June 29, 2014

Jonas Eriksson and Djamel Haimoudi will control Matches 55 & 56

Jonas Eriksson and Djamel Haimoudi have been assigned to take charge of the enclosing Round of 16 matches at World Cup 2014.


ROUND OF 16, Match 55
01 July 2014, 18:00 CET
Arena Corinthians, Sao Paulo
ARGENTINA - SWITZERLAND
Referee: Jonas ERIKSSON (SWE)
Assistant Referee 1: Mathias KLASENIUS (SWE)
Assistant Referee 2: Daniel WÄRNMARK (SWE)
Fourth Official: Svein Oddvar MOEN (NOR)
Standby Assistant Referee: Kim Thomas HAGLUND (NOR)
Blog Referee Observer: Carlos (COL)

ROUND OF 16, Match 56
01 July 2014, 22:00 CET
Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador
BELGIUM - UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Referee: Djamel HAIMOUDI (ALG)
Assistant Referee 1: Rédouane ACHIK (MAR)
Assistant Referee 2: Abdelhak ETCHIALI (ALG)
Fourth Official: Norbert HAUATA (TAH)
Standby Assistant Referee: Aden Marwa RANGE (KEN)
Blog Referee Observer: Philipp (GER)

75 Comments:

  1. In my opinion, among CAF officials, actually Haimoudi is the one deserving less this appointment.

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    1. I agree. After that terrible handling call, Gassama and any other CAF official would have been more appropriate. Do the referees that are sent home get announced?

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    2. It was announced that all referees will stay there until the end of quartefinals.

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    3. Hope Nishimura gets something

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  2. I think many of the people commenting on this blog has Erikssons performance and chances this WC. Good performance in his first game, then he gets appointed for a game with Brazil and now Argentina. I have also seen his official marks from both the Super Cup-final and the CL semi final and they were excellent. (Yes I am from Sweden and I am biased)

    A good performance in this round of 16 could possibly get him a semi final.

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  3. I am getting tired and sick of Busacca's political appointments. It is a derision of the performance principle what is going on in Brazil. It was planned already before the tournament to appoint Haimoudi's team for a K.O. stage match for political reasons and obviously two very weak performances have not changed this plan.
    All the best to both officiating teams.

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  4. Bussaca is from Switzerland. He's a Blatter boy.

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  5. The last CAF referee in WC KO stage was Gamal Al-Ghandour (EGY) 12 years ago in Korea Rep. - Spain.
    So, merely considering the appointment, a good step ahead for CAF.
    And I hope Gassama will get third place final...

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  6. Gassama deserves another game, not Haimoudi!

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  7. This is what Héctor Baldassi wrote on his Twitter account:

    "For Tuesday's game, Blatter and Massimo Busacca had designated Uzbek referee Irmatov. But Argentina objected."

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    1. One should trust a so reliable source, but it sounds strange to me that FIFA had appointed Irmatov again for Switzerland, after Kochkarov mistake in the group stage.

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    2. Yes. That means that if ARG will be in final, Irmatov couldn't referee that game?

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    3. Why does ARG have a say?

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    4. Because referee appointments are not made independently at a World Cup. And there obviously was an intervention, either because of Irmatov's mistake in the group stage or because Germany had beaten Argentina under his supervision in the quarterfinals. In the end we have to accept that politicians are dominating the committee.

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    5. So, Irmatov wouldn't have the final if Argentina will be there. Correct? It's a pity, he deserves final match in 2010. But I fear he wouldn't have final this year. And also in 2018 it will be very difficult. In your opinion, which are his chances to be the referee in Rio on 13th July?

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    6. In my opinion, it is also difficult to see again him with Brazil, after the mistake made at Confederations Cup onee year ago.
      Irmatov should hope in a different final (no Argentina, no Brazil...) but very difficult...

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    7. GER-NED could be suitable for him... But, if the final will be BRA-ARG, I think the wouldn't send Geiger, for example... What do you think about Baldassi's tweet?

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  8. Boys (and maybe girls),

    one remark from me. You are so easy to criticize Haimoudi, Williams and other less known referees. In the same time, you suggest Irmatov or Rizzoli for the final. Do you remember those terrible calls made by those referees? Offside in SUI-ECU, missed 100% handball, also average third match by Irmatov. Three big mistakes - wrong penalty, mismanaged clear violent conduct, missed foul on Casillas by Rizzoli in only one match what should've resulted in sending him home...

    I don't want to be unpleasant for Irmatov and Rizzoli, but one have to talk about their mistakes that were even more blatant than others...

    Don't use double standards, please! We have a one big sh*t at this WC and it's hard to pick a really well-performing referee. For now only Cakir, Webb (missed handball in first match), Geiger and maybe Kuipers could be perceived as such. But were Haimoudi and Williams so much worse than Irmatov and Rizzoli? I really doubt in that!

