UEFA Super Cup 2017: Rocchi (ITA)

Italian referee Gianluca Rocchi has been appointed to take charge of the 2017 UEFA Super Cup between Real Madrid and Manchester United, which will be played at the National Arena Filip II in Skopje on 8 August. The 43-year-old from Florence will be accompanied by five compatriots: assistant referees Elenito Di Liberatore and Mauro Tonolini, additional assistant referees Davide Massa and Massimiliano Irrati, and reserve official Riccardo Di Fiore. France's Clement Turpin will act as the fourth official. An international referee since 2008, Rocchi has taken charge of 72 UEFA matches. He officiated at nine European club competition matches in 2016/17, including the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg between Leicester City and Club Atlético de Madrid, and the second leg in the round of 16 between AS Monaco and Manchester City. Last season he also handled the UEFA Europa League semi-final first leg between AFC Ajax and Olympique Lyonnais and was the fourth official at May's UEFA Europa League final in Stockholm. (Source: UEFA)


8 August 2017
Real Madrid – Manchester United
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Additional AR1: Davide Massa (ITA)
Additional AR2: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)
Fourth Official: Clement Turpin (FRA)
Reserve AR: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)

UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 – Group Stage (Matches 9-12)

20 July 2017
Norway – Belgium
Referee: Monika Mularczyk (POL, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Anna Gorska (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Michelle O'Neill (IRL)
Fourth Official: Lina Lehtovaara (FIN)
Referee Observer: Dagmar Damkova (CZE)

Netherlands – Denmark
Referee: Riem Hussein (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Christina Biehl (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Chrysoula Kourompylia (GRE)
Fourth Official: Carina Vitulano (ITA)
Referee Observer: Bo Karlsson (SWE)

21 July 2017
Sweden – Russia
Referee: Stephanie Frappart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Manuela Nicolosi (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Angela Kyriakou (CYP)
Fourth Official: Lorraine Clark (SCO)
Referee Observer: Regina Konink-Belksma (NED)

Germany – Italy
Referee: Kateryna Monzul (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Maryna Striletska (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Oleksandra Ardasheva (UKR)
Fourth Official: Lina Lehtovaara (FIN)
Referee Observer: Caroline De Boeck (BEL)

CONCACAF Gold Cup 2017 – Quarter-finals

19 July 2017
USA – El Salvador
Referee: Drew Fischer (CAN, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Marcos Quintero (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Ainsley Rochard (TRI)
Fourth Official: Fernando Guerrero (MEX)

Costa Rica – Panama
Referee: Oscar Moncada (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: Hermenerito Leal (GUA)
Assistant Referee 2: Melvyn Cruz (HON) 

Fourth Official: Melvin Matamoros (HON)

20 July 2017
Jamaica – Canada
Referee: Ricardo Montero (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Mora (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2:
Fourth Official:

Mexico – Honduras
Referee: Walter Lopez (GUA)
Assistant Referee 1: Gerson Lopez (GUA)
Assistant Referee 2:
Fourth Official:

UEFA Europa League – Second Qualifying Round (Second Leg)

20 July 2017

Galatasaray – Östersunds
Referee: Bastian Dankert (GER, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Mike Pickel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Rene  Rohde (GER)
Fourth Official: Robert Kampka (GER)
Referee Observer: Alain Hamer (LUX)

Lyngby BK – Slovan Bratislava
Referee: Vilhjálmur Thórarinsson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 1:  Gylfi Sigurdsson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 2: Bryngeir Valdimarsson (ISL)
Fourth Official: Thóroddur Hjaltalín (ISL)
Referee Observer: David Malcolm (NIR)

Dinamo Minsk – FK Rabotnicki
Referee: Nicolas Rainville (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Guillaume Debart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Philippe Jeanne (FRA)
Fourth Official: Johan Hamel (FRA)
Referee Observer: Brian Lawlor (WAL)

HJK Helsinki – FK Škendija
Referee: Gunnar Jónsson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 1: Birkir Sigurðarson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 2: Andri Vigfússon (ISL)
Fourth Official: Ívar Kristjánsson (ISL)
Referee Observer: Vencel Tóth (HUN)

