April 19, 2017

Björn Kuipers appointed for Barcelona - Juventus, Skomina in charge of Monaco - Borussia Dortmund

UEFA Referees Committee has appointed Dutch Björn Kuipers to handle the second leg between Barcelona and Juventus. At the same time, Slovenian Damir Skomina will be in charge of AS Monaco - Borussia Dortmund, observed by Hugh Dallas. 



19 April 2017, 20:45 CET (Stade Louis II, Monaco)
AS Monaco - Borussia Dortmund
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN)
Assistant Referee: Jure Praprotnik (SVN)
Assistant Referee: Robert Vukan (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Matej Jug (SVN)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Slavko Vinčić (SVN)
Fourth Official: Tomaž Klančnik (SVN)
UEFA Referee Observer: Hugh Dallas (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Roland Tis (BEL)

19 April 2017, 20:45 CET (Camp Nou, Barcelona)
FC Barcelona - Juventus Turin 
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED)
Assistant Referee: Sander van Roekel (NED)
Assistant Referee: Erwin Zeinstra (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Danny Makkelie (NED)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Pol van Boekel (NED)
Fourth Official: Mario Diks (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Murat Ilgaz (TUR)
UEFA Delegate: Markus Stenger (GER)

151 Comments:

  1. Who is Murat Ilgaz?? Can somebody please tell more about him?? 🤔

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    1. Regular observer for Elite referees.

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    2. In case of a good performance in this big match will it be possible to see Kuipers in a CL semifinal??

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    3. He was present on the 2015 UEFA U19 Final Tournament.

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    4. He is also referee committee member in TFF. Responsible for education and development.

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  2. With Hugh Dallas, it is now more than clear that Damir Skomina is the first candidate for CL final. This will be a very important game for him, UEFA decided to appoint him in a quite sonorous game before the possible appointment for the final. In case of poor performance and significant mistakes (not our wish, of course), it would be impossible to appoint him again. So, big trust by committee, but at the same time surely the most important game for the Slovenian in recent times.
    Kuipers in Barcelona was expected.

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    1. Kuipers has a very big game in Barcelona by the looks of it... His first really big UCL game since that poor Stamford Bridge night in 2015... Hopefully he will have a good game and who knows a semifinal appointment might follow as well!!

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  3. Skomina is sure for a final now - most likely the CL final... Being observed by committee members in 2 consecutive matches surely has to indicate something!!

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    1. In case of good performances of course, I totally agree. You can be certain he is the plan of UEFA anyway.

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    2. One thing that I was wondering is that why did they not put any committee member out to observe Gianluca Rocchi??

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    3. He was observed by Bo Karlsson in Monaco - Manchester City.

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    4. I was referring to the Quarter final stage!! I expected maybe Batta or maybe one of Levnikov or Uilenberg might have observed him in Leicester!!

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    5. Layec is actually like a committee member. He mostly comes for the most important games and already observed many CL semifinals. It seems to be someone the committee (which of course will watch the match anyway) fully trusts.

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    6. I really do hope that Rocchi gets the EL final... He has somewhat always been in the shadows of Rizzoli and I think finally his time has come now!! 🙂

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  4. Surely in case of good performance, a semifinal could follow for Kuipers.
    I think we have already two quite sure names for semifinals: Mažić and Çakır.
    We could see again Brych as well, in case of elimination for both German teams.

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    1. What about Mark Clattenburg??

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    2. Difficult to think that he could get directly a semifinal. I think he was not allowed to handle games in CL because he didn't attend the course in Malaga, and that would be fair. Perhaps, EL appointment (German derby) was just the last "gift" or a replacement for another referee. In addition, there was a crucial mistake deciding the game...

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    3. Even I think it's fair... I would've been extremely unfair on all those referees who attended the course if Clattenburg was given a CL game... Keeping all these things in mind I would say Çakir, Mazic and Brych are very likely for the CL semifinals and the 4th SF appointment may go to Kassai or Kuipers if they can perform well in their respective QF matches!!

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    4. If Skomina should have a bad night in Monaco... who would be the alternative for the final? Mazic?

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    5. Yes Mazic will definitely be an option... Can't see another referee other than Skomina and Mazic who are ready for the final at this moment!!

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    6. @Chefren
      I Expect Mazic for EL quaterfinal. Possibly in Turkey.

