June 4, 2015

U-20 World Cup 2015: Referee Appointments Matches 25-36

These are the referee designations made by FIFA for the last matchday of 2015 Under-20 World Cup's group stage. Ivan Bebek, Ghead Grisha, Ovidiu Alin Hategan, Kim Jong Hyeok, Antonio Mateu Lahoz and István Vad remain with only one group stage match so far.

Costa Rica's Henry Bejarano

Group A

05 June 2015, 09:00 CET (Auckland)
Ukraine - USA
Referee: Eric Otogo-Castane (GAB)
Assistant Referee 1: Elvis Noupue (CMR)
Assistant Referee 2: Yahaya Mahamadou (NIG)
Fourth Official: Jesús Valenzuela (VEN)

05 June 2015, 09:00 CET (Wellington)
Myanmar - New Zealand
Referee: John Pitti (PAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Baines (PAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Gabriel Victoria (PAN)
Fourth Official: Armando Castro (HON)

Group B

06 June 2015, 06:00 CET (Auckland)
Panama - Ghana
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)
Fourth Official: Liran Liany (ISR)

06 June 2015, 06:00 CET (Wellington)
Austria - Argentina
Referee: Ryuji Sato (JPN)
Assistant Referee 1: Akane Yagi (JPN)
Assistant Referee 2: Hiroshi Yamauchi (JPN)
Fourth Official: Nick Waldron (NZL)

Group C

06 June 2015, 03:00 CET (Hamilton)
Senegal - Qatar
Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER) 
Assistant Referee 1: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Marco Achmüller (GER)
Fourth Official: Muhammad Bin Jahari (SIN)

06 June 2015, 03:00 CET (Dunedin)
Colombia - Portugal
Referee: Henry Bejarano (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavio Jara (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Fernández (CRC)
Fourth Official: Joseph Lamptey (GHA)

Group D

06 June 2015, 06:00 CET (Dunedin)
Serbia - Mexico
Referee: Ricardo Marques (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Kleber Lucio Gil (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Bruno Boschilia (BRA)
Fourth Official: Ghead Grisha (EGY)

06 June 2015, 06:00 CET (Hamilton)
Mali - Uruguay
Referee: Artur Soares Dias (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Rui Tavares (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Alvaro Mesquita (POR)
Fourth Official: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)

Group E

07 June 2015, 06:00 CET (Christchurch)
Brazil - Korea DPR
Referee: Matt Conger (NZL)
Assistant Referee 1: Tevita Makasini (TGA)
Assistant Referee 2: Simon Lount (NZL)
Fourth Official: Nick Waldron (NZL)

07 June 2015, 06:00 CET (New Plymouth)
Hungary - Nigeria
Referee: Roddy Zambrano (ECU)
Assistant Referee 1: Luis Vera (ECU)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Macias (ECU)
Fourth Official: Armando Castro (HON)

Group F

07 June 2015, 03:00 CET (Christchurch)
Honduras - Germany
Referee: Daniel Fedorczuk (URU)
Assistant Referee 1: Nicolás Taran (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Richard Trinidad (URU)
Fourth Official: Jesús Valenzuela (VEN)

07 June 2015, 03:00 CET (New Plymouth)
Fiji - Uzbekistan
Referee: Bernard Camille (SEY)
Assistant Referee 1: Zakhele Thusi Siwela (RSA)
Assistant Referee 2: Marius Tan (CIV)
Fourth Official: Liran Liany (ISR)


  1. Anonymous4/6/15 13:26

    It´s a pity that Felix Zwayer just gets such a match. I think that´s a sign that he has to go home after the second match.

    1. Anonymous4/6/15 22:32

      He was pretty poor in Mexico vs Mali match.

  2. Anonymous4/6/15 21:38

    Interviews with all referees for Women WC.

    1. Anonymous4/6/15 22:58

      Interesting comment below Steinhaus video.

    2. Nonsense of a disappointed fan. Yes, there was a wrong penalty against them vs Union, but Aalen lacked 6 points in the end...

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    1. Anonymous4/6/15 22:30

      Are you seriously putting Al-Mirdasi in such a crucial must win game? Did you not watch his disastrous performance last night? Mexico and Serbia both deserve a much better referee for this important match.
      If FIFA does the right thing, there are only two places they should put Al-Mirdasi. On the touchline as a 4th official for the rest of the tournament (like Nishimura) or a plane back to the KSA.