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    1. You are 100% correct - it's hypocrisy by people like Edward and Chefren to criticize lesser known referees while overlooking the mistakes of the well known ones. Speaking of being political and displaying bias, they are doing just that.

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    2. I'd like to add Howard Maxi and RC Referee to the list of biased and hypocritical armchair critics.

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    3. Dean Calanto, I don't know why you are including me in your speech. About Williams, I have just said that the missed penalty is a crucial mistake, really blatant. For the rest, I think his performance was very good.
      As for Proença, no doubts that he had not his best day, for me he missed the penalty at the end of first half.
      Please try to read everything, prior to write something.
      I'm not in trouble to say that many "big names" at this WC made important mistakes.

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    4. I don't need a pledge for moral, boys...
      I saw both matches of Haimoudi and they were 8.1/8.2 level at best if it had been inside UEFA, not forgetting the clearly wrong handball penalty. If Netherlands had lost, Haimoudi would have been out. It depends on whether the team you assigned a crucial mistake against wins or loses and this also and specially defines your destiny. As said, if you plan a referee for a R16 even BEFORE the tournament, this is a wrong approach.
      Gassama is ranked as no.1 in our team averages so that I cannot see the slightest bias against lesser known referees.
      I said Rizzoli is, among others, a strong candidate for the final but cannot see where this reflects my wish, hope, conviction or sth else. It is just a prediction after having heard a lot directly from Brazil!

      Dean Calanto. I would like to add you to the list of disrespectful blog users. If you have sth to say, do so please, if not, well, leave it then.

      That's all I can and like to say on this matter.

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    5. Kuipers missed a clear RC in the last match!

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    6. @Dean Calanto

      Next time before accusing someone of bias better read carefully his comment.

      My critisism on William was about the dismissal of the Greek coach. Never said a word of his performance. I just stated that it was unnecessary and not consistent with the behavior of other coaches in the tournament (Scolari for instance).

      And btw since you are defending Williams, can you tell me why the greek coach was sent-off before the PSO? What is the purpose?

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  9. Well, surprises. Again. Eriksson is not a bad choice, we just have to hope that the match stays fair.
    Haimoudi...well. I wouldn't say that his two matches were bad, I can support the handball call even. His experience is another factor. But I would have appointed Gassama.

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  10. Hi Niclas/Chefren/...

    I see that the average marks of for instance Webb and Kuipers have already been adjusted according to their matches in the knock-out phase. Does that also imply that the reports are ready? If yes, where can I find them? The 'Matches & Reports' section only contains the group stage reports...

    (Keep up the good work, I like reading the discussions and reports here!)

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    1. (And a very, very small note: Proenca seems missing in the average marks; two of his reports are already online)

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    2. Thanks, Proenca will be updated. Also thanks for the motivation. :)

      The provisional marks for Kuipers were 8.2/8.3/8.3 and for Webb 8.6/8.4/8.4. However, this is subject to changes if the observers think differently and we come to a different conclusion in the team. So the marks were just for an overview so far but probably won't differ much in the reports.

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  11. Surprising appointment for Haimoudi in my eyes. Could it be possible that he got that match because the football culture in the US and Beligium is not as large as e.g. in Brasil, Germany or Spain. What do you think about that argument?

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    1. Can't be an argument. Both countries have a big boost in football culture currently. And what is the relation to the Haimoudi appointment?

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  13. Rizzoli would be wrong in my eyes, but is realistics.
    Aguilar: Nah, SLV ref for a CRC game. Not really.
    Velasco: Same, but better. Should be good.
    Geiger: May have reduced his changes today.

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  14. Kuipers or Cakir for final. But FIFA wants Rizzoli. We ll see.

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  15. Klismann has criticized Haimoudi's appointment: "He speaks French like Belgium players and he is from Algeria, the team we have eliminated in 2010. Furthermore, Algeria was in Belgium group this year".

    My comment:
    How many things you can find against a referee, that's really not good. You should accept the appointment. If you look carefully for something, you will find always a problem or something not good. I anyway think that Haimoudi appointment is not deserved, but under this aspect of course one must protect him.

