Collina: “UEFA is not interested in referees being liked”

Europe's referees have been urged to protect players and football's image as they set out on their assignments in the coming season, and not to be afraid to take decisions that are unpopular. Protecting players and protecting the image of the game will continue to be a particular priority for Europe’s referees as they embark on their important assignments in the 2014/15 campaign. UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying matches are on the agenda for the men’s referees this season, while leading women referees are gearing up for action in the UEFA Women's Champions League, as well as the FIFA Women's World Cup in Canada in 2015. A total of 91 men's elite and first category referees, and 15elite and first category women's referees, have travelled to Nyon for the UEFA pre-season course, to prepare for the new campaign, check their fitness, review events from the past season and receive instructions and recommendations for the new season from the UEFA Referees Committee.

Cakir: “I would have made a good player if I had pursued it”

Cuneyt Çakır and his assistants were the only representatives of Turkish football at this summer's World Cup in Brazil. He not only officiated the Brazil-Mexico and Algeria-Russia group matches, but he was also tasked with a semi-final encounter between Argentina and the Netherlands. In the topflight tournament, which the Turkish national football team missed as a result of their poor performance in the qualifiers, Çakır became one of the reasons for the football-crazed nation to follow the event. Çakır became the first Turkish referee to undertake duties for a World Cup tournament in 40 years. Bahattin Duran and Tarık Ongun were also in Brazil to assist Çakır at the matches.
“All were in their places. Fifteen seconds before the match started, the delegate of the match raised his hand. Another sign followed with 10 seconds left. When he indicated the final 10 seconds, all I could think was, ‘God help us. All of Turkey is behind us. Reward us for our hard work,'” Çakır told Gençlik Spor magazine of Turkey's Youth and Sports Ministry, referring to his thoughts leading into the semi-final match. After the match, the first thing he did was call his family. During the match, the Turkish official did an excellent work and received high praise. The successful referee received unforgettable messages from thousands of people and experienced “incredible feelings” during the 45 days of World Cup. He was also thrilled to see Turkish flags in the stands of the stadiums where he officiated games. All these things made Çakır feel a great sense of responsibility toward his country, but he was able to put the feelings aside after he blew the whistle to start the games. The 37-year-old never expected he would be the one to officiate the final. “It would be wrong to have expected to referee [the final match]. We always wanted to give our best in the next match. Our goal was to have a good first [World Cup] match and get a second match. After that, we knew the rest would come,” he said, and added, “It will be a good reference for the European Football Championship and the Champions League events to come.” Now Çakır hopes to continue working at high-level football tournaments and be the top official in the finals of these events. The next biggest competition is the Euro 2016. Çakır has his eyes on taking part in the championship match.Çakır's achievements do not come as a surprise. He has been in the world of football since the age of 10. He started out as a football player for the youth teams of Kartalspor. He was injured at 17 and had to give up playing. Çakır was also lucky, though. His father, Serdar Çakır, who is a former football referee and former vice chairman of Turkey's Central Referee Board (MHK), was a major motivator for him. Çakır's father made him love football and refereeing. “I grew up as a kid who loved football and was in love with refereeing. Ever since I could remember I've been living with football. Football is a love, a passion for me,” Çakır said. He noted that he had a chance to meet personalities from the Turkish football world. “Before I was a referee, I met many special people thanks to my father. My mother was also influential in my decision (to become a referee). When I was hesitating about whether to play football or to focus on refereeing, my mom said: ‘You should definitely be a referee. I can see you at the World Cup.'” The high-achieving referee is also confident that he would have made a good player if he had pursued it. “I won't be humble about it. I can comfortably say this because of the matches we now play with the former footballers. They know this very well too,” Çakır, who plays as a forward, said. Football, though his greatest passion, is not Çakır's only love. He loves basketball and table tennis and is a die-hard fan of the NBA.
Rising fame has not put Çakır under too much pressure, because he finds the game entertaining. “At the end of the day, it is a sport, and everybody should see it that way. If you feel pressure, it affects your success. Once you prepare thoroughly for the matches, you have enough confidence and don't feel pressure.” Comparing the reactions he gets in domestic and international matches, the referee said Turks supported him regardless of his little mistakes and wanted him to succeed at the international level. At the same time, they take sides in domestic games. “Then they see any of our actions as wrongdoing. This makes all the difference… Football is a game of mistakes. It is not a solution to feel upset about the mistakes. What matters is to learn and avoid repeating the same mistake.” But for him, the names of the teams do not make any difference when it comes to taking it seriously and making preparations for them. “We always say we want respect as referees. If you want respect, then you should first be respectful. Every match you take might be someone's most important one.”
Çakır has worked hard to attain what he has. He speaks English and now plans to learn French and Russian for the tournaments. “The next European Football Championship is in France, and the next World Cup is in Russia. I have already started working on [those languages],” he said. He noted that he is still learning a lot and always plans to move forward. “You can do this job until the age of 45. If God gives me health and no injuries, I'll try to learn more, as long as I can do this job. For example, at the most recent World Cup, the world's best referees were there, but no one called himself the best. Everybody was trying to learn something from one another,” he said. The 37-year-old watches about 15 matches every week to stay mentally fit and exercises to stay physically fit. The workouts were determined by FIFA over the past two years in preparation for the World Cup. From this season on, he will follow a UEFA program of exercise for the upcoming Euro 2016.
Even after his retirement, Çakır does not plan to leave football. Although he does not want to think about his retirement, he would like to be a trainer for future referees and pass his knowledge on them. “At the moment, all I'm concentrated on is refereeing. I have seven seasons ahead,” he said. Çakır recommends younger referees to work hard: Be physically fit and follow all the developments in the field. “I think the most important thing is to watch matches, not only the players but the referee as well.” To make a living, Çakır owns an insurance agency. But football comes first for him. “I am a graduate of management from Kocaeli University. I have had an insurance agency for 12 years. I don't have much chance to go to the office but I respect and love my profession. With what time is left after refereeing, I am definitely there. I have a partner and he takes care of everything,” Çakır said of his other job. 

Source: Zaman

UEFA Europa League – Play-offs (Second Leg)

28 August 2014

AC Omonia – Dynamo Moscow
Referee: Alexandru Tudor (ROU, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Aurel Onita (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Miklos Nagy (ROU)
Fourth Official: Radu Petrescu (ROU)
Referee Observer: Charles Agius (MLT)

FC Lokomotiv Moskva – Apollon Limassol
Referee: Stefan Johannesson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Fredrik Nilsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Mehmet Culum (SWE)
Fourth Official: Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE)
Referee Observer: Miroslav Liba (CZE)

Neftçi PFK – FK Partizan
Referee: Robert Schörgenhofer (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Matthias Winsauer (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Roland Brandner (AUT)
Fourth Official: Dominik Ouschan (AUT)
Referee Observer: Michel Vautrot (FRA)

Metalist Kharkiv – Ruch Chorzów
Referee: Tony Chapron (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Philippe Jeanne (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Alexandre Viala (FRA)
Fourth Official: Alexandre Castro (FRA)
Referee Observer: Carlos Matos (POR)

FC Krasnodar – Real Sociedad
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Pawel Sokolnicki (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Fourth Official: Pawel Raczkowski (POL)
Referee Observer: Uno Tutk (EST)

PAOK FC – Zimbru Chișinău
Referee: Sergii Boiko (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Oleksandr Voytyuk (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Sergii Bekker (UKR)
Fourth Official: Yaroslav Kozyk (UKR)
Referee Observer: Paulus Malzinskas (LTU)

FC Astra – Olympique Lyonnais
Referee: Sergey Karasev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Anton Averyanov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Tikhon Kalugin (RUS)
Fourth Official: Alexey Nikolaev (RUS)
Referee Observer: Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)

FC Rostov – Trabzonspor
Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Marco Achmüller (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Florian Steuer (GER)
Fourth Official: Markus Schmidt (GER)
Referee Observer: Neale Barry (ENG)

