreira (POR)
4th Official Hugo Miguel (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer Domenico Messina (ITA)
Blog Referee Observer Nacho Pascual (ESP)

Group B, Huseyin Avni Aker, 20:45
Trabzonspor - CSKA Moskva
Referee Alberto Undiano (ESP)
Assistant Referees Fermin Martínez (ESP), Juan Yuste Jiménez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referees Fernando Teixeira Vitienes (ESP), César Muniz Fernández (ESP)
4th Official Ignacio Iglesias Villanueva (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer Herbert Fandel (GER)
Blog Referee Observer Cagatay Iris (TUR)

Group B, Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, 20:45
Internazionale - Lille
Referee Wolfgang Stark (GER)
Assistant Referees Jan-Hendrik Salver (GER), Mike Pickel (GER)
Additional Assistant Referees Christian Dingert (GER), Robert Hartmann (GER)
4th Official Dr. Jochen Drees (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer Neale Barry (ENG)
Blog Referee Observer Assistant Ref (ITA)

Group C, Old Trafford, 20:45
Manchester Utd. - Otelul Galati
Referee Marijo Strahonja (CRO)
Assistant Referees Sinisa Premucaj (CRO), Zeljko Novosel (CRO)
Additional Assistant Referees Igor Pristovnik (CRO), Damir Batinic (CRO)
4th Official Ante Vucemilovic-Simunovic jr. (CRO)
UEFA Referee Observer Hugh Dallas (SCO)
Blog Referee Observer Dino (CRO)

Group C, Estádio da Luz, 20:45
Benfica - Basel
Referee Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)
Assistant Referees Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP), Jesús Calvo Guadamuro (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referees Carlos Clos Gómez (ESP), David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)
4th Official Javier Turienzo Alvarez (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer Bertrand Layec (FRA)
Blog Referee Observer Filipe Taveira (POR)

Group D, Stade de Gerland, 20:45
Lyon - Real Madrid
Referee Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)
Assistant Referees Andrea Stefani (ITA), Renato Faverani (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referees Paolo Mazzoleni (ITA), Paolo Valeri (ITA)
4th Official Andrea Romeo (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer Guy Goethals (BEL)
Blog Referee Observer Edward A. (GRE)

Group D, Amsterdam ArenA, 20:45
Ajax - Dinamo
Referee Martin Atkinson (ENG)
Assistant Referees Michael Mullarkey (ENG), Peter Kirkup (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referees Mark Clattenburg (ENG), Andre Marriner (ENG)
4th Official Lee Probert (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer Nuno Castro (POR)
Blog Referee Observer Dino (CRO)


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October 27, 2011

The agony of choice (II)


Yuste Jiménez, Undiano Mallenco, Martínez Ibanez
One and a half year ago, there was no duel. There was merely Alberto Undiano Mallenco who joined several youth competitions on UEFA and FIFA level, who has refereed nearly 200 Primera División matches and who was born in 1973 which means that he would even be capable of refereeing matches at Russia's 2018 World Cup. On the whole one can certainly say that it was no bad World Cup by the Spaniard, after his lesson how to destroy a football match (Germany-Serbia) in which he showed a more than pedantic style, even though the majority of decisions were according to the rule book, there were two easier matches for him which were solved in a satisfying way. In his first three CL matches after the World Cup, he confirmed his style but showed overall good perfomances, in his quarterfinal match between Chelsea and Man.United however, he made one big mistake. That was his last CL appearance until now, he did not receive any appointment on MDs 1-3, finally he has been appointed for a MD4 CL match. The question is whether UEFA can leave a referee they prefer for the coming Euro 2012 out of the competition for three matchdays. As far as I know, he was not injured as he refereed some Spanish matches during that time.
Carlos Velasco Carballo in Dublin (UEFA.com)

Anyway, last season was Velasco's time. I cannot remember that a referee received a EL final and 5 CL matches including a semifinal in his first CL season. His group stage appearances were good, the round of 16 match as well and obviously, this was the basis of his later appointments. Velasco offers a pretty calm style which is actually not typical of Spanish referees, moreover, his calls were good, too. One can say that Velasco manhandled his CL semifinal (Schalke-Man.United 0-2) with flying colours. I am certainly no prophet when I state that it would have been much better for Velasco if he had not been appointed for the EL final in Dublin between Porto and Braga (1-0). In the most boring UEFA final in the last years, he could not convince the majority of "observers" whose opinions were presented at worldreferee.com. Pierluigi Collina observed him.
It is very hard to say which referee will be taken by UEFA. On the one hand, there is a clear tendency for the benefit of Carlos Velasco Carballo, I cannot however imagine that such a tournament experienced referee like Alberto Undiano Mallenco has to stay at home. 
There were furthermore some moves with their assistant referees. Undiano was always assisted by Fermin Martínez (who will leave the FIFA list next year) and Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez - the or at least one of the biggest assistant referee talents UEFA has to offer. Velasco was always accompanied by Roberto Alonso Fernández and Jesús Calvo Guadamuro. 
For a few months now, UEFA has been appointing Yuste Jiménez at Velasco's side instead of Calvo Guadamuro. Latter assisted Undiano in the last matches.
This move must mean something, but I am not sure about what it means. There are probably two opportunities:

1. Either UEFA could take this quintet:
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco
Assistant Referees: Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez, Jesús Calvo Guadamuro
Additional Assistant Referees: David Fernández Borbalán, Carlos Clos Gómez

2. Or UEFA could take this quintet:
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo
Assistant Referees: Roberto Alonso Fernández, Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez
Additional Assistant Referees: David Fernández Borbalán, Carlos Clos Gómez

I strongly prefer no. 2. (I chose Clos Gómez, but perhaps Mateu Lahoz has a chance as well)
What do you think or prefer? Other possibilities?

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October 26, 2011

How teamwork should function

The top match in Bundesliga last matchday unfolded to be the toughest one as well. Manuel Gräfe was in charge of Hannover 96 - Bayern München and had quite a lot to do. After a reasonably awarded penalty kick to Hannover in minute 22, there were some troubles in minute 27. Later, he dismissed a Hannover player with a 2nd yellow card, but let's focus on the 27th minute.
It is a paramount example for how it should be and how e.g. DFB instructed its officials, i.e. that they should increase the teamwork between referee, assistant referees and the 4th official. Officials involved in: FIFA referee Manuel Gräfe, FIFA assistant referee Markus Häcker and Bundesliga assistant referee René Kunsleben.

