June 23, 2014

World Cup 2014 - Referee Appointments - Matches 41-44

Néstor Pitana has received his third appointment at this World Cup. Having been officially confirmed to take charge of Honduras - Switzerland, the Argentine will be the first referee to handle three (group stage) matches at this competition. Nicola Rizzoli, Carlos Velasco Carballo and Ivorian Noumandiez Doue have been chosen for the remaining Group E and F deciders.


GROUP F, Match 43
25 June 2014, 18:00 CET
Estadio Beíra-Rio, Porto Alegre
NIGERIA - ARGENTINA
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)
Blog Referee Observer: Emil (CAN)

GROUP F, Match 44
25 June 2014, 18:00 CET
Arena Fonte Nova, Salvador
BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA - IRAN
Referee: Carlos VELASCO CARBALLO (ESP)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto ALONSO FERNÁNDEZ (ESP)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Carlos YUSTE JIMÉNEZ (ESP)
Fourth Official: Enrique OSSES (CHI)
Standby Assistant Referee: Carlos Alexis ASTROZA (CHI)
Blog Referee Observer: Emil (CAN)

GROUP E, Match 41
25 June 2014, 22:00 CET
Arena Amazônia, Manaus
HONDURAS - SWITZERLAND
Referee: Néstor PITANA (ARG)
Assistant Referee 1: Hernán MAIDANA (ARG)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Pablo BELATTI (ARG)
Fourth Official: Milorad MAZIC (SRB)
Standby Assistant Referee: Milovan RISTIC (SRB)
Blog Referee Observer: Niclas (GER)

GROUP E, Match 42
25 June 2014, 22:00 CET
Estadio Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro
ECUADOR - FRANCE
Referee: Noumandiez DOUE (CIV)
Assistant Referee 1: Songuifolo YEO (CIV)
Assistant Referee 2: Jean-Claude BIRUMUSHAHU (BDI)
Fourth Official: Björn KUIPERS (NED)
Standby Assistant Referee: Sander VAN ROEKEL (NED)
Blog Referee Observer: Hagi (GER)

82 Comments:

  1. So... another game in the heat and humidity of Manaus for Pitana.

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  2. Pitana's appointment is strange regarding Argentina being a possible opponent of the teams in the R16. Also the facts, that it his third match and he has only 2 full rest days, make this appointment unexpected.

    Predictions for Thursday:
    USA-GER: Williams
    POR-GHA: Aguilar
    KOR-BEL: O'Leary
    ALG-RUS: Ricci

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  3. Gassama tosay a good surprise in a challenging match, in the begin he may be whistled a bit too often, but then had a clear line, very good foul detection, lenient, but clear line of player management, calming down players and giving YCs when necessary - one weong offside without consequences - all in all really good and especially well done in many situations, where CHI players required penalties for different reasons and not one would have been reasonable, he stayed totally cool - VG performance, he should get one more! (8,4 for me)
    Anyone seen Shukrallah?

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  4. About Shukralla.

    His match was far from challenging. He started a little anxious but as the time went by he was standing better on his feet. Foul detection was good, advantage rule was applied also good. 3 YC's (all in the second half) and all correct.

    Assistants were more challenged. One offside (min. 16' AR2) is mistake and 2-3 didn't have a replay.

    That's all for now. Report in the next 2 days.

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    1. About Gassama: Nothing to add to that what Andrasch said. Very good!
      I'm rewatching Shukralla's game now, so if you need a second pair of eyes, let me know which scenes you mean.

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  5. I don't understand ,where is cakir ?

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  6. I am thinking the same what about Çakir?
    But I remember WC 2010, Busacca refereed RSA-URU and whistled a penalty for URU and gave red card to RSA. Hosts were not very happy with that and Busacca wasnt appointed any more. If I remember well, Brasilians criticised Çakir for not whistling a penalty for them. Do you think it is possible Brasil used their influence to eliminate Cakir??
    Or another plot which I hope is true: IMO Cakir was very good in BRA-MEX, maybe they keep him for knock out, something like Rosetti in RSA.

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    1. Yesterday I read (newspaper) that the best performances in Busacca's opinion are the matches of Kuipers and Cakir, positive assessment also for Ricci, Pitana, Irmatov, Geiger, Velasco, Webb and Rizzoli.

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    2. Specially Rizzoli. Don't get me wrong, but for Cakir and Kuipers (in that order) completly agree, for Rizzoli, nope.

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    3. I am sure, Cakir and Webb Friday in Group G

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  7. Cakir could go directly to the knock out stage!

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  8. Predictions for the last four matches of Group stage (26/06):
    Algeria - Russia Mark Geiger (USA)
    Korea Republic - Belgium Joel Aguilar (SLV)
    Portugal - Ghana Cuneyt Cakir (TUR)
    USA - Germany Howard Webb (ENG)


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  9. What about Irmatov and Eriksson?

