September 30, 2011

UEL: Schalke 04 3-1 Maccabi Haifa

This post will for the most part consist of photos.
Yesterday, I was in Schalke Arena, normally I am standing in "Nordkurve", this time I thought it could be pretty good to sit (then I was able / allowed to take the good camera along with me..), a nice opportunity to make some good photos and to be closer to the action. And of course, I could observe the Portuguese referee Manuel Jorge de Sousa.

The full appointment:

UEFA Europa League 2011/12, Group Stage, Matchday 2, Gelsenkirchen, Arena Auf Schalke

Match Officials

Referee Manuel Jorge Neves Moreira de Sousa (POR)
Assistant Referee 1 Bertino Cunha Miranda (POR)
Assistant Referee 2 José Carlos Neves Ramalho (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 Artur Soares Dias (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Vasco António Moreira Santos (POR)
4th Official Cosme Cunha Machado (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer Neale Barry (ENG)
UEFA Delegate Jan Damgaard (DEN)


Arena Auf Schalke from the outside.


The officials (f.l.): Machado, Santos, Ramalho, Miranda, Soares, Barry, Sousa

The Portuguese quintet warming up (fr.l.): Vasco Santos, Manuel Sousa, Bertino Miranda, José Ramalho, Artur Soares Dias

One of both must have had a nice joke; Soares and Miranda often laughed..

Nordkurve atmosphere
The match is under way

5, 4, 3, 2, 1 ..



Match statistics (c) UEFA FR

Apart from the fact that Schalke played a good 2nd half, they had many, too many mistakes in their play. The allowed Haifa too many goal attempts which resulted in one goal.

Manuel de Sousa is a typical Portuguese referee: he reminds me on Olegário Benquerenca concerning his outward apperance and gestures, the style is more like Proenca's. 
Two and a half years ago, I saw Proenca in Arena when we drew with APOEL Nicosia. At this time, he was not on top level of Europe but showed a very good perfomance. We all know what a few months later came...I am quite sure that this story could repeat itself as I am convinced that de Sousa will be promoted as soon as possible and could follow the steps of Benquerenca and Proenca. Latters are not the youngest anymore, Soares Dias and de Sousa seem to be Portugal's future with regard to their refereeing.
The only mistake of the evening was made by Ramalho who wrongly disallowed a goal scored by Schalke. It was one metre no offside.

It has to be mentioned that UEFA actually appointed José Cardinal as AR1, he appeared as such at on Wednesday. He was however replaced by Bertino Miranda.

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September 25, 2011

Referee Appointments - CL Matchday 2

You can find our appointments HERE
As warm-up as always a video, this time the CL Anthem played in Dortmund (BVB-Arsenal)..incredible atmosphere..


Group A
Bayern München - Manchester City
Referee Viktor Kassai (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1 Gabor Eros (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2 Gyorgyi Ring (HUN)
4th Official Zsolt Szabo (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 Tamás Bognar (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Mihaly Fabian (HUN)
UEFA Referee Observer Manuel Diaz Vega (ESP)

Group A
SSC Napoli - Villarreal CF
Referee Frank de Bleeckere (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1 Peter Hermans (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2 Mark Simons (BEL)
4th Official Sébastien Delferière (BEL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 Luc Wouters (BEL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Alexendre Boucaut (BEL)
UEFA Referee Observer Kaj Östergaard (DEN)

Group B
CSKA Moskva - Internazionale
Referee Craig Thomson (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1 Francis Andrews (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2 Alasdair Ross (SCO)
4th Official Crawford Allan (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 Steven McLean (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Bobby Madden (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer Eugen Strigel (GER)

Group B
Trabzonspor - Lille
Referee Björn Kuipers (NED, r.)
Assistant Referee 1 Erwin E.J. Zeinstra (NED)
Assistant Referee 2 Sander van Roekel (NED)
4th Official Pol van Boekel (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 Richard Liesveld (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Ed Janssen (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer Jean Lemmer (LUX)

Group C
Manchester United - FC Basel
Referee Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1 Elenito di Liberatore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2 Massimiliano Grilli (ITA)
4th Official Antonio Giannoccaro (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 Mauro Bergonzi (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Andrea de Marco (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer Horst Brummeier (AUT)

Group C
Otelul Galati - Benfica
Referee David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1 Raúl Cabañero Martinez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2 Roberto Díaz Pérez-del Palomar (ESP)
4th Official Miguel Ángel Pérez Lasa (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 César Muñiz Fernández (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Alfonso Alvarez Izquierdo (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer Michel Piraux (BEL)

Group D
Real Madrid - Ajax Amsterdam
Referee Mark Clattenburg (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1 Stephen Child (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2 Simon Beck (ENG)
4th Official Lee Mason (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 Kevin Friend (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Andre Marriner (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer Sándor Piller (HUN)

Group D
Olympique Lyon - Dinamo Zagreb
Referee Pavel Kralovec (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1 Martin Wilczek (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2 Miroslav Zlamal (CZE)
4th Official Libor Kovarik (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 Radek Prihoda (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)
UEFA Referee Observer Bo Karlsson (SWE)


