February 20, 2012

UEFA Europa League - Referee Appointments - Round of 32 (II)

Wednesday, 22 February 2012, 18:00, Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England
Manchester City - FC Porto
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: Florian Meyer (GER)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Deniz Aytekin (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Jean-Francois Crucke (BEL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Zoran Petrovic (SRB)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas E. (GER)

Thursday, 23 February 2012, 19:00, Mestalla, Spain
Valencia - Stoke City
Referee: Markus Strömbergsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Stefan Wittberg (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Mathias Klasenius (SWE)
4th Official: Johan Hamlin (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Martin Hansson (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Tobias Mattsson (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Rudolf Repka (CZE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Christakis Skapoullis (CYP)
Blog Referee Observer: Pascal J. (SUI)

Thursday, 23 February 2012, 19:00, San Mamés, Bilbao, Spain
Athletic - Lokomotiv Moskva
Referee: Pawel Gil (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Piotr Sadczuk (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcin Borkowski (POL)
4th Official: Robert Malek (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Hubert Siejewicz (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
UEFA Delegate: Nodar Akhalkatsi (GEO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alan Snoddy (NIR)
Blog Referee Observer:

Thursday, 23 February 2012, 19:00, Twente Stadion, Enschede, Netherlands 
Twente - Steaua Bucuresti
Referee: Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Alain Hoxha (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Armin Eder (AUT)
4th Official: Alexander Harkam (AUT)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Rene Eisner (AUT)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Thomas Gangl (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Antoine Portelli (MLT)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stefano Farina (ITA)
Blog Referee Observer:

Thursday, 23 February 2012, 19:00, Stadio Toumba, Saloniki, Greece
PAOK - Udinese
Referee: Tom Harald Hagen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Kim Thomas Haglund (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Frank Andas (NOR)
4th Official: Dag Vidar Hafsas (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Tommy Skjerven (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Espen Berntsen (NOR)
UEFA Delegate: Balázs Makray (HUN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Manuel Diaz Vega (ESP)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward A. (GRE)

Thursday, 23 February 2012, 19:00, PSV Stadion, Eindhoven, Netherlands
PSV - Trabzonspor
Referee: Tony Chapron (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Eric Dansault (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Fredji Harchay (FRA)
4th Official: Alexendre Castro (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Clément Turpin (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Said Ennjimi (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Benny Jacobsen (DEN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vítor Melo Pereira (POR)
Blog Referee Observer: Cagatay I. (TUR)

Thursday, 23 February 2012, 19:00, Jan Breydelstadion, Brugge, Belgium
Club Brugge - Hannover 96
Referee: William Collum (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Derek Rose (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Graham Chambers (SCO)
4th Official: Crawford Allan (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Alan Muir (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Robert Madden (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Pat Quigley (IRL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marc Batta (FRA)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas E. (GER)

Thursday, 23 February 2012, 19:00, Stade Maurice Dufrasne, Liège, Belgium
Standard Liège - Wisla Kraków
Referee: Milorad Mazic (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Milovan Ristic (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Igor Radojcic (SRB)
4th Official: Vlado Glodjovic (SRB)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Milenko Vukadinovic (SRB)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Bosko Jovanetic (SRB)
UEFA Delegate: Milovan Djukanovic (MNE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sándor Piller (HUN)
Blog Referee Observer:

Thursday, 23 February 2012, 21:05, Inönü, Istanbul, Turkey
Besiktas - Braga
Referee: István Vad (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Gabor Eros (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Robert Kispál (HUN)
4th Official: Sandor Andó-Szabó (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Mihaly Fabián (HUN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Tamás Bognar (HUN)
UEFA Delegate: Patrick Wattebled (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Pierluigi Collina (ITA)
Blog Referee Observer: Filipe T. (POR)

Thursday, 23 February 2012, 21:05, Old Trafford, Manchester, England
Manchester United - Ajax Amsterdam
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Primoz Arhar (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Matej Zunic (SVN)
4th Official: Roberto Ponis (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Matej Jug (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Slavko Vincic (SVN)
UEFA Delegate: Tryvge Bornö (NOR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Leif Sundell (SWE)
Blog Referee Observer: Mohammed A.Fattah (EGY)

Thursday, 23 February 2012, 21:05, José Alvalade, Lisbon, Portugal
Sporting - Legia 
Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Nikolay Golubev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Vyacheslav Semenov (RUS)
4th Official: Stanislav Sukhina (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Vladimir Kazhmenko (RUS)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Vitaly Meshkov (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Dag Steinar Vestlund (NOR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Luis Medina Cantalejo (ESP)
Blog Referee Observer: Qudamah N. (POL)

