May 29, 2013

Referee Designations for World Cup Qualifiers (UEFA zone, June 2013)

Today, FIFA has unveiled the referee designations for June's World Cup qualifiers in UEFA zone including Slovenian Damir Skomina's assignment for the vitally important Group F clash between Portugal and Russia.

Damir Skomina to oversee Portugal - Russia (c) ZIMBIO

Group A
07 June 2013, 21:15 CET, Zagreb
Croatia – Scotland
Referee: David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Raúl Cabañero Martínez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Jesús Calvo Guadamuro (ESP)
Fourth Official: Carlos Clos Gómez (ESP)

Group A
07 June 2013, 21:45 CET, Brussels
Belgium – Serbia
Referee: Stéphane Lannoy (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Frédéric Cano (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Michaël Annonier (FRA)
Fourth Official: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)

Group B
07 June 2013, 18:00 CET, Yerevan
Armenia – Malta
Referee: Arnold Hunter (NIR)
Assistant Referee 1: Eamonn Shanks (NIR)
Assistant Referee 2: Richard Storey (NIR)
Fourth Official: Mark Courtney (NIR)

Group B
07 June 2013, 20:45 CET, Prague
Czech Republic – Italy
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Kim Thomas Haglund (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Frank Andås (NOR)
Fourth Official: Svein Erik Edvartsen (NOR)

Group B
11 June 2013, 21:15 CET, Copenhagen
Denmark – Armenia
Referee: Aleksei Nikolaev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Oleg Tselovalnikov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Dmitry Mosyakin (RUS)
Fourth Official: Mikhail Vilkov (RUS)

Group C
07 June 2013, 20:45, Vienna
Austria – Sweden
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Gianluca Cariolato (ITA)
Fourth Official: Mauro Bergonzi (ITA)

Group C
07 June 2013, 20:45 CET, Dublin
Ireland – Faroe Islands
Referee: Mattias Gestranius (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Mikko Alakare (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Marko Hänninen (FIN)
Fourth Official: Dennis Antamo (FIN)

Group C
11 June 2013, 20:15 CET, Solna
Sweden – Faroe Islands
Referee: Nikolay Yordanov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 1: Ivan Valchev (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2: Veselin Dobriyanov (BUL)
Fourth Official: Stanislav Todorov (BUL)

Group E
07 June 2013, 17:30 CET, Geneva
Switzerland – Cyprus
Referee: Paolo Mazzoleni (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)
Fourth Official: Luca Banti (ITA)

Group E
07 June 2013, 20:30 CET, Tirana
Albania – Norway
Referee: William Collum (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: William Conquer (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Martin Cryans (SCO)
Fourth Official: Robert Madden (SCO)

Group E
07 June 2013, 21:00 CET, Reykjavik
Iceland – Slovenia
Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Detlef Scheppe (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Mike Pickel (GER)
Fourth Official: Christian Dingert (GER)

Group F
07 June 2013, 19:00 CET, Baku
Azerbaijan – Luxembourg
Referee: Mihaly Fabián (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: István Albert (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Peter Berettyan (HUN)
Fourth Official: Sándor Andó-Szabó (HUB)

Group F
07 June 2013, 22:45 CET, Lisbon
Portugal – Russia
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Matej Žunič (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Bojan Ul (SVN)
Fourth Official: Slavko Vinčič (SVN)

Group G
07 June 2013, 18:30 CET, Riga
Latvia – Bosnia-Herzegovina
Referee: Mike Dean (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Stuart Burt (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Peter Kirkup (ENG)
Fourth Official: Martin Atkinson (ENG)

Group G
07 June 2013, 20:45 CET, Vilnius
Lithuania – Greece
Referee: Olegário Benquerença (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Ricardo Santos (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: João Santos (POR)
Fourth Official: Manuel De Sousa (POR)

