14 April 2012

FIFA Prospective List of Referees (WC 2014)

According to an original FIFA file, the following referees are under observation for 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. There have been plenty of changes contrary to the last list in 2011, which will be analyzed in due course.
Special thanks to our partners from Arbitro Internacional, by whom we have got the chance to have these insights in official FIFA documents.


The aim of every match official: a World Cup Final. Nishimura, Cann, Webb, Mullarkey and Sagara have managed it.


AFC zone

Origin
Referees
DoB
KSA
Saudi Arabia
Khalil Ibrahim AL GHAMDI
02/09/1970
UAE
UA Emirates
Ali Hamad AL BADWAWI
22/12/1972
IRN
Iran
Alireza FAGHANI
21/03/1978
UZB
Uzbekistan
Ravshan IRMATOV
09/08/1977
JPN
Japan
Yuichi NISHIMURA
17/04/1972
BHR
Bahrain
Nawaf SHUKRALLAH
13/10/1976
AUS
Australia
Benjamin WILLIAMS
14/04/1977


CAF zone

Origin
Referees
DoB
CMR
Cameroon
Néant ALIOUM
17/07/1982
RSA
South Africa
Daniel BENNETT
22/08/1976
SEN
Senegal
Badara DIATTA
02/08/1969
CIV
Côte d’Ivoire
Noumandiez DOUE
29/09/1970
GAM
Gambia
Bakary GASSAMA
10/02/1979
ALG
Algeria
Djamel HAÏMOUDI
10/12/1970
TUN
Tunisia
Slim JEDIDI
17/04/1970


CONCACAF zone

Origin
Referees
DoB
SLV
El Salvador
Joel AGUILAR
02/07/1975
MEX
Mexico
Roberto GARCÍA
24/10/1974
USA
United States
Mark GEIGER
25/08/1974
GUA
Guatemala
Walter LÓPEZ CASTELLANOS
25/09/1980
USA
United States
Jair MARRUFO
19/06/1977
PAN
Panama
Roberto MORENO
05/04/1970
MEX
Mexico
Marco RODRÍGUEZ
10/11/1973


CONMEBOL zone

Origin
Referees
DoB
ARG
Argentina
Diego ABAL
28/12/1971
PAR
Paraguay
Antonio ARIAS
07/09/1972
PER
Peru
Víctor CARRILLO
30/10/1975
BOL
Bolivia
Raúl OROSCO
25/03/1979
CHI
Chile
Enrique OSSES
26/05/1974
COL
Colombia
Wilmar ROLDÁN
24/01/1980
BRA
Brazil
Wilson SENEME
28/09/1970
URU
Uruguay
Roberto SILVERA
30/01/1971
VEN
Venezuela
Juan SOTO
14/10/1977
ECU
Ecuador
Carlos VERA
25/06/1976


OFC zone

Origin
Referees
DoB
TAH
Tahiti
Norbert HAUATA
08/06/1979
NZL
New Zealand
Peter O’LEARY
03/03/1972


UEFA zone

Origin
Referees
DoB
GER
Germany
Felix BRYCH
03/08/1975
TUR
Turkey
Cuneyt ÇAKІR
23/11/1976
ENG
England
Mark CLATTENBURG
13/03/1975
SWE
Sweden
Jonas ERIKSSON
28/03/1974
HUN
Hungary
Viktor KASSAI
10/09/1975
CZE
Czech Republic
Pavel KRÁLOVEC
16/08/1977
NED
Netherlands
Björn KUIPERS
28/03/1973
FRA
France
Stéphane LANNOY
18/09/1969
SRB
Serbia
Milorad MAŽIC
23/03/1973
NOR
Norway
Svein Oddvar MOEN
22/01/1979

POR
Portugal
Pedro Proença OLIVEIRA ALVES GARCIA
03/11/1970
ITA
Italy
Nicola RIZZOLI
05/10/1971

ITA
Italy
Gianluca ROCCHI
25/08/1973
SVN
Slovenia
Damir SKOMINA
05/08/1976

GER
Germany
Wolfgang STARK
20/11/1969
SCO
Scotland
Craig Alexander THOMSON
20/06/1972
ESP
Spain
Alberto UNDIANO MALLENCO
08/10/1973

ESP
Spain
Carlos VELASCO CARBALLO
16/03/1971

ENG
England
Howard WEBB
14/07/1971
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13 Comments:

  1. Finally we have the PRE-list. As I have already said, there are many things to underline.
    I will try to say something about every confederation, more or less.

    AFC
    Here the names are the expected ones. Irmatov, Al Ghamdi and Nishimura are the referees we have already seen in South Africa. Shukrallah, Williams, Faghani and Al Badwawi are the new ones. I saw Williams in Asian Cup 2011, he got only one match (Kuwait-China) and it was a very bad performance. I hope that it was only a case. He is still young (1977) and he could be a good referee, together with the famous assistant Cream, which has accompanied Matthew Breeze many times in several FIFA competitions in the past. I don't know so much about Faghani and Shukrallah, but I know Ali Al Badwawi and I think he could have the chance to referee in Brazil.