Thursday, 23 February 2012, 21:05, VeltinsArena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Schalke 04 - Viktoria Plzen
Referee: Alan Kelly (IRL)
Assistant Referee 1: Damien Macgraith (IRL)
Assistant Referee 2: Marc Douglas (IRL)
4th Official: Neil Doyle (IRL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Padraigh Sutton (IRL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Tomas Connolly (IRL)
UEFA Delegate: Christian Kofoed (DEN)
UEFA Referee Observer: William Young (SCO)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas E. (GER)

Thursday, 23 February 2012, 21:05, Metalist Stadium, Kharkiv, Ukraine
Metalist - Salzburg
Referee: Antony Gautier (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Annonier (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Frédéric Cano (FRA)
4th Official: Hervé Piccirillo (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Fredy Fautrel (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Ivan Lekov (BUL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Uno Tutk (EST)
Blog Referee Observer:

Thursday, 23 February 2012, 21:05, Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium, Piraeus, Greece
Olympiacos - Rubin Kazan
Referee: Stefan Johannesson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Fredrik Nilsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Magnus Sjöblom (SWE)
4th Official: Daniel Stalhammar (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Michael Lerjeus (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Martin Strömbergsson (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Yoav Strauss (ISR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Costas Kapitanis (CYP)
Blog Referee Observer:

Thursday, 23 February 2012, 21:05, Constant Vanden Stock, Brussels, Belgium
Anderlecht - AZ Alkmaar
Referee: Pedro Proenca (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bertino Miranda (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ricardo Santos (POR)
4th Official: Hugo Miguel (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Manuel de Sousa (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Duarte Gomes (POR)
UEFA Delegate: Andrian Ixari (MDA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stephen Bennett (ENG)
Blog Referee Observer: Philipp S. (GER)

Thursday, 23 February 2012, 21:05, Estádio Vicente Calderón, Madrid, Spain
Atlético Madrid - Lazio Roma
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Peter Kirkup (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Stephen Child (ENG)
4th Official: Andre Marriner (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Mark Clattenburg (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Michael Oliver (ENG)
UEFA Delegate: Ainar Leppänen (EST)
UEFA Referee Observer: Francesco Bianchi (SUI)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)


  1. Meyer is there, but not Brych.
    I want your opinion, Niclas.
    Olympics games for sure for Brych.
    Otherwise, it isn't a right thing.

  2. It must be UEFA's / FIFA's intention, if not, I could not understand it either.

  3. Anonymous20/2/12 18:29

    but if you were Brych you would go to EURO as additional ass Referee????i dont think so!I would have waited for my turn...

    1. ok, if I were Brych and I would know that FIFA gives me the chance to join Ol.Games, then of course no EURO, but if there is no Ol.Games call, then I would take the chance to collect experiences along with Stark's team.

  4. Anonymous21/2/12 12:46

    Skomina gets Manchester United vs Ajax

  5. petschovschi21/2/12 12:51

    Duhamel, Gummieny, Yefet, Koukoulakis (all Cat.I) Aydinus, Bordki, Grafe, Nijhuis, Orsato Stavrev (ED), Benquerenca (Elite) without game in february.
    Seems all these referees didn't pass yo-yo recovery test.

    1. Anonymous21/2/12 13:37

      If I'm not wrong just 8 referees didnt't pass the test.

    2. I doubt Nijhuis will have failed the test, as he is known in the Netherlands as the fittest referee on the pitch. His fitness is seen as his biggest advantage.
      However, you never know.

    3. However, he did not accompany Kuipers and that might be a sign.

    4. Anonymous23/2/12 16:37

      As far as Duhamel is concerned, I think we can find another explanation: his brother commited suicide this month. He didn't referee a match since January, 21st (in french Cup). His last french Ligue 1 match occured on December, 10th.

  6. Thanks!
    Vad - Collina and Collum - Batta is interesting!

  7. Hansson... from the FIFA Confederations Cup final to... additional AR in UEFA Europa League in only 3 years... very sad...

  8. Ref29 you are right, but there could be always something worse, anyway he is still a FIFA referee, and he goes in the most fascinating pitches of Europe...

  9. Stavrev, one of the referees who failed the tests, has been appointed for a friendly on 29.
    He will whistle in Slovenia - Scotland.