Sūduva – Liepāja
Referee: Laurent Kopriwa (LUX)
Assistant Referee 1: David Santos (LUX)
Assistant Referee 2: Claude Ries (LUX)
Fourth Official: Christophe Martins (LUX)
Referee Observer: Zoran Petrović (SRB)

FK Trakai – IFK Norrköping
Referee: Dennis Highler (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Dave Goossens (NED)
Assistant Referee 2:  Jan de Vries (NED)
Fourth Official: Martin van den Kerkhof (NED)
Referee Observer: Ioannis Tsachilidis (GRE)

VPS Vaasa – Brøndby IF
Referee: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Giulio Dobosz (ITA)
Fourth Official: Maurizio Mariani (ITA)
Referee Observer: Gevorg Hovhannisyan (ARM)

Mladá Boleslav – Shamrock Rovers
Referee:  Giorgi Kruashvili (GEO)
Assistant Referee 1: Davit Chigogidze (GEO)
Assistant Referee 2: Levan Todria (GEO)
Fourth Official: Lasha Silagava (GEO)
Referee Observer: Muharrem Aksoy (TUR)

Dinamo Brest – SCR Altach
Referee: Keith Kennedy (NIR)
Assistant Referee 1: Gareth Eakin (NIR)
Assistant Referee 2: Stephen Donaldson (NIR)
Fourth Official: Evan Boyce (NIR)
Referee Observer: Jari Maisonlahti (FIN)

Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv – AS Trenčín
Referee: Tomasz Musiał (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Radoslaw Siejka (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Jakub Slusarski (POL)
Fourth Official: Tomasz Kwiatkowski (POL)
Referee Observer: Igor Pristovnik (CRO)

Midtjylland – Ferencváros
Referee: Alper Ulusoy (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Mustafa Eyisoy (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ekrem Kan (TUR)
Fourth Official: Arda Kardeşler (TUR)
Referee Observer: Manuel Mejuto González (ESP)

Odds – Vaduz
Referee: Aleksandar Vasić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Dejan Petrović (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Goran Stanojević (SRB)
Fourth Official: Dejan Santrač (SRB)
Referee Observer: Eyjölfur Ólafsson (ISL)

SK Brann – MFK Ružomberok
Referee: Artyom Kuchin (KAZ)
Assistant Referee 1: Yevgeniy Belskiy (KAZ)
Assistant Referee 2: Anatoliy Khodin (KAZ)
Fourth Official: Denis Izmailov (KAZ)
Referee Observer: Gylfi Orrason (ISL)

Levski Sofia – Hajduk Split
Referee: Ali Palabiyik (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Cem Satman (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Serkan Cimen (TUR)
Fourth Official: Baris Şimşek (TUR)
Referee Observer: Iain Brines (SCO)

PFC Zire – Astra Giurgiu
Referee: Giorgi Vadachkoria (GEO)
Assistant Referee 1: Zaza Menteshashvili (GEO)
Assistant Referee 2: Giorgi Elikashvili (GEO)
Fourth Official: Goga Kikacheishvili (GEO)
Referee Observer: Sergey Zuev (RUS)

AEK Larnaca – Cork City FC
Referee: Pavle Radovanović (MNE)
Assistant Referee 1: Veselin Radunović (MNE)
Assistant Referee 2: Nikola Radulović (MNE)
Fourth Official: Miloš Novović (MNE)
Referee Observer: Shmuel Shteif (ISR)

AIK – Željezničar
Referee: Georgios Kominis (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Christos Akrivos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Ioannis Sipkas (GRE)
Fourth Official: Dimitrios Karantonis (GRE)
Referee Observer: Albano Janku (ALB)

Zaria Balti – Apollon Limassol
Referee: Alexandre Boucaut (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Laurent Conotte (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Florian Lemaire (BEL)
Fourth Official: Nathan Verboomen (BEL)
Referee Observer: Michael Riley (ENG)