Group E
Bayer Leverkusen - KRC Genk
Referee Alan Kelly (IRL)
Assistant Referee 1 prediction Damien McGraith (IRL)
Assistant Referee 2 prediction Marc Douglas (IRL)
4th Official David McKeon (IRL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 Padraigh Sutton (IRL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Tomas Connolly (IRL)
UEFA Referee Observer Kyros Vassaras (GRE)

Group E
Valencia CF - Chelsea FC
Referee Nicola Rizzoli (ITA, r.)
Assistant Referee 1 prediction Andrea Stefani (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2 prediction Renato Faverani (ITA)
4th Official Andrea Romeo (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 Paolo Mazzoleni (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Daniele Orsato (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer Rodger Gifford (WAL)

Group F
Arsenal FC - Olympiacos
Referee Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1 prediction Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2 prediction Juan Yuste Jiménez (ESP)
4th Official Carlos del Cerro Grande (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 Carlos Clos Gómez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer Rene Temmink (NED)

Group F
Olympique Marseille - Borussia Dortmund
Referee Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1 Stefan Wittberg (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2 Mathias Klasenius (SWE)
4th Official Martin Strömbergsson (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 Stefan Johannesson (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Tobias Mattsson (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer Markus Nobs (SUI)

Group G
Zenit St.Petersburg - Porto
Referee Howard Webb (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1 Darren Cann (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2 Jake Collin (ENG)
4th Official Mike Jones (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 Mike Dean (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Stuart Attwell (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer Manuel Lopez Fernández (ESP)

Group G
Shakhtar Donezk - APOEL Nicosia
Referee Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1 Alain Hoxha (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2 Andreas Fellinger (AUT)
4th Official Alexander Harkam (AUT)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 Rene Eisner (AUT)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Thomas Gangl (AUT)
UEFA Referee Observer Vítor Melo Pereira (POR)

Group H
AC Milan - Viktoria Plzen
Referee Florian Meyer (GER)
Assistant Referee 1 Holger Henschel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2 Christoph Bornhorst (GER)
4th Official Felix Zwayer (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 Tobias Welz (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Markus Wingenbach (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer William Young (SCO)

Group H
BATE - Barcelona
Referee Manuel Gräfe (GER, r.)
Assistant Referee 1 Markus Häcker (GER)
Assistant Referee 2 Guido Kleve (GER)
4th Official Guido Winkmann (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 Babak Rafati (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Peter Sippel (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer Michael Riley (ENG)

* the missing fields and UEFA officials will be filled later.
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September 23, 2011

Felix Zwayer and Marco Fritz to get FIFA badge

The referee comitee of DFB has announced that two referees will make their FIFA bow at the start of the next year. The comitee chaired by former UEFA Euro 2008 referee and UEFA referee comitee member Herbert Fandel declared that Marco Fritz (33) and Felix Zwayer will be promoted in 2012. They will replace Babak Rafati (41) and Peter Sippel (41) who both did not receive that many international appointments in the past or had a weak last season (Rafati).

According to Fandel, the main reason for these promotions/demotions is the fact that Germany will lose 7 FIFA referees in 2013/2014 as many referees were born in 1968 or 1969. The referee comitee has therefore decided to counteract this foreseeable development by choosing young referees who do not merely have all the attributes to act on the highest stages but also to bring along a long-dated prospect.

"Now, we have to set the courses so that our refereeing will be represented on the top stages in the future as well. Only if our most talented referees precociously assume responsibility, we will be able to ensure our presence and the extra-ordinary good reputation our referees may savour in the world.", (Fandel said at

Marco Fritz and Felix Zwayer had yet met themselves in their career paths: they were both promoted to the pool of Bundesliga referees in 2009. In the following, there are some small biographies to introduce Germany's new FIFA referees:

Marco Fritz 
DoB: 03 October 1977 (age when being promoted: 34)
Origin: Korb (71404, Baden-Württemberg, SW of GER)
Occupation: Bank Business Management Assistant
Height: 1,85 m; Weight: 74 kg
Leisure time activities: Sports, Music
DFB Referee since: 2006
2nd Bundesliga since: 2008
2nd Bundesliga matches: 25 (100 YC, 3 RC)
Bundesliga since: 2009
Bundesliga matches: 23 (75 YC, 6 RC)
FIFA Referee since: 2012
Regular DFB ARs: Volker Wezel, René Kunsleben

(data based on 23/09/2011)

Description: In general, Marco Fritz can be described as calm referee who is however very strict in situations when it is needed to be so. He does not refuse to show cards if necessary, he escaped bigger mistakes in the past. He was heavily pushed during the last years, after only two years as official DFB referee, he joined the 2nd Bundesliga pool of referees and mostly assisted Michael Kempter in Bundesliga as AR2. After only eight matches in 2nd Bundesliga (in 2008), he was directly taken on the Bundesliga list which was of course a surprise, but finally, it was nothing else than deserved. 
Marco Fritz is mostly assisted in Bundesliga by former Euro AR Volker Wezel and René Kunsleben.