Group G
07 June 2013, 21:00 CET, Vaduz
Liechtenstein – Slovakia
Referee: Martin Strömbergsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Henrik Andrén (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Gustavsson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Martin Hansson (SWE)

Group H
07 June 2013, 20:15 CET, Chisinau
Moldova – Poland
Referee: Fernando Teixeira Vitienes (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Victoriano Díaz Casado (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Teodoro Sobrino Magán (ESP)
Fourth Official: Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP)

Group H
07 June 2013, 21:30 CET, Podgorica
Montenegro – Ukraine
Referee: Manuel Gräfe (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Guido Kleve (GER)
Fourth Official: Florian Meyer (GER)

Group I
07 June 2013, 18:00 CET, Helsinki
Finland – Belarus
Referee: Eli Hacmon (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Shabtai Nahmias (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Dvir Shimon (ISR)
Fourth Official: Menashe Masiah (ISR)

Group I
11 June 2013, 19:00 CET, Gomel
Belarus – Finland
Referee: Libor Kovarik (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Krystof Mencl (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Jiri Molaček (CZE)
Fourth Official: Radek Matejek (CZE)


  1. Germany - Ecuador
    Ricardo Salazar, Kermit Quisenberry, Sean Hurd, Silviu Petrescu

    1. No convincing performance: big problems with foul detection and some other weaknesses:
      Showing a card in a crowd of players and then rotate 360 degrees still showing the card makes not very clear, who is actually booked...
      Execute a drop ball, move a few metres away and then whistle to restart the game is a bit odd, too.

      BTW: What is the sense of appointing a Canadian as 4th official for a match in Florida?

  2. Replies
    1. You're welcome! Another appointments on my livejournal profile. Thanks so much for adding it to your blogs!

  3. We read again the name of Aleksei Nikolaev...

  4. Mike Dean is the loan representative from England. I just can't help but ponder why UEFA don't seem to rate him. He has been by far the most consistent performer from the Select Group over the last decade or so. They have instead chosen to push Atkinson, Webb and Clattenburg instead. Shame really.

  5. Dean got some chances in tough international clashes. I well remember Ajax-HSV and Dortmund-Sevilla in UEL, where he performed well with regard to decisions, but totally lost the control in both matches. Perhaps this also showed UEFA they would not focus on pushing him. Atkinson only being 4th official in Latvia-Bosnia could indicate he is going to be demoted. I have no other explanation for this, appointing an Elite referee as fourth official to an actually very experienced referee (Dean) in a not so important match..

    1. I agree in regards with Atkinson. These are not good signs for him. I think there will be only one promotion to the Elite category. That will be Ofcourse Mazic. I still don't know why he didn't get promoted in January along with Kralovec. I seem to remember Atkinson's hay day, approximately 2 years ago when he received the Barca-Milan appointment and even a CL 1/4 final match between Schalke and Inter. He can only blame himself and his dip in form if he gets demoted.

  6. sorry, it was PSV-HSV..

  7. Anonymous29/5/13 20:08

    I watched two matches in German relegation:

    Beneath my observations

    Kaiserslautern 1:2 Hoffenheim
    Florian Meyer, Frank Willenborg, Christoph Bornhorst

    In an intense emotional and nervous game both teams were continuously playing at the boderline. It was thanks to the tactical intelligent, preventive and courageous leadership of F. Meyer that the game remained at a fair level.

    Key points and observations:

    1. Tactical and well dosed balanced disciplinary management. All given cards were correct and shown in the prescribed manner

    2. Good forward and backward positioning play. ( In some cases hindering the players as being too close at the situation)

    3. Demonstrated great emphatic leadership, cooperating in a "symphatic" manner with the players explaining proactively and clearly the reasons of his decision. ( Was fully accepted/respected by the players)

    4. Outstanding cooperation with his assistants , who with "eagle eye precision" detected the offside situations. Compliments espec. to ass. 1 who indicated correctly offside when FCK scored the "2-1". Clearly a demonstration of "ONE TEAM"

    5. All penalty and non penalty decisions were correctly taken. ( Penalty in min 27 for Hoffenheim and yellow card for goalkeeper was courageous and fully OK). The handball of Hoffenheim player (min 47) was judged correctly as not being a penalty due to a natural movement without enlarging his body. His hands were not going into the air and or widening.