Fola Esch – İnter Baku PİK
Referee: Donatas Rumsas (LTU)
Assistant Referee 1: Aleksandr Radius (LTU)
Assistant Referee 2: Vladimir Gerasimov (LTU)
Fourth Official: Robertas Smitas (LTU)
Referee Observer: Vasily Melnychuk (UKR)

Utrecht – Valletta
Referee: Ian McNabb (NIR)
Assistant Referee 1: Stephen Bell (NIR)
Assistant Referee 2: Georgios Argyropoulos (NIR)
Fourth Official: Steven Taylor (NIR)
Referee Observer: Joeri van De Velde (BEL)

Botev Plovdiv – Beitar Jerusalem
Referee: Kirill Levnikov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Viacheslav Semenov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Dmitri Mosiakin (RUS)
Fourth Official: Vladimir Moskalev (RUS)
Referee Observer: Paulius Malzinskas (LTU)

FC Luzern – NK Osijek
Referee: Martin Lundby (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Reidar Gundersen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Jon-Michael Knutsen (NOR)
Fourth Official: Trygve Kjensli (NOR)
Referee Observer: Murat Ilgaz (TUR)

NK Domžale – Valur Reykjavík
Referee: Dimitar Meckarovski (MKD)
Assistant Referee 1: Dejan Nedelkoski (MKD)
Assistant Referee 2: Goce Petreski (MKD)
Fourth Official: Konstantin Vlaho (MKD)
Referee Observer: Karel Bohunek (CZE)

AEL Limassol – Progrès Niederkorn
Referee: Frank Schneider (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Julien Pacelli (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Djemel Zitouni (FRA)
Fourth Official: Jérôme Brisard (FRA)
Referee Observer: Juan Fernández Marín ESP)

Lech Poznań – FK Haugesund
Referee: Alexander Harkam (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Andreas Witschnigg (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Robert Steinacher (AUT)
Fourth Official: Gerhard Grobelnik (AUT)
Referee Observer: Costas Kapitanis (CYP)

KF Skënderbeu – Kairat Almaty
Referee: Jens Maae (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Henrik Larsen (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Elvis Boric (DEN)
Fourth Official: Jørgen Daugbjerg (DEN)
Referee Observer: Tomasz Mikulski (POL)

Mladost Podgorica – Sturm Graz
Referee: Nikola Popov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 1: Georgi Todorov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2: Martin Venev (BUL)
Fourth Official: Stefan Apostolov (BUL)
Referee Observer: Marcin Borski (POL)

Crvena Zvezda – Irtysh Pavlodar
Referee: Fedayi San (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Stéphane De Almeida (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Carmine Sangiovanni (SUI)
Fourth Official: Sascha Amhof (SUI)
Referee Observer: Robert Sedlacek (AUT)

Jagiellonia Białystok – Qabala FK
Referee: Sebastian Colţescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Radu Ghinguleac (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Vladimir Urzica (ROU)
Fourth Official: George Gaman (ROU)
Referee Observer: Goran Mihaljević (MNE)

Široki Brijeg – Aberdeen FC
Referee: Michael Tykgaard (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Lars Rix (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Lars Hummelgaard (DEN)
Fourth Official: Dennis Mogensen (DEN)
Referee Observer: Miroslav Liba (CZE)

Gorica – Panionios
Referee: Anatoliy Abdula (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Igor Al'okhin (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Viktor Matyash (UKR)
Fourth Official: Mykola Kryvonosov (UKR)
Referee Observer: Draženko Kovačić (CRO)

Videoton FC – Nõmme Kalju
Referee: Mario Zebec (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Borut Križarić (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Jerko Crnčić (CRO)
Fourth Official: Bruno Marić (CRO)
Referee Observer: Michel Piraux (BEL)

KR Reykjavik – Maccabi Tel Aviv
Referee: Ivaylo Stoyanov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 1: Veselin Dobriyanov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2: Ivo Kolev (BUL)
Fourth Official: Nikolay Yordanov (BUL)
Referee Observer: Kjell Alseth (NOR)