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    7. About Skomina, what we cannot forget either is that along with Kassai he is the by far most experienced European referee in terms of international appointments. I guess they both have around 130-140... that's immense, so a UCL final would definitely top an already massive career.

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  5. OT

    I think worldreferee.com is going to shut down, a sad day for a website that preceeded and was a catalyst a changing coverage of refereeing, I think even helping create this great blog.
    Everything must run it's course though...

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    1. This is an extremely sad news... Why is it shutting down?? 😞 They were doing a really good job!!

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    2. I share your words, Mikael. For sure, a sad day.
      @Soham for a long time, in recent years, there wasn't almost any written report, therefore I can understand the reasons of the choice.

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    3. Oh I see... I just checked it now and it has already been shut down and all the stats and information have disappeared 😞 Always used to look up the palmares there to have a glance at who refereed which games in the past seasons... Indeed sad to see the website suffer such a fate 😞

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    4. The palmares there were indeed an useful information. Any chance of something similar here?

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    5. @Sale You can consult the World football website... The palmares are very, very informative there with almost all important international and domestic competitions accurately covered... You'll surely find that extremely helpful...


      As an example, I'm attaching the page on that site for referee Björn Kuipers below... You can find out the pages of other referees using the search option!!
      http://www.worldfootball.net/referee_summary/bjoern-kuipers/

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    6. Thank you. Wasn't familiar with this site.

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    7. You can follow it... Surely a very informative site and very much accurate as well!!

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  6. Chefren: what is yours Europa league prediction?

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    1. Do you mean the final? My first name is Rocchi, otherwise Mazic.

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  7. No, I am mean the second leg of the quarter finals

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    1. Beşiktaş - Lyon = Milorad Mažić
      Genk - Celta Vigo = Artur Soares Dias
      Schalke 04 - Ajax = Ovidiu Hațegan
      Manchester United - Anderlecht = Alberto Undiano Mallenco

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    2. My predictions :
      Besiktas v Lyon : Milorad Mazic
      Manchester United v Anderlecht : Ovidiu Hategan
      Genk v Celta Vigo : William Collum
      Schalke 04 v Ajax : Martin Atkinson

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    3. Soham you forgot a sure name:Alberto Undiano Mallenco.

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    4. @CristiRef I completely missed him... And indeed it's him in place of Atkinson in the original appointments... I got the other 3 correct though Ovidiu's match I got it wrong!! 😀

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  8. Regarding UEL appointments

    Stuart Burt is replaced by Adrian Holmes as AR1 in Middlesbrough - Arsenal so maybe we will see Atkinson on Thursday, I would have thought as Soham we could see him in Germany.

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    2. Yes even Atkinson was given a week off in the Premier League last matchweek which indicates a possible EL QF... From a personal point of view, I would've loved to see Oliver doing the Genk v Celta Vigo match after a really impressive performance in Istanbul but I know it won't happen... This was a great season for Oliver in terms of breakthroughs and I hope he takes even bigger strides the next season!! 🙂

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  9. Just curious why Dr. Felix Brych cannot be a CL final candidate?

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    1. Because he has been appointed as referee for U20 World Cup in South Korea from 20/05 to 11/06.

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  10. @Ray Shall I take Barca - Juve on me tonight?

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    1. Very well 👌🏻 Do you have any specific preferences for UEL tomorrow, or do we choose to cover the same (return) matches as last week?

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    2. The same: I am going to cover Beşiktaş - Lyon and Man. United - Anderlecht.

      May you mail me?
      referee.rayhd at gmail dot com?

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  11. Only five minutes and it can already be seen what a difficult match will Kuipers have. The best of the lucks to him!

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    1. I was looking at stats prior to the game; Barça's UCL matches routinely have 35 fouls or more; way higher than any other. This will be tense, and so far Kuipers is not having it. Good luck to him!
      By the way, I loved his verbal warning about card-waving at 4'.

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    2. So far Kuipers isn't having any of the nonsense on the field... Hopefully this can continue... Good start!!

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  12. Good verbal warning to Dybala, however for me this foul was YC. I didn't like the behavior of the Argentinian player, he played immediately the ball after having pretended an injury for a long time. Then, clearly Rakitic made something like a "revenge foul"...

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  13. Good and important call by AR1 a few ago. Now Kuipers is spending some warnings.

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  14. Again the same. Skomina doesn't issue a stonewall yellow card to João Moutinho (21'). When will this stupid trend come to an end?

