December 27, 2012

UEFA Under-21 EURO 2013 - Match Officials are ready

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European football governing body UEFA has released the six referees who will take charge of matches at next year's UEFA Under-21 EURO 2013 that will be held in Israel. Three officials currently belonging to UEFA's Elite Development (ED) Group of referees and three officials who are joining the First Group of referees each have been selected.

Ovidiu Alin Hategan of Romania (c) ZIMBIO

Referees:
Ivan Bebek - Croatia - 30/05/1977 - Elite Development Group (since Dec. 2012)
Serhiy Boiko - Ukraine - 30/06/1977 - First Group (since Dec. 2012)
Antony Gautier - France - 19/11/1977 - Elite Development Group (since Dec. 2012)
Pawel Gil - Poland - 28/06/1976 - First Group (since Dec. 2010)
Ovidiu Alin Hategan - Romania - 14/07/1980 - Elite Development Group (since Dec. 2012)
Matej Jug - Slovenia - 25/09/1980 - First Group (since June 2011)

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December 26, 2012

Our "Worldreferee 2012": Cüneyt Çakır

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Turkish official Cüneyt Çakır (1976) has been elected by this blog's community as this year's best international referee.

After Uzbekistan's Ravshan Irmatov had managed to get this small and inofficial "award", Çakır's semifinal appearance in UEFA Champions League (FC Barcelona - Chelsea), at EURO 2012 having been one of the best officials of the tournament and finally his FIFA Club World Cup final were reasons enough for the majority to vote for him. Colombia's Wilmar Roldán, who had taken charge of 2012 Copa Libertadores final and matches at FIFA Olympic Games, ended on the 2nd place, while UEFA Champions League and UEFA EURO 2012 final referee Pedro Proença of Portugal took the third place.

Our top 3: Çakır (TUR), Roldán (COL), Proença (POR)

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December 25, 2012

Match Officials for AFCON 2013

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According to various sources, Africa's football governing body CAF (Confederation of African Football) has nominated 39 match officials to take charge of the pending Africa Cup of Nations 2013 to be held in South Africa from the 19th January to the 10th February.

The officials are:

Referees (18)
Néant Alioum - Cameroon - 17/07/1982
Daniel Bennett - South Africa - 22/08/1976
Mohamed Benouza - Algeria - 26/09/1972
Bernard Camille - Seychelles - 06/10/1975
Koman Coulibaly - Mali - 04/07/1970
Badara Diatta - Senegal - 02/08/1969
Noumandiez Doue - Côte d'Ivoire - 29/09/1970
Bouchaib El Ahrach - Morocco - 05/09/1972
Bakary Papa Gassama - Gambia - 10/02/1979
Ghead Grisha - Egypt - 29/02/1976
Djamel Haimoudi - Algeria - 10/12/1970
Nampiandraza Hamada - Madagascar - 08/07/1984
Slim Jedidi - Tunisia - 17/04/1970
Sylvester Kirwa - Kenya - 13/12/1972
Ali Lemghaifry - Mauritania - 01/01/1975
Eric Otogo-Castane - Gabon - 13/04/1976
Rajindraparsad Seechurn - Mauritius - 03/06/1970
Janny Sikazwe - Zambia - 26/05/1979

Assistant Referees (21)
Redouane Achik - Morocco - 21/04/1972
Waleed Ahmed Ali - Sudan - 1974
Jean-Claude Birumushahu - Burundi - 13/02/1972
Djibril Camara - Senegal - 20/08/1983
Balla Diarra - Mali - 1974
Jerson Emiliano Dos Santos - Angola - 1983
Peter Edibe - Nigeria - 05/01/1970
Abdelhak Etchiali - Algeria - 27/06/1981
Bechir Hassani - Tunisia - 22/09/1969
Anouar Hmila - Tunisia - 1974
Felicien Kabanda - Rwanda - 19/07/1971
Arsénio Marengula - Mozambique - 1986
Aden Marwa Range - Kenya - 31/01/1977
Evarist Menkouandé - Cameroon - 14/11/1974
Yanoussa Moussa - Cameroon - 13/03/1973
Angessom Ogbamariam - Eritrea - 13/09/1971
Malik Alido Salifu - Ghana - 05/04/1973
El Hadji Malick Samba - Senegal - 1979
Zakhele Thusi Siwela - South Africa - 02/09/1982
Théophile Vinga - Gabon - 1975
Songuifolo Yeo - Côte d'Ivoire - 01/01/1970

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December 22, 2012

Djamel Haimoudi honoured as Africa's best referee in 2012

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Following an official announcement heralded by Africa's football governing body CAF, Algerian official Djamel Haimoudi has been invested with their "Referee of the Year" award winning out over Senegal's Badara Diatta and Slim Jedidi of Tunisia, who had also been in the run.