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  16. Regarding quarterfinal appointments:
    In my opinion Gassama, Vera, Aguilar, Pitana and maybe Shukralla deserve a further match based on previous performances. Of course, it is highly unrealistic that all quarterfinals are taken by these referees and none by an UEFA referee. So, FRA-GER and BRA-COL probably go to Europeans, with Cakir, Rizzoli and Velasco on the list (maybe also Webb, Kuipers, Brych?). For the other two quarterfinals, the range of candidates is large: The mentioned UEFA referees, the five names, I listed at the beginning, and also the experienced Irmatov and Rodriguez.
    Difficult to find a good relation between experience/pre-tournament performances and current form/matches in Brazil.
    For the semifinals/finals nearly all UEFA referees are candidates at the moment, but I think also all three CONCACAF refs still have chances. The Southamericans could have the problem, that there are no suitable matches for them, while Gassama, Shukralla and Williams probably are too unexperienced. However they have good chances for the 3rd place match.

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  17. Have any referees been sent home thus far? O'Leary, Osses, Roldan, Mazic e.g....

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    1. All trios will stay there until the end of quartefinals.

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  18. Excellent management of a very tense match by Eriksson, especially in Extra Time.
    Nothing to say about him, and that's a very good news.
    Do you see the Swedish for another match?

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    1. He was too passive for my taste, missed some cards and verbal warnings (Di Maria fouled many times during first 27 minutes). But his overall performance was good. Another match is possible for Swedish referee.

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    2. Missing YC for Mascherano. I agreed with his lenient approach at the start as it reflects the instructions. Eriksson, contrary to other referees, can handle that. He stayed composed during the heated moments around 115-120+. Additional time was managed well. Positioning and movement were real problems though, nothing to say on his good management. Expected level for me. I don't know why but I think FIFA won't appoint him again.

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    3. P.S. Wall distance at the concluding free-kick was 8 metres at best.

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    4. Actually I cannot see any contact made by the defender for the last free kick. Watching it live it looked like a clear free kick. However now, when reviewing it in slow motion, there appears to be no contact at all. Really looks like simulation to me.

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    5. Even if there's no contact I think the free-kick was correct. Late tackle that blocked his way.

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  19. Two very amateurish advantage plays by Haimoudi. Doesn't comply with the sense of advantage rule.

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    1. And one good one in 36th min. He actually needs to reconsider his foul selection after the match.

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  20. @ Danish ref: I agree with you. Shaqiri dived.
    @ Turan. Absolutely, in 7' and 13'. There was no team benefit; in 13' the offender should have been strongly warned after the applied advantage. However I think Haimoudi is doing well apart from these 2 incidents, starting YC was successfully chosen.

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  21. Wow, that was a very bad offside call (90+3). AR very lucky they didn't score.

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  22. Wondolowski was a few meters onside... Indeed very bad call.

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  23. Well, you can say that saved each other. Wondolowski by not scoring, so he did not disallow a goal. And the AR Wondolowski as he can say "anyway, it was offside, doesn't matter I missed".

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  24. FIFA.com and the commentary said it was an offside call.
    My live perception was that Achik did raise his flag just to signalize the goal kick. I did not hear a whistle and Haimoudi did not have his hand raised. I try to rewatch this with a camera angle from the sideline tomorrow.

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  25. What a game. American team impressed me with their stamina and work ethic. If the quality of refereeing hasn't been good, the quality of the football has been way better.

    Good performance by Haimoudi in what I would call an easy game. Fluid and not too much difficulties.

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  26. Good performance, kept things under control, was authoritative and had a good foul detection. Should work on a more respectful body language and his understanding of the advantage rule (7', 13' --> many other positive and better examples later on in the game). 8.4 for me..

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  27. OT: No comment about those opinions of refs and experts...

    http://soccerrefereeusa.com/index.php/entry/137-world-cup-match-53-for-geiger-crew%2C-3rd-time%E2%80%99s-a-charm%E2%80%A6-or-is-it

    http://soccerrefereeusa.com/index.php/forum/match-incidents/1911-should-geiger-have-gone-red

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  28. Well, Haimoudi is lucky with that wrong offside-call in the 92nd min., the rest good average as nearly allways, when I saw him. Ericsson much too passive, that?s his style.
    Thinking about the quarter-finals and half-finals I would prefer
    GER - FRA Kuipers
    BRA - COL Cakir
    NED - CRC Vera
    ARG - BEL Gassama ( but I think, it could be Rodriguez)
    half-finals
    GER/FRA - BRA/KOL Aguilar
    NED-ARG or CRC-BEL Shukrallah, NED-BEL or ARG-CRC Webb
    finals
    Geiger or Cakir for 1st, Gassama or Shukrallah or Cakir for 3rd

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    1. I have checked the situation and want to clarify it once again.

      Achik did not raise his flag for offside. Please judge by what you see and hear and not what the commentators tell you.

