June 5, 2012


The 2012 UEFA European Championship, the 14th UEFA organized European championship for national teams, will be held in Poland and Ukraine from 8 June to 1 July 2012. It is furthermore the last competition of its sort for now with only sixteen participating teams, as UEFA has decided to increase the number of joining teams up to twenty-four. 

The history of European championships goes back into the first half of the last century:
Championships for national associations had already begun in other continents by the time the idea of a European competition for national teams began to reach fruition in the 1950s. At the time that UEFA was born, in 1954, the impulse for a European championship was coming from the distinguished French sports newspaper L'Equipe, which proposed a competition with home-and-away matches to be played in midweek in the evening.

Adding to the French drive for such a tournament was Henri Delaunay, first UEFA General Secretary and former French national association general secretary. In 1927, Delaunay had already submitted a proposal to FIFA for the creation of a European cup, to run concurrently with the World Cup, which would involve a qualifying competition every two years.
In 2007, UEFA allocated the 14th European Championship to Poland and Ukraine that defeated an Italian as well as a Hungarian-Croatian bid for the holding of this year's edition of the most popular continental football competition for national teams.
UEFA has selected an amount of eight venue cities that are awaiting a minimum of three matches each including Warsaw and Kyiv as the venues for the opener match respectively the final. Wroclaw, Poznán, Gdansk and the Ukrainian cities Donezk, Lviv and Kharkiv are completing the list of the hosting venue cities.
In addition to this, all the big names will attend the competition, including 2008's winners Spain, the 2010 World Cup finalists from the Netherlands and also Germany, the nation with the most titles in European Championships (3). 
68 match officials have been selected by UEFA to bolster the provision of a fantastic tournament to the world that are basically made up of twelve quintets including the main referee, two assistant referees and two additional assistant referees all coming from the same nation each. Moreover, four fourth officials and four reserve assistant referees will attend the tournament.

This blog and its community will follow this tournament by reporting on the match officials' performances and discussing their appointments.
In addition, everything related to the upcoming first referee appointments can be posted underneath this thread until no separate thread is available.
Check these officials and their profiles (still to come) and find a tournament overview including referee observation reports by following the below posted link.



  1. UEFA has officially released the first appointments!


    Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)

    Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP)
    Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez (ESP)

    Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)

    Additional assistants:
    David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)
    Carlos Clos Gómez (ESP)

    1. Rocchi as FO not expected. Carballo was the ideal choise for an opener. Looking forward to it.

  2. Well, Velasco is no big surprise, although no one of us predicted it correctly. For this match, nearly every referee was possible.
    Rocchi as the 4th official is more surprising, because we (at least I) didn't think about the option to use the Elite AAR's for this job. I think, it's a good idea, but leads to the question, whether we really need the special 4th officials like Kralovec.
    Furthermore, we can conclude, no Rizzoli on Friday or Saturday, and probably not in Group A on the 2nd matchday.

  3. Yes, this is the first surprise: additional assistant referee from another team, can be used as fourth in a match with a different referee.
    It wasn't expected, at least for me.
    Yes, no Rizzoli on Friday and probably neither on Saturday.

  4. Sorry, I cannot get on the match page, mistake in UEFA.com.

    Where do you have the appt from?

    1. The appointment is at the Match Center.

    2. Yes, and at this point UEFA.com is failing at my PC :D

    3. Mine too. Probably many people visit UEFA.com. The weird thing is that they haven't published any other appointment.

  5. http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2012/matches/byround/index.html

    and the match centre:


    furthermore, the news is already reported by many sites

  6. Could it be that the uefa staff is working at publishing all the appts at once so that there are problems at the moment?

    I will of course write an article onto the first appts and utter my opinion there, my first impression was characterized by surprise, as this match could become very embattled. Group A, that is my prediction, will need very safe officials, very good referees, as the teams certainly will focus on inset and fighting, perhaps even more than on football.

  7. Now the uefa euro page is totally down..

    1. That's strange, I can open it here from Italy and it's everything ok, no changes. Anyway I think that the next appointments will be published from tomorrow, because if you search on google you find the news of Carballo appointment for the opening match, but no more.
      So UEFA has published only this match for now.
      And we haven't to forget the press kits section, in which we will read the UEFA observers....

    2. This appointment is also damn because I planned you Chefren as opener observer :S Now there is Rizzoli and the plan cannot be realized :P
      I have to wait for the others of course to say more.

    3. Don't worry :)
      there are so many matches to observe!

  8. Try:

    it works ;) maybe also in your country


  9. Zastanawia mnie GIANLUCA ROCCHI jako techniczny w tym meczu bo jek podawali listę sędziów to technicznych jest czterech mój rodak BORSKI, UKRAINIEC SZVIECOV, CZECH KRALOVEC I NORWEG HAGEN a na tej liście niema WŁOCHA ROCCHI . Carballo to jeden z najleprzych arbitrów w tym sezonie zakończonym podobnie jak o rok starszy od Hiszpana Portugalczyk Proenca

  10. So happy the shop is open!! Got some lovely things that sound great-thanks so much!


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