Egyptian FA spend £10,000 on Collum to referee Cairo derby

William Collum will referee the explosive Cairo derby after being jetted in by the Egyptian FA at a cost of £10,000. He will take charge of the powderkeg fixture between Al-Ahly and Zamalek, which is being played 125 miles away from the capital at the Borg El Arab Stadium near Alexandra in Egypt. And the SFA referee has been flown in for the occasion, along with assistant referee Frank Connor, at the request of the Egyptian FA. The Derby is so volatile that the Egyptians often import foreign refs so there can be no allegations of favouritism to any of the teams. Collum will be the third Scottish ref to take charge of this game. Former refs Hugh Dallas and Kenny Clark both officiated at the fixture this century and both reported it to be a stormy affair.
Collum and Connor arrived in Cairo to huge media interest, with the local Egyptian press gleefully pointing out Collum's previous errors, which led to him being rested from Scottish Premiership games last year. But he recovered to enjoy a flawless display at Euro 2016 where he took charge of France's 2-0 win over Albania and Turkey's 2-0 victory over Czech Republic. It will cost the local FA a five figure sum to fly the Scots over to Africa, with accommodation and expenses. Egyptian FA referees committee chief Essam Abdel Fattah personally chose Collum to officiate. But at least Collum can expect very little abuse from punters. Fans have been banned in the Egyptian League after a 2012 riot in Port Said that saw 70 supporters of Al-Ahly killed. Only a tiny restricted number are allowed - around 200 each from both clubs will be in attendance at the cavernous 85,000-capacity stadium. And the 38-year-old will be firmly in the spotlight for the 157th meeting between the teams.

Source: Daily Record

UEFA Champions League – Second Qualifying Round (Second Leg)

18-19 July 2017

FC København – MŠK Žilina
Referee: Jonathan Lardot (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Frédéric Godelaine (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Vito Di Vincenzo (BEL)
Fourth Official: Christof Dierick (BEL)
Referee Observer: Matteo Trefoloni (ITA)

FC Astana – Spartaks Jurmala
Referee: Charalampos Kalogeropoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Tryfon Petropoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Alexandros Grevenis (GRE)
Fourth Official: Praxitelis Zachariadis (GRE)
Referee Observer: Elmir Pilav (BIH)

Vardar – Malmö
Referee: Anatolii Zhabchenko (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Oleksandr Voytyuk (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Sergii Bekker (UKR)
Fourth Official: Oleksandr Derdo (UKR)
Referee Observer: Nuno Castro (POR)

Alashkert – Bate Borisov

Referee: Peter Kralovic (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Miroslav Benko (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Erik Weiss (SVK)
Fourth Official: Pavel Suniar (SVK)
Referee Observer: Uno Tutk (EST)

Samtredia – Qarabağ
Referee: Srdjan Jovanović (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Uroš Stojković (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Milan Mihajlović (SRB)
Fourth Official: Marko Popović (SRB)
Referee Observer: László Vagner (HUN)

Víkingur Gøta – FH Hafnarfjörður
Referee: Ville Nevalainen (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan-Peter Aravirta (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Mika Lamppu (FIN)
Fourth Official: Dennis Antamo (FIN)
Referee Observer: Ichko Lozev (BUL)

The New Saints – HNK Rijeka
Referee: Georgi Kabakov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Margaritov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2: Georgi Doynov (BUL)
Fourth Official: Stanislav Todorov (BUL)
Referee Observer: Markus Nobs (SUI)

Budućnost Podgorica – FK Partizan 

Referee: Roi Reinshreiber (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Amihay Mozes (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: David Morhaim (ISR)
Fourth Official: Gal Leibovitz (ISR)
Referee Observer: Luciano Luci (ITA)

F91 Dudelange – Apoel FC
Referee: Nikola Dabanović (MNE)
Assistant Referee 1: Jovica Tatar (MNE)
Assistant Referee 2: Dragan Vujović (MNE)
Fourth Official: Miloš Bošković (MNE)
Referee Observer: Zbigniew Przesmycki (POL)

Rosenborg – Dundalk
Referee: Aliyar Aghayev (AZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Zeynal Zeynalov (AZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Rza Mammadov (AZE)
Fourth Official: Orkhan Mammadov (AZE)
Referee Observer: Peter Jones (ENG)