Follow the link for the video, as youtube does not allow such videos, you may download it here

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FIFA Club World Cup 2011 - Referees


These are the referees whose FIFA Club World Cup 2011 appointments have been published.

FIFA always nominates six referees, one of each confederation + one supporting trio from the host nation/host confederation).

Referees and Assistant Referees ordered by confederations:

Referee: Ravshan IRMATOV (Uzbekistan, 1977)
Assistant Referees: Abdukhamidullo RASULOV (Uzbekistan, 1976),

Bakhadyr KOCHKAROV (Kyrgyzstan, 1970)

+ a supporting trio:
Referee: Yuichi NISHIMURA (Japan, 1972)
Assistant Referees: Toru SAGARA (Japan, 1976), Toshiyuki NAGI (Japan, 1971)

Referee: Noumandiez DOUE (Côte d'Ivoire, 1970)
Assistant Referees: Songuifolo YEO (Côte d'Ivoire, 1970),

Djibril CAMARA (Senegal, 1983)

Referee: Joel AGUILAR (El Salvador, 1975)
Assistant Referees: William TORRES MEJIA (El Salvador, 1975), Juan Francisco ZUMBA (El Salvador, 1982)

Referee: Enrique OSSES (Chile, 1974, photo)
Assistant Referees: Francisco MONDRIA (Chile, 1972), Carlos Alexis ASTROZA (Chile, 1976)

Referee: Peter O'LEARY (New Zealand, 1972)
Assistant Referees: Jan-Hendrik HINTZ (New Zealand, 1976), Ravinesh KUMAR (Fiji, 1982)

Referee: Nicola RIZZOLI (Italy, 1971)
Assistant Referees: Renato FAVERANI (Italy, 1969), Andrea STEFANI (Italy, 1969)
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"Offside to be simplified, triple punishment to be abolished" (FIFA.com)

The members of FIFA Task Force Football 2014 at their second meeting in Zürich, Switzerland

The FIFA Task Force Football 2014 met for the second time in Zurich to analyse current topics in football. Afterwards, FIFA.com spoke with Franz Beckenbauer, who chaired the meeting, and former world-class referee and current Head of the FIFA Refereeing Department Massimo Busacca about what they had discussed. 

Franz Beckenbauer (Chairman of FIFA Task Force Football 2014)

The main themes of today's meeting
There were a number of points on the agenda, including the subject of fair play, and we discussed what needs to be done better in the future. What we saw last year was terrible, including in the most important match of the past four years, namely the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ Final between Spain and the Netherlands in South Africa. The way the two teams behaved in the first half was awful. It was meant to be a good advertisement for the game of football but it was totally the opposite. The final of the Copa Libertadores in South America was similar, and things like that do not belong on a football pitch – they need to be sanctioned. 

Offside to be simplified
The Laws of the Game
On the subject of offside, we discussed how to simplify the rule. Active and passive offside are incompatible, it's too complicated. Another issue was triple punishment, which is an integral part of the game. As things stand at the moment, a penalty is given and a red card shown if the last man commits a foul in the penalty area. The committee believes that this is too much. Our suggestion would be to award a penalty and show a yellow card for a simple foul in the area, while a serious foul would see a penalty and a red card, which would also be shown if it occured outside the penalty area.

Future meetings
We had a lively discussion for almost five hours. The subject of offside will be dealt with again the next time we meet, as it is not something that can be changed in the space of a couple of minutes. I put it on the agenda at the last moment since I had come to realise recently that referees, assistant referees and also the fans do not fully understand the rule anymore. We will continue as we have today – in principle we agree how it should look, but we now need to find the exact definition. This is important, and we all have to work together a lot more closely to really find a simple definition. The offside rule is fundamental. It has been doctored a few times already, but each time it was made more complicated. Football is a simple game with simple rules, and this is something that we need to get back to.

The composition of the FIFA Task Force Football 2014
The committee has been well put-together and well prepared, and as chairman I am very happy with this. I realised that I was the only coach on the committee, and I would prefer it in future if other coaches were involved. Coaches are always an important subject, whether we’re talking about them being given a red card or being sent to the stands or changing rooms, they are always a central topic. We need to discuss all this in detail and perhaps get a coach or two onto the committee.

The appreciation of the Task Force
We’ve been assured that we’re going to be taken more seriously, and this means that we have to be committed to preparing even better than we had before and to deal with subjects in even more detail.

Massimo Busacca (Head of the FIFA Refereeing Department)

The main subjects that were discussed
We discussed what in our opinion are two very important points. One is the interpretation of offside, which can cause a number of problems nowadays, and the other is triple punishment, where we want to find a sense of proportion.

The representation of referees on the committee
This is very important. Of course we referees can develop our own ideas, but exchanging ideas with former referees, players and coaches is incredibly important if we are to understand exactly how they feel. I may well have my own opinion, but players who are involved in football every day may well have a different one. Maybe there are certain things that we can do better in the future to improve the game. It’s very important for us to discuss things with players and coaches so that we come to more of an agreement at the end of the day. 

Fair play
A referee can't do anything on his own – he needs the help of players and coaches. We can be 200 per centprepared, but if we don't get fair play, then we're on our own out there on the pitch. If players were to respect that then things would be easier for us. When I think back to the big matches that I refereed, it was much easier to ensure that there was respect and fair play during the game when I had the support of the players. We need fair play from everyone involved throughout the match.

The main aims as far as referees are concerned
We want uniformity. It is impossible to eliminate problems, but on a given weekend there should not be divergent refereeing decisions being given in the same league. Refereeing is becoming more professional, but we cannot rule out the odd mistakes being made in the future.

"Referees in active offside"

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October 25, 2011

Brych underwent house search

Felix Brych (c.) in the taxmen's sights

According to DFB, about 20 DFB Referees will probably be banned during the next weeks as the prosecution has initiated proceedings against them due to tax evasion. 
Former FIFA Referee Michael Kempter has confirmed that he is concerned, DFB also confirmed that a Bundesliga referee from Munich, who is appointed for a DFB Cup Match on Wednesday was concerned. Although - as it has now revealed - Brych had to undergo a raid of the police, he is not replaced and will referee his DFB Cup match between Hannover and Mainz.
Even though Fandel said that it was too early to ban referees or to take measures against them, referee instructor Lutz Michael Fröhlich said that there was a lot of anxiety at this moment amongst the whole refereeing.
There are voiced which say that this issue has been known on behalf of DFB since 2009.
In 2009, Cetin Sevinc and Thorben Siewer (underclass referees, 2nd division assistant referees) were protectively banned by DFB as there were official determinations against them, after their verdict of not guilty, DFB reinstated them, Siewer was even promoted. Following DFB's statutes, a referee who is under legal suspicion has to be protectively banned from all competition until the point of the abatement of action.
In 2009, Kempter admitted that he had dodged the tax around 24.000 €, this was revealed or unfolded in the course of investigations concerning the sex affairs.

