June 2, 2017

FIFA U20 World Cup - South Korea 2017 - Appointments for Quarterfinals

The following officials have been appointed by FIFA for 2017 U20 WC Quarterfinals.



04/06/17

Venezuela - United States
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)
Assistant Referee 1: Mathias Klasenius (Sweden)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Wärnmark (Sweden)
Fourth Official: Janny Sikazwe (Zambia)
Video Assistant Referee 1: Svein Oddvar Moen (Norway)
Video Assistant Referee 2: Jerson Emiliano dos Santos (Angola)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: William Collum (Scotland)

Portugal - Uruguay
Referee: César Arturo Ramos Palazuelos (Mexico)
Assistant Referee 1: Marvin César Torrentera Rivera (Mexico)
Assistant Referee 2: Miguel Ángel Hernández Paredes (Mexico)
Fourth Official: Matthew Conger (New Zealand)
Video Assistant Referee 1: Roberto García Orozco (Mexico)
Video Assistant Referee 2: Simon Lount (New Zealand)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Ricardo José Montero Araya (Costa Rica)

05/06/17

Italy - Zambia
Referee: Roddy Alberto Zambrano Olmedo (Ecuador)
Assistant Referee 1: Christian Daniel Lescano Guerrero (Ecuador)
Assistant Referee 2: Byron Norberto Romero Ibarra (Ecuador)
Fourth Official: Julio Alberto Bascuñán González (Chile)
Video Assistant Referee 1: Mauro Vigliano (Argentina)
Video Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Alexis Astroza Cárdenas (Chile)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Wilton Pereira Sampaio (Brazil)

Mexico - England
Referee: Muhammad Abdullah Hassan Muhammad (United Arab Emirates)
Assistant Referee 1: Muhammad Ahmad Yusif Al-Hammadi (United Arab Emirates)
Assistant Referee 2: Hasan Muhammad Hasan Abdullah Suqatri Al-Mahr (United Arab Emirates)
Fourth Official: Abdulrahman Al-Jassim (Qatar)
Video Assistant Referee 1: Daniele Orsato (Italy)
Video Assistant Referee 2: Talib Salam Al-Marri (Qatar)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: Nawaf Abdullah Ghayyath Shukrallah (Bahrain)

154 Comments:

  1. All four referees had one of the teams in a group stage match.
    Coincidence?

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  2. Reading all the appointments made so far, I would say that names like Mauro Vigliano, Daniele Orsato, Danny Makkelie, Felix Zwayer and perhaps Mehdi Abid Charef are quite sure bets for Russia 2018 as VAR officials. Of course no doubt about the Dutch, who was already an expert, but the other ones are making now the same experience.
    In any case, it is a good thing that FIFA is working in order to have expert VAR officials for each confederation.

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    1. I wonder, whether there are also specialized Assistant VARs. E.g. Sampaio, Collum and Sidiropolous are having many matches in this role. Maybe they will go to Russia especially for that position?

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    2. All those referees who have been mentioned above. With them being on the VAR track. Does that kill their chances of them being considered to be center referee's at future tournaments? Will they now be stuck behind the monitors at the International level?

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    3. I think, it's only for the World Cup. And in my opinion all those referees did not have big chances to be on the pitch in Russia anyway. For the following tournaments it should be open again. It also depends on the general development regarding VARs, e.g. whether they will be used in Champions League.

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  3. Very happy with Eriksson's appointment!! He simply deserves this season... Had a poor European season but in this tournament he has been excellent so a very deserved appointment!! :) I'm very sad and disappointed that Norbert Hauata has missed out... That man definitely​ deserved something in the knockouts!! :(

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    1. Well, I have the feeling that Hauata was appointed just for one game and this was already planned. On the paper, he couldn't have handled France, so this sounds like a forced assignment. Not nice to say, but maybe he has not the trust of committee at moment...

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    2. That way Matt Conger would be the favourite from OFC to travel to Russia 2018!! What will be your predictions for the last 4 games, Chefren??

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    3. I don't know, I'm not following so much the tournament, only watched some games and higlights. Everything is possible. Can't make any prediction.

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    4. I'll make a guess and I'll go for Joel Aguilar and Björn Kuipers for the Semi-finals, Sidi Alioum for the 3rd place playoff and Szymon Marciniak for the Final!!

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    5. Norbert Hauata may still appear as a 4th Official. I really don't see him in the middle for any other matches other than possibly the 3rd place match.
      As far as his Russia 2018 chances. Experience wise, he's got the inside track on Conger. However if FIFA good the easy of a new younger group of referees. Then Conger has got him beat. So not all hope is lost for good ole Norbert.

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    6. Sorry, but as I've said before, I just don't think Hauata is very good, despite his "experience" at FIFA events. Not that Conger is world-class either, but if OFC is going to send a referee to Russia, I would bet very heavily on Conger. Even if it's not deserved entirely on merit, the presence of a Kiwi on the FIFA Referees' Committee probably seals the deal.

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    7. Who's to say that the OFC doesn't send two Referee's to Russia? Hauata and O'Leary were both in Brasil. Even though Hauata was in a support role. Could very well happen again.

