June 17, 2017

UEFA U-21 EURO 2017: Referee Appointments for Matchday 2

Gediminas Mažeika  and Slavko Vinčič will make their debut in group A MD2 games. 

A, 19 June, 18:00 CET (Kielce)
Slovakia - England
Referee: Gediminas Mažeika (LTU)
Assistant Referees: Vytautas Šimkus (LTU), Vytenis Kazlauskas (LTU)
Additional Assistant Referees: Donatas Rumšas (LTU), Robertas Valikonis (LTU)
Fourth Official: Joost van Zuilen (NED)
UEFA Delegate: Charles Schaack (LUX)
UEFA Referee Observer: Manuel Enrique Mejuto González (ESP)

A, 19 June, 20:45 CET (Lublin)
Poland - Sweden
Referee: Slavko Vinčič (SVN)
Assistant Referees: Tomaž Klančnik (SVN), Andraž Kovačič (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referees: Rade Obrenovič (SVN), Roberto Ponis (SVN)
Fourth Official: Roy Hassan (ISR)
UEFA Delegate: Kris Bellon (BEL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Markus Nobs (SUI)

B, 20 June, 18:00 CET (Bydgoszcz)
Serbia - FYR Macedonia
Referee: Bobby Madden (SCO)
Assistant Referees: Alastair Mather (SCO), David McGeachie (SCO)
Additional Assistant Referees: Andrew Dallas (SCO), Donald Robertson (SCO)
Fourth Official: Marcin Borkowski (POL)
UEFA Delegate: Karl Espen Eriksen (NOR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Tomasz Mikulski (POL)

B, 20 June, 20:45 CET (Gdynia)
Portugal - Spain 
Referee: Tobias Stieler (GER)
Assistant Referees: Rafael Foltyn (GER), Jan Seidel (GER)
Additional Assistant Referees: Daniel Siebert (GER), Benjamin Brand (GER)
Fourth Official: Michal Obukowicz (POL)
UEFA Delegate: Arturs Gaidels (LVA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jaap Uilenberg (NED)

C, 21 June, 18:00 CET (Tychy)
Czech Republic - Italy
Referee: Benoît Bastien (FRA)
Assistant Referees: Frédéric Haquette (FRA), Hicham Zakrani (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referees: Benoît Millot (FRA), Jérôme Miguelgorry (FRA)
Fourth Official: Roy Hassan (ISR)
UEFA Delegate: Balázs Makray (HUN)
UEFA Referee Observer:

C, 21 June, 20:45 CET (Krakow)
Germany - Denmark
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)
Assistant Referees: Bas van Dongen (NED), Joost van Zuilen (NED)
Additional Assistant Referees: Dennis Highler (NED), Jeroen Manschot (NED)
Fourth Official: Vytenis Kazlauskas (LTU)
UEFA Delegate: Metin Kazancıoğlu (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer:


  1. Madden for Serbia - FYR Macedonia, Stieler for Portugal - Spain. Good choice made by UEFA regarding the second, hot game.

  2. Excellent second appointment for Stieler, I think the most sonorous clash so far, the Iberian derby Portugal - Spain.
    Madden with Serbia - Macedonia as first game.
    It is too early but you can notice that something was already planned regarding the expectations of committee. However, of course, everything can still happen.

    1. Last predictions:

      CZE-ITA: Gözübüyük and team, Demeshko
      GER-DEN: Bastien and team, Hancko
      ENG-POL: Gil Manzano, Hassan
      SVK-SWE: Lechner and team, McGeachie
      SRB-ESP: Kruzliak and team, Borkowski
      MKD-POR: Mazeika and team, Obukowicz
      ITA-GER: Vincic and team, Demeshko
      CZE-DEN: Madden and team, Hassan

    2. My MD3 predictions are nearly the same
      ENG-POL: Gil Manzano and team, Seidel
      SVK-SWE: Lechner and team, Demeshko
      SRB-ESP: Kruzliak and team, van Dongen
      MKD-POR: Mazeika and team, Hassan
      ITA-GER: Madden and team, Borkowski
      CZE-DEN: Vincic and team, Obukowicz

    3. I would swap Madden und Vincic, otherwise I agree with your predictions.

      For the last three games (semi-finals and final) I expect three of Bastien, Vincic, Kruzliak and Madden.

      Gil Manzano and Stieler probably will be out due the successful Spain and German teams. Lechner, Mazeika and Gözübüyük are rated below the four above mentioned, I think.