Kukësi – Sheriff
Referee: Irfan Peljto (BIH)
Assistant Referee 1: Davor Beljo (BIH)
Assistant Referee 2: Amer Macić (BIH)
Fourth Official: Haris Kaljanac (BIH)
Observer: Kristinn Jakobsson (ISL)

Ludogorets – Žalgiris Vilnius
Referee: Mads-Kristoffer Kristoffersen (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Henrik Sønderby (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Dennis Rasmussen (DEN)
Fourth Official: Anders Poulsen (DEN)
Referee Observer: Haim Jakov (ISR)

NK Maribor – HŠK Zrinjski
Referee: Ola Hobber Nilsen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Tom Harald Grønevik (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Geir-Oskar Isaksen (NOR)
Fourth Official: Kai Erik Steen (NOR)
Referee Observer: Jan Wegereef (NED)

Salzburg – Hibernians
Referee: Sergey Lapochkin (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Aleksei Lebedev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksandr Kudriavtsev (RUS)
Fourth Official: Evgeny Turbin (RUS)
Referee Observer: John Fleming (SCO)

Legia Warszawa – IFK Mariehamn
Referee: Tiago Lopes (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Luis Ferreira (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Rui Martins (POR)
Fourth Official: Bruno Paixão (POR)
Referee Observer: Carmel Agius (MLT)

Celtic – Linfield
Referee: Stephan Klossner (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Remy Zgraggen (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Efe Kurnazca (SUI)
Fourth Official: Urs Schnyder (SUI)
Referee Observer: Michael Argyrou (CYP)

Budapest Honvéd – Hapoel Beer Sheva
Referee: Davide Massa (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Andrea Crispo (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Alberto Tegoni (ITA)
Fourth Official: Claudio Gavillucci (ITA)
Referee Observer: Alexandru Deaconu (ROU)

UEFA Women’s Euro 2017 – Group Stage (Matches 1-8)

16 July 2017
Netherlands – Norway
Referee Stephanie Frappart (FRA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Manuela Nicolosi (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Angela Kyriakou (CYP)
Fourth Official: Anastasia Pustovoitova (RUS)
Referee Observer: Bo Karlsson (SWE)

Denmark – Belgium
Referee Kateryna Monzul (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Maryna Striletska (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Oleksandra Ardasheva (UKR)
Fourth Official: Lorraine Clark (SCO) 

Referee Observer: Dagmar Damkova (CZE)

17 July 2017
Italy – Russia
Referee: Jana Adamkova (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Lucie Ratajova (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Maria Sukenikova (SVK)
Fourth Official: Riem Hussein (GER)
Referee Observer: Regina Konink-Belksma (NED)

Germany – Sweden
Referee: Katalin Kulcsar (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Judit Kulcsar (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Juliette Bakker (NED)
Fourth Official: Lina Lehtovaara (FIN)
Referee Observer: Caroline De Boeck (BEL)

18 July 2017
Austria – Switzerland
Referee: Bibiana Steinhaus (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Katrin Rafalski (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Sian Massey (ENG)
Fourth Official: Lorraine Clark (SCO)
Referee Observer: Bo Karlsson (SWE)

France – Iceland
Referee: Carina Vitulano (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Lucia Abruzzese (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Svetlana Bilic (SRB)
Fourth Official: Kateryna Monzul (UKR) 

Referee Observer: Dagmar Damkova (CZE)

19 July 2017
Spain – Portugal
Referee: Pernilla Larsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Petruta Iugulescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Mihaela Gomoescu (ROU)
Fourth Official: Katalin Kulcsar (HUN)
Referee Observer: Caroline De Boeck (BEL)

England – Scotland
Referee: Esther Staubli (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Belinda Brem (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Sanja Rodjak (CRO)
Fourth Official: Jana Adamkova (CZE)
Referee Observer: Regina Konink-Belksma (NED)

CONCACAF Gold Cup 2017 – Group Stage (Matches 13-18)

