December 29, 2014

The 3rd Team Referee of the Year 2014: Björn Kuipers

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As we are approaching the end of the year, time has come to reveal our annual global ranking of international referees. For the second time in a row, Dutch international match official Björn Kuipers is honoured by the blog and its community as The 3rd Team Referee of the Year 2014.

Kuipers: "Yes! No.1!"  Rizzoli: "But it was scarce!"  Pitana: "Be glad that you came second, I almost caught you!"

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December 19, 2014

Walter López appointed to handle 2014 CWC Final

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Walter López Castellanos from Guatemala has been appointed to handle the final match of the 2014 FIFA Club  World Cup, between Real Madrid and San Lorenzo De Almagro, to be played on 20 December 2014 in Marrakech. He will be assisted by Leonel Leal (CRC) and Gerson López (GUA).


A FIFA referee since 2006, López attended the 2014 WC as fourth official, after a long preselection's process. Prior to this assignment, the last CONCACAF referee appointed for  FIFA CWC final had been Benito Archundia from Mexico, in the 2009 edition. For Walter López, this will be the second match in the competition, after having already refereed the play off for quartefinals. To complete the officiating crew for this final, Noumandiez Doué from Ivory Coast will act as the fourth official.

2014 FIFA CWC Final
20 December 2014, 20:30 CET (Marrakech)
Real Madrid - San Lorenzo De Almagro
Referee: Walter López Castellanos (GUA)
Assistant Referee 1: Leonel Leal (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Gerson López Castellanos (GUA)
Fourth Official: Noumandiez Doué (CIV)

A few hours earlier, the third place final will be played in the same stadium, between Cruz Azul from Mexico and Auckland City from New Zealand. The referee selected by FIFA for this clash is the Portuguese Pedro Proença, at his second match in this tournament, after a quarterfinal. Enrique Osses will take the duties of fourth official. This could be the last international match for the Portuguese official, having hinted about a possible retirement after the tournament, especially in case of an appointment for the final match. 

2014 FIFA CWC Third Place Final
20 December 2014, 17:30 CET (Marrakech)
Cruz Azul - Auckland City
Referee: Pedro Proença (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bertino Miranda (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: José Tiago Trigo (POR)
Fourth Official: Enrique Osses (CHI)
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International Referees and Assistant Referees for 2015

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The 3rd Team is honoured to provide you with the entire list of international referees and assistant referees for the next year - 2015. Congratulations to all match officials included in this list and thanks to those who will leave it at the end of 2014!


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December 13, 2014

UEFA Referee Categories - Women and Futsal

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These are the new UEFA categories for Women and Futsal officials applicable from 12 December 2014 onwards. 

Stéphanie Frappart, new French Elite (c) lexpress.fr

WOMEN:


Elite Group
Jana Adamkova (CZE), Teodora Albon (ROU), Sandra Braz Bastos (POR, prom.), Cristina Dorcioman (ROU), Stéphanie Frappart (FRA, prom.), Gyöngyi Krisztina Gaál (HUN), Riem Hussein (GER), Katalin Kulcsar (HUN), Pernilla Larsson (SWE), Efthalia Mitsi (GRE), Kateryna Monzul (UKR), Monika Mularczyk (POL, prom.), Sara Persson (SWE), Morag Pirie (SCO), Silvia Tea Spinelli (ITA), Esther Staubli (SUI), Bibiana Steinhaus (GER), Carina Susanna Vitulano (ITA).

First Group
Linn Anderson (SWE), Esther Azzopardi (MLT), Floarea Cristina Babadac (ROU), Petra Chuda (SVK), Rhona Daly (IRL), Amy Fearn (ENG), Florence Guillemin (FRA, prom.), Kirsi Heikkinen (FIN, dem.), Sofia Karagiorgi (CYP), Zuzana Kovacova (SVK), Marija Kurtes (GER, prom.), Eleni Lampadariou (GRE), Lina Lehtovaara (FIN, prom.), Elia María Martínez Martínez (ESP), Anastasia Pustovoytova (RUS), Karolina Radzik-Johan (POL), Sharon Sluyts (BEL), Marte Sørø (NOR, prom.), Eszter Urban (HUN, prom.), Olga Zadinova (CZE).