Haimoudi was honoured in Accra, Ghana, following in the footsteps of Noumandiez Doué of Côte d'Ivoire, to whom the reward had been awarded in 2011.
Having been given the FIFA badge in 2004, Haimoudi already attended a couple of meaningful competitions including 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia, 2012 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon/Equatorial Guinea and 2012 FIFA Club World Cup in Japan this month. 
As a consequence, the Oran-based official is furthermore one of 52 referees being on the prospective list for 2014 FIFA World Cup that will be held in Brazil. In addition, he will very probably join next January's Africa Cup of Nations to be played in five of South Africa's 2010 deployed World Cup stadiums.
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December 19, 2012

UEFA updates referee categories for 2nd half of 2012/13

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Italian Nicola Rizzoli is one of 22 UEFA Elite Group officials whose status facilitates appointments in the highest and most relevant UEFA competitions, such as a European Championship or the K.O. round of UEFA Champions League.

Nicola Rizzoli (c) SoyÁrbitro

Men's List

Elite Group:
 
Martin Atkinson (ENG), Olegário Benquerenca (POR), Felix Brych (GER), Cüneyt Cakir (TUR), Mark Clattenburg (ENG), William Collum (SCO), Jonas Eriksson (SWE), Viktor Kassai (HUN), Pavel Královec (CZE)*, Björn Kuipers (NED), Stéphane Lannoy (FRA), Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR), Pedro Proenca (POR), Nicola Rizzoli (ITA), Gianluca Rocchi (ITA), Damir Skomina (SVN), Wolfgang Stark (GER), Paolo Tagliavento (ITA), Craig Thomson (SCO), Alberto Undiano (ESP), Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP), Howard Webb (ENG)

Elite Development Group:

Firat Aydinus (TUR), Deniz Aytekin (GER)*, Ivan Bebek (CRO)*, David Fernández Borbalán (ESP), Antony Gautier (FRA)*, Manuel Gräfe (GER), Tom Harald Hagen (NOR), Ovidiu Alin Hategan (ROU)*, Milorad Mazic (SRB), Bas Nijhuis (NED), Daniele Orsato (ITA), Peter Rasmussen (DEN), Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD), Marijo Strahonja (CRO), István Vad (HUN)

First Group:

Pavel Balaj (ROU), Luca Banti (ITA), Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS), Kevin Blom (NED), Serhiy Boiko (UKR)*, Marcin Borski (POL)**, Tony Chapron (FRA)**, Carlos Clos Gómez (ESP), Mark Courtney (NIR), Antonio Damato (ITA), Mike Dean (ENG), Simon Evans (WAL), Fredy Fautrel (FRA), Pawel Gil (POL), Hüseyin Göcek (TUR), Duarte Gomes (POR), Serge Gumienny (BEL), Martin Hansson (SWE), Kristinn Jakobsson (ISL), Stefan Johannesson (SWE), Matej Jug (SVN), Hannes Kaasik (EST), Anastassios Kakos (GRE), Sergei Karasev (RUS), Alan Kelly (IRL), Sascha Kever (SUI), Michael Koukoulakis (GRE), Libor Kovarik (CZE), Ivan Kruzliak (SVK)*, Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR), Liran Liany (ISR)*, Robert Madden (SCO), Danny Makkelie (NED)*, Szymon Marciniak (POL)*, Andre Marriner (ENG), Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP), Gediminas Mazeika (LTU), Florian Meyer (GER)***, Aleksei Nikolaev (RUS), Michael Oliver (ENG)*, Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT), Manuel De Sousa (POR), Daniel Stalhammar (SWE), Stephan Studer (SUI), Fernando Teixeira Vitienes (ESP), Stanislav Todorov (BUL), Leontios Trattou (CYP), Alexandru Tudor (ROU), Clément Turpin (FRA)*, Pol van Boekel (NED), Alon Yefet (ISR), Bülent Yildirim (TUR), Felix Zwayer (GER)*

Second Group:

Emir Aleckovic (BIH), Sandor Andó-Szabó (HUN), Ievgenii Aranovski (UKR), Tony Asumaa (FIN)**, Ionut Marius Avram (ROU), Alain Bieri (SUI)*, Tamás Bognar (HUN), Marco Borg (MLT), Ruddy Buquet (FRA), Kevin Clancy (SCO)*, Andrea de Marco (ITA), Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP), Sébastien Delferiere (BEL), Oleksandr Derdo (UKR)*, Christian Dingert (GER), Neil Doyle (IRL), Oliver Drachta (AUT), Laurent Duhamel (FRA)**, Nerijus Dunauskas (LTU), René Eisner (AUT), Said Ennjimi (FRA)**, Aleksei Eskov (RUS), Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP), Mihaly Fabian (HUN), Marco Fritz (GER), Mattias Gestranius (FIN), Vlado Glodjovic (SRB), Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)*, Eli Hacmon (ISR), Kenn Hansen (DEN), Arnold Hunter (NIR)*, Ken Henry Johnsen (NOR), Jakob Kehlet (DEN), Aleksandar Kostadinov (BUL), István Kovacs (ROU), Artyom Kuchin (KAZ), Maksim Layushkin (RUS)**, Harald Lechner (AUT), Michael Lerjeus (SWE), Richard Liesveld (NED), Robert Malek (POL)**, Menashe Masiah (ISR)**, Paolo Mazzoleni (ITA), Steven McLean (SCO), Dimitar Meckarovski (MKD), Vitaly Meshkov (RUS)*, Antti Munukka (FIN), Euan Norris (SCO)**, Halis Özkahya (TUR), Marios Panayi (CYP), Lee Probert (ENG)**, Pavle Radovanovic (MNE), Nicolas Rainville (FRA), Artur Ribeiro Soares Dias (POR), Anar Salmanov (AZE), Eitan Shmuelevitz (ISR)*, Anastassios Sidiripoulos (GRE), Hubert Siejewicz (POL), Ilias Spathas (GRE), Ivaylo Stoyanov (BUL)*, Martin Strömbergsson (SWE), Padraigh Sutton (IRL)*, Anthony Taylor (ENG), Kristo Tohver (EST), Stavros Tritsonis (GRE)*, Richard Trutz (SVK), Jan Valasek (SVK), Paolo Valeri (ITA), Ognjen Valjic (BIH)*, Slavko Vincic (SVN), Ante Vucemilovic-simunovic jr (CRO), Tobias Welz (GER), Carlos Xistra (POR), Nikolay Yordanov (BUL), Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)

