CAF Champions League – Group Stage (Matchday 4)

31 August 2013
El Ahly – AC Leopards
Referee: Badara Diatta (SEN, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Djibril Camara (SEN)
Assistant Referee 2: El Hadji Samba (SEN)
Fourth Official: Maguette Ndiaye (SEN)

Esperance Tunis – Sewe Sport
Referee: Djamel Haimoudi (ALG)
Assistant Referee 1: Redouane Achik (MAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Abdelhak Etchiali (ALG)
Fourth Official: Sofiane Boussetter (ALG)

1 September 2013
Zamalek – Orlando Pirates
Referee: Noumandiez Doue (CIV)
Assistant Referee 1: Songuifolo Yeo (CIV)
Assistant Referee 2: Jean-Claude Birumushahu (BDI)
Fourth Official: Denis Bembele (CIV)

Recreativo Do Libolo – Coton Sport
Referee: Bakary Gassama (GAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Angeson Ogbamariam (ERI)
Assistant Referee 2: Felicien Kabanda (RWA)
Fourth Official: Maudo Jallow (GAM)

CAF Confederation Cup – Group Stage (Matchday 4)

31 August 2013
CS Sfaxien – St. Georges
Referee: Eric Otogo Castane (GAB, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Jean Bibang (GAB)
Assistant Referee 2: Serge Meye (GAB)
Fourth Official: Christian Mouity (GAB)

Etoile du Sahel – Stade Malien
Referee: Janny Sikazwe (ZAM)

Assistant Referee 1: Moses Mwale (ZAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Romeo Kasengele (ZAM)
Fourth Official: Wisdom Chewe (ZAM)

ES Setif – FUS Rabat
Referee: Neant Alioum (CMR)
Assistant Referee 1: Pierre Eugegue (CMR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tocke Thierry (CMR)
Fourth Official: Jenkou Wangi (CMR)

1 September 2013
TP Mazembe – CA Bizertin
Referee: Seechurn Rajindrapasad (MRI)
Assistant Referee 1: Bootun Balkrishna (MRI)
Assistant Referee 2: Vivian Vally (MRI)
Fourth Official: Hurbungs Dharamueer (MRI)

UEFA Women’s U-19 Euro Final 2013: Mularczyk (POL)

For Monika Mularczyk, life at the UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship has taken on a sense of deja vu. Having overseen the Group A opener between England and France back on 19 August, the Polish referee is preparing to handle Saturday's title decider between the cross-channel rivals. "I'm feeling happy, excited, proud – a bit of everything to be honest," Mularczyk told "The first match I refereed at this tournament was the group game between England and France, which was 0-0, and I expect this one to be very even too. Both teams are at a similar level so I'm expecting a very good match." Her assistants for the final, which kicks off at 16.00CET (15.00 local time) at Llanelli's Parc y Scarlets, are Svetlana Bilic of Serbia and Armenian official Araksya Saribekyan. "Wales is a beautiful country, I'm very proud to be part of the UEFA team here at this tournament," said Bilic. "I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the Football Association of Wales – everything has been perfectly organised and I'm really pleased with the help and support we've had." Saribekyan, for her part, chose to highlight the spirit in which this competition has been played. "In every game, from the referees, players and the officials, I've seen nothing but fair play," she said. "I think that the meetings [UEFA Referees Committee member] Bo [Karlsson] had with the teams before the competition definitely helped this happen." Performing fourth official duties at the showpiece fixture will be Eleni Lampadariou, who underlined the invaluable time spent in the camp by three up-and-coming Welsh referees – Charlotte Carpenter, Rebecca Thomas and Ceri Louise Williams. "It was a useful experience for them and for us," said the Greek. "We all learn from each other here, it's very good for us and for our future. Staying on the learning theme, does Mularczyk have any advice for aspiring officials wishing to follow in her and her team's footsteps? "You need to believe that, if you really want something, you can make it happen. But also don't think your life only has to be about refereeing. I'm a good example of that – I have a family, I have a child. Finding a balance isn't always easy, but it is possible". (Source: UEFA)
31 August 2013
England – France
Referee: Monika Mularczyk (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Svetlana Bilic (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Araksya Saribekyan (ARM)
Fourth Official: Eleni Lampadariou (GRE)

Felix Brych - Referee of the Year 2012/2013 in Germany

The Referees Committee of the German Football Association (DFB) has elected Felix Brych as the "Referee of the Year" 2012/2013. Brych received the trophy in a ceremony at the Bayerischer Hof in Munich with views of the skyline. "The award is a nice recognition for the performance, but also motivation and incentive", said Brych, who just refereed the UEFA Champions League play-off match between NK Maribor and Viktoria Plzen. Since 1975, the DFB awards the "Referee of the Year", Felix Brych thus follows a number of well-known referees: Aron Schmidhuber, Hellmut Krug, Markus Merk and Herbert Fandel. Brych has refereed 18 games in the 2012/2013 Bundesliga. In the UEFA Champions League, he had four appearances, including the quarter-final between Real Madrid and Manchester United. Brych has been pre-selected by FIFA for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. At the Confederations Cup 2013 in Brazil, he was one of the four referees from Europe and recently whistled the match between England and Scotland, at Wembley Stadium, for the 150th anniversary of the English Football Association.

Source: DFB

Eriksson reflects on Super Cup honour

Referee Jonas Eriksson spoke to about his pride at being appointed for the UEFA Super Cup, what inspired his decision to become a match official and what motivates him. Having officiated in UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League semi-final matches, Jonas Eriksson is well used to the big occasion, making him the ideal choice to take charge of the UEFA Super Cup between Bayern Munchen and Chelsea FC on Friday evening.
- Jonas Eriksson, how much are you looking forward to refereeing the UEFA Super Cup?
- A lot, of course. I've been refereeing since I was 14 or 15 years old and of course at that age you dream of officiating at one of the biggest finals – and this is one of them.
- You've already refereed some important matches in your career, where does the UEFA Super Cup rank among your highlights?
- A final is a final – a winner will be decided. To be appointed for a one-off, knock-out match is always something significant. I try not to rate the matches in terms of importance, I'm just delighted to have been appointed for this match and that UEFA have put their trust in me.
- What inspired you to become a referee?
- I felt a lot of referees didn't have the kind of communication skills I expected as a player at a young age – referees who could explain their decisions. Often they didn't have the fitness to be in the right spot. The quality of the refereeing was not good at the level I played at and I felt I could do better. They told me to do a course and do it myself – so I did.
- Who were your role models as a young referee?
- I spent a lot of time with Anders Frisk, Sweden's top referee until 2005. I followed him to a number of matches as a fourth official, but I also looked at other referees. I don't think you could copy one referee. It's too much about personality, but I learned bits and pieces from Anders and I looked at other European referees, Pierluigi Collina being one, Markus Merk being another, Hugh Dallas a third. All of them had different skills which I looked at and tried to adopt and develop.
- How important are man-management skills when you're out on the field refereeing 22 players?
- Of course it has a lot to do with man-management, the way you approach the players, the way you communicate with them and also prevent things from happening. You have to sell them the decision and get them to accept it. Sometimes you don't make the best decisions but you have to be very good at selling the decisions, otherwise you're going to have a very tough time out there.
- It must also take a lot of character and mental strength…
- I think self-confidence and the ability to sell your decisions – that means looking self-assured and being able to convince the players that I made the right decision – is very important. If you don't have that personality and trust in yourself, I don't think you can do the job.
- As well as becoming a successful referee, you also became a successful businessman. What is it that gives you the drive to get to the very top?
- I love football and I love to referee. Every week when I step out onto the grass I'm doing what I love most. I've had a fantastic life as a businessman as well, but since 2011 I've dedicated myself to being a professional referee and I'm having the time of my life. 
- How are you and your assistants going to prepare for tomorrow's game?
- We received the appointments a few days ago. I've been studying the two teams technically. These are two well-known teams, we’ve all seen them before. Of course there are a few new things – they have new managers for example – but we've watched previous matches. We had a preparatory talk today and we'll have another tomorrow. We've done matches together in our domestic competition, too, and we've been doing some training together too. We're going to warm up, take a walk around the pitch and look at various positions to enhance our cooperation for Friday's match.