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  15. 21 min clear YC missed by Skomina

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    1. The problem: it was not missed, it was deliberately not issued. Refereeing in the context of disciplinary control is really poor at the moment and the most lenient in the history. What happened to Collina and his ideas? Can you change your approach like that in a few years? Or is it a mobbing from non-refereeing bodies?

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    2. I agree with both of you - yellow is minimum. Taking UEFA's guidelines in terms of trailing legs severely endangering the opponents' safety (tackles without body control) seriously, this could be even ruled as a red card in the next RAP.

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    3. Totally agree with Niclas, Ray and others. But this is a new result of this disastrous trend to be be more and more lenient. It's possible match context ( very peaceful, only 10 fouls during 45mn...) had an influence to keep cards on Skomina's pockets. By the way, stonewall YC or moreover could be given after for a new foul by Moutinho.
      Good first half of Skomina team. Just for me a wrong free kick for Dortmund after a clear dive of Kagawa (41´). Expected level.

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  16. I think it is about time Kuipers issues a YC for dissent. Otherwise, his warnings might lose their effect!

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  17. (writing at 29') Kuipers has clearly decided that he would have a very high foul tolerance, to avoid Bracelona anti-play, simulation, and exaggeration. We've seen Neymar, Suarez, and Messi actively seek contacts or try to exaggerate very minor contacts. Barcelona are getting frustrated, and in my mind Kuipers will need to take out a card for dissent imminently. Busquets and Neymar have received stern warnings in the past few minutes, and in both cases Kuipers was mobbed by Iniesta et al. Counting the warning to the Juventus player at 4' - which definitely can be counted as valid to all players, Kuipers is ready to start cautioning for dissent (IMO, Neymar was very, very lucky).
    Overall, good work so far.

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  18. First YC by Kuipers: correct.

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    1. Correct YC to Neymar as well now... Possibly for dissent??

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    2. I think it was for the retaliation.

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  19. I like the approach by Kuipers. Good YC to Neymar short before halftime and no problems to recognise that Messi was overreacting.

    However, after 2 warnings for dissent, next time should be yellow, otherwise the warnings have no result.

    But: until now a really good performance by Kuipers.

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    1. A possible missed foul at the edge of penalty area (ball away) in favor of Juventus.

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    2. The Neymar YC was spot on and much needed as well... Kuipers gave a strong verbal warning to him early on as well so great call... Good game till now, he is having none of the nonsense by frustrated Barcelona players on the field!! Hope this high level of performance can continue across the 2nd half as well!! 🙂

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  20. Half time thoughts: Kuipers is playing a high stakes game - it will either make him a hero or be a disaster. If Barcelona doesn't get a goal in in 20 minutes, I wouldn't be surprised to see them get angry and belligerent. If Barca gets a goal in, though, it could be a completely different game - perhaps even Juventus starting to commit fouls to slow down.
    At any rate, I expect that Barca will come out high energy, and Kuipers will have to continue to be vigilant to simulation. Barca needs that quick goal and if it takes a dive, we know they'll do it.

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    1. High stakes game as in?? What else should he do?? Thought he was pretty good in the 1st half!! 🤔

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  21. High stakes as in high risks - if the players react well, then it works. But it could also turn into a slaughterfest if one team gets frustrated. I think it works so far. But there is a significant risk, and we saw Barca starting to get angry.
    What could he have done? Lower his foul standard. Less risk, less flowing game, more vulnerable to Barca exaggeration.
    That's what is generally referred to as a "tactical approach" by referees. Make no doubt, Kuipers had planned this. And, again, so far his calculated risk is paying off.

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    1. Other risk: he will miss some legitimate minor fouls, such as 53'. That is not such a huge deal in itself, but it can get the Barca players frustrated.
      And Neymar had a point at 53'...

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    2. I thought that maybe he has strategically thought of such a way of control to deal with Barcelona's anti-play, simulation and exaggeration, as you pointed out earlier!! Overall looks like it's working as of now!!

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    3. Exactly, I agree 100%. But there's still more risk for his match control than a conventional 'whistle everything' approach; that being said, he's good enough to likely be able to manage that on 90 minutes (after 65, he certainly has). I'm not blaming him; just pointing out that he is walking a tighter and higher rope than another referee probably would in this game (think how Rizzoli, Turpin, etc. would approach this game).

