European Match Official Appointments

As well as Fradi, we have 1 team of match officials out in the Europa League this week and 1 UEFA match delegate out in the Champions League.

*Kassai has come off of his game injured - Wishing him a speedy recovery*

2019/20 UEFA Europa League

Thursday 19 September 2019
21:00CET - Barcelona (Estadi Cornellà-El Prat)
RCD Espanyol de Barcelona (ESP) - Ferencvárosi TC (HUN) | Group H
Referee: Nikola Dabanović (MNE)
Assistant Referee 1: Milutin Đukić (MNE)
Assistant Referee 2: Vladan Todorović (MNE)
Fourth Official: Miloš Bošković (MNE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Roberto Rosetti (ITA)
UEFA Delegate: Peadar Ryan (IRL)

Thursday 19 September 2019
21:00CET - Mönchengladbach (Borussia-Park)
Borussia Mönchengladbach (GER) - RZ Pellets Wolfsberger AC (AUT) | Group J
Referee: Tamás Bognár (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Péter Kóbor (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Balázs Szert (HUN)
Fourth Official: Péter Solymosi (HUN)

UEFA Referee Observer: Shmuel Shteif (ISR)
UEFA Delegate: Michal Mertinyák (SVK)

2019/20 UEFA Champions League

Wednesday 18 September 2019
21:00CET - Kharkiv (Oblasnyy Sportyvnyy Kompleks „Metalist”)
FC Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR) - Manchester City FC (ENG) | Group C
Referee: Artur Manuel Ribeiro Soares Dias (POR)
Assistant Referee 1: Rui Licínio Barbosa Tavares (POR)
Assistant Referee 2: Paulo Alexandre dos Santos Soares (POR)
Fourth Official: Hugo Filipe Ferreira de Campos Moreira Miguel (POR)
Video Assistant Referee: Tiago Bruno Lopes Martins (POR)
Assistant Video Assistant Referee: João Pedro da Silva Pinheiro (POR)
UEFA Referee Observer: Lutz Michael Fröhlich (GER)
UEFA Delegate: Balázs Makray (HUN)

Referee Appointments for the NBI Match Day 6

Újpest v DVSC
2019.09.14 - 17:00
Budapest, Illovszky Rudolf Stadion (Illovszky Rudolf Stadion )
Ref: Erdős József
4O: Bornemissza Norbert
AR: Szert Balázs, Szécsényi István
AAR: Csonka Bence, Vad II. István

Budapest Honvéd v Mol Fehérvár
2019.09.14 - 17:00
Budapest, Új Hidegkuti Nándor Stadion
Ref: Kassai Viktor
4O: Huszár Balázs
AR: Kóbor Péter, Vígh-Tarsonyi Gergő
AAR: Zierkelbach Péter, Szilasi Szabolcs

Kisvárda Master Good v Mezőkövesd Zsóry
2019.09.14 - 17:00
Kisvárda, Kisvárdai Várkerti Stadion (Várkerti Stadion)
Ref: Bognár Tamás
4O: Berettyán Péter
AR: Buzás Balázs, Medovarszki János
AAR: Berke Balázs, Pillók Ádám

2019.09.14 - 17:00
Miskolc, DVTK Stadion
Ref: Iványi Zoltán
4O: Szalai Dániel
AR: Albert István, Horváth Róbert
AAR: Takács János, Lovas László

Puskás Akadémia v Kaposvári Rákóczi
2019.09.14 - 17:00
Felcsút, Puskás Akadémia Pancho Aréna
Ref: Farkas Ádám
4O: Lémon Oszkár
AR: Varga Zsolt, Márkus Tamás
AAR: Szőts Gergely, Molnár Attila

Paks v Ferencváros
2019.09.14 - 19:30
Paks, Paksi Fc Stadion
Ref: Pintér Csaba
4O: Farkas Balázs
AR: Ring György, Tóth II. Vencel
AAR: Bogár Gergő, Németh Ádám

2019/20 UEFA Women's Champions League

ROUND OF 32 (First Legs)

11 September 2019, 19:00 CET - Piteå (LF Arena)
Piteå IF DFF (SWE) - Brøndby IF (DEN)
Referee: Katalin Kulcsár (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: Judit Gavalla-Kulcsár (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Noémi Baráth (HUN)
Fourth Official: Katalin Sipos (HUN)