    CAF
    As Niclas wrote, we did a good job during the AFCON 2012. It seems that FIFA also was impressed by Gassama performance, and so they have taken him. Daniel Bennett was already an expected and clear name, but let me say that the great suprise (even more for him) is Badara Diatta, a so experienced referee, the most (actually, I think, like Maillet) experienced and long-time CAF referee. Many Cup of Nations in his palmares, and also the final match in the last one. I think he must reach Brazil 2014.
    Jedidi and Haimoudi are normal referees, in my mind, FIFA could have chosen differently. Alioum of course is a big promise and Doue was expected. No time for Coulibaly, even though he has already the eligible age (1970 born) but what happened in Slovenia-USA was never forgotten, I think. No chance also for Benouza, after the failed tests.


    CONCACAF
    Here we have the well-known Marco Rodriguez, he could reach his third world cup, when "still" 41 y. o., that is really considerable. Nevertheless he is not a talent, in my opinion, and sometimes his style is really weird. Roberto Garcia Orozco will be his competitor, ora maybe they will go together. Let's wait and see. Roberto Moreno from Panama, FIFA referee from 1996, he deserved to be in this pre list. Having already said something about the two USA referees in another post, we have then Aguilar, his hope is to referee on the pitch, as in the last world cup he was a stand-up and worked only as fourth. I don't know so much about Walter Lopez from Guatemala.

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    1. Very good analysis, Chefren.
      I can add only one thing about AFC. Irmatov and Nishimura are 100% favourites. The rest is one big mystery:
      [1]
      Williams was totally destroyed in my eyes when was in charge of Kuwait - China - awfull performance, no more comment about this.
      [2]
      Al Ghamdi is very experienced referee, but his time is over I think. In Saudi Arabia big matches are reserved to foreign referees and AFC appointments aren't so big to him like in the past.
      [3]
      Faghani is hated and unwelcome by many supporters in Iran. AFC appointments are good to him but I think FIFA doesn't like very strict referees like Alireza Faghani.
      [4]
      Al Badwawi is in a very good moment. His career is widely open and I think he was at FIFA World Cup
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      Nawaf Shukrallah is - or maybe was - a very perspective referee. His performances are however not so satysfying like at the beginning of his big international adventure. I am also not a big fan of his chaotic style.

      My candidates are: Ravshan Irmatov, Yuichi Nishimura, Ali Al Badwawi and hmmm..., probably Nawaf Shukrallah

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  2. CONMEBOL
    CONMEBOL is the confederation about which I'm not so much expert or, to be really honest, in which I'm really ignorant. Yes, I watched some matches of the last Copa America, just one year ago. But I don't know how the performances of the referees are. I only know what Roldan from Colombia is considered like a talent. Anyway, I can underline the radical change in this confederation: zero referees from the last world cup, a total switch of names.
    I watched Carrillo in the last Club World CUp, he appeared as a good referee, anyway just one match was inadequate to judge him.
    I hope that Larrionda, Vazquez, Ruiz, Baldassi, Simon and all these retired (or anyway next to retirement) referee will be adequately replaced by this new "generation".
    It's important also to underline that Amarilla is not here, although he had still a last chance (1970 born). Finally, we have to remember the totally unexpected Pozo retirement.


    OFC
    After Hester retirement, the choice for FIFA was maybe a bit difficult, but not for real.
    O'Leary showed often good performance in his FIFA tournaments and I think that the OFC place in 2014 World Cup for him will be sure. It will be his first world cup, even though he is always appointed in every FIFA tournament.
    Hauata maybe will be taken into account for the future (he is young, 1979). One has to say that you can't always appoint referees only from New Zealand for OFC. I hope other countries (Tahiti in our case) will have a chance.

    UEFA
    Finally, "our" confederation. The speech would be so long, I'll try to say just the essential things. My expected names were: Brych, Cakir, Kassai, Kuipers, Lannoy, Moen, Proença, Rizzoli, Skomina, Stark, Thomson, Velasco Carballo and Webb. So, just a few words about the "unexpected" ones: Clattenburg, it's good for him, UEFA should have a great consideration of the english referee and he overcame for sure Atkinson. Kralovec: another suprise, but let me say that his presence in this list is totally deserved. Eriksson: I had my doubts, he went out with great performances only in the last year, so I'm glad now to read that he has this big chance, too.
    Mazic: I think that UEFA suggested to FIFA the name of this referee. I'm going on to think that he could be appointed in a Europa League semifinal. Let's see. Anyway, it would be very interesting, the first time for a serbian referee. Beyond all, we can't say that he didn't deserve this appointment.
    Gianluca Rocchi: this is the biggest surprise of the whole list, in my opinion, and not only because I'm italian. There were not any clue about him, here in Italy we are already sure that our referee in Brazil will be Rizzoli together with Stefani and Faverani, and that should be clear also for FIFA. But probably they wanted to give a chance to him, to do more experience out of the UEFA confederation. Let me be honest, I don't see any chance for him in the next world cup, many other referees from other countries should be cutted out, to make room for him. Furthermore, one can also ask: "Why him and not Tagliavento?" In the last months Tagliavento was highly regarded by UEFA.
    Maybe the answer is: Rocchi (1973) could have a last chance for Russia 2018, Tagliavento (1972) no. There aren't other explanations.
    Finally, Undiano Mallenco. I thought that with the rise up of Carballo, Mallenco was going to be forgotten, not only by UEFA (as now it's happening) but also by FIFA. I was wrong, having already refereed a World Cup is already important, and so they have chosen to appoint both spanish referees.