Third Group:

Anatoliy Abdula (UKR), Aliyar Aghayev (AZE), Alexandr Aliyev (KAZ), Sascha Amhof (SUI), Ioannis Anastasiou (CYP), Dennis Antamo (FIN), Aleksandrs Anufrijevs (LVA), Petr Ardeleanu (CZE), Thorvaldur Arnason (ISL), Andranik Arsenyan (ARM), Kevin Azzopardi (MLT), Suren Baliyan (ARM),  Damir Batinic (CRO), John Beaton (SCO), Mauro Bergonzi (ITA)**, Sven Bindels (LUX), Alexandre Boucaut (BEL), Johnny Casanova (SMR), Lars Christoffersen (DEN)**, Sebastian Coltescu (ROU), Raymond Crangle (NIR), Nikola Dabanovic (MNE), Sergiu Derenov (MDA), Vasilis Dimitriou (CYP), Vadims Direktorenko (LVA), Svein-Erik Edvartsen (NOR), Jérome Efong Nzolo (BEL)**, Andreas Ekberg (SWE), Hugo Ferreira Miguel (POR), Aleksander Gauzer (KAZ), Athanassios Giachos (GRE), Orel Grinfeld (ISR), Gerhard Grobelnik (AUT), Danilo Grujic (SRB), Leonardo Guidi (SMR), Tornike Gvantseladze (GEO), Dag Vidar Hafsas (NOR), Markus Hameter (AUT), Nikolaj Hänni (SUI), Tore Hansen (NOR), Alexander Harkam (AUT), Rahim Hasanov (AZE), Thoroddur Hjaltalin (ISL), Adrien Jacottet (SUI), Dejan Jakimovski (MKD), Jari Järvinen (FIN), Lorenc Jemini (ALB)**, Michael Johansen (DEN), Gunnar Jónsson (ISL), Enea Jorgji (ALB), Bosko Jovanetic (SRB)**, Georgi Kabakov (BUL), Mete Kalkavan (TUR), Jovan Kaludjerovic (MNE), Vladimir Kazmenko (RUS), Thorsten Kinhöfer (GER)**, Stephan Klossner (SUI), Laurent Kopriwa (LUX), Yaroslav Kozyk (UKR), Peter Kralovic (SVK), Sergei Lapochkin (RUS), Jonathan Lardot (BEL), Bryn David Markham-Jones (WAL), Radek Matejek (CZE), Yuriy Mozharovskyy (UKR), César Muniz Fernández (ESP)**, Dumitru Muntean (MDA), Ádám Németh (HUN), Christos Nicolaides (CYP), Andreas Pappas (GRE), Bardhyl Pashaj (ALB), Radu Marian Petrescu (ROU), Elmir Pilav (BIH), Clayton Pisani (MLT), Nikola Popov (BUL), Radek Prihoda (CZE)**, Igor Pristovnik (CRO), Pawel Raczkowski (POL), Petur Reinert (FAR), Chris Reisch (LUX), Robert Rogers (IRL), Eiko Saar (EST), Alan Sant (MLT), Joao Santos Capela (POR), Marco Santos Ferreira (POR), Igor Satchi (MDA), Dzianis Shcharbakou (BLR), Lasha Silagava (GEO), Baris Simsek (TUR), Sergejus Slyva (LTU), Wim Smet (BEL), Mervyn Smyth (NIR), Daniel Stefanski (POL), Andris Treimanis (LVA), Siarhei Tsynkevich (BLR), Michael Tykgaard (DEN), George Vadachkoria (GEO), Mikhail Vilkov (RUS), Ignasi Villamayor (AND), Anatoliy Vishnichenko (UKR), Vladimir Vnuk (SVK), Domagoj Vuckov (CRO), Milenko Vukadinovic (SRB), Mark Whitby (WAL)**, Luc Wouters (BEL), Mitja Zganec (SVN), Anatolii Zhabchenko (UKR)

* promoted (1 category up)
** demoted (1 category down)
*** demoted from ELITE to FIRST
written in bold letters: New FIFA Referees (2013)  


Women's List

Elite Group:

