UEFA Europa League – Third Qualifying Round (First Leg)

31 July 2014

AS Trenčín – Hull City
Referee: Davide Massa (ITA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Gianluca Cariolato (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Francesco De Luca (ITA)
Fourth Official: Dino Tommasi (ITA)
Referee Observer: Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)

IF Elfsborg – FH
Referee: Tom Harald Hagen (NOR)
Assistant Referee 1: Magnus Lundberg (NOR)
Assistant Referee 2: Jan Erik Engan (NOR)
Fourth Official: Anders Johansen (NOR)
Referee Observer: Dragutin Poljak (CRO)

Zulte Waregem – Shakhtyor Soligorsk
Referee: Firat Aydinus (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Serkan Ok (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Aleks Tascioglu (TUR)
Fourth Official: Tolga Özkalfa (TUR)
Referee Observer: Tony Asumaa (FIN)

Shakhter Karagandy – Hajduk Split
Referee: Aliyar Aghayev (AZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Zeynal Zeynalov (AZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Reza Mammadov (AZE)
Fourth Official: Elvin Asgarov (AZE)
Referee Observer: Karen Nalbandyan (ARM)

FC Astana – AIK
Referee: Ante Vucemilovic-Simunovic (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Dalibor Conjar (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Goran Pataki (CRO) 
Fourth Official: Tihomir Pejin (CRO)
Referee Observer: Sergey Zuev (RUS)

Neftçi PFK – Chikhura Sachkhere
Referee: Cristian Balaj (ROU)
Assistant Referee 1: Sebastian Gheorghe (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Mihai Artene (ROU)
Fourth Official: Catalin Popa (ROU)
Referee Observer: Jiri Ulrich (CZE)

FC Astra – Slovan Liberec
Referee: Ilias Spathas (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Lazaros Dimitriadis (GRE)
Assistant Referee 2: Polychronis Kostaras (GRE)
Fourth Official: Anastasios Sidiropoulos (GRE)
Referee Observer: William Young (SCO)

Ruch Chorzów – Esbjerg
Referee: Vlado Glođović (SRB)
Assistant Referee 1: Dejan Petrović (SRB)
Assistant Referee 2: Uroš Stojković (SRB)
Fourth Official: Milan Jeremić (SRB)
Referee Observer: Wilfried Heitmann (GER)

Dinamo Moskva – Hapoel Kiryat Shmona
Referee: Kristinn Jakobsson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 1: Gunnar Gunnarsson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 2: Johann Gudmundsson (ISL)
Fourth Official: Thoroddur Hjaltalin (ISL)
Referee Observer: Michael Ross (NIR)

AC Omonia – Metalurg Skopje
Referee: Gediminas Mazeika (LTU)
Assistant Referee 1: Vytautas Simkus (LTU)
Assistant Referee 2: Saulius Dirda (LTU)
Fourth Official: Mindagaus Jackus (LTU)
Referee Observer: Jean Lemmer (LUX)

Brommapojkarna – Torino FC
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Hessel Steegstra (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Mario Diks (NED)
Fourth Official: Allard Lindhout (NED)
Referee Observer: Peter Jones (ENG)

PSV Eindhoven – SKN St. Pölten
Referee: Slavko Vinčić (SVN) 
Assistant Referee 1: Matej Žunič (SVN)
Assistant Referee 2: Bojan Ul (SVN)  
Fourth Official: Bojan Mertik (SVN)
Referee Observer: Vitor Melo Pereira (POR) 

Kardemir Karabükspor – Rosenborg
Referee: Libor Kovarik (CZE)
Assistant Referee 1: Jiri Molacek (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Krystof Mencl (CZE)
Fourth Official: Karel Hrubes (CZE)
Referee Observer: Miroslav Vitkovic (CRO)

Mladá Boleslav – Olympique Lyonnais
Referee: Tobias Welz (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Torsten Schiffner (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Rafael Foltyn (GER)
Fourth Official: Günter Perl (GER)
Referee Observer: Aleh Chykun (BLR)

IFK Göteborg – Rio Ave FC
Referee: Fernando Teixeira Vitienes (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Victoriano Díaz Casado (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Manuel Torre Cimiano (ESP)
Fourth Official: Ignacio Iglesias Villanueva (ESP)
Referee Observer: Andreas Schluchter (SUI)

Dinamo Minsk – CFR Cluj
Referee: Martin Hansson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Magnus Sjöblom (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Joakim Flink (SWE)
Fourth Official: Glenn Nyberg (SWE)
Referee Observer: Charles Agius (MLT)

Zorya Luhansk – Molde F
Referee: Harald Lechner (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Andreas Staudinger (AUT)
Assistant Referee 2: Maximilian Kolbitsch (AUT)
Fourth Official: Gerhard Grobelnik (AUT)
Referee Observer: Michel Piraux (BEL)

