November 3, 2013

FIFA U-17 World Cup 2013 Semifinals - Referee Appointments

Thanks to Árbitro Internacional, the referee appointments for the semifinals of FIFA Under-17 World Cup 2013 in UA Emirates are already known. Italian Gianluca Rocchi will take charge of the sonorous Argentina - Mexico clash that was handled twice by his countryman Roberto Rosetti (Confed Cup 2005 and World Cup 2010), while Brazilian Heber Lopes has been assigned for the other match between Sweden and Nigeria.

05 November 2013, 14:00 CET (Abu Dhabi)
Argentina - Mexico
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Gianluca Cariolato (ITA)
Fourth Official: Khalil Al Ghamdi (KSA)
Reserve AR: Badr Al Shumrani (KSA)

05 November 2013, 17:00 CET (Dubai)
Sweden - Nigeria
Referee: Heber Lopes (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Alessandro Rocha De Matos (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcelo van Gasse (BRA)
Fourth Official: Norbert Hauata (TAH)
Reserve AR: Tevita Makasini (TGA)


  1. Play-Off WC:
    Cameroon - Tunisia: Seechurn, Bootun, Vally (all Mauritius), Camille (Seychelles)

    1. And..:
      Algeria - Burkina Faso: Diatta, Camara, Samba, Ndiaye (SEN)
      Senegal - Côte d'Ivoire: Haimoudi (ALG)

    2. Seechurn was overall good in Ivory - Coast - Senegal, but the fact that now he is appointed again it's a bit weird in my opinion.
      It seems that CAF has not a big choice among Elite referees?
      Why not the preselected officials?

    3. Niklas, wikipedia has Daniel Bennett of South Africa as referee at the Cameroon - Tunisia clash.

    4. Yes, Bennett was also posted here last month. Many forms of media reported it. But now, Seechurn seems to be the one who is selected. At least the press releases looked quite official.. but you never know with this press.

    5. Do you have an example of a press release? Because I couldn't find any mention of both referees.

    6. Yes: and

  2. Confirmed by Dutch broadcaster NOS:

    Kuipers gets CL Dortmund - Arsenal (van Roekel and Zeinstra as AR, van Boekel and Liesveld AAR, Boonman 4th official).
    Aytekin gets CL Ajax - Celtic (unknown other officials)

    Makkelie gets EL Tromso - Anzji (AR Goossens, van Dongen, AAR Blom, Kamphuis, 4th official Schaap)

  3. (Also confirmed by Dutch FA)

  4. Anonymous4/11/13 12:54

    All appointments are at;

    Munukka with Vassaras
    Delferiere with Elleray
    Turpin with Levnikov
    Marciniak with Uilenberg
    Mazzoleni with Mikkelsen

    1. There is Nuno Castro for Marciniak now...

    2. Yep, it seems Uilenberg has replaced Karlsson in Plzen-Bayern.

  5. See here:

    Kuban - Swansea
    Referee: Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT)
    Assistant 1: Alain Hoxha (AUT)
    Assistant 2: Matthias Winsauer (AUT)
    Fourth official: Andreas Witschnigg (AUT)
    Additional assistant 1: Harald Lechner (AUT)
    Additional assistant 2: Rene Eisner (AUT)

    St. Gallen - Valencia
    Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)
    Assistant 1: Dmitri Zhuk (BLR)
    Assistant 2: Andrei Getikov (BLR)
    Fourth official: Vitali Malyutin (BLR)
    Additional assistant 1: Denis Scherbakov (BLR)
    Additional assistant 2: Sergei Tsinkevich (BLR)

    Ludogorets - Chernomorets
    Referee: Stefan Johannesson (SWE)
    Assistant 1: Daniel Gustavsson (SWE)
    Assistant 2: Joakim Flink (SWE)
    Fourth official: Magnus Sjöblom (SWE)
    Additional assistant 1: Martin Strömbergsson (SWE)
    Additional assistant 2: Andreas Ekberg (SWE)

    PSV - Dinamo Zagreb
    Referee: Cristian Balaj (ROU)
    Assistant 1: Sebastian Gheorghe (ROU)
    Assistant 2: Ovidiu Artene (ROU)
    Fourth official: Octavian Sovre (ROU)
    Additional assistant 1: Alexandru Dan Tudor (ROU)
    Additional assistant 2: István Kovács (ROU)

    Standard Liege - Salzburg
    Referee: Aleksei Nikolaev (RUS)
    Assistant 1: Oleg Tselovalnikov (RUS)
    Assistant 2: Dmitri Mosyakin (RUS)
    Fourth official: Aleksei Lebedev (RUS)
    Additional assistant 1: Mikhail Vilkov (RUS)
    Additional assistant 2: Sergei Lapochkin (RUS)

    Esbjerg - Elfsborg
    Referee: Serhiy Boiko (UKR)
    Assistant 1: Oleksandr Korniyko (UKR)
    Assistant 2: Volodymyr Volodin (UKR)
    Fourth official: Oleksandr Voytyuk (UKR)
    Additional assistant 1: Yevhen Aranovskiy (UKR)
    Additional assistant 2: Anatoliy Abdula (UKR)