Source: UEFA

UEFA Super Cup 2013: Eriksson (SWE)

The UEFA Referees Committee has appointed Sweden’s Jonas Eriksson to referee Friday’s 2013 UEFA Super Cup match between UEFA Champions League winners Bayern Munchen and UEFA Europa League winners Chelsea FC at the Stadion Eden in Prague.
Eriksson, who is 39, has been an international referee since 2002 and has officiated in a total of 75 UEFA fixtures in his career. Last season, Eriksson officiated at six UEFA Champions League matches, including the quarter-final first leg between Malaga CF and Borussia Dortmund, as well as three UEFA Europa League matches, including the semi-final second leg between Chelsea FC and FC Basel 1893. At the UEFA Super Cup match in Prague, Eriksson will be assisted by countrymen Mathias Klasenius and Daniel Warnmark, with Stefan Wittberg acting as fourth official. Two additional assistant referees, Stefan Johannesson and Markus Strombergsson also from Sweden, complete the lineup of the refereeing team.
30 August 2013
Bayern Munchen – Chelsea London
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mathias Klasenius (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Warnmark (SWE)
Additional AR 1: Stefan Johannesson (SWE)
Additional AR 2: Markus Strombergsson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Stefan Wittberg (SWE)
Referee Observer: Nikolai Levnikov (RUS)

FFA locked out "rebel" referees

Football Federation Australia issued a stern warning to uncontracted referees when rookies handled two A-League friendly matches over the weekend. The A-League's top flight match officials shock match day omissions comes after FFA reportedly locked out 22 A-League uncontracted officials from last weekend's AIS-based referees preseason assessment in Canberra.
FFA made a strong stand when Jarred Gillett (photo) - the A-League's 2012 grand final referee - was scrubbed off officiating at the Brisbane Roar and Melbourne Heart clash on Monday. Less than 24 hours earlier the game Newcastle Jets and Wellington Phoenix was officiated by a Football NSW referee and not a FFA website listed A-League official. The friendly games snub comes after all uncontracted A-League officials including Australia's 14 FIFA-badged officials were willing to participate in the assessment which was conducted by Asian Football Confederation officials from Uzbekistan and Malaysia. It's understood FFA did not want the "rebels" to attend the seminar. But FFA seemingly upped the contract dispute stakes when Gillett was first assigned the Roar and Heart clash in Lismore, north eastern New South Wales before Football Queensland referees coordinator David Wiebe was appointed for the clash. Football NSW premier league referee Andrew Best was charged with Phoenix's 1-0 win over Jets at Rockwell Automation Park in Weston, NSW.
It's understood A-League referees and assistants are unhappy with the terms of the new contracts after FFA had less than a fortnight ago issued a 20 per cent increase - match officials' first pay rise in five years. A-League referees are also reportedly very concerned with two key contract clauses. FFA has the power to terminate contracts at any time and if match officials suffer losses while officiating FFA can also distance itself from those issues. A-League referees also have to pay their own medical expenses and do not get fiscally rewarded for training four times a week. Some referees are not up to date with superannuation payments from FFA. Sources have also claimed out-of-contract referees have been pressured into signing the agreements by state federation officials after recommendations had been tabled to FFA officials long before the 2013/14 A-League season budgets had been set.

Source: Herald Sun

UEFA Europa League – Play-off (Second Leg)

29 August 2013

Spartak Moskva – St. Gallen
Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Angelo Boonman (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Patrick Langkamp (NED)
Fourth Official: Tom van Sichem (NED)
Referee Observer: Vitor Melo Pereira (POR)

Feyenoord – Kuban Krasnodar
Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Mullarkey (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Stuart Burt (ENG)
Fourth Official: Michael Jones (ENG)
Referee Observer: Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)

Besiktas – Tromso
Referee: Marcin Borski (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Rafal Rostkowski (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Sebastian Mucha (POL)
Fourth Official: Daniel Stefanski (POL)
Referee Observer: Carlos Ferreira (POR)

Apoel – Zulte Waregem
Referee: Andre Marriner (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Jake Collin (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Simon Long (ENG)
Fourth Official: Jonathan Moss (ENG)
Referee Observer: Cosimo Bolognino (ITA)

Dila – Rapid Wien
Referee: Cristian Balaj (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Vasile Marinescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Mihai Artene (ROU)
Fourth Official: Sebastian Coltescu (ROU)
Referee Observer: Martin Iseli (SUI)

Braga – Pandurii
Referee: Liran Liany (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Shabtai Nahmias (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Oren Bornshtain (ISR)
Fourth Official: Alon Yefet (ISR)
Referee Observer: Laszlo Vagner (HUN)

Nice – Apollon
Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Gyorgy Ring (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Vencel Toth (HUN)
Fourth Official: Mihaly Fabian (HUN)
Referee Observer: Hugh Dallas (SCO)

Dynamo Kyiv – Aktobe
Referee: Stephan Studer (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Jean-Yves Wicht (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Sladan Josipovic (SUI)
Fourth Official: Alain Bieri (SUI)
Referee Observer: Dusan Krchnak (SVK)

Petrolul – Swansea
Referee: Michael Koukoulakis (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Dimitrios Saraidaris (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Christos Baltas (GRE)
Fourth Official: Stavros Tritsonis (GRE)
Referee Observer: Jorn West Larsen (DEN)

AZ Alkmaar – Atromitos
Referee: Antony Gautier (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Guillaume Debart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Frederic Haquette (FRA)
Fourth Official: Benoit Millot (FRA)
Referee Observer: Christakis Skapoullis (CYP)

KRC Genk – FH
Referee: Leontios Trattou (CYP)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Soteriou (CYP)
Assistant Referee 2: Aristides Christou (CYP)
Fourth Official: Demetris Chrysostomou (CYP)
Referee Observer: Vasily Melnychuk (UKR)

Nordsjaelland – Elfsborg
Referee: Felix Zwayer (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Markus Hacker (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcel Pelgrim (GER)
Fourth Official: Bastian Dankert (GER)
Referee Observer: Muharrem Aksoy (TUR)

Slask – FC Sevilla
Referee: Firat Aydinus (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Serkan Ok (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleks Tascioglu (TUR)
Fourth Official: Tolga Ozkalfa (TUR)
Referee Observer: Rune Pedersen (NOR)

Zalgiris – Salzburg
Referee: Fredy Fautrel (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Danos (FRA)
Fourth Official: Laurent Duhamel (FRA)
Referee Observer: Pjetur Sigurdsson (ISL)

Eintracht Frankfurt – Qarabag
Referee: Duarte Gomes (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Venancio Tome (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Luis Ferreira (POR)
Fourth Official: Bruno Esteves (POR)
Referee Observer: Robert Jeurissen (BEL)

Standard Liege – Minsk
Referee: Simon Lee Evans (WAL)
Assistant Referee 1: Edward King (WAL)
Assistant Referee 2: John Roberts (WAL)
Fourth Official: Bryn Markham-Jones (WAL)
Referee Observer: Emil Bozhinovski (MKD)

Betis Sevilla – Jablonec
Referee: Aleksei Nikolaev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Oleg Tselovalnikov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Dmitry Mosyakin (RUS)
Fourth Official: Vitaly Meshkov (RUS)
Referee Observer: Jean Lemmer (LUX)

Stuttgart – Rijeka
Referee: Martin Hansson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Fredrik Nilsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Joakim Flink (SWE)
Fourth Official: Bojan Pandzic (SWE)
Referee Observer: Patritiu Abrudan (ROU)

Skenderbeu – Chernomorets Odesa
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: Eugen Strigel (GER)

Rubin – Molde
Referee: Sascha Kever (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Charles Helbling (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Devis Dettemanti (SUI)
Fourth Official: Sascha Amhof (SUI)
Referee Observer: Rusmir Mrkovic (BIH)

Sheriff – Vojvodina
Referee: Tony Chapron (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Laurent Stien (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Stephan Luzi (FRA)
Fourth Official: Wilfried Bien (FRA)
Referee Observer: Valentin Ivanov (RUS)

Trabzonspor – Kukes
Referee: Libor Kovarik (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Krystof Mencl (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Jiri Molacek (CZE)
Fourth Official: Jiri Jech (CZE)
Referee Observer: Dani Koren (ISR)

St. Etienne – Esbjerg
Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Nikolay Golubev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Vyacheslav Semenov (RUS)
Fourth Official: Aleksei Eskov (RUS)
Referee Observer: Shmuel Shteif (ISR)

Fiorentina – Grasshoppers
Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomislav Petrovic (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Miro Grgic (CRO)
Fourth Official: Domagoj Vuckov (CRO)
Referee Observer: Peter Frojdfeldt (SWE)

Astra – Maccabi Haifa
Referee: Huseyin Gocek (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Mustafa Eyisoy (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Orkun Aktas (TUR)
Fourth Official: Suleyman Abay (TUR)
Referee Observer: Peter Mikkelsen (DEN)

Liberec – Udinese
Referee: Anastasios Sidiropoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Damianos Efthimiadis (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Dimitrios Gagas (GRE)
Fourth Official: Ilias Spathas (GRE)
Referee Observer: Hans Reijgwaart (NED)

Tottenham – Dinamo Tbilisi
Referee: Luca Banti (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Nicola Nicoletti (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Alessandro Constanzo (ITA)
Fourth Official: Marco Guida (ITA)
Referee Observer: Miroslav Tulinger (CZE)