Jana Adamkova (CZE), Teodora Albon (ROU), Christine Baitinger (GER), Cristina Dorcioman (ROU), Gyöngyi Gaál (HUN), Kirsi Heikkinen (FIN), Alexandra Ihringova (ENG), Katalin Kulcsar (HUN), Efthalia Mitsi (GRE), Kateryna Monzul (UKR), Jenny Palmqvist (SWE), Christina Pedersen (NOR), Silvia Tea Spinelli (ITA), Esther Staubli (SUI), Bibiana Steinhaus (GER), Carina Vitulano (ITA)

Elite Development Group:

Esther Azzopardi (MLT), Riem Hussein (GER), Pernilla Larsson (SWE), Morag Pirie (SCO), Anastasia Pustovoitova (RUS)

First Group:

Linn Andersson (SWE), Sandra Braz Bastos (POR), Petra Chuda (SVK), Rhona Daly (IRL), Amy Fearn (ENG), Stéphanie Frappart (FRA), Dilan Gökcek (TUR), Knarik Grigoryan (ARM), Tanja Hausott (former Schett, AUT), Sofia Karagiorgi (CYP), Elia Maria Martínez Martínez (ESP), Yuliya Medvedeva (KAZ), Monika Mularczyk (POL), Paloma Quintero Siles (ESP), Karolina Radzik-Johan (POL), Severine Zinck (FRA)

Second Group:

Lilach Asulin (ISR), Sabine Bonnin (FRA), Marija Damjanovic (CRO), Sjoukje De Jong (NED), Simona Ghisletta (SUI), Florence Guillemin (FRA), Mihaela Gurdon Basimanovic (CRO), Zuzana Kovacova (SVK), Eleni Lampadariou (GRE), Lina Lehtovaara (FIN), Marina Mamaeva (RUS), Leen Martens (BEL), Betina Norman (DEN), Sara Persson (SWE), Aneliya Sinabova (BUL), Sharon Sluyts (BEL), Marte Sørø (NOR), Hilal Tosun Ayer (TUR), Eszter Urban (HUN), Olga Zadinova (CZE)

Third Group:

Barbara Bollenberger (AUT), Konstantina Boumpouri (GRE), Paula Brady (IRL), Vesna Budimir (CRO), Cristina Bujor (ROU), Svetlana Ceban (MDA), Virginie Derouaux (BEL), Tania Fernandes Morais (LUX), Marta Frías Acedo (ESP), Sarah Garratt (ENG), Irina Gavrilova (KAZ), Beatriz Gil Gozalo (ESP), Désirée Grundbacher (SUI), Sabayel Gurbanova (AZE), Kristina Husballe (DEN), Vjolca Izeiri (MKD), Ana Jovanovic (SRB), Evgenia Kaskantiri (GRE), Dilek Kocbay (TUR), Marija Kurtes (GER), Gordana Kuzmanovic (SRB), Monica Larsen (NOR), Biljana Lukic (SRB), Dimitrina Milkova (BUL), Elvira Nurmustafina (KAZ), Hannelore Onsea (BEL), Melis Ozcigdem (TUR), Vivian Peeters (NED), Ruzanna Petrosyan (ARM), Iryna Petrova (UKR), Graziella Pirriatore (ITA), Agnieszka Plaskocinska (POL), Ivana Projkovska (MKD), Silvia Andreia Rosa Domingos (POR), Nelli Stepanyan (ARM), Zuzana Strpkova (SVK), Tanja Subotic (SVN), Marianne Svendsen (DEN), Irina Tereshchenko (RUS), Irina Turovskaya (BLR), Ivana Vlaic (BIH), Justyna Zajac (POL), Donka Zheleca-Terzieva (BUL), Kateryna Tora (UKR)


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December 18, 2012

Pavel Královec promoted to Elite

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While Germany's Florian Meyer has to leave the highest group of UEFA refereeing, Czech Pavel Královec has been promoted to Elite Group.

German Deniz Aytekin, Croatia's Ivan Bebek, French official Antony Gautier and finally Romania's Ovidiu Hategan have been promoted to ED. These promotions are the first movements within UEFA's referee category system so far, others will probably follow.

Tony Chapron of France and Polish official Marcin Borski have been demoted from ED to First Group.


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December 17, 2012

Gözübüyük and his way to teach coaches respect

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Respecting the referee and his decisions means more than the officials' mere badge they e.g. wear on their upper arms in UEFA matches...doesn't it?
Obviously, FIFA referee Serdar Gözübüyük of the Netherlands has found his own method to exhort crazed coaches respect.


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December 14, 2012

Cüneyt Çakır in charge of FIFA Club World Cup final

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Turkish match official Cüneyt Çakır has been appointed to take control over Sunday's FIFA Club World Cup final between Brazil's Corinthians and England's Chelsea London. Having been already in charge of the quarterfinal between Ulsan Hyundai and Monterrey, the professional referee based in Istanbul will be accompanied by his countrymen Bahattin Duran and Tarik Ongun, while Alireza Faghani and Hassan Kamranifar of Iran will complete the officiating crew.

Cüneyt Çakır (TUR) in charge of Yokohama's final (c) ZIMBIO

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December 11, 2012

FIFA Club World Cup 2012 - Match for the 5th place and Semifinals - Referee Appointments

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Nawaf Shukrallah of Bahrain in action (c) FLICKR

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December 8, 2012

FIFA Club World Cup 2012 - Quarterfinals - Referee Appointments

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Carlos Vera of Ecuador (c) noticiasfides

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December 7, 2012

Predicting the unpredictable

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Retrospecting this season's Champions League and Europa League group stages, there might be some predictions with regard to the pending update of UEFA's Referee Groups that is expected to be made a few days before Christmas.

