15 January 2014

FIFA World Cup 2014 - Referees

Day X has come, the cubes have been thrown: These are the referee teams designated to officiate at 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. FIFA has appointed 25 main trios and 8 standby duos who will take control over the 64 matches. Sincere congratulations to the referees and assistant referees who have been appointed - "Chin up!" to those who have missed it.



107 Comments:

  1. Biggest surprise for me is 9 referees from Europe. All others can be discussed but, 9 spots for European refereeing is not what they deserved.

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    1. As a Turk, We have a World Cup Referee 40 years later... Congratulations to Cuneyt Cakir and his team...

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  2. A few points from UEFA zone:

    - Greatest rise of a referee for a long time. Mazic wasn't even an Elite official a couple of months ago. It just goes to show how FIFA/UEFA rate the Serbian.
    - My fears have been realised, the Playoff game has indeed prevented Skomina from being chosen. Shame really as I regard him as one of the very best.
    - Kassai only has himself to blame and at times his incompetent assistants. Only four years ago he had a WC 1/2.
    - Lannoy, well, it seems FIFA have seen the light, never rated him.
    - The most surprising selection is Carballo. All signs it seemed pointed towards the direction of Mallenco. Probably UEFA had a say? What's certain: Carballo has much better and more experienced assistants then that of Mallenco.
    - Brych, Rizzoli and Webb (unsurprisingly) win their respective battles, while, Eriksson, Kuipers and Proence where always going to get chosen.

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  3. After 20 years, once again Serbia have a World Cup referee team...Congratulations to Mazic, Ristic and Djurdjevic! Bravo momci!

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    2. Bravo Milorade, bravo momci!!!

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    3. And again it starts..

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  4. You can't just leave the WC2010 semifinal referee at home. It makes no sense. I only hope that the WC won't present a refereeing problem.

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    1. It makes sense if there was one head of refereeing in 2010 and a different one in 2014

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    2. With all due respect, It doesn't. Given the fact that Rodriguez is also there due to his previous experience.

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    3. Edward, seriously, do you think that Kassai deserved a nomination?

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    4. Hubert, seriously YES. Without doubt. Current form is good but you can't ignore previous experience and a referee who had a CL final and a WC semifinal.

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    5. Do you know such word as justice? How would referees who performed excellently feel if such bad-performer like Kassai would go to Brazil? In your view the one who was good some years ago must be good all the time and FIFA must choose him because of big quality four years ago? Kassai wasn't making only poor calls like often Rizzoli did, but he was just poor in his matches, having no clear line and allowing play endangering a safety of players. Was he a good candidate? Without doubt... no. How can you be sure that he would be good at WC after poor games in CL?

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    6. So it is justice that Kassai is out and Rizzoli is in? Because this is surely not justice. If you want to appoint referees based on current form then neither of these 2 should go.

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    7. I partly agree with you, but we must take into account that Kassai has worse team and too many mistakes was made by the whole team, not only single mistakes by main referee. It is the difference, I think.

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    8. OK. But Eros didn't make the Schalke - Basel mistake.

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    9. That's why I was consistent and was always saying it's Rocchi who should go instead of Rizzoli. :)

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    10. We don't have to pussyfoot around, Rizzoli is Italian and Collina's boy, Kassai not. IMO that's explanation enough.

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    11. Kassai this season is not well.

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    12. Rizzoli is as experienced as Kassai, has a better football understanding even and it is now in a better shape. A referee can commit punctual mistakes, but overall performance of Kassai is far away from Rizzoli in the last two seasons. At least he runs in a match (even U20 match). It's funny to hear that he is only italian and Collina's boy. About the difference between Rizzoli and Rocchi... no need to explain.

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    13. Well. Rizzoli was fast-track promoted back in 2009 / 2010 since they knew Rosetti would go soon. They needed an Italian referee. You seriously cannot tell me that the performance principle justified a final assignment in 2013. His Serie A season was not good last year, his CL performances was below Rizzoli's usual quality. We don't have to talk about Wembley. If you wanted to, you might have seen an 8.5 in BVB-Bayern, if you come back to reality, it was a poor performance with a low mark. If now the head of refereeing in UEFA is from the same country, region and even city like this Italian official, you can see correlations. But please, be free in your opinion, as I said, you can see correlations, you don't have to...Kassai and Rizzoli are completely different types of referees, comparing their approach and football understanding makes no sense.