FC Sheriff – HNK Rijeka
Referee: Manuel De Sousa (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Alvaro Carvalho (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Rui Barbosa (POR)
Fourth Official: Antonio Moreira (POR)
Referee Observer: Ioannis Tsachilidis (GRE)

Shakhtyor Soligorsk – PSV Eindhoven
Referee: Simon Lee Evans (WAL)
Assistant Referee 1: Philip Thomas (WAL)
Assistant Referee 2: Gareth Jones (WAL)
Fourth Official: Bryn Markham-Jones (WAL)
Referee Observer: Lassin Isaksen (FRO)

Hajduk Split – Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
Referee: Hüseyin Göcek (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Mustafa Eyisoy (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Orkun Aktas (TUR)
Fourth Official: Mete Kalkavan (TUR)
Referee Observer: Alexandru Deaconu (ROU)

FC Twente – Qarabag FK
Referee: Paolo Mazzoleni (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Alessandro Petrella (ITA)
Fourth Official: Sebastiano Peruzzo (ITA)
Referee Observer: Costas Kapitanis (CYP)

Maccabi Tel Aviv – Asteras Tripolis
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Guido Kleve (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Markus Häcker (GER)
Fourth Official: Günter Perl (GER)
Referee Observer: Matteo Trefoloni (ITA)

FC Midtjylland – Panathinaikos FC
Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Davie Goossens (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Hessel Steegstra (NED) 

Fourth Official: Ed Janssen (NED) 
Referee Observer: Jouni Hyytiä (FIN)

Feyenoord – Zorya Luhansk
Referee: Kenn Hansen (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Lars Rix (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: David Andersen (DEN)
Fourth Official: Jakob Kehlet (DEN)
Referee Observer: Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE)

AS Saint Étienne – Karabükspor
Referee: Ievgenii Aranovskyi (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Oleksandr Korniyko (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Volodymyr Volodin (UKR)
Fourth Official: Anatoliy Abdula (UKR)
Referee Observer: Jan Wegereef (NED)

Rapid Wien – HJK Helsinki
Referee: Stéphane Lannoy (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Annonier (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Cyril Lompre (FRA)
Fourth Official: Olivier Thual (FRA)
Referee Observer: Shmuel Shteif (ISR)

Torino FC – RNK Split
Referee: Anastasios Sidiropoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Damianos Efthymiadis (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Polychronis Kostaras (GRE)
Fourth Official: Ilias Spathas (GRE)
Referee Observer: Bernardino Gonzalez Vazquez (ESP)

Debreceni VSC – BSC Young Boys
Referee: David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Raúl Cabañero Martínez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Jorge Canelo Prieto (ESP)
Fourth Official: Jesús Pérez Montero (ESP)
Referee Observer: Edgar Steinborn (GER)

Sparta Praha – PEC Zwolle
Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomislav Petrovic (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Miro Grgic (CRO)
Fourth Official: Domagoj Vuckov (CRO)
Referee Observer: Nikolay Levnikov (RUS)

FC Zürich – Spartak Trnava
Referee: Robert Madden (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Graham Chambers (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Stuart Stevenson (SCO)
Fourth Official: Andrew Dallas (SCO)
Referee Observer: Konrad Plautz (AUT)

Tottenham Hotspur – AEL Limassol
Referee: Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Ondrej Pelikan (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Antonin Kordula (CZE)
Fourth Official: Emanuel Marek (CZE)
Referee Observer: Alan Snoddy (NIR)

CD Nacional – Dinamo Minsk
Referee: Sébastien Delferiere (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Yves De Neve (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Frederick Stalport (BEL)
Fourth Official: Bart Vertenten (BEL)
Referee Observer: Andreas Schluchter (SUI)

Villarreal CF – FC Astana
Referee: Liran Liany (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: David Bitton (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Danny Krasikow (ISR)
Fourth Official: Daniel Bar Natan (ISR)
Referee Observer:

Borussia Mönchengladbach – FK Sarajevo
Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Nikolai Golubev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Maksim Gavrilin (RUS)
Fourth Official: Sergey Ivanov (RUS)
Referee Observer: Tomasz Mikulski (POL)

Hull City – KSC Lokeren
Referee: Ovidiu Hategan (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavian Sovre (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Radu Ghinguleac (ROU)
Fourth Official: Sebastian Coltescu (ROU)
Referee Observer: Christos Skapoullis (CYP)

Internazionale Milano – Stjarnan
Referee: Harald Lechner (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Andreas Staudinger (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Maximilian Kolbitsch (AUT)
Fourth Official: Markus Hameter (AUT)
Referee Observer: Vitor Melo Pereira (POR)

Club Brugge – Grasshopper Club Zürich
Referee: Luca Banti (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Matteo Passeri (ITA)
Fourth Official: Piero Giacomelli (ITA)
Referee Observer: Stefan Messner (AUT)

Legia Warszawa – FC Aktobe
Referee: Mattias Gestranius (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan-Peter Aravirta (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Mikko Alakare (FIN)
Fourth Official: Antti Munukka (FIN)
Referee Observer: Peter Jones (ENG)

GNK Dinamo – Petrolul Ploiești
Referee: Ivan Kruzliak (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomas Somolani (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomas Mokos (SVK)
Fourth Official: Peter Kralovic (SVK)
Referee Observer: Paul Allaerts (BEL)

Rio Ave – IF Elfsborg
Referee: Kevin Blom (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Bas Van Dongen (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Patrick Langkamp (NED)
Fourth Official: Dennis Higler (NED)
Referee Observer: Nikolai Ivanov (RUS)

CONCACAF Champions League – Group Stage (Matchday 3)

26 August 2014
Deportivo Saprissa – Real Estelí
Referee: Walter Lopez (GUA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Douglas Bermudez (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Lemus (GUA)
Fourth Official: Carlos Guerra (GUA)
Referee Observer: Rafael Avila (PAN)

New York Red Bulls – CD FAS
Referee: John Pitti (PAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Fernandez (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Osvaldo Luna (CRC)
Fourth Official: Walter Quesada (CRC)
Referee Observer: Francisco Ramirez (MEX)

CSD Comunicaciones – Club America
Referee: Henry Bejarano (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Jose Mangand (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Javier Rojas (CRC)
Fourth Official: Joel Aguilar (SLV)

Referee Observer: Esfandiar Baharmast (USA)

27 August 2014
Leon – Herediano
Referee: Melvin Matamoros (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: Walter Lopez (HON)
Assistant Referee 2: Hiran Dopico (CUB)
Fourth Official: Roberto Moreno (PAN)
Referee Observer: Neftali Recinos (SLV) 

Municipal – Pachuca
Referee: Ricardo Salazar (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Ricardo Morgan (JAM)
Assistant Referee 2: George Gansner (USA)
Fourth Official: Valdin Legister (JAM)
Referee Observer: Amato DeLuca (CAN) 

28 August 2014
Waterhouse – Tauro
Referee: Sherwin Moore (GUY)
Assistant Referee 1: Ricardo Louisville (SUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Verton Mars (GUY)
Fourth Official: Enrico Wijngaarde (SUR)
Referee Observer: John Nielsen (CAN) 

Olimpia – Alpha United
Referee: Baldomero Toledo (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Eric Boria (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Adam Garner (USA)
Fourth Official: Javier Santos (PUR)
Referee Observer: Clemroy Francois (VIN) 

Alajuelense – Chorrillo
Referee: Cesar Ramos (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Jose Camargo (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Alberto Morin (MEX)
Fourth Official: Roberto Garcia (MEX)
Referee Observer: Omario Contreras (BLZ)

Copa Sudamericana – Group Stage (Matchday 2)

26 August 2014
Cerro Porteño – Rentistas
Árbitro Néstor Pitana Argentina (photo)
Asistente 1 Diego Bonfa Argentina
Asistente 2 Ariel Scime Argentina
4to Árbitro Antonio Arias Paraguay
Asesor Carlos Alarcón Paraguay

San José – Huachipato
Árbitro Ulises Mereles Paraguay
Asistente 1 Carlos Cáceres Paraguay
Asistente 2 Hugo Martinez Paraguay
4to Árbitro Johnny Cuellar Bolivia
Asesor Oscar Ortubé Bolivia

