The UEFA Referee Talent and Mentor program will start a new season by replacing some of the participants who already spent two years in the program. Stuart Attwell (ENG) from the Elite group, Arman Amirkhanyan (ARM), Artyom Kuchin (KAZ), Alan Black (NIR), Milorad Mazic (SRB) and Tom Harald Hagen (NOR) from the Talent group have already completed two years and graduated. They are being replaced by Vadims Direktorenko (LVA), Alan Sant (MLT), Szymon Marciniak (POL) and Ivan Kruziliak (SVK). The other referees, who were included by UEFA in the Talent and Mentor program last year, will continue for one more season: Clement Turpin (FRA), Antti Munukka (FIN), Gediminas Mazeika (LTU), Anar Salmanov (AZE), Stanislav Todorov (BUL), Liran Liany (ISR), Matej Jug (SVN).
UEFA Referee Talent and Mentor 2012-2013
Elite Talent Group Referee: Clement Turpin (FRA, photo)
Talent Group R: Antti Munukka (FIN); AR: Jan Peter Aravirta (FIN)
R: Gediminas Mazeika (LTU); AR: Vytautas Simkus (LTU)
R: Anar Salmanov (AZE); AR: Mehman Mahmudov (AZE)
R: Stanislav Todorov (BUL); AR: Ivo Kolev (BUL)
R: Vadims Direktorenko (LVA); AR: Haralds Gudermanis (LVA)
R: Alan Sant (MLT); AR: Edward Spiteri (MLT)
R: Liran Liany (ISR); AR: David Biton (ISR)
R: Matej Jug (SVN); AR: Gregor Rojko (SVN)
R: Szymon Marciniak (POL); AR: Pawel Sokolnicki (POL)
R: Ivan Kruziliak (SVK); AR: Tomas Somolani (SVK)
UEFA Referee Mentors: Luis Medina Cantalejo (ESP), Peter Jones (ENG), Konrad Plautz (AUT), Jorn West Larsen (DEN), Peter Frojdfeldt (SWE), Alan Snoddy (NIR).
The program started in 2008 and among the graduates from the Elite group were Nicola Rizzoli (ITA), Felix Brych (GER), Martin Atkinson (ENG), Gianluca Rocchi (ITA), Manuel Grafe (GER), Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP) and Paolo Tagliavento (ITA), while Cuneyt Cakir (TUR), Robert Schorgenhofer (AUT), Ovidiu Hategan (ROU) emerged from the Talent group.