BSC Young Boys – Ermis Aradippou
Referee: Clayton Pisani (MLT)
Assistant Referee 1: Alan Camilleri (MLT)
Assistant Referee 2: Edward Spiteri (MLT)
Fourth Official: Fyodor Zammit (MLT)
Referee Observer: Jouni Hyytiä (FIN)

Petrolul Ploiești – Viktoria Plzeň
Referee: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Gary Beswick (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: John Brooks (ENG)
Fourth Official: Jonathan Moss (ENG)
Referee Observer: Kaj Natri (FIN)

Víkingur – HNK Rijeka
Referee: Dimitar Meckarovski (MKD) 
Assistant Referee 1: Marjan Kirovski (MKD)
Assistant Referee 2: Dejan Kostadinov (MKD) 
Fourth Official: Dejan Jakimovski (MKD)
Referee Observer: Dušan Krchnak (SVK) 

RNK Split – Chernomorets Odessa
Referee: Marcin Borski (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Rafal Rostkowski (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Krzysztof Myrmus (POL)
Fourth Official: Jaroslaw Rynkiewicz (POL)
Referee Observer: Plarent Kotherja (ALB)

Stjarnan – Lech Poznań
Referee: Ognjen Valjić (BIH)
Assistant Referee 1: Dalibor Drašković (BIH)
Assistant Referee 2: Haris Baković (BIH)
Fourth Official: Edin Jakupović (BIH)
Referee Observer: Francesco Bianchi (SUI)

FSV Mainz – Asteras Tripolis
Referee: Manuel De Sousa (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Bertino Miranda (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Alvaro Mesquita (POR)
Fourth Official: Marco Ferreira (POR)
Referee Observer: Luciano Luci (ITA)

Diósgyőri VTK – FC Krasnodar
Referee: Bülent Yildirim (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Volkan Narinç (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Asim Öz (TUR)
Fourth Official: Mustafa Coskun (TUR)
Referee Observer: Asim Khudiyev (AZE)

Club Brugge – Brøndby IF
Referee: Vladislav Bezborodov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Nikolai Golubev (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Maksim Gavrilin (RUS)
Fourth Official: Sergey Ivanov (RUS)
Referee Observer: Miroslav Tulinger (CZE)

FK Sarajevo – Atromitos FC
Referee: Ivaylo Stoyanov (BUL) 
Assistant Referee 1: Ivo Kolev (BUL)
Assistant Referee 2: Veselin Dobriyanov (BUL)
Fourth Official: Georgi Kabakov (BUL)
Referee Observer: Tomasz Mikulski (POL)

Real Sociedad – Aberdeen FC
Referee: Bastian Dankert (GER)
Assistant Referee 1: Markus Haecker (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Christian Fischer (GER)
Fourth Official: Guido Winkmann (GER)
Referee Observer: Vladimir Antonov (MDA)

Saint Johnstone – Spartak Trnava
Referee: Mattias Gestranius (FIN)
Assistant Referee 1: Jan-Peter Aravirta (FIN)
Assistant Referee 2: Mikko Alakare (FIN)
Fourth Official: Dennis Antamo (FIN)
Referee Observer: Milovan Nikolic (SVN)

SV Grödig – Zimbru Chişinău
Referee: Simon Lee Evans (WAL)
Assistant Referee 1: John Roberts (WAL)
Assistant Referee 2: Gareth Jones (WAL)
Fourth Official: Huw Jones (WAL)

Referee Observer: Jari Maisonlahti (FIN)

UEFA Champions League – Third Qualifying Round (First Leg)

29-30 July 2014

Debreceni VSC – Bate Borisov
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Pawel Sokolnicki (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Tomasz Listkiewicz (POL)
Fourth Official: Pawel Raczkowski (POL)
Referee Observer: Alain Hamer (LUX)

Sparta Praha – Malmö FF
Referee: Halis Ozkahya (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Cem Satman (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Ekrem Kan (TUR)
Fourth Official: Ali Palabiyik (TUR)
Referee Observer: Leslie Irvine (NIR)

Slovan Bratislava – FC Sheriff
Referee: Stephan Studer (SUI)
Assistant Referee 1: Sandro Pozzi (SUI)
Assistant Referee 2: Jean-Yves Wicht (SUI)
Fourth Official: Sébastien Pache (SUI)
Referee Observer: Kaj Østergaard (DEN)

FC Aktobe – Steaua București
Referee: Hüseyin Göcek (TUR)
Assistant Referee 1: Mustafa Eyisoy (TUR)
Assistant Referee 2: Orkun Aktas (TUR)
Fourth Official: Suleyman Abay (TUR)
Referee Observer: Gevorg Hovhannisyan (ARM)