Felix Zwayer
DoB: 19 May 1981 (age when being promoted: 30)
Origin: Berlin (14199, Berlin, E of GER)
Occupation: Real Estate Agent
Height: 1,83 m; Weight: 75 kg
Leisure time activities: Sports, Music, Skiing
DFB Referee since: 2004
2nd Bundesliga since: 2007
2nd Bundesliga matches: 33 (116 YC, 3 RC)
Bundesliga since: 2009
Bundesliga matches: 27 (83 YC, 1 RC)
FIFA Referee since: 2012
Regular DFB ARs: Christoph Bornhorst, Florian Steuer

(data based on 23/09/2011)

Description: Felix Zwayer had not been an unknown name in Germany, before he joined the DFB top level. He made a big contribution to the German match-fixing scandal's solving as he immediately reported some strange odds he observed in the contact with Robert Hoyzer who came from Berlin as well.
Zwayer is member of a Bundesliga club: Hertha BSC Berlin. After he had been the regular assistant referee of FIFA referee Manuel Gräfe in 2007 and 2008, he was promoted to become a new Bundesliga referee. His first seasons were very impressive, he always showed a very lenient style and proved himself to be a referee who does not like showing too many cards. Nevertheless, one has to state that this led to some unlucky decisions as he refused three times to issue obvious red cards for professional fouls.

In my opinion, these promotions were the direct opposite of surprises. Fritz and Zwayer are - by far - the biggest talents we have at the moment in Germany, at least among the (former-)non-FIFA-referees. I am quite sure that Christian Dingert and Markus Wingenbach will follow in the next years.

I know that there are a couple of other promotions (like in Colombia, Belgium or of course in Switzerland). As soon as you get to know other ones, you may post it underneath this thread in the future.
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September 22, 2011

7.Spieltag, Bundesliga, Schiedsrichteransetzungen

Der Deutsche Fußball Bund (DFB) hat alle Schiedsrichteransetzungen für die Profiligen bekanntgegeben.
Hier werden nur die für die Bundesliga publiziert, für alle weiteren Ansetzungen wie jene der 2.Liga können auf eingesehen werden.

FIFA-Schiedsrichter Michael Weiner (Giesen) zeigt hier eine Rote Karte gegen Nürnbergs Pekhart (Köln-Nürnberg).

SR - AS1, AS2 - 4OF

23.09.2011 / 20:30 / VfB Stuttgart - Hamburger SV
SR: Felix Zwayer (Berlin) - Florian Steuer (Menden), Harm Osmers (Hannover) - Thorsten Schiffner (Konstanz)

24.09.2011 / 15:30 / FC Schalke 04 - SC Freiburg
SR: Markus Wingenbach (Diez) - Markus Sinn (Filderstadt), Martin Petersen (Sindelfingen) - Mark Borsch (Mönchengladbach)

24.09.2011 / 15:30 / FSV Mainz 05 - Borussia Dortmund
SR: Michael Weiner (Giesen) - Norbert Grudzinski (Hamburg), Kai Voss (Großhansdorf) - Günter Perl (München)

24.09.2011 / 15:30 / FC Augsburg - Hannover 96
SR: Christian Dingert (Lebecksmühle) - Sönke Glindemann (Erftstadt), Marcel Pelgrim (Bottrop) - Tobias Stieler (Obertshausen)

24.09.2011 / 15:30 / VfL Wolfsburg - 1.FC Kaiserslautern
SR: Thorsten Kinhöfer (Herne) - Detlef Scheppe (Wenden), Christian Fischer (Hemer) - Dirk Margenberg (Wermelskirchen)

24.09.2011 / 15:30 / Borussia M'gladbach - 1.FC Nürnberg
SR: Knut Kircher (Rottenburg) - Robert Kempter (Sauldorf), Wolfgang Walz (Öhringen) - René Kunsleben (Hamm)

24.09.2011 / 18:30 / Bayern München - Bayer Leverkusen
SR: Manuel Gräfe (Berlin) - Markus Häcker (Pentz), Bastian Dankert (Rostock) - Volker Wezel (Tübingen)

25.09.2011 / 15:30 / 1.FC Köln - 1899 Hoffenheim
SR: Peter Sippel (München) - Daniel Siebert (Berlin), Walter Hofmann (Ansbach) - Matthias Anklam (Buchholz in der Norderheide)

25.09.2011 / 17:30 / Werder Bremen - Hertha BSC Berlin
SR: Dr. Felix Brych (München) - Jan-Hendrik Salver (Stuttgart), Marco Achmüller (Freyung) - Thomas Metzen (Mechernich)
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September 19, 2011