14 July 2017
Costa Rica – French Guyana
Referee: Cesar Ramos (MEX, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Marvin Torrentera (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Miguel Hernandez (MEX)
Fourth Official: Fernando Guerrero (MEX)

Canada – Honduras
Referee: Joel Aguilar (SLV)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Zumba (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: William Torres (SLV) 

Fourth Official: Daneion Parchment (JAM)

15 July 2017
Panama – Martinique
Referee: Roberto Garcia (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Jose Camargo (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Alberto Morin (MEX)
Fourth Official: Yadel Martinez (CUB)

Nicaragua – USA
Referee: Melvin Matamoros (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: Christian Ramirez (HON)
Assistant Referee 2: Ainsley Rochard (TRI)
Fourth Official: Oscar Moncada (HON)

16 July 2017
Jamaica – El Salvador
Referee: Jair Marrufo (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Frank Anderson (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Corey Rockwell (USA)
Fourth Official: Henry Bejarano (CRC)

Curacao – Mexico
Referee: Kimbell Ward (SKN)
Assistant Referee 1: Graeme Browne (SKN)
Assistant Referee 2: Joseph Betrand (TRI)
Fourth Official: John Pitti (PAN)

UEFA U-19 Euro Final 2017: Jovanovic (SRB)

Having been appointed to take charge of the UEFA European Under-19 Championship final between Portugal and England in Gori on Saturday evening, Serbian referee Srdjan Jovanović has a clear ambition for the biggest match of his career to date – that the referees' team go unnoticed. "The most important thing for a referee is that no one talks about us," said the 31-year-old from Belgrade, who will be accompanied by assistant referees Thibaud Nijssen (Belgium) and Yury Khomchanka (Belarus), and fourth official Ola Hobber Nilsen (Norway). "I hope no one will speak about us, and that people will talk about good football." At the U19 finals, Jovanović has already taken charge of the group matches between hosts Georgia and Sweden, and Bulgaria and the Netherlands, and has relished the experience. "This tournament is amazingly organised by Georgia; I'm very proud to be a part of it," he told UEFA.com. "It feels like a EURO for the senior teams – everything is similar. We have all the information and everything we need from UEFA without asking for it; the feedback and analysis from the referee observers is particularly useful, as it helps you improve with every game." A key benefit is the opportunity to work with colleagues from across Europe, and oversee matches involving different countries. "It's very important for every referee to share knowledge so that we can all improve," Jovanović explained. "It's really good to learn from referees from Italy, Denmark, Norway, and for me to share my experiences with them." Having started his refereeing career back in 2002, Jovanović has come a long way, earning his international badge two years ago. He is keen to pay tribute to the role of one high-profile Serbian referee in particular. "I've learned a lot from Milorad Mažić, who's helped me very much in my career, particularly when I became a FIFA referee. He gives me advice, which is very useful to me; Milorad is a great professional. He's one of the best in the world at movement and body language, style of running – that's also important to refereeing, it's not just about decisions – and, of course, concentration, management of players, management of free kicks. He helps me with everything that is important to a referee." Jovanović now has the opportunity to put those lessons into practice at a major European occasion on Saturday. "This is my biggest success in my career so far, I'm very proud," he said. "It's a big step for me, the biggest I could take at this moment. I'm just 31, and it's a big opportunity for me, and I hope to do the best that I can. It's a huge match for the tournament, but it's also really important that there is not too much pressure. I'll prepare like I do for every match; we'll study the teams and prepare to be the best and enjoy the occasion – that's really very important for us". (Source: UEFA)


15 July 2017
Portugal – England
Referee: Srdjan Jovanovic (SRB, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Thibaud Nijssen (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Yury Khomchenko (BLR)
Fourth Official: Ola Hobber Nilsen (NOR)
Referee Observer: Levan Paniashvili (GEO)

UEFA Europa League – Second Qualifying Round (First Leg)

12-13 July 2017

Progrès Niederkorn – AEL Limassol
Referee: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Fabiano Preti (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Filippo Valeriani (ITA)
Fourth Official: Luca Pairetto (ITA)
Referee Observer: Georgios Bikas (GRE)