    1. Rubin - Wigan
      Referee: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)
      Assistant 1: Mustafa Eyisoy (TUR)
      Assistant 2: Orkun Aktaş (TUR)
      Fourth official: Bahattin Duran (TUR)
      Additional assistant 1: Halis Özkahya (TUR)
      Additional assistant 2: Süleyman Abay (TUR)

      Maribor - Zulte Waregem

      Referee: Libor Kovařik (CZE)
      Assistant 1: Krystof Mencl (CZE)
      Assistant 2: Jiří Moláček (CZE)
      Fourth official: Patrik Filipek (CZE)
      Additional assistant 1: Radek Příhoda (CZE)
      Additional assistant 2: Michal Paták (CZE)

      Dnipro - Pacos Ferreira
      Referee: Antti Munukka (FIN)
      Assistant 1: Matti Heininen (FIN)
      Assistant 2: Jan-Peter Aravirta (FIN)
      Fourth official: Jukka Honkanen (FIN)
      Additional assistant 1: Mattias Gestranius (FIN)
      Additional assistant 2: Dennis Antamo (FIN)

      Panduri - Fiorentina
      Referee: Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE)
      Assistant 1: Christos Akrivos (GRE)
      Assistant 2: Damianos Efthimiadis (GRE)
      Fourth official: Dimitrios Gagas (GRE)
      Additional assistant 1: Stavros Tritsonis (GRE)
      Additional assistant 2: Ilias Spathas (GRE)

      M. Tel Aviv - Eintacht Frankfurt
      Referee: Serge Gumienny (BEL)
      Assistant 1: Frank Bleyen (BEL)
      Assistant 2: Kristof Meers (BEL)
      Fourth official: Jimmy Cremers (BEL)
      Additional assistant 1: Luc Wouters (BEL)
      Additional assistant 2: Alexandre Boucaut (BEL)

      APOEL - Bordeaux
      Referee: Sébastien Delferiere (BEL)
      Assistant 1: Yves De Neve (BEL)
      Assistant 2: Frederick Stalport (BEL)
      Fourth official: Danny Huens (BEL)
      Additional assistant 1: Jonathan Lardot (BEL)
      Additional assistant 2: Christof Dierick (BEL)

    2. Thun - Dinamo Kiyv
      Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA)
      Assistant 1: Nicolas Danos (FRA)
      Assistant 2: Eric Dansault (FRA)
      Fourth official: Fredji Harchay (FRA)
      Additional assistant 1: Olivier Thual (FRA)
      Additional assistant 2: Benoit Bastien (FRA)

      Rapid Vien - Genk
      Referee: Fırat Aydınus (TUR)
      Assistant 1: Serkan Ok (TUR)
      Assistant 2: Alek Tascioglu (TUR)
      Fourth official: Çem Satman (TUR)
      Additional assistant 1: Mete Kalkavan (TUR)
      Additional assistant 2: Tolga Özkalfa (TUR)

      Sevilla - Liberec
      Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
      Assistant 1: Paweł Sokolnicki (POL)
      Assistant 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
      Fourth official: Radosław Siejka (POL)
      Additional assistant 1: Paweł Raczkowski (POL)
      Additional assistant 2: Tomasz Musiał (POL)

      Estoril - Freiburg
      Referee: Marcin Borski (POL)
      Assistant 1: Rafal Rostkowski (POL)
      Assistant 2: Sebastian Mucha (POL)
      Fourth official: Krzysztof Myrmus (POL)
      Additional assistant 1: Daniel Stefanski (POL)
      Additional assistant 2: Bartosz Frankowski (POL)

      Gimaraes - Betis
      Referee: Paolo Mazzoleni (ITA)
      Assistant 1: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)
      Assistant 2: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
      Fourth official: Nicola Nicoletti (ITA)
      Additional assistant 1: Carmine Russo (ITA)
      Additional assistant 2: Domenico Celi (ITA)

      Rijeka - Lyon
      Referee: Alon Yefet (ISR)
      Assistant 1: Danny Krasikow (ISR)
      Assistant 2: Nissan Davidy (ISR)
      Fourth official: Dvir Shimon (ISR)
      Additional assistant 1: Orel Grinfeld (ISR)
      Additional assistant 2: Ziv Adler (ISR)

    3. Lazio - Apollon
      Referee: Bobby Madden (SCO)
      Assistant 1: Stuart Stevenson (SCO)
      Assistant 2: David Mcgeachie (SCO)
      Fourth official: Alastair Mather (SCO)
      Additional assistant 1: Steven McLean (SCO)
      Additional assistant 2: Brian Colvin (SCO)

      Legia - Trabzonspor
      Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
      Assistant 1: Guillaume Debart (FRA)
      Assistant 2: Laurent Stien (FRA)
      Fourth official: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
      Additional assistant 1: Fredy Fautrel (FRA)
      Additional assistant 2: Benoît Millot (FRA)