Dnipro – Kalju
Referee: Gediminas Mazeika (LTU)
Assistant Referee 1: Vytautas Simkus (LTU)
Assistant Referee 2: Vladimir Gerasimov (LTU)
Fourth Official: Sergejus Slyva (LTU)
Referee Observer: John Ferry (NIR)

Thun – Partizan

Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Massimiliano Grilli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Matteo Passeri (ITA)
Fourth Official: Sebastiano Peruzzo (ITA)
Referee Observer: Jan Fasung (SVK)

CONCACAF Champions League – Group Stage (Matchday 3)

27 August 2013
Houston Dynamo – Arabe Unido
Referee: Hugo Cruz (CRC, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Warner Castro (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Javier Rojas (CRC)
Fourth Official: Ricardo Cerdas (CRC)
Referee Observer: Carlos Gonzalez (MEX)

CD Olimpia – Sporting Kansas City
Referee: Henry Bejarano (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Leonel Leal (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Dion Innis (GUY)
Fourth Official: Sherwin Moore (GUY)
Referee Observer: Livingston Bailey (CAY)

Cartagines – Isidro Metapan
Referee: Trevor Taylor (BRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Venton Mars (GUY)
Assistant Referee 2: Graeme Browne (SKN)
Fourth Official: Stanley Lancaster (GUY)
Referee Observer: Peter Prendergast (JAM)

28 August 2013
Valencia – Cruz Azul
Referee: Oscar Davila (NCA)
Assistant Referee 1: Gerson Lopez (GUA)
Assistant Referee 2: Rogelio Espinoza (NCA)
Fourth Official: Walter Lopez (GUA)
Referee Observer: Jozsef Michna (USA)

CD Heredia – San Jose Earthquakes
Referee: Jose Penaloza (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Marvin Torrentera (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Victor Calderon (MEX)
Fourth Official: Fabricio Morales (MEX)
Referee Observer: Jose Pineda (HON)

Tijuana Xolos – LA Firpo
Referee: Silviu Petrescu (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Belleau (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Frank Anderson (USA)
Fourth Official: Juan Guzman (USA)
Referee Observer: David Meikle (JAM)

29 August 2013
Caledonia – Comunicaciones
Referee: Erick Andino (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: Christian Ramirez (HON)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Williamson (PAN)
Fourth Official: Roberto Moreno (PAN)
Referee Observer: Victor Stewart (JAM)

LD Alajuelense – Club America
Referee: Elmer Bonilla (SLV)
Assistant Referee 1: William Torres (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Zumba (SLV)
Fourth Official: Arbi Medrano (SLV)
Referee Observer: Victor Moore (BRB)

Copa Sudamericana – Group Stage (Matchday 5)

27 August 2013
Curitiba – Vitoria
Referee: Marcelo Henrique (BRA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Fabricio Vilarinho (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Fabio Pereira (BRA)
Fourth Official: Ricardo Marques (BRA)
Referee Observer: Nilson Moncao (BRA)

Emelec – Universidad Catolica
Referee: Imer Machado (COL)
Assistant Referee 1: Eduardo Diaz (COL)
Assistant Referee 2: Christian De la Cruz (COL)
Fourth Official: Omar Ponce (ECU)
Referee Observer: Juan Cedeno (ECU)

Ponte Preta – Criciuma
Referee: Paulo Oliveira (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Altemir Hausmann (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Kleber Gil (BRA)
Fourth Official: Wilton Sampaio (BRA)
Referee Observer: Roberto Braatz (BRA)

Atletico Nacional – Guarani
Referee: Marlon Escalante (VEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Lopez (VEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Luis Murillo (VEN)
Fourth Official: Adrian Velez (COL)
Referee Observer: Pablo Montoya (COL)
28 August 2013
River Plate – Itagui
Referee: Ulises Mereles (PAR)
Assistant Referee 1: Dario Gaona (PAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Zorrilla (PAR)
Fourth Official: Fernando Falce (URU)
Referee Observer: Ernesto Filippi (URU)

Lanus – Racing
Referee: Patricio Loustau (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Ariel Scime (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Ezequiel Brailovsky (ARG)
Fourth Official: Pablo Diaz (ARG)
Referee Observer: Carlos Coradina (ARG)

Nautico – Sport Recife
Referee: Heber Lopes (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Marcio Santiago (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcelo van Gasse (BRA)
Fourth Official: Leandro Vuaden (BRA)
Referee Observer: Erick Bandeira (BRA)

Bahia – Portuguesa
Referee: Pericles Cortes (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Rodrigo Joia (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Rodrigo Correa (BRA)
Fourth Official: Sandro Ricci (BRA)
Referee Observer: Manoel Serapiao (BRA)

Colo Colo – Deportivo Pasto
Referee: Silvio Trucco (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Ivan Nunez (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Julio Fernandez (ARG)
Fourth Official: Jorge Osorio (CHI)
Referee Observer: Gaston Castro (CHI)

Mineros Guyana – Libertad
Referee: Diego Lara (ECU)
Assistant Referee 1: Christian Lescano (ECU)
Assistant Referee 2: Edwin Bravo (ECU)
Fourth Official: Jose Hoyo (VEN)
Referee Observer: Nelson Rodriguez (VEN)

29 August 2013
Independiente Valle – Universidad Chile
Referee: Henry Gambetta (PER)
Assistant Referee 1: Raul Lopez (PER)
Assistant Referee 2: Victor Raez (PER)
Fourth Official: Roddy Zambrano (ECU)
Referee Observer: Bommer Fierro (ECU)

Cobreloa – La Equidad
Referee: Raul Orosco (BOL)
Assistant Referee 1: Efrain Castro (BOL)
Assistant Referee 2: Arol Valda (BOL)
Fourth Official: Carlos Ulloa (CHI)
Referee Observer: Ivan Guerrero (CHI)

Nacional – Liga de Loja
Referee: Dario Ubriaco (URU)
Assistant Referee 1: Miguel Nievas (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Gabriel Popovits (URU)
Fourth Official: Enrique Caceres (PAR)
Referee Observer: Juan Bernabe (PAR)

Velez Sarsfield – Belgrano
Referee: Saul Laverni (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Ernesto Uziga (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Gustavo Rossi (ARG)
Fourth Official: German Delfino (ARG)
Referee Observer: Abel Gnecco (ARG)

UEFA Champions League – Play-off (Second Leg)

27 August 2013
Austria Wien – Dinamo Zagreb
Referee: Paolo Tagliavento (ITA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)
Additional AR 1: Andrea De Marco (ITA)
Additional AR 2: Carmine Russo (ITA)
Fourth Official: Andrea Padovan (ITA)
Referee Observer: Miroslav Liba (CZE)

FC Basel – Ludogorets
Referee: William Collum (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Cryans (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: William Conquer (SCO)
Additional AR 1: Robert Madden (SCO)
Additional AR 2: John Beaton (SCO)
Fourth Official: Gavis Harris (SCO)
Referee Observer: Leif Sundell (SWE)

Legia Warszawa – Steaua Bucuresti
Referee: Pedro Proenca (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Tiago Trigo (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Bertino Miranda (POR)
Additional AR 1: Joao Capela (POR)
Additional AR 2: Hugo Miguel (POR)
Fourth Official: Rui Tavares (POR)
Referee Observer: Murat Ilgaz (TUR)

PAOK – Schalke
Referee: Bjorn Kuipers (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Sander van Roekel (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Erwin Zeinstra (NED)
Additional AR 1: Pol van Boekel (NED)
Additional AR 2: Richard Liesveld (NED)
Fourth Official: Davie Goossens (NED)
Referee Observer: Neale Barry (ENG)

Arsenal – Fenerbahce
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Alonso Fernandez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Yuste Jimenez (ESP)
Additional AR 1: Carlos Clos Gomez (ESP)
Additional AR 2: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP)
Fourth Official: Javier Aguilar Rodriguez (ESP)
Referee Observer: Adrian Casha (MLT)

28 August 2013
AC Milan – PSV Eindhoven
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Stephen Child (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Simon Beck (ENG)
Additional AR 1: Lee Probert (ENG)
Additional AR 2: Kevin Friend (ENG)
Fourth Official: Darren Cann (ENG)
Referee Observer: Ryszard Wojcik (POL)

Zenit St. Petersburg – Pacos Ferreira
Referee: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Diaz Perez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Victoriano Diaz Casado (ESP)
Additional AR 1: Fernando Teixeira Vitienes (ESP)
Additional AR 2: Jesus Gil Manzano (ESP)
Fourth Official: Jose Fernandez Miranda (ESP)
Referee Observer: Drago Kos (SVN)