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  5. AFC:
    Here less or more we have the expected names. Of course Al Badwawi was clearly out due to injury. Then, the choice was probably not that difficult. Faghani attended less FIFA tournaments than the other names, so the choice to select him as reserve is logical. Sorry for Al Ghamdi but no room for him.

    CAF:
    Many strange things happened in this confederation, reading the final names. At the end we have almost all the preselected officials (5 out of 7) with only Jedidi and Diatta at home. The speech about Jedidi it's clear, but Diatta choice is really weird. Daniel Bennett appointed as reserve seems one political choice. Anyway, I was almost sure about Doue, his U20 was good. FIFA merely looks at performance, and he got some crucial calls right. In addition to that, he is there probably because he is so much experienced. On the other hand, in the choice between Gassama and Alioum, I accept the fact to appoint Gassama as main referee. Alioum is really young and he will have a long time on international stage in the future. Nothing to say about Haimoudi, the most deserved appointment in CAF. Some different choice were made also regarding the assistant, they didn't want to leave at home Menkounde, surely one of the best African names. Sorry for Ogbamariam...

    CONCACAF
    Here, the final choice has been in favor of Rodirguez. The Mexican duel was probably very open until a certain time, but at the end, despite of a FIFA final, Garcia is forced to stay at home. I want also to underline that in this WC there are not countries with two or more officials. This can be the explanation for which we don't read Garcia name neither as reserve. Aguilar deserved the call, Geiger too. Very very happy for Moreno, absolutely good choice to appoint him at least as fourth official. Walter Lopez is a political choice.

    CONMEBOL
    Rumors about Abal were wrong. Pitana will be the referee from Argentina at WC. For me, a reasonable choice. Nothing to say about Ricci, Roldan and Osses. All were expected. Good to read also Vera's name. His U20 was very good and probably for this reason he was selected. Arias had to stay out, but Aquino has find the way to be there, as reserve assistant referee with Carrillo. No big surprises in this confederation.

    OFC
    We expected a choice like this.

    UEFA
    Well, there should be many and many things to say. The first one is: this time the political choice are almost out and that is a very good signal. All the referees on the final list are here having deserved that, and I must include also Mazic. Mazic is surely one paramount example of a referee who can dream about a WC just based on performance. His growth was impressive in a few years and he deserves to stay there. Very sorry for Skomina, but France-Ukraine was at any rate unacceptable and the big faults are of course on Zunic's side. As written by another user here, committee has selected trios, not only main referees. The same speech, less or more, can be said for Kassai. Even though now Kassai was clearly in a better situation than Skomina, he paid the many and many mistakes made by Eros, and also several poor performances. Really sorry but choices at the end must be done. The impressive thing is that 4 years ago he was a WC semifinal referee. But this is the life: today in seventh heaven, tomorrow in the hell. Who knows? I wish him a good luck for the next big tournaments.
    Expected choice to leave Lannoy at home, nothing more to say here. Not at WC level. Moen deserved his call, even though just as fourth official. I'm very content for him. Finally, I didn't expect Velasco instead of Undiano. I think this choice was made yesterday or anyway in the last weeks, since Undiano seemed the Spanish official ready to join WC (remember play off appointments).




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    1. Glad for Geiger I think his performance has earned it, he has exceeded Marrufo Internationally and particularly in League competition(Despite one major blow up for Geiger 2 seasons ago). Garcia Orozco should be here as again I feel he has had a much better performance than Rodriguez over this time period. In Liga MX eyes he seems to be their #1. But they have went with the experience and so I can understand. Also, glad for a long standing Referee like Roberto Moreno.

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  6. Congrats to Cakir, Duran and Ongun. Its a big honour for us.

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  7. WOW ! I got same info on Italian Newspaper.