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    4. That's a point to discuss really... But as long as the match is in control I can live with this strategy to be honest... In this context I've one question what was Aytekin's approach regarding the PSG game?? Was it similar to Kuipers tonight or something more like Rizzoli in general?? 🤔

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    5. Of course! Now, at 90', Kuipers deserves nothing but high praise. He took a calculated risk, and it paid off: he got a flowing game with little - if any - extracurriculars (scuffles, simulation) and managed to keep game control. So it's an all win situation for him. Well done!

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    6. Yeah the calculated risk worked well for him 🙂 This performance should now be rewarded with a UCL semi-final I think... Even if he isn't given a CL semi-final, an EL Semi-final I think is absolutely nailed-on for Kuipers now!! 🙂

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  22. Kuipers missed foul + YC on Neymar?

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  23. Clear foul and YC for Dani Alves missed by Kuipers. Harsh foul. Orange one for me.

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    1. Agreed, Red would be very harsh though

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    2. Nah, low degree of force, foot on the ground. YC would have been acceptable, RC excessive, especially in this game.

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    3. Sorry Emil. I think you don't see the same replay. For behind the goal, foot not on the ground, excessive force. Stonewall YC.

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    4. Studs exposed, yes, but the foot is not at tibia/knee level is what I mean. So YC yes, RC not, I think.

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    5. On that point totally agree ;) but for me no possibility to forgot YC here ( if we forgot UEFA new lenient way ) ^^

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  24. Skomina with a warning to Subasic for delaying the GK in his native Serbo-Croatian tongue: "Subasic, ovo ti je zadnja" ("that's your final warning"). :)

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  25. 89': correctly rejected penalty appeal by Kuipers and AAR1 Makkelie. No deliberate handball: arm was close to body, this was a very difficult decision to take because the player made a movement like he was deliberately touching the ball by arm.

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  26. Correct no penalty call by AAR1 Danny Makkelie at around 87' or 88'... Not a deliberate handball!!

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  27. I must say, Kuipers did well in this very difficult and potentially extremely hot game. At the end, his approach was justified. Not showing early and perhaps hasty YC paid. He had authority on the pitch. You could say that some Barça's players, as always, were troublesome with their protests, behaviors and complaints, but the most important thing is that the Dutch was not influenced / deceived.
    As often happens, we can discuss maybe about further possible YC, but basically Kuipers achieved what we all wanted to see: a referee in full control of the game, without troubles, calm and composed. No crazy scenes.
    Good work by assistant referees, even though they were not so much challenged.
    I think that, based on that, Kuipers will officiate a CL semifinal. It would be deserved.

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    1. At least an EL Semi-final is absolutely certain now!! What will be Kuipers' possible mark?? 8.4 level in a challenging game??

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    2. And Skomina most likely passed his final test before CL final. Not challenged in an easy-going game, no big talking points, just missed YC(s) UEFA will be happy about.

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    3. I fully agree with you. It was very important that Kuipers did well, because there would have been big medial troubles if he would have made a crucial mistake after Kassai yesterday. But one must say, that Kassai had much more critical situations than Kuipers today.

      Kuipers deserves a semifinal, that is sure. My other names would be Cakir, Brych and perhaps Mazic.

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    4. I agree with you, David02: Cakir, Brych, Mazic and Kuipers could be the right names for CL semifinals.
      Waiting for the draw, I think Kuipers would be in charge again of Madrid's derby, in case of Atletico - Real. That's my early prediction.

      @Soham for me this evening Kuipers can get 8.5, because he did really a good impression.

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    5. Yes and I would say it's Kuipers' superb officiating that has actually caused this match to pass without trouble... In that way good contribution on Kuipers' part to this game, kept this potentially difficult match under his full control and prevented all sorts crazy incidents which might have taken place... Congratulations to the entire Dutch team on a good performance!!

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    6. @Chefren I would agree with you completely... In case of a Madrid derby Kuipers and Çakir will be my names... Moreover a visit to Santiago Bernabeu is long overdue for Kuipers in his illustrious career!!

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  28. Good performance by Kuipers. Kept the match under full control and mostly kept a clear line for the fouls, which led to less dissent in the second half. Congratulations!

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  29. This year would've been the golden opportunity for Felix Brych to add that much deserved CL final in his palmares but for the U20 World Cup it's not possible!! Who knows when the next change will come!! Either way now I think Çakir, Brych and Mazic are certainties for UCL semifinals... The 4th one should be Kuipers IMO after today's superb performance!!

