Friday, 16 November 2018

UEFA Nations League 2018/19 - Referee Appointments MD5 (16 November 2018)

Referee appointments for 2018-19 UEFA Nations League Matchday 5, games to be played on 16/11.  Thank to @h_demboveac on Twitter.

League A - Group 1
16 November 2018, 20:45 CET - Rotterdam (Stadion Feijenoord)
Referee: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Gary Beswick (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Adam Nunn (ENG)
Fourth Official: Lee Betts (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Stuart Attwell (ENG)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Martin Atkinson (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jørn West Larsen (DEN)
UEFA Delegate: Balázs Makray (HUN)

League B - Group 1
16 November 2018, 20:45 CET - Trnava (City Arena - Štadión Antona Malatinského)
Referee: Nikola Dabanović (MNE)
Assistant Referee 1: Milutin Đukić (MNE)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleksandar Đikanović (MNE)
Fourth Official: Vladan Todorović (MNE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Milovan Milačić (MNE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Miloš Bošković (MNE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Konrad Plautz (AUT)
UEFA Delegate: Ariel Kenneth Scheiman (ISR)

League B - Group 4
16 November 2018, 20:45 CET - Cardiff (Cardiff City Stadium)
Referee: Ivan Kružliak (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomáš Somoláni (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Branislav Hancko (SVK)
Fourth Official: Tomáš Mókoš (SVK)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Peter Kráľovič (SVK)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Filip Glova (SVK)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alain Hamer (LUX)
UEFA Delegate: Þórir Þormar Hákonarson (ISL)

League C - Group 3
16 November 2018, 20:45 CET - Ljubljana (Stadion Stožice)
Referee: Ruddy Buquet (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Guillaume Debart (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Julien Pacelli (FRA)
Fourth Official: Cyril Mugnier (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Amaury Delerue (FRA)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: François Letexier (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Gevorg Hovhannisyan (ARM)
UEFA Delegate: Harry Been (NED)

League C - Group 3
16 November 2018, 20:45 CET - Nicosia (Stádio GSP)
Referee: Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Daniel Wärnmark (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Joakim Amri Nilsson (SWE)
Fourth Official: Fredrik Klyver (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Andreas Ekberg (SWE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Kaspar Sjöberg (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: László Vágner (HUN)
UEFA Delegate: Sergiu Lisnic (MDA)

League D - Group 4
16 November 2018, 20:45 CET - Vaduz (Rheinpark Stadion)
Referee: Petr Ardeleanu (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Ivo Nádvorník (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Petr Blažej (CZE)
Fourth Official: Jan Paták (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Zbyněk Proske (CZE)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Karel Hrubeš (CZE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Johan Verbist (BEL)
UEFA Delegate: Wolfgang Thierrichter (AUT)

League D - Group 4
16 November 2018, 20:45 CET - Gibraltar (Victoria Stadium)
Referee: Kai Erik Steen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan Erik Engan (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Jon-Michael Knutsen (NOR)
Fourth Official: Øystein Simon Ytterland (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Espen Andreas Eskås (NOR)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Kristoffer Hagenes (NOR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Marco Borg (MLT)
UEFA Delegate: Eugène Westerink (NED)


  1. Another signal that Dabanović is close to a promotion.

    1. May be. But Ukraine is already won the group

  2. Another very good appointment for Kruziak. I think that his time for a promotion has come.

    Taylor gets another big appointment and Ardeleanu gets an important match right after his EL debut (good performance on an easy match).

  3. The biggest surprise here IMO is Al-Hakim with an still important League C match without previous EL debut.

  4. Kabakov and Treimanis with Under 21 play off (first legs).

    Waiting for FIFA official confirmation...

  6. OT: Bas Nijhuis will be out until the winterstop. He suffered a dislocated kneecap during a trainingsession. He already had a surgery after his kneecap clogged in his upperleg.

