August 31, 2015

UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifiers - Referee Appointments for Matchday 7 (September 2015) - I

These are the referees appointed by UEFA for MD7 of  EURO 2016 qualifying matches, to be played on 3, 4 and 5 September 2015.

3 September 2015

Bakcell Arena, Baku (AZE), Group H, 18:00 CET 
Azerbaijan - Croatia
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Assistant Referees:Guillaume Debart (FRA), Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referees:Fredy Fautrel (FRA), Amaury Delerue (FRA)
Fourth Official: Philippe Jeanne (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Jean-François Crucke (BEL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vitor Melo Pereira (POR)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Orkhan Mammadov (AZE)

Natsionalen Stadion Vasil Levski, Sofia (BUL), Group H, 20:45 CET
Bulgaria - Norway
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (NED)
Assistant Referees: Rob van de Ven (NED), Charles Schaap (NED)
Additional Assistant Referees: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED), Peter Janssen (NED)
Fourth Official: Patrick Langkamp (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Kurt Zuppinger (SUI)
UEFA Referee Observer: Peter Jones (ENG)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Georgi Kabakov (BUL)

Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence (ITA), Group H, 20:45 CET
Italy - Malta
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (SVK)
Assistant Referees:Tomaš Somolani (SVK), Tomaš Mokoš (SVK)
Additional Assistant Referees: Vladimir Vnuk (SVK), Mário Vlk (SVK)
Fourth Official: Ondrej Brendza (SVK)
UEFA Delegate: Charles John Grundie (NIR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Konrad Plautz (AUT)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Giampaolo Mazzetti (ITA)

Doosan Arena, Plzen (CZE), Group A, 20:45 CET
Czech Republic - Kazakhstan
Referee: Martin Strömbergsson (SWE)
Assistant Referees:Mehmet Culum (SWE), Daniel Gustavsson (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referees: Michael Lerjeus (SWE), Kristoffer Karlsson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Per Brogevik (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: José Luis Astiazarán Iriondo (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Roberto Rosetti (ITA)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Miroslav Tulinger (CZE) 

Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam (NED), Group A, 20:45 CET
Netherlands - Iceland
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB)
Assistant Referees: Milovan Ristić (SRB), Dalibor Đurđević (SRB)
Additional Assistant Referees: Danilo Grujić  (SRB), Nenad Đokić (SRB)
Fourth Official: Nemanja Petrović (SRB)
UEFA Delegate: Peadar Ryan (IRL)
UEFA Referee Observer: William Young (SCO)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Jef L.F.Van Vliet (NED)

Konya Büyükşehir Torku Arena, Konya (TUR), Group A, 20:45 CET
Turkey - Latvia
Referee: Stefan Johannesson (SWE)
Assistant Referees: Fredrik Nilsson (SWE), Magnus Sjöblom (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referees: Andreas Ekberg (SWE), Mohamad Al-Hakim (SWE)
Fourth Official: Stefan Hallberg (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Claude Runavot (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kostadin Gerginov (BUL)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Alper Dogmen (TUR)

King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels (BEL), Group B, 20:45 CET
Belgium - Bosnia and Herzegovina
Referee: Manuel De Sousa (POR)
Assistant Referees: Bertino Miranda (POR), Alvaro Mesquita (POR)
Additional Assistant Referees: Carlos Xistra (POR), Tiago Martins (POR)
Fourth Official: Nuno Pereira (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Steve Stride (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kyros Vassaras (GRE) 
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Kris Bellon (BEL)

GSP, Nicosia (CYP), Group B, 20:45 CET
Cyprus - Wales
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
Assistant Referees: Paweł Sokolnicki (POL), Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Additional Assistant Referees: Paweł Raczkowski (POL), Tomasz Musiał (POL)
Fourth Official: Radosław Siejka (POL)
UEFA Delegate: Ivan Borissov Lekov (BUL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Andreas Schluchter (SUI) 
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Panayiotis Kailis (CYP) 