NK Maribor – Viktoria Plzen
Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)
Additional AR 1: Marco Fritz (GER)
Additional AR 2: Guido Winkmann (GER)
Fourth Official: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
Referee Observer: Sandor Piller (HUN)

Celtic Glasgow – Shakhter Karagandy
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Kim Haglund (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Frank Andas (NOR)
Additional AR 1: Ken Henry Johnsen (NOR)
Additional AR 2: Svein-Erik Edvartsen (NOR)
Fourth Official: Sven Erik Midthjell (NOR)
Referee Observer: Manuel Mejuto Gonzalez (ESP)

Real Sociedad – Olympique Lyon
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Matej Zunic (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Bojan Ul (SVN)
Additional AR 1: Slavko Vincic (SVN)
Additional AR 2: Roberto Ponis (SVN)
Fourth Official: Primoz Arhar (SVN)
Referee Observer: Andreas Schluchter (SUI)

O'Leary on cusp of World Cup dream

He's been there and "almost" done it but a match in charge at next year's FIFA World Cup in Brazil will do it for Whangarei's Peter O'Leary. Tikipunga High School's head of science and New Zealand's top football referee is eyeing the world's second-most popular sporting spectacle as the pinnacle of his long refereeing career that has taken him to far-flung places.
The 41-year-old's last assignment was a month-long trip to Turkey during the biennial U20 World Cup in June where he controlled two matches - Greece vs Mexico and Korea v Nigeria. It was his fourth tournament, having already been to Columbia in 2011, Egypt in 2009 and Canada two years earlier. New Zealand is hosting the next meet in 2015, with four matches to be played in Whangarei and O'Leary said he was in the running to officiate and may get a run in his home town. "I am part of the World Cup programme but the final decision (on referees) will be made in February 2014. There are 51 other referees around the world vying for 24 spots. At the moment it's an open list so if I make a mistake, my name may be removed from the list. There's someone there (FIFA) to view me in my games that I do in the weekends," he said. O'Leary is following a specific training guide, including filling logs, sending heart-rate data once a month and tests on the laws of the game that are monitored by FIFA officials in Malaysia and Zurich.
Though never a good player himself and felt uncomfortable as a coach, he always wanted to be involved at the elite level of football and his first break came 21 years ago when a friend inspired him to take up the whistle. "That hunger for refereeing is definitely there. For me, the World Cup is the pinnacle ... it's the cream of the cream and I've got to be optimistic while at the same time realizing that the road is tough." He makes special mention of his first international match as a referee - Australia and the Solomon Islands in Honiara in 2004, especially the security briefing prior to the game in light of ethnic tension on the island.
Tikipunga High School principal Peter Garelja described O'Leary as a living example of excellence whose sporting skills were being used to teach positive behaviour in students. "He's proved that you can live and work in a small city like Whangarei and still be an x-factor on the world stage." The New Zealand Referee of the Year in 2012, O'Leary was also selected to officiate at the London Olympics in 2012. In 2008, he became the first New Zealander to officiate in the English Premier League when he was fourth official in the clash between Aston Villa and Sunderland in Birmingham. O'Leary was a guest of top English referee Steve Bennett.

Source: The Northern Advocate

FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2013

Tahiti, 18-28 September 2013


1. Ebrahim Almansory (UAE)
2. Suhaimi Mat Hassan (MAS)
3. Bakhtiyor Namazov (UZB)
4. Suwat Wongsuwan (THA)

1. Bessem Boubaker (TUN)
2. Said Hachim (MAD)
3. Driss Lamghaidar (MAR)

1. Miguel Aguilar (MEX)
2. Gumercindo Batista (PAN)
3. Oscar Velasquez (SLV)

1. Patricio Blanca (CHI)
2. Jose Cortez (ECU)
3. Micke Palomino (PER)
4. Mariano Romo (ARG)
5. Felipe Varejao (BRA)

1. Hugo Pado (SOL)

1. Serdar Akcer (TUR)
2. Alexander Berezkin (RUS)
3. Ruben Eiriz (ESP, photo)
4. Gionni Matticoli (ITA)
5. Michael Medina (NED)
6. Emmanuel Vocale (BEL)
7. Tomasz Winiarczyk (POL)
8. Christian Zimmermann (SUI)

UEFA Europa League – Play-off (First Leg)

First Leg, 22 August 2013

FC Sevilla – Slask
Referee: Manuel Grafe (GER, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Thorsten Schiffner (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan Seidel (GER)
Fourth Official: Daniel Siebert (GER)
Referee Observer: Vaclav Krondl (CZE)

Swansea – Petrolul
Referee: Sergei Karasev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Tikhon Kalugin (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Anton Averianov (RUS)
Fourth Official: Maksim Layushkin (RUS)
Referee Observer: Juan Fernandez Marin (ESP)

Kuban Krasnodar – Feyenoord
Referee: Clement Turpin (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Nicolas Danos (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Guillaume Debart (FRA)
Fourth Official: Benoit Bastien (FRA)
Referee Observer: Kostadin Gerginov (BUL)

Zulte Waregem – Apoel
Referee: Marijo Strahonja (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Sinisa Premuzaj (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Igor Krmar (CRO)
Fourth Official: Ante Vucemilovic Simunovic (CRO)
Referee Observer: Manuel Lopez Fernandez (ESP)

Rapid Wien – Dila
Referee: Stefan Johannesson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Magnus Sjoblom (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Gustavsson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Tobias Mattsson (SWE)
Referee Observer: Nicolae Grigorescu (ROU)

Tromso – Besiktas
Referee: Alan Kelly (IRL)
Assistant Referee 1: Damien MacGraith (IRL)
Assistant Referee 2: Allen Lynch (IRL)
Fourth Official: Neil Doyle (IRL)
Referee Observer: Edgar Steinborn (GER)

Pandurii – Braga
Referee: Florian Meyer (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Holger Henschel (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Christoph Bornhorst (GER)
Fourth Official: Peter Sippel (GER)
Referee Observer: Robert Sedlacek (AUT)

Apollon – Nice
Referee: Ivan Kruzliak (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Roman Slysko (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomas Somolani (SVK)
Fourth Official: Richard Trutz (SVK)
Referee Observer: Francesco Bianchi (SUI)

Aktobe – Dynamo Kyiv
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)
Assistant Referee 1: Dmitry Zhuk (BLR)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrei Hetsikau (BLR)
Fourth Official: Dzianis Shcharbakou (BLR)
Referee Observer: Levan Paniashvili (GEO)

Atromitos – Alkmaar
Referee: David Fernandez Borbalan (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Carlos Yuste (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Jorge Canelo Prieto (ESP)
Fourth Official: Pedro Perez Montero (ESP)
Referee Observer: Charles Agius (MLT)

FH – KRC Genk
Referee: Pawel Gil (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Piotr Sadczuk (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcin Borkowski (POL)
Fourth Official: Robert Malek (POL)
Referee Observer: Michael Riley (ENG)

Elfsborg – Nordsjaelland
Referee: Fernando Teixeira Vitienes (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Victoriano Diaz Casado (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Manuel Torre Cimiano (ESP)
Fourth Official: Jose Teixeira Vitienes (ESP)
Referee Observer: Matteo Trefoloni (ITA)

Salzburg – Zalgiris
Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (MKD)
Assistant Referee 1: Marjan Kirovski (MKD)
Assistant Referee 2: Dejan Kostadinov (MKD)
Fourth Official: Dejan Jakimovski (MKD)
Referee Observer: Stefano Farina (ITA)

Qarabag – Eintracht Frankfurt
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Pawel Sokolnicki (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Fourth Official: Pawel Raczkowski (POL)
Referee Observer: Zdravko Jokic (SRB)

Minsk – Standard Liege
Referee: Istvan Vad (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Istvan Albert (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Peter Berettyan (HUN)
Fourth Official: Sandor Ando-Szabo (HUN)
Referee Observer: Karen Nalbandyan (ARM)

Jablonec – Betis Sevilla
Referee: Alexandru Tudor (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Cristian Nica (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Aurel Onita (ROU)
Fourth Official: Marius Avram (ROU)
Referee Observer: Christer Fallstrom (SWE)

Rijeka – Stuttgart
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Rob van de Ven (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Charles Schaap (NED)
Fourth Official: Dennis Higler (NED)
Referee Observer: Fritz Stuchlik (AUT)

Chernomorets Odesa – Skenderbeu
Referee: Anastasios Kakos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Dimitrios Tatsis (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Michael Karsiotis (GRE)
Fourth Official: Ilias Spathas (GRE)
Referee Observer: Jouni Hyytia (FIN)

St. Gallen – Spartak Moskva
Referee: Ovidiu Hategan (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Miklos Nagy (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Octavian Sovre (ROU)
Fourth Official: Cristian Balaj (ROU)
Referee Observer: Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)