Qarabağ Ağdam – FC Salzburg
Referee: Sergii Boiko (UKR)
Assistant Referee 1: Oleksandr Voytyuk (UKR)
Assistant Referee 2: Oleg Pluzhnyk (UKR) 
Fourth Official: Anatoliy Abdula (UKR)
Referee Observer: Oguz Sarvan (TUR)

HJK Helsinki – Apoel FC
Referee: Pawel Gil (POL)
Assistant Referee 1: Piotr Sadczuk (POL)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcin Borkowski (POL)
Fourth Official: Basrtosz Frankowski (POL)
Referee Observer: Adrian Casha (MLT)

AEL Limassol – FC Zenit
Referee: Marijo Strahonja (CRO)
Assistant Referee 1: Sinisa Premuzaj (CRO)
Assistant Referee 2: Igor Krmar (CRO)
Fourth Official: Fran Jovic (CRO)
Referee Observer: Dani Koren (ISR)

Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk – FC København
Referee: Andre Marriner (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Darren Cann (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Harry Lennard (ENG)
Fourth Official: Kevin Friend (ENG)
Referee Observer: Ichko Lozev (BUL)

Grasshopper Zürich – LOSC Lille
Referee: Aleksei Eskov (RUS)
Assistant Referee 1: Dimitrii Mosiakin (RUS)
Assistant Referee 2: Valeriy Danchenko (RUS)
Fourth Official: Mikhail Vilkov (RUS)
Referee Observer: Murat Ilgaz (TUR)

Standard de Liège – Panathinaikos FC
Referee: Carlos Clos Gómez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Javier Aguilar Rodríguez (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Luis Marco Martínez (ESP)
Fourth Official: Santiago Jaime Latre (ESP)
Referee Observer: Michel Vautrot (FRA)

Feyenoord – Beşiktaş
Referee: Luca Banti (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Elenito Di Liberatore (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrea Padovan (ITA)
Fourth Official: Andrea Gervasoni (ITA)
Referee Observer: Markus Nobs (SUI)

PFC Ludogorets – FK Partizan
Referee: Kenn Hansen (DEN)
Assistant Referee 1: Lars Rix (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: David Andersen (DEN)
Fourth Official: Jakob Kehlet (DEN)
Referee Observer: Kyros Vassaras (GRE)

Aalborg – GNK Dinamo
Referee: Danny Makkelie (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Davy Goossens (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Bas Van Dongen (NED) 
Fourth Official: Martin Van den Kerkhof (NED)
Referee Observer: Drago Kos (SVN)

NK Maribor – Maccabi Tel Aviv
Referee: Ivan Kruzliak (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Tomas Somolani (SVK)
Assistant Referee 2: Ondrej Brendza (SVK)
Fourth Official: Peter Kralovic (SVK)
Referee Observer: Stefan Ormandjiev (BUL)

Legia Warszawa – Celtic FC
Referee: Pol Van Boekel (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Charles Schaap (NED)
Assistant Referee 2: Rob Van de Ven (NED)
Fourth Official: Edwin Van de Graaf (NED)
Referee Observer: Gylfi Orrason (ISL)

Copa Libertadores Semi-finals (Second Leg)

29-30 July 2014

Bolivar – San Lorenzo
Referee: Carlos Vera (ECU, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Christian Lescano (ECU)
Assistant Referee 2: Byron Romero (ECU)
Fourth Official: Jose Espinel (ECU)
Referee Observer: Rene Ortube (BOL)

Defensor Sporting – Nacional
Referee: Ricardo Marques (BRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Marcio Santiago (BRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Kleber Gil (BRA)
Fourth Official: Pericles Cortez (BRA)
Referee Observer: Ernesto Filippi (URU)

UEFA U-19 Euro 2014 – Semi-finals

28 July 2014

Portugal – Serbia
Referee: Istvan Kovacs (ROU, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Henrik Larsen (DEN)
Assistant Referee 2: Laurent Conotte (BEL)
Fourth Official: Enea Jorgji (ALB)
Referee Observer: Jozef Marko (SVK)

Germany – Austria
Referee: Kevin Clancy (SCO)
Assistant Referee 1: Darren England (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Evgeni Belski (KAZ)
Fourth Official: Javier Estrada Fernandez (ESP)
Referee Observer: Nikolai Levnikov (RUS)

UEFA U-19 Women's Euro Final 2014: Kovacova (SVK)