      On a side note. I think that Mexico's continued presence at World Cups will continue with 2 trios. It's a no brainer when Mexico's Referee's continue to be head and shoulders above the rest in CONCACAF.

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    8. From CONCACAF I think Mark Geiger and Joel Aguilar are certainties and the last place will go to either Walter Lopez or Cesar Ramos... Very likely that Walter Lopez will get the nod this time round... Let's see!! :)

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    9. @usaref @Sheriff Castrilli
      What are your thoughts about the possible referees for the last 4 games of the U20 World Cup?? Please your opinions :)

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    10. Aguilar, Geiger and one Mexican official are guarantees for WC18. I would guess Garcia is ahead of Ramos right now--he's certainly been better in qualifying and has more pedigree (Garcia really should have made WC14). That probably leaves Lopez as the odd man out. Maybe he goes as a VAR, along with Marrufo and Ramos? Then you could have Pitti as a 4th.

      For the last 4 games, I think you'll have Marcinak, Mateu Lahoz, Grisha and Kim as the favorites. Aguilar is unavailable--he'll be on the Mexico-USA qualifier on 11/06.

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    11. Solely based on performances within CONCACAF competitions and within their respective leagues. My choices for Russia from our region would be Garcia Orozco, Aguilar, Lopez, and Geiger(unfortunately Lol). Yes, 4 ref teams from our region like we had in South Africa. And two out of Pitti or Montero or Ramos as support referees or VAR's.

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    12. I for the most part agree with Nando. I also would like to see 4 CONCACAF ref teams in Russia. But I'd replace Geiger's trio with Cesar Ramos' team. To me Geiger is a one and done and he already went to Brazil. So that would leave Pitti or Montero as support Referee's or as VAR's. The Cuban Martinez Puppo and Marrufo get overlooked.

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    13. For the final 4 matches and moving forward. Unfortunately, some of the referee's who to me have been the best. Their nations she still alive in the tournament. Ramos (MEX) and Cunha (URU). So with that said, Marciniak, Bascunan, Lopez, and Grisha. Beyond that, it all depends on the results and the match ups. In an ideal world I'd like to see either a CONCACAF or CAF referee in the Final and an AFC referee in the 3rd place match.

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  4. First WC Quali appointment has been revealed!

    09/06

    Sweden - France
    Referee: Martin Atkinson (England)
    Assistant Referee 1: Stephen Child (England)
    Assistant Referee 2: Stuart Burt (England)
    Fourth Official: Michael Oliver (England)

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    1. 10/06

      Azerbaijan - Northern Ireland
      Referee: Xavier Estrada Fernández (Spain)
      Assistant Referee 1: Miguel Martínez Munuera (Spain)
      Assistant Referee 2: Teodoro Sobrino Magán (Spain)
      Fourth Official: Alejandro José Hernández Hernández (Spain)
      FIFA Referee Assessor: Georgios Bikas (Greece)

      11/06

      Republic of Ireland - Austria
      Referee: David José Fernández Borbalán (Spain)
      Assistant Referee 1: Raúl Cabañero Martínez (Spain)
      Assistant Referee 2: Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez (Spain)
      Fourth Official: José María Sánchez Martínez (Spain)
      FIFA Referee Assessor: René Temmink (Netherlands)

      Iceland - Croatia
      Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (Spain)
      Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Alonso Fernández (Spain)
      Assistant Referee 2: Javier Aguilar Rodríguez (Spain)
      Fourth Official: Carlos Jesús Clos Gómez (Spain)
      FIFA Referee Assessor: Patrick Kelly (Republic of Ireland)

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    2. 11/06

      FYR Macedonia - Spain
      Referee: Paweł Gil (Poland)
      Assistant Referee 1: Konrad Sapela (Poland)
      Assistant Referee 2: Marcin Borkowski (Poland)
      Fourth Official: Tomasz Musiał (Poland)
      FIFA Referee Assessor: Leif Lindberg (Sweden)

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    3. 10/06

      Montenegro - Armenia
      Referee: Kevin Blom (Netherlands)
      Assistant Referee 1: Dave Goossens (Netherlands)
      Assistant Referee 2: Jan de Vries (Netherlands)
      Fourth Official: Pol van Boekel (Netherlands)

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    4. 10/06

      Lithuania - Slovakia
      Referee: Manuel Gräfe (Germany)
      Assistant Referee 1: Guido Kleve (Germany)
      Assistant Referee 2: Holger Henschel (Germany)
      Fourth Official: Christian Dingert (Germany)

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    5. 11/06

      Finland - Ukraine
      Referee: Alon Yefet (Israel)
      Assistant Referee 1: Danny Krasikow (Israel)
      Assistant Referee 2: Amihay Moses (Israel)
      Fourth Official: Erez Papir (Israel)
      FIFA Referee Assessor: Andreas Schluchter (Switzerland)

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    6. Familiar match for Undiano, good appointment for Borbalan. Good reward for Atkinson's season.
      Clear change in observers from FIFA to UEFA, Bikas in UEFA for example means experienced Elite, in FIFA someone who has no chances for the WC.