    6. Very good feeling for injury management thus respecting and taking care for the health of players

    7. A somewhat pro FCK attitude in the secoond half when became clear that FCK couldn't make it anymore. (Point of attention and to be avoided)

    In summary a really fine performance leading to a note of 8.6- 8.7

    A not so good performance then in Dresden!

    Dresden 2:0 Osnabruck
    Peter Gagelmann, Matthias Anklam, Sascha Thielert

    1. Partly completely wrong interpretation of LotG. 3 Examples: Misses two red cards in the first half and a clear penalty

    Careless and serious foul play taking into account to injure an opponent. ( Gave only a yellow card)
    Intentionally trying to hurt an opponent without having the intention and possibility to play the ball. (Gave only yellow card)
    Misses a 100% penalty and did not interrupt. The Dynamo goalkeeper missed completely the ball and was touching clearly the ancle of the Osnabrück player

    2. Was demonstrating a too misplaced arrogant, haughty and authoritarian behavior with a very low level of emphaty towards players. He was not really showing an acceptable degree of motivation and visibly showing being fully connected to the game.

    3. Confusing disciplinary management despite the 6 yellow cards. The proactive usage of "hidden warnings" and being really connected to the players was missing.

    4. Stood too often still and was not pro actively moving into the right position. Needed too long periods of regeneration and was, from time to time, apparantly and purposely demonstrating his sprinting capacity to hide his lack in proactive positioning play.

    5. In general he kept overall game control , although in the last 5 minutes some decisions, free kicks and not given freekicks created signs of confusion

    6. Overall satisfying cooperation with his assistants

    So for me a sad evening and DFB shoud have a serious word with him to show also in these matches clear motivation and mental alertness. ( Body language was telling the contrary)

    Best Regards

    1. Nedger, I can read your posts all days!!! What mark for Gagelmann?
      Best regards!

  8. Romanian referee Sebastian Coltescu had a quite challenging evening.


    1. Have a look here!Incredible

  9. Rizzoli even took the right penalty decision in Lego :P

  10. Small remark on Ricardo Salazar's performance yesterday evening in Ecuador-Germany.

    Referee: Ricardo Salazar (USA)
    Assistants: Kermit Quisenberry (USA) and Sean Mark Hurd (USA)

    1. If a line was existent at all, he chose an unpredictable and way too pedantic but inconsistent line: in some stages of the match every contact was whistled, before Ecuador's 1:4 goal, he ignored a clear foul on German defender Jansen though (bodycheck) happening in front of AR1 Quisenberry.

    2. Acceptable disciplinary line, chose to give yellows four times. At least one of them, against Westermann, was exaggerated, while some hard fouls in first half went unbooked.

    3. Irritating style in terms of gestures and the way he issued cards.

    4. In general good fitness, but weak positioning and unflexible movement. Was positioned too far away from goal attempts and thus missed some corner kick decisions. At corners, he had an odd positioning as well, creating a bad angle on the things happening in the penalty area.

    5. Overall he did not convey a reliable impression. Disturbing whislte usage and he overreacted sometimes in terms of slightly kicking the ball away and additional things. He should not be in the focus so much in a friendly match. Jogging in the midfield circle and making some stretching exercises immediately before the starting whistle for the 2nd half won't support a professional outward appearance. Without meaning that too negatively: he appeared like a clown sometimes.

    6. Assistant Referee 1 with good offside decisions, but a missed foul prior to 1-4 goal. Assistant Referee 2 with one missed but actually very clear offside leading to a very dangerous goal attempt of Ecuador. Correct offsides apart from that, weaknesses in foul detection and signalization of incidents appearing in his line of sight and area of responsibility.