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    1. Agree. Brych for a semifinal should be quite a safe bet, same counts for Skomina and the UCL final after his today's good performance.

      UEL final? Mazic? Marciniak?

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    2. Marciniak will be unavailable because of the U20 World Cup!! Rocchi/Mazic will be my picks!!

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    3. Sorry, my fault. I agree with you: If Mazic have a good night in Istanbul, it should be him, otherwise Rocchi.

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    4. Is there a certain reason why most of you are so sure about Skomina getting the UCL final, whereas Mazic is expected to be UEFA's top candidate for UEL final? In my opinion, it could well happen just the other way around. That would explain why Skomina was chosen for a UCL quarterfinal and Mazic for a UEL quarterfinal: Both should not be "wasted" in the competition in which they are meant to officate the final. By "not wasted" I mean having as few clubs as possible remaining in the competition which might have made (subjectively) negative experiences with the preferred final referee, especially during k.o. stage. Also, both were observed by a committee member, so this doesn't give any kind of indication except the fact that there is something planned with both of them. Leaving aside the recent appointments, I don't see a significant difference, even though Mazic's style is not always that popular here on this blog. But objectively, both are reliable referees with one international final experience each (UEFA Supercup), at least when ignoring the early U21 competitions.

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    5. Well, Skomina is more experienced (more UEFA matches in general & had already 2 CL SFs, inlcuding last year, while Mazic only had EL SFs) and had the better EURO tournament.
      But I agree, that it is not totally clear, who will be chosen. For me it is something like 70:30 for Skomina at the moment (which, of course, might change tonight...)

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  30. In my opinion, the penalty is clear. There is an intentional movement of the arm towards the ball. In addition, the arm is not completely closed to the body

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    1. you can't be serious?

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    2. Not a deliberate handball in my opinion... No penalty absolutely correct decision!!

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    3. Never a penalty in a million years....

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  31. I read the comments and would like to ask - why no one thinks that Kuipers could reach the final?

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    1. Because Kuipers has already refereed every UEFA final. (Supercup in 2011, Europa League in 2013 and Champions League in 2014).

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    2. Ok but I could not see why that should be an opstacle?
      Cakir and Clatts in the past got so many important matches in a row, why a descent and great referee who's almost at the end of his career can't get a reward like CL finals?

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  33. MONACO - DORTMUND (Damir Skomina)

    overall leniency...
    https://streamable.com/o5ucl

    21' - Moutinho's reckless borderline to SFP tackle; no card given
    https://streamable.com/hgdyh

    24' - Monaco's penalty appeal, push
    https://streamable.com/i4qif

    40' - foul vs simulation
    https://streamable.com/eyceg

    59', 61' - goal kicks instead of corner kicks
    https://streamable.com/dhj0w

    63' - no-foul call
    https://streamable.com/4a08b

    73' - dangerous play
    https://streamable.com/qztqy

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    1. In 24' we can speak about two possible fouls for PK. There were two pushing, one with holding. Skomina lenient as ever...

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  34. Barcelona - Juventus (Björn Kuipers)

    https://vimeo.com/album/4543575

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    1. How can a referee not dare to show yellow cards for such horrible dissent? Unacceptable. This is why football is so ugly against referees in lower decisions because the pro referees allow it.

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    2. "Damned if you do, damned if you don't" kind of a situation... If the referee shows more YCs and something results in a 2nd YC then lots of people accuse the referees of "spoiling the game"... Where will the referees go??

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    3. So he should ref should not follow the rules and protect the referees image? Just so the media will be happy? Give me more of Mateu Lahoz.

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    4. A referee shouldn't necessarily make every game a card fest... Being overly card happy isn't too great... I think Kuipers struck the right balance yesterday and did very well!!

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  35. Chefren,Niclas and others who do you think are the best ARs today in Europe?

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  36. UEFA WOMEN'S CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

    SEMI-FINALS - First Legs

    22 April 2017, 15:00 CET
    Manchester City Women's FC - Olympique Lyonnais
    Referee: Katalin Kulcsár (Hungary)
    Assistant Referee 1: Judit Kulcsár (Hungary)
    Assistant Referee 2: Juliëtte Bakker (Netherlands)
    Fourth Official: Eszter Urbán (Hungary)
    UEFA Referee Observer: Blaženka Logarušić (Croatia)
    UEFA Delegate: Kari Iuell (Norway)

