Busy Thursday in the UECL for Hungarians

This coming Thursday we have 1 UEFA referee observer, 2 teams and 1 team of referees all representing Hungary in the UCL, along with 2 ethnic Hungarian teams and 1 ethnic Hungarian referee from our extended Hungarian family abroad.

2022/23 UEFA Europa Conference League – Third Qualifying Round (II)

Thursday 11 August 2022

19:00 CET – Konya (Konya Büyükşehir Belediyesi Stadyumu)
Konyaspor (TUR) – FC Vaduz (LIE)
Referee: Guillermo Cuadra Fernández (ESP, 2nd Cat)
Assistant Referee 1: Íñigo Prieto López de Ceraín (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: José Antonio Garrido Romero (ESP)
Fourth Official: Miguel Ángel Ortiz Arias (ESP)
UEFA Referee Observer: Vencel Tóth (HUN)
UEFA Delegate: Aıan Áljanov (KAZ)

19:00 CET – Stockholm (Tele2 Arena)
Djurgårdens IF (SWE) – Sepsi OSK Sfântu Gheorghe (ROU)
Referee: Sascha Stegemann (GER, 1st Cat)
Assistant Referee 1: Mark Borsch (GER)
Assistant Referee 2: Christof Günsch (GER)
Fourth Official: Florian Badstübner (GER)
UEFA Referee Observer: Gunnar Jarl Jónsson (ISL)
UEFA Delegate: Colin McDonald (SCO)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Peter Ekström (SWE)

37 year old Sascha Stegemann is a public administrator from Niederkassel in Germany. He has been a Bundesliga 1 referee since 2014 and earned his FIFA badge in 2019. This is his first outing with Djurgårdens IF, prviously he has refereed AIK Solna in a UCL qualifying match in 19/20 and Hammerby IF in a UEL qualifier in 20/21. In terms of Romanian teams, he was the referee for the away defeat for Romania in their Nations League B game v Bosnia-Herzegovina.

19:00 CET – Chișinău (Stadionul Zimbru)
FC Petrocub-Hîncești (MDA) – MOL Fehérvár FC (HUN)
Referee: Jérôme Brisard (FRA, 1st Cat)
Assistant Referee 1: Aurélien Drouet (FRA)
Assistant Referee 2: Alexis Auger (FRA)
Fourth Official: Hakim Ben El Hadj Salem (FRA)
UEFA Referee Observer: Erol Ersoy (TUR)
UEFA Delegate: Aleksandra Pejkovska (MKD)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Ion Orlic (MDA)

36 year old Jérôme Brisard has been a FIFA listed referee since 2018. In season 20/21 he refereed Slovenia – Moldova in the Nations League C. In terms of Hungarian teams he refereed Újpest – FC Basel 1893 in the UECL 3QR. This is his first outing with either team.

19:30 CET – Bucharest (Arena Națională)
FC FCSB (ROU) – FC DAC 1904 Dunajská Streda (SVK)
Referee: Əliyar Ağayev (AZE, 1st Cat)
Assistant Referee 1: Zeynal Zenalov (AZE)
Assistant Referee 2: Akif Əmirəli (AZE)
Fourth Official: Elçin Məsiyev (AZE)
UEFA Referee Observer: Rusmir Mrković (BIH)
UEFA Delegate: Milovan Đukanović (MNE)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Marcel Bîrsan (ROU)

Əliyar Ağayev (Aliyar Aghayev) is 34 years old and hails from Baku, Azerbaijan has been on the FIFA list since 2013. He made the FIFA list very young. He has refereed FCSB twice previously, in 17/18 he took charge of their 2-2 home draw v FC Viktoria Plzen in the UCL QR3 and in 20/21 he was referee for the their 2-0 defeat v FC Slovan Liberec in the UEL 3QR, he has also refereed the Romanian National team in 18/19 in their 3-0 away win v Faroe Islands in the Euros qualifiers. He has never refereed FC DAC but has refereed the Slovakian U19 team twice and the mens team once in 20/21 during the World Cup qualifying match v Cyprus.

19:45 CET – Istanbul (Başakşehir Fatih Terim Stadyumu)
Medipol Başakşehir FK (TUR) – Breiðablik (ISL)
Referee: Tamás Bognár (HUN, 1st Cat)
Assistant Referee 1: Balázs Buzás (HUN)
Assistant Referee 2: Péter Kóbor (HUN)
Fourth Official: Balázs Berke (HUN)

UEFA Referee Observer: Vladimir Antonov (MDA)
UEFA Delegate: Kejdi Tomorri (ALB)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Alper Yusuf Döğmen (TUR)

43 year Tamás Bognár from Sárvár is Hungary’s top referee since the retirement of Viktor Kassai. His only involvement with either nation has been at national team level. In season 16/17 he refereed the World Cup qualifiers match Turkey v Kosovo. In season 18/19 he refereed Iceland v Andorra in the Euros qualifiers. Sok Sikert Tamás.

20:00 CET – Sofia (Stadion “Georgi Asparuhov”)
PFK Levski Sofia (BUL) – Ħamrun Spartans FC (MLT)
Referee: István Kovács (ROU, Elite)
Assistant Referee 1: Vasile Florin Marinescu (ROU)
Assistant Referee 2: Mihai Ovidiu Artene (ROU)
Fourth Official: Andrei Florin Chivulete (ROU)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kenneth William Clark (SCO)
UEFA Delegate: Svitlana Shkilʹ (UKR)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Martin Venev (BUL)

37 year old István Kovács is currently the rising star in the world of refereeing. He holds dual Romanian/Hungarian citizenship. In the past year or so he has been selected for the Euros 2020 where he refereed a group stage match between Netherlands v North Macedonia and appeared twice as 4th official, and has been selected for the World Cup in Qatar. After 2 flawless performances in the Champions League quarter finals and Champions League semi finals he was rewarded with the inaugural UEFA Europa Conference League final in Tirana between A.S.Roma v Feyenoord and again performed flawlessly. The referees selected for the World Cup are starting their preparation matches now. He has not refereed either team before. Sok Sikert István.

21:00 CET – Kisvárda (Várkerti Stadion)
Kisvárda Master Good FC (HUN) – Molde FK (NOR)
Referee: Alain Durieux (LUX, 2nd Cat)
Assistant Referee 1: Dani Dias Balsa (LUX)
Assistant Referee 2: Gilles François Becker (LUX)
Fourth Official: Jérémy Muller (LUX)
UEFA Referee Observer: Hannes Kaasik (EST)
UEFA Delegate: Effrosýni Ppekrí (CYP)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Róbert Horváth (HUN)


37 year old Alain Durieux has been a FIFA referee since 2015. Not hugely experienced internationally at adult level. He has not refereed any team from either nation at any level.