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    7. 09/06

      Netherlands - Luxembourg
      Referee: Bartosz Frankowski (Poland)
      Assistant Referee 1: Radosław Siejka (Poland)
      Assistant Referee 2: Michał Obukowicz (Poland)
      Fourth Official: Krzysztof Jakubik (Poland)

      10/06

      Poland - Romania
      Referee: Ruddy Buquet (France)
      Assistant Referee 1: Guillaume Debart (France)
      Assistant Referee 2: Frédéric Cano (France)
      Fourth Official: Nicolas Rainville (France)

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    8. 09/06

      Gibraltar - Cyprus
      Referee: Nikola Popov (Bulgaria)
      Assistant Referee 1: Ivo Kolev (Bulgaria)
      Assistant Referee 2: Martin Venev (Bulgaria)
      Fourth Official: Georgi Kabakov (Bulgaria)

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    9. 09/06

      Bosnia and Herzegovina - Greece
      Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Italy)
      Assistant Referee 1: Riccardo Di Fiore (Italy)
      Assistant Referee 2: Lorenzo Manganelli (Italy)
      Fourth Official: Marco Guida (Italy)

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    10. This could be the last international game for Rizzoli.

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  5. José Manuel Teixeira Fontelas Gomes (Portugal) a new member of UEFA Referees Committee.

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    1. Pierluigi Collina has been appointed as new chairman of UEFA Referees Committee, replacing Ángel Villar Llona. The same occurred for FIFA some months ago. So now very likely Collina has left his role of Chief Refereeing Officer and he should be replaced. I have no further info, just a link in Italian:
      http://www.ansa.it/sito/notizie/sport/calcio/2017/06/01/uefacollina-ora-n.1-commissione-arbitri_d777fc6f-ca20-4668-b2b1-8cd6828e6c73.html
      Hopefully, UEFA's website will publish soon more info about that.

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    2. What will the exact change in role be in this case?? 🤔

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    3. I don't know, let's wait for more info. However, it is possible that Collina will do more office work, leaving the technical management of referees to committee members and officers.

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    4. But Collina was doing a great job in selection etc of referees so I wonder why they decided to shuffle things up?? 🤔

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    5. Of course EURO 2016 was good for instance, however CL/EL last season look at Eriksson, Çakir, Clattenburg... To me anyway biggest disaster since 2011

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    6. Çakir had a poor EURO but I think he did well in CL last season... Eriksson and Clattenburg failed to impress I do agree and Viktor Kassai was a huge disappointment this season!! But on the other hand Marciniak, Rocchi, Mazic Kuipers, Çakir, Mateu Lahoz, Brych, Skomina and others did very well in general!!

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    7. Oh yeah 16/17 was really good for UEFA totally agree, but 15/16 not so much imo

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  6. Ligue 1 changes:

    end of career: Saïd Ennjimi, Fredy Fautrel. Lionel Jaffredo, Stéphane Lannoy
    demoted from Ligue 1: Bartolomeu Varela Teles
    promoted to Ligue 1: Salem Hakim Ben El Hadj, Jérôme Brisard, Stéphane Jochem, Thomas Léonard

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  7. Italia - Liechtenstein
    Referee: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
    Assistant referees: Francis Connor (SCO), Sean Carr (SCO)
    Fourth official: Craig Thomson (SCO)

    I guess that all the other Scottish FIFA referees were busy, it is particular to read Thomson's name as fourth official there! :)
    We have a Scottish trio at Touloun tournament, other officials in Poland for Under 21 with Madden and Collum in South Korea, so surely no other options... fourth official must be FIFA listed from the same country of the main referee.

    On another note, excellent appointment for Tagliavento: Scotland - England. He has been very good this season in Italy,so he deserves this assignment. Let's see how he will perform.

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  8. Well. It has happened. Wojciech Myć (born 11/11/1989) will make his debut in Polish highest division tomorrow.

    21 October 2016 - debut in third tier
    six games
    semi-final of Polish Cup
    two games

    12 May 2017 - debut in second tier
    three games

    4 June 2017 - debut in top tier

    Huge talent, but do you know something similar (such quick advances)?

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    1. Stuart ATTWELL

      06/07 National Conference (fifth tier)
      07/08 Football League (second, third, fourth tier)
      08/09 Premier League

      I think Oliver was slightly longer, and with slightly more successful results. On a positive note Attwell will likely rejoin the FIFA list for 2018, and is making steady and good progress in England.

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  9. Chefren is it announced about kits on ucl final

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  10. Chefren is it announced about kits on ucl final

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  11. Does anybody knows referee kits on cl final

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    1. https://twitter.com/h_demboveac/status/871026527064006656

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    2. Hopefully they will wear the blue socks as well. Just remember Brych's last final in which he had to wear black kits with orange socks - awful!

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    3. As you can see, there are also blue socks in the photo.

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    4. Of course ;) - just forgot to click on the photo to have the full size. Good decision!

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  12. USA using fouls from the initial kick off to continuously stop the faster more skilled Venezuelans. The USA has been whisked for many more fouls. Yet Eriksson decides to show the first caution of the game to a Venezuelan defender on what was actually a clean tackle.