    Uefa: very regret and disappointed to see that Kassai ans Skomina are out of list. They really deserve the appointment IMO, especially Kassai. It's really a pity. Surprise and unexpected Velasco Vs. Undiano. Great results by Mazic who overpass Kassai, Skomina and Undiano
    Comnebol: few referees 5 Vs. 6 form the hosting confederation. Pitana in spite of Arias seems politics but if it's the case what strong fight inside Comnebol!!!!! president is from argentina, Chief referee is from paraguay
    AFC: No surprise all as expected
    CAF: Doue better than Alioum ?? strange but I have no high skill to evaluate
    CONCACAF: Garcia out is amazing like as Undiano and Kassai; good results to keep 5 officials, two as reserve
    OFC: Best achievement !! two referees on two preselected 100%
    But Uefa deserve more officials
    Regards
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  8. The biggest surprise to me is the non-selection of Garcia, who IMO has the two better assistant referees from Mexico than that of Rodriguez. FIFA decided to stick with Rodriguez for his third world cup, despite the fact he performed poorly in his previous two. I initially thought Garcia will be in line for some big matches late in WC, he possibly can get the final. Now he has to stay at home.

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    1. About that, to be also underlined that three officials who handled FIFA tournaments finals in this preselection, have been left at home.
      Thomson, Garcia and Clattenburg.
      So this is another remarkable signal about the functioning of preselection proceedings.

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  9. Firstly, Niclas, a good reading of the Skomina situation, I never doubted your 'rationale'. Big shame for me however, that they could not find a suitable assistant in place of Zunic for this incredible referee talent. Im surprised that you kept Kassai in your list for this reason?

    As I said all along I am not confident Mallenco will beat Carballo to the post - so I am content with this selection, though Carballo too has development points to brush up on!

    The Mazic selection is a fantastic piece of news on a number of criteria - with Eriksson and Roldan arguably the best judge of law in this tournament. It is so good that a referee can rise to prominence so fast with good and consistent performances. His performance in Romania v Greece topped off a great 2 years for him. (I was trying to sneak him in ahead of a Spanish representative, but in Skomina's 'place' it is to be).

    Happy for Cakir after his difficult time since Old Trafford. He was very unfortunate not to referee the CL final after a 'just' decision, but he came back stronger than ever, and again his Play-off was handled very well.

    Webb just about deserves this appointment over Clattenburg. Both have been very strong this year (and Clatts arguably stronger on application of law) but his overall management of big occasions, alongside the tremendous rejuvenation of Cann and Mularkey have been rewarded. Clatts will take 2016/18 no doubt.

    Rizzoli, Brych and Proenca are 'safe' options, and their assistants have really backed these selections. Each bring a calmness to their approach, and their AoL is rarely with use of 'risk'.

    Kassai? Im sorry, just not so consistent in the last 2 years, despite some good performances in between - and as above, the issues with Ring seemed to have confirmed the debate here. Kassai can only reflect on his style and approach to games and come back stronger in the future.

    Really really pleased for Moen. What a fantastic young talent. Allows a good physical game, and knows how to manage players too.

    Overall, an expected list. Though I am not sure why only the 9 selections?

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  10. In the last WC 2010, AFC, CAF and CONCACAF all had 3+1 (three acting trios plus one reserve), but why this time for WC 2014, AFC has been granted an extra acting trio, but for CAF and CONCACAF only got an extra reserve referee each? Does FIFA favour AFC officials more?

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  11. First of all, congratulations to all the referee trio's, include the reserve referee duo's for having been appointed for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
    Like al of my blog colleagues, there are a lot of questions about the definitive choices from Busacca/Collina and co.

    I won't make any further analysis, because Niclas was just wonderful, so many thanks to him, and Edward.

    My top 10 for this WC (and also candidates for the 2014 World Cup Final) would be:

    1. Kuipers
    2. Webb
    3. Haimoudi
    4. Nishimura
    5. Irmatov
    6. Rizzoli
    7. Proenca
    8. Ricci
    9. Aguilar
    10. Brych

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    1. Nonsense write now about candidates for World Cup Final.

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  12. KASSAI OUT - MAZIC IN

    My dreams came true!!! Excellent info that poor European referees last season like Kassai and Skomina are out although they have big names and such great referee as Mazic is in. Nothing better could've happened!

    HD

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  13. What if one ref will be injured some weeks before tournament and thus not be able to participate?
    1. Support ref with his ar takes the place?
    2. no further ref will be nominated and there will be one less officating Trio?
    3. Support duo stays and a not selected team from same confederation will take the place?