UPDATE: FIFA referee Felix Brych admitted that he is the concerned Bundesliga referee from Munich.

Finally, one has to state that this case could develop or has already developed to a serious image damage for DFB and its referees and is naturally no peccadillo.
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October 24, 2011

Bundesliga referees under suspicion

Several Bundesliga referees are under suspicion: they are said to not have taxed their revenues gained in test matches. For this reason, there was a raid of the police in DFB's centre.
The DFB (Deutscher Fußball Bund) has confirmed a respective report of the "Express" and explained that officials arrived in Frankfurt/Main to get access of several documents about refereeing.
Moreover, according to SID (Sport-Informations-Dienst), even one popular Bundesliga referee from Munich underwent a house search which was confirmed by the concerned referee who did not want to be called by his name. [Merely Dr. Felix Brych, Peter Sippel and Günter Perl come into question].
DFB general secretary Niersbach said that "there [were] no charges against the DFB" and that "the correct payment of tax is resided with every referee himself".
The DFB referee heads Herbert Fandel and Lutz Wagner were surprised: "It is impossible for us so far to say something specific on this issue".

information taken from welt-online.
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The agony of choice (I)

The point of time when Collina is going to publish the list of officials for UEFA Euro 2012 in Poland/Ukraine is coming closer. The last seasons, but especially the last months exposed some referees who should be seeded for a Euro slot, if I remember outstanding perfomances of e.g. Nicola Rizzoli in Arsenal-Barcelona. We however know that there are four countries where I personally cannot decide which referee should be chosen.
In the next days, I will write an article (each day one nation) about these cases:
24/10: ENG; 25/10: ESP; 26/10: GER; 27/10: POR; 28/10: completing the full list


Although Howard Webb (r.) should be seeded as World Cup and Champions League final referee (2010), Martin Atkinson showed a superb last season and was rewarded by a CL quarterfinal between Internazionale and Schalke (2-5) and a EL semifinal which was played between Braga and Benfica (1-0).
In England, Atkinson had some problems and struggled during the last weeks after e.g. a controversial sending-off in the Merseyside derby. I was not always content with his style which is sometimes pedantic and sometimes lenient, but UEFA showed that they trust him a lot: two very hot and important qualifiers (Bosnia-Belarus; Turkey-Germany) and of course the CL MD1 appointment for Barca-AC Milan. 
Webb had a very hard season and could not show satisfying perfomances in 2010/2011. His first two Champions-League matches this season were however quite good, the difficult qualifier between Greece and Croatia was solved in a solid, but no totally convincing way.
Considering the fact that there was absolutely no consistency in FIFA's and UEFA's decisions with regard to English referees' nominations (2002: Poll, 2004: Riley, 2006: Poll, 2008: Webb, 2010: Webb), I think that Atkinson (l.) could have a realistic chance. 
Another fact supports this impression: Atkinson was nearly always assisted by Mullarkey and Kirkup, sometimes by Cann. These are definitely the best English assistant referees (to my mind Child is the best, but he is still inexperienced and young) one can choose for a Euro. 
To be honest, I assume that for these two referees it will be their last competition. After 2012, that is my feeling or my suggestion, it is Mark Clattenburg's time who is to my mind seeded for the place as additional assistant referee 1, perhaps along with Marriner, but perhaps Attwell has a chance, too.

Finally, another point should be paid attention to: we know about the difficult relation between Webb and Poland, normally I do not want the UEFA to pay attention to such polemic cases, however, considering the seriousness of this "difficult relation", well..perhaps it would not be a good idea to send Webb to Poland and Ukraine, not in order to "protect" the Polish fans, but rather to Webb's welfare.

My assumption is that UEFA will take: 
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Assistant Referees: Michael Mullarkey, Peter Kirkup
Additional Assistant Referees: Mark Clattenburg, Andre Marriner
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I just started creating a pdf, the rest will follow during the next hours or days:

Group A, SSC Napoli - FC Bayern München
Referee Olegário Benquerenca (POR)
Match Report

Group A, Man.City - Villarreal
Referee Pavel Kralovec (CZE)
Match Report

Group B, CSKA Moskva - Trabzonspor
Referee Mark Clattenburg (ENG)
Match Report 

Group B, Lille - Internazionale
Referee Howard Webb (ENG)
Match Report to be published

Group C, Otelul - Man.United
Referee Mark Clattenburg (ENG)
Match Report (no report received so far)

Group C, Basel - Benfica 
Referee Viktor Kassai (HUN)

