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.


  1. Belgium - Kazakstan - Milorad Mazic, Milovan Ristic , Igor Radojcic , Milenko Vukadinovic...

  2. thx.
    Ristic and Radojcic seem to be his regular ARs, although he was often assigned along with Tomicic..

  3. Observer - names?!:)
    Mr. Tomicic was really superb AR!Unfortunately, due to age is "retired"!

  4. I do not think that it is possible to get the observers..there are neither press kits nor full time reports for qualifiers.

  5. GER vs. BIH u21 - observer: Zoran Petrovic(SRB)
    ROM vs. BLR - observer: Miroslav Radoman(SRB)

  6. thx
    I am glad to see Anar Salmanov in this match, seems to be a high regarded talent on UEFA stage

  7. Group E, Rotterdam, 20:30
    Netherlands - Moldova
    Referee Matej Jug (SVN)
    Assistant Referee 1: Andrej Kokolj
    Assistant Referee 2: Milan Kogej
    4th Official:Slavko Vincic
    UEFA Referee Observer: Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE)
    UEFA Delegate: Alan McRae (SCO)

  8. BELGIUM-KAZAKHSTAN, UEFA Referee Obsever:René Temmink ( NED )

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

  10. Thanks, where do you have the observer info from?
    UEFA, connections or domestic sites?

  11. Personal sources!;)Petrovic,Radoman- fss.rs...

  12. ok :D
    I am glad that there are so many people from different countries so that one is able to get all the info together, as I do not really understand the language used on fss.rs. (cyrillic?)

  13. http://www.fss.rs/sr/referees/vesti.html

  14. 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 --» João Carlos Santos Capela


    game ?????
    Referee: Bruno Paixão
    Assistents: José Cardinal e Venâncio Tomé
    4th Referee: João Ferreira

    game ??????
    referee: Olegário Benquerença
    Assistents: Bertino Miranda e João Santos
    4th Referee: Carlos Xistra

  15. 07.10.2011, friendly
    referees: Pavel Kralovec - Zlamal, Wilczek

    11.10.2011, EURO Qual.

    4 teams from Spain and Velasco Carballo only as 4th official!

    1. Undiano Mallenco - Martinez Ibanez, Calvo Guadamuro - Teixeira Vitienes

    2. Mateu Lahoz - Aguilar Rodriguez, Fernandez Miranda - Clos Gomez

    3. Iturralde Gonzalez - Diaz Perez del Palomar, Yuste Jimenez - Muniz Fernandez

    4. Fernandez Borbalan - Cabanero Martinez, Alonso Fernandez - Velasco Carballo

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

  17. interesting. Thanks for all the info.
    I assume that Velasco's appointment has a reason, I suppose that Fernández Borbalán will get a high profile match, perhaps SUI-MNE or GER-BEL, both matches are important as at least one team has to win when they want to go through.

  18. During the last days, I was wondering whether Atkinson could have a chance for the Euro. Considering his appointments and the fact that he was mostly accompanied by Mullarkey and Kirkup led to that idea..I moreover think that Webb is on FIFA's pre list for 2014, that means they probably want to see him again, perhaps at the Olympic Games in London.
    My suggestion would be: Webb, Undiano, Proenca and Brych to Olympia, Atkinson, Velasco, Benquerenca and Stark to Euro.

    What do you think?

  19. Webb's team: Jake Collin, Peter Kirkup, Michel Leslie Dean

    Schörgenhofer's team: Alain Hoxha, Roland Brandner, Gerhard Grobelnik

  20. Webb for Greece. Hm. I would expect a better and more steady referee for this crucial match.

  21. Hm hard to say. Remember what everyone said before Lannoy made a good perfomance in the important DEN-NOR encounter..
    But I am still wondering whether the assistant referees' appointments could indicate something..Collin and Kirkup for Webb, Mullarkey and Cann for Atkinson, this team yet refereed Saturday's Merseyside derby.. could you imagine that we'll see Atkinson in POL/UKR?

  22. Well, Niklas, IMO Atkinson will go to Poland/Ukraine having already 1 big match (Barcelona-Milan) and 2 Euro Qualifiers in 2 months. But it is best to wait for the Play-Offs on November.

  23. I believe that UCL is primarily used for selection since they use refereeing quintets, same as Euro 2012, while the qualifiers still use trios.

  24. Yeap, that is probably right.
    I think it is even more interesting to observe the posterior slots..I think we all agree that these referees are sure:
    - Rizzoli
    - Kassai
    - Skomina
    - Kuipers
    - Lannoy
    - 1 GER
    - 1 ENG
    - 1 ESP
    - 1 POR
    = 3 slots left. Who could get them?

