Monday, 7 September 2020

UEFA Nations League 2020/21 - Referee Appointments MD2 (7 September 2020)

Second set of referee appointments for Matchday 2 of 2020-21 UEFA Nations League, games to be played on 7 September. 

League A - Group 1
7 September 2020, 20:45 CET - Zenica (Stadion Bilino polje)
Bosnia and Herzegovina - Poland
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bahattin Duran (TUR)  
Assistant Referee 2: Tarik Ongun (TUR)
Fourth Official: Hüseyin Göçek (TUR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Miroslav Tulinger (CZE)
UEFA Delegate: Alojzije Šupraha (CRO)

League A - Group 1
7 September 2020, 20:45 CET - Amsterdam (Johan Cruijff ArenA)
Netherlands - Italy
Referee: Felix Brych (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Stefan Lupp (GER)
Fourth Official: Christian Dingert (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Terje Hauge (NOR)
UEFA Delegate: Rudolphe Mannaerts (BEL)

League B - Group 1
7 September 2020, 20:45 CET - Belfast (Windsor Park)
Northern Ireland - Norway
Referee: Bartosz Frankowski (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Marcin Boniek (POL)  
Assistant Referee 2: Jakub Winkler (POL)
Fourth Official: Krzysztof Jakubik (POL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Drago Kos (SVN) 
UEFA Delegate: David Findlay (SCO)

League B - Group 1
7 September 2020, 20:45 CET - Klagenfurt (Wörthersee Stadion)
Austria - Romania
Referee: Glenn Nyberg (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mahbod Beigi (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Andreas Söderqvist (SWE)
Fourth Official: Mohammed Al-Hakim (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Alain Hamer (LUX)
UEFA Delegate: Dusko Grabovac (CRO)

League B - Group 2
7 September 2020, 20:45 CET - Netanya (Netanya Stadium)
Israel - Slovakia
Referee: Nikola Dabanović (MNE)
Assistant Referee 1: Milovan Djukić (MNE)
Assistant Referee 2: Vladan Todorović (MNE)
Fourth Official: Milovan Milacić (MNE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Levan Paniashvili (GEO)  
UEFA Delegate: Felix Grigore (ROU)

League B - Group 2
7 September 2020, 20:45 CET - Olomouc (Andrův Stadion)
Czech Republic - Scotland
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Joost van Zuilen (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Johan Balder (NED)
Fourth Official: Bas Nijhuis (NED)
UEFA Referee Observer: Karen Nalbandyan (ARM)
UEFA Delegate: Róbert Bárczi (HUN)

League C - Group 4
7 September 2020, 16:00 CET - Almaty (Ortalyk Stadion)
Kazakhstan - Belarus
Referee: Giorgi Kruashvili (GEO)
Assistant Referee 1: Levan Varamishvili (GEO)
Assistant Referee 2: Zaza Pipia (GEO)
Fourth Official: Georgi Vadachkoria (GEO)
UEFA Referee Observer: Mehmet Murat Ilgaz (TUR) 
UEFA Delegate: Yuriy Barbash (UKR)

League C - Group 4
7 September 2020, 20:45 CET - Tirana (Arena Kombëtare)
Albania - Lithuania
Referee: Serhiy Boiko (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Volodymyr Volodin (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrii Skrypka (UKR)
Fourth Official: Yevhenii Aranovskiy (UKR)
UEFA Referee Observer:  Miroslav Liba (CZE)
UEFA Delegate: Jan Korinek (CZE)         


  1. Rather normal appointments today with Elite in Group A, First in Group B and Second in Group C - with the exception of Boiko, what doesn't really surprise though.

  2. Another CL appointment after Ekberg, Grinfeld and Kabakov, Stieler in charge of Ferencváros - Dinamo Zagreb.

    1. Surpisingly, Jorgji appointed for EL 2nd qualification round Ararat-Fola.
      A bad sign for someone with 2 games in GS last season?

    2. Also quite interesting is Frappart in Djurgarden- Europa

  3. Cüneyt Cakir with a solid appointment in Group A.
    I think travel restrictions and arrival distance were considered in this assignmet.

  4. Replies
    1. Foreign referees today: João Pedro Silva Pinheiro (POR), Vitor Jorge Fernandes Ferreira (POR), Andrés Cunha (URU), Gediminas Mazeika (LTU), Ivan Bebek (CRO) and Matthew Conger (NZL). The latter, if the site that I'm checking is right, with Argentinian assistant referees.

    2. do you know who was in VAR?