      I checked other camera angles and AR1 signalized a goal kick.

      http://www.directupload.net/file/d/3671/3ekebjvc_jpg.htm
      http://www.directupload.net/file/d/3671/3ekebjvc_jpg.htm

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    2. I mostly agree with your ideas, I would like that. Shukralla for a semifinal however seems very unlikely for me. If confed neutrality should be guaranteed in that match, Rodriguez could be the favourite.
      Furthermore I think at least Rizzoli and maybe Velasco will get another match, although their group stage performances were weaker than the referees you listed.

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  29. My predictions

    GER FRA Pitana
    BRA COL Rizzoli
    NED CRC Irmatov
    ARG BEL Velasco

    The rest depends on the teams that will qualify. Cakir is my final favourite at the moment.

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  30. Report for Shukralla (POR-GHA) is ready, it will be uploaded soon.

    About quarterfinals: the appointment for Brazil-Colombia is in my opinion almost forced, the choice should be between Rizzoli and Velasco. I think at the end Rizzoli will get it. Indeed, we can surely consider out all the trios from other confederations. Unrealistic to see a CAF official here, impossible for O'Leary. Then, the only AFC name is Irmatov, but he shouldn't handle Brazil, in my opinion, due to what happened one year ago in Confederations Cup. If they want to appoint him with the home-team, this should be done only in a final. About CONCAF: Rodriguez and Geiger are clearly out, the only small hope is for Aguilar, but I don't hink that he has this big reputation. CONMEBOL officials are impossible, too. Can you imagine Pitana here and then making a mistake against Brazil, as Argentinian? This would be like a bomb for Busacca, too risky. Other CONMEBOL referees can't be appointed, so at the end the choice seems to be forced in UEFA.
    Brych could have been a candidate but his second match was affected by this crucial mistake, all the other names are out for different reasons, so we have only Rizzoli, and Velasco Carballo...

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    1. you forgot Cakir in the your list Chefren :)
      I think my final favourite Cakir...

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    2. Cakir not possible for Brazil again, in my opinion, even more (and I agree) if he is a strong candidate for final. Indeed, having already officiated Brazil, he would have the same team for the second (and then perhaps the third) time. Too much. Cakir will handle another quarterfinal and then he will stay there, having hopes for the final

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    3. I think its for sure that ref teams that get a 1/4 are no longer candidates for (semi) finale. Regards RC

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  31. Also the report on Kuipers is ready.

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  32. Chefren but that would mean Rizzoli or Velasco are not longer candidates for the final. Thats going to be a hard choice for Bussaca... I think cakir and Velasco are the front runners for the final at this moment IF its going to be an all South American match.

    If its going to be an all European party it will be Ricci or Pitana.

    if its going to be a mixed final..... well Ricci and Pitana will be out because they are probably unacceptable for Argentina/Brazil.

    The problem is Bussaca has to make up is mind after sunday... after 1/4 finals. We could see a surpise... and more than the usual 4 ref teams may stay..... so Bussaca can keep his option open.

    My prediction is that Cakir and Velasco will go all the way to the final group of ref teams after sunday.

    That would mean Rizzoli for BRA-COL.

    Regards

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    1. Furthermore I heard that Irmatov is discussed for BRA-COL. (or at least he was discussed). So we have to wait Busacca's choices that hopefully become obvious during the next hours.

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  33. My predictions:
    BRA-COL is the most difficult match. I think the referee would be Rizzoli.
    FRA-GER: UEFA's referee, Velasco, Cakir or Kuipers.
    ARG-BEL: Velasco? Following Confederation's rule, we could have Irmatov (but there is the veto of Argentina), Aguilar or Gassama (not too experienced), Geiger (but his Matuidi's mistake was emphasized by medias)
    NED-CRC: It seems an easy match. Irmatov could be a sort of protection waiting for ..(final?). In other cases Vera or Pitana.

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  34. My predictions.

    Quarterfinals
    BRA - COL Rizzoli
    GER - FRA Pitana
    NED - CRC Irmatov
    ARG - BEL Aguilar

    Semifinals
    BRA/COL - GER/FRA Velasco
    NED/CRC - ARG/BEL Webb

    Finals
    3rd place Vera or Shukralla
    1st place Cakir

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  35. Proenca's face says it all.
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BrjMyz5IgAAxcts.jpg:large

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    1. He's the one in the left bottom corner, isn't he? Yes, indead then.
      I don't recognize the next two though.

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    2. Proença name is also written... look carefully, Howard.. :)

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    3. Yes, yes, I can read that, question just to be sure. I can't decipher that other stuff though.

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    4. from left to right 1st row, Proenca, Trigo, Zumba, Aguilar, Torres, Saleh, Shukralla, Tulefat.

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    5. Now that you say it.... :) Thanks.

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  36. FIFA Appointments
    France - Germany: Nestor Pitana (Arg).
    Brazil - Colombia: Carlos Velasco Carballo (Spa)

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