  7. Very good, I expect Dabanovic in the first group

  8. I need information about next friendly matches
    Switzerland-Qatar 14 nov.
    England-USA 15 nov.
    Who is referee?

    1. England-USA Cüneyt Cakir (TUR), as Chefren said earlier.

    2. thanks,but I seems that for another match
      Italy - USA

    3. Cakir is the referee of Italy - USA, 20/11 :D

    4. Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano


  9. Video of Neymar and Kuipers confrontation

  10. FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018

    Brazil - Japan

    Referee:KULCSAR Katalin ( HUN )
    Assistant Referee 1: TOROK Katalin ( HUN )
    Assistant Referee 2: RATAJOVA Lucie ( CZE )
    Fourth official: FORTUNATO Laura ( ARG )

    New Zealand - Finland

    Referee: YAMASHITA Yoshimi ( JPN )
    Assistant Referee 1: TESHIROGI Naomi ( JPN )
    Assistant Referee 2: BOZONO Makoto ( JPN )
    Fourth official: BEAUDOIN Marie-Soleil ( CAN )

    Mexico - South Africa

    Referee: CARVAJAL Maria ( CHI )
    Assistant Referee 1: VASQUEZ Leslie ( CHI )
    Assistant Referee 2: TOLOZA Loreto ( CHI )
    Fourth official: FORTUNATO Laura ( ARG )

    Uruguay - Ghana

    Referee: VENEGAS Lucila ( MEX )
    Assistant Referee 1: CHAVEZ Mayte ( MEX )
    Assistant Referee 2: CAUDILLO Enedina ( MEX )
    Fourth official: BEAUDOIN Marie-Soleil ( CAN )

  11. FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Uruguay 2018

    USA - Cameroon

    Referee: Casey Reilbelt (AUS)
    Assistant Referee 1: Lee Seul Gi (KOR)
    Assistant Referee 2:Thi Le Trinh (VIE)
    Fourth official: Sara Persson (SWE)

    Korea Republic - Spain

    Referee:Ekaterina Koroleva (USA)
    Assistant Referee 1: Felisha Mariscal (USA)
    Assistant Referee 2:Deleana Quan (USA)
    Fourth official: Salima Mukansanga (RWA)

    Korea DPR - Germany

    Referee: Anastasia Pustovoytova (RUS)
    Assistant Referee 1: Ekaterina Kurochkina (RUS)
    Assistant Referee 2: Maria Sukenikova (SVK)
    Fourth official: Sara Persson (SWE)

    Canada - Colombia

    Referee: Riem Hussein (GER)
    Assistant Referee 1: Kylie Cockburn (SCO)
    Assistant Referee 2:Mihaela Tepusa (ROU)
    Fourth official: Salima Mukansanga (RWA)

    1. So we have a referee at the same time being from the same confederation as one of the teams and coming from a neighbouring country of the other team.

  12. Question to slovenian ref friends: do you know if Radeta Obrenovića will ref in UEFA in these days ? Thanks a lot

    1. It seems not, he isn't appointed in Slovenia either.

    2. Do not know for sure, there has not been an official announcement by the Slovenian National Referee Association yet. Contrary to Sale, I think that he might be appointed as a part of the SVN referee team for the National League.

    3. Thanks , I hope to see him on TV soon. He is one of my preferred ref right now. Please, if you have news write here.

    4. @Andreja, of course, I was only saying that so far no announcement has been made. Maybe it was too early (6 am) and I wasn't clear ;)

    5. Sale and Andreja, please, are you from Slovenia ? If you dont wanna answer , no problem.

    6. @Sale, OK, no problem :-)
      @pita falta: Yes

    7. Please post news about Rade and Vincic, two excellent referees. You may have realized that I'm a fan of Rade.

    8. @pita falta Rade Obrenovic with his AR Tomislav Pospeh are currently in Armenia, participating at the UEFA U17 tournament

    9. NZS is wrong. It's a friendly tournament, not UEFA U17 quali.

  13. Highlights of Irfan Peljto, who became the first Bosnian to officiate a EL group match in six years (after Alečković...), officiating the hot Sarajevski Derbi between FK Sarajevo - FK Željezničar.