Rainmaker Jochen Drees forsaken by the rule

Unplayable field conditions decided by Drees (r.) 3 years ago
Markus Merk's general practitioner Dr. Jochen Drees was appointed to referee Saturday's Bundesliga encounter between 1.FC Nürnberg and Werder Bremen. It is the old hat that history in football always repeats itself: three years ago, he oversaw Nürnberg's home fixture against Wolfsburg which ended in a real pluvial battle...after 20 minutes, Drees abandoned the match after having waited two hours, upon consultation with DFB officials this was the only reasonable decision.
Anyway, Saturday, he met Nürnberg again and was some kind of unlucky in two different things:
After 35 minutes, there was again heavy rain but this time, the play could go on after a 40-minute half-time break. 
However, the key decision was in the 16th minute of the game when the following situation happened (1:00):


You have probably noticed the reaction of Nürnberg's coach Hecking who was upset by the decision made by Drees; he would have more likely seen an allowed goal. Only considering the foul itself, there may be no doubt that it is a straight red card, as long as the referee whistles it. 
To my mind, that is no mistake, it is rather a difficult but unlucky decision made by the DFB referee. 
The German TV-commentator said: " It would have preferred the goal and perhaps cautioning Wiese with a yellow card, then nobody can complain " that really so easy?
Of course, one has to look the rule up in FIFA's Laws of the Game (page 68):

"The referee may play advantage whenever an infringement or offence occurs.
The referee should consider the following circumstances in deciding whether to apply the advantage or stop play:
- the severity of the offence: if the infringement warrants an expulsion, the referee must stop play and send off the player unless there is a subsequent opportunity to score a goal
- the position where the offence was committed: the closer to the opponent's goal, the more effective it can be
- the chances of an immediate, promising attack
- the atmosphere of the match
The decision to penalize the original offence must be taken within a few seconds.
If the offence warrants a caution, it must be issued at the next stoppage. However, unless there is a clear advantage, it is recommended that the referee stops play and cautions the player immediately. If the caution is NOT issued at the next stoppage, it cannot be shown later."

In my opinion, there are two opportunities: that what Drees did, i.e. issueing the expulsion immediately, but in this case he did not pay attention to the "subsequent opportunity to score a goal", which was obviously available. The other opportunity: advantage, but what comes then? It says "if the offence warrants a CAUTION, it must be issued at the next stoppage". But what about an EXPULSION?
Dr. Jochen Drees issueing a red card against Tim Wiese
The red card was awarded for the hindrance of the clear scoring opportunity, as this scoring opportunity is recovered, is there no need for a red card anymore? Or perhaps for an expulsion either? The rule does not reveal any information on how to issue an expulsion after an advantage...

My personal opinion is split...on the one hand, I think one should enable one's common sense, that means that I can follow the TV commentator's statement, but on the other hand, I think that there must be a red card even after an applied advantage because it was Wiese's only intention or aim to hinder the attacker to score, this intention is to my mind not changed by a scored goal after an advantage...very difficult, but at least it shows that Drees is not completely wrong and as the post's title says, he is more or less forsaken by the rule.

What do you think?

One thing is sure, when DFB is going to appoint Drees for a Nürnberg match next time, everyone should take two things along: an umbrella and a lot of time.

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September 14, 2011

Bundesliga, 6.Spieltag, Schiedsrichteransetzungen

Der DFB hat die ersten sieben Schiedsrichteransetzungen für den 6.Spieltag der Fußballbundesliga bekanntgegeben.

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UEFA Europa League - MD 1 - Referee Appointments


It is very interesting to guess how the referees are classified by UEFA with regard to the respectively appointed referee observer. Kovarik, Todorov, Mazic, Rasmussen, van Boekel and Hategan seem to be under special observation this matchday..well, it is no secret that Hategan, Kovarik and Todorov are great talents.

Following these two links you may find my own appointments for CL / EL MD2 (independent from real appointments):

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September 13, 2011


Finally, the matchday preview is ready to be published.
I will not lose too many words, but...:

1. This is contained in the document:
- Match Previews of all the matches of MD 1 with Team Info, Match Background and the Batch Officials
- The Results of Our Appointments

I actually wrote it because I think it is good to have the most important info in one document; of course there are UEFA-press kits as well, but who should read those 320 pages ?!

2. I am no native English speaker, therefore it will certainly be the case that you stumble upon some mistakes.


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September 12, 2011

UEFA CL: Matchday 1 Referee Appointments

UEFA has published the first eight referee appointments for the 1st matchday of this season's UEFA Champions-League. A complete pdf document will probably follow on Tuesday (perhaps 16:00 UTC).

Tuesday, 13/09/2011, 20:45

Group E, Stamford Bridge (London)
Chelsea vs Leverkusen
Referee Stéphane Lannoy (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1 Eric Dansault (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2 Frédéric Cano (FRA)
4th Official Hervé Piccirillo (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 Olivier Thual (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
UEFA Delegate Ainar Leppänen (EST)
UEFA Referee Observer Nikolay Levnikov (RUS)

Group E, Cristal Arena (Genk)
KRC Genk vs Valencia
Referee Thomas Einwaller (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1 Norbert Schwab (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2 Armin Eder (AUT)
4th Official Gerhard Grobelnik (AUT)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 Harald Lechner (AUT)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Oliver Drachta (AUT)
UEFA Delegate Jaroslav Dudl (CZE)
UEFA Referee Observer Jörn West Larsen (DEN)