Expecting to see him in Elite soon: Pavel Královec (c) ZIMBIO

Promotions and demotions naturally depend on various and different factors, such as performances, crucial mistakes, prospect (also hinging on age), but also the political background of the referees who are concerned etc.
I therefore tried to take everything into account I am able to, specially the quality and importance of the matches the officials were assigned to and the observers who had been appointed to assess them.

Promotions are highlighted with green, demotions with red colour.

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December 6, 2012

Crucial decisions at Champions League Matchday 6

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Analysis of crucial situations in this week's UEFA Champions League matches based on video material - if available..

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December 5, 2012

FIFA Club World Cup 2012 - Match 1

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Djamel Haimoudi (ALG) (c) Maracanafoot

(JPN) Sanfrecce Hiroshima
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Auckland City (NZL)
Thursday, 06 December 2012, 19:45 JST 
International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama (Japan)

Referee: Djamel Haimoudi (ALG)
Assistant Referee 1: Redouane Achik (MRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Abdelhak Etchiali (ALG)
Fourth Official: Alireza Faghani (IRN)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Hassan Kamranifar (IRN)
Blog-Referee Observer: Çagatay I. (TUR)

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December 4, 2012

Dutch linesman bludgeoned to death

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A Dutch man has died after being kicked and punched by a group of teenage football players for whom he acted as linesman in a Sunday league match. Richard Nieuwenhuizen, 41, collapsed and was taken to hospital hours after he was beaten by three players from Amsterdam club Nieuw Sloten. He died on Monday.

He had been officiating for Buitenboys club, in the town of Almere, and one of his own sons had been playing. Three teenagers, aged between 15 and 16, have reportedly been arrested.
Buitenboys club chairman Marcel Oost said Mr Nieuwenhuizen, 41, officiated as linesman for the team every week. "He enjoyed doing it. He was a real football man; he was always here," he told national broadcaster NOS. 
News of his death sparked shock in sporting circles around the Netherlands. The Dutch minister for sports, Edith Schippers, said: "It is absolutely terrible that something like this can happen on a Dutch sports field". Anton Binnenmars, of the Royal Netherlands Football Association, described it as "too crazy for words that somebody involved in a sporting hobby becomes a victim of this kind of aggression".
Nieuw Sloten said it was "deeply shocked" by what had happened, and intended to ban for life the players found to be responsible, had pulled their team from the league and temporarily suspended all its operations as a club. "Violence should not be on the football fields," it said.

source: BBC
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December 1, 2012

Nishimura and Rasulov honoured as Asia's best

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(c) ZIMBIO
Top Japanese official Yuichi Nishimura has ended Ravshan Irmatov's dominance of the AFC Referee of the Year award after claiming the individual accolade ahead of the four-time winner from Uzbekistan and Iran's Alireza Faghani.
Nishimura's quality shone through when he was entrusted with the potentially explosive second-leg of the 2012 AFC Champions League semi-final between arch-Jeddah rivals Al Ahli and Al Ittihad in what was his third appointment in this year's edition of Asia's premier club competition. In another highlight of 2012 Nishimura was also involved in the Olympic Games, with the 40-year-old officiating the group stage fixtures between Brazil and Belarus and hosts Great Britain and Uruguay, while the two-time J.League Referee of the Year also took charge of two matches in the final round of Asian qualifiers for the 2014 FIFA World Cup as well as a Round 3 qualifier for the London Games. 
"Personally I am emotional and thank AFC for recognizing the hard work we put on in the field. Refereeing is one of the toughest jobs but I love it and fully committed to it," said Nishimura after receiving the AFC Referee of the Year award from Dato' Worawi Makudi, Chairman of the AFC Referees Committee (photo).
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November 30, 2012

UEFA Europa League - Match Official Appointments (MD6)

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Emir Alecković (BIH) will handle an MD6 match (c) ZIMBIO

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November 29, 2012

UEFA Champions League - Match Official Appointments (MD6)

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Tony Chapron (FRA) to attend Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (c) ABC.net

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November 21, 2012

UEFA Europa League - Match Official Appointments (MD5)

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Serge Gumienny is among the appointed officials in EL (c) ZIMBIO


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Luiz Adriano flouts Fair Play

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Shakhtar Donetsk striker Luiz Adriano of Brazil caused a striking controversy which shadowed yesterday's UEFA Champions League matchday, when he flouted Fair Play scoring a goal directly after a drop ball that was actually to be given to the Danish side FC Nordsjaelland. 

French official Antony Gautier had to accept the goal and attempted to reconcile both sides after this scandale. The officials team's astonishment was furthermore displayed in the fact that AR2 Frédéric Cano stopped running for a moment, probably being irritated about what was going on. 
UEFA has already announced to commence an investigation against the Brazilian forward for having brought the principles of conduct. The case will be tried at 27 November 2012.
One cannot describe the circumstances more appropiately than Nordsjaelland's manager Laursen did, who hoped that his "children [had already been] sleeping when this goal was scored".