    4. I would have expected it vice versa, to be honest. My feeling says that Madden, Kruzliak and Mazeika are actually rated lower than Bastien, Gözübüyük and Vincic. We'll see.

    5. I agree with Bastien and Vincic on the top and Mazeika not to be there, but I've some doubts whether the "ranking" of Madden, Kruzliak and Gözübüyük. Different as Bastien and Vincic all three didn't have any CL games yet, regarding EL games Kruzliak (20 games) is ahead (Madden 17, Gözübüyük 8). The Dutch is also the youngest of these three. I think, we'll see UEFA's assessment in the semi-final appointments (Bastien/Vincic and then one of Kruzliak/Madden/Gözübüyük). Maybe the presence of England in a semi-final, could be a small disadvantage for the Scotish referee team.

  3. So, Seidel has no restday and isn't with his team (around Stieler) in the evening/night before the game... Furthermore he has to pass 600km from Lubin to Gdynia, either in the late night or on his matchday. I wonder if this appointment wasn't avoidable? There were some other ARs as 4th official for Poland-Sweden possible, for example one of the Austrian or the French crew.

    1. On uefa's page it sais that Roy Hassan is fourth official to Slavko Vincic.

  4. Team Stieler in the stadium watching Gil Manzano:

    (from right: Stieler, Seidel, Siebert, Brand)

    1. Beside Brand, it is Harald Lechner. Below there are Julian Weinberger (Lechner's AAR2, right) and Andreas Heidenreich (Lechner's AR1, left).

    2. Ah thanks a lot. Did not know Lechner wears glasses.

  5. For those who watch Slovakia-England: What do you think of Mazeika's acceptance on the pitch?

    1. No managing the game, only same calls (with missed illegal use of arms (twice) and two mandatory yellow cards). The players didn't respect him much. No communication between the referee and players. That was also the case in Bastien's game, but French referee was really firm, Mazeika wasn't.


      Videos to follow

    2. I unfortunately share these impressions. No real game-management, communication and low acceptance level. Actually most of his calls were correct, including 2 correctly rejected penalty appeals. I also appreciated that he consistently punished time-wasting and stayed relatively unimpressed by the Slovakian pressure. On the other hand, this could have maybe been prevented by more effectively managing the game.

  6. Poland - Sweden

    12' - Sweden's penalty appeal, what do you think?

    Btw, a really strong personality and game management so far. Two public warnings, one talk while the ball was in play.

    1. No penalty, or at least referee can be backed.

    2. Penalty for me. No intentions at all by the polish defender to play the ball and careless tackle in the back. Not concequent when Vincic whistle freekick for the polish attackers every duel with the Swedish defender.

      Excellent decision for simulation in the first situation. Harsh YC the second simulation.

    3. I think the reason for Swedish player's fall was contact with legs and that was created by Swedish player, not the Polish one. At least acceptable if not correct call for me.

  7. Now a missed offside by AR2 leading to a crucial incident. Very good decision by Vincic: clear simulation, but the player was in offside so AR2 did a potentially crucial mistake.

    1. Video:


  8. I must say Vincic is showing guts and some very brave attitudes, another YC for simulation right now and another correct decision. He is very strict!

    1. Video:

      What a strong personality and full control after such calls. Excellent body language and mimic. I'm really impressed by him!

    2. Good decision- no penalty. But IMO the YC its not needed. Here was a legal contact and therefore the goal kick only for my opinion is the best solution.

    3. One thing to add: when Swedish player stood up, he opened his arms like asking for a penalty. Referee can also consider this attitude before showing a card for simulation, it is not only the action but also the intention to deceive referee. However, in this case, I must say, Vincic was already convinced before the gesture by player.

  9. Clear pushing imo missed penalty.

    (The simulation moment)>>No simulation there is contact with The body.

    The coach of Sweden, he gave a handshake??? Imo New rule, first 4th have to give a public warning and when Vincic came he have to show yellow to The coach.

    Good personality

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  11. Very brave but absolutely correct penalty call in the additional time. Well done!

    1. Very crucial, Poland can still qualify now. They were eliminated...

  12. Brave performance by Vinčič. Ten YCs, three of them for diving and a late penalty for the hosts.

  13. Clear Penalty! Good call, imo 10 yellow cards for a u21 to much. And sad for Vincic, he missed The clear pushing in the penalty area, Sweden deserve a penalty. And the second simulation, no simulation, better to give a goal kick.