    Best regards
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    1. I think that for now it is too early to try to answer to these questions, FIFA has just published the names...

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  14. First reaction: congratulations to the officials selected, commiserations to the officials that will stay home. Mazic is of course the most impressive selection politics-wise (as in he has no politics behind him in Zurich, unlike on this blog). Some people have said that most selections have been based on performances, not politics. I think they are based on current form instead of proven quality. I'm not sure whether the best referees of 2013 will be the best referees of 2014 also and therefore I hope the list will remain open until May.

    I am shocked at the loss of such talent as Skomina, Kassai and García. Of course there are clear and acceptable reasons for their deselection, but I´m just as worried as Edward is for the upcoming World Cup. A continuation of EURO 2012? Overall bad refereeing, many forced appointments and good assistants? I hope not but I fear the worst.

    Form is temporary, class is permanent.

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    1. Oh and by the way Profesor Taltomar: in the end FIFA has the same opinion as you about a certain referee. I sincerely hope Mazic will do all his fans here proud.

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    2. no way you must eat it thomas-fan of politics

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    3. Thomas I couldn't agree more.

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    4. Thomas, would you be sure that a level of refereeing would be higher if Kassai, Skomina and Garcia was selected? I think otherwise, that without Kassai's whole team and without Zunic the WC have chance to be better. However, still would prefer Roberto Garcia instead of Marco Rodriguez, but I didn't watch enough CONCACAF matches to judge who was better there.

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    5. Thomas,be gentleman.

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  15. Hi guys,

    I think that the debate is getting a bit ill-tempered. And that is not necessary.

    FIFA had a pool of very good referees to choose between, and it is inevitable that some very good names might be left out. We can all think differently about that, but today I think that we all should wish the appointed referees good luck and hope for them to perform excellently in the World Cup.

    And for those who missed out, which surely is a very negative blow for them all, we shall encourage and tell them that there are other matches coming their way.

    I am sure that it was a narrow line between most candidates.

    Please remember, once again, that all candiadates are very good referees. That is important to remember. And it is surely a difficult task to sit in the FIFA Referees Committee and take these tough decisisons.

    /Swedish observer

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    1. I underline all your words!

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    2. We seem to have agreed on a lot lately :-D

      /Swedish observer

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    3. Hear! Hear! Swedish Observer Hear! Hear!

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    4. Excellent words, great that everyone agrees on your them. No arguments needed then ;-)
      BTW I'm jealous of your experience haha (4th official at Frisk)

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    5. I would have also liked to have a "cleaner football boots" Mr. Anders Frisk. :) Also, it's my honor as Mr. Nikola Tomičić (former FIFA assistant referee) and "Profesor Taltomar" (whose identity would be concealed) with us here on the blog. IMO, this blog is very respectable.
      Best regards!

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    6. By the way, just a question for you who mostly join the discussions. We were wondering about what strategy will be best when accompanying the World Cup. The reports we are writing for UEFA matches are quited detailed and powerful in their effect, but need much time which could be a problem during the World Cup as three matches are played on the same day. What are your ideas - do you prefer reports, video analyses, text analyses, comments, prediction games.....? Or all that combined?
      A feedback would interest me, thanks :)

      Concerning the names. Of course there will be something more tomorrow. For now I think that the list is overall really well done. But indeed - the Garcia case bothers me most. Politics seem to be abandoned in the World Cup selection - at least in Asia, South America and Europe. I am not sure about Africa and Northamerica. Having said that, of course respect for the committee whose choice was very hard to take and all the best for the officials.

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    7. Niclas - why don't you use the report documents we used for the Confeds Cup and U-20 WC? It didn't take me long to fill it in...

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    8. Surely a less challenging (I mean for us, observers) report would be fillable in a shorter time.

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    9. If one "must" watch three games a day, it takes already a lot of time, so Iwould also prefer a smaller report.
      Different from other tournaments will have seen the match, so less description is necessary, and one could focus more on the assessment.

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    10. My proposition: a short analysis + marks of each performance written by Niclas and based on comments on this blog. It will be perfect 'cause everyone has his own points of view, Niclas is so perfect in laying it all on the paper (or rather monitor) and then we will have fantastic overview without much unnecessary work to do. Am I right?

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    11. I would like to keep up the variety and bigger number of observers.