    Salazar 7.8 (8.0)
    Quisenberry 7.9 (8.4)
    Hurd 8.1

  11. So we copy Nedger style :)

    Small remark on William Collum's performance yesterday evening in England - Republic of Ireland:

    1. Foul detection characterized by not falling for dives (e.g. Lampard 9'), mostly good interpretation of many 'air-duels' and right big calls in the penalty area (44' - 10ENG pulls 10IRL, penalty could've been given, however it's not big mistake to wave the play on; 58' - handball of one IRL player, although there was a hand-to-the-ball-movement it seems to be fully unintentional and natural move).

    2. Due to fair play of both teams, issuing cards was not mandatory. Two could've been showed to 8IRL for breaking a promising attack (2'), 6ENG for studs-up challenge (70'), 4ENG for reckless tackle (75').

    3. Stopped the play due to flare near the sideline (15').

    4. Unnecessary and irritating using of whistle to indicate a corner kick.

    5. Too much lenient in foul detection near the boxes (missed fouls 42', 43').

    6. Very scrupulous attitude when setting the wall.

    7. Ultra-active positioning by outstanding ability to fast run, many sprints, wide-diagonal way of movement (the best point of this referee).

    8. A bit too lenient toward Long's persistent protesting against referee's decisions - lack of clear verbal warning to stop such behaviour (point for improving and observe in the future).

    9. Insufficient compensation of lost time by adding not enough stoppage time to the both halves (0' to the first - should've been 1'; 2' to the second - should've been 3').

    10. Was demonstrating a very official and non-contact attitude toward the game and players. Talks were never used. However, he maintained a rather high level of control over the match.

    In overal, an expected level performance leading to a note of 8.3.

    Assistants counted faultless performances leading to a note of 8.4.

  12. Does anybody know the appointments for tomorrows friendly between Brazil and England?

    1. Wilmar Roldán (Col)

    2. Here in Italy it is said that the friendly has been annulled due to the stadium problems.
      Carlos have you more info?

    3. Hi Chefren!
      The match will be played:

  13. Small info for all of you.
    Visit and insert the preselected referees' names into the line. Some nice photos of Rio de Janeiro seminar will appear.

    1. Search for Friedemann Vogel and you get all at once. ;)

    2. Hehe even better ..

  14. Looking forward to seeing Wilmar Roldan in action tommorow. I remember being very impressed with him in the Olympics last year.

    1. One of the best of South America if you want to know...
      The other friendly appointments

      Brasil vs France
      Victor Carrillo (Perú)

      Uruguay vs France
      Antonio Arias (Paraguay)

    2. Thanks for that. I'll watch him very closely then. :)

  15. Am I the only one who is still shocked that Proenca was left out of the whole Champions League knock-out stage? The trend in the last couple of years has been a referee who has had the final will officiate a CL 1/2 final the following season. Excluding 2011& 2009 this was exactly the case since 2007. Fandel officiated the final in 2007 and had Man UTD- Barca the following season. Bussaca ref'd the final in 2009 and officiated Lyon-Bayern the next season. Finnaly, Kassai refereed the final in 2011 and had a semi the following season aswell. Bearing this in mind it is really baffling to see Proenca only receive ONE Europa League appointment and NO Champions League knock-out stage appointment. There has to be some under-lying problem becauae you cannot exclude referee who took charge of 2/3 major European finals last year.

  16. Anonymous1/6/13 23:06

    Also do not understand why Proenca has been left out. Am sure he will come back as Quality will in the very end always win. See him surely this and next year in Brasil

    For your Observation and speaking about fair play

    Have a short look at this match between belgium and the Netherlands.