Thirteen years ago, Zuzana Kováčová's brother took it upon himself to book her on a refereeing course. On Sunday the Slovakian takes charge of a European final. When Zuzana Kováčová blows the whistle to signal the start of Sunday's UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship final it will mark the latest step in a refereeing career that began almost my accident. "I started refereeing in 2001," says Kováčová. "My brother Miroslav was a player and when he stopped playing he became a referee. One day he asked me if I wanted to be a referee. I told him I'd think about it but by the next day he had signed me up for a refereeing course. And now I'm here. He has since stopped but I've continued. All the men in my family were players so I have football in my blood.” Over the past 13 years Kováčová's refereeing has progressed stage by stage, and these days she combines her job as an insurance agent with UEFA appointments, the men's third tier and a few women's games in her native Slovakia. In this competition, too, it has been a steady progression – from qualifiers, to the 2007 finals as a fourth official, to the 2012 group stage and now the 2014 showpiece. "I am very happy because every official dreams of a final," says the 35-year-old. "My appointment is also a sign of trust, that I've been doing well and am ready. Being a final there will be different emotions among the players – both sides are obviously desperate to win. I think it will be a very good match." Kováčová has already refereed matches involving both final teams: the Netherlands' 0-0 opening-day draw with Norway and Spain's semi-final triumph over the hosts. "It has been a very nice tournament. I've had three matches and the weather has been really incredible. The heat! It was kind of a relief to have some heavy rain in my last game. But we all have to cope with the conditions, officials and players." It is all a learning curve, for players, coaches and officials. So while she is not looking beyond Sunday, what is next for Kováčová? "I've got where I am now step by step because the more time you spend on a pitch the more you learn about the game. You must have that experience. This is not the last step, either. Maybe the next step is the Women's Champions League and in the future – why not – the World Cup?" (Source: UEFA)


27 July 2014
Spain – Netherlands
Referee: Zuzana Kováčová (SVK)
Assistant Referee 1: Petra Simmerová (CZE)
Assistant Referee 2: May Moalem (ISR)
Fourth Official: Marija Kurtes (GER)

Gassama appreciated by FIFA

Football's world governing body, FIFA, has rated the performance of Gambian referee Bakary Gassama as very satisfactory and categorised him among the best at the recently concluded World Cup in Brazil. Gassama officiated the deciding group stage match between the Netherlands and Chile but despite working under difficult circumstances, he gave a flawless performance that was hailed by commentators and the international media alike.
FIFA who had already taken stock of the refereeing performances in Brazil wanted no big scandals and, above all else, no country to be sent home due to a refereeing mistake, which they managed to achieve. Another priority was the correct use of yellow cards. During a short tournament, with suspensions for picking up two yellow cards, they had asked referees to impose their authority without the need to constantly book players, which they also managed. There were only two bookings for dissent. The spray used to line up walls at set pieces avoided many bookings. According to FIFA, the referees who scored the highest once the tournament was over were Bjorn Kuipers, Carlos Velasco Carballo, Carlos Vera, Bakary Gassama, Jonas Eriksson and Sandro Ricci. FIFA believes that they put in impeccable performances.Some people might not understand FIFA's decision to rate Gassama as one of the best referees in Brazil having only appointed him for one game, but the 34-year-old is a young man in terms of refereeing circles and has another two to three more World Cups ahead of him. The Gambian is also expected to referee at this year's Club World Cup in Morocco that will feature clubs like European Champions Real Madrid. Papa has already arrived in Banjul but has since left town to referee at this Friday's all-Tunisian CAF Champions League game between Sfaxien and Esperance de Tunis.

Source: All Africa

Nishimura: “I trusted my own judgement and made a clear decision”