Molde – Rubin Kazan
Referee: Alon Yefet (ISR)
Assistant Referee 1: Amihay Mozes (ISR)
Assistant Referee 2: Dvir Shimon (ISR)
Fourth Official: Shay Shirit (ISR)
Referee Observer: Volodymyr Petrov (UKR)

Vojvodina – Sheriff
Referee: Robert Schorgenhofer (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Alain Hoxha (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Matthias Winsauer (AUT)
Fourth Official: Harald Lechner (AUT)
Referee Observer: Asim Khudiyev (AZE)

Kukes – Trabzonspor
Referee: Stanislav Todorov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 1: Veselin Dobriyanov (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2: Georgi Slavov (BUL)
Fourth Official: Ivaylo Stoyanov (BUL)
Referee Observer: Horst Brummeier (AUT)

Esbjerg – St. Etienne
Referee: Robert Madden (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Alasdair Ross (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: David McGeachie (SCO)
Fourth Official: Brian Colvin (SCO)
Referee Observer: Rene Temmink (NED)

Grasshoppers – Fiorentina
Referee: Matej Jug (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Andrej Kokolj (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Marko Stancin (SVN)
Fourth Official: Dragoslav Peric (SVN)
Referee Observer: Bertrand Layec (FRA)

Maccabi Haifa – Astra
Referee: Kevin Blom (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Berry Simons (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Hessel Steegstra (NED)
Fourth Official: Serdar Gozubuyuk (NED)
Referee Observer: Dragutin Poljak (CRO)

Udinese – Liberec
Referee: Tom Harald Hagen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Dag-Roger Nebben (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Magnus Lundberg (NOR)
Fourth Official: Dag Vidar Hafsas (NOR)
Referee Observer: Stefan Ormandjiev (BUL)

Dinamo Tbilisi – Tottenham
Referee: Pol van Boekel (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Davie Goossens (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Bas van Dongen (NED)
Fourth Official: Ed Janssen (NED)
Referee Observer: Alain Hamer (LUX)

Estoril – Pasching
Referee: Bulent Yildirim (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Serkan Gencerler (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ekrem Kan (TUR)
Fourth Official: Mustafa Coscun (TUR)
Referee Observer: Tomasz Mikulski (POL)

Kalju – Dnipro
Referee: Kristinn Jakobsson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 1: Johann Gudmundsson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 2: Gunnar Gunnarsson (ISL)
Fourth Official: Thoroddur Hjaltalin (ISL)
Referee Observer: Stephen Lodge (ENG)

Partizan – Thun
Referee: Serhiy Boiko (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Oleksii Andrieiev (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Oleksandr Voytyuk (UKR)
Fourth Official: Ievgenii Aranovskyi (UKR)
Referee Observer: William Young (SCO)

CONCACAF Champions League – Group Stage (Matchday 2)

20 August 2013
W Connection – Houston Dynamo
Referee: Marco Rodriguez (MEX, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Marcos Quintero (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Hiran Dopico (CUB)
Fourth Official: Marcos Brea (CUB)
Referee Observer: Elix Peralta (PAN)

LA Galaxy – CS Cartagines
Referee: Hector Rodriguez (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: William Torres (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Oscar Velasquez (HON)
Fourth Official: Joel Aguilar (SLV)
Referee Observer: Hector Vergara (CAN)

CD Victoria – Tijuana Xolos
Referee: Marlon Mejia (SLV)
Assistant Referee 1: Douglas Bermudez (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Geovani Garcia (SLV)
Fourth Official: Elmer Bonilla (SLV)
Referee Observer: Donald Wilbur (USA)

21 August 2013
CD Heredia – Montreal Impact
Referee: Paul Delgadillo (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Rangel (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Mario Lopez (MEX)
Fourth Official: Fabricio Morales (MEX)
Referee Observer: Rodolfo Sibrian (SLV)

Real Esteli – CD Olimpia
Referee: Ricardo Montero (CRC)
Assistant Referee 1: Leonel Leal (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Octavio Jara (CRC)
Fourth Official: Jeffrey Solis (CRC)
Referee Observer: Carlos Batres (GUA)

22 August 2013
Cruz Azul – CS Herediano
Referee: Armando Castro (HON)
Assistant Referee 1: Christian Ramirez (HON)
Assistant Referee 2: Melvyn Cruz (HON)
Fourth Official: Raul Castro (HON)
Referee Observer: Esfandiar Baharmast (USA)

CSD Comunicaciones – Deportivo Toluca
Referee: Javier Santos (PUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Jairo Morales (PUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Ake (BLZ)
Fourth Official: William Anderson (PUR)
Referee Observer: Krishendath Kuarsingh (TRI)

San Miguelito – Alajuelense
Referee: Valdin Legister (JAM)
Assistant Referee 1: Garnet Page (JAM)
Assistant Referee 2: Kedlee Powell (JAM)
Fourth Official: Courtney Campbell (JAM)
Referee Observer: Ali Saheli (USA)

Copa Sudamericana – Group Stage (Matchday 4)

20 August 2013
Universidad Catolica – Emelec
Referee: Patricio Loustau (ARG, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Ezequiel Barilovsky (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Ariel Scime (ARG)
Fourth Official: Carlos Ulloa (CHI)
Referee Observer: Guido Aros (CHI)

Sport Recife – Nautico
Referee: Sandro Ricci (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Alessandro Roccha (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Emerson Carvalho (BRA)
Fourth Official: Pericles Cortes (BRA)
Referee Observer: Antonio Pereira (BRA)

Guarani – Atletico Nacional
Referee: Julio Bascunan (CHI)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Maturana (CHI)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcelo Barraza (CHI)
Fourth Official: Ulises Mereles (PAR)
Referee Observer: Carlos Alarcon (PAR)

La Equidad – Cobreloa
Referee: Jose Argote (VEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Luis Murillo (VEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Tulio Moreno (VEN)
Fourth Official: Wilson Lamoureux (COL)
Referee Observer: Oscar Ruiz (COL)

21 August 2013
Itagui – River Plate
Referee: Omar Ponce (ECU)
Assistant Referee 1: Luis Alvarado (ECU)
Assistant Referee 2: Carlos Herrera (ECU)
Fourth Official: Luis Sanchez (COL)
Referee Observer: Otalvaro Polanco (COL)

Criciuma – Ponte Preta
Referee: Leandro Vuaden (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Altemir Hausmann (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Rodrigo Joia (BRA)
Fourth Official: Heber Lopes (BRA)
Referee Observer: Jose Mocelin (BRA)

Libertad – Mineros de Guyana
Referee: Daniel Fedorczuk (URU)
Assistant Referee 1: Carlos Pastorino (URU)
Assistant Referee 2: Nicolas Taran (URU)
Fourth Official: Mario Diaz De Vivar (PAR)
Referee Observer: Miguel Giacomuzzi (PAR)

Vitoria – Coritiba
Referee: Ricardo Marques (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Fabricio Vilarinho (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Fabio Pereira (BRA)
Fourth Official: Marcelo Henrique (BRA)
Referee Observer: Manoel Serapiao (BRA)

Universidad Chile – Independiente Valle
Referee: Julio Quintana (PAR)
Assistant Referee 1: Hugo Martinez (PAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Eduardo Cardozo (PAR)
Fourth Official: Roberto Tobar (CHI)
Referee Observer: Pablo Pozo (CHI)

22 August 2013
Liga de Loja – Nacional
Referee: Adrian Velez (COL)
Assistant Referee 1: Rafael Rivas (COL)
Assistant Referee 2: Wilson Berrio (COL) F
ourth Official: Jose Espinel (ECU)
Referee Observer: Bomer Fierro (ECU)

San Lorenzo – River Plate
Referee: Mauro Vigliano (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Gustavo Rossi (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Ivan Nunez (ARG)
Fourth Official: Diego Ceballos (ARG)
Referee Observer: Hugo Padilla (ARG)

Portuguesa – Bahia
Referee: Wilton Sampaio (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Marcio Santiago (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Kleber Gil (BRA)
Fourth Official: Paulo Oliveira (BRA)
Referee Observer: Ednilson Corona (BRA)

Deportivo Pasto – Colo Colo
Referee: Oscar Maldonado (BOL)
Assistant Referee 1: Efrain Castro (BOL)
Assistant Referee 2: Javier Bustillos (BOL)
Fourth Official: Imer Machado (COL)
Referee Observer: Otalvaro Polanco (COL)

UEFA Champions League – Play-off (First Leg)

20 August 2013
Viktoria Plzen – NK Maribor
Referee: Olegario Benquerenca (POR, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Ricardo Santos (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Joao Santos (POR)
Additional AR1: Artur Soares (POR)
Additional AR2: Carlos Taborda (POR)
Fourth Official: Nuno Pereira (POR)
Referee Observer: Siegfried Kirschen (GER)