Group D, Real - Lyon
Referee Cuneyt Cakir (TUR)
Match Report

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October 23, 2011

DFB Pokal, 2.Runde, Schiedsrichteransetzungen

25.10.2011 19.00 RB Leipzig - FC Augsburg Florian Meyer, Frank Willenborg, Christoph Bornhorst, Timo Ide
25.10.2011 19.00 SpVgg Unterhaching - VfL Bochum Martin Petersen, Markus Sinn, Florian Steinberg, Daniel Schlager
25.10.2011 19.00 1. FC Heidenheim - Borussia Mönchengladbach Markus Wingenbach, Daniel Siebert, Walter Hofmann, Marcel Göpferich
25.10.2011 19.00 Fortuna Düsseldorf - 1860 München Dr. Jochen Drees, Norbert Grudzinski, Sönke Glindemann, Sascha Stegemann
25.10.2011 20.30 Eintracht Trier - Hamburger SV Robert Hartmann, Frederick Assmuth, Benjamin Cortus, Timo Gerach
25.10.2011 20.30 Borussia Dortmund - Dynamo Dresden Peter Gagelmann, Matthias Anklam, Sascha Thielert, Christian Bandurski
25.10.2011 20.30 SpVgg Greuther Fürth - SC Paderborn Markus Schmidt, Wolfgang Walz, Kai Voss, Robert Kampka
25.10.2011 20.30 1899 Hoffenheim - 1. FC Köln Knut Kircher, Robert Kempter, Stefan Lupp, Dr. Manuel Kunzmann
26.10.2011 19.00 Holstein Kiel - MSV Duisburg Christian Fischer, Patrick Alt, Stefan Glasmacher, Stefan Brauer
26.10.2011 19.00 Rot-Weiss Essen - Hertha BSC Berlin Deniz Aytekin, Thorsten Schiffner, Guido Kleve, Arne Aarnink
26.10.2011 19.00 Hannover 96 - FSV Mainz 05 Dr. Felix Brych, Mark Borsch, Marco Achmüller, Marcel Unger
26.10.2011 19.00 Karlsruher SC - Schalke 04 Günter Perl, Georg Schalk, Michael Emmer, Thomas Metzen
26.10.2011 20.30 FC Erzgebirge Aue - 1. FC Nürnberg Thorsten Kinhöfer, Markus Häcker, Rene Kunsleben, Jan Seidel
26.10.2011 20.30 Bayern München - FC Ingolstadt Guido Winkmann, Dirk Margenberg, Marcel Pelgrim, Arno Blos
26.10.2011 20.30 VfB Stuttgart - FSV Frankfurt Christian Leicher, Karl Valentin, Eduard Beitinger, Torsten Bauer
26.10.2011 20.30 Eintracht Frankfurt - 1. FC Kaiserslautern Wolfgang Stark, Jan-Hendrik Salver, Mike Pickel, Florian Steuer
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October 21, 2011

Abnormal expulsion

Yesterday, there was a quite remarkable red card issued by Greek referee Anastassios Kakkos. What once former US president George Bush jr. had had to bear happened now to assistant referee 2 Christos Akrivos who was hit by a Maccabi player's shoe.

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WoFR - Referee Rankings (November 2011)

The list can be downloaded by clicking on the attached link. I again emphasize that these rankings are based on the referee's experience, appointments and shown perfomances and the impression I received.

WoFR Referee Rankings (November 2011)
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October 19, 2011

Bundesliga, 10.Spieltag, Schiedsrichteransetzungen


Freitag, 21/10/2011, 20:30
FC Augsburg - Werder Bremen
Schiedsrichter Knut Kircher (Rottenburg)
Schiedsrichterassistenten Robert Kempter (Sauldorf), Stefan Lupp (Zossen)
4.Offizieller Tobias Welz (Wiesbaden)

Samstag, 22/10/2011, 15:30
Borussia Dortmund - 1.FC Köln
Schiedsrichter Dr. Felix Brych (München)
Schiedsrichterassistenten Mark Borsch (Gladbach), Marco Achmüller (Freyung)
4.Offizieller Frank Willenborg (Osnabrück)

1.FC Nürnberg - VfB Stuttgart
Schiedsrichter Markus Wingenbach (Diez)
Schiedsrichterassistenten Sönke Glindemann (Erftstadt), Christian Bandurski (Oberhausen)
4.Offizieller Frederick Assmuth (Köln)

Hertha BSC Berlin - FSV Mainz 05
Schiedsrichter Wolfgang Stark (Landshut)
Schiedsrichterassistenten Jan-Hendrik Salver (Stuttgart), Mike Pickel (Mendig)
4.Offizieller Florian Steuer (Wenden)

1.FC Kaiserslautern - SC Freiburg
Schiedsrichter Robert Hartmann (Wangen)
Schiedsrichterassistenten Matthias Anklam (Buchholz in der Norderheide), Wolfgang Walz (Öhringen)
4.Offizieller Patrick Ittrich (Hamburg)

1899 Hoffenheim - Borussia M'gladbach
Schiedsrichter Christian Dingert (Lebecksmühle)
Schiedsrichterassistenten Markus Sinn (Filderstadt), Martin Petersen (Sindelfingen)
4.Offizieller Christian Fischer (Hemer)

Samstag, 22/10/2011, 18:30
Hamburger SV - VfL Wolfsburg
Schiedsrichter Günter Perl (München)
Schiedsrichterassistenten Georg Schalk (Ansbach), Michael Emmer (Thurmansbang)
4.Offizieller Daniel Siebert (Berlin)

Sonntag, 23/10/2011, 15:30
Bayer Leverkusen - Schalke 04
Schiedsrichter Felix Zwayer (Berlin, photo)
Schiedsrichterassistenten Dirk Margenberg (Wermelskirchen), Thorsten Schiffner (Konstanz)
4.Offizieller Dr. Jochen Drees (Münster-Sarmsheim)

Sonntag, 23/10/2011, 17:30
Hannover 96 - Bayern München
Schiedsrichter Manuel Gräfe (Berlin)
Schiedsrichterassistenten Markus Häcker (Pentz), Bastian Dankert (Rostock)
4.Offizieller René Kunsleben (Hamm)
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October 18, 2011

Referees in active offside

DFB Referee Comitee President and former UEFA referee Herbert Fandel (photo above) has defended the passive offside rule following this incident in Mainz last matchday (2:15):

Marco Fritz - or better assistant referee 1 Volker Wezel disallowed this goal. If it had happened last season, the goal would probably have counted, but there was a new instruction for the officials to decide that a player is offside if he irritates the goalkeeper (nothing new) but also as soon as the player being in an offside position ties a defender who is then missing to shield another player. First, we have to state that it is the correct decision made by Wezel, but last Friday, there was a similar situation prior to Dortmund's second goal in Bremen, the assistant referee did not flag for offside. Football supporters will never understand this rule in all its facets as long as there are different evaluations at the same matchday...
Fandel nonetheless defended this rule, as they "try to come to terms with that. Offside always is difficult, there always will be some kind of mumbling", Fandel said. There are even voices that request the complete abolishment of the whole offside rule.
After a Bundesliga matchday with seven penalties in nine matches and four red cards and many difficult or close situations, another topic awakes the German football world's attention: the punishment for professional fouls in the box. The rule does not divide between inside the box and outside the box, it is always a straight red card. Peter Sippel (r.) dismissed Schalke goalkeeper Ralf Fährmann (l.) after a foul in the box on Dorge Kouemaha (was it a foul?). DFB referee instructor and former FIFA referee Lutz-Michael Fröhlich said that they "wished that there will be a rule change in the foreseeable future". The DFB suggested a rule change at IFAB's meeting in March 2011 which excepts the "double punishment" (= penalty and red card). The IFAB however, consisting of eight members, amongst there are four FIFA members and four officials coming from England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland. In my opinion, this makes it nearly impossible that there will be considerable changes. Finally, the IFAB shirked that and decided that this would be a task for the FIFA's Task Force Football (many football officials, former players, but also Busacca, Mikkelsen and Alarcón). DFB instructor Lutz Wagner therefore hopes that there will be a rule change "at least before the FIFA World Cup 2014".
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October 16, 2011