World Cup referee Yuichi Nishimura has shrugged off the controversy that surrounded his decision to award Brazil a penalty in the tournament’s opening game, but admitted that being a referee is no easy task. Nishimura made global headlines for all the wrong reasons following his performance in Brazil’s June 12 opener against Croatia in Sao Paulo, where he gave the hosts a second-half penalty with the score at 1-1 after ruling that Croatian defender Dejan Lovren had pulled down Brazilian striker Fred in the box. Neymar duly converted from the spot as Brazil went on to claim a 3-1 win, leaving Nishimura to face the fury of the beaten Croatians and millions of irate fans worldwide. Croatia manager Niko Kovac branded Nishimura’s performance “shameful,” while his players went as far as to claim that the referee could not communicate in English and spoke instead to them in Japanese. But Nishimura, who became the first Japanese referee to take charge of a World Cup opening game, played down the furor as he faced the media in Tokyo on Thursday, insisting that criticism is simply part of the job.
“There were a lot of different opinions, but we were prepared for that,” Nishimura, flanked by the two other members of his refereeing team, Toshiyuki Nagi and Toru Sagara, told reporters at the Japan Football Association’s headquarters on Thursday. “Lots of people told me that they agreed with my decision and I appreciated that. Other people told me that I was wrong and I accept that. The most important thing is that I made a clear decision from the best vantage point and that I trusted my own judgement.” Nishimura’s decision sparked such anger among Croatian fans that a group of supporters harassed the referee and his assistants after spotting them at an airport in Rio de Janeiro a week later. “At the airport there was a group of volunteers holding up a placard with our names on it, so we were easily recognized,” Nishimura said with a smile. “We weren’t roughed up or anything like that, but there are people like that. The security people moved in quickly to protect us.” Nishimura laughed off the Croatian players’ claim that he could not speak English, and stuck by his decision to award the penalty for Lovren’s foul. "I spoke English on the pitch," he said. "Those I spoke to understood me. I just refereed the way I always do. It was the kind of decision that I make all the time,” he said. “The thing you are looking for is whether it is simulation or whether the defender is holding the striker. The striker receives the ball and takes a step to shoot. I think the defender misjudges the situation. He thinks the striker is going to stop and hold the ball up, so he puts his hand on him. If the striker hadn’t moved to shoot, I don’t think the defender would have done that.” Nishimura pointed to the fact that he and his team made FIFA’s shortlist to referee the final as evidence of how highly their work in Brazil was valued, but acknowledged that the tournament had not always been easy. “There were a lot of harsh opinions but also a lot of kind words of encouragement,” said Nishimura. “Being a referee is very difficult.”
For fans of Japan's J-League, however, Nishimura is a polarising figure with a reputation for awarding dubious penalties and he has been in scrapes at international tournaments before. At the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations, Nishimura was shoved by Angola players during an ill-tempered quarter-final with Egypt but failed to send any of them off, and did not feature in the rest of the tournament. In 2010, Congolese fans incandescent at his performance in a Club World Cup game took misguided revenge by vandalising a Chinese restaurant in their country.

Source: AFP

UEFA Europa League – Second Qualifying Round (Second Leg)

22-24 July 2014

FC Zimbru Chișinău – CSKA Sofia
Referee: Marco Fritz (GER, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Marco Achmüller (GER) 

Assistant Referee 2: Dominik Schaal (GER)
Fourth Official: Guido Winkmann (GER)
Referee Observer: Jan Wegereef (NED)

FK Željezničar – FK Metalurg Skopje
Referee: Mervyn Smyth (NIR)
Assistant Referee 1: Andrew Neeson (NIR) 

Assistant Referee 2: Stephen Bell (NIR)
Fourth Official: Ian Mc Nabb (NIR)
Referee Observer: Vladimir Medved (SVK)

FC Shakhter Karagandy – FK Atlantas
Referee: Dumitru Muntean (MDA)
Assistant Referees: Vitalli Gorbatov (MDA), Vasili Ermischin (MDA)
Fourth Official: Alexandru Tean (MDA)
Referee Observer: Muharrem Aksoy (TUR)

Hapoel Beer Sheva – RNK Split
Referee: João Capela (POR)
Assistant Referees: Paulo Soares (POR), Bruno Rodrigues (POR)
Fourth Official: Rui Costa (POR)
Referee Observer: Tony Asumaa (FIN)

Myllykosken Pallo – Dinamo Minsk
Referee: Bryan Markham-Jones (WAL)
Assistant Referees: Lewis Edwards (WAL), Daniel Beckett (WAL)
Fourth Official: Brian James (WAL)
Referee Observer: Gabriele De Gaetano (MLT)

AC Omonia – Budućnost Podgorica
Referee: Oliver Drachta (AUT)
Assistant Referees: Matthias Winsauer (AUT), Stefan Kuehr (AUT)

Fourth Official: Dieter Muckenhammer (AUT)
Referee Observer: Francesco Bianchi (SUI)

FC Krasnodar – JK Sillamäe Kalev
Referee: Sándor Andó-Szabó (HUN)
Assistant Referees: Zsolt Szpisják (HUN), János Medovarszki (HUN)
Fourth Official: Iványi Zoltán (HUN)
Referee Observer: Gevorg Hovhannisyan (ARM)

FK Haugesund – FK Sarajevo
Referee: Mihaly Fabian (HUN)
Assistant Referees: Gabor Eros (HUN), László Viszokai (HUN)
Fourth Official: Jozsef Erdos (HUN)
Referee Observer: Robert Sedlacek (AUT)

Inter Baku PIK – IF Elfsborg
Referee: Stanivlasv Todorov (BUL)
Assistant Referees: Ivo Kolev (BUL), Martin Venev (BUL)
Fourth Official: Nikolay Yordanov (BUL)
Referee Observer: Gudmunder Jónsson (ISL)

Esbjerg FB – Kairat Almaty
Referee: Dennis Antamo (FIN)
Assistant Referees: Jukka Honkanen (FIN), Jonas Turunen (FIN)
Fourth Official: Ville Nevalainen (FIN)
Referee Observer: Rodger Gifford (WAL)