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    12. I agree with most comments here, a shorter, yet tighter assessment would be beneficial.

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    13. OK, no problem. I will be typically exhausted by work for my site and therefore off from writing reports on here, but probably all current reporters will offer their help. :)

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    14. I will, looking forward to seeing the 33rd team in action. Because it is the same as with our national teams: we all have opinions and even if we do not like the selections (there are as much wannabe national coaches as there are people in a country and they will never ever all be happy) we will support our team.

      Working on Atkinson's report right now, first half he did well without problems. Good point: communication/personality. Point for improvement: fitness and closeness to play.

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    15. That's it. We often differ in our discussions about philosophy of refereeing and choices, but we all wait for nice World Cup and same good performances without big mistakes. This time I agree ;)

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  16. @Branko DDM - My congratulations to you and your countryman (?) Mazic. It must be the best refereeing day of his life today to hear about this appointment. I did not think that he would get there (more than as a fourth official), but he did, and I lift my hat in appreciation for him and wish that he will have a stellar World Cup!

    /Swedish observer

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    1. Thank you for your good wishes and objective words. You've always been the "voice of reason", with extensive experience and knowledge of football, in general. Frankly, as you rejoice nomination of my countrymen, my humble rejoice fully deserved nomination Jonas Eriksson. But my idol is Anders Frisk! I have lived in every game he tried. :)

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    2. @Branko DDM - thanks for this. I actually was fourth offical for Anders Frisk once in the Swedish Premier League in the mid 1990s and I too thought he was an excellent referee back in the days!

      /Swedish observer

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  17. The biggest surprise to me is the non-selection of Kassai. And the spaniard, is good. Carballo is better than Malleco today

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  18. One thing - Alessandro Rocha may not attend his home World Cup despite having assisted in so many matches at FIFA tournaments...Van Gasse does instead, further information to follow..

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    1. Indeed it is already official in the PDF: Ricci assistant referees are De Carvalho and Van Gasse.

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  19. Doue's appointment is an error IMHO. His card selection and foul detection are some of the worst I've ever seen.

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  20. OT
    Please have a comment on this goal allowed in Coppa Italia today.
    Referee: Andrea De Marco
    Assistant 1 involved: Marco Barbirati.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HqvKIHy2qM
    I think excellent decision to let the flag down according to new offside instructions. Higuain is in clear offside position, but at the end he does nothing in order to influence the opponent and he never reaches the ball.
    Many complaints and a sending off for Atalanta followed as you can watch in the video.

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    1. Perfect decision to wait and see. Then, it was easy to judge :)

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    3. To be added that talanta players were angry because at first assistant raised a bit his flag. Then he correctly changed idea.

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    4. I fully understand the assistant, it's something which goes automatically. To the players: play to the whistle, no further explanation required.

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    5. And of course an excellent decision in the first place :)

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    6. In my view, an excellent decision. Then, an obvious question: how imbecile does a defender have to be to turn his back completely on the ball to look at the AR? He's not looking at Higuain, but only at the Assistant.

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    7. A paramount example for how it should be done since July 2013.

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    8. The solving of this situation till July 2013 should be the same. Wait and see ...

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  22. Biggest suprise to me was Carballo's nomination instead Mallenco, whom I regard as one best referees and personalities among Europian referees.
    Also I appreciate Skomina much more then Cakir but Bussaca left me only one place. :)
    Good luck to all guys who deserve and are lucky enough to go to WC in Brasil 2014.

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    1. Skomina was eliminated after the match of Paris.

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  23. Not sure if FIFA is going to stick with confederation neutrality rule in appointing match officials at WC? If that's the case, who's going to get the opening match?

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    1. My bet is Nishimura although another Asian handled the opener, 4-years-ago.

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    2. For this reason, I rather think, it will be a referee from CONCACAF, so Aguilar or Geiger as Mexico is in the same group. The Asian referees have good chances for their first final, at least if FIFA do not want an European again.

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    3. Are we sure that European referees are out from WC final 100%?