    Also a Venezuelan goal was called back for a suspected offside. However it took a good minute or two in other to make the decision. And of course FIFA being FIFA were very coy and stingy with the television replays. I've noticed a trend in this tournament with the introduction of VAR. Replays are not being shown quite like they have been in the past. Leads me to question, "what are they hiding"?

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  13. The link to a quick video of the Venezuela disallowed goal; deliberate playing the ball or a 'save'?

    https://vimeo.com/220178381

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    1. In my opinion it was a shot on goal and the action by defender should be considered as save. So, offside confirmed. I think correct decision by VAR officials. However, situation is tricky because one can question about the nature of the shot, we could say it wasn't toward the goal, or at least we can't be sure, but the first impression is that the defender made a save.

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    2. In my opinion wrong decision by VARs. This is a deliberate play and not a save as the defender is too far away from his own goal. Just watch this video from your blog:
      https://vimeo.com/album/3291014/video/163789626
      The defender is way nearer to his goal, deflects the ball and it's still no punishable offside position according to UEFA and FIFA as you can see in the description below.

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  14. Jonas Eriksson is not always happy in the double-fight rating. Too many 50/50 decision one can also see differently. Until now the border-valued actions have always been polled per USA. Affects a little differently.

    Next a yellow card because of high at the head and at the waist. Erikson did not want to give a warning then the VAR intervened and demanded a VW. The latter intervenes, although the SR has seen and assessed a situation is not optimal.

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    1. He seems so uninterested at times. His body language reads as lackadaisical borderline lazy.
      And yes most of not all 50/50 decisions have gone in USA's favor. Even though they are clearly the team who isn't attempting to play. And it's really quite poor that he even thought about letting that high boot to the Head by the Venezuelan player go unpunished. Glad the VAR set him straight.

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  15. Games like these (USA vs Venezuela) frustrate me as a referee, a player and fan. You have one team who simply refuses to play and all they do is muddy the waters by employing constant and continuous fouling. And it's made worse when a referee is complicit in those tactics.

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    1. For once, the Soccer God's got it right. The better team won irregardless of the other teams tactics and the referee's sketchy and inconsistent match management.

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  16. Both Çakir and Eriksson have failed to impress in the knockout stage!! I'm so disappointed 😞😞

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    1. I don't think that Eriksson is motivated anymore. The guy is a millionaire and he already went to a World Cup. He's also pretty much assured of a spot in Russia because UEFA's list of candidates is not that vast. Other than the 2013 Super Cup, he'll likely not take charge of another major European Final, be it a club competition or national teams. So what does he have left to truly push him or motivate him? Self motivation can only take a person so far.

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    2. We discussed about Eriksson's retirement already some years ago, and that's a very important argument, in my opinion. Early rumors about his will to stop refereeing were out after EURO 2012, if I'm not wrong. Even more after 2014 WC. However, the fact that he is a millionaire shouldn't be considered, all is about motivations.
      In addition, I wouldn't be sure that he has already a spot for WC 2018. There are many candidates, and, honestly, at moment Eriksson would be out in my list. Of course we will see very likely him at least as reserve / VAR, but he has to convince more to get the chance for officiating on the pitch in Russia 2018.

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    3. Unfortunately UEFA and the referee community in general put way too much emphasis on "hierarchy". What the referee has done in the past or how good he "was" at times seems to outweigh their current form.

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  17. I think based on performances in this tournament and overall current form, it should be either Marciniak or Kuipers from UEFA who should receive another game in SF in this tournament!! :)

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  18. So far we're witnessing a very convicing performance of Mexican Cesar Ramos in Portugal - Uruguay. An outstanding penalty decision in favour of the Uruguayan as the most important moment, but also in terms of control, foul selection, positioning and calmness very pleasant to watch. Only minor point of debate would be not to book the Portugese player responsable for the penalty (stamp on the foot).

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    1. Not to come off as conceited. But Mexican referees have a stellar record of performances on the International stage. Countless sonorous matches have been assigned to Mexican referees and they've always been up to the challenge. Up to the challenge in a way that the magnitude of the matches never changed the way they officiated. Many "superstars" have correctly gotten their marching orders from these men.

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  19. So the 1st semi-final of the FIFA U20 World Cup will be played between Uruguay and Venezuela... I think he will most likely see an UEFA referee for this South American encounter!!! Kuipers, Marciniak or maybe Mateu Lahoz for this game?? 🤔🤔

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  20. Crucial moment in Italy - Zambia, Zambrano whistled a penalty for Zambia and then there was VAR review, changing the decision in free kick + RC for DOGSO.
    VAR checked that the foul had occurred outside the box. It looks like a very soft call, however, once whistled, RC is fully correct. Foul (pushing) from behind without any interest in the ball.

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    1. Took nearly 3 minutes to dish out the red card... Meanwhile yet another decision of Roddy Zambrano has been overturned by VAR!!! What's your impression of Zambrano on context to Russia 2018??

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    2. Very, very, very soft.

      Anyway, I still don't like the whole way of this procedure. It seems as if the referees feel uncomfortable too. They've to wait some minutes while all players are protesting and then they should correct their own decision. Furthermore the game was stopped for nearly 3 minutes and it was not included in the additional time.

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    3. After seeing the replay again: Which kind of offence did they see? Pushing? Holding? I cannot detect a foul, tbh...

