Concacaf Gold Cup Final 2021: Martinez (HON)

1 August 2021

USA – Mexico
Referee: Said Martinez (HON, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Walter Lopez (HON)
Assistant Referee 2: Henri Pupiro (NCA)
Fourth Official: Mario Escobar (GUA)
VAR: Drew Fischer (CAN)
AVAR: Tatiana Guzman (NCA)

Olympic Games 2020 (Men) – Quarter-finals

31 July 2021

Spain – Cote d’Ivoire
Referee: Jesus Valenzuela (VEN, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Tulio Moreno (VEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Lubin Torrealba (VEN)
Fourth Official: Leodan Gonzalez (URU)
VAR: Nicolas Gallo (COL)
AVAR: Erick Miranda (MEX)

Japan – New Zealand
Referee: Ismail Elfath (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Corey Parker (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Kyle Atkins (USA)
Fourth Official: Victor Gomes (RSA)
VAR: Chris Penso (USA)
AVAR: Tiago Martins (POR)

Brazil – Egypt
Referee: Christopher Beath (AUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Anton Shchetinin (AUS)
Assistant Referee 2: George Lakrindis (AUS)
Fourth Official: Adham Makhadmeh (JOR)
VAR: Marco Guida (ITA)
AVAR: Guillermo Cuadra (ESP)

Korea – Mexico
Referee: Orel Grinfeeld (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Roy Hassan (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Idan Yarkoni (ISR)
Fourth Official: Srdjan Jovanovic (SRB)
VAR: Roi Reinshreiber (ISR)
AVAR: Pawel Raczkowski (POL)

Olympic Games 2020 (Women) – Quarter-finals

30 July 2021

Canada – Brazil
Referee: Stephanie Frappart (FRA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Manuela Nicolosi (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Michelle O'Neill (IRL)
Fourth Official: Esther Staubli (SUI)
VAR: Bibiana Steinhaus-Webb (GER)
AVAR: Abdulkadir Bitigen (TUR)

Great Britain – Australia
Referee: Salima Mukansanga (RWA)
Assistant Referee 1: Bernadettar Kwimbira (MWI)
Assistant Referee 2: Mary Njoroge (KEN)
Fourth Official: Edina Alves (BRA)
VAR: Benoit Millot (FRA)
AVAR: Fu Ming (CHN)

Sweden – Japan
Referee: Lucila Venegas (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Mayte Chavez (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Enedina Caudillo (MEX)
Fourth Official: Melissa Borjas (HON)
VAR: Mauro Vigliano (ARG)
AVAR: Andres Cunha (URU)

Netherlands – USA
Referee: Kate Jacewicz (AUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Kim Kyoung Min (KOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Lee Seul Gi (KOR)
Fourth Official: Yoshimi Yamashita (JPN)
VAR: Abdulla Al-Marri (QAT)
AVAR: Muhammad Bin Jahari (SIN)

Kuipers retires: “It doesn't get any better than this”