Luiz Adriano has been banned for one match applying to next week's decisive encounter between Shakhtar and Juventus. The reason was officially called "violation of the principles of conduct".


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November 17, 2012

UEFA Champions League - Match Official Appointments (MD5)

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Carlos Velasco Carballo to officiate at Istanbul (c) ZIMBIO

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November 15, 2012

One of many good reasons to become a referee

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Despite all those challenges you encounter as a referee on the pitch, that is connected with a high level of responsibility and formation of your character, a further significant reason to become a referee certainly is that you are an immediate part of the game, which allows you to follow goals like that closer than everybody else out there, a goal of which you dream in your smartest dreams and that should be honoured with kind of award like "Best Goal of the Century" if you ask me.
I am envious of Frank Andas and Svein Oddvar Moen, the assistant referee and referee in the match between Sweden and England.


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November 10, 2012

Another satisfying Champions League matchday for UEFA's top officials

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After all the justified forms of criticism that was widely issued during and after the main UEFA event of this year, the 2012 European Championship held in Poland and Ukraine that will probably and chiefly stay in everybody's mind - when reflecting this tournament's refereeing - for the non-given goal in the match between Ukraine and England despite the attendance of an additional assistant referee, we may constitute that the majority of the performances shown during the first four matchdays of this UEFA Champions League season have been very satisfactory.


Matchday 4 in a nutshell
Although it is surely quite arduous to ensure a sufficient overview of all the 16 clashes, I will try to emphasize the most significant decisions of the last matchday.

Each relevant scene will be explained with references to the point of time when they start or occur in the embedded videos (integrated into the text by brackets). You can either watch the video first to make sure you know what I am gonna talk about and to form an own opinion, or you can first read the analysis and go through the video by scene. It's upon you.

Remark: Due to copyright infringements, dailymotion's videos have been removed.


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November 7, 2012

Australian Benjamin Williams in charge of AFC Champions League Final

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Contrary to previously issued news in diverse forms of media which said Bahraini Nawaf Shukralla would have been in charge of this year's AFC Champions League final, AFC has appointed Aussie Benjamin Jon Williams (r.) of Canberra to take control over Saturday's clash between Hyundai Ulsan (KOR) and Al Ahli (KSA). 

The 1977 born teacher from the Australian capital will be accompanied by Luke Brennan and Paul Cetrangolo as assistant referees, while Stebre Delovski will function as fourth official.
Williams, currently being on the short list for 2014 FIFA World Cup, also acted at 2012 Olympic Games where he oversaw two matches (Mexico - Gabon and Spain - Morocco). 
His common assistant referees, Matthew Cream and Hakan Anaz, who are normally accompanying him, also on the prospective World Cup list, are absent due to a FIFA meeting at Zurich that is attended by assistant referees from AFC, CONCACAF, CONMEBOL and OFC zone.
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November 4, 2012

UEFA Europa League - Referee Appointments (MD4)

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UEFA has published the 24 referee appointments for the coming fourth matchday of UEFA Europa League.

Finally back at the international whistle: István Vad (HUN)

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November 3, 2012

UEFA Champions League - Referee Appointments (MD4)

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UEFA has issued the first referee appointments for the next UEFA Champions League matchday 4 played next Tuesday, Wednesday.

A talent will control Munich's match: Ovidiu Hategan (c) ZIMBIO


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November 1, 2012

2012 Club World Cup - Preview

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After having met on 17th and 18th October, FIFA's referee committee has appointed seven trios to take control over December's 2012 Club World Cup which will be, like in the past years, hosted by Japan.  

Although they are competitions solely joined by clubs and not by national teams, these annual Club World Cups are actually of fundamental relevance for the selection of the 2014 World Cup officials, since the main condition the chosen referees and assistant referees had to fulfill is being on the short list for the 20th World Cup. In addition, it is certainly an opportunity for these referees to show their skills and collect experiences in an international competition. However, it may be questioned to what extent a tournament with only eight matches allows that at all...
The most meaningful circumstance of this competition is that FIFA will test their recently approved Goal-Line Technology for the first time ever in an official competition.
Besides, it is rumoured that the officials who will attend this year's Club World Cup could be excluded from the youth World Cups and Confed Cup in 2013. But now, let's talk about those who have been selected.


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2012 FIFA Club World Cup - Match Officials

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FIFA has selected the referees and assistant referees to take charge of 2012 Club World Cup in Japan from 6-16 December 2012. Six trios - one of each confederation - will attend the tournament accompanied by a reserve trio from Asia.

Djamel Haimoudi (2nd left) is among the CWC officials (c) GETTY/FIFA

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October 29, 2012

Clattenburg under the FA's spotlight

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The FA has confirmed it has begun an investigation following allegations put forward after yesterday's Premier League top clash between Chelsea London and Manchester United (2-3) that accused FIFA referee Mark Clattenburg to have issued "inappropiate" statements against Chelsea's John Mikel and Juan Mata.

Mark Clattenburg (r.), facing severe allegations (c) Spox.com

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October 28, 2012

Urs Meier: "It's not only money which gives a referee the feeling he's a pro"

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Despite persistently enhanced professionalism in football refereeing, which is widely considered as needed to keep pace with the development football itself as a game is featuring, Switzerland's football federation is obviously failing in terms of that.