    Good personality if we speak about marks, 7,8 (8,5)

  14. Second half

    Good start with YC for reckless use of arms:

    Too lenient with SPA fouls of Polish players (the second one is a mandatory YC not given)

    Mandatory yellow card for reckless trailing-leg-tackle not given. The fouled player had to be substituted...

    Correctly denied Poland's penalty shout (YC for simulation to be consistent?)

    Third(!) yellow card for simulation in this game. And third correct!

    Strong reaction against dissent

    Crucial and fully correct penalty call

    Without that lost concentration between 50' and 60' (two missed yellow cards) this performance was worthy of 8.8 or even more. Absolutely top class regarding control level, body language, mimic, gestures, authority, etc. Of course, it was the most difficult game so far.

    8.6 would be my final mark

    1. Absolutely agree, very good performance by Vincic. I am impressed with his personality anf control.

  15. Slovakia - England (Gediminas Mažeika)

    YC for SPA (retaliation after missed elbow)

    YC for stamp not given

    YC for studs-tackle

    Handball penalty-appeal

    Another not detected illegal use of arms

    YC for PI / holding off the ball

    YC for time-wasting

    1. Thanks a lot.. the videos speak for themselves...

    2. Tbh, I agree with most of his decisions (e.g. first video, reckless foul, not SPA). A clear lack was definitely the wrong evaluation of the illegal use of arms - two missing whistles, at least one of them reckless too. Furthermore the third video showed a reckless foul as well, no doubt.

      But my main problem is his personality. In every single video he makes a very passive impression. It seems as if he is really annoyed by the game. We all are referees and we all know that there are sometiems games you're really annoyed by and you feel sometimes very uncomfortable. I've seen Mazeika in some other games too and he never made the impression he made yesterday. I think, his passive approach, especially in the very first minutes, was a very important reason for losing acceptance (and match-control in some parts). Unfortunately very important points for improvement regarding personality/communication/approach, furthermore the one or the other wrong decision - I think, Ray's 8.1 is a very generous mark.

  16. Not the best first half from Bobby Madden and assistants. The only goal from huge offside (it was problematic who played the ball, though) and after possible simulation not punished. First yellow card could or maybe should have been a red card for SFP as well. AR2 with one poor offside call due to bad positioning.

    Videos to follow.

    1. I must say, not the first time that Scottish assistant referees are below expected level. Something should be done there...

  17. Correct penalty, punishable handball.

  18. Yellow card coach???Maden knows basic football rule.Very,very bad performance,6.0

    1. IFAB were (stupidly, imo) proposing this so I guess either it is part of a trial or even he forgot CURRENT LOTG. Still hardly a convincing performance from the Scottish overall though, surely the worst so far.

    2. Yes, it is part of a trial, not a mistake by Madden.

    3. @Zoran79
      Please, if you don't know propositions for the tournament, don't write comments.
      It's better for everyone.

    4. How would your common person watching either at home or in the stadium know about that change? In the eyes of most. Madden looked amateurish and foolish cautioning the Macedonia coach. So maybe UEFA needs to do a better job of getting it's news out and dispersed.

  19. Mistake of Stieler. He gave a yellow card to Neves in min. 4. Neves didn't hit the spanish player.

    1. For me a public warning would have been appropriate. The only doubt I have after first watching: mistake or an acceptable tactical decision (which obviously worked in the aftermath)? Maybe a video can clarify that.

      Other interesting moments: SPA in 26'? Simulation in 28'? AR2's offside decisions were spot on, maybe except the first one - a Portuguese defender seemed to make it level in the middle.

      Apart from that, strong body language, preventive warnings during fluent play, good reaction to dissent (cards have to follow in the second half if it should crop up again).

      So far well done, specially in the soft skill area.

  20. Smooth first 45 minutes for Stieler, match under full control, high acceptance, alert management, good communication and no major issues so far. Correctly denied Portuguese penalty claim (28'). Having said that, in my opinion the YC for Neves (3') seemed unjustified, as no reckless contact existed. One minute after ASR Seidel seemed to have incorrectly risen the flag as the Spanish attacker was level. But waiting for Ray's video's however to form a final opinion om both situations.

    1. He had to work hard for that match control. I'm really impressed how he reached it by an aggressive (putting a finger on players' chests), but actually well-working attitude.

      The early YC was a tactical choice because there were already three cynical fouls in 1,5 minute. One can discuss that, but stepping in with YC calmed down things.