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    4. You are right, Gitzlo. Time used for VAR wasn't then recovered. 3 minutes were already planned before, because the game had been stopped for other reasons. And I also agree with your statement, about the troubles that referees must face while waiting for VAR.

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  21. 43' in Italy v Zambia : Straight red card shown to Italy's Pezzella by referee Roddy Zambrano!!!

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    1. Your opinion about the foul?

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    2. A very, very soft call that in my opinion... But since the referee whistled it I think the VAR had no other option than awarding a FK... Do you think it would've been better to play on for such minimal contact?? I think the VAR would've backed that as well!! 🤔🤔

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  22. However, for me it is quite sure that Zambrano had misread the action and he had punished an alleged foul by keeper, a few seconds after the first incident.
    Replay showed that in this second case, there wasn't any contact.
    I want to add: is VAR allowed to "change" radically a decision? In this case, if Zambrano had (wrongly) assessed only the situation involving keeper, was VAR allowwed to judge and detect the previous incident?
    That was something like "refereeing from the room".

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    1. Many scenario's are possible and probably we'll never know exactly how this decision was produced. I could imagine though that Chefren's conclusion is correct, because if Zambrano judged Pezzella to be the offender, the RC could (and should) have been shown immediately instead of waiting for the VAR's decision. Now VAR-protocol was broken, because referee's are expected to make their own decision and not to wait for the VAR to intervene.

      https://vimeo.com/220280457

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    2. Isn't the RC way too soft?? 🤔🤔 I still can't clearly spot a foul... Way too soft in my eyes!!

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    3. For me indeed too soft to call a foul and send the Italian off. The touch on the shoulder I don't consider a foul. I wanted to point out that if Zambrano did consider the hand-on-shoulder a foul, he should have issued the RC immediately (following VAR protocol).

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    4. Is it possible that the VAR advised him to show the RC for DOGSO?? Might be possible that Zambrano's decision was no card but the VAR advised him that it's a RC?? :/

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    5. That could be a possibility, but I doubt a referee on this level even considers not to issue a card whatsoever in a situation like this. IF there was a foul, there can be little doubt on the disciplinary consequences to my mind.

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    6. Actually the entire situation was way too chaotic and Zambrano has made quite a poor impression in this case!!

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    7. Thanks for the video, DutchRef. The most important thing we can say is that Zambrano broke the rules about VAR's intervention. Indeed he whistled for penalty but without showing any card. In this case, a card was mandatory. RC in case of detected foul by defender (pushing from behind, not a genuine attempt to play the ball), YC in case of detected foul by keeper. But he was wrong, whistling and then waiting for the help.
      I'm sorry but the procedure seems to bt not clear for some officials, or maybe they are afraid of taking a wrong decision, and then being contradicted in a few seconds. Busacca should work on that, Zambrano show was too poor.

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    8. The way FIFA seems to have instructed their officials in terms of VAR procedures are definitely not making football better. They are using reviews too often, even a bit inflationarily. That is actually not the way the programme was originally thought - and might be the result of too little training.

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    9. But to clarify that: The VAR has to check the penalty given. In the moment of confirming it, Zambrano sorts out the red card. Vice versa, it might have been that the VAR overrules the penalty. Imagine the player would have already been sent off...

      Appears strange, I had doubts first, too, but was enlightened now... :)

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    10. VAR actually did overrule the penalty 🤔 But Zambrano was supposed to take his own decision anyway and not showing a card for the foul he whistled was wrong, wasn't it?? I'm confused altogether 😕

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    11. Okay, interesting! Two questions come to my mind then.
      Firstly, does the protocol provide in working this way?
      And secondly, should referees always delay sorting out straight red cards until VAR advice is received? Every straight RC given could potentially be overruled (because always checked by VAR), and then the same situation arises (player already left field of play). Complicated...
      In this respect, check the video from the Dutch promotion/relegation play-off match NAC Breda-NEC Nijmegen two weeks ago.

      https://vimeo.com/220367331

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  23. Now, crucial offside call by AR1. Very well, correctly disallowed goal. No VAR intervention.

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  24. Minute 14' in Mexico - England, I never saw a so wrong offside call in a FIFA tournament! AR2 involved! Please have a look, you wont believe that.

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    1. I missed it :( Waiting for help from Dutchref and RayHD for some video clips :D

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    2. This is the clip of the strange offside situation in 14'. Watch the moment ASR2 raises his flag. It's not the situation shown in the replay which is judged offside, but apparently a situation before.

      https://vimeo.com/220355866

      And then we have the two YC situations for which Onomah (ENG) was sent off.

      https://vimeo.com/220359459

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    3. The sending off decision is absolutely spot on in my eyes!! Well done by referee Abdulla Hassan Mohammed!! :)

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    4. I can't spot the difference between the real time offside call on 14' and the subsequent replay 😓 Even if they're both different instances then the AR got it staggeringly wrong on both occasions I'm afraid... Pretty poor calls!!

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    5. Real time and replay are actually one and the same situation, but in the replay you can see that the ASR already raised his flag before the actual pass was given. ASR apparently saw - or thought to have seen - an offside offence when the GK kicked the ball in first instance?