    Cakir, Thomson, Moen, Nikolaev, Eriksson seem to be the most probable candidates. Let us take a look on additional assistant referees:
    - Cakir: B.Yildirim, Gocek
    - Thomson: Collum, McLean or Norris
    - Eriksson: Johannesson, Strömbergsson
    - Moen: Hagen, ?????
    - Nikolaev: Bezborodov, Karasev (???)

    = I think considering the add.ass.ref. one could state that Eriksson is in POL/UKR for sure as it would be great to have a team consisting of one Elite referee, one ED referee and one referee who is on FIFA's pre list.
    The same counts for SCO, Collum is a great prospect referee, McLean and Norris are young as well and promising.
    But what about Norway? Hagen of course, but who then? I do not know whether one of the others is on Euro level (Hafsas, Johnsen, Berntsen..) and finally, the same counts for Russia.
    Cakir could be a surprise..not due to his perfomances but due to his age and duration being in Elite group.

    I would then prefer these refs as 4ths (assuming that they are from different countries than the main refs):
    - Nikolaev
    - Moen
    - Gumienny
    - Kelly
    - Studer
    - Schörgenhofer/Kralovec

  25. Niclas, I totally agree with the list you made, everything seems to be obvious. Eriksson and Thomson are for sure as well for my side (as Thomson was fourt in 2008). One room is left for remaining, UEFA should decide between Cakir,Moen and Nikolaev. I think, that may be Nikolaev, because Moen and Cakir are still so young and they have enough time to be there. We will see these two in WC2014. But I wouldnt be surprised to see one of these three in EURO. My prediction for doubtious countries:

    Collina will be making a mixture of experience and youth. We all saw this approach in appoitments. If he forms the list with definite four above, he may be choosing Moen or Cakir. Because, Benq., Stark, and Mallenco are too much experienced refs.

    Cakir, Moen and Nikolaev are at 2 games for EURO qualifiers, I think, they are all going to have a third on 11.10.2011. The remarks will be influencing the outcome as well.

    It is approved by TFF that Cakir will be having a EURO2012 qualifier on 11.10.2011
    Ref: Cuneyt Cakir
    Asistants: Duran, Ongun
    Fourth: Halis Ozkahya

  26. btw does someone know when exactly the play-offs will be held?
    I presume it is something about the second half of November, but did not find anything on UEFA's site.

  27. thx for the info, Cagatay.
    Just considering their perfomances, Cakir is definitely superior to Nikolaev.
    Cakir's third match should/could be ESP-SCO. A high profile match and you never know, perhaps CZE has some kind of slip-up so that SCO has some chances.

    My question of the exact date is probably answered as Germany is playing friendlies on 11/11 in Ukraine and on 15/11 against NED.

  28. Then, play-off appoitments will be giving some other clues. Cakir has handled a group I before. I guess, he will be having SWE-NED or FRA-BOS as high profile games

  29. ah of course, he had LTU-SCO..
    SWE-NED could be nice!

  30. And I do believe that career path of referees should be step by step. For example, if Moen attends EURO2012, he will be having at most two groupstage games. Because, there are some great experienced referees on the list before him. But that would be great for him whenever he takes place in 2016 with 6 years CL heritage and having seen a EURO athmosphere as fourth in 2012. That makes much more sense to me.

  31. I actually prefer your idea as well, Cagatay, but UEFA and FIFA both showed that if you are good enough, you are old enough. At least Kassai's final appointment showed that UEFA does not care for age anymore.
    I was never so excited ahead a tournament concerning the referee nominations. So many close "duels"..

  32. Group F, Riga, 19:00
    Latvia - Malta
    Referee Richard Trutz (SVK)
    Assistant Referee 1 Roman Slysko
    Assistant Referee 2 Erik Weiss
    4th Official Mario Vlk
    UEFA Referee Observer: Raymond Ellingham (WAL)
    UEFA Delegate: Gerhard Sager (SWE)

  33. Hagen's team: Dag Roger Nebben, Magnus Lundberg, Tommy Skjerven

  34. Evans' team: Edward King, Alun Boore, Huw Jones

  35. Strahonja's team: Siniša Premužaj, Željko Novosel, Igor Pristovnik

  36. For Euro 2012, I would say: Kassai, Rizzoli, Stark, Undiano, Atkinson, Lannoy, Kuipers, Benquerenca, Skomina, Moen, Thomson, Eriksson.

  37. Eriksson's team: Fredrik Nilsson, Mathias Klasenius, Markus Strömbergsson

  38. For EURO 2012, I would say: Kassai, Rizzoli, Brych, Velasco Carballo, Webb, Lannoy, Kuipers, Proenca, Skomina, Thomson, Eriksson and Moen.