Itztadion Sammy Ofer, Haifa (ISR), Group B, 20:45 CET
Israel - Andorra
Referee: Tamás Bognar (HUN)
Assistant Referees: Oszkar Lemon (HUN), Theodoros Georgiou (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referees: Ádám Farkas (HUN), Jozsef Erdos (HUN)
Fourth Official: Gabor Erös (HUN)
UEFA Delegate: Eduard Prodani (ALB)
UEFA Referee Observer: Terje Hauge (NOR)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Shay Ossadon (ISR)
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August 24, 2015

Champions League 2015/16 - Referee Appointments - Play-Offs 2nd Legs (2)

These are the officials appointed by UEFA to take charge of Wednesday's play-offs return legs for Champions League 2015/2016. 

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August 23, 2015

Champions League 2015/16 - Referee Appointments - Play-Offs 2nd Legs (1)

UEFA has appointed the following match officials to take charge of next Tuesday's play-offs for Champions League 2015/2016. Among others, new Elite Szymon Marciniak from Poland will officiate the return match between Shakhtar Donetsk and Rapid Wien.  

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August 21, 2015

Europa League 2015/16 - Referee Appointments for the Play-Offs (2nd Legs)

UEFA has chosen the following officials to take charge of the second legs of Europa League's Play-Offs 2nd legs. Among others, U-17 World Cup referee Martin Strömbergsson will be observed by Marc Batta in Bilbao. While Kenn Hansen will be observed by Frank De Bleeckere in Jablonec, Portuguese referee Artur Soares Dias will officiate in Croatia under the eyes of Peter Fröjdfeldt.

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August 18, 2015

Referees for 2015 FIFA U17 World Cup

FIFA has appointed 21 referee trios to be in charge of 2015 FIFA U17 World Cup which will be hosted by Chile. The tournament will function as a preparation and basis for the referees' selection for 2018 FIFA World Cup.  Moreover, six officials have been selected as "support referees".

AL JASSIM Abdulrahman (Qatar)
BIN YACOOB Mohd Amirul (Malaysia)
MOHAMED Mohammed Abdulla (UAE)
PERERA Hettikankanamge (Sri Lanka) – support referee

Assistant referees:
AL MARRI Taleb (Qatar)
ALMAQALEH Saoud A. (Qatar)
MUHAMAD Mohd Yusri (Malaysia)
ISMAIL Azman (Malaysia)
ALMAHRI Hasan United (UAE)

ABID CHAREF Mehdi (Algeria)
DIEDHIOU Malang (Senegal)
SIKAZWE Janny (Zambia)
TESSEMA WEYESA Bamlak (Ethiopia) – support referee

Assistant referees:
HMILA Anouar (Tunisia)
NDAGIJIMANA Theogene (Rwanda)
CAMARA Djibril (Senegal)
DOUMBOUYA Aboubacar (Guinea)
MARENGULA Arsenio (Mozambique)
DOS SANTOS Jerson (Angola)

LEGISTER Valdin (Jamaica)
MONTERO ARAYA Ricardo (Costa Rica)
REYNA MÖLLER Oscar (Guatemala) – support referee

Assistant referees:
POWELL Kedlee (Jamaica)
WASHINGTON Richard (Jamaica)
MORA ARAYA Juan (Costa Rica)
CASTRO LEON Warner (Costa Rica)
RAMIREZ SOTO Christian (Honduras)
LOPEZ RAMOS Walter (Honduras)

CACERES VILLAFAÑE Enrique (Paraguay)
HARO SUELDO Diego (Peru)
TOBAR VARGAS Roberto (Chile)
VARGAS CARRENO Gery (Bolivia) – support referee

Assistant referees:
CARDOZO ESCOBAR Eduardo (Paraguay)
LOPEZ CRUZ Raul (Peru)
GUZMAN BONILLA Alexander (Colombia)
BARRAZA PARDO Marcelo (Chile)
SCHIEMANN ALONSO Christian (Chile)

WALDRON Nick (New Zealand)
ZITOUNI Abdelkader (Tahiti) – support referee

Assistant referees:
KUMAR Ravinesh (Fiji)
LOCHRIE Glen (New Zealand)