Emelec – Águilas Doradas
Árbitro Mauro Vigliano Argentina
Asistente 1 Juan Pablo Belatti Argentina
Asistente 2 Ezequiel Brailovsky Argentina
4to Árbitro José Espinel Ecuador
Asesor Juan Corozo Ecuador

Deportivo Anzoátegui – Universidad Católica
Árbitro Miguel Santivañez Perú
Asistente 1 Raúl López Cruz Perú
Asistente 2 Víctor Raez Perú
4to Árbitro Mayker Gómez Venezuela
Asesor Adrián Gómez Venezuela

Deportes Iquique – Universitario de Sucre
Árbitro Fernando Falce Uruguay
Asistente 1 Gabriel Popovits Uruguay
Asistente 2 Carlos Changala Uruguay
4to Árbitro Eduardo Gamboa Chile
Asesor Ivan Guerrero Chile

27 August 2014
Cobresal – General Díaz
Árbitro Gery Vargas Bolivia
Asistente 1 Efraín Castro Bolivia
Asistente 2 Arol Valda Bolivia
4to Árbitro Jorge Osorio Chile
Asesor Patricio Basualto Chile

Independiente del Valle 
– Trujillanos
Árbitro Henry Gambetta Perú
Asistente 1 César Escano Perú
Asistente 2 Jorge Hurtado Perú
4to Árbitro Carlos Orbe Ecuador
Asesor Bomer Fierro Ecuador

Libertad – Nacional Potosí
Árbitro Martín Vazquez Uruguay
Asistente 1 Mauricio Espinosa Uruguay
Asistente 2 Nicolás Tarán Uruguay
4to Árbitro Mario Diaz de Vivar Paraguay
Asesor Ubaldo Aquino Paraguay

River Plate – Universidad Católica
Árbitro Víctor Carrillo Perú
Asistente 1 Jonny Bossio Perú
Asistente 2 Jorge Yupanqui Perú
4to Árbitro Dario Ubriaco Uruguay
Asesor Jorge Nieves Uruguay

Internacional – Bahia
Árbitro Christian Ferreyra Uruguay
Asistente 1 Miguel Nievas Uruguay
Asistente 2 Richard Trinidad Uruguay
4to Árbitro Leandro Vuaden Brasil
Asesor Luis Cunha Brasil

Alianza Lima – Barcelona
Árbitro Ímer Machado Colombia
Asistente 1 Wilmar Navarro Colombia
Asistente 2 Wilson Berrio Colombia
4to Árbitro Manuel Garay Perú
Asesor Cesar Mongrut Perú

Atlético Nacional – La Guaira
Árbitro Omar Ponce Ecuador
Asistente 1 Christian Lescano Ecuador
Asistente 2 Luis Vera Ecuador
4to Árbitro Wilmar Roldan Colombia
Asesor Luis Agudelo Colombia

28 August 2014
Danubio – Deportivo Capiatá
Árbitro Germán Delfino Argentina
Asistente 1 Iván Núñez Argentina
Asistente 2 Christian Navarro Argentina
4to Árbitro Andrés Cunha Uruguay
Asesor Ernesto Filippi Uruguay

Fluminense – Goias
Árbitro Enrique Cáceres Paraguay
Asistente 1 Rodney Aquino Paraguay
Asistente 2 Milciades Saldivar Paraguay
4to Árbitro Marcelo Henrique Brasil
Asesor Sergio Cristiano Brasil

 Inti Gas
Árbitro Luis Sánchez Colombia
Asistente 1 Eduardo Díaz Colombia
Asistente 2 Christian de la Cruz Colombia
4to Árbitro Juan Soto Venezuela
Asesor Bernardo Corujo Venezuela

Universidad César
 Vallejo Millonarios
Árbitro Carlos Ulloa Chile
Asistente 1 Carlos Astroza Chile
Asistente 2 Francisco Mondria Chile
4to Árbitro Luis Seminario Perú
Asesor Manuel Yupanqui Perú

Críciuma – Sao Paulo
Árbitro Julio Bascuñan Chile
Asistente 1 Sergio Roman Chile
Asistente 2 Juan Maturana Chile
4to Árbitro Leandro Vuaden Brasil
Asesor Ednilson Corona Brasil

Jorge Wilstermann – Peñarol
Árbitro Julio Quintana Paraguay
Asistente 1 Dario Gaona Paraguay
Asistente 2 Juan Zorrilla Paraguay
4to Árbitro Raúl Orosco Bolivia
Asesor Víctor Balderrama Bolivia

Deportivo Cali – UT Cajamarca
Árbitro Jesús Valenzuela Venezuela
Asistente 1 Jorge Urrego Venezuela
Asistente 2 Tulio Moreno Venezuela
4to Árbitro Adrián Vélez Colombia
Asesor Ramón Girón Colombia

Sport Recife – Vitória
Árbitro Óscar Maldoando Bolivia
Asistente 1 Wilson Arellano Bolivia
Asistente 2 Javier Bustillos Bolivia

4to Árbitro Sandro Ricci Brasil
Asesor Manoel Serapiao Brasil

Youth Olympic Games Final 2014 (Men): Amhof (SUI)

27 August 2014 

Peru – Korea
Referee: Sascha Amhof (SUI, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Remy Zgraggen (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Alain Heiniger (SUI)
Fourth Official: Maguette N’Diaye (SEN) 

Match for Third Place
Cape Verde – Iceland
Referee: Ming Fu (CHN)
Assistant Referee 1: Ma Ji (CHN)
Assistant Referee 2: Cao Yi (CHN)
Fourth Official: Daniel Fedorczuk (URU)

Youth Olympic Games Final 2014 (Women): Lengwe (ZAM)

26 August 2014 

Venezuela – China
Referee: Gladys Lengwe (ZAM, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Emmanuella Aglago (GHA)
Assistant Referee 2: Bernadettar Kwimbira (MAL)
Fourth Official: Christina Unkel (USA) 

Match for Third Place
Mexico – Slovakia
Referee: Anna-Marie Keighley (NZL)
Assistant Referee 1: Nadia Browning (NZL)
Assistant Referee 2: Lata Kaumatule (TGA)
Fourth Official: Jin He (CHN)

UEFA Champions League – Play-offs (Second Leg)

26 August 2014
Celtic FC – NK Maribor
Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: György Ring (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Vencel Tóth (HUN)
Additional AR 1: Tamás Bognar (HUN)
Additional AR 2: Mihaly Fabian (HUN)
Fourth Official: Robert Kispal (HUN)
Referee Observer: Nuno Castro (POR)

Zenit St. Petersburg – Standard Liège
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Gianluca Cariolato (ITA)
Additional AR 1: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
Additional AR 2: Carmine Russo (ITA)
Fourth Official: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
Referee Observer: Vladimir Antonov (MDA)

Bate Borisov – Slovan Bratislava
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mike Pickel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
Additional AR 1: Tobias Stieler (GER)
Additional AR 2: Robert Hartmann (GER)
Fourth Official: Robert Kempter (GER)
Referee Observer: Donald McVicar (SCO)

FC Porto – Lille OSC
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Kim Haglund (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Frank Andås (NOR)
Additional AR 1: Ken Henry Johnsen (NOR)
Additional AR 2: Svein-Erik Edvartsen (NOR)
Fourth Official: Sven Erik Midthjell (NOR)
Referee Observer: Jean Lemmer (LUX)

Apoel Nicosia – Aalborg BK
Referee: William Collum (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: William Conquer (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Gavin Harris (SCO)
Additional AR 1: John Beaton (SCO)
Additional AR 2: Brian Colvin (SCO)
Fourth Official: Francis Connor (SCO)
Referee Observer: Bo Karlsson (SWE)

27 August 2014
Ludogorets – Steaua Bucuresti
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Díaz Pérez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Yuste Jimenez (ESP)
Additional AR 1: Carlos Clos Gómez (ESP)
Additional AR 2: Javier Estrada Fernandez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Pau Cebrian Devis (ESP)
Referee Observer: Sergey Zuev (RUS)

