Thursday, 24 January 2019

UEFA VAR Gathering in Málaga, February 2019

After the 27th Advanced Course for Top Referees Portugal 2019, UEFA has organized a further meeting  to give final instructions and make practice with VAR. Please find below the list of selected officials, they will meet in  Málaga, Spain.  
Málaga, Spain
4 - 5 - 6 - 7 February
Each official will attend the meeting in two specific days.

Roberto Alonso Fernández (ESP)
Simon Bennett (ENG)
Gary Beswick (ENG)
Stuart Burt (ENG)
Pau Cebrián Devis (ESP)
Nicolas Danos (FRA)
Roberto Díaz Pérez Del Palomar (ESP)
Lazaros Dimitriadis (GRE)
Dalibor Đurđević (SRB)
Bahattin Duran (TUR)
Sebastian Gheorghe (ROU)
Cyril Gringore (FRA)
Polychronis Kostaras (GRE)
David Mc Geachie (SCO)
Adam Nunn (ENG)
Tarik Ongun (TUR)
Jure Praprotnik (SVN)
Milovan Ristić (SRB)
Octavian Sovre (ROU)
Graeme Stewart (SCO)
Robert Vukan (SVN)
Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez (ESP)

Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)
William Collum (SCO)
Bastian Dankert (GER)
Carlos del Cerro Grande (ESP)
Marco Fritz (GER) 
Paweł Gil (POL)
Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)
Marco Guida (ITA)
Ovidiu Hațegan (ROU)
Alejandro José Hernández Hernández (ESP)
Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)
Jochem Kamphuis (NED)
François Letexier (FRA)
Danny Makkelie (NED)
Szymon Marciniak (POL)
Juan Martínez Munuera (ESP)
Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
Milorad Mažić (SRB)
Michael Oliver (ENG)
Paweł Raczkowski (POL)
Nicolas Rainville (FRA)
Anastasios Sidiropoulos (GRE)
Barış Şimşek (TUR)
Damir Skomina (SVN)
Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Clément Turpin (FRA)
Pol van Boekel (NED)


  1. This might be a clear hint on the CL R16 first leg appointments.
    Del Cerro Grande, Mateu, Oliver, Taylor, Turpin, Sidiropolous, Mazic, Cakir, Collum and Skomina should be on the shortlist, because their assistants are there, so they can train as full teams.

    1. For example:
      Manchester-Paris: Cakir - Göcek, Simsek
      Roma-Porto: del Cerro Grande - Mateu, Martinez
      Tottenham-Dortmund: Hategan - Raczkowski, Gil
      Amsterdam-Madrid: Sidiropolous (or Collum) - Irrati, Guida
      Lyon-Barcelona: Taylor (or Oliver) - Dankert, Fritz
      Liverpool-Bayern: Mazic - Marciniak, van Boekel
      Schalke-Manchester: Turpin - Rainville, Letexier
      Atletico-Juventus: Skomina - Makkelie, Kamphuis

  2. Have you any idea, why Kulbakou is absent in this list?

  3. OT: Guida will officiate Laizo - Juventus on Sunday night; probably he got a derogatioj to join Uefa Elite gathering in Lisbon on delay, since he is "only" VAR

  4. This list is different respect to the one of the attendees at Elite workshop in Portugal and also different respect to the list of the meeting for perspective referee for WC 2022.
    I'm happy and I fully agree on the fact to involve much more FIFA referees is possible (new names) but I really start to do not understand on which ones Uefa is trusting. I see elite, 1st class and 2nd class together but at the same time most of them missing. What a confusion !!!
    Why fro example in this list most of elite are not included ? Are these the name of the ones appointed for the 1st leg of 16th round as Philippe said ? So in this case we have to expect other seminars in the coming weeks involving for example Brych and Kuipers

  5. Can anybody explain me why Italy always give thier 45 year refereesa a derogation, and what is derogation . Thank you.

    1. 45 is the age limit in Italy for all referees. They must stop at this age in all cases, even if they are FIFA referees.
      A derogation is given to go "against the rules" and to allow a referee to handle gasmes for a further season (no more than that in any case). There can be special merits, but basically it is given to big names for their career. If Rocchi will continue in 2019-2020 season, he will get that. He has already turned 45 on last August, so this is on paper last season for him.


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