After an impressive career in which he led no fewer than nine international finals, Björn Kuipers stops refereeing. The 48-year-old referee has come to realize during his holiday that after the European Championship final at the beginning of this month he has experienced everything he has ever dreamed of. There is, therefore, no better time to put an end to it. The match for the Johan Cruyff Super Cup on Saturday, 7 August, between Ajax and PSV will be his very last match. Kuipers already had it in his head before the European Championship. If he would have refereed the final, it would have meant the end of his career - stopping at your peak, as it is so beautifully called. However, that decision turned out not to be as easy as he first thought. "After the European Championship final, I received so many positive reactions and appreciation from all over the world that I started to have doubts. Moreover, I am still fit and enjoy it a lot. I, therefore, decided to think about it during my vacation. There I came to realize that I have been everywhere and experienced everything. It doesn't get any more beautiful than this. There is no better time to stop."
Kuipers cannot stop talking when he is asked about his highlights. In addition to the recent European Championship final, he also refereed the final of the Champions League in 2014 between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid, twice the final of the Europa League (2013 and 2018) and the final of the Confederations Cup in 2013. Still, the UEFA Cup match between Napoli and Benfica in 2008 is the first game that comes to mind. "This was the turning point in my career. The chairman of the referees committee sat in the stands as UEFA observer and I refereed a very good game. I was then awarded the European U-21 Championship final and was promoted to the Elite List. From that moment on, I realized I could reach the absolute top." And it worked. Team Kuipers became a household name all over the world. With the emphasis on the team, because the referee knows better than anyone that he also owes his success to his regular assistants Sander van Roekel and Erwin Zeinstra. "We have worked together very intensively for over 10 years. We had a lot of fun, but we were also excellently able to keep each other on our toes. At the beginning of our collaboration, I always had a chat before we went out on the field, but that was no longer necessary in recent years. Everyone knew exactly what was required of him. We trusted each other blindly, but also dared to tell each other the truth. That has been the basis of our success."
Digging into his memory also comes to mind when UEFA referee boss Pierluigi Collina called him to preside over the 2018 Europa League final between Olympique Marseille and Atletico Madrid. "Are you ready for another match?" he asked while I was already preparing for the World Cup during my holiday. I was amazed that he asked me, because I had already refereed the Europa League final five years earlier. "Basically, you don't get a match like that twice. They wanted a pair of safe hands for this game. And that's why they came to me. The fact that they made an exception was a huge compliment." He also received nice words from FIFA boss Gianni Infantino this month after the European Championship final: "Number one referee, you've changed football, he said to me. He was referring to the decision three years ago to do the VAR trial match between Italy and France completely online, i.e. with direct communication between the video assistant and the referee. That was not FIFA's plan in the first place. But because I said that we, as KNVB, were ready for it, they changed it." After returning from the European Championship final in London, Kuipers and his team received a hero's welcome at Schiphol. Federal chairman Just Spee distinguished the three as national knight. "That was a nice surprise that I'm proud of."
However, the match itself in particular causes goosebumps on Kuipers' arms. "The most beautiful moment was the national anthems. I looked around and saw a full stadium singing along with full blast. And I knew that my family, including my children, was also in the stands", said Kuipers. The European Championship final will be etched in his memory forever. "Of course, it was a fantastic atmosphere and a unique duel, but I am also very happy that we did well. It was a worthy international farewell to me as a referee." Kuipers also remembers a less pleasant experience. "We had to go home from the 2014 World Cup, because the Netherlands came in the last four. In the end, both the Orange and us were not on the field during the final. That was a huge disappointment."
Despite all the international successes, Kuipers also had to whistle his matches in the Netherlands every week. And so, it could happen that a few days after a Champions League match, he refereed in significantly smaller stadiums. "Of course, the experience in the run-up to such a duel is different. But once we went on the field, we were just as sharp. Because of our reputation, everyone expected a good performance from us. The urge to always be on top and not to give up was precisely one of my motivations as a referee." During his early years, however, Kuipers sometimes had doubts. "I really struggled in my first three matches in the Erste Divisie. Even after that I had sometimes not so good matches. But, luckily, people around me have always kicked me in the butt on time. They made me realize that I referee a lot of good matches in a year and that I should not be guided by those few times that things go a little less than expected. I owe the KNVB and especially my coach Jaap Uilenberg a lot of thanks for always having faith in me. I'm actually grateful to a lot of people who have supported me." A strange period is now beginning for Kuipers. "The refereeing has had a significant impact on my life and certainly also on my family. I have had to constantly consider the matches and the training schedule. It will take some time getting used to the fact that this is no longer necessary. However, I do not expect my agenda to be empty any time soon, since I am an entrepreneur and have, among other things, two supermarkets. In addition, I want to be involved in refereeing. It would be a shame if I did not do anything with it. I would like to remain involved. For the time being, however, I am still reminiscing because they were wonderful years."