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    1. If have not read it until now, totally oversaw it. Brilliant analysis, Chefren! Mine will follow next weekend, too.

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  3. Mohammed Abdul FattahApril 15, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    Dear Friends,

    Are you sure that this official document from FIFA or just prediction because this make many confusion in Egypt because we were expect Gehad Grisha to be there. Please Confirm?

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    1. Yes Mohammed, we are very sure, we got it from a very confiable source (one of those refs) and the have to replay that mail to FIFA with the 2 AR they would like to be!

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    2. Grisha on the list? No, I think it would be too early..

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  4. I can talk you a bit about CONMEBOL´s ref: Seneme is the best Brazil ref in the moment and he is doing a great job, his only problem could be the physical aspect in a near uture, we should remember he lost his bagde one year because of that. Roldan you said it right a talent, big talent, he was maneged a Libertadores Semifinal, Copa América 3rd place match, and he gets big matches in Libertadores, his averages are fast always the same, last year he ended first at our South America refs ranking (it´s similar to Nicla´s UEFA, he got the idea from us ;) ) Osses is a climber, in this two years he gets all the matches conmebol gives him, sometimes he is overcharged, last Libertadores he got the most amount of matches 9 of 12 matchdays!
    Silvera has big experience, big amount of Sudamericana finals and Libertadores semifinals, and he didn´t had it easy with Larrionda on the pitch so like Roldan with Ruiz, Silveras Copa America was good, i think the best, but Uruguay got into the semifinals which means he was not able to get any of the last 4 matches. Im glad Arias took Amarilla´s place, is a matter of taste, but I was not able to stand Amarillas style, Arias has a courious style, but it´s normaly very effective. Diego Abal, I think Argentina has a weakness after Baldassi´s and Pezzotta´s retirenment, furthermore Abal is only for this WC, there is an other ref which is growing fast Patricio Loustau (son of WC ref Juan Carlos Loustau), it could be that we see an WC without Argentina Ref if Abal keeps doing such kind of mistakes in Libertadores. Carrillo is also a growing phase ref, he gets better every time I see him, I disliked him at first, but now he has gained a place, well diserved after hard work, he is one of them who could gave a surprise. Vera has style problems, he is sometimes passive sometimes very active in his matches, but in the last time he has done good performances which shows he can be there for big matches if he continues like this. Orosco won his place in the Copa America, where he was only ok, but he got a semifinal, that was impresive, then in the WC Quali he did a good job and slowly he is getting better matches in the Libertadores, maybe the Olimpic games will be his big chance to show himself. At last Juan Soto, he has some experience in Conmebol, but he forgets sometimes that let play isnt the same as let fight, maybe ist a bit like Mazic their styles are in the wrong confederation, but I see the Olympics very interesting for him.

    I ve heard that Conmebol will get 6+1 places so here is my gess: Seneme, Osses, Roldán, Silvera, Abal, Arias + Carrillo, but from here to 2014 evrythink can happen

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    1. Thanks for your info, Carlos. Very interesting. I think that we will learn more about these referees in the next FIFA tournaments.

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  5. (by the way out of topic but) Chacón and García will handel the all Mexican CONCACAF Champions League finals

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    1. I can't imagine here in Europe a Champions League final, for example Real-Barcellona, with Carballo or Mallenco in the middle.
      Or else, Milan-Inter with Rizzoli or Rocchi. Really impossible, I think.
      CONCACAF is less strict about these situations

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    2. Furthermore, Mexico is of course very strong in CONCACAF. If there had been two El Salvadorian teams, would have been Bonilla and Aguilar there? I guess not.

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    3. CONCACAF isn't less strict... they actually only use domestic referees when two teams from the same country play each other.

      So, yes, if two El Salvadoran teams somehow made it, it would have been Aguilar and Bonilla. Two MLS teams would have been Geiger and Marrufo. I don't like the policy, but it's how they operate.

      The strangest rule in CONCACAF is that they will allow Canadian referees to officiate an American team and American referees to officiate the Canadian team (Toronto FC) even though all of these referees officiate in the same league and see all the teams throughout the season.

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