    I don't think you should put too much stock in how strong the AARs will be. It's not like Skomina will have potential Elite referees as AARs. So why should that be a strike against Moen?

    Also, as someone else mentioned, I think Thomson needs to be counted as a lock. He's gone before as a fourth and he has been getting great games in qualification and UCL. Thomson seems a certainty to me. I really think there are only two spots between four referees (Eriksson, Moen, Nikolaev and Cakir).

    Another big question for me is this: will the "losing" candidates from the top countries go as AARs? For example, would Atkinson or Stark or Benquerenca be behind the goals if they miss out? Would UEFA consider selecting quintets where TWO referees could get the whistle? Remember, as late as EURO 1996, officials were only getting ONE match for the group stage.

  39. Andorra – Ireland
    Referee: Libor Kovarik (CZE)
    Assistant Referee 1: Krystof Menkl (CZE)
    Assistant Referee 2: Emil Ubias (CZE)
    Fourth Official: Radek Prihoda (CZE)

    Romania – Belarus
    Referee: Alan Kelly (IRL)
    Assistant Referee 1: Damien MacGraith (IRL)
    Assistant Referee 2: Marc Douglas (IRL)
    Fourth Official: David McKeon (IRL)

  40. Thanks. The Kelly team was the expected one, Ubias well, normally there is Filipek..

    I know that Vincic e.g. is probably not on Euro level either, but he has worked with Skomina, Jug and Ponis for such a long time in CL, I think they made about 9 or 10 matches together.
    I do not see such a consistency in the Norwegian team. Sometimes it is Hafsas, sometimes Johnsen, sometimes Berntsen and last time it was former FIFA referee Sandmoen. In my opinion, the teams should be experienced of working together. Nikolaev worked the whole last season with Karasev and Pettay, latter has died, so I guess they will "install" another one like Kazhmenko or Eskov. But Bezborodov and Nikolaev do not really know each other concerning CL or EL appointments.
    I will make a list in the next hours which full teams I would prefer, if you have one as well, you can e-mail me that and I will post them all in a seperate thread.

  41. Finland – Sweden
    Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG)
    Assistant Referee 1: Stephen Child (ENG)
    Assistant Referee 2: Simon Beck (ENG)
    Fourth Official: Lee Mason (ENG)

    Wales – Switzerland
    Referee: Bjorn Kuipers (NED)
    Assistant Referee 1: Erwin Zeinstra (NED)
    Assistant Referee 2: Sander van Roekel (NED)
    Fourth Official: Richard Liesveld (NED)

    now we have all the appointments

  42. superb, thanks a lot to everyone!
    I doubt that UEFA really knows which ARs from NED they want to take..normally van Roekel and Simons, sometimes Zeinstra and Simons, sometimes Zeinstra and van Roekel..

  43. De Bleeckere announced his appointment for a Champions League third matchday game. On 18 or 19 October. This time with Vromans and Hermans.
    Simons did at least one big mistake in Napoli-Villarreal...

  44. Hmm, did not watch the match. I only saw the penalty situation and was content with the penalty, difficult to see.

    Hermans and Simons will both retire in three months. I am slightly pessimistic about Belgian refereeing..they seem to take the same development like Denmark.

  45. 07/10/2011, Seoul (Olympic Stadium)
    Referee: Nawaf Abdulla Ghayyath Shukralla (BHR)
    Assistant referee 1: Khaled Rashed Salem Al Allan (BHR)
    Assistant referee 2: Nawaf Shaheen Khalifa Moosa (BHR)

    11.10.2011, Wiesbaden (BRITA-Arena)
    Referee: Peter Sippel (GER)

  46. Oh, Sippel..ok, is in Wiesbaden (3rd division stadium), I guess that Siebert and Hofmann will be the ARs, Hofmann for sure, it could also be that a 2nd division AR from Bavaria will assist (Benjamin Brand or Thomas Färber), I will look for the full appointment.

    Shukrallah is a great referee to my mind.

    Do not know whether someone is interested in women's soccer...Steinhaus will officiate the EURO qualifier on October 27th in Zwolle (NED-ENG), assisted by Katrin Rafalski and Christina Biehl.

  47. Anonymous6/10/11 19:17

    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)

    UEFA Referee Observer: Marc Batta (FRA)

  48. Uh-oh! Blatta! That is a tough observer appointment..

  49. Anonymous6/10/11 21:15

    Not Blatter, BATTA!

  50. Anonymous,
    Niclas can distinguish difference between Marc Batta and Joseph S. Blatter :D

    By the way,
    Referee: Peter Rasmussen (DEN)
    Assts : Henrik Sonderby and Niels Hoeg
    Fourth : Lars Christoffersen

  51. Andddd, as I expected:


    Sweden vs Netherlands
    Referee: Cuneyt Cakir (TUR)
    Assit. : Bahattin Duran and Tarık Ongun
    Fourth : Huseyin Gocek

    Great appoitment...

