February 22, 2017

2017 UEFA European Under-21 Championship: selected officials

UEFA Referees Committee has appointed the following (nine) officials to handle matches at the 2017 European Under-21 Championship, to be held in Poland from 16 to 30 June 2017. All selected officials belong to Category 1. More info will be added in due course.

Referee: Harald Lechner (1982)
Assistant referee: Maximilian Kolbitsch (1985)
Assistant referee: Andreas Heidenreich (1984)
Additional assistant referee: Alexander Harkam (1981)
Additional assistant referee: Julian Weinberger (1985, no FIFA)

Referee: Benoît Bastien (1983)
Assistant referee: Hicham Zakrani
Assistant referee: Frédéric Haquette
Additional assistant referee: Benoît Millot
Additional assistant referee: Jérôme Miguelgorry

Referee: Tobias Stieler (1981)
Assistant referee: Rafael Foltyn (1985)
Assistant referee: Jan Seidel (1984)
Additional assistant referee: Daniel Siebert (1984)
Additional assistant referee: Benjamin Brand (1989, NO FIFA)  

Referee: Gediminas Mažeika (1978)
Assistant referee: Vytautas Simkus
Assistant referee: Vytenis Kazlauskas
Additional assistant referee: Donatas Rumšas
Additional assistant referee: Robertas Valikonis

Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (1985)
Assistant referee: Bas van Dongen (1975)
Assistant referee: Joost van Zuilen (1983)
Additional assistant referee: Dennis Higler (1985)
Additional assistant referee: Jeroen Manschot (1982, NO FIFA) 

Referee: Robert Madden (1978)
Assistant referee: David McGeachie
Assistant referee: Alastair Mather
Additional assistant referee: Andrew Dallas
Additional assistant referee: Don Robertson

Referee: Ivan Kružliak (1984)
Assistant referee: Tomáš Somoláni (1977)
Assistant referee: Branislav Hancko (1987)
Additional assistant referee: Peter Kráľovič (1983)
Additional assistant referee: Filip Glova (1988)

Referee: Slavko Vinčič (1979)
Assistant referee: Tomaž Klančnik
Assistant referee: Andraž Kovačič
Additional assistant referee: Rade Obrenovič
Additional assistant referee: Roberto Ponis

Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano (1984)
Assistant referee: Ángel Nevado Rodríguez (1981)
Assistant referee: Diego Barbero Sevilla (1980)
Additional assistant referee: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (1976)
Additional assistant referee: Juan Martínez Munuera (1982)

Fourth Officials:

Marcin Borkowski (Poland), Igor Demeshko (Russia), Roy Hassan (Israel), Michal Obukowicz (Poland) 


  1. No referee from England?? That's interesting!!

    1. The choice this time was made in favor of Scotland, difficult to see another crew from UK.

    2. Does that mean that Robert Madden is ahead of Oliver and Taylor in terms of a possible promotion to Elite?? Or may we conclude that Collina has planned something even greater for Oliver and Taylor in this Europa League season?? 🤔

    3. Of course, we can't make such statements. The call of Madden is not related to Oliver, I guess that for the Scottish this was an opportunity and committee agreed on the fact that another referee at high level for this country should follow soon. We can assume that Thomson will retire in a few time, so after Collum another Scottish should develop.
      For Oliver and Taylor there could be indeed more interesting plans. Please don't forget that Oliver already attended a Under 19 UEFA Euro tournament in 2013 and also a FIFA Under 17 World Cup, officiating the final.
      So, I would say, at youth level, he has been already tested and now he could go directly for something more.

    4. That's a very valid point Chefren!! I've a feeling that one of these 2 English referees namely Oliver and Taylor will be pushed in this season of Europa League... Let's see how well they progress in future!!

    5. In general, these referees are not those with the biggest promotion chances in the summer. They have had at most one CL match, while there are several referees in the first group with more experience.

  2. Great to see Benjamin Brand, 27 y.o. as AAR!

    1. Can someone from Germany report us how his development goes?

    2. In my view, he has established as a reliable referee in Bundesliga. In terms of fitness, confidence and decision-taking he is clearly meeting the requirements. The main task for DFB and himself will probably be working on his personality which will come by experience.

      For a 1989 born official, he is exceptionally talented, that is for sure.

  3. Official from RFEF: Jesús Gil Manzano will have Ángel Nevado Rodríguez and Diego Barbero Sevilla as AR and Carlos del Cerro Grande and Juan Martínez Munuera as AAR.

  4. Slovenia:
    Referee: Slavko Vinčič
    Assistant referee: Tomaž Klančnik
    Assistant referee: Andraž Kovačič
    Additional assistant referee: Rade Obrenovič
    Additional assistant referee: Roberto Ponis


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