June 10, 2014

World Cup 2014 - Referee Appointments - Matches 1-4

According to reliable sources, these match officials are supposed to initiate the 20th FIFA World Cup in Brazil by refereeing Matches 1-4. Japanese Yuichi Nishimura has the honour to control the opener match between Brazil and Croatia, while Italian Nicola Rizzoli has been assigned to oversee the remake of World Cup 2010 final between Spain and the Netherlands.


In addition, the remaining two matches between Mexico and Cameroon as well as Chile vs Australia have been given to referee teams from South America (Colombian Wilmar Roldán's team) and from Africa (Noumandiez Doue's crew). Hence, two options for UEFA officials were not used in the first four appointments which has the potential to raise doubts with regard to how strictly the confederation neutrality rule can and will be followed, considering the very limited number of matches where UEFA trios would not collide with the national teams involved.


GROUP A, Match 1
12 June 2014, 22:00 CET
Arena Corinthians, São Paulo
BRAZIL - CROATIA 
Referee: Yuichi NISHIMURA (JPN)
Assistant Referee 1: Toru SAGARA (JPN)
Assistant Referee 2: Toshiyuki NAGI (JPN)
Fourth Official: Alireza FAGHANI (IRN)
Standby Assistant Referee: Hassan KAMRANIFAR (IRN)
FIFA Referee Assessor:
Blog Referee Observer: Edward (GRE)

GROUP A, Match 2 
13 June 2014, 18:00 CET
Estadio das Dunas, Natal
MEXICO - CAMEROON
Referee: Wilmar ROLDÁN (COL)
Assistant Referee 1: Humberto CLAVIJO (COL)
Assistant Referee 2: Eduardo DÍAZ (COL)
Fourth Official: Norbert HAUATA (TAH)
Standby Assistant Referee: Aden Marwa RANGE (KEN)
FIFA Referee Assessor:
Blog Referee Observer: Chefren (ITA)

GROUP B, Match 3 
13 June 2014, 21:00 CET
Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador
SPAIN - NETHERLANDS
Referee: Nicola RIZZOLI (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Renato FAVERANI (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrea STEFANI (ITA)
Fourth Official: Svein Oddvar MOEN (NOR)
Standby Assistant Referee: Kim Thomas HAGLUND (NOR)
FIFA Referee Assessor:
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)

GROUP B, Match 4 
13 June 2014, 00:00 CET
Arena Pantanal, Cuiaba
CHILE - AUSTRALIA
Referee: Noumandiez DOUE (CIV)
Assistant Referee 1: Songuifolo YEO (CIV)
Assistant Referee 2: Jean Claude BIRUMUSHAHU (BDI)
Fourth Official: Roberto MORENO (PAN)
Standby Assistant Referee: Eric BORIA (USA)
FIFA Referee Assessor: 
Blog Referee Observer: Carlos (COL)


Good luck! 

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47 Comments:

  1. Anonymous10/6/14 17:20

    Nice, and more or less expected appointments if this is true. Personally would have preferred Brych over Rizzoli though. :)
    DD

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    1. Rizzoli may be better suited to manage this tough match given his recent season in Serie A.

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  2. What are the reliable sources? Would love to know when FIFA would confirm/post it. You guys are awesome at getting info out quickly!

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    1. Partly they are confidential and partly it was Isaac Fuoto on twitter, a Spanish journalist. :)

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  3. Anonymous10/6/14 17:24

    lines-men Andrea STEFANI at the world cup, what a disgrace! the men who screwed FC Basel in the champions league against schalke last december.

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    1. Assistant referee*. The time of linesmen is over.

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    2. Anonymous10/6/14 18:53

      Your arrogance reached its highest level.

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    3. If you reduce a match official with a great career to just one mistake and call that a "disgrace", do it correctly...that has nothing to do with arrogance.

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    4. Stefani is one of the most talented and important assistant referee in the world, his mistake was an error by the referee who hasn't called him the touch he couldn't have seen from his prospective

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    5. Anonymous11/6/14 05:55

      The touch? It was a free kick, sorry, ready situation to read.

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    6. It was a complete blackout that is difficult to explain, but it surely was not Tagliavento's fault. Stefani had a row of crucial mistakes and weaker performances last CL season partly caused by lazy positioning.
      So I hope he will show his good shape from before 2013/14 at the World Cup.

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  4. Decent choices - good luck to them all!

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    1. Anonymous10/6/14 18:08

      Decent?

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    2. Fine. Excellent choices. Satisfied?

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    3. Anonymous10/6/14 18:19

      Thanks :)

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    4. Anonymous10/6/14 18:20

      Yes, thanks :)

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  5. Rizzoli and Nishimura were both expected. Roldan is surely a good choise for this match. Doue on the other hand is the only "unexpected' choice.

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  6. And right in-time before the World Cup:
    http://www.fifa.com/mm/document/footballdevelopment/refereeing/02/36/01/11/lawsofthegameweben_neutral.pdf
    Of course it's Björn on the front page.

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  7. Anonymous10/6/14 18:47

    Why FIFA is so late in publishing the first appointments?

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    1. Basically because someone from Italy insisted on a certain 48h rule, if one believes some sources.