İnter Baku – Fola Esch
Referee: Eitan Shmuelevitz (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Sagy Metzamber ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Nissan Davidy (ISR)
Fourth Official: Daniel Natan (ISR)
Referee Observer: Oguz Sarvan (TUR)

Irtysh Pavlodar – Crvena Zvezda
Referee: Marius Avram (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Valentin Avram (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Cristian Orbuleț (ROU)
Fourth Official: István Kovács (ROU)
Referee Observer: René Temmink (NED)

Kairat Almaty – KS Skënderbeu
Referee: Leontios Trattou (CYP)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Soteriou (CYP)
Assistant Referee 2: Athinodoros Ioannou (CYP)
Fourth Official: Avraam Tsoukas (CYP)
Referee Observer: Vadims Direktorenko (LVA)

Maccabi Tel Aviv – KR Reykjavik
Referee: Anastasios Papapetrou (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Ioannis Toumpakaris (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Ilias Alexeas (GRE)
Fourth Official: Aggelos Evangelou (GRE)
Referee Observer: Drago Kos (SVN)

KF Škendija – HJK Helsinki
Referee: Markus Hameter (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1:  Roland Rieder (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Christian Rigler (AUT)
Fourth Official: Rene Eisner (AUT)
Referee Observer: Nikolai Levnikov (RUS)

MFK Ružomberok – SK Brann
Referee:  Kevin Clancy (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: David McGeachie (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Jordan Stokoe (SCO)
Fourth Official: Robert Madden (SCO)
Referee Observer: Lassin Isaksen (FRO)



FK Rabotnicki – Dinamo Minsk
Referee: Arnold Hunter (NIR)
Assistant Referee 1: Richard Storey (NIR)
Assistant Referee 2: David Anderson (NIR)
Fourth Official: Lee Philip Tavinder (NIR)
Referee Observer: Petteri Kari (FIN)

Nõmme Kalju – Videoton FC
Referee: Joao Capela (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Ricardo Ferreira (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Sergio Teixeira (POR)
Fourth Official: Luís Godinho (POR)
Referee Observer: Luc Wilmes (LUX)

SCR Altach – Dinamo Brest
Referee:  Luca Barbeno (SMR)
Assistant Referee 1: Francesco Lunardon (SMR)
Assistant Referee 2: Salvatore Tuttifrutti (SMR)
Fourth Official: Raffaele Delvecchio (SMR)
Referee Observer: Emil Bozhinovski (MKD)

Brøndby IF – VPS Vaasa
Referee:  Bart Vertenten (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1:  Rien Vanyzere (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2:  Yves De Neve (BEL)
Fourth Official: Bram Van Driessche (BEL)
Referee Observer: Raymond Ellingham (WAL)

Liepāja – Sūduva
Referee: Erez Papir (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Dvir Shimon (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Igor Shilnikov (ISR)
Fourth Official: Yigal Frid (ISR)
Referee Observer: Bernardino González Vázquez (ESP)

Beitar Jerusalem – Botev Plovdiv
Referee: Bartosz Frankowski (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Marcin Boniek (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Jakub Winkler (POL)
Fourth Official: Krzysztof Jakubik (POL)
Referee Observer: Dušan Krchňák (SVK)

FC Vaduz – Odds BK
Referee: Antti Munukka (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jukka Honkanen (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Mikko Alakare (FIN)
Fourth Official: Marko Grönholm (FIN)
Referee Observer: Ferenc Székely (HUN)

Östersunds – Galatasaray
Referee: Juan Martínez Munuera (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Diego Barbero Sevilla (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: César Noval Font (ESP)
Fourth Official: Mario Melero López (ESP)
Referee Observer: Guy Goethals (BEL)

FK Qabala – Jagiellonia Białystok
Referee: Marco Fritz (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Holger Henschel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcel Pelgrim (GER)
Fourth Official: Guido Winkmann (GER)
Referee Observer: Erol Ersoy (TUR)

FK Haugesund – Lech Poznań
Referee: Alain Bieri (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1:  Alain Heiniger (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Christopher Chaillet (SUI)
Fourth Official: Stephan Klossner (SUI)
Referee Observer: Antonio Almeida Costa (POR)