Group F, Signal Iduna Park (Dortmund)
Dortmund vs Arsenal
Referee Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1 Luca Maggiani (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2 Nicola Nicoletti (ITA)
4th Official Daniele Orsato (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Paolo Valeri (ITA)
UEFA Delegate Trygve Bornö (NOR)
UEFA Referee Observer Christer Fallström (SWE)

Group F, Georgios Karaiskakis (Piraeus)
Olympiacos vs O. Marseille
Referee Pedro Proenca (POR)
Assistant Referee 1 José Tiago Garcias Bolinhas Trigo (POR)
Assistant Referee 2 Ricardo Jorge Ferreira Santos (POR)
4th Official Hugo Miguel (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 Joao Ferreira (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Joao Capela (POR)
UEFA Delegate Danilo Filacchione (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer Donald Mc Vicar (SCO)

Group G, Estadio do Dragao (Porto)
Porto vs Shakhtar
Referee Felix Brych (GER)
Assistant Referee 1 Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
Assistant Referee 2 Mark Borsch (GER)
4th Official Günter Perl (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 Peter Sippel (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Christian Dingert (GER)
UEFA Delegate Alan Mc Rae (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer Josef Krula (CZE)

Group G, GSP Stadium (Nicosia)
APOEL vs Zenit
Referee Eduardo Iturralde González (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1 Roberto Díaz Pérez-del Palomar (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2 Javier Aguilar Rodriguez (ESP)
4th Official Javier Turienzo Alvarez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 César Muniz Fernández (ESP)
UEFA Delegate Márton Esterházy (HUN)
UEFA Referee Observer Siegfried Kirschen (GER)

Group H, Camp Nou (Barcelona)
Barcelona vs AC Milan
Referee Martin Atkinson (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1 Michael Mullarkey (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2 Peter Kirkup (ENG)
4th Official Michael Jones (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 Mark Clattenburg (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Andre Marriner (ENG)
UEFA Delegate Sándor Berzi (HUN)
UEFA Referee Observer Zoran Petrovic (SRB)

Group H, Eden (Prague)
Plzen vs BATE
Referee Laurent Duhamel (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1 Mikhael Annonier (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2 Christophe Capelli (FRA)
4th Official Pascal Vileo (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 Wilfried Bien (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Nicolas Rainville (FRA)
UEFA Delegate Panagiotis Chatzialexiou (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer Herbert Fandel (GER)

Tuesday, 13/09/2011, 20:45

Group A, City of Manchester Stadium (Manchester)
Man. City vs SSC Napoli
Referee Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1 Fredrik Nilsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2 Mathias Klasenius (SWE)
4th Official Martin Strömbergsson (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 Markus Strömbergsson (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Tobias Mattsson (SWE)
UEFA Delegate
UEFA Referee Observer

Group A, El Madrigal (Villarreal)
Villarreal vs Bayern München
Referee Cuneyt Cakir (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1 Bahattin Duran (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2 Tarik Ongun (TUR)
4th Official Halis Ozkhaya (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 Suleyman Abay (TUR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Tolga Ozkalfa (TUR)
UEFA Delegate
UEFA Referee Observer

Group B, Métropole (Lille)
Lille vs CSKA Moskva
Referee Olegário Manuel Bartolo Faustino Benquerenca (POR)
Assistant Referee 1 Bertino Cunha Míranda (POR)
Assistant Referee 2 Joao Ferreira dos Santos (POR)
4th Official Rui Manuel Costa (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 Artur Soares Dias (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Carlos Taborda Xistra (POR)
UEFA Delegate Eduard Dervishaj (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer Vaclav Krondl (CZE)

Group B, Giuseppe Meazza (Milano)
Internazionale vs Trabzonspor
Referee Stefan Johannesson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1 Stefan Wittberg (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2 Magnus Sjöblom (SWE)
4th Official Michael Lerjeus (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 Daniel Stalhammar (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Johan Hamlin (SWE)
UEFA Delegate
UEFA Referee Observer

Group C, Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica (Lisbon)
Benfica vs Man.United
Referee Damir Skomina (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1 Primoz Arhar (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2 Marko Stancin (SVN)
4th Official Dragoslav Peric (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 Slavko Vincic (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Roberto Ponis (SVN)
UEFA Delegate
UEFA Referee Observer

Group C,St.-Jakob-Park (Basel)
FC Basel vs Otelul Galati
Referee William Collum (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1 Graham Chambers (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2 Martin Cryans (SCO)
4th Official Ian Brines (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 Alan Muir (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Stephen O'Reilly (SCO)
UEFA Delegate
UEFA Referee Observer

Group D, Maksimir (Zagreb)
Dinamo Zagreb vs Real Madrid
Referee Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1 Dag Roger Nebben (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2 Kim Thomas Haglund (NOR)
4th Official Tom Harald Hagen (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 Dag Vidar Hafsas (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Brage Sandmoen (NOR)
UEFA Delegate
UEFA Referee Observer

Group D, Amsterdam ArenA (Amsterdam)
Ajax vs Lyon
Referee Wolfgang Stark (GER)
Assistant Referee 1 Jan-Hendrik Salver (GER)
Assistant Referee 2 Mike Pickel (GER)
4th Official Marco Fritz (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 1 Babak Rafati (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2 Robert Hartmann (GER)
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September 9, 2011

ANNOUNCEMENT: CL Matchday 1 Preview

Just to inform you: Carlos and I are writing a preview for UCL Matchday 1 containing all the matches, teams, players, match background information and of course, the appointed match officials.
Latter coerces us into publishing it soonest on the next Monday, I think you will be able to read and/or download the pdf-document on Monday, 12th September, 16:00 UTC as far as the referee appointments are published by UEFA.