Shakhter Karagandy – Celtic Glasgow
Referee: Pavel Kralovec (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Wilczek (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Antonin Kordula (CZE)
Additional AR 1: Radek Prihoda (CZE)
Additional AR2: Michal Patak (CZE)
Fourth Official: Patrik Filipek (CZE)
Referee Observer: Sergey Zuev (RUS)

Olympique Lyon – Real Sociedad
Referee: Milorad Mazic (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Milovan Ristic (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Dalibor Djurdjevic (SRB)
Additional AR1: Danilo Grujic (SRB)
Additional AR2: Miodrag Gogic (SRB)
Fourth Official: Milan Minic (SRB)
Referee Observer: Konrad Plautz (AUT)

PSV Eindhoven – AC Milan
Referee: Cuneyt Cakir (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin Duran (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Tarik Ongun (TUR)
Additional AR1: Huseyin Gocek (TUR)
Additional AR2: Mete Kalkavan (TUR)
Fourth Official: Mustafa Eyisoy (TUR)
Referee Observer: Nikolai Levnikov (RUS)

Pacos Ferreira – Zenit St. Petersburg
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Peter Kirkup (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Simon Long (ENG)
Additional AR1: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Additional AR2: Michael Jones (ENG)
Fourth Official: Stephen Child (ENG)
Referee Observer: Georgios Bikas (GRE)

Steaua Bucuresti – Legia Warszawa
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Andrea Stefani (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Renato Faverani (ITA)
Additional AR1: Antonio Damato (ITA)
Additional AR2: Domenico Celi (ITA)
Fourth Official: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)
Referee Observer: Patrick Kelly (IRL)

21 August 2013
Schalke – PAOK Salonic
Referee: Stephane Lannoy (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Frederic Cano (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Additional AR1: Fredy Fautrel (FRA)
Additional AR2: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Fourth Official: Frederic Haquette (FRA)
Referee Observer: Gudmunder Jonsson (ISL)

Fenerbahce – Arsenal
Referee: Gianluca Rocchi (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Gianluca Cariolato (ITA)
Additional AR1: Mauro Bergonzi (ITA)
Additional AR2: Andrea Gervasoni (ITA)
Fourth Official: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)
Referee Observer: Zoran Petrovic (SRB)

Dinamo Zagreb – Austria Wien
Referee: Howard Webb (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Mullarkey (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Darren Cann (ENG)
Additional AR1: Lee Probert (ENG)
Additional AR2: Lee Mason (ENG)
Fourth Official: Simon Bennett (ENG)
Referee Observer: Ilkka Koho (FIN)

Ludogorets – FC Basel
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan-Hendrik Salver (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Mike Pickel (GER)
Additional AR1: Tobias Welz (GER)
Additional AR2: Tobias Stieler (GER)
Fourth Official: Detlef Scheppe (GER)
Referee Observer: Miroslav Vitkovic (CRO)

FIFA referee Liesveld escaped from burning car

Dutch FIFA referee Richard Liesveld could not referee his match yesterday because his car got on fire on the way to the match Roda – Vitesse in Dutch top league. The referee’s car burned out completely. Liesveld heared a strange noise while driving so he stopped at the first gas station. He did not notice anything at first glance and wanted to continue, but then people who were near to the car warned him that his car was burning from underneath. The referee could get out safely, but was not able to take his referee equipment with him. A witness said that they couldn’t get closer (see picture below) because glass was going everywhere. The referee talked on Twitter about the incident. “I was startled enormously. It’s so surreal if you see the car you just have driven in burned down in just five minutes", tweeted Liesveld.
Dutch FA appointed Ed Janssen to replace Liesveld, so the match was still played. Police is investigating the case. Dutch FA thinks it’s just a technical problem in the car and not something which was planned by angry football fans.

Source: Volkskrant

Boyce promises best refs for top games

British FIFA vice-president Jim Boyce says he is "shocked and honoured" to be awarded one of the most important roles within the game, head of FIFA Referees Committee, and says he will do all he can to make sure the best officials are used in major competitions in order to avoid any hint of corruption or dirty tricks. 
Boyce recently ran the FIFA under-20 World Cup organising committee in Turkey and is understood to have impressed FIFA with his organisational skills. Nevertheless, the Northern Irishman was stunned at being appointed referees boss in succession to Spain's Angel Maria Villar as part of a political-style reshuffle by FIFA. "This came completely out of the blue and I'm both shocked and honoured," said Boyce, part of whose remit will be to oversee referees selected for next year's World Cup in Brazil and other FIFA competitions. "It's an incredibly important committee within FIFA and I will try to ensure that the best referees are appointed for the major matches. There has been criticism in the past about certain referees being chosen for certain games. I will try and ensure they are appointed on ability and credibility." Boyce is a strong advocate of goalline technology and says most top referees feel the same way. But, he said, he would instantly reject any sign of a move to extend technology to other areas of the game like offsides or penalties, the kind of slippery slope feared by UEFA president Michel Platini who is leading the anti-goalline technology lobby. "Let me make it clear that I am totally and utterly against any other form of technology," declared Boyce. "But I'm 100 percent behind goalline technology and I'll tell you why. Other things like penalty decisions are opinions. A goal is fact. It was either over the line or it wasn't. For many years when I was a match delegate, I spoke to most of the top referees and there was not one of them who did not welcome goalline technology because the game is now so fast".

Source: InsideWorldFootball

CAF Champions League – Group Stage (Matchday 3)

17-18 August 2013

Orlando Pirates – Zamalek
Referee: Slim Jedidi (TUN, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Bechir Hassani (TUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Anouar Hmila (TUN)
Fourth Official: Nasrallah Jaouadi (TUN)

AC Leopards – El Ahly
Referee: Bernard Camille (SEY)
Assistant Referee 1: Hensley Petrousse (SEY)
Assistant Referee 2: Eldrick Adelaide (SEY)
Fourth Official: Allister Barra (SEY)

Coton Sport – Recreativo Do Libolo
Referee: Bamlak Tessema (ETH)
Assistant Referee 1: Kindie Mussie (ETH)
Assistant Referee 2: Belachew Yetayem (ETH)
Fourth Official: Haileyesus Bazezew (ETH)

Sewe Sport – Esperance Tunis
Referee: Ousmane Fall (SEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Ababacar Sene (SEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Serigne Toure (SEN)
Fourth Official: Daouda Gueye (SEN)

CAF Confederation Cup – Group Stage (Matchday 3)

16-18 August 2013

St. Georges – CS Sfaxien
Referee: Redouane Jiyed (MAR, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Rouani Bouazza (MAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Mohamed Lahmidi (MAR)
Fourth Official: Khalid Ennouni (MAR)

Stade Malien – Etoile du Sahel
Referee: Sylvester Kirwa (KEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Peter Sabatia (KEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Tony Kidiya (KEN)
Fourth Official: Thomas Onyango (KEN)

CA Bizertin – TP Mazembe
Referee: Mario Bangoura (GUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Aboubacar Doubouya (GUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Issa Soumah (GUI)
Fourth Official: Ousmane Camara (GUI)

FUS Rabat – ES Setif
Referee: Hudu Munyemana (RWA)
Assistant Referee 1: Onore Samba (RWA)
Assistant Referee 2: Bosco Niyitegeka (RWA)
Fourth Official: Issa Kagabo (RWA)

Copa Sudamericana – Group Stage (Matchday 3)

13 August 2013
Belgrano – Velez
Referee: Diego Ceballos (ARG, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Hernan Maidana (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Belatti (ARG)
Fourth Official: Mauro Vigliano (ARG)
Referee Observer: Luis Pasturenzi (ARG)

14 August 2013
Racing – Lanus
Referee: German Delfino (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Diego Bonfa (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Julio Fernandez (ARG)
Fourth Official: Nestor Pitana (ARG)
Referee Observer: Abel Gnecco (ARG)

International Friendly Matches

14 August 2013

Italy – Argentina
Referee: Wolfgang Stark (GER, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan-Hendrik Salver (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Mike Pickel (GER)
Fourth Official: Paolo Valeri (ITA)

Portugal – Netherlands
Referee: Paolo Mazzoleni (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Mauro Tonolini (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Riccardo Di Fiore (ITA)
Fourth Official: Joao Capela (POR)

England – Scotland
Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Alessandro Rocha (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Enock Molefe (RSA)
Fourth Official: Alain Bieri (SUI)

Germany – Paraguay
Referee: Ivan Bebek (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomislav Petrovic (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Miro Grgic (CRO)
Fourth Official: Christian Dingert (GER)

Switzerland – Brazil
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Guido Kleve (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Markus Hacker (GER)