Source: KNVB

Concacaf Gold Cup 2021 – Semi-finals

29 July 2021

USA – Qatar
Referee: Juan Calderon (CRC, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Mora (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Djibril Camara (SEN)
Fourth Official: Selvin Brown (HON)
VAR: Bakary Gassama (GAM)
AVAR: Arturo Cruz (MEX)

Mexico – Canada
Referee: Daneon Parchment (JAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Caleb Wales (TRI)
Assistant Referee 2: Jassett Kerr (JAM)
Fourth Official: Oshane Nation (JAM)
VAR: Allen Chapman (USA)
AVAR: Armando Villarreal (USA)

UEFA Champions League 2021/2022 – Second Qualifying Round (Second Leg)

27-28 July 2021

Omonia FC – GNK Dinamo
Referee: Glenn Nyberg (SWE, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Mahbod Beigi (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Andreas Söderkvist (SWE)
Fourth Official: Adam Ladebäck (SWE)
Referee Observer: Vítor Melo Pereira (POR)

Flora Tallinn – Legia Warszawa
Referee: Anastasios Papapetrou (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Trýfon Petrópoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Iordánis Aptósoglou (GRE)
Fourth Official: Evángelos Manoúchos (GRE)
Referee Observer: Sergejus Slyva (LTU)

HJK Helsinki – Malmö FF
Referee: Stuart Attwell (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Harry Lennard (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Nick Hopton (ENG)
Fourth Official: Robert Jones (ENG)
Referee Observer: Rune Pedersen (NOR)

Žalgiris Vilnius – Ferencvarosi TC
Referee: Erik Lambrechts (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Rien Vanyzere (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Jo De Weirdt (BEL)
Fourth Official: Wim Smet (BEL)
Referee Observer: Martin Ingvarsson (SWE)

Sheriff Tiraspol – Alashkert FC
Referee: Bojan Pandzic (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Peter Allheim (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Max Wilde (SWE)
Fourth Official: Kaspar Sjöberg (SWE)
Referee Observer: Yuri Baskakov (RUS)

Neftçi PFK – Olympiakós FC
Referee: Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Díaz Pérez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Jon Núñez Fernández (ESP)
Fourth Official: Adrián Cordero Vega (ESP)
Referee Observer: Tomasz Mikulski (POL)

CFR Cluj – Lincoln Red Imps
Referee: Yigal Frid (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Nati Dotan (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Omer Barbiro (ISR)
Fourth Official: Eitan Shmuelevitz (ISR)
Referee Observer: Markus Nobs (SUI)

FC Midtjylland – Celtic FC
Referee: Bartosz Frankowski (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Marcin Boniek (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Jakub Winkler (POL)
Fourth Official: Damian Sylwestrzak (POL)
Referee Observer: Kóstas Kapitanís (CYP)

PFC Ludogorets – NŠ Mura
Referee: Marco Di Bello (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Alberto Tegoni (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Mauro Vivenzi (ITA)
Fourth Official: Daniele Chiffi (ITA)
Referee Observer: Murat Ilgaz (TUR)

Galatasaray – PSV Eindhoven
Referee: Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Filippo Meli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefano Alassio (ITA)
Fourth Official: Luca Pairetto (ITA)
Referee Observer: Alexandru Deaconu (ROU)

BSC Young Boys – Slovan Bratislava
Referee: Irfan Peljto (BIH)
Assistant Referee 1: Senad Ibrišimbegović (BIH)
Assistant Referee 2: Davor Beljo (BIH)
Fourth Official: Admir Šehović (BIH)
Referee Observer: Bernardino González Vázquez (ESP)

Crvena Zvezda - Qaırat Almaty
Referee: Andris Treimanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 1: Haralds Gudermanis (LVA)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksejs Spasjonņikovs (LVA)
Fourth Official: Aleksandrs Golubevs (LVA)
Referee Observer: Guy Goethals (BEL)

Sparta Praha – Rapid Wien
Referee: Robert Madden (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Graeme Stewart (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: David Roome (SCO)
Fourth Official: Craig Napier (SCO)
Referee Observer: Haim Yaakov (ISR)