UEFA Referee Observer: Eléni Kyríou (GRE)
UEFA Delegate: Neli Lozeva (BUL)

11 September 2019, 16:00 CET - Minsk (Stadyjon FK Minsk)
FC Minsk (BLR) - FC Zürich Frauen (SUI)
Referee: Tess Olofsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Josefin Aronsson (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Emelie Elfstrand (SWE)
Fourth Official: Sara Persson (SWE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Gyöngyi Krisztína Gaál (HUN)
UEFA Delegate: Kazimierz Oleszek (POL)

UEFA EURO 2020 - Qualifying Round

As well as the National Team playing, we have 1 team of match officials out and 2 UEFA Match Delegates.

Group E
9 September 2019, 20:45 CET - Budapest (Groupama Aréna)
Referee: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Pau Cebrián Devis (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Roberto Diaz Pérez del Palomar (ESP)
Fourth Official: Xavier Estrada Fernández (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Oğuz Sarvan (TUR)
UEFA Delegate: Nebojša Ivković (SRB)

Group G
9 September 2019, 20:45 CET - Warsaw (PGE Narodowy)
Referee: Viktor Kassai (HUN)
Assistant Referee 1: György Ring (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Vencel Tóth (HUN)
Fourth Official: Tamás Bognár (HUN)

UEFA Referee Observer: Erol Ersoy (TUR)
UEFA Delegate: Zoran Cvrk (CRO)

Group D
8 September 2019, 18:00 CET - Tbilisi (Boris Paichadzis Dinamo Arena)
Referee: François Letexier (FRA)
Assistant Referee 1: Cyril Mugnier (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Mehdi Rahmouni (FRA)
Fourth Official: Jérôme Brisard (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE)
UEFA Delegate: Róbert Barczi (HUN)

Group G
9 September 2019, 20:45 CET - Ljubljana (Stadion Stožice)
Referee: Anthony Taylor (ENG)
Assistant Referee 1: Gary Beswick (ENG)
Assistant Referee 2: Adam Nunn (ENG)
Fourth Official: Christopher Kavanagh (ENG)
UEFA Referee Observer: Manuel López Fernández (ESP)
UEFA Delegate: Márton Esterházy (HUN)

Hajrá Magyarok! Csak Együtt!

Montenegro v Hungary Match Officials

Referee: Dimitar Mečkarovski (MKD)
Assistant Referee 1: Marjan Kirovski (MKD)
Assistant Referee 2: Dejan Kostadinov (MKD)
Fourth Official: Jovan Kaluđerović (MKD)

referee Dimitar Meckarovski during the UEFA Europa League second round qualifying match between AZ Alkmaar and FC Kairat at the AFAS stadium on August 02, 2018 in Alkmaar, The Netherlands(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)

Jimmy Hogan: The Greatest Football Coach Ever?

By Ashley Hyne

This article is based on my biography of Jimmy Hogan, The Greatest Ever Football Coach? Published by Electric Blue Published, 2014. £9.99.

In July 1916, the
British Expeditionary Force (BEF) sustained huge losses on the Western Front
near the Somme River when seeking to gain territory against the German forces
massed to the East of the battleground. Tactically, the British had determined
that the best way for any forward advance would be to firstly traumatise the
Germans through constant heavy bombardment and then, on the premise, that the
Germans were decimated, for the BEF to simply walk in a straight-line across
the wasteland and man the empty trenches.

The Plan was a
disaster. The Germans had dug in and were therefore able to weather the storm
of the repeat shelling and then when the bombing programme stopped they
returned to man the machine guns. As the BEF troops scaled the walls of their
trenches and walked across no-man’s land in a straight line, the Germans easily
cut them down. That day, 1July 1916, was the deadliest day
in British military history. Around 100,000 went over the tops of the trenches;
57,470 BEF troops were injured and 19,240 were killed.   

British soldiers,
like footballers, in 1914 were geared to operate in straight lines. To attack
the opponent’s goal you moved directly forward. This was a basic premise of the
game. As a result there was almost a gentleman’s agreement between opponents.
The attack would naturally dovetail with the defence. Hence why in the pre-1925
days the left half’s role was to mark the outside right on the wing and the
left back’s role was to pick up either the inside right or the centre-forward
depending on what type of attack was being staged.