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    1. Irmatov is quite good so far. Only negative point is a missed obvious handball (38')

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  10. Eriksson is in control. But this lenient WC-approach is really bothering me. 3 yellow cards should have been issued imho.

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  11. A demanding match for Irmatov so far. Stays pretty much in control, but he needs to work for it. He's very quick in place at some little escalations, tehrefore he's is still able to control.
    Irmatov missed a very clear handball by a Croatian defender, the counterattack was leading to a YC for a Mexican defender. YC was a correct decision, but was avoidable if Irmatov whistled for the handball.

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    1. The handball is a crucial mistake? However, do you agree that Irmatov (if positive tonight) will probably handle another two matches (one of Round of 16 or quarterfinals, one of semifinals or finals)?

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  12. Argentinian referee for a possible next opponent of Argentina in the next round. I consider that not done.

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  13. Fred's goal is offside?

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    1. Extremely close, he could be level with the ball but haven't seen a conclusive replay yet.

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    2. They didn't draw the line from the ball. Very close.
      https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bq2BwCPIcAAKhpo.jpg

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    3. I think he is onside. The line should be drawn from the edge of the ball closest to the goal line and Freds arm does not count. Good call from Klasenius.

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    4. Pretty sure he was off.

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    5. the TV-Comp.System and the system of a friend both said ball was exactly on one line with the attacking player when played to him: NO offside! The Fifa-Line shown in the World-TV was NOT exact!!!

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    6. @ the Swedish Niclas. Please use another blogger account to avoid confusion about our identities and accountability.

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    7. Absolutely. Changed my screen name, will this work?

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  14. Another handball in Irmatov match, this time in penalty area. Almost a save by Croatian defender, I think penalty...

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    1. Sad to say that, but it's not Irmatov of 2010WC. Poor performance tonight?
      However very amazing Fred's off/on side!

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  15. Penalty for MEX missed by Irmatov (hands) IMHO

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  16. Bye, bye Irmatov? Looked like a blatant handball in the penalty area.

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  17. Crucial mistake of Irmatov... Very sorry for my english I am a french referee :) !

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  18. 1) croatian was falling down, balk is going into his head, where to put your hans in this situation? He tried to save his head. For me not a deliberate hanball. Looks like some of you never played football. Please ask your friend to shoot a ball into your head from 4 or 5 meters and dont try to defend your head.

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    1. Save his head? If so, he doesn't know where the head is...

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    2. I think Irmatov was in a central position and he couldn't see what happened

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    3. But trying to save your head doesn't make the handball non-deliberate. At least here in Germany this is taught every time ("Es gibt keine Schutzhand" - "There is no protecting hand"). For me a crucial mistake by Irmatov.

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    4. I just reviewed the possible penalty in the 64th minute. I saw it from many angles, but it was impossible to get a view of whether the defender had actually enlarged his body surface when the ball hit him (at the arms, no discussion about that). However suddenly one of the angles gave me the impression of a movement of the hand towards the ball. And finally I found a replay from an angle above the AR (in slow-motion, but very blurry when trying to stop the video at crucial times). From this angle it looks to me like the defender was jumping towards the ball with his arm in front of his head/body (bending his elbows, arms not far away from his body), but when the ball is approaching he is making a movement of his arms to the ground, towards the ball, and even stretching his arm out from his body. A simple "reverse volley bump/hit"-movement or dash towards the ground/ball, if you get me. The ball even appears to hit him on his underarm or elbow.
      So a penalty for me. Movement of the hand towards the ball, and clearly not a natural position.

      http://imgur.com/0ddmLaT

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    5. I don't know if it's a mitigatory... But it was very difficult to note

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    6. Yes, with regards to the angle that Irmatov has, it happens just on the other side of the body of the defender, away from Irmatov, so close to impossible to see for him. Perhaps if Irmatov was placed more to the side of the penalty area, away from his AR, having an angle to the box, instead of looking straight into the goal via the penalty mark, he would have had the chance of detecting it.

      In this picture you see Irmatov's position, and you can even sense the ball hitting the stretched arms of the defender.
      http://imgur.com/IqAeh4w

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  19. I hope Mexico will win... But I fear tonight Irmatov's WC ends. What do you think? It's really a crucial big mistake?

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    1. Mexico is going to win without problems (0-3), this could "save" again Irmatov...

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    2. Yes, but he will not be the referee of final.. Do you agree?

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    3. I agree, overall not the Irmatov of 4 years ago.

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    4. Fifa should have given him the 2010's final... About the final match, I think Irmatov is out of the candidates. I think will be Kuipers, Geiger or Cakir.

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  20. Now a very good RC given by Irmatov...

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    1. Indeed, very dangerous tackle

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    2. What a pity, very good disciplinary control, but one mistkae in each match. Probably another match (round of 16, quarterfinals) and then stop.