    22 April 2017, 18:00 CET
    FC Barcelona - Paris Saint-Germain FC
    Referee: Teodora Albon (Romania)
    Assistant Referee 1: Petruța Claudia Iugulescu (Romania)
    Assistant Referee 2: Mihaela Elena Țepușă (Romania)
    Fourth Official: Lorraine Clark (Scotland)
    UEFA Referee Observer: Regien Belksma-Konink (Netherlands)
    UEFA Delegate: Fiona Pförtke (Germany)

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  37. Watching all four matches

    ATL-LEI, Gianluca ROCCHI 8.4
    Fine sovereign performance, he didn't need a card at all, for Rocchi anyway. His usual empathic and friendly self presentation was again apparent and he helped keep the match calm speaking about a couple of particular situations. For the penalty moment, I think Rocchi was at least thinking of whistling but from the view of AAR1 Massa it looked okay and that was an okay decision imo. Anyway I think he still has good chances for EL Final, so does Mažić I think it will be a close call.

    RLM-BAY, Viktor KASSAI 7.8(2)
    In this match in 2012, Kassai awarded two doubtful penalties and struggled to find a clear line in fouls cards, but in a medial sense it was okay. Kind of the opposite tonight. Fouls detection was basically very good, he struggled to find a clear line in cards (-0.2) but anyway a laissez-faire style suited the match. Not much point talking about the situations because the post is really great, but for the penalty I think if he runs slightly to his left to get a more 45o angle he focuses more on the action of Robben and I think he doesn't give a penalty, whereas he had almost a too good view, and as is already brilliantly said on the post decided penalty. Definitely I'd rather play on though, good luck to VAR ;-). RC to Vidal was no (real) foul and certainly no 2nd YC. Good no penalty for Casemiro and he actually should have been sent off but I can live with that. AR1 kept his flag down for 1-2 where it would have been very brave but mandatory, 2-2 is a decision that should be seen correctly. AR2 unlucky thanks to the pace but it was still a mistake. Sad night for Team Kassai and while some will say his ARs have always been his week point, I would say they were very unlucky.

    BAR-JUV, Björn KUIPERS 8.5
    After Aytekin it was I think a perfect tactical approach by Kuipers. Great comments of Emil that I totally agree with, although to me whistling everything would actually have been a braver thing to do as the irritation would have rose even more. However still he backed the players to play fairly (enough) and the YC to Neymar was great imo, but moreover he backed himself with his management and the players did respect him and responded to his messages. Great verbal warnings for dissent, perfectly planned, great YC for not tolerating that play. Also good YC to JUV to take out cynical play that actually never came after that. I was tending to 8.6 however the missed YC for the foul on Neymar loses him tenth of a point imo. Anyway with Mateu Lahoz (twice!) , Bezborodov and Buquet best performances of the season - please to a UCL Semifinal!

    MON-DOR, Damir SKOMINA 8.2
    As predicted it was a fine match where control was no big problem and Skomina 'only' had to referee the match. As always slightly lacking concentration, but this is Skomina. Missing a YC that I agree could be RC by UEFA:RAP very soon isn't great, but it will be no impact on surely his CL Final. It would have needed to a disaster for UEFA to change their plan, of course it was far from that and 95% sure he is the name for Cardiff!

    All the best :-)

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    1. Really nice summary Mikael!
      Did Skomina issued a YC at all? I think the one or other foul shown in RayHD's summary deserves a YC. Anyway, I agree with you that he is the referee for this years final!

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  38. My predictions for UCL final:1st Skomina,2nd Mazic, 3rd Clattenburg/Rizzoli(if no Juve)(2nd time), or maybe the final choice UEFA will invite non-european referee(My prediction Alireza Faghani)

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    1. Clattenburg/Rizzoli for the last choice if Skomina/Mazic not good

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    2. After Skomina and Mazic's latest excellent performances there's absolutely no need to even think about giving Clattenburg, Rizzoli a 2nd final or inviting some other referee for the final!!

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  39. Ok, we have Madrid's derby and Monaco - Juventus in semifinals.
    I would say: Kuipers and Brych for Madrid's derbies, Cakir and Mazic for Monaco - Juventus. However, after yesterday, I think that Mazic could directly get a final. We will see, difficult to find other names.

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    1. My predictions :

      1st leg :
      Real Madrid v Atlético Madrid : Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)
      Monaco v Juventus : Milorad Mazic (Serbia)

      2nd leg :
      Atlético Madrid v Real Madrid : Çüneyt Çakir (Turkey)
      Juventus v Monaco : Felix Brych (Germany)

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    2. I agree, those are the two most likely appointment sets, while I slightly prefer Chefren's variant.

