Benquerenca got a Champions League Quarter-final

Olegario Benquerenca (POR) had already been appointed for the second leg of the UEFA Champions League, on 12-13 April 2011.

Referee: Olegário Manuel Bartolo Faustino Benquerença
Assistant Referee 1: Bertino Cunha Miranda
Assistant Referee 2: João Ferreira Santos
Additionat Assistant Referee 1: Artur Manuel Ribeiro Soares Dias
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Miguel Taborda Xistra
Fourth Official: Duarte Nuno Pereira Gomes

Lu Jun's Corruption Case

China disclosed on Wednesday the public details of the corruption cases of three Chinese soccer referees, including Lu Jun, who has been referred to in the past as China's best soccer referee. The three soccer referees Lu Jun, Huang Junjie and Zhou Weixin were arrested on charges of taking bribes last year.

It was learned that prior to a match between the Shanghai International and Shanghai Shenhua teams on Nov. 9, 2003, Zhang Jianqiang, a former official of the China Football Association (CFA) asked Lu Jun to call the game in Shanghai Shenhua's favor, promising that commissions would be paid to him and other referees if Shanghai Shenhua won the game. Shanghai International and Shanghai Shenhua were both favorites for 2003's domestic league championship games. The two teams had top ranking in the league table before that match.
The match was broadcasted on live television, which made difficult for referees to favor one side over another. Lu Jun later confessed that he tried to give "emotional care" to Shenhua players by treating them less strictly. Shanghai Shenhua successfully overtook Shanghai International in the league table after a 4 to 1 victory in that match. Shanghai Shenhua went on to win that year's domestic league championship. "Shanghai Shenhua later brought commissions worth 700,000 yuan to my office. Lu and I each got 350,000 yuan," Zhang Jianqiang confessed. Zhang was arrested for alleged match-fixing and bribery in March 2010.
Lu refereed more than 200 matches in the domestic league over the course of his career. He was also the first Chinese to referee at the World Cup.

Details of Huang Junjie and Zhou Weixin's corruption cases were also revealed on Wednesday. Both were found to have made unfair calls that affected match outcomes after being promised commissions.
"Our investigation found that it was a common practice for football clubs to give bribes to referees," said Cui Weidong, an official in charge of the case. "Football clubs gave bribes to referees through a variety of means. On most occasions, they gave cash directly and the amounts varied according to the importance of the game," Cui added.

China has been cracking down on match-fixing scandals and gambling since November 2009, when a new initiative was made to bear down on these illegal activities. Nan Yong and Yang Yimin, both former vice chairmen of the CFA, were arrested for alleged match-fixing and bribery last March.
Xie Yalong, another former vice president of the CFA was arrested for bribery last October. Soccer insiders have stated that an anti-corruption supervision mechanism should be put into place to guard against match-fixing scandals and gambling.

Source: Xinhua

CONCACAF U-20 Championship 2011

1. Trevor Taylor (BRB, 1974)
2. David Gantar (CAN, 1975)                                          
3. Jeffrey Solis Calderon (CRC, 1974)     
4. Marcos Brea Despaine (CUB, 1975)                         
5. Marlon Mejia Carrillo (SLV, 1979)                    
6. Oscar Reyna Moller (GUA, 1983)   
7. Jose Molina Orellana (HON, 1971)   
8. Raymon Bogle (JAM, 1971)
9. Roberto Garcia Orozco (MEX, 1974)
10. Mark Geiger (USA, 1974, photo)

Assistant Referees
1. Adrian Goddard (BRB, 1972)
2. Daniel Ake (BLZ, 1978)
3. Osvaldo Luna Gutierrez (CRC, 1972)
4. Francisco Zumba Galan (SLV, 1982)
5. Gerson Lopez Castellanos (GUA, 1983)
6. Dion Inniss (GUY, 1976)
7. Juan Rodas Zelaya (HON, 1984)
8. Stephen Brown (JAM, 1974)
9. Victor Calderon (MEX, 1976)
10. Dion Neil (TRI, 1973)
11. Adam Wienckowski (USA, 1975)

CONCACAF Assessors
Stanley Darville (BAH)
Neftali Recinos (SLV)
Amilcar Burgos (HON)
Francisco Ramirez (MEX)

CONCACAF Referees Committee
Carlos Batres (GUA)
Aaron Padilla (MEX)

FIFA RAP Instructor
Rodolfo Sibrian (SLV)

CONCACAF Fitness Instructor
Erick Samayoa (GUA)

CONCACAF Referee Administration
Brian Hall (USA)

Euro 2012 Qualifiers - 29 March 2011

Referee: Pavel Kralovec (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Miroslav Zlamal (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Martin Wilczek (CZE)
Fourth Official: Libor Kovarik (CZE)