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September 7, 2011

Bundesliga, 5.Spieltag, Schiedsrichteransetzungen

DFB Schiedsrichter Felix Zwayer
Der Deutsche Fußball-Bund (DFB) hat heute die ersten sieben von neun Schiedsrichteransetzungen bekanntgegeben. 
FIFA Schiedsrichter Manuel Gräfe, der unter der Woche noch in Helsinki das UEFA Europameisterschaftsqualifikationsspiel zwischen Finnland und den Niederlanden geleitet hat, ist für das brisante Nordderby im Weserstadion zwischen Werder Bremen und dem Hamburger SV eingeteilt.
Das Freitagsspiel zwischen dem FC Augsburg und Bayer Leverkusen wird von dem (aus meiner Sicht) FIFA-Aspiranten Felix Zwayer (Berlin) gepfiffen.
Hier die kompletten Ansetzungen in der Übersicht mit Vorhersagen (predictions) für die verbleibenden zwei Sonntagsspiele:

Freitag, 09.09.2011, 20:30
FC Augsburg - Bayer Leverkusen
Schiedsrichter: Felix Zwayer (Berlin - Assistenten: Florian Steuer, Harm Osmers - 4.Offizieller: Holger Henschel)

Samstag, 10.09.2011, 15:30
Borussia Dortmund - Hertha BSC Berlin 
Schiedsrichter: Marco Fritz (Korb - Assistenten: Volker Wezel, Wolfgang Walz - 4.Offizieller: Thorsten Schriever)

Samstag, 10.09.2011, 15:30
FSV Mainz 05 - 1899 Hoffenheim
Schiedsrichter: Guido Winkmann (Kerken - Assistenten: Dirk Margenberg, Christian Bandurski - 4.Offizieller: Walter Hofmann)

Samstag, 10.09.2011, 15:30
Bayern München - SC Freiburg
Schiedsrichter: Tobias Welz (Wiesbaden - Assistenten: Tobias Stieler, Marcel Bartsch - 4.Offizieller: Mike Pickel)

Samstag, 10.09.2011, 15:30
VfB Stuttgart - Hannover 96
Schiedsrichter: Dr. Felix Brych (München - Assistenten: Mark Borsch, Georg Schalk - 4.Offizieller: Robert Kempter)

Samstag, 10.09.2011, 15:30
Borussia M'gladbach - 1.FC Kaiserslautern
Schiedsrichter: Florian Meyer (Burgdorf - Assistenten: Frank Willenborg, Christoph Bornhorst - 4.Offizieller: Frederick Assmuth)

Samstag, 10.09.2011, 18:30
Werder Bremen - Hamburger SV
Schiedsrichter: Manuel Gräfe (Berlin - Assistenten: Markus Häcker, Bastian Dankert - Christian Fischer)

Sonntag, 11.09.2011, 15:30
1.FC Köln - 1.FC Nürnberg
Schiedsrichter: Michael Weiner (Giesen - Assistenten: Norbert Grudzinski, Jan-Hendrik Salver - Markus Wingenbach)

Sonntag, 11.09.2011, 17:30
VfL Wolfsburg - FC Schalke 04
Schiedsrichter: Deniz Aytekin (Oberasbach - Assistenten: Thorsten Schiffner, Matthias Anklam - Daniel Siebert)

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September 5, 2011

Honestly, who is at fault?!

When I accessed the UEFA referee appointments for September's Euro 2012 qualifier matches, I was slightly wondering whether they had chosen the right man for the very important match between Scotland and Czech Republic taking place in Glasgow's louche Hampden Park. As one could observe a good perfomance by the Dutchman (coming from Gouda) in the UEFA Champions-League Play-Off encounter between Arsenal and Udinese, the initial surprise wore off a bit. However, what this referee showed throughout the whole match - but in particular in the last five minutes - can be described as a nightmare. A Scottish nightmare with regard to the close situation in Group I it would have been if Scotland could have won the match. The talk is of Kevin Blom.