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    6. About the offside decision... I don't get it to be honest. Where was the offside position?
      About the 2nd YC: Replays (hitting point at 1:21) prove that the only right decision would have been a straight RC for SFP. Maybe not easy to detect on the pitch but 'just' a 2nd YC is simply wrong, in my opinion.

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  25. 72' : Onomah has been sent off by Abdulla Hassan Mohammed!!

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    1. England down to 10 men for the last 18 minutes of the 90' scheduled time!!

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  26. My predections for the next games:

    Italy-England
    Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN)
    AR 1: György Ring (HUN)
    AR 2: vencel Tóth (HUN)
    FO: Björn Kuipers (NED)
    VAR 1: Danny Makkeile (NED)
    VAR 2: Felix Zwayer (GER)
    AVAR: Sander Van Roekel (NED)

    Urugay-Venezuela
    Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
    AR 1:Pau Cebrian Devis (ESP)
    AR 2: Roberto Diaz Perez (ESP)
    FO: Cüneyt Cakir (TUR)
    VAR 1: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
    VAR 2: William Collum (SCO)
    AVAR: Bahattin Duran (TUR)

    Third Place
    Referee: Joel Aguilar (SLV)
    AR 1: Juam Zumba (SLV)
    AR 2: William Torres (SLV)
    FO: Diego Haro (PER)
    VAR 1: Nawaf Shukralla (BHR)
    VAR 2: Ricardo Montero (CRC)
    AVAR: Jonny Bossio (PER)

    FINAL
    Referee: Norbert Hauata (TAH)
    AR 1: Philippe Revel (TAH)
    AR 2: Bertrand Brial (NCL)
    FO: Janny Sikazawe (ZAM)
    VAR 1: Mauro Vigliano (ARG)
    VAR 2: Wilton Sampaio (BRA)
    AVAR: Jerson Dos Santos (ANG)

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    1. 2 points to note :
      1. usaref pointed out earlier that Joel Aguilar is appointed for a WC Qualifier game on 11 June so possibly he is already back home.
      2. The ARs are the VAR 2 and AVARs are referees. For example - Sander van Roekel will be VAR2 and Felix Zwayer will be AVAR.

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  27. My predictions :

    Semi-final​s :

    Uruguay v Venezuela : Norbert Hauata (Tahiti)
    Italy v England : Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)

    Third place match : Sidi Alioum (Cameroon)

    Final match : Szymon Marciniak (Poland)

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  28. Any thoughts on the free kick decision that lead to Italy's 2-2? Seemed rather soft to me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7gwGvfQcwk (1:09)

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    1. Soft but not incorrect... Probably the referee will be backed here!! :)

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    2. Actually nothing...

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    3. I can't really see any sort of contact...

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    4. At least, there was an uniform line...
      ;)
      Very similiar to the VAR penalty: Contact yes, foul no.

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  29. My U20 predictions:

    ITA-ENG: Bascunan, Astroza, Schiemann, Grisha, Vigliano, Lescano, Vargas

    URU-VEN: Lopez, Lopez, Leal, Ramos, Garcia, Achik, Charef

    3rd: Hauata, Revel, Brial, Kim, Waldron, Lount, Shukralla

    Final: Mateu Lahoz, Cebrian, Diaz, Marciniak, Zwayer, Sokolnicki, Makkelie

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    1. No Marciniak???

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    2. Is that possible? I would expect any UEFA referee and any CONMEBOL referee to be excluded from the final (although I think Mateu deserves it) and 3rd place match because it will be, for sure, a UEFA national team against a CONMEBOL national team, and such appointment would break confederation neutrality that, if I'm not wrong, has been considered for the whole tournament so far (except for some 4th officials).

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    3. Confederation neutrality was broken in Honduras v Vietnam group stage... Abdulla Hassan Mohammed of United Arab Emirates (AFC) was assigned to Vietnam (AFC) so I'm sure that won't be an issue!! In Semi-final or Final stage confederation neutrality is never a big issue anyway!! :)

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    4. True! I missed it. Sorry!

      IMO, given that this is an U-20 tournament, top officials should not handle the final games that could be a very good opportunity to have a last test for some referees that, with a good performance in such matches, could then become "top" themselves and get their spots in the 2018 WC.

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    5. Absolutely correct and that's the reason why the likes of Kuipers, Çakir and Aguilar might not feature in the Semi-finals I have an outside feeling... I do feel this is an excellent opportunity to try out names like Julio Bascunan, Antonio Mateu Lahoz, Sidi Alioum and even Norbert Hauata in crunch games!! But at the same time we can argue that the best referees deserve the most important so that would definitely bring Aguilar, Kuipers and other experienced officials in the picture... Let's see which way FIFA goes!!!

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  30. My predictions:

    ITA v ENG: Bascunan
    URU v VEN: Marciniak

    3rd: Kim

    Final: Would have gone for Aguilar but as he won't be there... Sikazwe

    USA REF: When will the match officials for the Gold Cup 2017 be released?

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    1. I don't know when they'll be released, but I'm pretty sure they are already decided.