  17. German Cup final.

    Handball not whistled by Graefe, the score was 3-1 for Bayern, but it might have been a good chance to score for Stuttgart.
    In my opinion, more penalty than nothing. It seems that the referee totally missed the situation, according to commentators.
    Penalty given to Bayern in the first minutes of the match:
    Acceptable call but still not 100% IMHO.

    1. In my opinion the handball by Boateng was not intentional so this decision was correct.
      But the penalty given by Graefe was none. However in 31st minute Robben was fouled in the penalty area, this was absolutely clear. So the given penalty seems pretty like a concession decision.

    2. Anonymous3/6/13 06:00

      Is Schiffner not injured? Then why was he replaced from the Confederations Cup?

    3. Schiffner was replaced by FIFA due to "injury problems". That was the official statement. It should mean that Brych has decided to go with Lupp into the run for WC 2014 as they had their first tournament and also the complete last season together. Schiffner is theoretically available for Confed Cup, but I think there will be very soon a change in the pre list (Lupp for Schiffner).

  18. Red card given by Clos Gomez to Jonas (Valencia) at the end of first half. It probably costed the match, because with this defeat (they played the whole second half in 10 men), Valencia was overcome by Real Socied at the fourth place of La Liga.
    It seems clear that it was decided 100% by Javier Aguilar Rodríguez (AR1). Too easy and probably wrong call in a crucial game.

  19. Gregorsz2/6/13 01:05

    Friendly match: Ireland - Georgia
    Sebastian Coltescu, Miklos Nagy, Mihai Artene (Romania)

  20. Tomorrow we should know the first appointment for U21...

  21. Yes might be. Perhaps they make them in the evening, so that we could have to wait until 5 May.

    Concerning DFB Cup final: very disappointing performance by Gräfe. I would rule the not given handball by Boateng rather as a mistake than as a good call, but would not call it a clear crucial mistake. The other penalty decisions were wrongly taken. Furthermore he should have sent off Boka in 87'.

    Very surprising to see Sociedad in the CL qualifiers.

    Does anyone know the appointment for USA-GER?

    1. USA vs Germany: Paul Delgadillo (Mexico)...

  22. This past Friday the Arbitration Board of the FPF met in a meeting that lasted all day and approved the classification of Football Referees of the season 2012/13. At the end of the day the rankings released on the website

    Final Classification

    Category C1

    1st Jorge Sousa (AF Porto) - 003,934 (Next season passes for category C1 Elite)

    2nd Rui Silva (AF Vila Real) - 003,924 (Next season passes for category C1 Elite)

    3rd Pedro Proença (AF Lisboa) - 003,924 (Next season passes for category C1 Elite)

    4th Rui Costa (AF Porto) - 003,856 (Next season passes for category C1 Elite)

    5th Olegário Benquerença (AF Leiria) - 003,854 (Next season passes for category C1 Elite)

    6th Artur Soares Dias (AF Porto) - 003,809 (Next season passes for category C1 Elite)

    7th Luís Ferreira (AF Braga) - 003,785 (Next season passes for category C1 Elite)

    8th Manuel Oliveira (AF Porto) - 003,776 (Next season passes for category C1 Elite)

    9th João Ferreira (AF Setúbal) - 003,774 (Withdraws Refereeing for having reached the age limit - 45 years)

    10 João Capela (AF Lisboa) - 003,769 (Next season passes for category C1 Elite)

    11 Jorge Tavares (AF Aveiro) - 003,768 (Next season passes for category C1 Elite)

    12 Bruno Paixão (AF Setúbal) - 003,760 (Next season passes for category C1 Elite)

    13 Nuno Almeida (AF Algarve) - 003,756 (Next season passes for category C1 Elite)

    14 Hugo Miguel (AF Lisboa) - 003,750 (Next season passes for category C1 Progresso)

    15 º Duarte Gomes (AF Lisboa) - 003,748 (Next season passes for category C1 Progresso)