Sweden – Norway
Referee: Michael Oliver (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Stuart Burt (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Simon Bennett (ENG)
Fourth Official: Anthony Taylor (ENG)

Belgium – France
Referee: Craig Thomson (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Alan Mulvanny (SCO)
Assistant Referee 2: Damien MacGraith (IRL)
Fourth Official: Yves De Neve (BEL)

Bosnia – USA
Referee: Damir Skomina (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Primoz Arhar (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Marko Stancin (SVN)
Fourth Official: Irfan Peljto (BIH)

Hungary – Czech Republic
Referee: Howard Webb (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Michael Mullarkey (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Simon Long (ENG)
Fourth Official: Michael Dean (ENG)

Wales – Ireland
Referee: Pavel Kralovec (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Wilczek (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Antonin Kordula (CZE)
Fourth Official: Mark Whitby (WAL)

Turkey – Ghana
Referee: Matej Jug (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Gregor Rojko (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Robert Vukan (SVN)
Fourth Official: Darko Ceferin (SVN)

Ukraine – Israel
Referee: Ivan Kruzliak (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Roman Slysko (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomas Mokos (SVK)
Fourth Official: Serhiy Skrypak (UKR)

Austria – Greece
Referee: Richard Trutz (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Martin Balko (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Peter Chladek (SVK)
Fourth Official: Jan Valasek (SVK)

Romania – Slovakia
Referee: Neil Doyle (IRL)
Assistant Referee 1: Wayne McDonnell (IRL)
Assistant Referee 2: Ciaran Delaney (IRL)
Fourth Official: Marius Avram (ROU)

Finland – Slovenia
Referee: Simon Lee Evans (WAL)
Assistant Referee 1: John Roberts (WAL)
Assistant Referee 2: Philip Thomas (WAL)
Fourth Official: Bryn Markham-Jones (WAL)

Luxembourg – Lithuania
Referee: Arnold Hunter (NIR)
Assistant Referee 1: Richard Storey (NIR)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrew Neeson (NIR)

Fourth Official: Chris Reish (LUX)

Japan – Uruguay
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)

Assistant Referee 1: Pawel Sokolnicki (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Radoslaw Siejka (POL)

Fourth Official: Hiroyoshi Takayama (JPN)

Poland – Denmark
Referee: Yudai Yamamoto (JPN)
Assistant Referee 1: Toshiyuki Nagi (JPN)
Assistant Referee 2: Shinji Ochi (JPN)
Fourth Official: Marcin Borski (POL)

Moldova – Andorra
Referee: Yaroslav Kozyk (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Yevhen Khalamendyk (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Oleh Pluzhnyk (UKR)

Belarus – Montenegro
Referee: Kristo Tohver (EST)
Assistant Referee 1: Hannes Reinvald (EST)
Assistant Referee 2: Dmitri Vinogradov (EST)

Estonia – Latvia
Referee: Michael Lerjeus (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Gustavsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Per Brogevik (SWE)
Fourth Official: Neeme Neemlaid (EST)

Azerbaijan – Malta
Referee: Aleksandr Aliyev (KAZ)
Assistant Referee 1: Alibek Aubakirov (KAZ)
Assistant Referee 2: Sanzhar Iskakov (KAZ)

Kazakhstan – Georgia
Referee: Siarhei Tsynkevich (BLR)
Assistant Referee 1: Vital Malyutsin (BLR)
Assistant Referee 2: Stanislau Savitski (BLR)

Ecuador – Spain
Referee: Wilmar Roldan (COL)
Assistant Referee 1: Wilson Berrio (COL)
Assistant Referee 2: Rafael Rivas (COL)
Fourth Official: Carlos Vera (ECU)

Colombia – Serbia
Referee: Javier Estrada Fernandez (ESP)

Assistant Referee 1: Javier Aguilar Rodriguez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Francisco Martin Garcia (ESP)

Venezuela – Bolivia
Referee: Imer Machado (COL)
Assistant Referee 1: Alexander Guzman (COL)
Assistant Referee 2: Christian De la Cruz (COL)

Chile – Iraq
Referee: Michael Johansen (DEN)

Assistant Referee 1: Derya Oguz (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Henrik Larsen (DEN)
Fourth Official: Lars Christoffersen (DEN)

Mexico – Cote d'Ivoire
Referee: David Gantar (CAN)
Assistant Referee 1: Joe Fletcher (CAN)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Belleau (CAN)
Fourth Official: Edvin Jurisevic (USA)

Senegal – Zambia
Referee: Laurent Duhamel (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Guillaume Debart (FRA)
Fourth Official: Frederic Haquette (FRA)

Algeria – Guinea
Referee: Ali Lemghaifry (MTN)
Assistant Referee 1: El Hassane Dia (MTN)
Assistant Referee 2: Abderahmane Warr (MTN)

Fourth Official: Mehdi Abid Charef (ALG)

Tunisia – Congo
Referee: Mokhtar Amalou (ALG)
Assistant Referee 1: Amine Meknous (ALG)
Assistant Referee 2: Hamza Hammou (ALG

Morocco – Burkina Faso
Referee: Malang Diedhiou (SEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Serigne Toure (SEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Abdulaziz Gueye (SEN)

The FA 150th Anniversary Match

The Football Association has invited the German referee, Felix Brych, to oversee the first ever international match in Europe with Hawk-Eye goal-line technology, England – Scotland, part of the FA’s 150th Anniversary. The four officials all hail from nations where English referees have overseen World Cup finals. England is the only nation to have provided four world Cup final (or final game) referees: George Reader in Brazil 1950, William Ling in Switzerland 1954, Jack Taylor in West Germany 1974 and Howard Webb in South Africa 2010. The FA has appointed officials from those nations: Brazil (assistant referee Alessandro Rocha), Switzerland (fourth official Alain Bieri), Germany (referee Felix Brych) and South Africa (assistant referee Enock Molefe).
“The standard of English refereeing at the highest level continues to be one of the domestic game’s biggest success stories”, said David Elleray, chairman of the FA’s referees’ committee. “Just last month, Sian Massey was appointed first assistant referee for the UEFA Women’s Euro final in Sweden. Mark Clattenburg refereed the 2012 Olympic final at Wembley. In 2010, Howard Webb preceded his World Cup appointment with the UEFA Champions League final”.

Source: The Telegraph

FIFA World Cup 2014 Qualifiers – UEFA

14 August 2013

Northern Ireland – Russia
Referee: Tom Harald Hagen (NOR, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Dag Roger Nebben (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Magnus Lundberg (NOR)
Fourth Official: Dag Vidar Hafsas (NOR)

Jim Boyce - new chairman of the FIFA Referees Committee

Former chairman Angel Maria Villar Llona (ESP) has recently resigned due to personal reasons and Jim Boyce (NIR, photo) has been appointed as the new chairman of the FIFA Referees Committee. Former deputy chairman Michel D’Hooghe (BEL) has been replaced by Worawi Makudi (THA).

FIFA Referees Committee 2013-2015

Jim Boyce (NIR)

Deputy Chairman
Zhang Jilong (CHN)

Worawi Makudi (THA)

Members - Competition
1. Carlos Alarcon (PAR)
2. Badara Sene (SEN)
3. Jorge Romo  (ARG)
4. Peter Mikkelsen (DEN)
5. Toru Kamikawa (JPN)
6. Carlos Batres (GUA)
7. Tarek Bouchamaoui (TUN)
8. Lee Harmon (COK)
9. Ingrid Jonsson (SWE)
10. Jorge Larrionda (URU)
11. Jassim Mandi (BHR)
12. Celestin Ntagungira (RWA)       
13. Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)
14. Terence Babwah (TRI) - Medical

Members - Development
1. Belaid Lacarne (ALG)
2. Michal Listkiewicz (POL)
3. Ted Howard (USA)
4. Lambert Maltock (VAN)
5. Katriina Elovirta (FIN)
6. Jacqueline Leleu (AUS)
7. Subkhiddin Mohd Salleh (MAS)
8. Michael Riley (ENG)
9. Oscar Ruiz (COL)
10. Hector Vergara (CAN)
11. James Sekajugo (UGA) - Medical

FIFA World Cup 2014 Qualifiers – AFC Play-off

First Leg, 6 September 2013
Jordan – Uzbekistan
Referee: Yuichi Nishimura (JPN, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Toru Sagara (JPN)
Assistant Referee 2: Toshiyuki Nagi (JPN)
Fourth Official: Jumpei Iida (JPN)
Referee Observer: Abdul Al Delawar (BHR)

Second Leg, 10 September 2013
Uzbekistan – Jordan
Referee: Benjamin Williams (AUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Matthew Cream (AUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Hakan Anaz (AUS)
Fourth Official: Strebre Delovski (AUS)
Referee Observer: Toru Kamikawa (JPN)