    3. Al-Ittifaq - Damak: Majid Ash-Shamrani (Faisal Al-Balawi)
      Al-Ittihad - An-Nassr: Ivan Bebek (Hélder Malheiro)
      Al-Wahda - Al-Hilal: Vítor Ferreira (Turki Al-Khudair)
      Ash-Shabab - Al-Hazm: João Pinheiro (Vasco Santos)
      Abha - Al-Ahli: Khalid At-Taris (Shukri Al-Hanfush)
      Al-Faiha'a - Al-'Adalah: Matthew Conger (Sultan Al-Harbi)
      Al-Fatah - At-Ta'awun: Gediminas Mažeika (Cláudio Pereira)
      Ar-Ra'id - Al-Faisali: Andrés Cunha (Muhammad Al-Huwaish)

    4. According to reports, it seems like a challenging game for Cunha and a bad day at the office for Ferreira.

    5. Are there highlights somewhere?

  5. Czech Republic doesn't want play against Scotland on Monday.

  6. Very good appointment for Georgian team. Good luck Giorgi Kruashvili.

  7. Felix Brych Paok-Benfica CL

  8. Appointments prelimenary round Europe League:
    FK TSC Bačka Topola (SER) - Fotbal Club FCSB (ROM)
    Ref: Dennis Higler (NED)

    KF Laci (ALB) - Hapoel Beer-Sheva (ISR)
    Ref: Jochem Kamphuis (NED)


    1. on the appointments are also published.

      Higler wil work with de Vries and Schaap as AR and Mulder as FO.
      Kamphuis wil work with Balder and van Dongen as AR and Lindhout as FO.

  9. Do you have in mind to publish a dedicated post ? Thanks

  10. England Premier League
    Gameweek 1

    Saturday 12 September
    13:30 Fulham - Arsenal
    Chris Kavanagh - Daniel Cook - Sian Massey-Ellis - Kevin Friend
    [David Coote - Stephen Child]

    16:00 Crystal Palace - Southampton
    Jonathan Moss - Marc Perry - Dan Robathan - Simon Hooper
    [Craig Pawson - Nick Hopton]

    16:00 West Ham United - Newcastle
    Stuart Attwell - Constantine Hatzidakis - Neil Davies - Darren England
    [Peter Bankes - Simon Long]

    18:30 Liverpool - Leeds
    Michael Oliver - Stuart Burt - Simon Bennett - Mike Dean
    [Paul Tierney - Andy Halliday]

    Sunday 13 September
    15:00 West Brom - Leicester
    Anthony Taylor - Gary Beswick - Adam Nunn - Peter Bankes
    [Stuart Attwell - Andy Halliday]

    17:30 Tottenham - Everton
    Martin Atkinson - Lee Betts - Peter Kirkup - Graham Scott
    [Andre Marriner - Scott Ledger]

    Monday 14 September
    21:00 Brighton - Chelsea
    Craig Pawson - Ian Hussin - Richard West - Simon Hooper
    [Kevin Friend - Simon Beck]

    21:00 Sheffield United - Wolves
    Mike Dean - Darren Cann - Mark Scholes - Lee Mason
    [Graham Scott - Derek Eaton]

  11. Soft penalty for Bosnia given by Cakir.


    2. Looks like a soft call, however a closer replay is needed.
      I can point out that Cakir was looking at the ball a few seconds before turning his head to the incident, it is possible he thought that there had been something more serious by defender before.Not the best way to whistle directly a penalty, a bit on intuition, because he was not looking in that direction from the beginning.

    3. I don’t agree with Forlan and Chefren.It was a blantant holding which made by both arms.As you see in the clip left arm coming from back finished on shoulder.How can you jump if someone hold you behind???.If you play wrestling in football then you are right!!!

      Apart from excellent penalty decision Cakir was great in the game..excellent running,good positioning and “great managment” the best in the world

      3 yellow cards were correct..Holding for penalty,reckless tackle and step on foot.



  12. Missed yellow in Czech Rep-Scotland for a clearly reckless illegal use of arm by Czech player, 35. minute. Referee has clear view.

    1. 51. minute correct penalty Scotland for clear holding+tripping
      92. minute again missed yellow for reckless stamping foot by Czech no.6

  13. Expected level by Brych in first half, a correct YC for reckless use of arm.

  14. Good onside by Dabanovic's AR2 in Slovakia goal.

    PK in BIH-POL: I wouldn't have called it, and I think that very few people expected a PK call there.

  15. Very good second half by Brych, surely more challenging than the first part. Good no penalty call in 87', correct cards. Very strong body language, always in control. To be honest in these months I see definitely an excellent and better Brych than the referee of some years ago and maybe also what was missing to him for officiating more games at big tournaments.

  16. Brych seems better than ever. DFB should allow him to stay on the FIFA List until WC 2022, if Germany wants to be represented by a good referee... provided he will not repeat him 2018 experience.

  17. Nyberg without problems in an easy going Austria - Romania.

  18. Agree with comments re Brych, I thought he was superb in EL semi-final, especially the use of the whistle to make his point emphaticlly and slow the game down when it was necessary


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