UEFA Europa Conference League 2021/2022 – Second Qualifying Round (Second Leg)

27-29 July 2021

Hibernians – Folgore
Referee: Arda Kardeşler (TUR, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Kerem Ersoy (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ali Ögel (TUR)
Fourth Official: Ali Şansalan (TUR)
Referee Observer: Luc Wouters (BEL)

Inter d'Escaldes – KF Teuta
Referee: Viktor Kopiyevskyy (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Viktor Nyzhnyk (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Dmytro Zaporozhenko (UKR)
Fourth Official: Oleksandr Derdo (UKR)
Referee Observer: Michal Beneš (CZE)

Budućnost Podgorica – HB Tórshavn
Referee: Andrew Davey (NIR)
Assistant Referee 1: Andrew Nethery (NIR)
Assistant Referee 2: Adam Jeffrey (NIR)
Fourth Official: Lee Tavinder (NIR)
Referee Observer: William Young (SCO)  

Shahter Qaragandy – FCSB
Referee: Dragomir Draganov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 1: Petar Dzhuganski (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2: Martin Dimitrov (BUL)
Fourth Official: Stanislav Todorov (BUL)
Referee Observer: Gevorg Hovhannisyan (ARM)

FK Liepaja – CSKA Sofia
Referee: Marcel Bîrsan (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Mircea Grigoriu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Mihai Marica (ROU)
Fourth Official: Radu Petrescu (ROU)
Referee Observer: Terje Hauge (NOR)

Tobyl Qostanai – Hajduk Split
Referee: Vladimir Moskalev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Dmitriy Mosyakin (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Roman Usachev (RUS)
Fourth Official: Yevgeniy Kukulyak (RUS)
Referee Observer: Alieh Čykun (BLR)

Bodø Glimt – Valur
Referee: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Daniele Bindoni (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Giovanni Baccini (ITA)
Fourth Official: Francesco Fourneau (ITA)
Referee Observer: Ichko Lozev (BUL)

Vorskla Poltava – KuPS Kuopio
Referee: Pavel Orel (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Jakub Hrabovský (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Radek Kotík (CZE)
Fourth Official: Jan Machálek (CZE)
Referee Observer: Elmir Pilav (BIH)

Sumqayıt – Čukarički
Referee: Jørgen Daugbjerg Burchardt (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Lars Hummelgaard (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Niels Høg (DEN)
Fourth Official: Sandi Putros (DEN)
Referee Observer: Nikolai Ivanov (RUS)

Keşla – Sochi
Referee: Viktar Šymusik (BLR)
Assistant Referee 1: Anton Husieŭ (BLR)
Assistant Referee 2: Siarhiej Kasaviec (BLR)
Fourth Official: Vitaĺ Sievascjanik (BLR)
Referee Observer: Plarent Kotherja (ALB)

Dynama Brest – Viktoria Plzeň
Referee: Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Fredrik Klyver (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Mikael Hallin (SWE)
Fourth Official: Granit Maqedonci (SWE)
Referee Observer: Karen Nalbandyan (ARM)

Honka Espoo – NK Domžale
Referee: Peter Královič (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Milan Štrbo (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Erik Weiss (SVK)
Fourth Official: Pavel Ochotnický (SVK)
Referee Observer: Dejan Filipović (SRB)

Birkirkara FC – Olimpija Ljubljana
Referee: Bram Van Driessche (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Yves De Neve (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Kevin Monteny (BEL)
Fourth Official: Kevin Van Damme (BEL)
Referee Observer: Igor Pristovnik (CRO)

FC Vaduz – Újpest FC
Referee: Christian Ciochirca (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Robert Steinacher (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Michael Obritzberger (AUT)
Fourth Official: René Eisner (AUT)
Referee Observer: Edgar Steinborn (GER)

Levadia Tallinn – Dundalk FC
Referee: Thorvaldur Árnason (ISL)
Assistant Referee 1: Birkir Sigurdarson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 2: Andri Vigfússon (ISL)
Fourth Official: Vilhjálmur Thórarinsson (ISL)
Referee Observer: Domagoj Vučkov (CRO)