ARANOVSKYY Ievgenii (Ukraine)
AYTEKIN Deniz (Germany)
BUQUET Ruddy (France)
JUG Matej (Slovenia)
MAKKELIE Danny (Netherlands)
OLIVER Michael (England)
KLOSSNER Stephan (Switzerland) – support referee

Assistant referees:
ALOKHIN Igor (Ukraine)
KORNIYKO Oleksandr (Ukraine)
KLEVE Guido (Germany)
HAECKER Markus (Germany)
DEBART Guillaume (France)
GRINGORE Cyril (France)
ZUNIC Matej (Slovenia)
ROJKO Gregor (Slovenia)
STEEGSTRA Hessel (Netherlands)
DIKS Mario (Netherlands)
BURT Stuart (England)
BESWICK Gary (England)
CULUM Mehmet (Sweden)
GUSTAVSSON Daniel (Sweden)
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August 17, 2015

Champions League 2015/16 - Referee Appointments - Play-Offs 1st Legs (2)

UEFA has appointed the following match officials to take charge of next Wednesday's play-offs for Champions League 2015/2016. Among others, new Elite Sergei Karasev will be in charge of Skënderbeu - Dinamo Zagreb, observed by Italian Alfredo Trentalange, while Mark Clattenburg from England will oversee the tie between Valencia CF and AS Monaco.  

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August 16, 2015

Champions League 2015/16 - Referee Appointments - Play-Offs 1st Legs (1)

UEFA's Referee Officers have chosen the following match officials to take charge of next Tuesday's play-offs for Champions League 2015/2016. Among others, Deniz Aytekin of Germany will take charge of Manchester United's first leg against Club Brugge observed by Jaap Uilenberg.

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August 13, 2015

Mobbing The Referee

On the agenda of the last day at this season's UEFA preparatory course for top referees, there is a topic that becomes more and more relevant in modern, but surely also amateur football. While the referee's decisions were mostly accepted without any protest some decades ago - which is hard to imagine considering the behaviour of some players nowadays - this does not count anymore. Good referees are not only accurate decision-takers today, they are, above all, convincing decision-sellers. Nonetheless, players will not give up to attribute their own mistakes to the match officials manifesting itself in a phenomenon UEFA calls "mobbing the referee".

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News: UEFA Course, Assault Against Referee, Al-Hakim's Facebook-Project, Hagen's retirement and Webb's New Role

News on refereeing: UEFA's pre-season course for referees, the abandonment of a German Cup match, a facebook page started as suddenly as it was closed again owned by a Swedish FIFA official and Howard Webb's new role in Saudi Arabia.

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August 12, 2015

Europa League 2015/16 - Referee Appointments for the Play-Offs (1st Legs)

These are the referee appointments for the first leg matches of this season's UEFA Europa League's Play-Offs. Among others, some of the new Elite referees will take charge of their first UEFA games in 2015/16.

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August 3, 2015

Champions League 2015/16 - Referee Appointments - Third Qualifying Round (II)

As already posted last week, please discuss the performances of UEFA Champions League's Third Qualifying return legs here (for the purpose of clarity).

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August 2, 2015

Psychology for Referees - Performance Management (1/4): Goal-Setting

One of the focal questions that should drive ambitious referees at all levels is: "How can I become better?" For sure, this question similarly concerns those who manage these referees: "How can I make this referee better?".  

There is even a scientific approach called Performance Improvement, which can be located in the field of Consulting and Human Resource Management and which is interested in these issues. Given the considerable amount of overlaps between management and refereeing, it is applicable for refereeing in quite a good and valid way. Based on this approach, I am going to present you a short series of posts, investigating four steps to answer the questions placed above and showing the relevance for referees (like you) themselves, referee observers and referee managers.

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August 1, 2015

Video Analysis: Four Red Cards in UEFA's Third Qualifying Round First Legs

Analysis of four red cards shown in last week's Champions League and Europa League Third Qualifying Round. There were more interesting situations last week, so this is only a small essence. What these cards have all in common: They were correct and serve as good examples for how things should or should not be like.

Collum sending off Schwab © Güni Art (owner of the photo)

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