  52. Thanks for the appointments. Cakir was the expected one indeed and it shows that he has 100 % chances to get to the final tournament.

    Of course Batta, thanks ( I assume) Peter..

  53. Svein Oddvar Moen will referee Germany vs Belgium, assistant referees still unknown (not revealed on the dfb-site), I presume it'll be Haglund and Andas.

  54. Anonymous7/10/11 16:44


    Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
    Assistant Referee 1: Kim Tomas Haglund (NOR)
    Assistant Referee 2: Frank Andås (NOR)
    Fourth Official: Espen Berntsen (NOR)

    Kind regards from Vienna,

  55. Thanks Peter!
    I am wondering whether there is some kind of tactic UEFA is applying: BEL-GER: Hauge (NOR), GER-TUR: Webb (ENG), ENG-MNE: Gräfe (GER)..they took the same nationality for the 2nd legs. Not sure whether they did it more often but at least remarkable..

  56. 4th Official of Clattenburg is by the way not Mason but Marriner. Yet some dismissions, I expect to see more today in TUR-GER. Hopefully not on the away-side ;)

  57. Cagatay, what do you think? I bet 2-1 for TUR

  58. Considering the group situation in B (I cannot believe that we will probably see Armenia at least in the Play-Offs ;D), there must be high profile refs. Ireland will face Armenia next Tuesday, I suppose that there will be Mallenco.

  59. Anonymous7/10/11 20:28

    Hi Suricate!

    Republic of Ireland - Armenia will not be handled by Alberto Undiano Mallenco.

    Kind regards from Vienna,

  60. I hope Olegário will make it.

  61. Good morning to everyone.

    Webb did his mistake as i expected last night. At 1-0 for Greece he denied a clear penalty to Croatia and the chance to equalize. It seems that my categories were correct for Webb.

    Another info. Kyros Vassaras (GRE) is the UEFA Referees observer at Germany vs Belgium (11/10)

  62. Oh, good info, thanks Edward.
    Hmm did not see Webb, only saw that he had a lot to do and that there were many troubles on the tribunes.
    Perhaps it sounds a bit harsh, but to my mind, the modern football does not offer any place for such things so that I request harder bans to both teams (perhaps -3 points or something like that). I know that clubs or national federations have no influence on the actions of their so-called fans, but finally, that seems to be the only way to avoid that. The same counts for Serbia. It is an absurdity that this federation can allow itself those actions during the last three or four years.

    Atkinson was just o.k./good, a mixture I think. Tagliavento very good as well, the red card followed a really harsh foul by Hübschmann. 5 Matches suspension should be the consequence.

  63. Anonymous8/10/11 11:20

    The neww appointments are readu on UEFA site: in my opinion, Thomson got the best match: France - Bosnia. The winner will finish at first place. The same Denmark Blgium, and here there is Nicola Rizzoli. These two referees are almost sure for EURO2012. However Thomson has to pay attention! We remember what happened just two years ago in France Ireland. Martin Hansson was really a unlucky referee.. a mistake is possible, but not in this kind of match and not when it determines the final score :)

  64. There is a joke to my mind. How can one appoint Iturralde for IRL-ARM, this match requires a better referee in my opinion. Fernández Borbalán in Group I, well, everything is nearly clear, reasonable but not common. Rizzoli got the best match indeed, Collum's one may not underestimated.

  65. Nikolaev has finished the qualifiers in two games and he hasnt handled any CL in 2011-2012 yet, he has any injury?? I think, he is dropped from hot EURO candidate list right now.

    By the way, german team is like a machine, Löw is absolutely in right direction. I wonder, how it would be if there was Mesut in the game?, great.

  66. Absolutely.
    I have to say that it was as always a great atmosphere in Istanbul. I was not convinced by our play in the first half, but if you win even those matches with three goals, you will join the world's peak.
    Remember WC 2006, how Germany surprised after the weak Euros. Klinsmann was the coach. On the paper. Löw did the whole work and at least last year one saw that this team has prospect. I hope and am sure that the day will come when ESP cannot win 1-0 against us :D

    Nikolaev is not injured. He refereed many matches in the Russian league in the last 4 weeks including a top clash.
    We have to state that he failed his K.O. Round Test last season, his perfomance in Valencia-Schalke was of poor concentration and decisions. Perhaps you read our flashback of U17 WC 2011, he received the second worst average mark by us although he got a semi-final.

  67. Kuipers report:

  68. najbolji je eriksson


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