Over on the continent
this mentality was not ultimately followed. As the development of the game
gained traction so the early British hegemony in coaching started to be
challenged and alternative theories started to emerge. At MTK in Budapest,
Willy Kertesz bemoaned the club’s appetite for constantly employing British
coaches. Kertesz was of the mind that after the tactical primer of the club had
been laid down by Jackie Tait Robertson, the rest of them should just go back
to where they came from. And that included Jimmy Hogan. Kertesz had a point.
Robertson did not subscribe to the predominant British tactic of adopting the
‘Scottish style’ of play but instead promoted the use of the ‘inside forward’

The two styles of
play were diametrically opposed. In the Scottish style, play was built up in a
slow, deliberate fashion and involved the use of an outside forward to
interlink with inside forwards and make his way to the corner flag before
dropping a cross into the path of the centre-forward in the penalty area. In the
inside forward game, Robertson adopted a different approach completely. There
was no point sending the ball out to the wing if the purpose was to send the
ball out to the wing. So Robertson felt that an advance could either be
achieved through inter-passing between the three inside forwards or if the ball
did get played out wide, the plan would be to return the ball as soon as
possible. That latter aspect contained the germ by which Hungary defeated
England 6-3 for it completely abnegated the conventional centre-forward attack
so prevalent in Britain. The Hungarians after a time thought ‘if conventional
attack is pointless find a different route to undermine your opponent’.

Just how
influential Robertson was can be gauged by the fact that a move of his was employed
by the Hungarian national side in the 1938 World Cup Final against Italy when
Dr. Gyorgy Sarosi scored the goal that brought the game back to 3-2 with 20
minutes remaining. In that move, the ball is transferred from the centre of the
field to the wing and the ball returned immediately to the far post where
Sarosi is arriving on a blind side ride.

Now the purpose of
Robertson’s approach was popularly taken up by the Hungarians of MTK because it
tapped into a national ethic. And that was that to move forward one did not
necessarily have to advance in a straight line. This is a concept which is
still popular, apparently, in Hungarian Water Polo. A work colleague of mine,
Balasz Haraszti explained that a common move in that game is to fake a forward
advance then play the ball to the outside player forcing the defence to divert
their attention away from blind side moves building on the opposite wing. The
approach nullifies the nonsense in having a target man when he might otherwise
be boxed up with man to man marking. In which case he may as well not be there
and in some ways the Hungarian approach to the attack deliberately and
purposefully removes him completely from the picture.   

Both the Austrians
and Hungarians developed this approach in football and there is clear evidence
that the idea of circumnavigating the centre of the field became the preferred
method of play. I would recommend a quick review of the You Tube video which
shows the play of the Austrians at Stamford Bridge during their international
friendly with England in December 1932. There is a move there that is
classically Robertson: one touch passing, the ball transferred from the
Austrian half to the edge of the English defensive third and immediately
switched out to the right wing, the outside forward advancing and playing a
slide rule pass to a forward in the English goal area.

One would have thought that as the game became more complex and the pace of the game became accelerated that this type of move, of tricking the defence by playing the ball around the side of their Maginot Line, would become obsolete but nothing could be further from the truth. In November 1953, at Wembley Stadium, Hungary beat England 6-3. The goal which really twisted the British Lion’s tail that afternoon was a goal scored by Ferenc Puskas to make the score 3-1. In the biography of Hogan I set out how this goal was classic ‘third man theory’ but what is important to us is the way the goal is constructed. The Hungarians deliberately play a deep lying attack, moving the ball across the field from centre to the right. Since they are playing so deep, the English defence has to advance to chase the ball. That is because the purpose of the game is to win and gain possession of the ball. By doing that the English left a vast space down the left side of their defence. Boszik therefore plays a forward pass into that space so that Czibor, the outside left can now become the outside right. And so the trap is sprung: Hungary hoodwinked their opponents not through constant bombing missions at strategic targets or by walking forward in a straight line but through retreat. Classic Robertson theory.      

Ashley Hyne's biography of Jimmy Hogan: The Greatest Football Coach Ever? can be purchased via the author's page at Waterstones. Price £9.99