Second Group 
Lilach Asulin (ISR), Sabine Bonnin (FRA), Paula Brady (IRL), Vesna Budimir (CRO), Lorraine Clark (SCO, prom.), Tania Fernandes Morais (LUX, prom.), Simona Ghisletta (SUI), Dilan Deniz Gökçek (TUR), Kseniya Goryachev (RUS, prom.), Knarik Grigoryan (ARM), Gordana Kuzmanovic (SRB), Yuliya Medvedeva (KAZ), Ana Minic (SRB), Zuzana Valentova (SVK), Kateryna Zora (UKR).

Third Group
Eleni Antoniou (GRE), Ewa Augustyn (POL, new), Julia-Stefanie Baier (AUT), Barbara Bollenberger (AUT), Cristina Bujor (ROU), Charlotte Carpenter (WAL, new), Svetlana Ceban (MDA), Aleksandra Cesen (SVN), Virginie Derouaux (BEL), Galiya Echeva (BUL), Cathrine Eide (NOR, new), Marta Frías Acedo (ESP), Valentina Garoffolo (ITA), Sarah Garratt (ENG), Beatriz Gil Gozalo (ESP), Désirée Grundbacher (SUI), Sabayel Gurbanova (AZE), Mihaela Gurdon Basimamovic (CRO), Liliya Hasanova (KAZ, new), Kristina Husballe (DEN), Frida Mia Klarlund Nielsen (DEN, new), Dliek Kocbay (TUR), Eliška Královec Kramlová (CZE), Ifeoma Kulmala (FIN), Yuliya Larionova (AZE, new), Justina Lavrenovaite (LTU), Katarzyna Lisiecka-Sęk (POL, new), Jurgita Mačikunytė (LTU, new), Ivana Martincic (CRO), Dimitrina Milkova (BUL), Neslihan Muratdağı (TUR, new), Henrikke Holm Nervik (NOR), Elvira Nurmustafina (KAZ), Vera Onica (MDA, new), Hannelore Onsea (BEL, new), Vera Opeikina (RUS, new), Lois Otte (BEL), Meliz Özçiğdem (TUR), Vivian Peeters (NED), Tess Petersson (SWE, new), Ruzanna Petrosyan (ARM), Graziella Pirriatore (ITA), Ivana Projkovska (MKD), Viola Raudzina (LVA), Anastasiya Romanyuk (UKR, new), Silvia Andreia Rosa Domingos (POR), Ana Sofia Soares Aguiar (POR, new), Angelika Soeder (GER, new), Nelli Stepanyan (ARM), Sandra Strub (SUI, new), Tanja Subotic (SVN), Marianne Svendsen (DEN), Liudmyla Telbukh (UKR), Bojana Tosic (BIH,new), Biljana Trifunovic (SRB), Volha Tsiareshka (BLR, new), Irina Turovskaya (BLR), Irena Velevackoska (MKD), Ivana Vlaic (BIH).

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December 12, 2014

UEFA Referee Categories - Winter 2014/15 - Aytekin and Mateu Lahoz promoted to Elite

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UEFA's Referee Committee members have decided to promote Germany's Deniz Aytekin and Spaniard Antonio Mateu Lahoz to the highest category of European international referees. From now on, they belong to Elite Group. Congratulations!

++ Craig Pawson is the new English FIFA referee. ++
++ RFEF is the first association allowed to have more than three referees in Elite. ++
++ For the first time (in history?), France will not be represented in the Elite Group. ++



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December 11, 2014

Predictions: Promotions and Demotions in UEFA's Referee Categories

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Tomorrow, on 12 December, UEFA's Referee Committee members are about to gather at UEFA's headquarters in Suisse Nyon. Without knowing the agenda of the meeting, it is relatively easy to guess that defining the promotions and demotions within their referee categories will be the focal point of discussion Pierluigi Collina and his colleagues are going to have. A prediction.