    2. The matches on Saturday are already published (see above).
      For the last four group stage matches, I would say:
      HON-GER Conger (NZL) 4th: Valenzuela (VEN)
      FIJ-UZB Vad (HUN) 4th: Liany (ISR)
      HUN-NIG Fedorczuk (URU) 4th: Castro (HON)
      BRA-KOR Bebek (CRO) or Camille (SEY), 4th: Waldron (NZL)

  4. First appointments for Women WC are published:
    Monzul (UKR) has the opening match CAN-CHN
    NZL-NED: Alvarado (MEX)
    NOR-THA: Keighley (NZL)
    GER-CIV: Chenard (CAN)

    1. Anonymous5/6/15 11:29

      Frappart UEFA fourth official?
      Borja Pastrana for CONCACAF, Tafesse for CAF and PYE for CONCACAF.

    2. Is Borja Pastrana in any way related to Carlos Pastrana, former Honduran WC 2010 AR?

    3. Anonymous5/6/15 15:07


    4. Carlos Pastrana is her uncle

    5. Anonymous5/6/15 18:08

      You can listen that in the video:

    6. Anonymous5/6/15 18:10

      She said that Carlos pushed her for becoming a referee after his retirement in 2010, in 2013 she was already FIFA listed and now WC. Draw your conclusions.

  5. Anonymous4/6/15 23:53

    Interesting situation in the Swedish League. A defender is signaling for offside and has his hand in the air when the ball is headed from another defender and hit the hand. No penalty from the referee. Said afterwards it was one of the toughest situations he has faced but that the defender had no intention of playing the ball with the hand.

  6. Clip of this handball?

    1. Anonymous5/6/15 01:42

      Don't know if this clip works outside Sweden. http://tv.aftonbladet.se/abtv/articles/80126

    2. Anonymous, is it possible that you record this small clip and post / upload it somewhere?

      Without watching it, and just from your description, the argument "unnatural position" outweighs the argument "no clear intention at all" in the sense of the LotG IMO.

    3. Anonymous5/6/15 14:38

      The situation comes 33.40 in to the video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-a6RflCN1Wc

      What about the fact that a handball must be deliberat?

    4. Deliberate in the sense of Law 12 does not always mean sth like "fully intentional". Nowadays also "careless" (no exact wording) handballs can be considered as deliberate, e.g. making your body bigger under some circumstances.

      On the clip. For me that is a punishable handball. You cannot justify such a hand position with small distance or no intention.

    5. Anonymous5/6/15 15:34

      Bo Karlsson said today that he had whistled a PK.

  7. Interesting: FIFA said they were going to designate 7/29 referees as support referees, but I haven't seen any announcement of who these are. We can all guess...
    Also, does anyone know if the plan is to use stable trios?

    1. Anonymous5/6/15 08:55

      Speaking badly, one could say that FIFA expect poor peformances so it is better not to communicate reserve trios, in order to make all appointments without limits.

    2. What does it mean exactly ? support referees for wat ? U20 FIFA WC ? something else ?

    3. Anonymous5/6/15 10:53

      Women WC

    4. Niclas et al, will you cover the WWC?

    5. Please contact me via mail, Emil, I lost your address.
      We won't write reports on every match, but maybe on the most important ones. I am going to place the appointments later and would appreciate to read numerous detailed comments on the performances - very likely, we do not manage more for this WC.

  8. Anonymous5/6/15 10:16

    Shocking penalty by Otogo Castane. No touch at all.

  9. Anonymous5/6/15 10:26

    WTF did Otogo Castane see? No contact at all and the US player even gets up acting like he simply lost the ball. So far CAF and AFC have been simply poor at best.
    And to compound the mistake on the pk. The Ukranian keeper takes 3 to 4 steps off his line prior to the kick.
    Otogo Castane was poor at the AFCON and yet the ever "wise men" at FIFA decide to bring him to this tournament. Well there is what you get.

    1. One remark on Otogo and AFCONs: AFCON 2014 has been very good by him, correct penalties, good control in relevant matches. That was the reason why he entered the pre list. AFCON 2015 was worse with some dubious penalty calls, too.

    2. Anonymous5/6/15 11:18

      Did you mean AFCON 2013?

    3. Yes 2013, sorry.

    4. To add: I guess Busacca will blame Otogo's positioning in this penalty. See where he stands, from this angle it indeed might have looked like a contact.