Santa Coloma – Hibernian FC
Referee: Alex Troleis (FRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan Hermansen (FRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Jørleif Djurhuus (FRO)
Fourth Official: Dagfinn Forná (FRO)
Referee Observer: Thóroddur Hjaltalín (ISL)

Sepsi Sfântu Gheorghe – Spartak Trnava
Referee: Besfort Kasumi (KOS)
Assistant Referee 1: Edmond Zeqiri (KOS)
Assistant Referee 2: Fatmir Sekiraqa (KOS)
Fourth Official: Shpëtim Murtezi (KOS)
Referee Observer: Erol Ersoy (TUR)

BK Häcken – Aberdeen FC
Referee: Ádám Farkas (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Balázs Szert (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Balázs Szalai (HUN)
Fourth Official: Sándor Andó-Szabó (HUN)
Referee Observer: Jørn West Larsen (DEN)

MŠK Žilina – Apóllon Limassol
Referee: Alexandre Boucaut (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Florian Lemaire (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Vito Di Vincenzo (BEL)
Fourth Official: Bert Put (BEL)
Referee Observer: Vencel Tóth (HUN)

Maccabi Haifa – Dinamo Tbilisi
Referee: Amine Kourgheli (BLR)
Assistant Referee 1: Jury Chomčanka (BLR)
Assistant Referee 2: Viktar Hiecikaŭ (BLR)
Fourth Official: Dzianis Ščarbakoŭ (BLR)
Referee Observer: Michális Koukoulákis (GRE)

Hapoel Beer Sheva – Arda Kardzhali
Referee: Daniele Doveri (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Alessandro Costanzo (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Valerio Colarossi (ITA)
Fourth Official: Alessandro Prontera (ITA)
Referee Observer: Levan Paniashvili (GEO)

Sivasspor – Petrocub Hîncești
Referee: Kirill Levnikov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Igor Bolkhovitin (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrei Vereteshkin (RUS)
Fourth Official: Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS)
Referee Observer: Stefano Podeschi (SMR)

Milsami Orhei – IF Elfsborg
Referee: Peter Bankes (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Constantine Hatzidakis (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: James Mainwaring (ENG)
Fourth Official: Darren England (ENG)
Referee Observer: Yuri Baskakov (RUS)

Bate Barysaŭ – Dinamo Batumi
Referee: Urs Schnyder (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan Köbeli (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Benjamin Zürcher (SUI)
Fourth Official: Luca Cibelli (SUI)
Referee Observer: Augustus Constantin (ROU)

AGF Aarhus – Larne FC
Referee: Volen Chinkov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 1: Deniz Sokolov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2: Dimitar Dimitrov (BUL)
Fourth Official: Georgi Dimitrov (BUL)
Referee Observer: Robert Sedlacek (AUT)

Valerenga FC – KAA Gent
Referee: Donald Robertson (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Alan Mulvanny (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Ross McLeod (SCO)
Fourth Official: Euan Anderson (SCO)
Referee Observer: Jens Larsen (DEN)

FC Ashdod – Qarabağ FK
Referee: Novak Simović (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Nikola Djorović (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Miloš Simović (SRB)
Fourth Official: Aleksandar Živković (SRB)
Referee Observer: David Fernández Borbalán (ESP)

FC Slovácko – Lokomotiv Plovdiv
Referee: Andrew Madley (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Ian Hussin (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Robathan (ENG)
Fourth Official: David Coote (ENG)
Referee Observer: Uno Tutk (EST)

Raków Częstochowa – FK Suduva
Referee: Trustin Farrugia Cann (MLT)
Assistant Referee 1: Luke Portelli (MLT)
Assistant Referee 2: Duncan Sultana (MLT)
Fourth Official: Stephen Pace (MLT)
Referee Observer: Igor Șațchii (MDA)