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  8. Official news by FIFA
    http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/news/y=2014/m=6/news=nishimura-to-referee-the-opening-match-of-brazil-2014-2367101.html

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    1. Again a full Asian appointment for Match 1, after Irmatov and Mohd Salleh 4 years ago.

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  9. Anonymous10/6/14 20:38

    Could you manage to have the assessors? Thanks.

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  10. The appointment of Rizzoli can be dangerous for him, because this probably very challenging match could reduce his good chances for the latter stages in case of a bad performance. And a very good performance is probably hard to reach for anyone in this match. But hopefully he proves me wrong.
    Mexico-Cameroon offered many possibilities for the appointment, I think. Thus, Roldan was not expected, but is no real surprise for me. I think, it is a good match for him, to show his qualitities and to apply for a high profile second match.
    I am also not surprised about an African referee for Chile-Australia, because it is IMO one of the low profile matches of the group stage. However, both teams play rather physically, which could make it difficult for Doue.

    With only one European referee so far, I expect three of them for Saturday and I would go for Eriksson (URU-CRC), Brych (ENG-ITA) and Proenca (CIV-JPN). At the last game also a South American ref seems likely, and for the top clash in Manaus Kuipers could be the favourite.
    The first match, Colombia-Greece offers many possibilities again, Shukralla, Gassama and O'Leary come to my mind, while I would choose the latter.

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    1. Anonymous10/6/14 22:47

      I also regard Björn Kuipers as the top candidate for ENGLAND - ITALY but on the other hand I would not assign a Dutch team for a match with involvement of Italy only one day after Rizzoli having handled the Netherlands.

      By the way, each of the first four matches (in groups A and B) will be whistled by referees from countries participating in groups C and D. Pure coincidence - or maybe a strategy in order to avoid interdependencies in this way?

      Peter/Vienna

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  11. Anonymous11/6/14 01:10

    I always expect FIFA to appoint an experienced referee for the opener. If they still wish to maintain confederation neutrality, then Nishimura is the ony real option, since Irmatov already had the opener in 2010, other referees from AFC, CAF and North Central America, not really experienced enough to do the game. I actually expect Nishimura get appointed for two more games during the group stage, may be two more later for knock out stage.

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  12. Anonymous11/6/14 09:20

    though referees are reminded not to do so then FIFA LOTG 14/15 cover has a referee wearing a wedding ring! An example to follow?

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    1. Great catch! Didn't notice that. He shouldn't be wearing one.

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  13. Anonymous11/6/14 10:19

    Please, does anyone know the FIFA Referee Assessors for the matches and venue cities?

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  14. Excellent appointments. Good luck to these match officials who will hopefully set a strong example for the rest of the tournament.

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  15. 3 COLOMBIANS (south Americans) appointed for the match Mexico vs Cameroon... Ohhh yeah its clear FIFA are awarding the game to Mexico(South Americans).... what a disgrace

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    1. Mexico is not in South America... Hence why Roldan is eligible to referee this game. Are you actually contesting Roldan's impartiality? Oh dear...

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    2. That really expresses some ignorance. You seem to put Mexico and Colombia on one level only because they are geographically not far away and obtain the same mother tongue? The cultural difference is as big as between Germany and Spain..

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    3. ohh yeah Mexico isnt in the south right!!!! but they are all Latino brothers..why American refs when there are Asian and European refs ???????????????

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    4. Such conspirancy theories are not tolerated at this blog. FIFA has the authority to appoint any referee they think fits to the match. We cannot question the intergrity or the neutrality of each referee.

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    5. # Edward ,i don't think so...pls read and understand my point...They are all Latino brothers (American continent)...why not officials from Asia or Europe to keep it neutral

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    6. By explicitly proposing "why not keeping it neutral", you implicitly suggest "Wilmar Roldán is not impartial". Have I understood you correctly?

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    7. I think your phrase "yeah its clear FIFA are awarding the game to Mexico(South Americans).... what a disgrace" is pretty clear to me.

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    8. we need the whole thing to be neutral and clear...i wonder why everyone avoids this question... why not officials from Asia or Europe?? rather than an American(latinos brothers).

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    9. Ok ok we already had that. Now please start to discuss with logical arguments.

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    10. The answer to your question is CONFEDERATION neutrality.

      Mexico belongs to CONCACAF.

      Roldan belongs to CONMEBOL.

      2 different things.

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  16. Anonymous12/6/14 14:57

    Different confederation my friend, so neutral, albeit geographically very close

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    1. They are all brothers (American continent)...we want a neutral match officials either from Asia or Europe ..thats my point friends

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    2. So...Nishimura should not have refereed Croatia, as Japan and Croatia are part of Eurasia? (every geographer will tell you this is ONE continent).

      Besides, "Alle Menschen werden Bruder" (Schiller and Beethoven) ;)

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  17. Anonymous13/6/14 01:30

    Cameroon beat columbia in italia 90. A referee from columbia could be biased. Don't be naive, referees are human. By nature, human beings are not neutral.

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  18. Anonymous13/6/14 19:08

    2 regular goals stolen frok mexico. This is fifa farse with dumb ref nomination rules which dont make any logical sense.

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