      The first alternative to those four should be Marciniak, who would deserve a match.

      Unlikely, but not impossible are Eriksson (if UEFA doesn't consider the penalty as crucial mistake) and Atkinson (political reasons).

      And of course, Skomina is also an option, if Mazic is planned for the final.

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    3. I forgot that Brych is from München, and after all what happened, a referee from this city could be not suitable for Real Madrid. So, I agree with Soham, the German will very likely appear in Monaco - Juventus.
      Chances for Mateu Lahoz as well for this game, in my opinion.

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    4. I think Mateu Lahoz in Monaco - Juventus (first leg) is possible. He has had a good season with two difficult but good performances (Manchester and Lyon) and, due to the draw in EL, he has no chances in that competition now. So his good performances this season plus the politics could make that possible. Let's see.

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    5. UEL predictions :

      1st leg :
      Ajax v Lyon : Antonio Mateu Lahoz (Spain)
      Celta Vigo v Manchester United : Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)

      2nd leg :
      Lyon v Ajax : Szymon Marciniak (Poland)
      Manchester United v Celta Vigo : Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)

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    6. I doubt Mateu will handle Lyon in two consecutive rounds, TBH. I think there is no room for him in EL.

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    7. Marciniak handled Barcelona in 2 consecutive rounds in UCL... PSG v Barcelona in Round of 16 and then Juventus v Barcelona in Quarter-final... So why not something similar for Mateu Lahoz??

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    8. Right, Mateu is also possible for Monaco-Juventus. Good to see that there are some alternatives this year and (probably) nobody needs to handle two SFs...

      My EL predictions:
      Ajax-Lyon: Atkinson / Collum
      Celta-ManU: Orsato / Marciniak

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    9. If Rocchi isn't given a final this year then certainly we can expect him for a UEL Semi-final for sure!!

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    10. Well, with that precedent it is possible, but I think it is better to avoid that. Maybe I find it unlikely because that would be so in Spain, as here it is usual not to appoint a referee twice for the same team in some weeks (normally a month). Anyway, expect the unexpected, so...

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  40. My predictions are:

    Real - Atlético: Björn Kuipers (NED) / Cüneyt Çakir (TUR)
    Juventus - Monaco: Szymon Marciniak (POL) / Dr. Felix Brych (GER)

    I think that after his superb performance yesterday, Mažić should be directly sent to a final.

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    1. If you remember in 2013 Kuipers did the Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid UCL Semi-final and then took charge of the UEL Final between Benfica and Chelsea at Amsterdam!! So we can expect something similar for Mazic... Marciniak has already done a lot of big matches in this season and now an UEL Semi-final like Ajax v Lyon will suit him a lot more in my opinion!! I think Brych, Çakir, Kuipers and Mazic are the most deserving names for the UCL Semi-final matches this time!!

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    2. The same with Atkinson in 2015.After a CL semifinal he refereed The UEL final

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    3. My predictions

      Real - Atlético: Kuipers, Cakir
      Juventus - Monaco: Atkinson, Brych

      Final: Skomina, 4th: Marciniak


      Ajax - Lyon: Rizzoli, Marciniak
      Celta - ManU: Mazic, Eriksson

      Final: Rocchi, 4th: Hategan

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    4. @Niclas I think if Mazic doesn't get a final this time then he's a nailed on certainty for a UCL Semi-final match at least!!

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    5. If Mazic after excellent job on a difficult match in Turkey receives only UEL semifinals,it will be a great shame for Collina.

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    6. He had the SuperCup final, didn't he? There are more referees than just Mazic who would deserve it this season.

      To be honest, I actually expect him in Juve-Monaco instead of Atkinson. My prediction was just a hint that we should not forget the political power of English refereeing in UEFA ;)

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  41. Let me say that I hope this time we wont see again what happened one year ago with Clattenburg (multiple appointments in KO stage with the same team) and Cakir (two CL semifinals). Hopefully, Collina and committee learned the lesson. It is not a good thing to give everything to a single name. The other ones can lose motivations.
    Indeed, perhaps it is only a coincidence, but after the big and multiple appointments in a row of one year ago for Cakir and Clattenburg, they are now in a very particular situation. The Turkish had poor performances at euro and now is recovering, but surely not still the Old Cakir we knew, and the English decided to "leave" the European football in favor of money. So, one could draw this conclusion: it is better to be wise, to appoint a referee for a big game, perhaps even two or three, but what committee did one year ago was definitely a wrong strategy, in my humble opinion.