UEFA Champions-League, Matchday 3, Referee Appointments


Group A
SSC Napoli - FC Bayern München
Referee Olegário Benquerenca (POR, r.)
Assistant Referee 1 Bertino Miranda (POR)
Assistant Referee 2 Joao Santos (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 Artur Soares Dias (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Carlos Xistra (POR)
4th Official Rui Costa (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer David Elleray (ENG)

Group A
Manchester City - Villarreal CF
Referee Pavel Kralovec (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1 Martin Wilczek (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2 Miroslav Zlamal (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 Radek Prihoda (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)
4th Official Libor Kovarik (CZE)
UEFA Referee Observer Rune Pedersen (NOR)
Blog Referee Observer Nacho (ESP)

Group B
CSKA Moskva - Trabzonspor
Referee Mark Clattenburg (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1 Stephen Child (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2 Simon Beck (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Andre Marriner (ENG)
4th Official Mike Jones (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer Christer Fallström (SWE)

Group B
Lille - Internazionale
Referee Howard Webb (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1 Michael Mullarkey (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2 Jake Collin (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 Stuart Attwell (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Mike Dean (ENG)
4th Official Martin Atkinson (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer Jiri Ulrich (CZE)
Blog Referee Observer Edward A. (GRE)/Cagatay Iris (TUR) (TBD)

Group C
Otelul Galati - Manchester United
Referee Felix Brych (GER)
Assistant Referee 1 Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
Assistant Referee 2 Mark Borsch (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 Christian Dingert (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Tobias Welz (GER)
4th Official Peter Gagelmann (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer Dr. Vaclav Krondl (CZE)
Blog Referee Observer Maicon de Oliveira (BRA)

Group C
Basel - Benfica
Referee Viktor Kassai (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1 Gabor Eros (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2 Gyorgyi Ring (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 Sandro Szabo (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Mihaly Fabian (HUN)
4th Official Zsolt Szabo (HUN)
UEFA Referee Observer Georgios Bikas (GRE)
Blog Referee Observer Pipo T. (POR)

Group D
Real Madrid - Olympique Lyon
Referee Cuneyt Cakir (TUR, r.)
Assistant Referee 1 Bahattin Duran (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2 Emre Eyisoy (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 Tolga Özkalfa (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Suleyman Abay (TUR)
4th Official Huseyin Gocek (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer Rodger Gifford (WAL)
Blog Referee Observer Dragan N. (MKD)

Group D
Dinamo Zagreb - Ajax
Referee Manuel Gräfe (GER)
Assistant Referee 1 Markus Häcker (GER)
Assistant Referee 2 Guido Kleve (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 Babak Rafati (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Peter Sippel (GER)
4th Official Guido Winkmann (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer Andreas Schluchter (SUI)
Blog Referee Observer Dino (CRO)


A surprising, but deserved UEFA Champions League debut: Antony Gautier (FRA)

Group E
Bayer Leverkusen - Valencia CF
Referee Craig Thomson (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1 Francis Andrews (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2 Alasdair Ross (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 Steven McLean (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Alan Muir (SCO)
4th Official Iain Brines (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer Paul Allaerts (BEL)

Group E
Chelsea London - KRC Genk
Referee Aleksei Nikolaev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1 Anton Averianov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2 Thikon Kalugin (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 Stanislav Sukhina (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Maksim Layushkin (RUS)
4th Official Vitali Meshkov (RUS)
UEFA Referee Observer Pierluigi Collina (ITA)

Group F
Olympique Marseille - Arsenal London
Referee Damir Skomina (SVN, r.)
Assistant Referee 1 Primoz Arhar (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2 Marko Stancin (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 Dragoslav Peric (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Roberto Ponis (SVN)
4th Official Matej Jug (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer Cosimo Bolognino (ITA)
Blog Referee Observer Cagatay Iris (TUR)

Group F
Olympiacos - Borussia Dortmund
Referee Bas Nijhuis (NED)
Assistant Referee 1 Berry Simons (NED)
Assistant Referee 2 Rob van de Ven (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 Danny Makkelie (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Ed Janssen (NED)
4th Official Richard Liesveld (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer Vladimir Sajn (SVN)
Blog Referee Observer Edward A. (GRE)

Group G
Shakhtar Donezk - Zenit St.Petersburg
Referee Frank de Bleeckere (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1 Peter Hermans (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2 Walter Vromans (BEL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 Luc Wouters (BEL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Alexendre Bocaut (BEL)
4th Official Christof Dierick (BEL)
UEFA Referee Observer Vladimir Antonov (MDA)
Blog Referee Observer Edward A. (GRE)

Group G
Porto - APOEL
Referee Antony Gautier (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1 Mikhael Annonier (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2 Frédéric Cano (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 Olivier Thual (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
4th Official Jean-Charles Cailleux (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer Zdravko Jokic (SRB)
Blog Referee Observer Pipo T. (POR)

Group H
AC Milan - BATE
Referee Tom Harald Hagen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1 Dag Roger Nebben (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2 Frank Andas (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 Espen Berntsen (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Brage Sandmoen (NOR)
4th Official Svein-Erik Edvartsen (NOR)
UEFA Referee Observer Horst Brummeier (AUT)
Blog Referee Observer Maicon de Oliveira (BRA)

Group H
FC Barcelona - Viktoria Plzen
Referee Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD)
Assistant Referee 1 Marjan Kirovski (MKD)
Assistant Referee 2 Ljubomir Krstevski (MKD)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 Dimitar Meckarovski (MKD)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Goran Spirkoski (MKD)
4th Official Dejan Jakimovski (MKD)
UEFA Referee Observer Marc Batta (FRA)
Blog Referee Observer Nacho (ESP)
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October 13, 2011

Rooney to miss the whole Euro Group Stage

England striker Wayne Rooney has received a three-match ban from UEFA's Control and Disciplinary Body following his sending-off issued by the German referee Wolfgang Stark in the Group G qualifier against Montenegro. 
An appeal may be lodged against the verdict of the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body within three days of the dispatch of the reasoned decision.

