Italian Elite referee Nicola Rizzoli has been assigned to take charge of next Saturday's all-German top-class final between Borussia Dortmund and Bayern München who will combat for the Champions League trophy at Wembley Stadium.
|Selected for Wembley: Nicola Rizzoli of Mirandola, Italy (c) ZIMBIO|
The 41-year-old Italian, who has been an international referee since 2007, was selected by the UEFA Referees Committee to oversee Saturday's match at Wembley. He will thus be the first Italian to take charge of a Champions League final since 2000, when Stefano Braschi oversaw an all-Spanish final in Paris.
He took charge of the inaugural UEFA Europa League final in 2010 in Hamburg, where Club Atlético de Madrid beat Fulham FC 2-1 in extra time, and also officiated three matches at UEFA EURO 2012. In total, Rizzoli has presided over 26 UEFA Champions League games, four of them this season, including the round of 16 second leg between Málaga CF and FC Porto.
At the final in London, Rizzoli will be assisted by his fellow countrymen Renato Faverani and Andrea Stefani. The fourth official will be Damir Skomina from Slovenia and the two additional assistant referees, Gianluca Rocchi and Paolo Tagliavento, are from Italy. An Italian reserve assistant referee – Gianluca Cariolato – completes the refereeing team lineup.
More information later!
25 May 2013, 20:45 Central European Time
Wembley Stadium, London, England
Borussia Dortmund - Bayern München
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Italy)
Assistant Referee 1: Renato Faverani (Italy)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrea Stefani (Italy)
Additional Assistant Referee 1: Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)
Additional Assistant Referee 2: Paolo Tagliavento (Italy)
Fourth Official: Damir Skomina (Slovenia)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Gianluca Cariolato (Italy)
UEFA Delegate: Joël Wolff (Luxembourg)
UEFA Referee Observer: David R. Elleray (England)
UEFA Referee Liaison Officer: Peter Elsworth (England)
Blog Referee Observers: Edward A. (Greece), Niclas E. (Germany)