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December 8, 2014

Europa League - Referee Appointments - Matchday 6

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These are the officials appointed by UEFA for 2014-15 Europa League Group Stage Matchday 6. Besides some more experienced match officials, Pawel Raczkowski and István Kovács will make their Europa League debuts.


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Champions League 2014/15 - Referee Appointments - Matchday 6 (Wednesday)

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Surprising appointment for Porto - Shakhtar: French Ruddy Buquet will make his debut in UEFA Champions League. Additionally, Serbian Milorad Mažić will handle AS Roma - Manchester City under the eyes of Marc Batta. Portuguese Olegário Benquerença will attend his farewell game in Munich, while English World Cup final assistant referees Darren Cann, Renato Faverani and Andrea Stefani are about to finish their long careers in Camp Nou and San Mamés respectively.



10/12/2014, 20:45 CET
Stadio Olimpico, Rome (ITA)
AS Roma - Manchester City
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Milovan Ristić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Dalibor Djurdjević (SRB)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Danilo Grujić (SRB)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Dejan Filipović (SRB)
Fourth Official: Dejan Petrović (SRB)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marc Batta (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Roland Ospelt (LIE)
Blog Referee Observer:

10/12/2014, 20:45 CET
Allianz Arena, Munich (GER)
Bayern München - CSKA Moskva
Referee: Olegário Benquerença (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Ricardo Santos (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Rui Tavares (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Manuel De Sousa (POR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Taborda Xistra (POR)
Fourth Official: Nuno Tomás Pereira (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Markus Nobs (SUI)
UEFA Delegate: Svein Johannessen (NOR)
Blog Referee Observer: Carter (AUS)

10/12/2014, 20:45 CET
Camp Nou, Barcelona (ESP)
FC Barcelona - Paris SG
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Mullarkey (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Darren Cann (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Andre Marriner (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Fourth Official: Stephen Child (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Leif Sundell (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Pat Quigley (IRL)
Blog Referee Observer: Maxi R. (GER)

10/12/2014, 20:45 CET
AmsterdamArena, Amsterdam (NED)
Ajax Amsterdam - APOEL Nicosia
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
Fourth Official: Angel Nevado Rodríguez (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Rune Pedersen (NOR)
UEFA Delegate: Yoav Strauss (ISR)
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10/12/2014, 20:45 CET
Stamford Bridge, London (ENG)
Chelsea FC - Sporting
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Kim Thomas Haglund (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Frank Andås (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Ken Henry Johnsen (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Svein-Erik Edvartsen (NOR)
Fourth Official: Sven Erik Midthjell (NOR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Charles Agius (MLT)
UEFA Delegate: Sune Hellströmer (SWE)
Blog Referee Observer: Gitzlo (AUT)

10/12/2014, 20:45 CET
Stadion Ljudski vrt, Maribor (SVN)
NK Maribor - Schalke 04
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Pawel Sokolnicki (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Rafal Rostkowski (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Marcin Borski (POL)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Wajda (POL)
Fourth Official: Michal Obukowicz (POL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Bertrand Layec (FRA)
UEFA Delegate: Adrian Ixari (MDA)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

10/12/2014, 20:45 CET
Estádio do Dragão, Porto (POR)
FC Porto - Shakhtar Donetsk
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Guillaume Débart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Benoît Bastien (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Amaury Delerue (FRA)
Fourth Official: Cyril Saint Cricq Lompre (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Luis Medina Cantalejo (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Stanislaw Speczik (POL)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

10/12/2014, 20:45 CET
Estadio San Mamés, Bilbao (ESP)
Athletic Club - BATE Borisov
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Renato Faverani (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrea Stefani (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Antonio Damato (ITA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
Fourth Official: Matteo Passeri (ITA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Donald McVicar (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Markus Stenger (GER)
Blog Referee Observer: Howard M. (GER)
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December 7, 2014