Rosenborg – Hafnarfjördur
Referee: Ferenc Karakó (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Péter Kóbor (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Norbert Bornemissza (HUN)
Fourth Official: Csaba Pintér (HUN)
Referee Observer: Niklas á Lídarenda (FRO)

Tarpieda Žodzina – FC København
Referee: Aleksandrs Anufrijevs (LVA)
Assistant Referee 1: Jevgeņijs Morozovs (LVA)
Assistant Referee 2: Romans Platonovs (LVA)
Fourth Official: Edgars Maļcevs (LVA)
Referee Observer: Asim Xudiyev (AZE)

The New Saints – Kauno Žalgiris
Referee: Emmanouíl Skoulás (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Konstadínos Nikolaidis (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Andréas Meidanás (GRE)
Fourth Official: Athanásios Tzílos (GRE)
Referee Observer: Neale Barry (ENG)

Fola Esch – Šachcior Salihorsk
Referee: Yaroslav Kozyk (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Semen Shlonchak (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Andriy Skrypka (UKR)
Fourth Official: Anatoliy Abdula (UKR)
Referee Observer: Francesco Bianchi (SUI)

Maccabi Tel Aviv – FK Sutjeska
Referee: Peter Kjaersgaard (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Victor Skytte (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Jesper Dahl (DEN)
Fourth Official: Jakob Sundberg (DEN)
Referee Observer: Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)

KF Shkëndija – Riga FC
Referee: Fabio Maresca (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Ciro Carbone (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Salvatore Longo (ITA)
Fourth Official: Giovanni Ayroldi (ITA)
Referee Observer: Vlado Svilokos (CRO)

Borac Banja Luka – Linfield FC
Referee: Zaven Hovhannisyan (ARM)
Assistant Referee 1: Mesrop Ghazaryan (ARM)
Assistant Referee 2: Sargis Hovhannisyan (ARM)
Fourth Official: Henrik Nalbandyan (ARM)
Referee Observer: Stefan Messner (AUT)

Connah's Quay Nomads – FC Prishtina
Referee: Petri Viljanen (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Mika Lamppu (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Riku Vihreävuori (FIN)
Fourth Official: Dennis Antamo (FIN)
Referee Observer: Markus Strömbergsson (SWE)

Puskás Akadémia – RFS
Referee: Walter Altmann (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Santino Schreiner (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Markus Gutschi (AUT)
Fourth Official: Dieter Muckenhammer (AUT)
Referee Observer: Albano Janku (ALB)

HNK Rijeka – Gżira United
Referee: Veaceslav Banari (MDA)
Assistant Referee 1: Andrei Bodean (MDA)
Assistant Referee 2: Denis Borisov (MDA)
Fourth Official: Andrei Breguța (MDA)
Referee Observer: Edward Foley (IRL)

AEK Athens – FK Velež
Referee: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: David McGeachie (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Sean Carr (SCO)
Fourth Official: Steven McLean (SCO)
Referee Observer: Vadims Direktorenko (LVA)

Śląsk Wrocław – Ararat Yerevan
Referee: Iwan Griffith (WAL)
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Beckett (WAL)
Assistant Referee 2: Ian Bird (WAL)
Fourth Official: Thomas Owen (WAL)
Referee Observer: John Ferry (NIR)

Feyenoord – Drita
Referee: Espen Eskas (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Kim Haglund (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Øystein Ytterland (NOR)
Fourth Official: Rohit Saggi (NOR)
Referee Observer: Ferenc Székely (HUN)

FK Partizani – FC Basel
Referee: Aristotélis Diamandópoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Reinhard Buxbaum (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Konstandínos Psárris (GRE)
Fourth Official: Geórgios Tzováras (GRE)
Referee Observer: Gerard Perry (IRL)

FK Vojvodina – FK Panevėžys

Referee: Juri Frischer (EST)
Assistant Referee 1: Veiko Motsnik (EST)
Assistant Referee 2: Neeme Neemlaid (EST)
Fourth Official: Martti Pukk (EST)
Referee Observer: Kostadin Gerginov (BUL)