England coach Fabio Capello has just announced that Rooney will not play any role in his first team before and during the final tournament. 

The UEFA's Control and Disciplinary Body's decision is made up by the assessment of the respective referee and the assessment of the respective inspector who consults the TV videos.

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What was that again? (Continental) Neutrality?

Referees prefer football teams of their own culture - that is confirmed by a study made by the psychologists Claude Messner and Benjamin Schmid of Basel University, Switzerland. They have analyzed more than thousand matches of the highest Swisse football league and detected: A team wins - on the average - more often when the referee comes from the same Swisse district, as long as the opponent comes from another part of Switzerland where one speaks another language. 
For this reason, Switzerland was the ideal test country as it contains several cantons which have different languages as official mother tongues, i.e. Italian, German and French. 
According to the psychologists, as soon as there is a 50-50-decision, the referees tend to prefer the team which shares his own culture. The statistics are obvious: when the referee's culture was shared ONLY by the home-team, this home-team got on the average 1,86 points. As soon as the referee's, the home-team's and away-team's cultures were however identic, the home-team only got 1,58 points on the average.
The scientists emphasized that referees are in general not aware of this cultural preference, it happens involuntarily or unconsciously.

taken from: 'Berliner Zeitung: "Schiedsrichter sind wirklich parteiisch", 18.09.2007'

To my mind, this study seems to be quite interesting. It directly leads me to the question of inhowfar the continental neutrality (based on confederation borderlines) which is used in FIFA competitions is still sensible. I had several discussions with Carlos about this topic, I will never understand why e.g. Cuneyt Cakir is able/allowed to referee a match with Egyptian involvement (u20 WC, BRA-EGY) but at the same time he may not handle matches with e.g. Icelandic involvement. 
In addition to this, the continental neutrality probably inhibits the perfomance-principle. Not the best referees are consequently chosen for the matches, their appointments depend on the confederations of the respective team which is in the match. Remember Lubos Michel in GER-ARG in 2006, he was great..
Actually, one does not need such rules because every referee is neutral...but if we need it, I would argue the case for a cultural neutrality. I know that it is difficult to evaluate when the referee's culture could be similar to the teams' ones..

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Armenian Federation appealed to the UEFA

After their end in the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifiers, the Armenian Federation has filed an official complaint against the sending-off of the Armenian goalkeeper Beresowski. They furthermore argued the case for a punishment against the Spanish referee Eduardo Iturralde González. According to the FFA (Football Federation of Armenia), TV screens confirm that the goalkeeper was wrongly sent off. Obviously, the outcome of the match was influenced by this decision. With a win, Armenia could have reached the Euro finals.
The UEFA has not given any statement thus far.

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Bundesliga, 9.Spieltag, Schiedsrichteransetzungen

DFB-Schiedsrichter Tobias Welz (Wiesbaden)

Freitag, 14/10/2011, 20:30
Werder Bremen - Borussia Dortmund
Schiedsrichter: Florian Meyer (Burgdorf)
Assistenten: Christoph Bornhorst (Damme), Harm Osmers (Hannover)
4.Offizieller: Markus Häcker (Pentz)

Samstag, 15/10/2011, 15:30
FSV Mainz 05 - FC Augsburg
Schiedsrichter: Marco Fritz (Korb)
Assistenten: Volker Wezel (Tübingen), René Kunsleben (Hamm)
4.Offizieller: Christian Fischer (Hemer)

Bayern München - Hertha BSC Berlin
Schiedsrichter: Michael Weiner (Giesen)
Assistenten: Norbert Grudzinski (Hamburg), Sönke Glindemann (Erftstadt)
4.Offizieller: Wolfgang Walz (Öhrigen)

Borussia M'gladbach - Bayer Leverkusen
Schiedsrichter: Wolfgang Stark (Landshut)
Assistenten: Jan-Hendrik Salver (Stuttgart), Guido Kleve (Köln)
4.Offizieller: Thorsten Schriever (Dorum a.d. Nordsee)

VfB Stuttgart - 1899 Hoffenheim
Schiedsrichter: Babak Rafati (Hannover)
Assistenten: Holger Henschel (Braunschweig), Kai Voss (Großhansdorf)
4.Offizieller: Marcel Unger (Halle a.d. Saale)

VfL Wolfsburg - 1.FC Nürnberg
Schiedsrichter: Tobias Welz (Wiesbaden)
Assistenten:Thorsten Schiffner (Konstanz), Marcel Bartsch (Parchim)
4.Offizieller: Bastian Dankert (Rostock)

Samstag, 15/10/2011, 18:30
Schalke 04 - Kaiserslautern
Schiedsrichter: Peter Sippel (München)
Assistenten: Walter Hofmann (Ansbach), Benjamin Cortus (Nürnberg)
4.Offizieller: Christian Bandurski (Oberhausen)

Sonntag, 16/10/2011, 15:30
SC Freiburg - Hamburger SV
Schiedsrichter: Deniz Aytekin (Oberasbach)
Assistenten: Christian Leicher (Landshut), Marco Achmüller (Freyung)
4.Offizieller: Tobias Stieler (Obertshausen)

Sonntag, 16/10/2011, 17:30
1.FC Köln - Hannover 96
Schiedsrichter: Dr. Jochen Drees (Münster-Sarmsheim)
Assistenten: Tobias Christ (Kaiserslautern), Markus Sinn (Filderstadt)
4.Offizieller: Detlef Scheppe (Wenden)

11.Spieltag, 2.Liga
VfL Bochum - Eintracht Frankfurt: Gagelmann, Thielert, Trautmann, Thomsen
SC Paderborn - Eintracht Braunschweig: Metzen, Dr.Kunzmann, Stegemann, Bauer
Hansa Rostock - 1860 München: Ittrich, Helwig, Wijnen, Heitmann
MSV Duisburg - FC Ingolstadt: Siebert, Seidel, Bärmann, Foltyn
Union Berlin - Karlsruher SC: Hartmann, Beitinger, Marx, Lupp
Greuther Fürth - Erzgebirge Aue: Steuer, Assmuth, Siewer, Gittelmann
Dynamo Dresden - Alemannia Aachen: Steinhaus, Aarnink, Gorniak, Wessel
FSV Frankfurt - Energie Cottus: Petersen, Steinberg, Färber, Stein
FC St.Pauli - Fortuna Düsseldorf: Perl, Schalk, Emmer, Willenborg
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INFORMATION: Euro 2012 Blog


I established a new blog (euro2012stats.blogspot.com) which will only contain information about the coming European championships. It will be about refereeing of course, I however will focus on the tournament itself as well. 
The blog is obviously unspoilt, I will start concentrating on it closer to the Play-Off matches in November. There will be always report-pdfs like this one.
Discussing about refereeing however still remains on the "main blog", I am only going to seperate it during the final tournament.

