July 11, 2013

Roberto García to take charge of Istanbul final - Sandro Ricci with Third Place match

Mexican pre-selected World Cup referee Roberto García (1974) has been assigned to take charge of Sunday's Under-20 World Cup 2013 final to be played in Istanbul's Ali Sami Yen Stadium, the home of Galatasaray Istanbul.

Roberto García has been rewarded with the final (c) mediotiempo

Along with his assistant referees José Camargo and Alberto Morín he will oversee the tie between France and Uruguay. García is an international referee since 2007 and already took control over five matches at 2011 Under-17 World Cup in his mother country including the Third Place final between Brazil and Germany.
A few hours earlier, Brazilian Sandro Ricci (1974) will be in charge of the Third Place match between Ghana and Iraq. Having received his FIFA badge only in 2011, he will be assisted by Alessandro Rocha and Emerson De Carvalho.

For both García and Ricci it is their fourth match at this tournament.

Third Place Final
13 July 2013
Match 51 – Ali Sami Yen Spor Kompleksi, Istanbul (TUR) – 17:00 CET
Referee: Sandro Ricci (Brazil)
Assistant Referee 1: Alessandro Rocha De Matos (Brazil)
Assistant Referee 2: Emerson De Carvalho (Brazil)
Fourth Official: Peter O'Leary (New Zealand)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Jan Hendrik Hintz (New Zealand)
Blog Observer: Nur H. (England)

13 July 2013
Match 52 – Ali Sami Yen Spor Kompleksi, Istanbul (TUR) – 20:00 CET
Referee: Roberto García (Mexico)
Assistant Referee 1: José Luis Camargo (Mexico)
Assistant Referee 2: Alberto Morín (Mexico)
Fourth Official: Noumandiez Doue (Côte d'Ivoire)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Songuifolo Yeo (Côte d'Ivoire)
Blog Observer: Edward (Greece)


  1. CONMEBOL can be content, finally a good referee from Brazil, and now he is surely the first candidate in his country for WC.
    On the other hand, the appointment of Roberto Garcia in the final is not a good signal for Rodriguez, Mexico seems to have his new top referee.
    Well done, they are the only referees with four matches, as Niclas wrote.
    Confederations rule was easily respected this time, there was a very good choice available.

  2. The fact, it is their fourth match, makes it a bit unexpected, especially in the case of Garcia, who just had Uruguay in the quarterfinal. Nevertheles I agree it is deserved, Garcia is a referee, who could IMO also handle UEFA CL k.o. matches. But that need not to mean that Rodriguez is out as previous tournaments have shown. Ricci's WC nomination should now be clear, if it was not even sure before, because he represents the host nation.
    Very few appointments for European referees in the last stages, although there were only two European teams left. The reason probably is, that FIFA knows most of them very well. This also means, we cannot draw many conclusions about the UEFA referees from this tournament, unlike about the other confederations.

  3. I agree. UEFA's appointments will be decided by WC 2010 experiences, qualifiers for 2014 and intra-continental competitions (EURO and UCL/UEL). It is clear that this tournament was aimed at testing some officials. Ricci is the best example for that. On the other hand I think Faghani could have got a further appointment - probably he was out due to Shukralla's presence in the semifinals.

  4. Anonymous11/7/13 22:11

    Garcia had two games, I think, at the Olympics too. So he seems as Mexico's number one now.

    /Swedish observer

  5. Anonymous12/7/13 04:28

    Garcia's appointment for the final is totally deserved and very much expected, he is certain for the world cup next year. History of world cup has suggested that Mexican referees are favourized by FIFA, I still believe both Mexican referees on the pre list will be appointed as main referees for the world cup next year, as was the case in the previous two world cups. This also indicates FIFA still seems lacking confidence in appointing African and Oceania referees for important matches at FIFA tournament, they are appointed to the world cup simply due to politics, they will not be expected to handle important matches.

  6. Anonymous12/7/13 08:57

    These two appointments show FIFA would prefer to follow confederation neutrality rule in appointing match officials at FIFA tournament as much as they possibly can. However, the appointment of Kuipers for the Confederation Cup Final shows FIFA is also willing to break it if there is no suitable official available for important matches by following that process.