At the start of October 2012, four out of twelve Swiss top referees (Damien Carrel/30, Ludovic Gremaud/32, Cyril Zimmermann/36 and Daniel Wermelinger/41) announced their retirement at the end of year due to a defective support they encounter by their federation, an amateurish level of professionalism and a lack of respect shown to the referees by diverse sides.

Switzerland have lost a great referee hope: Damien Carrel (c) RTS

In addition, the above mentioned officials have found themselves unable to combine their personal life including family and full-time jobs in high positions both in the industry and in the economy with a high degree of professionalism as a referee. A few weeks ago, Swedish official Markus Strömbergsson withdrew his FIFA status for this reason, too. Damien Carrel, who was regarded by Swiss referee committee chief Carlo Bertolini to become the next international top referee for Switzerland, stated in an interview to blick.ch that there was a huge "lack of respect for their work", although he emphasized that he did not merely concern fans and media, but the Swiss referee pool and specially the Swiss football federation SFV as well: "Three weeks ago, a clear penalty was overseen in a match. And what did the referee do? He told the media that it had been a big mistake by his assistant. [...] The tendency of publicly looking for other culprits is alarming." [remark: he concerned the match between Young Boys Bern and FC Basel of which Stephan Studer had been in charge and later highlighted a communication error caused by his assistant Sandro Pozzi as the only reason for the clearly missed penalty]
Besides, Cyril Zimmermann stressed the need "to facilitate more means to relieve the difficulties full-time employees have to cope with".

While this specific criticism issued by current and coming FIFA officials certainly cannot be generalized to all the countries, it however seems to be a widely spread issue referees are facing. 

Dutch Referee Blog and World of Football Refereeing spoke exclusively to Urs Meier, former Swiss top referee having, among others, joined two World Cups (1998/2002) and two European Championships (2000/2004) and taken charge of 2001/02 UEFA Champions League final between Leverkusen and Real Madrid. He had moreover headed the Swiss referee committee for a while before he retired for quite similar reasons. It is the second time I had the chance to get an interview of this top referee, you can find the first one here (on German).

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October 26, 2012

Offside "behind goalkeepers"

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Yesterday's UEFA Europa League match between NK Maribor of Slovenia and English Tottenham featured quite a paradigmatic situation with regard to a special case of offside infringements, when Tottenham's Sigurdsson scored the equalizing goal in the second half. 

For the concerned assistant referee (Russian Anton Averianov who assisted Sergei Karasev yesterday), it will be probably counted as a crucial mistake, for us, it is a perfect opportunity to outline the event that a goalkeeper has left his goal and there is still only one defender between the foremost striker and the goalline. Always keep in mind that - contrary to many commentators' misbelief that a player has been flagged for offside, since there allegedly was "no other defender closer to the goalline" - the Laws of the Game state that offside generally occurs when there is not more than one defender between the concerned striker, who either receives the ball or significantly influences the opponent's behaviour (distracting the goalkeeper's area of vicinity e.g.), and the goalline. Consequently, the goalkeeper must be considered as a normal defender in terms of offside.
Naturally, one must point out the high difficulty with regards to the circumstances and high pace.

Therefore, the following video will clarify why the goal should have been disallowed.

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October 25, 2012

UEFA provides DVD about the "extra eyes"

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UEFA has produced a DVD for its 53 member national associations in which the European body provides information on implementing the additional assistant referee system which became part of the Laws of the Game this summer, and which is being deployed by UEFA in this season's club competitions.

The DVD is based on a presentation given by UEFA's chief refereeing officer Pierluigi Collina at a meeting with the European national associations in Kyiv in July. Through key video examples – especially those related to the UEFA EURO 2012 matches, where audio communication among the referee teams was also recorded – the DVD demonstrates the practical benefits on the pitch, as well as offering solutions for utilising refereeing resources efficiently in order to implement the system.

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UEFA Europa League - Referee Appointments (MD3)

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Israel's Liran Liany will take charge of Inter - Partizan (c) BILD

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October 21, 2012

Champions League Referee Appointments - Facts and Stats MD3

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Matches on Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Spartak Moskva 18:00 Benfica (G), refereed by Mark Clattenburg (England)
  • On the first matchday of this Champions League season, Clattenburg already oversaw a match with Russian involvement when Zenit St.Petersburg were beaten by Málaga CF in Spain.
  • It will be Clattenburg's fourth involvement in a match joined by a Russian team, until now, the matches always ended with the result 3-0 (1x as win, 2x as loss).
  • His second assistant referee Stephen Child ran the lines in two matches with Benfica's involvement during the last two Champions League seasons (1-2 loss at home vs Schalke, 2-0 win at home vs Zenit).
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October 20, 2012

UEFA Champions League - Referee Appointments (MD3)

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Europe's football governing body UEFA has published the first package of referee appointments for the next matchday of UEFA Champions League.
Milorad Mažić will experience the "Theatre of Dreams" (c) ZIMBIO

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October 18, 2012

AFC officials must step into the breach in Oceanian Qualifiers

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Oceania Football Confederation bosses have moved quickly to ensure there will be no repeat of the nasty incidents which marred the New Zealand’s 3-0 win over Tahiti in Christchurch on Tuesday night.
It was always planned that referees from the Asian Confederation would control the last games in the World Cup qualifiers but that will now be brought forward to the penultimate round as well, in which New Zealand will host New Caledonia - at a venue yet to be decided - in what shapes as the crucial match of the four-team Oceania play-off. The All Whites have a perfect four-from-four record heading into the game with New Caledonia, who sit three points behind New Zealand and need to win to keep their hopes alive.