    5. Anonymous5/6/15 18:15

      This penalty call reminds me Tunisia - Cape Verde. It seems as in doubt, Otogo goes always for the penalty.

    6. Anonymous5/6/15 21:32

      Well maybe just maybe if Busacca and his fellow henchmen allowed the referee's to officiate the way they are used to. Then maybe just maybe we would have less mistakes. But nope, they go and try to fix what is not broken in the first place. Bunch of geniuses at FIFA I tell ya.

  10. Cakir will wear the blue CL kit tomorrow.
    Juventus: white/black
    Barcelona: blue/red
    Buffon: yellow
    Ter Stegen: green

  11. Friendly tonight
    Netherlands - USA: Strömbergsson / Klasenius / Wärnmark (SWE)

  12. Friendly today:
    Referee: Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)
    AR1: Ondrej Pelikan (CZE)
    Ar2:Tomáš Mokrusch (CZE)
    Fourth official:Zbynek Proske (CZE)

  13. Anonymous5/6/15 19:06

    Russia - Belarus
    Ivan Kružliak, Martin Balko, Tomáš Mókoš (SVK)

    Kazakhstan - Cabo Verde
    Dzianis Shcharbakou, Andrey Hetsikau, Yauhen Ramanau (BLR)

  14. Anonymous5/6/15 19:11

    Today's Saudi Arabia King's Cup final between Al-Hilal and Al-Nassr will be handled by an Italian crew: Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni, Elenito Giovanni Di Liberatore and Matteo Passeri.

    1. Anonymous5/6/15 19:20

      Why not Fahad Al Mirdasi? He is perfekt :-D

    2. Anonymous5/6/15 19:35

      Ok Anonymous now I think you can stop your fight against Al Mirdasi, it is clear that he made some mistakes but no need to blame him every now and then.

    3. Why? Mazzoleni is a first category referee in Europa. There are very large differnce between Mazzoleni and Mirdasi
      I think he is the best in KSA. But He had more crucial mistake (more penalty situation is bad) in Hungary-Brazil! (Red card is correct) I think he go home after this match.

  15. Anonymous5/6/15 20:59

    Wrong penalty decision by Daniele Orsato. IMO the player was fouled outside the penalty area. But the penalty was missed anyway.
    Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnWpgGmJhso (from 1:29)

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  17. Zwayer:
    00:30 penalty: soft call in my opinion

    00:10 good free kick decision (no penalty)
    00:45 quite weird and obvious penalty :D

    00:38 deliberate backpass?
    01:40 Mali players make complaints as they think keeper is not allowed to use hands in his area :D

    1. Anonymous6/6/15 11:52

      IMO it was the right decision by Felix Zwayer.

    2. I agree, soft penalty, but not wrong.
      The backpass by Uruguay was deliberate IMO, what else should have been his intention there?

  18. Predictions R16
    Ghana – Mali: Istvan Vad, Istvan Albert, Vencel Toth (all HUN), Fahad Al-Mirdasi (KSA)
    Serbia – Hungary: Ovidiu Hategan, Octavian Sovre, Sebastian Gheorghe (all ROU), Cesar Ramos (MEX)
    USA – Colombia: Ivan Bebek, Tomislav Petrovic, Miro Grgic (all CRO), Ryuji Sato (JAP)
    Ukraine – Senegal: Jong Hyeok Kim, Kwangyeol Koon, Byoung Eun Yang (all KOR), Mauro Vigliano (ARG)
    Austria – Uzbekistan: Roddy Zambrano, Luis Vera, Juan Macias (all ECU), Matt Conger (NZL)
    Germany – Nigeria: Ricardo Marques, Kleber Gil, Bruno Boschilia (all BRA), Henry Bejarano (CRC)
    Portugal – New Zealand: Ghead Grisha (EGY), Waleed Ahmed (SDN), Berhe Tesfagiorgis (ERI), Bernard Camille (SEY),
    Brazil – Uruguay: Antonio Mateu Lahoz, Pau Cebrian Devis, Roberto Diaz Perez (all ESP), Felix Zwayer (GER)

  19. My Predection for 10 June
    UKR-SEN Vigliano (ARG) 4th: Al Mirdasi (KSA)
    USA-COL Mateu Lahoz (ESP) 4th: Waldron (NZL)
    SRB-HUN Hatagen (ROU) 4th: Liany (ISR)
    GHA-MLI Vad (HUN) 4th Bebek (CRO)


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