      Two strong verbal warnings against Deulofeu's dissent. Surely a YC should follow next time.

      Seidel with one wrong flag.

  21. Good the decesion to give Ceballos a YC because Ceballos interupt a promising attack with a tackle.

  22. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7P0eeC2DdDY
    This a UEFA live stream of the match. They broadcast every match and you can rewind everything back

  23. Clear YC, Bruno Fernandes hit the spanish player when the ball is gone. Frustrating.

    1. Also Frustrating at Paciencia who pushed Bellerin without a ball in their zone

  24. An enjoyable match with beautiful goals and even more enjoyable refereeing by Tobias Stieler! An outstanding performance in a challenging game. A very clear line was shown, and Stieler immediately recognized the Portuguese frustrations when they arose and reacted strongly and appropriately with the needed sanctions. He continued his approach regarding dissent in a logic (and necessary) way by issuing a YC to Semedo. Compliments to Stieler's team, and it's a pity that the 'Mannschaft' will most probably block Stieler's chances to continue in the tournament...

  25. I watched only the second half, I saw a good Stieler. I liked so much when he immediately booked a player from POR who had gone to make complaints in front of AR.
    However, with Germany in semifinal unluckily his tournament should be over.

  26. Serbia - FYR Macedonia (Robert Madden)

    Key Match Incidents

    YC #17 MKD - reckless or SFP?

    Goal / offside (AR2) / simulation? / handball?

    YC #16 SRB and two further fouls of the same player later in the first half

    Handball penalty

    YC #22 SRB - reckless or SFP?

    1. Other Incidents

      Two AR1's offside calls, two wrong?

      Management of hot moments

      YC Macedonia's coach

      YC #5 SRB - very aggressive dissent

      My views:
      - Serbia's first goal should have been disallowed due to clear offside (most likely the referees didn't know who played/touched the ball, therefore perhaps they both should get 7.9?, but we'll never know the details)
      - I would have strongly prefered a RC in the first situation (waiting for your opinions in order to assess it as important mistake or not)
      - no second YC to #16 SRB is still acceptable, I think
      - correct handball penalty call - expected ball, outstretched arm
      - more diagonal positioning would be nice
      - more prevention / interaction with players needed
      - many doubtful throw-in calls, many protests regarding that

    2. Concerning the first possible SFP incident: I doubt that this is SFP for UEFA, however, I would definitely go for a straight red card.
      Hitting point really high and force was not low either...

    3. YC #17 MKD - reckless or SFP?
      SFP and RC; #17 lunges in with stretched leg and studs ahead, hitting opponent above the ankle. If opponent's foot would have been fixed in the turf, serious injury would have been the result.

      Goal / offside (AR2) / simulation? / handball?
      For me no clear simulation, nor clear deliberate handball. Of course the goal should have been disallowed for offside. Depending on the communication I think the referee is the first one responsible, because for the ASR it was very difficult to recognize who played the ball. As Ray stated, we'll probably never know.

      YC #16 SRB and two further fouls of the same player later
      Good decision not to send #16 off with a 2nd YC. Both offences for me are not enough to issue a YC. Obviously player was in the 'danger zone' for receiving a 2nd YC for persistent infringement.

      Handball penalty
      Good call for the exact reasons Ray mentioned

      YC #22 SRB - reckless or SFP?
      YC for reckless tackle is correct; #22 first plays the ball and then, due to momentum, hits the opponent with studs. At the moment of contact he immediately bends his leg to minimize the intensity of the contact. For me YC is the right decision here.

    4. First goal of course offside but I think it was also a dive before the pass to the offside standning player that the referee ignored.

    5. Pankov from Serbia was sent off after final whistle.
      Are there videos of this incident?

    6. Unfortunately TV didn't catch the incident. There are several SRB players seen protesting after the final whistle, but nothing more.

    7. First goal scored by Serbia is indeed a very interesting and particular situation, here referee and AR should have cooperated but unluckily I see that this didn't happen. Second video shows that there wasn't any touch by Macedonian defender, so the offside should have been raised. AR was responsible for that: he should have informed and asked referee for knowing who had touched the ball. I think this cooperation didn't occurred at all, looking at Madden in the second video, and this isn't good.

      Regarding other incidents: I think the Scottish could be backed regarding the first situation, YC for reckless tackle can be still OK, even though the challenge was very borderline to SFP, late, from behind and absolutely dangerous. I think the hitting point is not so high but of course this is only a small particular. It stays as very, very rough.
      Penalty for deliberate handball is OK.