Malmö FF – RB Salzburg
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jure Praprotnik (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Robert Vukan (SVN)
Additional AR 1: Matej Jug (SVN) 

Additional AR 2: Roberto Ponis (SVN)
Fourth Official: Bojan Ul (SVN)
Referee Observer: Ikka Koho (FIN)

Athletic Club – SSC Napoli
Referee: Cüneyt Çakir (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin Duran (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tarık Ongun (TUR)
Additional AR 1: Barış Şimşek (TUR)
Additional AR 2: Süleyman Abay (TUR)
Fourth Official: Cem Satman (TUR)
Referee Observer: Zdravko Jokic (SRB)

Arsenal FC – Besiktas JK
Referee: Pedro Proença (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bertino Miranda (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Paulo Soares (POR)
Additional AR 1: Hugo Miguel (POR)
Additional AR 2: João Capela (POR)
Fourth Official: António Godinho (POR)
Referee Observer: Luciano Luci (ITA)

Bayer Leverkusen – FC København
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Simon Beck (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Jake Collin (ENG)
Additional AR 1: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Additional AR 2: Lee Mason (ENG)
Fourth Official: Darren Cann (ENG)
Referee Observer: Vasily Melnychuk (UKR)

Copa Sudamericana – Group Stage (Matchday 1)

19 August 2014
Talento Dorado – Emelec
Árbitro Pericles Cortés (BRA, photo)
Asistente 1 Alessandro Rocha (BRA)
Asistente 2 Cleriston Barreto (BRA)
4to Árbitro Juan Pontón (COL)
Asesor Otalvaro Polanco (COL)

Universitario de Sucre – Deportes Iquique
Árbitro Mario Diaz de Vivar (PAR)
Asistente 1 Milciades Saldivar (PAR)
Asistente 2 Hugo Martinez (PAR)
4to Árbitro José Jordan (BOL)
Asesor Marcelo Ortubé (BOL)

Rentistas – Cerro Porteño
Árbitro Diego Ceballos (ARG)
Asistente 1 Gustavo Rossi (ARG)
Asistente 2 Iván Núñez (ARG)
4to Árbitro Fernando Falce (URU)
Asesor Carlos Velazquez (URU)

Universidad Católica – Deportivo Anzoátegui
Árbitro Alejandro Mancilla (BOL)
Asistente 1 Wilson Arellano (BOL)
Asistente 2 Juan P Montaño (BOL)
4to Árbitro José Luis Espinel (ECU)
Asesor Bommer Fierro (ECU)

Huachipato – San José
Árbitro Pablo Diaz (ARG)
Asistente 1 Ezequiel Brailovsky (ARG)
Asistente 2 Cristian Navarro (ARG)
4to Árbitro Jorge Osorio (CHI)
Asesor Patricio Basualto (CHI)

20 August 2014
Nacional Potosí – Libertad
Árbitro Roddy Zambrano (ECU)
Asistente 1 Carlos Herrera (ECU)
Asistente 2 Luis Vera (ECU)
4to Árbitro Gery Vargas (BOL)
Asesor Oscar Ortube (BOL)

UT Cajamarca – Deportivo Cali
Árbitro Julio Bascuñán (CHI)
Asistente 1 Francisco Mondria (CHI)
Asistente 2 Raúl Orellana (CHI)
4to Árbitro Miguel Santivañez (PER)
Asesor Manuel Yupanqui (PER)

General Díaz – Cobresal
Árbitro Andres Cunha (URU)
Asistente 1 Gabriel Popovits (URU)
Asistente 2 Carlos Changala (URU)
4to Árbitro Ulises Mereles (PAR)
Asesor Celio Bejarano (PAR)

Peñarol – Jorge Wilstermann
Árbitro Wilton Sampaio (BRA)
Asistente 1 Fabricio Vilarinho (BRA)
Asistente 2 Bruno Boschilia (BRA)
4to Árbitro Christian Ferreyra (URU)
Asesor Ernesto Filippi (URU)

La Guaira – Atlético Nacional
Árbitro Diego Haro (PER)
Asistente 1 Jorge Yupanqui (PER)
Asistente 2 Braulio Cornejo (PER)
4to Árbitro Mayker Gómez (VEN)
Asesor Candelario Andaracia (VEN)

21 August 2014
Inti Gas – Caracas
Árbitro Diego Lara (ECU)
Asistente 1 Byron Romero (ECU)
Asistente 2 Edwin Bravo (ECU)
4to Árbitro Henry Gambetta (PER)
Asesor Gilberto Hidalgo (PER)

Deportivo Capiatá – Danubio
Árbitro Roberto Tobar (CHI)
Asistente 1 Marcelo Barraza (CHI)
Asistente 2 Christian Schiemann (CHI)
4to Árbitro Julio Quintana (PAR)
Asesor Carlos Alarcón (PAR)

Barcelona – Alianza Lima
Árbitro Adrián Vélez (COL)
Asistente 1 Huberto Clavijo (COL)
Asistente 2 Alexander Guzmán (COL)
4to Árbitro Carlos Orbe (ECU)
Asesor Rogger Zambrano (ECU)

Trujillanos – Independiente del Valle
Árbitro Wilson Lamouroux (COL)
Asistente 1 Eduardo Díaz (COL)
Asistente 2 Rafael Rivas (COL)
4to Árbitro José Luis Hoyo (VEN)
Asesor Adrián Gómez (VEN)

Universidad Católica – River Plate
Árbitro Enrique Cáceres (PAR)
Asistente 1 Rodney Aquino (PAR)
Asistente 2 Juan Zorrilla (PAR)
4to Árbitro Carlos Ulloa (CHI)
Asesor Pablo Pozo (CHI)

Millonarios – Universidad César Vallejo
Árbitro José Argote (VEN)
Asistente 1 Carlos López (VEN)
Asistente 2 Jairo Romero (VEN)
4to Árbitro José Buitrago (COL)
Asesor Pablo Montoya (COL)

Youth Olympic Games 2014 – Match for Fifth Place

25 August 2014

Honduras – Vanuatu
Referee: Abdelkader Zitouni (TAH, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Paul Ahupu (TAH)
Assistant Referee 2: Terry Piri (COK)
Fourth Official: Ricardo Montero (CRC)

Papua New Guinea – Namibia
Referee: Jin He (CHN)
Assistant Referee 1: Yongmei Cui (CHN)
Assistant Referee 2: Ensieh Khabaz (IRN)
Fourth Official: Morag Pirie (SCO)

Youth Olympic Games 2014 – Semi-finals (Men)

24 August 2014 

Korea – Iceland
Referee: Daniel Fedorczuk (URU, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Eduardo Cardozo (PAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Luis Murillo (VEN)
Fourth Official: Maguette N’Diaye (SEN)

Peru – Cape Verde
Referee: Ricardo Montero (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Marco Diaz (GUA)
Assistant Referee 2: Geovanny Garcia (SLV)
Fourth Official: Sascha Amhof (SUI)

Youth Olympic Games 2014 – Semi-finals (Women)

23 August 2014

Venezuela – Mexico
Referee: Morag Pirie (SCO, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Manuela Nicolosi (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Petruta Iugulescu (ROU)
Fourth Official: Jin He (CHN)

China – Slovakia
Referee: Olga Miranda (PAR)
Assistant Referee 1: Liliana Bejarano (BOL)
Assistant Referee 2: Loreto Toloza (CHI)
Fourth Official: Christina Unkel (USA)

FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Final 2014: Chenard (CAN)

Carol Anne Chenard (CAN) is the first woman referee appointed for her second final in the same FIFA competition, after she already refereed the U-20 Women’s World Cup final in 2010, with exactly the same teams: Germany and Nigeria. This is also the first time when four match officials from the same country are appointed for a FIFA final. On the men’s side, John Lewis (GBR) refereed two Olympic Games finals (1908 and 1920), while Benito Archundia (2005 and 2009) and Ravshan Irmatov (2008 and 2011) refereed two FIFA Club World Cup finals. 