      This article from early May notes 19 referees were at a "candidates" clinic in Dallas. Given that 18 referees were picked for the 2015 Gold Cup, I imagine all 19 referees are actually going to attend Gold Cup in some capacity this time. Remember that CONCACAF's appointment process for Gold Cup is far more political than other confederation's tournaments. Quite frankly, the first round matches aren't that tough so CONCACAF has one referee for each of the 18 first round assignments.

      I do know Geiger and Marrufo will both be attending from the USA.

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    2. Sorry, article link here: http://www.concacaf.com/article/canadas-fischer-focused-on-refereeing-earning-gold-cup-assignment

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  31. My SF predictions:
    URU-VEN: Mateu, Cebrian, Diaz, Kassai, Zwayer, Ring, Waldron
    ITA-ENG: Kuipers, van Roekel, Zeinstra, Ramos, Makkelie, Torrentera, Sidiropolous
    and then
    3rd: Conger (4th: Lopez)
    Final: Kim (4th: Sikazwe)

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    1. Soham, this is from me to you my friend and colleague. We all know that you're a huge fan of Mr. Marciniak and that is perfectly okay. However it comes off as petty everytime you interject his name when someone dares not name him for a match. Look we get it, you're a huge fan of the guy and like I said before, it's okay. But others may not view him quite like you do. And hey, he's good, but he can't officiate all the games. Lol

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    2. Actually Björn Kuipers is my favourite referee :D
      Asking about Marciniak means actually I just want to know the thoughts of you all about him like why he shouldn't get another game :D Obviously different people will have different choices and I'm absolutely fine with that :D

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    3. One of the reasons, why I opted against Marciniak is that he already had Uruguay and Italy in the tournament. Obviously FIFA doesn't care much about that, but I do ;)
      But I agree that it is quite possible to see him in a match.
      I would also consider Karasev for a further appointment, who might need a boost for his home world cup and surely needs to be tested more than other UEFA referees.

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    4. @Phillip In that case would you be replacing Kuipers with Karasev in the SF considering that Karasev needs more testing in pressure situations than Kuipers???

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    5. Would make sense from that perspective - on the other hand Kuipers would be the safer option (and deserving it).
      Really difficult to predict with good arguments for Karasev, Kuipers, Marciniak and Mateu (of course, Cakir and Kassai are also not impossible) - and probably only 1 or 2 UEFA spaces.

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  32. WC QF appointments
    09/06
    GIB-CYP Nikola Popov (BUL)
    EST-BEL John Beaton (SCO)
    BHR-GRE Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)
    AND-HUN Charalambos Kalogeropuols (GRE)
    LTA-POR István Kovács (ROU)
    FAR-SUI Luca Banti (ITA)
    BLR-BUL Matej Jug (SVN)
    SWE-FRA Martin Atkinson (ENG)
    NED-LUX Bartosz Frankwoski (POL)

    10/06
    SLO-MLT Simon Lee Ewans (WAL)
    SCO-ENG Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)
    AZE-NIR Javier Estrada Fernández (ESP)
    KAZ-DEN Vladislav Bezbodorov (RUS)
    LTU-SVK Manuel Gräfe (GER)
    NOR-CZE Andre Marriner (ENG)
    GER-SMR Radu Petrescu (ROU)
    MNE-ARM Kevin Blom (NED)
    POL-ROU Ruddy Buquet (FRA)

    11/06
    FIN-UKR Alon Yefet (ISR)
    MDA-GEO Andreas Ekkberg (SWE)
    IRL-AUT David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)
    KOS-TUR Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)
    ICE-CRO Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)
    MKD-ESP Pawel Gil (POL)
    ISR-ALB Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)
    ITA-LIE Kevin Clancy (SCO)
    SRB-WAL Manuel De Sousa (POR)

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    1. Thanks a lot for this compilation :) Very helpful :)

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  33. With no CONCACAF or CAF teams left in the competition. To me it is clear that a CONCACAF or CAF crew will be in the Final. Work that said, here are my predictions.

    Uruguay vs Venezuela: Bascunan (Chile) 4th Official Alioum

    Italy vs England: Marciniak (Poland) 4th Official Matheu Lahoz (Spain)

    3rd Place Match: Kim (South Korea) 4th Official Hauata (Tahiti)

    The Final: Lopez (Guatemala) 4th Official Grisha (Egypt)

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    1. CONCACAF is unlikely... Back in 2011 as well as 2013 it was CONCACAF and 2015 it was AFC... I think UEFA officials might have a great chance this year or maybe even a CONMEBOL official... CAF officials might have a chance as well... I think the Final should go to any one of Szymon Marciniak or Julio Bascunan or Sidi Alioum/Ghead Grisha!!!

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    2. Garcia, Aguilar and Martinez all have qualifiers on 11/6 and 13/6. So I don't think any of them can be involved going forward. And maybe I'm wrong, but I don't think Lopez has been good enough to warrant a prestigious appointment.

      I also think that the confederational politics, though still in play, isn't as important as it used to be. I don't see a need for a CONCACAF or CAF official to be guaranteed a spot.

      I still think Marciniak, Mateu Lahoz and Kim will work. I'll stick with Grisha as the other official, though Bascunan as the alternative makes sense.