    8. My overall mark would be 8.3 but two potential important mistakes (SFP and offside goal). Niclas will decide. :)

    9. Well, both are easy to evaluate by watching the videos: Clear SFP and clear offside, for me also a simulation before (but that's at least a little bit controversial).

      But during the game it was definitely not so easy. In the real speed, it was difficult to detect the high intensity of the foul. Given the circumstances (12', first tougher foul), I understand Madden, but it's definitely too less what he did (I don't mean his YC only, I mean especially his whole approach in this situation).

      Regarding the goal, as I said I wished a YC for diving. But if he does not and the game continues, it is really difficult to give your focus during some seconds from the one situation (foul or not?) to a completely different one you don't expect in this second (offside or not? who touched the ball last?). So, again, I understand Madden's mistake but on the other hand that's one of the 40 best referees of Europe, one who wants to come to the best 20, probably we can expect to solve also that difficult situations correctly, for example with a better (nearer) positioning...

    10. By the way, the last time I've seen Madden he missed 2 SFP (Villareal-Salzburg), this time again 1...

    11. In my view, the referee is (also) responsible for the offside goal, but on the other hand, he had to be focussed on assessing the foul/dive-incident. Cognitive capacities are limited and I understand that multitasking was difficult there. But I think cooperation in the trio ref-AR1-AAR1 could be reflected after the game.

      Positioning was a general problem for me, such as his very limited verbal communication. Rather significant points for improvement and no details.

      And, unfortunately also within AR1's line of sight, the tackle in 83' is a clear red card for my taste.

    12. My dear, I didn't see the second possible SFP-video at first. I agree with you, that's not reckless any more. As I already mentioned, same counts for the first video, according to my opinion. Maybe I shouldn't watch Madden again - every time, I see him, he misses 2 SFPs...

  27. Anybody caught why there was a late sending off in Serbia - Macedonia?

  28. Portugal - Spain (Tobias Stieler)

    Key Match Incidents

    28' - penalty appeal; simulation?; management

    69' - high studs tackle from behind with no chance to play the ball; still reckless or SFP?

    89' - possible 2nd YC to #6 POR

    Other incidents:

    reaction on dissents

    quick yellow card; too harsh or good tactical choice?

    YC for off the ball push

    AR2's offside mistake

    manufactured dropball

    All in all, a very good performance with full control reached by really strong management in the clash involving two temperamental teams. My only concern is the YC in 69'. It's a SFP or even VC in my eyes...

    8.5 or 7.9 (8.5)

    1. I clearly tend to a red card in terms of the 69' clip. The stud contact type in such a height is normally very typical of deeming it as SFP minimum (if not VC).

      On the other hand, it was no full touch and the intensity was for me only moderate, not high, and the force was rather not excessive from my point of view. Tendency: red, but for me no clear (=100%) mistake.

      Thanks for uploading all these nice videos.

  29. Minute 78' in CZE - ITA: AAR2 involved in a crucial decision, he reported a foul to Bastien and a goal scored by Italy was then disallowed. Very good teamwork, I'm sure that referee had not seen the foul. Very important because a few later, CZE scored.
    I missed the first half, so far a good Bastien in the second part of the game.

  30. Good match from Bastien,he was in full control.

  31. Correct YC to Viger Christensen for reckless tackle by Gözübüyük.

  32. I can report a good performance so far by Serdar Gözübüyük in an easy-going game. No crucial decisions so far for the refereeing crew. There was only one caution to Viger Christensen for a reckless tackle, an absolutely correct decision. Looking forward to the second half!

  33. Conclusion after GER - DEN: The match remained as calm as it already was in the first half. Gözübüyük wasn't really challenged, there were five further cautions, all correct: two for reckless challenges, one for delaying restart, one for obstruction and one for SPA. In his card selection - especially in reckless challenges - he was really consistent. So overall a good performance in an easy-going game, and if I'd be the assessor, I'd mark him with a solid 8.4.

    Anyone here who could confirm my impressions?

    1. Fully agreed! 8.4 without a doubt.

  34. Very good match again from Gozubuyk and his team. Totally full control. I like his style and attitude. For me Gozubuyk, Stieler, Vincic the candidates next match

    1. I agree that Gözübüyük and especially Vinčić are strong names for the last matches, but I fear that Stieler's tournament might be over, since Germany's chances to reach the semifinals are very high now.

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