Monday, 10 December 2018

UEFA Champions League and Europa League debuts - A summary

With the new course of Roberto Rosetti as head of UEFA Referee Committee, there have beeny many referees who have made their debuts in both CL and EL group stages. Let's make a short summary. 

Carlos del Cerro Grande (ESP) made his CL debut and got promoted to Elite

Carlos del Cerro Grande (ESP) 2 games
Orel Grinfeld (ISR) 2 games
Andris Treimanis (LVA) 2 games
Davide Massa (ITA) 2 games
Robert Madden (SCO) 2 games
Mattias Gestranius (FIN) 1 game
Jakob Kehlet (DEN) 1 game
István Kovács (ROU) 1 game
Paweł Raczkowski (POL) 1 game
Daniel Siebert (GER) 1 game
Andreas Ekberg (SWE) 1 game
Georgi Kabakov (BUL) 1 game
Craig Pawson (ENG) 1 game

Roi Reinshreiber (ISR) 3 games
François Letexier (FRA) 2 games
Petr Ardeleánu (CZE) 2 games
Manuel Schüttengruber (AUT) 2 games
Marco Guida (ITA) 2 games
Enea Jorgji (ALB) 1 game
Ville Nevalainen (FIN)  1 game
Juan Martínez Munuera (ESP) 1 game
Irfan Peljto (BIH) 1 game
Ivaylo Stoyanov (BUL) 1 game
Sergey Ivanov (RUS) 1 game
Bartosz Frankowski (POL) 1 game
Anastasios Papapetrou (GRE) 1 game
Benoît Millot (FRA) 1 game
Dennis Higler (NED) 1 game
Fábio Veríssimo (POR) 1 game
Halil Umut Meler (TUR) 1 game
Ádám Farkas (HUN) 1 game
Vilhjálmur Alvar Þórarinsson (ISL) 1 game
Kirill Levnikov (RUS) 1 game
José María Sánchez Martínez (ESP) 1 game
Jens Grabski Maae (DEN) 1 game
Peter Kráľovič (SVK) 1 game
Alain Bieri (SUI) 1 game (as replacement)


  1. So: Roi Reinshreiber (ISR), François Letexier (FRA), Petr Ardeleánu (CZE), Manuel Schüttengruber (AUT) and Marco Guida (ITA) should be the candidates for a promotion to Category 1.
    Reinshreiber the only referee with debut and 3 games in the same competition.

    1. I would add Dabanovic and Dallas as promotion candidates.

    2. Dallas had a horrible performance in the Scottish league cup final a few weeks back. Not ready in my opinion.

  2. Kulbakov has more than 9 Champions- and 25 europaleague games and not promoted ?

    from 2nd to 1st category: Dallas, Dabanovic, Schärer, Letexier, Reinschreiber, Guida

  3. OT: Controversial and decissive PK decision in 89th minute of Athletic-Girona (referee Prieto Iglesias, VAR Cordero Vega).

    IMO, crucial mistake to point out to the penalty spot, and also mistake from VAR for not recommending a review, dive for me. Moreover, Muniaín (Athletic player) is a player who has so far a "diver" reputation in Spain.

    Your thoughts? This is the best footage I could find.

  4. Never a PK, rather simulation by the striker. Maybe the defender even toched the ball, so corner would be the right decision


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