After a solid first half with no bigger problems and a quite good approach, he noticeably lost track about everything occurring in the field. Many bookings were not reasonable at all, he should have sent Rezek off who commited two hard fouls in one situation (the 2nd foul should have been red); one time he made a very polemical and populist gesture after having booked a Czech for complaining. However, these are only some weaknesses; when watching the match, I was not content but not totally disappointed by Blom.
But well...a match has 90 minutes..let us consider the official last minute in a nutshell:

Darren Fletcher (l.) cannot trust his eyes when Blom (m.) cautions Berra for diving
- 90': Rezek (CZE) is entering the box and commits an obvious dive. Blom awards a penalty for CZE which is well converted by Kadlec (CZE).
- 90+3': Berra (SCO) is entering the box from a sharp angle and is receiving a soft touch at his tight from a Czech, he loses balance and falls. Blom cautions Berra (SCO) for diving. A terrible decision, even though it is a soft touch, it is a clear penalty.

No wonder that some Scots are more than just angry with Blom. Their manager Craig Levein said after the match that he "didn't confront blunder ref Kevin Blom because [he] would have exploded with rage" (taken from

Honestly, this perfomance was one of the weakest I saw in 2011. Honestly, the Scots reserve the right of attacking Dutchman Kevin Blom. But honestly, it is too easy to blame everything on Blom as well.
The Dutchman who was promoted to Elite group of UEFA referees prior to the last season should have been capable of keeping such an important match under control and what is even more important, he should have been able to take the correct decisions. At least on paper...

UEFA did not feel compelled to issue a statement on this topic and they know why. Naturally, UEFA did not coerce Blom into making these mistakes, but one really has to criticize the Union for their - to my mind - too strong "pushing" of referees like Blom. There have been previous cases, one of these was Bebek. High expectations, good appointments, noticeably decreasing perfomances, demotions...
In fact, a more experienced referee like Benquerenca or Rizzoli would have been more adequate for this match. UEFA overestimated Blom, UEFA underestimated the match importance and difficulty.
Of course, one can say that dives themselves have to be avoided and stopped; there are suggestions to ban dives from professional football (e.g. showing straight red cards). But at least we can suspect that this ideal will never be reached.

Roughly speaking: Blom is the idiot, he is the "fall guy". But the real idiots have to be searched in Nyon! I do not dislike Kevin Blom, I criticize his perfomance but I criticize UEFA.

Update: the following video shows both penalty situations, it shows that Blom fell for the - to my mind - pretty obvious dive (at least for AR1 Lobbert!) and the second situation which is still a controversy. In my opinion, we can say that there is a touch. The question is: what does this touch mean in this pace? To my mind, it means a foul, but perhaps I am wrong as well. But never a dive...

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September 3, 2011

Michael Hester has retired from refereeing

Following an article in the NZ Herald, World Cup referee Michael Hester from New Zealand has finished his career as football referee.
Hester joined FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa where he officiated a Group B encounter between Greece and Korea Republic (0-2) along with Jan-Hendrik Hintz (NZL) and Tevita Makasini (TAH). [His perfomance in this World Cup match was rated by me in a detailed evaluation with the final mark 6,7.]
Furthermore, he was appointed for FIFA Under 17 World Cup in Nigeria in 2009 and FIFA Confed Cup 2009 where he got his most intense match of his career, as he said, when he refereed the duel between the United States and Egypt.
Moreover, he joined a FIFA Club WC (2010) and the Olympic Games in China PR in 2008.
"Refereeing is a hobby I've taken from council grounds to World Cup stadiums and it's been an amazing adventure", Hester said in the newspaper article.
The former naval officer said as well that "some other challenges" came up which means that refereeing "is not longer sustainable".

This probably means that Peter O'Leary will one of those referees who are more or less seeded to blow the whistle in Brazil in 2014. Norbert Hauata could be a safe bet for the 4th Official post.

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September 2, 2011

UEFA Euro 2012 Qualifiers - September Appointments (II)

Again with Felix Brych (Salver, Pickel): Ireland faces Russia

06 September 2011

Group A, Baku, 17:00 lt
Azerbaijan vs Kazakhstan
Referee Anders HERMANSEN (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1 Jacob BILLE (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2 Martin WULFF (DEN)
4th Official Kenn HANSEN (DEN)

Group A, Vienna, 20:30 lt
Austria vs Turkey
Referee Alberto UNDIANO (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1 Fermin MARTINEZ (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2 Jesús CALVO GUADAMURO (ESP)

Group B, Moscow, 17:00 lt
Russia vs Ireland
Referee Felix BRYCH (GER)
Assistant Referee 1 Jan-Hendrik SALVER (GER)
Assistant Referee 2 Mike PICKEL (GER)
4th Official Babak RAFATI (GER)

Group B, Skopje, 20:00 lt
FYROM vs Andorra
Referee Mark WHITBY (WAL)
Assistant Referee 1 Philip THOMAS (WAL)
Assistant Referee 2 John SWINDLEY (WAL)
4th Official Huw JONES (WAL)

Group B, Zilina, 20:15 lt
Slovakia vs Armenia
Referee Marcin BORSKI (POL)
Assistant Referee 1 Rafal ROSTKOWSKI (POL)
Assistant Referee 2 Tomasz LISTKIEWICZ (POL)
4th Official Dawid PIASECKI (POL)