  10. Kevin Blom will take charge of Cyprus - Serbia

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  12. Italy - USA

    Firat Aydinus (TUR)
    Serkan Ok / Aleks Taṩḉioḡlu (TUR)
    Andrea De Marco (ITA)

  13. Niclas. Do you have any website where I can download full matches from Champions League and the Europe League?

    1. Anonymous22/2/12 21:56


  14. Stark was good, no comment on his style how to deal with protesting players, the fact that he was ultra strict was however needed yesterday..
    Pickel very good, Salver only ok.

  15. the expected appointment in the German top clash on Sunday:

    26.02.2012 15.30 Bayern München - Schalke 04
    Michael Weiner, Sönke Glindemann, Patrick Ittrich, Thorsten Schriever

    Ittrich is a surprise, he is pretty unsafe in on-/offside and normally assisted Rafati, Glindemann's experience is an advantage.

  16. Collum very weak. And that in front of Batta. Not good.
    If Mazic is appointed for a match, it will be boring. Five matches so far, two goals and many cards.

  17. Anonymous23/2/12 21:15

    :)))I think that all the cards reasonably demonstrated.Mazic not the one who needs to score.:)))
    I watched the match-safe and very authoritative.

  18. What about Kelly, Niclas?
    A straight red card to a Plzen player.

  19. I have seen Vad, for my side he was really good, yes he had problems with control, a high intense match, he did his best to contribute to flow of game. Also, missed some fouls, and YCs.

  20. petschovschi24/2/12 02:31

    I also watched a big part of Besiktas- Braga. From my point of view the game was easy until ~70'. Last 20 minutes were intense and Vad had some problems with control.
    Overall his performance was decent, but I would give maximum 8,2.He didn't make big mistakes but wasn't perfect (I already said I didn't like that he was unable to keep the control in last 20 minutes...)

  21. And very weak Atkinson in Atletico - Lazio. Missed penalty, clear red card and some minor but obvious things. Not the Elite performance. Too far away to the play, passive approach (in Spanish - Italian clash?).
    CONTROL - 6,5
    CALLS - 4,0
    NEUTRALITY - 5,5
    STYLE - 6,0

  22. Anonymous24/2/12 08:41

    How did Damir Skomina do on Manchester United vs Ajax match?

  23. Hagen was very good until min 50. At this moment he discovered a penalty (in favor of Udinese) when the attacking player clearly commits an offensive foul. Unbelievable in my mind.

  24. My report about Atkinson is ready.
    I have sent a mail, Niclas, as always.

    Final mark for him: 64,75

  25. Schalke had soooo much luck..intense match for 120 minutes and Kelly was just very good. Of course some minors, but all the cards perfectly right, the red card was stupid, an ellbow-violent-conduct and Kelly was 1 metre behind the player...
    Will be something in the area of 80-83. Could have given a penalty to Schalke.
    Collum as I said weak.

  26. And concerning Mazic:
    I did not see all his matches in full length, but well, five matches, always more than 5 yellows, also reds, is this what we want to see in Europe? I think, no, it is not. But no doubt that many of his calls were good, it is just a question of whether you like his style.

    1. Anonymous24/2/12 15:56

      Do you like it?Absolutely YES!!!In case anyone deserved a red, or yellow card to referee whether to forgive?!Of course not!Should not tolerate violence on the ground and unsportsmanlike conduct? How Cakir, whose style is so you praised, has yellow cards per game?
      Is Mazic got a chance refereeing the teams from the TOP class?Not yet!Wait and see...

    2. Are you personally harmed when I say that I do not like styles characterized by a high card average? It seems so unfortunately.
      It goes without saying that one may not tolerate violence...and concerning Cakir, his style is risky, if effective, you have to like it as football fan and player.

      It is not about missing obvious ones or giving obvious ones, it is about how to lead a match, at least my understanding of refereeing is not only executing the rule book. UEFA seems to like Mazic, one question, perhaps you can answer it better than me, is it an unlucky appt when a man from Montenegro observers a Serbian? I have no real idea about it but when I read it I was a bit surprised.

    3. F. Taveira24/2/12 17:34

      Mazic was observed by Piller from Hungary. The guy from Montenegro is just the UEFA delegate to the game.

    4. thanks, my mistake.

    5. Niclas, last year, before the UCL final, when I praised Kassai for his match management without cards, weren't you the one saying that he is not good enough because he does not issue many cards? Have you changed your mind about using the cards?