24 August 2014

Germany – Nigeria
Referee: Carol Anne Chenard (CAN, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Marie Charbonneau (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Suzanne Morisset (CAN)
Fourth Official: Michelle Pye (CAN)
Reserve AR: Ella De Vries (BEL)

Referee Observer: Jacqueline Leleu (AUS)

Match for Third Place
France – Korea DPR
Referee: Sachiko Yamagishi (JPN)
Assistant Referee 1: Allyson Flynn (AUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Sarah Ho (AUS)
Fourth Official: Esther Staubli (SUI)
Reserve AR: Yan Fang (CHN)

Referee Observer: Michal Listkiewicz (POL)

Cann: “We felt more pressure in Brazil vs Chile than any other game”

After being selected by FIFA to stay out in Brazil until the very end of the tournament along with English referee Howard Webb and his fellow assistant Michael Mullarkey, Darren Cann has now returned to his home in Norfolk and has been speaking to us about the experience of his last World Cup.
- So, having just touched back down in the UK, what are your abiding memories about Brazil 2014?
- DC: The experience was absolutely fabulous and we were so blessed to be part of a World Cup in Brazil. England is the home of football, but I guess that Brazil is probably the next best thing – a country which has a great passion for the beautiful game. It was incredible to referee Brazil at their home World Cup, and my abiding memory is of walking out onto the pitch on the day of their last 16 match against Chile. Brazil is a fantastic country. We were really well looked after and the people were so friendly. It really was a dream come true to play a small part in the World Cup in Brazil, the first they have hosted since 1950.
- You had to wait some time, until game 21, before getting your first taste of the competition. Was that easy to manage?
- DC: Like any refereeing trio we hoped to be used early in the competition, but it wasn’t to be. Whilst it was a little bit frustrating, we are professional so we trained really hard every day, applying ourselves day in, day out, so that we were ready when needed. We didn’t get bored at all – FIFA provide lots for us to do and the table tennis table, gym and table football got plenty of use! We are all massive football fans and keenly watched all of the World Cup matches too, so the days flew by. We eventually got the call to referee the potentially difficult match of Colombia vs Ivory Coast, which actually went very well.
- You mentioned the Brazil vs Chile game earlier. One of the features on the tournament was the South American teams continuing to sing after the music had finished for their anthems – what was that like?!
- DC: It was probably the most passionate football stadium atmosphere I’ve ever been in. We walked out and the fans of both countries made noise like I’ve never heard. It was even more deafening than the World Cup Final in 2010, an incredible atmosphere. Like you say the fans and players continued to sing their Nation Anthems long after the music had stopped, making each anthem last a couple of minutes each! It’s something we’ll never experience again and it tells you everything about the passion of the supporters and how determined they were to cheer their team to victory. It proved to be one of the best, and most competitive, games of the tournament too, going to extra time and penalties.
- Yes, and it must have been pleasing to once again get all the big decisions right. There was a call for a handball against Brazil’s Hulk, but one that was proved to be correct by replays and pundit opinions alike…
- DC: Howard deserves great credit for that. It was his call to give the handball against Hulk and to disallow that goal and, like you say, replays showed that he was correct. It was a difficult call at the time because he was perhaps a few metres further away than he would have liked, but he used all of his experience and just had the viewing angle to allow him to give the handball. Of course, it’s going to be an unpopular decision against the host nation, but a referee’s job is to be fair and impartial at all times and we always are. As it happened Brazil went through anyway (on penalties) so it didn’t actually materially affect the outcome, but it’s important to make the right call and Howard certainly did that using all his skill and experience. It was a really pressurised situation. We felt more pressure in that game than probably any other game in our career. The match was built up by the Brazilian press, as Chile had played very well in the tournament up until then. It certainly needed refereeing and it was of the most intense games we’ve ever officiated.
- You were kept on until the very end of the tournament, so you might have been hoping to get a third appointment. Were you disappointed not to?
- DC: FIFA were delighted with the way we refereed the Brazil vs Chile game and at the time we certainly didn’t think it would be our last game in the World Cup, but unfortunately it turned out that way. We just carried on training each day and, when the quarter-finals were announced and we didn’t get a game, we hoped for a semi-final. However when we saw the four teams in the semis it looked unlikely that we’d get another game. Brazil were in one semi-final and we’d only just refereed them the week before, so that pretty much ruled us out of that one, and it always looked unlikely that we would get Holland vs Argentina. Also as we’d already refereed the World Cup Final in South Africa (and therefore couldn’t referee The Final again) we knew that it would be the end of our tournament. Of course we’d have liked to have refereed a semi-final, but it wasn’t to be. We’re really lucky to have been at two World Cups though and to have refereed matches that have gone so well. To referee Brazil in Brazil in our last ever World Cup game was special. The three of us are all too old for Russia in 2018 so this is the end of our World Cup careers. We got 22 handshakes after the Brazil vs Chile game and both managers were very happy with how the game was officiated as well. Looking back, it really was a perfect way to end our World Cup careers and we have some really great memories from 2010 and 2014. As it turned out, by staying until the end of the tournament we were also able to have dinner with the Italian trio after their appointment to the Final just 48 hours before kick-off. That was a really special and unique moment – the first time ever that a World Cup trio had been present to be able to pass on all of their experiences of what it’s actually like to walk out and officiate the World Cup Final.

Source: Norfolk FA

UEFA Europa League – Play-offs (First Leg)

20 August 2014
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk – Hajduk Split
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Dmitry Zhuk (BLR)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrei Getikov (BLR)
Fourth Official: Denis Shcherbakov (BLR)
Referee Observer: Erol Ersoy (TUR)

Stjarnan – Internazionale Milano
Referee: Marijo Strahonja (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Sinisa Premuzaj (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Igor Krmar (CRO)
Fourth Official: Fran Jović (CRO)
Referee Observer: Nicolae Grigorescu (ROU)

21 August 2014
FC Aktobe – Legia Warszawa
Referee: Sergei Karasev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Dmitry Mosiakin (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Valeriy Danchenko (RUS)
Fourth Official: Mikhail Vilkov (RUS)
Referee Observer: Rodger Gifford (WAL)

FC Astana – Villarreal CF
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Charles Schaap (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Rob Van De Ven (NED)
Fourth Official: Jochem Kamphuis (NED)
Referee Observer: Leslie Irvine (NIR)

Dynamo Moscow – AC Omonia
Referee: Stephan Studer (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Sandro Pozzi (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Jean-Yves Wicht (SUI)
Fourth Official: Sébastien Pache (SUI)
Referee Observer: Murat Ilgaz (TUR)

Ruch Chorzów – Metalist Kharkiv
Referee: Alon Yefet (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Oren Bornshtein (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Dvir Shimon (ISR)
Fourth Official: Ziv Adler (ISR)
Referee Observer: Karen Nalbandyan (ARM)

Qarabağ FK – FC Twente
Referee: Manuel Gräfe (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Holger Henschel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Christian Gittelmann (GER)
Fourth Official: Guido Winkmann (GER)
Referee Observer: Jørn West Larsen (DEN)

HJK Helsinki – Rapid Wien
Referee: Halis Özkahya (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Cem Satman (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Kemal Yilmaz (TUR)
Fourth Official: Ozgüc Türkalp (TUR)
Referee Observer: Terje Hauge (NOR)

AEL Limassol – Tottenham Hotspur
Referee: Manuel De Sousa (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Ricardo Santos (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Manuel Almeida (POR)
Fourth Official: Hugo Ferreira (POR)
Referee Observer: Miroslav Vitkovic (CRO)

PSV Eindhoven – Shakhtyor Soligorsk
Referee: Cristian Balaj (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Sebastian Gheorghe (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Mihai Artene (ROU)
Fourth Official: Catalin Popa (ROU)
Referee Observer: Pjetur Sigurdsson (ISL)