    16 Hugo Pacheco (AF Porto) - 003,737 (Next season passes for category C1 Progresso)

    17 Jorge Ferreira (AF Braga) - 003,727 (Next season passes for category C1 Progresso)

    18 Carlos Xistra (AF Castelo Branco) - 003,727 (Next season passes for category C1 Progresso)

    19 Vasco Santos (AF Porto) - 003,715 (Next season passes for category C1 Progresso)

    20th Marco Ferreira (AF Madeira) - 003,715 (Next season passes for category C1 Progresso)

    21 Cosme Machado (AF Braga) - 003,709 (Next season passes for category C1 Progresso)

    22 Manuel Mota (AF Braga) - 003,705 (Next season passes for category C1 Progresso)

    23 Bruno Esteves (AF Setúbal) - 003,690 (Next season passes for category C1 Progresso)

    24th Paulo Baptista (AF Portalegre) - 003,688 (Next season passes to the category C2c Manutenção)

    25 Renato Gonçalves (AF Guarda) - 003,639 (Next season passes to the category C2c Manutenção)

    End of career:

    João Ferreira (AF Setúbal)


    Paulo Baptista (AF Portalegre)
    Renato Gonçalves (AF Guarda)

    1. Anonymous3/6/13 03:50

      UUU, Paulo Baptista is demoted?! He had some big matches last season. Does it mean that he won't referee in Liga ZON Sagres?


    2. Yes Paulo Baptista was relegated to the category C2. He was the most regular referees in category C1 and was the referees who were more time to arbitrate the I Liga Portuguesa.

      This means that the referee Paulo Baptista will not return more in Liga Zon Sagres, because with this descent into C2 and with his advanced age (43 years), has no chance to fight for promotion to C1.

    3. Anonymous3/6/13 15:13

      Sad story and a bad thing for such experienced referee. However, I like the way in which FPF makes relegations. It's undoubtedly the clearest system in the World! Average mark and without sentiments. That's good. I wait for other countried to do that (I know, I'm naive...)


    4. It's too bad for him because he was entering the final stretch of his career and of course he wanted to finish it in the category C1.

      Do not forget that this season is FPF adopt another ratings system and demotions / promotions ... This system aims to provide the beginning professionalization the referees Portuguese.

      Do not say that the system is clearer in the world, because since the ratings of football referees were disclosed on Friday that this new system is being called into question. Because Referees demoted and they can lose the insignias of FIFA in 2014 to contest the ratings are promising advance to the courts.

      What is certain is that there has been problems in promotions the referees and the various entities connected to arbitration Portuguese are challenging and mourn the demotion of the Referee Paulo Baptista.

  23. Good overall performance from Wilmar Roldan tonight. However, there were some instances where the ball was won clearly yet he whistled for a foul. First time that I got a good chance to watch him properly and I was impressed.

  24. Anonymous3/6/13 03:51

    Hi boys!

    Yellow or red:


    1. Anonymous3/6/13 08:50


    2. Yes, Dikcagoi was very lucky to may stay on the pitch.

  25. Paul Delgadillo with a satisfying performance yesterday in USA-GER. His general performance was ok, he only missed some fouls here and there, but no big deal. He chose to offer a lenient line in this friendly game.
    Two things to be said however: at the coin toss, he wrongly asked the home team (the USA) to choose the colour of the coin.
    Furthermore, USA's 3-1 goal was irregular. An American player clearly fouled defender Aogo and gained an advantage from that. Aogo was unable to stand up quickly enough and failed to avoid the goal. It was totally hidden for Delgadillo, but his AR2 Hector Delgadillo should have detected that.

  26. Correct early sending off by Dean:

  27. I am angry at the shief of the FIFA-REFEREES: Busacca, and the company once again ignores the Polish judges appointments to round match in the UEFA zone

  28. Alexei Nikolaev judge in the match DENMARK-ARMENIA, is bad news for the Danes. Because it Nikolaev Russian, and Armenians were the countries of the former USSR.

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