Shakhtyor Soligorsk – Derry City FC
Referee: Elmir Pilav (BIH)
Assistant Referees: Senad Ibrisimbegovic (BIH), Hrvoje Turudic (BIH)
Fourth Official: Goran Paradzik (BIH)
Referee Observer: Asim Khudiyev (AZE)

FC Vaduz – Ruch Chorzów
Referee: Anar Salmanov (AZE)
Assistant Referees: Mubariz Hashimov (AZE), Vagif Musayev (AZE)
Fourth Official: Rahim Hasanov (AZE)
Referee Observer: Cosimo Bolognino (ITA)

Hapoel Tel Aviv – FC Astana
Referee: Rob Rogers (IRL)
Assistant Referees: Mark Gavin (IRL), Ciaran Delaney (IRL)
Fourth Official: Tomas Connolly (IRL)
Referee Observer: Fritz Stuchlik (AUT)

Chikhura Sachkhere – Bursaspor SK
Referee: Tomasz Musial (POL)
Assistant Referees: Radoslaw Siejka (POL), Sebastian Mucha (POL)
Fourth Official: Pawel Raczkowski (POL)
Referee Observer: Karel Bohunek (CZE)

AIK – Linfield FC
Referee: Fredy Fautrel (FRA)
Assistant Referees: Philippe Jeanne (FRA), Mathieu Grosbost (FRA)
Fourth Official: Alexandre Castro (FRA)
Referee Observer: Stefano Podeschi (SMR)

FC Slovan Liberec – MFK Košice
Referee: Svein-Erik Edvartsen (NOR)
Assistant Referees: Magnus Lundberg (NOR), Reidar Gundersen (NOR)
Fourth Official: Anders Johansen (NOR)
Referee Observer: Zoran Petrović (SRB)

Tromsø IL – Víkingur
Referee: Gunnar Jónsson (ISL)
Assistant Referees: Sigurdur Thorleifsson (ISL), Birkir Sigurdarson (ISL)
Fourth Official: Thorvaldur Arnason (ISL)
Referee Observer: Stefan Messner (AUT)

KS Flamurtari – Petrolul Ploiești
Referee: Jan Valasek (SVK)
Assistant Referees: Tomas Vorel (SVK), Peter Chladek (SVK)
Fourth Official: Mario Vlk (SVK)
Referee Observer: Jari Maisonlahti (FIN)

Sportverein Grödig – FK Čukarički
Referee: Orel Grinfeeld (ISR)
Assistant Referees: Shabtai Nahmias (ISR), Oren Bornshtein (ISR)
Fourth Official: Oren Simanian (ISR)
Referee Observer: Marian Ruzbarsky (SVK)

Lech Poznan – Nomme Kalju
Referee: Sebastian Coltescu (ROU)
Assistant Referees: Sebastian Gheorghe (ROU), Radu Ghinguleac (ROU)
Fourth Official: George Gaman (ROU)
Referee Observer: John Ferry (NIR)

IFK Goteborg – Gyori Eto
Referee: Bartosz Frankowski (POL)
Assistant Referees: Pawel Sokolnicki (POL), Jakub Winkler (POL)
Fourth Official: Pawel Pskit (POL)
Referee Observer: Andreas Schluchter (SUI)

Spartak Trnava – FC Zestafoni
Referee: Mete Kalkavan (TUR)
Assistant Referees: Serkan Ok (TUR), Ceyhun Sesiguzel (TUR)
Fourth Official: Tayfur Özkan (TUR)
Referee Observer: Neale Barry (ENG)

Zorya Luhansk – KF Laçi
Referee: Stavros Tritsonis (GRE)
Assistant Referees: Polychronis Kostaras (GRE), Alexandros Grevenis (GRE)
Fourth Official: Michael Koukoulakis (GRE)
Referee Observer: Eyjolfur Olafsson (ISL)

FC Groningen – Aberdeen FC
Referee: Daniel Stefanski (POL)
Assistant Referees: Rafal Rostkowski (POL), Marcin Boniek (POL)
Fourth Official: Zbigniew Dobrynin (POL)
Referee Observer: Manuel Mejuto González (ESP)

Zawisza Bydgoszcz – Zulte Waregem
Referee: Lee Probert (ENG)
Assistant Referees: Gary Beswick (ENG), Harry Lennard (ENG)
Fourth Official: Jonathan Moss (ENG)
Referee Observer: Nikolai Ivanov (RUS)

Asteras Tripolis – RoPS Rovaniemi
Referee: Vitaliy Meshkov (RUS)
Assistant Referees:Dmitri Mosiakin (RUS), Maksim Gavrilin (RUS)
Fourth Official: Alexander Egorov (RUS)
Referee Observer: Zbigniew Przesmycki (POL)