Kardemir Karabükspor – AS Saint Étienne
Referee: Marcin Borski (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Rafal Rostkowski (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Krzysztof Myrmus (POL)
Fourth Official: Daniel Stefanski (POL)
Referee Observer: Kaj Natri (FIN)

IF Elfsborg – Rio Ave FC
Referee: Slavko Vinčič (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Bojan Ul (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomaz Klancnik (SVN)
Fourth Official: Dejan Balazic (SN)
Referee Observer: Hans Reijgwart (NED)

Dinamo Minsk – CD Nacional
Referee: Michael Koukoulakis (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Christos Baltas (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Michael Karsiotis (GRE)
Fourth Official: Athanasios Giachos (GRE)
Referee Observer: Sokol Jareci (ALB)

Petrolul Ploieşti – GNK Dinamo
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Nicola Nicoletti (ITA)
Fourth Official: Daniele Doveri (ITA)
Referee Observer: Marinus Koopman (NED)

Apollon Limassol – Lokomotiv Moskva
Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomislav Petrovic (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Miro Grgic (CRO)
Fourth Official: Domagoj Vuckov (CRO)
Referee Observer: William Young (SCO)

Young Boys – Debreceni
Referee: Tom Harald Hagen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Dag-Roger Nebben (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan Erik Engan (NOR)
Fourth Official: Dag Vidar Hafsås (NOR)
Referee Observer: Georgios Bikas (GRE)

Zorya Luhansk – Feyenoord
Referee: Pawel Gil (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Piotr Sadczuk (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcin Borkowski (POL)
Fourth Official: Pawel Raczkowski (POL)
Referee Observer: Edward Foley (IRL)

Panathinaikos – Midtjylland
Referee: Istvan Vad (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Istvan Albert (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Peter Berettyán (HUN)
Fourth Official: Adam Farkas (HUN)
Referee Observer: Vaclav Krondl (CZE)

Trabzonspor – FC Rostov
Referee: Gediminas Mazeika (LTU)
Assistant Referee 1: Vytautas Simkus (LTU)
Assistant Referee 2: Saulius Dirda (LTU)
Fourth Official: Sergejus Slyva (LTU)
Referee Observer: László Vagner (HUN)

PEC Zwolle – Sparta Praha
Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Stuart Burt (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Darren England (ENG)
Fourth Official: Jonathan Moss (ENG)
Referee Observer: Eugen Strigel (GER)

Zimbru Chişinău – PAOK FC
Referee: Libor Kovarik (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Krystof Mencl (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Jiri Molacek (CZE)
Fourth Official: Petr Ardeleanu (CZE)
Referee Observer: Emil Bozhinovski (MKD)

FK Partizan – Neftçi PFK
Referee: Hüseyin Göcek (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Mustafa Eyisoy (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Orkun Aktas (TUR)
Fourth Official: Suleyman Abay (TUR)
Referee Observer: Adrian Casha (MLT)

Grasshopper Zürich – Club Brugge
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Frédéric Cano (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Danos (FRA)
Fourth Official: Bartolomeu Varela (FRA)
Referee Observer: Jaap Uilenberg (NED)

Spartak Trnava – FC Zürich
Referee: Leontios Trattou (CYP)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Soteriou (CYP)
Assistant Referee 2: Petros Petrou (CYP)
Fourth Official: Vasilis Dimitriou (CYP)
Referee Observer: Morgan Norman (SWE)

Asteras Tripolis – Maccabi Tel Aviv
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
Fourth Official: Gianpaolo Calvarese (ITA)
Referee Observer: Stefan Ormandjiev (BUL)

Real Sociedad – FC Krasnodar
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Guillaume Debart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Fourth Official: Fredy Fautrel (FRA)
Referee Observer: Roberto Rosetti (ITA)

Olympique Lyonnais – FC Astra
Referee: Carlos Clos Gómez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Javier Aguilar Rodriguez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Luis Marco Martinez (ESP)
Fourth Official: José Gonzalez Gonzalez (ESP)
Referee Observer: John Skjervold (NOR)

KSC Lokeren – Hull City
Referee: Matej Jug (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Matej Žunič (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Gregor Rojko (SVN)
Fourth Official: Davor Drečnik (SVN)
Referee Observer: Alain Hamer (LUX)

RNK Split – Torino FC
Referee: Steven McLean (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: William Conquer (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Gavin Harris (SCO)
Fourth Official: Paul Robertson (SCO)
Referee Observer: Manuel Mejuto Gonzalez (ESP)

FK Sarajevo – Borussia Mönchengladbach
Referee: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP) 

Assistant Referee 1: Pau Cebrian Devis (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Jon Nunez Fernandez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Juan Martinez Munuera (ESP)
Referee Observer: Jozef Marko (SVK)

HNK Rijeka – FC Sheriff
Referee: Serge Gumienny (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Frank Bleyen (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Kristof Meers (BEL)
Fourth Official: Luc Wouters (BEL)
Referee Observer: Cosimo Bologino (ITA)

Youth Olympic Games 2014 – Group Stage (Men, Matchday 3)

21 August 2014

Peru – Honduras
Referee: Maguette N'Diaye (SEN, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Jerson Dos Santos (ANG)
Assistant Referee 2: Elvis Noupue (CMR)
Fourth Official: Fu Ming (CHN)

Vanuatu – Cape Verde
Referee: Sascha Amhof (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Remy Zgraggen (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Alain Heiniger (SUI)
Fourth Official: Ricardo Montero (CRC)

Youth Olympic Games 2014 – Group Stage (Women, Matchday 3)

20 August 2014

Namibia – China
Referee: Anna-Marie Keighley (NZL, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Nadia Browning (NZL)
Assistant Referee 2: Lata Kaumatule (TGA)
Fourth Official: Olga Miranda (PAR)

Slovakia – Papua New Guinea
Referee: Gladys Lengwe (ZAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Emmanuella Aglago (GHA)
Assistant Referee 2: Bernadettar Kwimbira (MAL)
Fourth Official: Jin He (CHN)

CONCACAF Champions League – Group Stage (Matchday 2)

19 August 2014
Club America – Puerto Rico Bayamon
Referee: Marlon Mejia (SLV, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Zumba (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Frank Anderson (USA)
Fourth Official: Jair Marrufo (USA)
Referee Observer: Jose Pineda (HON)

Real Esteli – Sporting Kansas City
Referee: Enrico Wijngaarde (SUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Kadlee Powell (JAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Zachari Zeegeelaar (SUR)
Fourth Official: Dwight Royal (JAM)
Referee Observer: Victor Moore (BRB)

Chorrilo FC – Cruz Azul
Referee: Hector Rodriguez (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: Melvyn Cruz (HON)
Assistant Referee 2: Henri Pupiro (NCA)
Fourth Official: Oscar Davila (NCA)
Referee Observer: Luis Yero (CUB)

Alpha United – Portland Timbers
Referee: Jeffrey Solis (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Hermenerito Leal (GUA)
Assistant Referee 2: Graeme Browne (SKN)
Fourth Official: Ricardo Cerdas (CRC)
Referee Observer: Victor Stewart (JAM)

20 August 2014
DC United – Waterhouse FC
Referee: Armando Castro (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: Oscar Velasquez (HON)
Assistant Referee 2: Walter Ramos (HON)
Fourth Official: Walter Lopez (GUA)
Referee Observer: Carlos Gonzalez (MEX)

CD Fas – Montreal Impact
Referee: Paul Delgadillo (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Marcos Quintero (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Rangel (MEX)
Fourth Official: Fernando Guerrero (MEX)
Referee Observer: Carlos Pastrana (HON)

21 August 2014
RCD Espana – CSD Municipal
Referee: Javier Santos (PUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Peter Manikowski (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Caleb Wales (TRI)
Fourth Official: Edvin Jurisevic (USA)
Referee Observer: Dave Meikle (JAM)

CS Herediano – Isidro Metapan
Referee: William Anderson (PUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Jairo Morales (PUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Corey Rockwell (USA)
Fourth Official: Baldomero Toledo (USA)
Referee Observer: Jaggernath Goolcharan (TRI)

FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2014 – Semi-finals

20 August 2014

Germany – France
Referee: Katalin Kulcsar (HUN, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Lucie Ratajova (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Chrysoula Kourompylia (GRE)
Fourth Official: Liang Qin (CHN)

Reserve AR: Ella De Vries (BEL)
Referee Observer: Jacqueline Leleu (AUS)

Korea DPR – Nigeria
Referee: Margaret Domka (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Mayte Chavez (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Natalie Aspinall (ENG)
Fourth Official: Salome Di Iorio (ARG)

Reserve AR: Mariana Corbo (URU)
Referee Observer: Michal Listkiewicz (POL)

UEFA Champions League – Play-offs (First Leg)

19 August 2014 
RB Salzburg – Malmö FF 
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Renato Faverani (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrea Stefani (ITA)
Additional AR 1: Antonio Damato (ITA)
Additional AR 2: Andrea Gervasoni (ITA)
Fourth Official: Matteo Passeri (ITA)
Referee Observer: Levan Paniashvili (GEO) 

SSC Napoli – Athletic Club Bilbao
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mathias Klasenius (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Wärnmark (SWE)
Additional AR 1: Stefan Johannesson (SWE)
Additional AR 2: Markus Strömbergsson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Daniel Gustavsson (SWE)
Referee Observer: Ryszard Wójcik (POL) 

FC København – Bayer Leverkusen
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Yuste Jiménez (ESP)
Additional AR 1: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)
Additional AR 2: Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP)
Fourth Official: Roberto Díaz Pérez (ESP)
Referee Observer: Guy Goethals (BEL) 

Steaua Bucuresti – Ludogorets
Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Markus Häcker (GER)
Additional AR 1: Marco Fritz (GER)
Additional AR 2: Bastian Dankert (GER)
Fourth Official: Tobias Christ (GER)
Referee Observer: Manuel López Fernández (ESP) 

Besiktas JK – Arsenal FC
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Milovan Ristić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Dalibor Djurdjević (SRB)
Additional AR 1: Danilo Grujić (SRB)
Additional AR 2: Dejan Filipović (SRB)
Fourth Official: Vladimir Jovanović (SRB)
Referee Observer: Juan Fernández Marín (ESP) 

20 August 2014
Lille OSC – FC Porto
Referee: Björn Kuipers (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Sander van Roekel (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin Zeinstra (NED)
Additional AR 1: Richard Liesveld (NED)
Additional AR 2: Ed Janssen (NED)
Fourth Official: Mario Diks (NED)
Referee Observer: Kaj Østergaard (DEN) 

Standard Liège – Zenit St. Petersburg
Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Graham Chambers (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Alan Mulvanny (SCO)
Additional AR 1: Robert Madden (SCO)
Additional AR 2: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
Fourth Official: David McGeachie (SCO)
Referee Observer: Sándor Piller (HUN) 

Aalborg BK – Apoel Nicosia
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Mullarkey (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Stephen Child (ENG)
Additional AR 1: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Additional AR 2: Craig Pawson (ENG)
Fourth Official: Simon Bennett (ENG)
Referee Observer: Francesco Bianchi (SUI) 

NK Maribor – Celtic FC
Referee: Pavel Královec (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Roman Slyško (SVK) 

Assistant Referee 2: Martin Wilczek (CZE)
Additional AR 1: Radek Příhoda (CZE)
Additional AR 2: Michal Paták (CZE)
Fourth Official: Radek Kotik (CZE)
Referee Observer: Horst Brummeier (AUT) 

Slovan Bratislava – Bate Borisov
Referee: Olegário Benquerença (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bertino Miranda (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Paulo Soares (POR)
Additional AR 1: Artur Soares (POR)
Additional AR 2: Carlos Taborda (POR)
Fourth Official: Nuno Pereira (POR)
Referee Observer: Rune Pedersen (NOR)

Youth Olympic Games 2014 – Group Stage (Men, Matchday 2)

18 August 2014

Korea – Vanuatu
Referee: Ricardo Montero (CRC, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Marco Diaz (GUA)
Assistant Referee 2: Geovany Garcia (SLV)
Fourth Official: Daniel Fedorczuk (URU)

Iceland – Peru
Referee: Ming Fu (CHN)
Assistant Referee 1: Ma Ji (CHN)
Assistant Referee 2: Cao Yi (CHN)
Fourth Official: Abdelkader Zitouni (TAH)

Youth Olympic Games 2014 – Group Stage (Women, Matchday 2)

17 August 2014

Venezuela – Slovakia
Referee: Christina Unkel (USA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Princess Brown (JAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Wendy Fisher (CAY)
Fourth Official: Gladys Lengwe (ZAM)

Mexico – Namibia
Referee: Olga Miranda (PAR)
Assistant Referee 1: Liliana Bejarano (BOL)
Assistant Referee 2: Loreto Toloza (CHI)

Fourth Official: Morag Pirie (SCO)

FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup 2014 – Quarter-finals

16 August 2014
Canada – Germany
Referee: Salome Di Iorio (ARG, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Mariana Corbo (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Maria Rocco (ARG)
Fourth Official: Yeimy Martinez (COL)
Referee Observer: Lee Harmon (COK)

Korea DPR – USA
Referee: Bibiana Steinhaus (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Katrin Rafalski (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Marina Wozniak (GER)
Fourth Official: Finau Vulivuli (FIJ)
Referee Observer: Carlos Alarcon (PAR)

17 August 2014
Nigeria – New Zealand
Referee: Sachiko Yamagishi (JPN)
Assistant Referee 1: Allyson Flynn (AUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Sarah Ho (AUS)
Fourth Official: Liang Qin (CHN)
Referee Observer: Michal Listkiewicz (POL)

France – Korea
Referee: Quetzalli Alvarado (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Mayte Chavez (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Shirley Perello (HON)
Fourth Official: Michelle Pye (CAN)
Referee Observer: Jacqueline Leleu (AUS)

Youth Olympic Games 2014 – Group Stage (Men, Matchday 1)

15 August 2014

Honduras – Iceland
Referee: Abdelkader Zitouni (TAH, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Paul Ahupu (TAH)
Assistant Referee 2: Terry Piri (COK)
Fourth Official: Maguette N’Niaye (SEN)

Cape Verde – Korea
Referee: Daniel Fedorczuk (URU)
Assistant Referee 1: Eduardo Cardozo (PAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Luis Murillo (VEN)
Fourth Official: Sascha Amhof (SUI)

Youth Olympic Games 2014 – Group Stage (Women, Matchday 1)

14 August 2014

Papua New Guinea – Venezuela
Referee: Jin He (CHN, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Yongmei Cui (CHN)
Assistant Referee 2: Ensieh Khabaz (IRN)
Fourth Official: Christina Unkel (USA)

China – Mexico
Referee: Morag Pirie (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Manuela Nicolosi (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Petruta Iugulescu (ROU)
Fourth Official: Anna-Marie Keighley (NZL)

Webb will use BBC studios for his new referee monitoring role

Howard Webb and Dermot Gallagher will use a studio in the BBC centre in Salford as their base for monitoring every Premier League game. This new location will position them at the heart of where Match of the Day will be recorded every weekend. Although match officials are still gagged by the Premier League, the pair will provide explanation to the BBC, Sky and BT Sport as to why referees make decisions during a game. As part of his new role as the Professional Game Match Officials technical director Webb will work alongside former referee Gallagher to watch every single top-flight match to review particularly contentious decisions.
Referee chief Mike Riley explained: ‘Howard knows refereeing inside out, can put himself in the mind of the referee that day and can explain what goes on. ‘We don’t want that for every decision but when it is important to get the message across, we will. This season we have a dedicated centre at the BBC on each match-day, so Dermot and Howard will be sat in a studio in Salford, watching the games.’ Their role is not specifically to provide reaction to every single incident of controversy, but on Monday the idea was not ruled out that Webb and Gallagher could appear on screen to give a voice to referees. It is also another step on the long road to the possibility of video replays assisting referees in games. The PGMOL are watching trials of video technology in Holland closely, but are still far from considering it in England. Webb said: ‘We are aware of the development in Holland. We are keeping an open mind to anything really. If we’re not careful it will end up opening more questions than answers. We really need to make sure not to change the basis of the way the game is played. The high intensity and fast flowing that makes it such a good spectacle that people enjoy to watch. We will see which way that goes’. 