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    1. Yes and I particularly feel for Çakir... He was simply over-appointed by the committee and burned out last season!! He is recovering well but still I think PLC and his committee is somewhat responsible for burning out Çakir before the Euros!!

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  42. UCL: Kuipers/ Çakir & Mateu / Brych
    UEL: Rocchi/Marciniak & Atkinson/Collum
    UCL final: Skomina
    UEL final: Mazic

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    1. Mine are:
      UCL: Brych/Erikson and Cakir/ Mateu Lajou
      UEL: Mazic/Marcinak and Rizzoli/ Kuipers
      UCL final: Mazic Fourth official: Damir Skomina
      UEL final: Rocchi Fourth official:Martin Atkinson

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  43. I was going through Gianluca Rocchi's palmares today and I saw the highest Rocchi is ever progressed in UCL or UEL is the Quarter-final stage and he is yet to do a Semi-final in his career... So I was wondering if it is possible for a referee to get a major European final without ever refereeing a Semi-final in either of the 2 club competitions?? 🤔🤔

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    1. Fully agree with you, Soham. I don't know how Rocchi's name came out on this blog as a candidate for the EL final (even he is Collina's compatriot)?! All credits for him, he had decent season, but there are at least ten "bigger" names, with much more experience, available for the finals. Yes, some of them already whistled one of the finals, but that's not the barrier to get second one. Besides that, we have three really big names in very good form for a long time (with only smaller mistakes here and there), without a final: Skomina, Mazic and Marciniak, who is the youngest and who has plenty of time to get both of them. This year probably is the last chance for Mazic to get one of the finals, and to be honest - he well deserved it! EL or CL final? Well, I believe that he will get EL final, even I do think that this year he deserved CL final more than Skomina (RayHD explained it excellently). Why then I believe that he will get EL final? He never whistled CL semifinal match, and that could be some kind of barrier, but has overseen EL semifinals for 3 times and was 4th official when Brych had EL final. Also, as someone already noticed, he was always excellent in EL matches, in every single match for years. On the other hand, Skomina has whistled CL semifinals 2 times (if I am not wrong), and therefore he has some advantage of getting CL final.
      I would be very surprised (and disappointed) if we do not see 10 different refs in last 10 matches. I do agree that experiment with multiple nominations failed. At the moment, we do have at least 10 names for all matches, so there is no need for one ref to be under pressure for two times in such important matches (Kuipers, Cakir, Brych, Marciniak, Collum, Rocchi, Mateu Lahoz, Eriksson, maybe even Rizzoli and Atkinson are candidates for the semifinals IMO). I would prefer to see Cakir in EL semifinal - this year he simply didn't deserve more, he was far from his best performances from last years.

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    2. @Soham perhaps you didn't check carefully his palmares, but he officiated EL semifinal in 2010/11 season.
      Villarreal - Porto
      Here:
      http://worldreferee.com/site/copy.php?linkID=1584&linkType=referee&contextType=stats
      So, in terms of experience and long international career, he has surely the requirements for a big call. His career is however particular, because after all these important appointments he got many years ago (2011), he had less remarkable seasons. But surely, a name who was already experienced in UEFA before Mazic's coming. For this reason, I think both are strong candidates.

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    3. Oh sorry for that... I missed the Villareal v Porto appointment completely!! That should give him some chances for the final but still I think Mazic can get it... Also the kind of surprising stuffs Collina is upto nowadays I won't be surprised if Mazic gets the Super Cup and UEL final in one single season!!

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    4. Although almost impossible, I would like to see Mark Clattenburg at the second leg of semi final between Real Madrid and Athletico! :))))))

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    5. IMO, also Gianluca Rocchi could be an option for the Madrilenian derby. Given that Italy has two preselected teams for the World Cup next year it could be a wise decision to test the leading one at this big clash one year prior to it.

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    6. For UCL Semi-finals the 4 most deserving names definitely are Kuipers, Çakir, Mazic and Brych... Other names will be very difficult to accommodate!!

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    7. Maybe Atkingson for his long time loyal service as a top, if not the very top, elite tier refere.

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    8. He may get it but based on performances in Europe this season he just won't deserve it I must admit!!

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