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    4. No, but it is a trend that has started to develop in the last few tournaments. Webb/Elizondo/Collina/Belqola/Puhl/Codesal is a Yes/No/Yes/No/Yes/No for European referees. The logical conclusion is no European this time. However, FIFA has given the impression they do not care about these unwritten rules any more, especially since Busacca is there. So there may well be another European in the final, if it is required under the performance principle.
      My guess for the opener was and remains Aguilar. Nishimura is my candidate for the final at this moment. However this has more to do with personal opinions as the basis on which the final appointment is made, is not there yet (performances in WC).

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    5. Guys, it is too early for such a prediction. The final will be the result from a number of factors. And of course performances will play a big role. As for the opener I believe 2 names are probable. Haimoudi and Aguilar. Can't see an Asian referee again. But with Busacca no-one can be sure.

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  24. Next seminar, 10-14 February in the Canary Islands

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    1. Thanks for this info.

      My prediction for the opener match is Aguilar, as already written a few weeks ago.

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  25. I think a very good choice by the FIFA. It looks like there is less room for politics and that performance has been the criteria. Since this is top sport it is IMO totally acceptable that the heroes and good performers of today are selected and that results from the past on a WC don't count. I think that there are enough examples of teams or athletes who performed very well in one WC or Olympics and are not qualified for the next one. It is hard, but also a big motivation to fight back for the next tournament.

    Off-course everybody in The Netherlands is happy with the selection of Bjorn Kuipers. Well deserved! But there is also some small criticism on the politics of appointing referees from all over the world. This because of the difference in level of the game over the world. For example the level of play in Europe is considered to be higher than in AFC or Oceania.

    That's why a question came up to me. If we want to prepare all the referees the best for a WC isn't it possible that in the WC qualifiers referees get an appointment all over the world. So for example a referee from UEFA is the referee at a match in CAF, CAF in AFC etc.

    Since FIFA organizes all the matches for the WC the FIFA referee department can handle all the appointments. If u use this system all the referees pre-selected can get used and experienced with different styles of play and different levels of soccer. In the end you can select all the best referees from over the world. And you don't need to be afraid that a ref from a smaller football country is overwhelmed by the atmosphere and intensity of the match.

    I'm curious about the opinion of the others about this idea.

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    1. I think, id would be possible, but much too expensive. What if a referee team from Germany must fly to Australia and da team from Australia to Germany. And never forget the jet lag. I think it would be too sophisticated.

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    2. Well it happened in the last period. Some American officials handled matches in OFC zone, Jerome Damon of South Africa handled a UEFA qualifier etc. It's not much, but a beginning. Logistically, it would not be any problem to appoint a referee like Rizzoli for a match in Qatar (vs Japan for example). I actually like this suggestion if jetlags etc. are excluded. But of course, referees learn different football mentalities also at the preparation tournaments such as u-20 and u-17 World Cups.

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  26. is it possible to see changes during these 4 months in the referee list?espesially in Europe?

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    1. Yes, the list stays open until the end of the process in order to be able to react to injuries and officials that have made tremendous mistakes or are generally in poor form.

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    2. Only changes if there are injuries.

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    3. Busacca gave a different statement recently.

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  27. I really cannot understand the selection of Marco Rodriguez over Roberto Garcia. Yes, he has the experience, but, it isn't as if he performed well in the last two World Cup's (Chile - Spain, springs to mind).
    Garcia on the other hand has had a stellar 2013, culminating in a U-20 WC Final appointment. I really hoped he would have been chosen as I believe he would do really well in Brazil.
    I guess Rodriguez has some admirers on the Committee, they obviously see something in him that we can't.

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    1. There could be unknown factors like psychological tests, fitness tests, theoretical tests. We don't know the results of those.

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    2. When I first saw the list published, the biggest surprise to me was the selection of Marco Rodriguez over Roberto Garcia, or at least I thought both Mexician should be on the list. Roberto Garcia had the better onfield performance IMO and also he has the two better assistant referees from Mexico. But I must also admit that onfield performance of each referee is the only factor we can probably comment on, there are many other unknown factors such as fitness tests, theoretical tests etc that we do not know the results, those factors also play a huge part in the final selection. That is why some referees always show more consistent onfield performance to us, yet they are not well liked by the FIFA referees' committee. Hauge (NOR) and Larsen (DEN), two top referees from UEFA, yet they never got the chance to be part of world cup in 2006 and 2010.

