Referees for Champions League Playoff Second Leg

Alberto Undiano (ESP)

The final legs of the Champions League playoffs will be held this Tuesday and Wednesday, and the roster of referees – combined with the first legs – read like a who’s who of Europe’s best. On Tuesday, Italy’s number two, Gianluca Rocchi, is in St. Petersburg, and Germany’s Wolfgang Stark – a no-nonsense referee if ever there was one – will

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The Video Dilemma

I wanted to talk a minute about a situation that is making it very hard to bring this blog to you: The difficulty in obtaining video. Look, I’m not a big journalist. I don’t get paid to do this. I’m just a blogger; a fan with another perspective on a sport we all love. I like to think that my

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Referees for Champions League Playoffs, Wednesday August 20


Well, it certainly seems that UEFA front loaded the big names into Tuesday’s playoffs: Rizzoli, Eriksson, Mazic, Brych and Velasco. Wednesday’s referees aren’t nearly as illustrious, with one notable exception: Bjorn Kuipers of Netherlands. Kuipers (above) is, in my opinion, the most naturally gifted and talented referee out there, despite my undisputed love for Nicola Rizzoli. Had Netherlands not made it

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English Premier League Referees: Match Week 2 (August 23-25)


The big match this week is undoubtedly on Monday, between last year’s first and third place teams, Manchester City and Liverpool. Michael Oliver gets the nod in that match. Oliver (above) is clearly working his way up the ranks. Mark Clattenburg is still England’s undisputed number one, and he’s at Crystal Palace v. West Ham. Martin Atkinson, another top ref, will take Sunderland v. Manchester

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Referees for English Premier League, Matchweek 1


Well, it’s finally time again! The referees for Matchweek 1 (Saturday, August 16 through Monday, August 18)  in the English Premier League have been announced and we’re off to the proverbial races! Mark Clattenburg (above) starts his reign as England’s top referee with two teams who don’t like him: Liverpool and Southampton. (Though, to be fair, it’s not hard to find

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