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    7. strange syntax, so again :S

      Yes, I have. I agree with our Serbian friend, if cards are necessary, you must give them, Kassai to my mind refused sometimes to give obvious ones.
      My idea is that refereeing starts at the time when you shake the players' hands and throw the coin, your style and personality can impress players, perhaps they accept the style and behave well, if not, cards must be shown.
      However, I am probably not the right one to philosophize about that, UEFA seems to like both styles, but the latest final appointments showed a clear tendency..
      [[for this reason, Cakir should be one of the next final refs (just a small thought :D)]]

    8. Anonymous25/2/12 03:07

      Now a bit of experience, a refereeing ...Niclas, when the nominations for the game but you know the kind of character that you're susceptible to interference.The authority of referees and then starts to leave the plane and coming to the stadium.
      Have you felt the ground and at least 20,000 people around you?I would be happiest in the world that all of you young guys on the field, not for computers.It must be felt ...
      The current policy of the leading men of refereeing Offices is consistency in the application of disciplinary measures.Any reckless start, frequently making fouls, promising attack ...Any form of unsportsmanlike conduct should be sanctioned.Both bear in mind - when the start of a red card has no advantage - the game has to stop immediately (this is a " school example " of Liege).Strict application of the guidelines of the seminar is the key in the development of each referee.Dr Mazic in just 3 years he managed that no one from Serbia is not in the last 25 years ... The last was the top-referee - Zoran Petrovic ...
      Time will " referee " the show who was right.I am a little old and tired of this long correspondence.I remember-2 +2 is not always 4! ;)
      Dr Bane

    9. I cannot find anything in your good comment I would not share or I did not share.
      What I wanted to express is just that - IMO - modern refereeing is more than just strictly applying the rule book, even though I have a lot of respect for Viktor Kassai and what he achieved in the last months and years: Kassai did not always follow the rule book, if we remember Spain-Germany, Inter-Bayern, also partly the CL final and especially Bayern-ManCity, but he is UEFA's most favourite referee.

      The question of styles perhaps has no 100% correct answer or solution and I like that we have plenty of different styles that are all accepted by UEFA, if not, it would be boring.

      And as I said, UEFA seems to like Mazic, they would not give five matches to him if this was not the case, a question: I think at MD4 or 5 in CL there was an announcement that Mazic would get a match in UCL. That never happened. Why not?

    10. Anonymous26/2/12 03:04

      What the referee except Mazic and Cakir nominated for two games this year?The intent is not to rereeing a game CL and the end ... He is constantly good and it is no doubt!.CL will surely come ...Mazic the referee who strictly observe the instructions of UEFA-seminar and do not improvise.His criterion does not change-the first card as the last.This is what UEFA aims!

    11. Yes, I did not ask the question to underline that Mazic is not well regarded by UEFA. It was just a confusion in the last year cos everyone expected him and then he did not appear.

  27. Kelly highlights here (post 3!!)

    1. sry, no red card visible in this video :S

    2. Was the 1-1 possibly offside? I think, the player in the middle touches the ball and then the scorer is slightly offside.

    3. no, it was Höwedes who touched the ball with his pick.

  28. some final marks (reports to follow later):

    Stark 82
    Collum 63
    Kelly 79

  29. Tom Harald Hagen Mark (report to follow).


  30. Markus Strömbergsson 70 (report to follow)

  31. Anonymous25/2/12 14:13

    After Zoran Petrovic, there was Miroslav Radoman from Serbia in latest 90's

    1. Anonymous26/2/12 02:40

      I remember well his career! After two games CL ( Willem 2 - Bordeaux , Rosenborg-Feyenord ) received a bad mark - match Monaco - Bayer 04th ...After the game, Sturm-Parma was abruptly taken off the list ...Undeniably EXCELLENT REFEREE-but did not fare in Europe ...
      I think he fell because the decision AR to admit Parma goal, even though the ball has not crossed the goal - line (Kusovac-MNE) ...
      Zdravko Jokic was Chief Commission for the development of referees in Serbia for 20 years, and was an excellent soccer player and high - referee, but did not have a prominent international career (was a FIFA referee) ... His lectures are by far the best for the education of young referees ...Something like Vlado Sajn ...We have forgotten one name - Dusan Colic." My tastes " referee ...After Zoran Petrovic he had a starring role in Europe 90's ...

  32. Was Zdravko Jokic a successful ref? He is a CL observer, too.


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