    Peljto faced a match containing ten YCs and two RCs and players who played very nervously; absolutely challenging task facing the referees on the pitch.

    Watch 'fast-paced' refereeing highlights on the link below.

    Peljto impressed me both times I watched him, and he has pretty good chances to ascend to UEFA First Category for my taste.

    1. Great highlights, very interesting. I don't agree with all his decisions, but overall the big picture is very good. He clearly is a very respected authority.

      I think he could improve on the way he uses his whistle and a bit less passive behaviour. But those are things that works in EL. I can imagine that in a Bosbian derby this approach works.

    2. Let me say that I'm impressed with his managment skills and level of acceptance.
      I agree with Rik B, I dont agree with all the decisions but managment is very good.

      He is good psychologist and kind of a referee who doesn't leave things unscaled (Unclear) with players.
      The moment of the prevention is very smart...
      He starts conversation even before player complains

      Good to see that Bosnia and Hercegovina have one very talented referee

  14. U21 play off full appointments:

    16 November 2018, 17:00 CET - Thessaloniki (Stádio Toúmbas)
    Referee: Andris Treimanis (LVA)
    Assistant Referee 1: Haralds Gudermanis (LVA)
    Assistant Referee 2: Aleksejs Spasjonņikovs (LVA)
    Fourth Official: Aleksandrs Golubevs (LVA)
    UEFA Referee Observer: Haim Jakov (ISR)
    UEFA Delegate: Lennart Vestervall (SWE)

    16 November 2018, 18:00 CET - Zabrze (Arena Zabrze)
    Referee: Georgi Kabakov (BUL)
    Assistant Referee 1: Martin Margaritov (BUL)
    Assistant Referee 2: Diyan Valkov (BUL)
    Fourth Official: Stanislav Todorov (BUL)
    UEFA Referee Observer: Levan Paniashvili (GEO)
    UEFA Delegate: Rudolf Zavrl (SVN)

    Apparently, Kabakov and Treimanis have already a certain trust by committee, in such important games, there are "normal observers".

    1. Both should also be good bets for the final tournament.
      Early (quite obvious) prediction for that: Ekberg, Grinfeld, Kabakov, Kehlet, Kovacs, Massa, Raczkowski, Siebert, Treimanis
      First alternatives could be Aghayev, Jovanovic and Özkahya.

    2. If we go back to 2017 tournament, the only referees without CL debut are Lechner (AUT) and Gözübüyük (NED). I think we are allowed to say that UEFA expected more from them... but of course for both the debut is still possible.

    3. In 2017 play-offs, first legs were handled by Oliver and Bastien, and second legs by Kruzliak and Gözübüyük

    4. And from 2015, we have 3 WC referees and 2 more Elite referees - only Estrada failed to even get a CL match.

  15. Interesting situation for AAR1 in SVN-NOR (30'), GLT stuff. No adequate replays so far, but it seemed like a correct "no goal" decision. Quite some protests of NOR.

  16. Branislav Hancko made a crucial mistake to disallow a Denmark goal, it was a close ONSIDE situation.
    Otherwise, good Kružliak so far (38').

  17. Missed YC for Digne, arm to the face, clearly reckless.

  18. Blatant missed foul and YC by Taylor (37'). Otherwise good so far.

  19. Digne should have been off by now. Late stomp, ellbow and now late and high challenge. Only the last one led to the overdue caution.

  20. Chefren,there is a mistake:Observer for taylor in Rotterdam is from Danemark(IIRC) not England.

  21. Potential RC for VC by Ethan Amapadu in Wales vs Denmark for challenge on Dolberg in 86' min? Contact could be judged as excessive force made with opponent's head/neck Regardless, Ivan Kružliak managed the situation very well

    1. Thanks for this clip. In my opinion YC is okay.

      This was a revenge foul, for one minutes earlier by Dolberg- the tackle didn't endanger opponents safety, but was absolutely savage with no control of his body; in my opinion, this should have been a RC.