Champions League 2014/15 - Referee Appointments - Matchday 6 (Tuesday)

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Belarusian Aleksei Kulbakov will make his UEFA Champions League bow at Estádio da Luz being the showplace of SL Benfica - Bayer Leverkusen in Group C. Meanwhile, William Collum will handle one of the most important matches of Tuesday evening when Juventus Turin will fight for the runners-up place in Group A against Atlético Madrid. The Scottish will be assessed by the only UEFA Referee Committee member of the evening, Nikolay Levnikov. Find all appointments placed below.



09/12/2014, 20:45 CET
Georgios Karaiskakis, Piraeus (GRE)
Olympiakos - Malmö FF
Referee: Stéphane Lannoy (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Annonier (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Laurent Stien (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Antony Gautier (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Olivier Thual (FRA)
Fourth Official: Hicham Zakrani (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Stefan Ormandjiev (BUL)
UEFA Delegate: Christian Mutschler (SUI)
Blog Referee Observer: Nur (ENG)

09/12/2014, 20:45 CET Juventus Stadium, Turin (ITA)
Juventus Turin - Atlético Madrid
Referee: William Collum (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Damien Macgraith (IRL)
Assistant Referee 2: Graham Chambers (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Robert Madden (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
Fourth Official: Alastair Mather (SCO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Nikolay Levnikov (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Charles Schaack (LUX)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)

09/12/2014, 20:45 CET
Anfield Road, Liverpool (ENG)
Liverpool FC - FC Basel
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Sander van Roekel (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin E.J. Zeinstra (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Pol van Boekel (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Richard Liesveld (NED)
Fourth Official: Angelo Boonman (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Sándor Piller (HUN)
UEFA Delegate: Christian Kofoed (DEN)
Blog Referee Observer: Gitzlo (AUT)

09/12/2014, 20:45 CET
Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid (ESP)
Real Madrid - Ludogorets
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Frédéric Cano (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Danos (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Fredy Fautrel (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Rainville (FRA)
Fourth Official: Philippe Jeanne (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Panagiotis Chatzialexiou (GER)
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

09/12/2014, 20:45 CET
Stade Louis II, Monaco (MON)
AS Monaco - Zenit St Petersburg
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jure Praprotnik (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Robert Vukan (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Slavko Vinčić (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Ponis (SVN)
Fourth Official: Andraž Kovacic (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Guy Goethals (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Michel Pralong (SUI)
Blog Referee Observer: Maxi R (GER)

09/12/2014, 20:45 CET
Estádio da Luz, Lisbon (POR)
SL Benfica - Bayer Leverkusen
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)
Assistant Referee 1: Andrei Hetsikau (BLR)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleh Maslianka (BLR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Siarhei Tsynkevich (BLR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Dzianis Shcharbakou (BLR)
Fourth Official: Dmitry Zhuk (BLR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jan Fasung (SVK)
UEFA Delegate: Steve Stride (ENG)
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

09/12/2014, 20:45 CET
Ali Sami Yen Spor Kompleksi, Istanbul (TUR)
Galatasaray - Arsenal FC
Referee: David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Raúl Cabañero Martínez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: José Fernández Miranda (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Fernando Teixeira Vitienes (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP)
Fourth Official: Teodoro Sobrino Magán (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Konrad Plautz (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Dusko Grabovac (CRO)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)

09/12/2014, 20:45 CET
Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund (GER)
Borussia Dortmund - RSC Anderlecht
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Díaz Pérez Del Palomar (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Pau Cebrián Devis (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Alejandro Hernández Hernández (ESP)
Fourth Official: Victoriano Díaz Casado (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Rodger Gifford (WAL)
UEFA Delegate: Patrick Wattebled (FRA)
Blog Referee Observer: Nikitas (GRE)
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