Apollon Limassol – Zaria Balti
Referee: Ádam Farkas (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: István Albert (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Balázs Szert (HUN)
Fourth Official: Péter Solymosi (HUN)
Referee Observer: Vladimir Medved (SVK)

Valletta – Utrecht
Referee: Ognjen Valjić (BIH)
Assistant Referee 1: Senad Ibrišimbegović (BIH)
Assistant Referee 2: Sreten Udovičić (BIH)
Fourth Official: Admir Šehović (BIH)
Referee Observer: Michael Ross (NIR)

Astra Giurgiu – PFC Zire
Referee: Siarhei Tsynkevich (BLR)
Assistant Referee 1: Yauheni Ramanau (BLR)
Assistant Referee 2: Vitali Maliutsin (BLR)
Fourth Official: Viktar Shymusik (BLR)
Referee Observer: Jiri Ulrich (CZE)

IFK Norrköping – FK Trakai
Referee: Amaury Delerue (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Bertrand Jouannaud (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Michael Annonier (FRA)
Fourth Official: Olivier Thual FRA)
Referee Observer: Vítor Melo Pereira (POR)

Slovan Bratislava – Lyngby
Referee: Nenad Djokić (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Nemanja Petrović (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Vladimir Jovanović (SRB)
Fourth Official: Zoran Široki (SRB)
Referee Observer: Neale Barry (ENG)

AS Trenčín – Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv
Referee: José Sánchez Martínez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Raúl Cabañero Martínez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: José Gallego García (ESP)
Fourth Official: Santiago Jaime Latre (ESP)
Referee Observer: Sándor Piller (HUN)

Sturm Graz – Mladost Podgorica
Referee: Mattias Gestranius (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan-Peter Aravirta (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Ville Koskiniemi (FIN)
Fourth Official: Dennis Antamo (FIN)
Referee Observer: Rune Pedersen (NOR)

Hajduk Split – Levski Sofia
Referee: Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Gustavsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Fredrik Klyver (SWE)
Fourth Official: Glenn Nyberg (SWE)
Referee Observer: Alexei Spirin (RUS)

NK Osijek – FC Luzern
Referee: Marco Guida (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Matteo Passeri (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Ciro Carbone (ITA)
Fourth Official: Fabio Maresca (ITA)
Referee Observer: Fritz Stuchlik (AUT)

Aberdeen FC – Široki Brijeg
Referee: Erik Lambrechts (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Karel De Rocker (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2:  Jo De Weirdt (BEL)
Fourth Official: Frederik Geldhof (BEL)
Referee Observer: Edgar Steinborn (GER)

Cork City – AEK Larnaca
Referee: François Letexier (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Cyril Mugnier (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Philippe Jeanne (FRA)
Fourth Official: Karim Abed (FRA)
Referee Observer: Robert Malek (POL)

Željezničar – AIK
Referee: Adrien Jaccottet (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Vital Jobin (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan Köbeli (SUI)
Fourth Official: Lionel Tschudi (SUI)
Referee Observer: Are Habicht (ISR)

Ferencvárosi – Midtjylland
Referee: Sandro Schärer (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Sladan Josipovic (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Bekim Zogaj (SUI)
Fourth Official: Fedayi San (SUI)
Referee Observer: Igor Satki (MDA)

Panionios – Gorica
Referee: Hugo Ferreira (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Antonio Godinho (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Nuno Conceição (POR)
Fourth Official: Fábio Veríssimo (POR)
Referee Observer: Sokol Jareci (ALB)

Shamrock Rovers – Mladá Boleslav
Referee: Bojan Pandzic (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Joakim Nilsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Mikael Hallin (SWE)
Fourth Official: Johan Hamlin (SWE)
Referee Observer: Andrejs Sipailo (LVA)

Valur Reykjavík – NK Domžale
Referee: Tore Hansen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Jon-Michael Knutsen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Oystein Ytterland (NOR)
Fourth Official: Espen Eskås (NOR)

Referee Observer: John Ward (IRL)