UEFA Europa League – Third Qualifying Round (Second Leg)

8 August 2013

MSK Zilina – HNK Rijeka
Referee: Antonio Damato (ITA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Claudio La Rocca (ITA)
Fourth Official: Domenico Celi (ITA)
Referee Observer: Aleh Chykun (BLR)

Crvena Zvezda – Chernomorets Odesa
Referee: Artur Soares (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bertino Miranda (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Rui Tavares (POR)
Fourth Official: Paulo Batista (POR)
Referee Observer: Marinus Koopman (NED)

Udinese Calcio – Siroki Brijeg
Referee: Antti Munukka (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Matti Heininen (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan-Peter Aravirta (FIN)
Fourth Official: Dennis Antamo (FIN)
Referee Observer: Lutz Frohlich (GER)

Maccabi Haifa – FK Ventspils
Referee: Michael Lerjeus (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Henrik Andren (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Per Brogevik (SWE)
Fourth Official: Johan Hamlin (SWE)
Referee Observer: Stefan Ormandjiev (BUL)

Trabzonspor – Dinamo Minsk
Referee: Stephan Studer (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Sandro Pozzi (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Sladan Josipovic (SUI)
Fourth Official: Pache Sebastien (SUI)
Referee Observer: Patritiu Abrudan (ROU)

FC Brugge – Slask Wroclaw
Referee: Miroslav Zelinka (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Ondrej Pelikan (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Ivo Nadvornik (CZE)
Fourth Official: Pavel Orel (CZE)
Referee Observer: Eugen Strigel (GER)

Astra Ploiesti – AS Trencin
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Guillaume Debart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Cyril Lompre (FRA)
Fourth Official: Benoit Millot (FRA)
Referee Observer: Levan Paniashvili (GEO)

Malmo FF – Swansea City

Referee: Serdar Gozubuyuk (NED)

Assistant Referee 1: Charles Schaap (NED)

Assistant Referee 2: Hessel Steegstra (NED)

Fourth Official: Martin Van den Kerkhof (NED)

Referee Observer: Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)

Vitesse – Petrolul

Referee: Ante Vucemilovic-Simunovic (CRO)

Assistant Referee 1: Borut Krizaric (CRO)

Assistant Referee 2: Sasa Feges (CRO)

Fourth Official: Zlatko Simcic (CRO)

Referee Observer: Vladimir Petrov (UKR)

FC Zurich – Slovan Liberec

Referee: Martin Strombergsson (SWE)

Assistant Referee 1: Joakim Flink (SWE)

Assistant Referee 2: Daniel Gustavsson (SWE)

Fourth Official: Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE)

Referee Observer: Jean Lemmer (LUX)

Breidablik – Aktobe

Referee: Sebastien Delferiere (BEL)

Assistant Referee 1: Yves De Neve (BEL)

Assistant Referee 2: Jimmy Cremers (BEL)

Fourth Official: Jonathan Lardot (BEL)

Referee Observer: Neale Barry (ENG)

Rubin Kazan – Randers FC

Referee: Kevin Clancy (SCO)

Assistant Referee 1: Graham Chambers (SCO)

Assistant Referee 2: David McGeachie (SCO)

Fourth Official: Greg Aitken (SCO)

Referee Observer: Vítor Melo Pereira (POR)

Lech Poznan – VMFD Zalgiris

Referee: Ken Henry Johnsen (NOR)

Assistant Referee 1: Sven Erik Midthjell (NOR)

Assistant Referee 2: Jan Erik Engan (NOR)

Fourth Official: Ola Hobber Nilsen (NOR)

Referee Observer: Raymond Ellingham (WAL)

Mladost Podgorica – Sevilla FC

Referee: Ievgenii Aranovskyi (UKR)

Assistant Referee 1: Semen Shlonchak (UKR)

Assistant Referee 2: Igor Bytskalo (UKR)

Fourth Official: Sergiy Berezka (UKR)

Referee Observer: Nicolae Grigorescu (ROU)

Dila Gori – Hajduk Split

Referee: Tamas Bognar (HUN)

Assistant Referee 1: Peter Berettyan (HUN)

Assistant Referee 2: Oszkar Lemon (HUN)

Fourth Official: Peter Solymosi (HUN)

Referee Observer: Tomasz Mikulski (POL)

Metalurh Donetsk – FK Kukesi

Referee: Bulent Yildirim (TUR)

Assistant Referee 1: Serkan Gencerler (TUR)

Assistant Referee 2: Ekrem Kan (TUR)

Fourth Official: Mustafa Coskun (TUR)

Referee Observer: Miroslav Radoman (SRB)

Hapoel Tel Aviv – Pandurii Targu Jiu

Referee: Paolo Valeri (ITA)

Assistant Referee 1: Alessandro Giallatini (ITA)

Assistant Referee 2: Fabio Galloni (ITA)

Fourth Official: Marco Guida (ITA)

Referee Observer: Georgios Bikas (GRE)

FC Differdange – Tromso IL

Referee: Kristo Tohver (EST)

Assistant Referee 1: Dmitri Vinogradov (EST)

Assistant Referee 2: Sten Klaasen (EST)

Fourth Official: Jaan Roos (EST)

Referee Observer: Erol Ersoy (TUR)

Kuban Krasnodar – Motherwell FC

Referee: Cristian Balaj (ROU)

Assistant Referee 1: Octavian Sovre (ROU)

Assistant Referee 2: Mihai Artene (ROU)

Fourth Official: Sebastian Coltescu (ROU)

Referee Observer: Miroslav Vitkovic (CRO)

Milsami Orhei – AS Saint Etienne

Referee: Ilias Spathas (GRE)

Assistant Referee 1: Michael Karsiotis (GRE)

Assistant Referee 2: Lazaros Dimitriadis (GRE)

Fourth Official: Anastasios Kakos (GRE)

Referee Observer: Vaclav Krondl (CZE)

Stromsgodset – Jablonec

Referee: Gediminas Mazeika (LTU)

Assistant Referee 1: Vytautas Simkus (LTU)

Assistant Referee 2: Vytenis Kazlauskas (LTU)

Fourth Official: Sergejus Slyva (LTU)

Referee Observer: Sigurdur Hannesson (ISL)

Gefle IF – Qarabag FK

Referee: Stephan Klossner (SUI)

Assistant Referee 1: Remy Zgraggen (SUI)

Assistant Referee 2: Vital Jobin (SUI)

Fourth Official: Alain Bieri (SUI)

Referee Observer: Rune Pedersen (NOR)

Rapid Wien – Asteras Tripolis

Referee: Simon Lee Evans (WAL)

Assistant Referee 1: Philip Thomas (WAL)

Assistant Referee 2: Gareth Jones (WAL)

Fourth Official: Brian James (WAL)

Referee Observer: Niklas Lídarenda (FRO)

VfB Stuttgart – Botev Plovdiv

Referee: Jan Valasek (SVK)

Assistant Referee 1: Erik Weiss (SVK)

Assistant Referee 2: Ondrej Brendza (SVK)

Fourth Official: Peter Kralovik (SVK)

Referee Observer: Guy Goethals (BEL)

Hapoel Ramat Gan – Estoril Praia

Referee: Anastasios Sidiropoulos (GRE)

Assistant Referee 1: Damianos Efthimiadis (GRE)

Assistant Referee 2: Dimitrios Gagas (GRE)

Fourth Official: Michael Koukoulakis (GRE)

Referee Observer: Konrad Plautz (AUT)

Bursaspor – Vojvodina

Referee: Javier Estrada Fernandez (ESP)

Assistant Referee 1: Javier Aguilar Rodriguez (ESP)

Assistant Referee 2: Javier Martin Francisco (ESP)

Fourth Official: Ignacio Iglesias Villanueva (ESP)

Referee Observer: Nikolai Levnikov (RUS)

Standard Liege – Skoda Xanthi

Referee: Jakob Kehlet (DEN)

Assistant Referee 1: Lars Rix (DEN)

Assistant Referee 2: Jakob Bille (DEN)

Fourth Official: Michael Tykgaard (DEN)

Referee Observer: Uno Tutk (EST)

FC Thun – BK Hacken

Referee: Arnold Hunter (NIR)

Assistant Referee 1: Eamon Shanks (NIR)

Assistant Referee 2: Richard Storey (NIR)

Fourth Official: Mark Courtney (NIR)

Referee Observer: Dragutin Poljak (CRO)

Saint Johnstone – FC Minsk
Referee: Pavle Radovanovic (MNE)
Assistant Referee 1: Nikola Razic (MNE)
Assistant Referee 2: Milutin Djukic (MNE)
Fourth Official: Milos Boskovic (MNE)
Referee Observer: Edward Foley (IRL)