Group C, Belgrade, 20:30 lt
Serbia vs Faroe Islands
Assistant Referee 1 prediction: Zaven HOVHANNISYAN (ARM)
Assistant Referee 2 Erik AREVSHATYAN (ARM)
4th Official Suren BALIYAN (ARM)

Group C, Tallinn, 20:30 lt
Estonia vs Northern Ireland
Referee Daniel STALHAMMAR (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1 Magnus SJÖBLOM (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2 Daniel WÄRNMARK (SWE)
4th Official Martin HANSSON (SWE)

Group C, Florence, 20:45 lt
Italy vs Slovenia
Referee Svein Oddvar MOEN (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1 prediction: Kim Thomas HAGLUND (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2 prediction: Frank Andas (NOR)
4th Official Tommy SKJERVEN (NOR)

Group D, Zenica, 20:15 lt
Bosnia vs Belarus
Referee Martin ATKINSON (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1 Michael MULLARKEY (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2 Peter KIRKUP (ENG)
4th Official Andre MARRINER (ENG)

Group D, Luxembourg, 20:15 lt
Luxembourg vs Albania
Referee Petteri KARI (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1 Esa VEHVILAINEN (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2 Jouko IKONEN (FIN)
4th Official Mattias GESTRANIUS (FIN)

Group D, Bucuresti, 20:30 lt
Romania vs France
Referee Howard WEBB (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1 Darren CANN (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2 Jake COLLIN (ENG)
4th Official Stuart ATTWELL (ENG)

Group E, Helsinki, 19:00 lt
Finland vs Netherlands
Referee Manuel GRÄFE (GER)
Assistant Referee 1 Markus HÄCKER (GER)
Assistant Referee 2 Thorsten SCHIFFNER (GER)
4th Official Peter SIPPEL (GER)

Group E, Chisinau, 19:45 lt
Moldova vs Hungary
Referee Ivan BEBEK (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1 Tomislav PETROVIC (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2 Miro GRGIC (CRO)
4th Official Domagoj VUCKOV (CRO)

Group E, Serravalle, 20:30 lt
San Marino vs Sweden
Referee Steven MCLEAN (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1 William CONQUER (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2 George DRUMMOND (SCO)
4th Official Alan MUIR (SCO)

Group F, Zagreb, 20:00 lt
Croatia vs Israel
Assistant Referee 1 Roberto ALONSO FERNÁNDEZ (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2 Juan YUSTE JIMÉNEZ (ESP)
4th Official Fernando TEIXEIRA VITIENES (ESP)

Group F, Riga, 20:30 lt
Latvia vs Greece
Referee Stanislav TODOROV (BUL)
Assistant Referee 1 Ivan VALCHEV (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2 Ivo KOLEV (BUL)
4th Official Anton GENOV (BUL)

Group F, Ta'Qali, 20:30 lt
Malta vs Georgia
Referee Pol VAN BOEKEL (NED)
Assistant Referee 1 Rob VAN DEN VEN (NED)
Assistant Referee 2 Angelo BOONMAN (NED)
4th Official Richard LIESVELD (NED)

Group G, Basel, 20:30 lt
Switzerland vs Bulgaria
Referee Pavel KRALOVEC (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1 Miroslav ZLAMAL (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2 Martin WILCZEK (CZE)
4th Official Libor KOVARIK (CZE)

Group G, London (Wembley), 20:45 lt
England vs Wales
Assistant Referee 1 Alain HOXHA (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2 Klaus STRASSER (AUT)
4th Official Oliver DRACHTA (AUT)

Group H, Copenhagen, 20:15 lt
Denmark vs Norway
Referee Stéphane LANNOY (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1 Eric DANSAULT (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2 Frederic CANO (FRA)
4th Official Antony GAUTIER (FRA)

Group H, Reykjavik, 20:45 lt
Iceland vs Cyprus
Referee Bosko JOVANETIC (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1 Vladimir JOVANOVIC (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2 Goran KOJIC (SRB)
4th Official Milenko VUKADINOVIC (SRB)

Group I, Glasgow, 20:45 lt
Scotland vs Lithuania
Referee Kristinn JAKOBSSON (ISL)
Assistant Referee 1 Johann GUDMUNDSSON (ISL)
Assistant Referee 2 Sigurdur THORLEIFSSON (ISL)
4th Official Magnus THORISSON (ISL)

Group I, Logrono, 22:00 lt
Spain vs Liechtenstein
Referee Harald LECHNER (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1 Norbert SCHWAB (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2 Roland BRANDNER (AUT)
4th Official Rene EISNER (AUT)

Two appointments may indicate who has won the close duels:
Alberto Undiano is not accompanied by Juan Yuste Jiménez who will assist Carlos Velasco. This could mean that UEFA prefers Velasco along with Alonso Fernández and Yuste Jiménez.

Moreover, this is the first time that Felix Brych is not assisted by his regular assistant referees Thorsten Schiffner and Mark Borsch but by the two World Cup assistant referees. Again, perhaps UEFA prefers this trio and this is some kind of trial for those teams.
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