June 4, 2014

Countdown to Brazil: 8 Matches as Assistant Referee - Now FIFA Referee Committee

Still 8 days (or exactly 192 hours) to go until the FIFA World Cup 2014 will be kicked-off in São Paulo. Time to shift focus on those who accompany the referees to the matches and to dig out an old record achieved by a Polish match official.



Nowadays, there are fixed referee trios consisting of a main referee and two assistant referees who are usually bound to the same referee during the entire competition. This has become praxis for the first time at World Cup 2006 and its previous preparation tournaments. That's why assistant referees are no lonely fighters anylonger but real teamplayers. The logical consequence is that they can be very happy to get maybe three or four matches in Brazil. This has been by far different in the past.


It was Poland's Michal Listkiewicz (above) who has established a unique record number of matches as an assistant referee (or linesman..) at the same World Cup. At 1990 World Cup in Italy, he joined a total amount of 8 matches on the sidelines including the semifinal between Italy and Argentina (refereed by Michel Vautrot, the other assistant referee was today's Referee Committee member Peter Mikkelsen from Denmark) and Germany's late final win over Argentina handled by Edgardo Codesal of Mexico, where Listkiewicz even advised his Central American boss to send off Argentine Dezotti for a violent conduct in the additional time. This record has never been beaten - the next in size is e.g. Hector Vergara of Canada with 6 matches in 2002.

Like Peter Mikkelsen, Michal Listkiewicz also joins FIFA's Referee Committee. Listkiewicz and his colleagues (e.g. Sene, Lacarne, Trentalange, Maltock etc.) accompany the referees to their matches at competitions such as youth World Cups, the Confederations Cup or even the World Cup. Check this file to read the names of the assessors active at the venue cities during the 2010 group stage matches. However, this is a bit irritating: even though their function suggests that they would really assess the referees, this is not directly the case. The real reports and match analyses are normally written and conducted at the referees' hotel by Massimo Busacca and his closer colleagues - and by the way: Pierluigi Collina will be present in Brazil to accompany the committee, too, as sources have reported.

20 Comments:

  1. Really nice to read article about the great record belonging to Polish referee!

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    1. Anonymous5/6/14 12:29

      I remember the use of Listkiewicz as an Assistant in the United States. Regulation was, no referees as a assistant referee, only the friend of Blatter, the pole Listkiewicz was allowed to officiate as an Assistant referee. Funny?

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    2. Anonymous5/6/14 17:34

      No, a observation.

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    3. Anonymous5/6/14 23:46

      As far as I remember Michal Listkiewicz was on FIFA ARs list in 1994, so there was no difference between him and other ARs for the tournament?

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  2. Anonymous4/6/14 22:58

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EbJoqdJXEyU
    Marrufo was busy today

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    1. Excellent and only possible decision taken by Marrufo. However, I have a feeling that many European referees would've tried to cope with such scenes only with yellow cards (in CL/EL final for sure...) ;)

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    2. Strange way of issuing the cards in my opinion.
      So suddenly while still talking to players...

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    3. This body language attracts way too much attention and shifts the referee into the foreground - should be avoided. Good decision of course.

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  3. Anonymous4/6/14 23:10

    Italy-Luxembourg
    Wrong offside decisions from Praprotnik (19' Candreva) and Vukan (93' Cerci). Easy match for Skomina.

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    1. I confirm. Two offside decisions and two mistakes in the match. More blatant the first one made by Praprotnik.

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  4. The friendly game between Belgium and Luxembourg (referee Hagen) has been officially annulled by FIFA due a too high number of substitutions....
    http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/06/04/adnan-januzaj-belgium-luxembourg-fifa_n_5444791.html

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    1. Anonymous5/6/14 12:24

      Actually, referee Hagen has failed, replace more than 6 players left. Are there no consequences?

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  5. Anonymous5/6/14 10:48

    Can you publish a list of the assessors called for Brazil?

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    1. Anonymous5/6/14 11:18

      And is there any info about yo yo test held yesterday?

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  6. Germany - Armenia (6.6., 20:45)
    Harald Lechner
    Andreas Staudinger
    Maximilian Kolbitsch (all Austria)
    Christian Dingert (Germany)

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    1. Anonymous7/6/14 13:56

      the young talented referee from Austria refereed the match easily, quietly and unobtrusively, but surely.

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  7. I have read that Pedro Proenca plans to quit refereeing after WC.

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  8. Anonymous5/6/14 18:37

    Thanks 4 d info

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  9. Anonymous5/6/14 18:44

    Pls who are d likely referees for the opening match

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