  7. Concerning African officials. Doue had a not so good TUR-COL performance and made very good decisions in his second one (I don't say very good performance). Gassama missed two penalties in his two matches. Alioum's Cameroon federation was suspended by FIFA and thus he was unable to get further matches. So it's only logical to leave them out.

  8. Hi BRAZIL-WORLD-CUP-2014, should go just Roberto Garcia-Orozco, not Marco Rodriguez, For this reason alone that Garcia-Orozco seems to be a better fit, that popular CIQUI-MARCO.

  9. If I'm not mistaken, aren't these games scheduled to be played on 13th?

    1. You are right, the match will be played today.
      There is a mistake here.

    2. Anonymous13/7/13 13:56

      "There is a mistake here."

      Mark for Niclas E.:
      One crucial mistake = 9.5, otherwise 10.0 ;-)

    3. ;)
      Thanks for mentioning.

  10. Out of topic:

    It's nice to see FDB back in European matches :). I just hope we'll see Lubos Michel one day :).

    1. http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuropaleague/season=2014/matches/round=2000466/match=2012343/prematch/officials/index.html

      It seems that he has a big work with UEFA now, already two appoitments

    2. It seems FdB is an important observer for future top referees. Del Cerro and Soares certainly are interesting names.
      Also Mejuto González seems to have taken such a role in UEFA observing.

    3. Johannes Reijgwaart for Jakob Kehlet is also interesting.

    4. And even more, he had two young referees. Del Cerro is new referee from Spain, his first match in EL/CL, he must show his best. Soares is also candidate for first category if I'm not wrong. I think FDB will observe candidates for promotion this season. I also saw that Kružliak will be observed by Trentalange in CL qf - interesting.

  11. Interview of Garcia on FIFA.com


  12. The only committee member out is Nikolay Levnikov in Europa League, he will observe the Finnish Gestranius (and not Munukka, that's strange).

    Other relevant appointments:
    Zelinka (CZE) - Zdravko Jokić (SRB)
    Delferiere (BEL) - Rune Pedersen (NOR)

    Munukka got Rubin Kazan match, but Vladimir Antonov (MDA) as observer. It seems anyway that this observer from Moldova is not so irrelevant, I read his name many times also during group stage.

    1. Why strange for Gestranius? He is a good ref and probably UEFA wants to see him as an alternative especially after Munukka's bad EURO U21 and the retirement of Asumaa.

    2. I mean strange because now Munukka is the Finnish pushed by UEFA, so I expected a committe member for him, not for Gestranius, but this choice probably as you wrote too, came after EURO UNDER 21.
      Not the best impression given by Munukka.
      Of course absolutly nothing against Gestranius.

  13. Very important: Horst Brummeier (AUT) observes Ilias Spathas (GRE). The last seasons show that Brummeier normally comes as soon as a referee is considered for promotion.

  14. 8.3 in my opinion the mark for Ricci, expected level in a match of normal difficulty, nothing extra-ordinary. Correct calls by assistants.

    About Garcia: apart from certain moments, a really boring match to watch. A possible violent conduct at 67' by Bosetti, but Garcia missed the scene. Apart from that, I would say a good performance in a challenging but not really challenging match. Also here we are in the 8.3 area. And now the PSO.

    1. Yes Chefren. Very boring final but France wins the trophy.

    2. I missed this potential violent conduct but think Garcia did well apart from that. Some minor mistakes happened, but the overall card management and foul detection were both good. Assistants superb as well. But his fitness, movement and positioning should really be improved.

    3. About Garcia.

      Foul detection was average and not more. He missed some bigger fouls and gave some others very easy. He totally missed the violent conduct scene and didn't send-off Bosetti. That was his biggest mistake. Not difficult match to handle, all cards were justified but he could issue 2-3 more especially at the first half in players that repeatedly broke the LoTG.

      Report probably tomorrow.

  15. Does anybody have a link to the Ghana vs Iraq game (full match)?
    Livefootballvideo.com haven't seemed to uploaded it yet.

    1. Hi,

      Here is a link for download.



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