Aris Thessaloniki – FC Astana
Referee: Michael Fabbri (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Giorgio Peretti (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Davide Imperiale (ITA)
Fourth Official: Juan Luca Sacchi (ITA)
Referee Observer: Michális Argyroú (CYP)

Universitatea Craiova – KF Laçi
Referee: Mattias Gestranius (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Mikko Alakare (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Veli-Matti Leppänen (FIN)
Fourth Official: Joni Hyytiä (FIN)
Referee Observer: Jan Carlsen (DEN)

Servette FC – Molde FK
Referee: Jochem Kamphuis (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Charles Schaap (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Erik Kleinjan (NED)
Fourth Official: Richard Martens (NED)
Referee Observer: Herbert Fandel (GER)

Dunajská Streda – FK Partizan
Referee: Alain Bieri (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Marco Zürcher (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Guillaume Maire (SUI)
Fourth Official: Sven Wolfensberger (SUI)
Referee Observer: Chrístos Nikolaidis (CYP)

Bohemian FC – F91 Diddeleng
Referee: Gergő Bogár (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Vencel Tóth (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Péter Garai (HUN)
Fourth Official: Bence Csonka (HUN)
Referee Observer: Stephen Lodge (ENG)

NK Maribor – Hammarby IF
Referee: Juan Martínez Munuera (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Diego Barbero Sevilla (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Miguel Martínez Munuera (ESP)
Fourth Official: Santiago Jaime Latre (ESP)
Referee Observer: Fritz Stuchlik (AUT)

KF Vllaznia – AEL Limassol
Referee: Robert Harvey (IRL)
Assistant Referee 1: Wayne McDonnell (IRL)
Assistant Referee 2: Darragh Keegan (IRL)
Fourth Official: Raymond Matthews (IRL)
Referee Observer: Mark Whitby (WAL)

NK Osijek – Pogoń Szczecin
Referee: Luís Godínho (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Rui Teixeira (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Luís Campos (POR)
Fourth Official: André Narciso (POR)
Referee Observer: Andreas Schluchter (SUI)

Breidablik – Austria Wien
Referee: Paul McLaughlin (IRL)
Assistant Referee 1: Robert Clarke (IRL)
Assistant Referee 2: Dermot Broughton (IRL)
Fourth Official: Damien McGraith (IRL)
Referee Observer: Georgi Yordanov (BUL)

Santa Clara – FC Shkupi
Referee: Robert Hennessy (IRL)
Assistant Referee 1: Allen Lynch (IRL)
Assistant Referee 2: Emmett Dynan (IRL)
Fourth Official: John McLoughlin (IRL)
Referee Observer: Luis Medina Cantalejo (ESP)

Olympic Games 2020 (Men) – Group Stage (Matches 17-24)

28 July 2021

Germany – Cote d’Ivoire
Referee: Leodan Gonzalez (URU, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Nicolas Taran (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Richard Trinidad (URU)
Fourth Official: Christopher Beath (AUS)
VAR: Mauro Vigliano (ARG)
AVAR: Roi Reinshreiber (ISR)

Saudi Arabia – Brazil
Referee: Bamlak Tessema (ETH)
Assistant Referee 1: Mohammed Ibrahim (SDN)
Assistant Referee 2: Gilbert Cheruiyot (KEN)
Fourth Official: Srdjan Jovanovic (SRB)
VAR: Benoit Millot (FRA)
AVAR: Tiago Martins (POR)

Romania – New Zealand
Referee: Kevin Ortega (PER)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Orue (PER)
Assistant Referee 2: Jesus Sanchez (PER)
Fourth Official: Hiroyuki Kimura (JPN)
VAR: Andres Cunha (URU)
AVAR: Erick Miranda (MEX)

Korea – Honduras
Referee: Georgi Kabakov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 1: Diyan Valkov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2: Martin Margaritov (BUL)
Fourth Official: Victor Gomes (RSA)
VAR: Adil Zourak (MAR)
AVAR: Abdulkadir Bitigen (TUR)