      Tottenham - Sheriff
      Referee: Kenn Hansen (DEN)
      Assistant 1: Lars Rix (DEN)
      Assistant 2: David Vang Andersen (DEN)
      Fourth official: Daniel R. Nørgaard (DEN)
      Additional assistant 1: Jakob Kehlet (DEN)
      Additional assistant 2: Jens Maae (DEN)

      Tromso - Anji
      Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED)
      Assistant 1: Davie Goossens (NED)
      Assistant 2: Bas van Dongen (NED)
      Fourth official: Charles Schaap (NED)
      Additional assistant 1: Kevin Blom (NED)
      Additional assistant 2: Kamphuis Jochem (NED)

      AZ - Shakhter
      Referee: Martin Hansson (SWE)
      Assistant 1: Stefan Wittberg (SWE)
      Assistant 2: Henrik Andren (SWE)
      Fourth official: Fredrik Nilsson (SWE)
      Additional assistant 1: Markus Strömbergsson (SWE)
      Additional assistant 2: Bojan Pandžić (SWE)

      M. Haifa - PAOK
      Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER)
      Assistant 1: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
      Assistant 2: Christoph Bornhorst (GER)
      Fourth official: Stefan Lupp (GER)
      Additional assistant 1: Tobias Stieler (GER)
      Additional assistant 2: Daniel Siebert (GER)

  6. Does anyone know the reason for Aydinus not being appointed in the group stage so far?

    1. OK, now I found him...
      So, same question for CL group stage.
      After his Round of 16 match last season, a soon promotion seemed likely.

    2. He failed the fitness tests prior to the season and had to repeat it last October.

  7. Two red cards and a penalty in Rocchi match.
    The penalty is correct, I'm loooking for red cards video.


      Penalty correct.
      First red card absolutely correct, SFP walking on the legs of the opponent.
      Second red card (to Argentina keeper). Here there could be doubts, the player jumps and at the end there isn't a clear contact, but of course from the point of view of the referee, here it is almost impossible to let the game flow. Acceptable red card, but the keeper is penalized too much.

  8. Anonymous5/11/13 17:48

    Lopes missed penalty in 1st half for handbal in penalty area of Sweden. No help from assistant.

  9. The final will be Mexico - Nigeria.
    My predictions, assuming that CONCACAF, CAF and OFC referees will not involved.

    In case of CONMEBOL: Pitana
    In case of UEFA (I don't hope that): Kralovec
    In case of AFC: Al Ghamdi

    Third place: Norbert Hauata (TAH)

    1. My predictions

      Final: Al Khamdi.
      Third place: Pitana

      I am afraid that Politics will one again prevail.

    2. I don't think Pitana will get the final since Argentina played with Mexico the semifinal, and it's FIFA so Uefa ref is -as always- a save and maybe only bet.
      For me:
      Final Clattenburg
      3rd Hauta

    3. Pitana would not be able to handle Argentina in the third place final, Edward.
      Match will be Sweden - Argentina :)

    4. Carlos do you think that Clattenburg is again possible?
      Thta would be the second FIFA final for him, but at the end Webb is sure for WC.
      A no-sense. In case of UEFA, I hope a different name.

    5. My feeling:
      Argentina - Sweden: Bennett, Range, Siwela, Hauata, Rule
      Mexico - Nigeria: Stark, Salver, Pickel, Královec, Slysko

    6. It all is about politics, how will you let the english golden boy, the Olympic games final referee with no knock-out stage match? Yhe problem is that Busacca will get pressure for appointing him, and Busacca is not a very good man to handel that kind of pressure, at least that is what I think...

    7. Philipp S5/11/13 20:30

      I think:
      Argentina - Sweden: Rodriguez, Torrentera, Quintero, Abdou, Marad
      Mexico - Nigeria: Clattenburg, Child, Beck, Al Ghamdi, Al Shumrani
      (The fourth officials are my respective second choices)

      If Clattenburg does not get a further match, there are two possible reasons: He was bad in the group stage, or FIFA gives him a WC play-off instead.

  10. Anonymous5/11/13 18:56

    Final: Kralovec

    Third place: Al Khamdi

  11. Rocchi by the way issued two correct red cards, awarded one penalty, but missed an earlier red card for serious foul play (elbow used as a weapon). Furthermore, AR2 Cariolato missed a 2m-offside goal (the player in offside got the ball from a header of his teammate).

    1. I missed this blatant mistake.
      I must admit that Cariolato sometimes is not at Di Liberatore level... too blatant mistake for a FIFA tournament.
      Argentina-Mexico seems to be a fatal match for Italian assistant referees, you surely remember Ayroldi at WC.

    2. Anonymous7/11/13 00:21

      fifa not pleased with both u17 semi final arbitros is information

  12. Craig Thomson appointed for the Final according to the Scottish FA.

    1. Anonymous6/11/13 13:27

      Again Uefa... Great honour for Thomson but i personally think there are better options.

  13. Badara Diatta has third place match.


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