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October 16, 2012

Additional time is the referee's thing

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(c) Eurosport
The following text is partly taken from DFB's two-monthly published referee newspaper, DFB referee committee member and former Bundesliga referee Lutz Wagner tries to avoid misunderstandings related to the fourth official's task in a football match.

"Every television viewer interested in football knows that scenario. At the end of the live broadcast, the commentator wants to finally increase the tension by stressing the ultimate highlight of the match: "And now, he is raising the board! The fourth official decided to award four further minutes of additional time in this match and informs the referee about that! [...] The home team hence has still 240 seconds to score the equalizer!"

What is right reading those lines? Unfortunately, almost nothing, apart from the electronic board from which the commentator has read off the shown additional time!

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October 10, 2012

Can you score own goals directly from kick-offs?

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"In order for a kickoff to be valid, the ball must be placed on the center spot, be kicked, and move in a forward direction (toward the opponent's goal). For this reason, own goals can only be scored directly from a kickoff if it is kicked into the air and carried backward by the wind, or is kicked so incredibly hard that it rebounds from the opponent's goalpost or crossbar and flies back into your own goal. Both scenarios would be considered an own-goal from kickoff, as no other player touched the ball except the kicker.
In short, it is technically possible under the Laws of the Game to score an own-goal directly from the kickoff, but you are unlikely to ever see it happen, ever."

You will find the previous answer when googling the title of this post. The definition of kick-offs as well as possible (but surely not that probable) circumstances are correctly exposed there, however, the final conclusion is wrong.

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October 9, 2012

Theory Test (October) - Figure out your knowledge of the Laws of the Games!

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World of Football Refereeing will provide a monthly quiz about the Laws of the Games starting today. The first edition provides a mixture of basic and advanced knowledge including the mere application of fixed Laws, but also their situational interpretation.

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October 8, 2012

2013 UEFA Under-21 EURO Play-Offs - Referee Appointments

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Robert Madden (SCO) (C) MotherwellFC
The 2013 UEFA European Under-21 EURO will run from 5 to 18 June in Israel. The UEFA Executive Committee selected the hosts on 27 January 2011 – Bulgaria, Czech Republic, England and Wales had placed their bid as well – and it will be Israel's first final tournament since the 2000 UEFA European U16 Championship.

After the play-off draws at Nyon in September 2012, the seven missing teams will emerge in fourteen matches to be played on 11/12 and 15/16 October.
In the next days, UEFA will appoint fourteen referees; three of them will be observed by UEFA referee committee members Marc Batta, Jaap Uilenberg and Kyros Vassaras.

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October 4, 2012

UEFA Europa League - Referee Appointments (Group Stage MD2)

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Kristo Tohver (EST) will perform his EL bow being in charge of Molde - Stuttgart (c) UEFA
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"Should I chop my arm off?"

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When Pavel Královec blew the final whistle after an intense and terrific UEFA Champions League match between English, respectively German champions Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund, the 1-1 draw accomplished at Etihad Stadium surely felt like a loss for the German side after many missed goalscoring opportunities and a converted penalty kick in the 90th minute of play in favour of the home team. 

Analysis of the situation
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September 30, 2012

UEFA Champions League - Referee Appointments (Group Stage MD2)

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> Matchday Overview

Spartak Moskva
FC Spartak Moskva
Celtic FC
Celtic
Juventus Turin
Juventus
FC Shakhtar Donetsk
Shakhtar Donetsk
Nordsjælland
FC Nordsjælland
Chelsea FC
Chelsea
Valencia CF
Valencia CF
LOSC Lille
OSC Lille
BATE
FC BATE Borisov
FC Bayern München
Bayern
CFR Cluj
CFR 1907 Cluj
Manchester United FC
Manchester Utd.
Galatasaray
Galatasaray AŞ
SC Braga
Braga
Benfica
SL Benfica
FC Barcelona
Barcelona

Zenit
FC Zenit St Petersburg
AC Milan
AC Milan
Manchester City
Manchester City FC
Borussia Dortmund
Borussia Dortmund
Ajax
AFC Ajax
Real Madrid CF
Real Madrid
Porto
FC Porto
Paris Saint-Germain FC
PSG
Dynamo Kyiv
FC Dynamo Kyiv
GNK Dinamo Zagreb
Dinamo Zagreb
Schalke 04
FC Schalke 04
Montpellier Hérault SC
Montpellier
Arsenal
Arsenal FC
Olympiacos FC
Olympiacos
Anderlecht
RSC Anderlecht
Málaga CF
Málaga

Cüneyt Çakır (TUR) will be in charge of Benfica - Barcelona (c) TRT Spor
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