Spain – Argentina
Referee: Ismail Elfath (USA)
Assistant Referee 1: Corey Parker (USA)
Assistant Referee 2: Kyle Atkins (USA)
Fourth Official: Adham Makhadmeh (JOR)
VAR: Chris Penso (USA)
AVAR: Abdulla Al-Marri (QAT)

Australia – Egypt
Referee: Artur Dias (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Rui Tavares (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Paulo Soares (POR)
Fourth Official: Jesus Valenzuela (VEN)
VAR: Pawel Raczkowski (POL)
AVAR: Fu Ming (CHN)

South Africa – Mexico
Referee: Matthew Conger (NZL)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Rule (NZL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tevita Makasini (TGA)
Fourth Official: Orel Grinfeeld (ISR)
VAR: Marco Guida (ITA)
AVAR: Muhammad Bin Jahari (SIN)

France – Japan
Referee: Ivan Barton (SLV)
Assistant Referee 1: David Moran (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Zachari Zeegelaar (SUR)
Fourth Official: Dahane Beida (MTN)
VAR: Nicolas Gallo (COL)
AVAR: Bibiana Steinhaus-Webb (GER)

Olympic Games 2020 (Women) – Group Stage (Matches 13-18)

27 July 2021

USA – Australia
Referee: Anastasia Pustovoitova (RUS, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Ekaterina Kurochkina (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Sanja Rodak (CRO)
Fourth Official: Esther Staubli (SUI)
VAR: Adil Zourak (MAR)
AVAR: Bibiana Steinhaus-Webb (GER)

New Zealand – Sweden
Referee: Laura Fortunato (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Mariana de Almeida (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Chantal Boudreau (CAN)
Fourth Official: Lucila Venegas (MEX)
VAR: Mauro Vigliano (ARG)
AVAR: Guillermo Cuadra Fernandez (ESP)

Canada – Great Britain
Referee: Kateryna Monzul (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Lucie Ratajova (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Maryna Striletska (UKR)
Fourth Official: Kate Jacewicz (AUS)
VAR: Mahmoud Ashour (EGY)
AVAR: Wagner Reway (BRA)

Chile – Japan
Referee: Melissa Borjas (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: Shirley Perello (HON)
Assistant Referee 2: Mary Blanco (COL)
Fourth Official: Ndidi Madu (NGR)
VAR: Pawel Raczkowski (POL)
AVAR: Roi Reinshreiber (ISR)

Netherlands – China
Referee: Salima Mukansanga (RWA)
Assistant Referee 1: Bernadettar Kwimbira (MWI)
Assistant Referee 2: Mary Njoroge (KEN)
Fourth Official: Maria Rivet (MRI)
VAR: Benoit Millot (FRA)
AVAR: Edvin Jurisevic (USA)

Brazil – Zambia
Referee: Yoshimi Yamashita (JPN)
Assistant Referee 1: Makoto Bozono (JPN)
Assistant Referee 2: Naomi Teshirogi (JPN)
Fourth Official: Stephanie Frappart (FRA)
VAR: Marco Guida (ITA)
AVAR: Abdulkadir Bitigen (TUR)

Copa Libertadores record for Roldan

Colombian Wilmar Roldan (41) recently became the referee with the most matches in the history of the Copa Libertadores. Defensa y Justicia - Palmeiras was his 89th match in South America's top international club competition, surpassing Carlos Amarilla (Paraguay), who retired with 88 games.
Roldan referee spoke with Antena 2's ‘The Ball Owners’ and stated that he was very proud of such an important achievement. “Becoming the referee with the most matches refereed historically is very important to me. I thank all the people who have believed in me, my family and God. I will continue to improve day-by-day to raise the reputation of Colombian and CONMEBOL refereeing. I will continue to prepare for whatever comes my way". Professional referee since 2003, Roldan received his FIFA badge in January 2008, when he was only 28, and has been considered by CONMEBOL as one of their top referees, being named the best South American referee in 2013. Roldan refereed three Libertadores finals in 2012, 2013 and 2014. 

Source: Antena 2