Sligo Rovers – Rosenborg
Referee: Erik Lambrechts (BEL)
Assistant Referees: Jimmy Cremers (BEL), Karel De Rocker (BEL)
Fourth Official: Christophe Delacour (BEL)
Referee Observer: Lassin Isaksen (FRO)

FK Vojvodina – AS Trencin
Referee: Mads-Kristoffer Kristoffersen (DEN)
Assistant Referees: Henrik Sonderby (DEN), Jakob Bille (DEN)
Fourth Official: Michael Johansen (DEN)
Referee Observer: Milovan Nikolic (SVN)

Hajduk Split – Dundalk FC
Referee: Marius Avram (ROU)
Assistant Referees: Miklos Nagy (ROU), Valentin Avram (ROU)
Fourth Official: Adrian Comanescu (ROU)
Referee Observer: Paulius Malžinskas (LTU)

Diosgyori VTK – Litex Lovech
Referee: Nikolaj Hänni (SUI)
Assistant Referees: Raffael Zeder (SUI), Vital Jobin (SUI)
Fourth Official: Pascal Erlachner (SUI)
Referee Observer: Shmuel Shteif (ISR)

Široki Brijeg – Mladá Boleslav
Referee: Alan Sant (MLT)
Assistant Referees: Alan Camilleri (MLT), Roberto Vella (MLT)
Fourth Official: Christopher Lautier (MLT)
Referee Observer: Alexey Spirin (RUS)

Ferencvárosi TC – HNK Rijeka
Referee: Paolo Valeri (ITA)
Assistant Referees: Matteo Passeri (ITA), Filippo Meli (ITA)
Fourth Official: Daniele Doveri (ITA)
Referee Observer: Martin Iseli (SUI)

FC Koper – Neftci PFK
Referee: Benoit Millot (FRA)
Assistant Referees: Stephan Luzi (FRA), Cyril Lompre (FRA)
Fourth Official: Sébastien Moreira (FRA)
Referee Observer: Alfredo Trentalange (ITA)

FK Jagodina – CFR Cluj
Referee: Bastian Dankert (GER)
Assistant Referees: Thorsten Schiffner (GER), Jan Seidel (GER)
Fourth Official: Sascha Stegemann (GER)
Referee Observer: Leslie Irvine (NIR)

ND Gorica – Molde FK
Referee: Carlos Taborda Xistra (POR)
Assistant Referees: Nuno Pereira (POR), Nelson Moniz (POR)
Fourth Official: Vasco Dos Santos (POR)
Referee Observer: Erol Ersoy (TUR)

Crusaders FC – IF Brommapojkarna
Referee: Alan Bieri (SUI)
Assistant Referees: Johanns Vogel (SUI), Alain Heiniger (SUI)
Fourth Official: Sandro Scharer (SUI)
Referee Observer: Patritiu Abrudan (ROU)

Saint Johnstone – FC Luzern
Referee: Jonathan Lardot (BEL)
Assistant Referees: Frank Bleyen (BEL), Thibaud Nijssen (BEL)
Fourth Official: Denis Vanbecelaere (BEL)
Referee Observer: Rusmir Mrkovic (BIH)

SKN St. Pölten – Botev Plovdiv
Referee: Jovan Kaludjerovic (MNE)
Assistant Referees: Danijel Devic (MNE), Dimitrije Mrgunovic (MNE)
Fourth Official: Mileta Scepanovic (MNE)
Referee Observer: Luciano Luci (ITA)

FH – Neman Grodno
Referee: Nerijus Dunauskas (LTU)
Assistant Referees: Dovydas Suziedelis (LTU), Vytenis Kazlauskas (LTU)
Fourth Official: Jurij Paskovskij (LTU)
Referee Observer: Leif Lindberg (SWE)

Stjarnan – Motherwell FC
Referee: Athanasios Giachos (GRE)
Assistant Referees: Michael Karsiotis (GRE), Dimitrios Tatsis (GRE)
Fourth Official: Andrea Pappas (GRE)
Referee Observer: Kaj Natri (FIN)

UEFA Champions League – Second Qualifying Round (Second Leg)

22-23 July 2014

FC Levadia Tallinn – AC Sparta Praha
Referee: Antonio Damato (ITA, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Lorenzo Manganelli (ITA)

Assistant Referee 2: Fabiano Preti (ITA)
Fourth Official: Gianpaolo Calvarese (ITA)
Referee Observer: Alan Snoddy (NIR)

FK Sutjeska – FC Sheriff
Referee: Alexander Harkam (AUT)
Assistant Referee 1: Andreas Witschnigg (AUT) 

Assistant Referee 2: Andreas Staudinger (AUT)
Fourth Official: Rene Eisner (AUT)
Referee Observer: Gylfi Thor Orrason (ISL)