Pretty content with the drawing, you as well? I think CRO-TUR is a very hot and tough match to watch...and to referee.
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October 12, 2011

Fastest red card ever?

I just do not know whether that was the fastest red card ever issued in a FIFA competition. Yesterday, the Australian Peter Green was in charge of the WC 2014 AFC qualifier between Iran and Bahrain (6-0). He sent Bahrain's Al Hooti off - with a straight red card after a studs-up-tackle after just 38 seconds (the foul happened after 34 seconds):

I respect the courage of the decision, apart from the fact that Green was certainly right when sending the player off, I wished that more referees had the courage to not pay attention on the time but solely on the situation and its consequences.
I remember Trevor Taylor making a similar decision in a Gold Cup match.
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October 8, 2011

UEFA Euro Qualifiers - October Appointments (II)


Group A, Astana, 18:00
Kazakhstan - Austria
Referee Hannes Kaasik (EST)
Assistant Referee 1 Hannes Reinvald (EST)
Assistant Referee 2 Marko Leevand (EST)
4th Official Kristo Tohver (EST)

Group A, Düsseldorf, 19:00
Germany - Belgium FR
Referee Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1 Kim Thomas Haglund (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2 Frank Andås (NOR)
4th Official Espen Berntsen (NOR)

Group A, Istanbul, 18:00
Turkey - Azerbaijan
Referee Peter Rasmussen (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1 Henrik Sønderby (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2 Niels Høg (DEN)
4th Official Lars Christoffersen (DEN)

Group B, Moscow, 19:45
Russia - Andorra
Referee Eli Hacmon (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1 Abed Alramili (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2 Shabtai Nahmias (ISR)
4th Official Menashe Masiah (ISR)

Group B, Dublin, 19:45
Ireland - Armenia
Referee Eduardo Iturralde González (ESP, r.)
Assistant Referee 1 Roberto Díaz Pérez-del Palomar (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2 Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez (ESP, r.)
4th Official César Muñiz Fernández (ESP)

Group B, Skopje, 19:45
FYROM - Slovakia
Referee Tony Chapron (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1 Emmanuel Boisdenghien (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2 Fredji Harchay (FRA)
4th Official Fredy Fautrel (FRA)

Group C, Pescara, 20:45
Italy - Northern Ireland
Referee Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1 Javier Aguilar Rodriguez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2 José Fernández Miranda (ESP)
4th Official Carlos Clos Gómez (ESP)

Group C, Maribor, 20:45
Slovenia - Serbia
Referee Frank de Bleeckere (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1 Peter Hermans (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2 Walter Vromans (BEL)
4th Official Serge Gumienny (BEL)

Group D, Paris, 21:00
France - Bosnia
Referee Craig Alexander Thomson (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1 Francis Andrews (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2 Alasdair Ross (SCO)
4th Official Alan Muir (SCO)

Group D, Tirana, 21:00
Albania - Romania
Referee Gediminas Mazeika (LTU)
Assistant Referee 1 Vytautas Simkus (LTU)
Assistant Referee 2 Arturas Pipiras (LTU)
4th Official Sergejus Sylva (LTU)

Group E, Solna, 20:00
Sweden - Netherlands
Referee Cuneyt Cakir (TUR, r.)
Assistant Referee 1 Bahattin Duran (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2 Tarik Ongun (TUR)
4th Official Husseyin Gocek (TUR)

Group E, Budapest, 20:00
Hungary - Finland
Referee Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1 Fermin Martínez Ibañez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2 Jesús Calvo Guadamuro (ESP)
4th Official Fernando Teixeira Vitienes (ESP)

Group E, Chisinau, 20:00
Moldova - San Marino
Referee Petur Reinert (FAR)
Assistant Referee 1 Regin Ekholm (FAR)
Assistant Referee 2 Jan A Lidarenda (FAR)
4th Official Eiler Rasmussen (FAR)

Group F, Rijeka, 19:00
Croatia - Latvia
Referee Antony Gautier (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1 Mikhael Annonier (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2 Frédéric Cano (FRA)
4th Official Said Ennjimi (FRA)

Group F, Tbilisi, 19:00
Georgia - Greece
Referee Daniele Orsato (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1 Elenito di Liberatore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2 Riccardo di Fiore (ITA)
4th Official Mauro Bergonzi (ITA)

Group F, Ta'Qali, 19:00
Malta - Israel
Referee Bruno Miguel Paixao (POR)
Assistant Referee 1 José Manuel Silva Cardinal (POR)
Assistant Referee 2 Venâncio Raposo Tomé (POR)
4th Official João Lopes Ferreira (POR)

Group G, Sofia, 20:05
Bulgaria - Wales
Referee Pawel Gil (POL)
Assistant Referee 1 Piotr Sadczuk (POL)
Assistant Referee 2 Marcin Borkowski (POL)
4th Official Marcin Borski (POL)

Group G, Basel, 20:15
Switzerland - Montenegro
Referee Olegário Manuel Bartolo Faustino Benquerenca (POR)
Assistant Referee 1 Bertino Cunha Míranda (POR)
Assistant Referee 2 João Ferreira dos Santos (POR)
4th Official Carlos Taborda Xistra (POR)

Group H, Copenhagen, 20:15
Denmark - Portugal
Referee Nicola Rizzoli (ITA, r.)
Assistant Referee 1 Luca Maggiani (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2 Andrea Stefani (ITA)
4th Official Antonio Damato (ITA)

Group H, Oslo, 20:15
Norway - Cyprus
Referee William Collum (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1 Martin Cryans (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2 Graham Chambers (SCO)
4th Official Bobby Madden (SCO)

Group I, Alicante, 20:45
Spain - Scotland
Referee Stefan Johannesson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1 Stefan Wittberg (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2 Magnus Sjöblom (SWE)
4th Official Daniel Stalhammar (SWE)

