Damir Skomina to Referee 2019 Champions League Final

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The worst-kept secret in UEFA is out. Well, probably not. You never know what football’s governing bodies are up to. But either way, UEFA finally revealed the referee for the upcoming Champions League Final, and it couldn’t be less of a surprise.

Here is the team of officials in full:

As expected, it’s the Slovenian trio of referees who take the glamour appointments in Madrid’s final. It’s a well-deserved match for Skomina, who has been one of Europe’s best over the past several seasons and, two seasons on from taking charge of Manchester United’s victory over Ajax in the 2017 Europa League Final, will now oversee their rivals Liverpool play fellow English side Tottenham in what will be the second of two all-English European finals this year.

There’s really not much to analyze here, to be honest. Antonio Mateu Lahoz gets the 4th official position, which is a fairly logical decision. He’s had a great season and, if the CL final is somehow once again comprised of two teams outside of Spain at some point before he retires, he has every chance of getting it.

VAR duties go to Danny Makkelie, who is something of a video booth specialist. He’s joined once again by fellow Dutchman Pol van Boekel, with a pair of Germans, Felix Zwayer and Mark Borsch, rounding out the crew.

So, there we have it. After much deliberation, we have our two European final referees. Although there was a slight question mark regarding the Europa final, this all-important Champions League match wasn’t really ever in any doubt, as far as I’m concerned. In a little over two weeks, Chelsea will take on Arsenal in Baku, and a few days later, Tottenham and Liverpool will contest the big one in Madrid.

Right now, though, it’s all about the referees โ€“ congratulations go out to Rocchi and Skomina and their teams, who are all about to achieve what are likely to be the among the proudest moments of their careers.

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