Referee: Daniel Stalhammar (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Peter Martinsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Joakim Flink (SWE)
Fourth Official: Martin Hansson (SWE)

Referee: Bas Nijhuis (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Rob van de Ven (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin Zeinstra (NED)
Fourth Official: Pol van Boekel (NED)

Northern IrelandSlovenia
Referee: Bjorn Kuipers (NED)
Assistast Referees 1: Sander van Roekel (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Berry Simons (NED)
Fourth Official: Richard Liesveld (NED)

Referee: Huseyin Gocek (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Serkan Ok (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleks Tascioglu (TUR)
Fourth Official: Halis Ozkahya (TUR)

Referee: Knut Kircher (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mike Pickel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)
Fourth Official: Manuael Grafe (GER)

Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Kim Thomas Haglund (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Frank Andas (NOR)
Fourth Official: Tommy Skjerven (NOR)

Referee: Fredy Fautrel (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Fredji Harchay (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Laurent Stien (FRA)
Fourth Official: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)

Czech RepublicLiechtenstein
Referee: Ovidiu Hategan (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Octavian Sovre (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Miklos Nagy (ROU)
Fourth Official: Istvan Kovacs (ROU)

Referee: Laurent Duhamel (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Stephane Duhamel (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Laurent Ugo (FRA)
Fourth Official: Olivier Thual (FRA)

Euro 2012 Qualifiers - 26 March 2011

Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD)
Assistant Referee 1: Ljubomir Krstevski (MKD)
Assistant Referee 2: Marjan Kirovski (MKD)
Fourth Official: Dimitar Meckarovski (MKD)

Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Francis Andrews (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: James Bee (SCO)
Fourth Official: Alan Muir (SCO)

Referee: Menashe Masiah (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Nissan Davidy (ISR)

Assistant Referee 2: Amihay Mozes (ISR)
Fourth Official: Alon Yefet (ISR)


Referee: Istvan Vad (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Zsolt Szpisjak (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Istvan Albert (HUN)
Fourth Official: Sándor Ando-Szabo (HUN)


Referee: Fernando Teixeira Vitienes (ESP) 
Assistant Referee 1: Victoriano Casado Diaz (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Jose Fernandez Miranda (ESP)
Fourth Official: Carlos Clos Gomez (ESP)

Albania – Belarus
Referee: Markus Strombergsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Magnus Sjoblom (SWE)

Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Warnmark (SWE)
Fourth Official: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)

Georgia – Croatia
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Luca Maggiani (ITA)

Assistant Referee 2: Nicola Nicoletti (ITA)
Fourth Official: Paolo Valeri (ITA)

Referee: Milorad Mazic (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Milovan Ristic (SRB)

Assistant Referee 2: Nikola Tomicic (SRB)
Fourth Official: Bosko Jovanetic (SRB)


Referee: Michael Weiner (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Holger Henschel (GER)

Assistant Referee 2: Christoph Bornhorst (GER)
Fourth Official: Babak Rafati (GER)

Referee: Olegario Benquerença (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bertino Cunha Miranda (POR)

Assistant Referee 2: Joao Ferreira Santos (POR)
Fourth Official: Artur Ribeiro Soares Dias (POR)

Referee: William Collum (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: George Drummond (SCO)

Assistant Referee 2: Gordon Middleton (SCO)
Fourth Official: Euan Norris (SCO)

Referee: Darko Ceferin (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Andrej Kokolj (SVN)

Assistant Referee 2: Matej Zunic (SVN)
Fourth Official: Slavko Vincic (SVN)


Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Cristiano Copelli (ITA)

Assistant Referee 2: Gianluca Cariolato (ITA)
Fourth Official: Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni (ITA)

Euro 2012 Qualifiers - 25 March 2011

Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Nikolay Golubev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Alexey Lebedev (RUS)
Fourth Official: Vladimir Pettay (RUS)

SerbiaNorthern Ireland
Referee: Serge Gumienny (BEL)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Simons (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Frank Bleyen (BEL)
Fourth Official: Sebastien Delferiere (BEL)

Referee: Felix Brych (GER, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Mark Borsch (GER)
Fourth Official: Florian Meyer (GER)

Referee: Tom Harald Hagen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Dag Roger Nebben (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Svein Inge Wiken (NOR)
Fourth Official: Espen Berntsen (NOR)

Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Alonso Fernandez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Jesus Calvo Guadamuro (ESP)
Fourth Official: Antonio Rubinos Perez (ESP)

SpainCzech Republic
Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Gabor Eros (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Gyorgy Ring (HUN)
Fourth Official: Zsolt Szabo (HUN)