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    3. Irmatov was an example, when I first saw him in 2007, I never thought he was good enough to reach WC. For some reason, FIFA referees' committe seems to like him and put a lot faith in him.

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  28. I really think that Skomina and Kassai would deserved the call for WC; In my opinion Kassai can count not only on his outstanding perfomance at last WC when he took the semifinal but also on good matches officiated till few months ago. Last WC was not a single case for kassai, but the opposite: current low status could be considered an exception on good carrier so far. I think that the decision to get out Kassai has been too much limited to few matches; the consistency, the skill and the capacity to manage one match have to be evaluated on a long period and not only on present status, otherwise is too limited. One referee which is in high level status now but never shown high performaces could be a risk and his status could be just a "great moment" and he could be a "meteora". Kassai demonstrated high level for many years so this drop could be just a temporary status from which he could improve.

    Even for Skomina I think that he cannot pay the mistake done on play off match: again it's just one match in a very good period.

    In other hand I think that one referee (or one assistant) cannot pay the mistakes of his colleague in the trio; it's non sense. Why kassai have to sent off for Eros's fault and especailly Skomina for Zunic's mistakes ? Like in the past Amarilla Demarqui and Frisk payed for the bad fitness of their assistants.
    Especially in Europe there are a lot of good assitants so bad perfomers could be replaced by someone else, even from not same country. Geiger has a Canadian, in CAF they are mixed and recently Collina tried Pozzi and the austrian one with italian and slovenia referees. Zunic had to be replaced by the austrian talent and this last one could start to officiate with Skomina from now in each match, even domestic, to create sinergy and cooperation.

    I agree on the fact that to improve and to allow growing, referees can travel to officiate matches all around the world. It happened on the past in few cases as mentioned by Niclas. If Williams or O'leary would stay two months in Europe (like a stage done in each job) for example, they will improve so much, and in the mean time they could be appointed to officiate match for FIFA WC qualification between Europe nations.

    Finally I think that FIFA should forget confederation neutrality rule, it's a nonsense ! I played to obtain different configuration from the FIFA WC drawing and in the knock out stage there will be a lot of matches between european and south american countries. Who can officiate beside Irmatov, Nishimura and Aguilar ?
    If they would like to keep this rule, they should start to create high level officials out of Europe and South America because currently I don't see huge names able to carried on the world cup from quarter finals to finals.

    What do you think ?
    Regards

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    1. The confederation neutrality rule was a total nonsense in the first place. If that is in place for WC 2014, FIFA may have to appoint someone like Irmatov all the time, regardless of his performance. But we never know, FIFA may have already identified someone capable enough other than the likes of Irmatov and Nishimura to handle those European vs South American matches.

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    2. I think FIFA gave us a clue about the confederation neutrality rule in 2012 CWC Final. It was between Corinthians(S.America)VS Chelsea(Europe) which was managed by Cakir(Europe).

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    3. Yes, but more recently Brazil-Spain in confederationscup with Bjorn Kuipers in charge :-)

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  29. By looking at the list, out of the 25 main referees chosen, only four of those, Irmatov, Nishimura, Rodriguez and Webb also refereed matches in the last world cup 2010. There is quite a big generational change, especially for UEFA and CONMEBOL.

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    1. And 5 potential returnees were denied (Stark, Al-Ghamdi, Undiano, Kassai, Lannoy). Also, if you look at the dates of the UEFA referees for this tournament, there will be another huge generational shift going into 2018.

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  30. Mazic is one of the best referees I ever watched. Glad to see him on the list.
    Greetings from California!

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  31. Hello FIFA. By the way I would like to congratulate about the next world cup and I would like to know you as Im a referee from Algeria and I did not have the chance to be with you and to know me and know how are my abilities in refereeing , so my Name is Mr MEZHOOUD TAREK . So Mr Mezhoud is congratulating all the FiFA's Referees who will officiate the World Cup matches in Brazil. I want also to say , good luck for them and especially for Mr Haimoudi Djamel the Algerian referee.
    All the thanks for the FIFA and i hope you will enjoy us by your referees capacities to understand the matches. THANK YOU AND GOOD LUCK . MR MEZHOUD TAREK REFEREE FROM ALGERIA.

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  32. I wonder who will going to be the referees this year.. Anyway, I hope you can give world cup bet tips for this year. :)

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