Source: Daily Mail

Youth Olympic Games 2014 (Men)

China, 15-27 August 2014

Referee: Ming Fu (CHN, 1983)
Assistant Referee 1: Ji Ma (CHN, 1982)
Assistant Referee 2: Cao Yi (CHN, 1982)

Referee: Maguette N’Diaye (SEN, 1986)
Assistant Referee 1: Jerson Dos Santos (ANG, 1983)
Assistant Referee 2: Elvis Noupoue (CMR, 1983)

Referee: Ricardo Montero (CRC, 1986)
Assistant Referee 1: Marco Diaz (GUA, 1984)
Assistant Referee 2: Geovany Garcia (SLV, 1981)

Referee: Daniel Fedorczuk (URU, 1976)
Assistant Referee 1: Javier Bustillos (BOL, 1976)
Assistant Referee 2: Luis Murillo (VEN, 1976)

Referee: Abdelkader Zitouni (TAH, 1981)
Assistant Referee 1: Paul Ahupu (TAH, 1985)
Assistant Referee 2: Terry Piri (COK, 1973)

Referee: Sascha Amhof (SUI, 1980, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Remy Zgraggen (SUI, 1980)
Assistant Referee 2: Alain Heiniger (SUI, 1986)

Youth Olympic Games 2014 (Women)

China, 14-26 August 2014

Referee: Jin He (CHN, 1987)
Assistant Referee 1: Yongmei Cui (CHN, 1979)
Assistant Referee 2: Ensieh Khabaz (IRN, 1978)

Referee: Gladys Lengwe (ZAM, 1978)
Assistant Referee 1: Emmanuella Aglabo (GHA, 1979)
Assistant Referee 2: Bernadetta Kwimbira (MAL, 1981)

Referee: Christina Unkel (USA, 1987)
Assistant Referee 1: Priness Brown (JAM, 1986)
Assistant Referee 2: Wendy Fisher (CAY, 1976)

Referee: Olga Miranda (PAR, 1982)
Assistant Referee 1: Liliana Bejarano (BOL, 1978)
Assistant Referee 2: Loreto Toloza (CHI, 1984)

Referee: Anna-Marie Keighley (NZL, 1982)
Assistant Referee 1: Nadia Browning (NZL, 1986)
Assistant Referee 2: Lata Kaumatule (TGA, 1985)

Referee: Morag Pirie (SCO, 1975, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Manuela Nicolosi (FRA, 1980)
Assistant Referee 2: Petruta Iugulescu (ROU, 1979)

Copa Libertadores Final 2014 (Second Leg)

13 August 2014

San Lorenzo – Nacional
Referee: Sandro Ricci (BRA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Emerson De Carvalho (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcelo Van Gasse (BRA)
Fourth Official: Pericles Cortes (BRA)
Referee Observer: Abel Gnecco (ARG)

Referee Clattenburg living Super Cup dream

"I never dreamed I would be a part of this… This is huge", said English referee Mark Clattenburg when the 39-year-old spoke to ahead of the UEFA Super Cup in Cardiff between Real Madrid CF and Sevilla FC. Are you excited to be here in Cardiff?
Mark Clattenburg: Very much so. It doesn't feel too different – we have the same stormy weather back home at the minute! But it's fantastic to have the Super Cup in Cardiff and be a part of such a wonderful event. This is a real bonus for me. Have you been brushing up on your Spanish?
Clattenburg: A few words! For an English referee, it is a wonderful experience to take charge of an all-Spanish game. I want to give the best performance with my team. Can you elaborate on the homework you have done?
Clattenburg: Teams change every year with different managers and players, and it is tricky at the start of a season. But they play pre-season games and as referees we look at their tactics and pace of their play – any little details that can help us during the 90 minutes. If I do my research, it will make my job easier on the pitch. Are there any differences between games like this and matches in the Premier League?
Clattenburg: The differences are not as clear as they used to be, as the English league has become slower and more technical. In international football they keep the ball a lot longer, but it is still the same game, and the same 90 minutes. How do you prepare for such a big match so early in the season?
Clattenburg: We are prepared mentally and physically, even though it is the first big game of the season for us. I have put in a lot of physical training and also worked on the mental side of things. We use sports psychologists to make sure we are mentally prepared for the big kick-off. Your pre-season sounds as intensive as the ones the players dread…
Clattenburg: It is all about timing during the off-season. At the end of a campaign you are mentally and physically fatigued and it is important to be able to rest. We have help from within UEFA, getting advice on when to train, although personally I don't really stop. I like to keep going, and just steadily build up the intensity. I increased it about four weeks ago so I knew, when this appointment was made two weeks ago, that I was ready to go if called upon. I wouldn't have to react to the appointment; I was being proactive. It's important I keep my body tuned. What's your schedule like before kick-off?
Clattenburg: European games are different to the Premier League as you have to travel up the day before the game. So I make sure that I eat right the night before and try to sleep well. My team will attend a pre-match meeting on the morning of a game, preparing with the two clubs, and we will have our own meetings within the team, working out how we're going to do things, analysing things we have done well in previous games, and trying to address any problems we might have had last season. Last term you officiated a UEFA Europa League semi-final and UEFA Champions League quarter-final: Do you still get nervous?
Clattenburg: I don't think you'd call it nerves, but it is a strange feeling. Anticipation. You're so much looking forward to getting out on that pitch in front of millions of viewers in such a wonderful event. To be a part of this is just amazing – when I started off as a referee at 16 years old I never dreamed I would be a part of this competition. This is huge: a wonderful occasion. What targets are on your personal horizons now?
Clattenburg: I set myself goals every year to simply improve on my form last season. I believe that last year went well for me, but I still have to work on the negatives. If I can do that the rewards will come.

Source: UEFA

FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup 2014 – Group Stage (Matches 17-24)

12 August 2014
Brazil – Germany
Referee: Carol Anne Chenard (CAN, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Marie Charbonneau (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Suzanne Morisset (CAN)
Fourth Official: Michelle Pye (CAN)
Referee Observer: Jacqueline Leleu (AUS) 

USA – China
Referee: Katalin Kulcsar (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Lucie Ratajova (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Chrysoula Kourompylia (GRE)
Fourth Official: Therese Sagno (GUI)
Referee Observer: Michal Listkiewicz (POL) 

Canada – Korea DPR
Referee: Esther Staubli (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Ella De Vries (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Anna Nystrom (SWE)
Fourth Official: Finau Vulivuli (FIJ)
Referee Observer: Jacqueline Leleu (AUS) 

Ghana – Finland
Referee: Salome Di Iorio (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Mariana Corbo (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Maria Rocco (ARG)
Fourth Official: Sachiko Yamagishi (JPN)
Referee Observer: Michal Listkiewicz (POL) 

13 August 2014
Paraguay – France
Referee: Margaret Domka (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Veronica Perez (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Marlene Duffy (USA)
Fourth Official: Therese Neguel (CMR)
Referee Observer: Lee Harmon (COK) 

Costa Rica – New Zealand
Referee: Kirsi Heikkinen (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Tonja Paavola (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Anu Jokela (FIN)
Fourth Official: Hyang Ri (PRK)

Referee Observer: Carlos Alarcon (PAR) 

Nigeria – England
Referee: Liang Qin (CHN)
Assistant Referee 1: Yan Fang (CHN)
Assistant Referee 2: Jianping Liang (CHN)
Fourth Official: Yeimy Martinez (COL)
Referee Observer: Lee Harmon (COK) 

Korea – Mexico
Referee: Kateryna Monzul (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Sian Massey (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Natalie Aspinall (ENG)
Fourth Official: Bibiana Steinhaus (GER)
Referee Observer: Carlos Alarcon (PAR)