Group I, Kaunas, 20:45
Lithuania - Czech Republic
Referee David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1 Raúl Cabañero Martínez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2 Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP)
4th Official Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)
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October 4, 2011

UEFA Euro Qualifiers - October Appointments (I)

The Euro 2012 qualifiers just hit the home stretch and UEFA has published the first October appointments. There could be some indicatory ones...:


Perhaps to EURO '12? Martin Atkinson (ENG)
Group A, Baku, 18:00
Azerbaijan - Austria
Referee Stephan Studer (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1 Manuel Navarro (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2 Sandro Pozzi (SUI)
4th Official Alain Bieri (SUI)

Group A, Istanbul, 20:30
Turkey - Germany
Referee Martin Atkinson (ENG, r.)
Assistant Referee 1 Darren Cann (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2 Michael Mullarkey (ENG)
4th Official Stuart Attwell (ENG)

Group A, Brussels, 20:45
Belgium - Kazakhstan
Referee Milorad Mazic (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1 Milovan Ristic (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2 Igor Radojcic (SRB)
4th Official Milenko Vukadinovic (SRB)

Group B, Yerevan, 17:00
Armenia - FYROM
Referee Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1 Alain Hoxha (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2 Roland Brandner (AUT)
4th Official Gerhard Grobelnik (AUT)

Group B, Zilina, 20:15
Jonas Eriksson to referee one of the most important matches..
Slovakia - Russia
Referee Jonas Eriksson (SWE, r.)
Assistant Referee 1 Fredrik Nilsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2 Mathias Klasenius (SWE)
4th Official Markus Strömbergsson (SWE)

Group B, Andorra la Vella, 21:30
Andorra - Ireland
Referee Libor Kovarik (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1 Patrik Filipek (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2 Krystof Mencl (CZE)
4th Official Radek Prihoda (CZE)

Group C, Belgrade, 20:45
Serbia - Italy
Referee Pedro Proenca Oliveira Alves Garcia (POR)
Assistant Referee 1 José Tiago Garcias Bolinhas Trigo (POR)
Assistant Referee 2 Ricardo Jorge Ferreira Santos (POR)
4th Official Joao Carlos Santos Capela (POR)

Group C, Belfast, 20:45
Northern Ireland - Estonia
Referee Manuel Gräfe (GER)
Assistant Referee 1 Markus Häcker (GER)
Assistant Referee 2 Guido Kleve (GER)
4th Official Babak Rafati (GER)

Group D, Bucuresti, 20:30
Romania - Belarus
Referee Alan Kelly (IRL)
Assistant Referee 1 Damien MacGraith (IRL)
Assistant Referee 2 Marc Douglas (IRL)
4th Official David McKeon (IRL)

Group D, Zenica, 20:00
Bosnia - Luxembourg
Referee Simon Evans (WAL)
Assistant Referee 1 Edward King (WAL)
Assistant Referee 2 Alun Boore (WAL)
4th Official Huw Jones (WAL)

Group D, Paris, 21:00
France - Albania
Referee Michael Koukoulakis (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1 Dimitrios Saraidaris (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2 Leonidas Vasileiadis (GRE)
4th Official Anastasios Sidiripoulos (GRE)

Group E, Helsinki, 18:15
Finland - Sweden
Referee Mark Clattenburg (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1 Simon Beck (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2 Stephen Child (ENG)
4th Official Andre Marriner (ENG)

Group E, Rotterdam, 20:30
Netherlands - Moldova
Referee Matej Jug (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1 Andrej Kokolj (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2 Milan Kogej (SVN)
4th Official Slavko Vincic (SVN)

Group F, Riga, 19:00
Latvia - Malta
Referee Richard Trutz (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1 Roman Slysko (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2 Erik Weiss (SVK)
4th Official Mario Vlk (SVK)

Group F, Piraeus, 20:45
Greece - Croatia
Referee Howard Webb (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1 Jake Collin (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2 Peter Kirkup (ENG)
4th Official Mike Dean (ENG)

Group G, Swansea, 20:45
Wales - Switzerland
Referee Björn Kuipers (NED)
Assistant Referee 1 Erwin E.J. Zeinstra (NED)
Assistant Referee 2 Sander van Roekel (NED)
4th Official Richard Liesveld (NED)

Group G, Podgorica, 21:00
Montenegro - England
Referee Wolfgang Stark (GER)
Assistant Referee 1 Jan-Hendrik Salver (GER)
Strahonja with another big step to my mind..
Assistant Referee 2 Mike Pickel (GER)
4th Official Peter Sippel (GER)

Group H, Nicosia, 20:30
Cyprus - Denmark
Referee Marijo Strahonja (CRO, r.)
Assistant Referee 1 Sinisa Premucaj (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2 Zeljko Novosel (CRO)
4th Official Igor Pristovnik (CRO)

Group H, Porto, 22:00
Portugal - Iceland
Referee Bas Nijhuis (NED)
Assistant Referee 1 Wilco W.A. Lobbert (NED)
Assistant Referee 2 Berry Simons (NED)
4th Official Pol van Boekel (NED)

Group I, Prague, 20:45
Czech Republic - Spain
Referee Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1 Cristiano Copelli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2 Nicola Nicoletti (ITA)
4th Official Paolo Mazzoleni (ITA)


Group I, Prague, 20:45
Liechtenstein - Scotland
Referee Tom Harald Hagen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1 Dag Roger Nebben (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2 Magnus Lundberg (NOR)
4th Official Tommy Skjerven (NOR)

Don't pin me down to that but my impression that Eriksson could be the lucky guy who reaches the final tournament hardens a lot. Assuming that the Swedish will do well, it could be his Euro ticket. Taking into consideration that his five CL perfomances were all quite good, it would not be just a lucky decision but a reasonable one as well.

If you have full appointments, pls post them.
I am looking for them at the moment in the web; the above list will be filled in the next hours.
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October 1, 2011

WoFR - Referee Rankings

The attached list contains my own referee rankings.
They depend on my impressions of the respective referee's appointments and perfomances during the last months. I will update the lists by the quarter.
It might be that some moves seem to be weird, but I really emphasize this time that it is merely my subjective opinion..
Edward's list can be downloaded HERE.

My groups are:

A+: Major Elite Group
A: Elite Group
B+: Anterior Successor Group
B: Successor Group
B-: Downgraded Successor Group
C+: Regular Option Group
C: Regular Group
C-: Downgraded Regular Group
D: Posterior Group
TD: Talent Development Group

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