F91 Dudelange – PFC Ludogorets
Referee: Tobias Welz (GER)
Assistant Referees: Guido Kleve (GER), 
Rafael Foltyn (GER) 
Fourth Official: Markus Schmidt (GER)
Referee Observer: Nuno Castro (POR)

FK Qarabağ Ağdam – Valletta FC
Referee: Sergei Tsinkevich (BLR)
Assistant Referees: Evgeni Romanov (BLR), Vitali Malyutin (BLR)
Fourth Official: Denis Scherbakov (BLR)
Referee Observer: Levan Paniashvili (GEO)

Maccabi Tel Aviv – FC Santa Coloma
Referee: Ioannis Anastasiou (CYP)
Assistant Referees: Athinodoros Ioannou (CYP), Marios Dimitriadis (CYP)
Fourth Official: Demetris Masias (CYP)
Referee Observer: Borislav Alexandrov (BUL)

The New Saints FC – ŠK Slovan Bratislava
Referee: Jakob Kehlet (DEN)
Assistant Referees: Lars Rix (DEN), Heine Sørensen (DEN)
Fourth Official: Jens Maae (DEN)
Referee Observer: Edward Foley (IRL)

KS Skënderbeu – FC Bate Borisov
Referee: Ante Vučemilović (CRO)
Assistant Referees: Dalibor Conjar (CRO), Hrvoje Barišić (CRO)
Fourth Official: Damir Batinić (CRO)
Referee Observer: Brian Lawlor (WAL)

HB Tórshavn – FK Partizan
Referee: Dimitar Meckarovski (MKD)
Assistant Referees: Dejan Nedelkoski (MKD), Goce Petreski (MKD)
Fourth Official: Dejan Jakimovski (MKD)
Referee Observer: Miroslav Liba (CZE)

VMFD Žalgiris – GNK Dinamo
Referee: Artyom Kuchin (KAZ) 

Assistant Referees: Sergei Vassyutin (KAZ), Anatoli Hodin (KAZ)
Fourth Official: Aleksandr Gauzer (KAZ)
Referee Observer: Peter Jones (ENG)

Debreceni VSC – Cliftonville FC
Referee: Vlado Glodjović (SRB)
Assistant Referees: Dejan Petrović (SRB), Dejan Potoćan (SRB)
Fourth Official: Dejan Santrac (SRB)
Referee Observer: Adrian Casha (MLT)

Celtic FC – KR
Referee: Andris Treimanis (LVA)
Assistant Referees: Haralds Gudermanis (LVA), Aleksejs Spasjonnikovs (LVA)
Fourth Official: Vadims Direktorenko (LVA)
Referee Observer: Kyros Vassaras (GRE)

FC Aktobe – Dinamo Tbilisi
Referee: Aliyar Aghayev (AZE)
Assistant Referees: Zeynal Zeynalov (AZE), Namik Huseynov (AZE)
Fourth Official: Rauf Jabarov (AZE)
Referee Observer: Vladimir Antonov (MDA)

FK Ventspils – Malmö FF
Referee: Kristo Tohver (EST)
Assistant Referees: Sten Klaasen (EST), Neeme Neemlaid (EST)
Fourth Official: Roomer Tarajev (EST)
Referee Observer: Konrad Plautz (AUT)

HJK Helsinki – FK Rabotnicki
Referee: Neil Doyle (IRL)
Assistant Referees: Damien MacGraith (IRL), Dermot Broughton (IRL)
Fourth Official: Padraigh Sutton (IRL)
Referee Observer: Guy Goethals (BEL)

Steaua București – Strømsgodset
Referee: Eitan Shmuelevitz (ISR)
Assistant Referees: Danny Krasikow (ISR), Nissan Davidy (ISR)
Fourth Official: Alon Yefet (ISR)
Referee Observer: Vitor Melo Pereira (POR)

NK Maribor – HŠK Zrinjski Mostar
Referee: Sergey Lapochkin (RUS)
Assistant Referees: Nikolay Golubev (RUS), Aleksei Lebedev (RUS) 
Fourth Official: Mikhail Vilkov (RUS)
Referee Observer: Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE)

Saint Patrick's Athletic – Legia Warszawa
Referee: Andreas Ekberg (SWE)
Assistant Referees: Fredrik Nilsson (SWE), Mehmet Culum (SWE)
Fourth Official: Johan Hamlin (SWE)
Referee Observer: Stefan Ormandjiev (BUL)

Recopa Sudamericana 2014 (Second Leg)

23 July 2014

Atletico Mineiro – Lanus
Referee: Roberto Silvera (URU, photo)
Assistant Referee 1: Miguel Nievas (URU)
Assistant Referee 1: Nicolas Taran (URU)
Fourth Official: Christian Ferreyra (URU)
Referee Observer: Wilson Seneme (BRA)