      Overall Kružliak showed an impressive disciplinary control / prevention. Surely Slovakian will be promoted in the next time.

    2. Thank you for your opinion.

      The original challenge by Dolberg that caused Ampadu to take this revenge:

      For me this tackle is a strong yellow card - showing lack of care or consideration for the welfare of the opponent (especially with proximity to advertising boarding etc) but not enough for a RC.

      Yes I agree with your overall remarks, Kružliak did vey well to manage a difficult period towards the game and throughout the game with 9 supportable cautions. His ability to act fast and produce a quick card if necessary with presence and impact to diffuse challenging situations was very impressive

    3. Thanks again for the clip.

      I over estimated the emphasis of the studs in the tackle, the thigh / upper body is the point of the challenge.
      You're right- YC is the right solution there.

    4. My view: Dolberg YC, Ampadu RC. Ampadu's attack was directed at an opponent. His only intention was to hurt an opponent. It was really wild.

    5. Both YC and RC supportable. Great job by Kruzliak handling a situation that could have easily gotten out of control.

    6. Thank you for your views. Yes I agree, in my opinion YC is supportable on both incidents. Kružliak should receive great kudos for way he stopped both situations from bubbling over.

  22. UEFA Nations League League C Tuesday

    Montenegro - Romania : Zwayer - Schiffner, Achmüller - Gittelmann

    Scotland - Israel : Welz - Foltyn, Häcker - Borsch

    Source :

  23. Pitana released an interesting interview to an Italian newspaper today, he is in Italy for receiving an award (Premio Campanati) following WC.
    Among other things, he stated that VAR is very important and he has now the idea to become a politician, if possible, he wants to do something for his region.
    A very serious injury (tendinitis) has stopped him since last August.

  24. Mohammed Al-Hakim assigned this penalty in Cyprus - Bulgaria:

    1. 2nd Yellow Card given by Ardeleanu

    2. Penalty looks a bit soft, but probably acceptable.
      2nd Yellow Card could easily (maybe should) have been a straight Red.

    3. I agree Phillip - contact is exceedingly high up the leg of the opponent with considerable force and endangers the safety in my opinion, therefore should be straight RC. Thank you for the clips Mikael.

    4. Penalty is soft but supportable, see how much AR2 was determined I think even before the whistle of main referee. If you are so convinced, you can sell your decisions in a very good way.
      About Ardeleanu: clear RC for SFP. I didn't like the management by referee, at first glance he looked to be even in doubt about the YC to be shown. Not a strong body language...

    5. Also: He failed to whistle a very strong challenge on a LIE player half a minute earlier. Played stayed down for the entire time, even as play continued around him and was definitely injured. Neither whistling the challenge (unfortunately, we didn't get another look, seemed YC territory for me) nor stopping play was not a very good decision. LIE players did not protest too much, but such scenes really can make a game turn nasty.

  25. Cyprus-Bulgaria was quite challenging game for the new referee from sweden on this level. min 79 unfortenetlly missed PK.

  26. Cyprus-Bulgaria was quite challenging game for the new referee from sweden on this level. min 79 unfortenetlly missed PK.

  27. OT: I have seen that Miranda, Mularczyk and Vulivuli were not appointed at all (even as 4th) during the U17WC. Does anyone know, why? It seems as there are only 12 and not 15 referees used in the tournament.

  28. POR-POL Sergey Karasev
    SWE-RUS Benoît Bastien
    SCO-ISR Tobias Welz
    MNE-ROU Felix Zwayer
    SRB-LTU Kristo Tohver
    KOS-AZE Benoît Millot
    MLT-FRO Vitaliy Meshkov

    POR-POL Davide Massa
    AUT-GRE Craig Pawson

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