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    3. I think the support referees like Yadel Martinez are already sent home after the group stages!!! 🤔

      Kim Jong-hyeok is only in the list of pre-selected 4th officials for Russia 2018 so will FIFA be too much interested to try him out for a crunch game rather than appointing someone who they need to test for selection to Russia 2018???

      Also I'm totally in agreement with you that Walter Lopez wouldn't deserve a further game if performance principle is considered!!!

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    4. Yadel Martinez is assigned to a CONCACAF World Cup qualifying match. So yes, he is no longer in South Korea.

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  34. Check this situation in Italy vs. Zambia match.

    https://vimeo.com/220355427

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    1. Shocking behavior, clearly deliberate. Red card missed. What about VAR?
      Poor performance by all CONMEBOL officials involved today in this game.

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    2. Mauro Vigliano's VAR duties in this tournament must end here right now... How on earth could the VAR not correct this clear mistake??? Absolutely shocking!!

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    3. Here, you can blame also fourth official. Close to the incident. He was there.

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    4. The general consensus in Ecuador and throughout South America is that Zambrano is not the top referee from that country. For some odd reason a couple years ago he was able to magically jump ahead of Omar Ponce. And since then he has continuously failed to meet expectations. So I am no longer surprised when he blunders on the field.

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    5. Yes right in front of the eyes of Bascunan this one... Interestingly​ the video shows him going forward, I wonder what he might be telling Zambrano in the mic... Anyway if we still set aside Zambrano and Bascunan's miss, I believe Mauro Vigliano's miss is simply unpardonable with all those 10-12 off replay angles available to him... Very poor work by VAR in this case particularly!!

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    6. @Sheriff I'm also very curious to know about what happened to Carlos Vera?? He was the 4th official in the 2014 WC Final and his performances in the tournament was praised by all in majority... But after that he suddenly kind of disappeared from the scene... Do you have any idea about this??? 🤔

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    7. I share the question of Soham, I asked for that already when the early list of preselected officials for WC 2018 was published.

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    8. According to our fine friends over at Arbitro Internacional. Carlos Vera stepped away from officiating to take up a position within the Ecuadorian government.

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  35. Venezuela vs Uruguay: Bascunan 4th Alioum
    *In no way would I like to see a Euro referee handle this South American clash. The memories of Brazil vs Colombia from 2014 still haunt me.

    Italy vs England: Matheu Lahoz, 4th Marciniak

    3rd Place Match: Kim, 4th Hauata

    Final: Lopez, 4th Ramos

    Being that this is a U-20 tournament. It's a great opportunity for the referee committee to see new faces in the final two matches.

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    1. Do you want me ask about the absence of a certain Polish official in your Predictions?? :D :D

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    2. Do yo want to go back a read my post again and see his name this time?

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    3. No :D I was just having a little fun :D

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  36. I couldn't agree more with Sheriff. A CONMEBOL or CONCACAF have got to handle Uruguay vs Venezuela. I just don't see crews from other confederations being able to deal with the passion and intricacies that will be involved in this match.

    And I too am still haunted by Velasco Carballo and his role in the "Battle of Fortaleza".

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    1. On the other hand Björn Kuipers handled Colombia v Uruguay in Brazil 2014 Round of 16 at Rio de Janeiro very, very well... When FIFA needs reliable referees, fortunately or unfortunately UEFA is the 1st confederation they look into... In this case I'll now say Uruguay v Venezuela should go to Julio Bascunan!! :)

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    2. It's become that since Busacca took charge of the referee committee. But it doesn't come as a surprise with him being a EURO guy. He's gonna watch out for his and not the good of game. The many head scratching designations that he's made in his time speaks for that. But I am comforted in the fact that the referees with the highest match counts in the last couple of World Cups are from AFC and CONCACAF. So those confederations and those referees most also be doing something right.

      Any word from you on the level of officiating in India? Or any Indian ref in particular that you like? I follow the AFC Cup and the AFC Champions League. But I've never seen and Indian crew work those games. I could very well be wrong. That is why I ask. Thanks!

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    3. Archundia and Irmatov with the highest match counts. CONCACAF and AFC.

      I don't want to speak for Soham. But I believe that one of the current top referees in India is Arumughan Rowan.

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    4. @Sheriff The level of officiating in India isn't really great I'm afraid... As Nando pointed out Arumughan Rowan is our leading referee followed by Pranjal Banerjee who do fairly decently... Both had some AFC Cup games recently but I'm not sure whether they'll be good enough for the international stage... Actually referees here are poor and most of them are not professional (one of our FIFA referees is an auto rickshaw puller by profession when not refereeing)... A lot of work needs to be done if Indian referees are to go the distance like their other AFC colleagues!! :)

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  37. Busacca as always has his own ideas. I hope at least that indicates that neutrality will be respected in the last two games.

    Uruguay vs Venezuela: Szymon Marciniak (POL), 4th Ghead Grisha (EGY)
    Italy vs England: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP), 4th Cuneyt Cakir (TUR)

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  38. Marciniak for URU-VEN
    Lahoz for ITA-ENG

    Official appointments

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  39. Possible names for the Final???

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    1. Not Marciniak. Lol ;)

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    2. I'm so very disappointed :D

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