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  21. Correct red card by Irmatov. FIFA proctected Roldan (second offside call was 50% his fault, he must see that defender played the ball). They also protected Lupp for his offside goal. Kochkarov wad protected for his mistake.
    I dont think Irmatov will have problems, as I said earlier croatian was falling down, i believe it is not deliberate hanball. Remember Skomina at EURO and all those hanball situations and they were all evaluated as correct decissions. For me very good Irmatov. Ok maybe not on a level for finals ;).
    Kuipers, Çakir, Proenca and Geiger are my favoirites for finals. Nestor Pitana also impressed me, and Bakary Gassama is the biggest surprise of this tournament. If he continue to work on himself, he will be in a leading role in Russia 2018.

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  22. I believe Irmatov did well, especially with the early YC. Management was very good, he missed a handball before Marquez's caution, but he had to watch the players inside the box. The penalty scene in question is acceptable for me not to call it, as the distance is small, the arms are not in an really unnatural position. Of course they enlarge the body, but not in a blatant way. No penalty is acceptable. Clear RC, disgusting foul.

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  23. Said to be taken frommGlobo tv network, looks onside. Good call from Klasenius, good game by team Eriksson http://twitter.com/alexaguiarpoa/status/481195825096560641/photo/1

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    2. I saw Eriksson as I `ve seen him before... Too lenient, some little mistakes, just trying to get the job done without taking any risk. I do not like this referee. But the job was good average.

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  24. I just reviewed the YC given by Irmatov in the 8th minute in Croatia - Mexico. Has anyone else seen that? I appear to me as a nasty studs up challenge which probably should have deserved a RC?

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    1. Yes, but the standard of this WC is this. I dont'understand....
      However, for Irmatov 7.9 (8.4)?

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    2. Borderline to RC, but I agree with Federico.

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  25. Reports for Gassama and Ricci are uploaded.
    Those for O'Leary, Proenca, Roldan etc. will follow later in the day and tomorrow.

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    1. Is this the first 8,6?
      I totally agree, probably the best performance so far. It's a pity, he was not appointed before. He must get a further match.

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  26. I have a "dream" about today appointments... hoping to read again Gassama name, even though quite irrealistic due to the short time, FIFA could have liked his performance yesterday.

    Brazil-Chile in the KO stage should go to an European referee, there aren't AFC, CAF, OFC or CONMEBOL referees for this match. Geiger would be the best option in CONCACAF, but he handled Chile in his last match. Aguilar is an option, but I think we will see a referee from UEFA, Webb if not appointed today, or Kuipers. Kuipers is for me the best choice. We will see...
    And about Netherlands-Mexico Sandro Ricci could be the first choice...

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    1. Then we have the same situation with Kuipers (ENG-ITA) and Rizzoli (NED-SPA): some kind of 'crosslink' between the country of the referee (here: NED/ITA) and the match of the other referee. FIFA showed that they don't care about that much by the appointments of Kuipers and Rizzoli in the group stage, but I can image that the influence is bigger in the knock-out phase. Maybe to prevent possible discussions, they will not give a Brazil match to Kuipers, while giving Ricci a match of the Netherlands. (Although I think that the performance principle should count more strongly here.)
      Your opinion?

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    2. You are right Jan, so in this case I think that it would be better to appoint again a referee for the same team (Geiger with Chile) then appointing a referee having a conflict of interests.
      BTW this delay in releasing the last appointments for group stage could be a good signal for Gassama, as happened yesterday for Pitana. I don't think that they are thinking to appoint again Irmatov, Eriksson or Shukralla, at least for now...
      A suitable match for Gassama is in my opinion Korea Rep. - Belgium.

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    3. I think that Kuipers could be the natural choice for Busacca. Other candidates form Uefa? Cakir was in BRA-MEX and Eriksson yesterday, Brych and Rizzoli made some mistakes, Velasco and Mazic did not very well. Proenca or Webb? In MEX-NED, why not Gassama?
      ...As regards Thursday's matches, does today's delay mean that Gassama has a 2nd appointment?

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    4. Because Gassama would have NED two times in a row in the case he gets MEX-NED?

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    5. Predictions:
      Algeria - Russia: Joel Aguilar (SLV)
      Korea Republic - Belgium: Benjamin Williams (AUS)
      Portugal - Ghana: Cuneyt Cakir (TUR)
      USA - Germany: Bakary Gassama (GAM)

      Brazil - Chile: Pedro Proença (POR)
      Netherlands - Mexico: Sandro Ricci (BRA)

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    6. Mine are (rather hopes than predictions).
      ALG-RUS Shukralla
      KOR-BEL Cakir
      POR-GHA Williams
      USA-GER Gassama

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    7. My predictions for the first two games of the second phase of the World Cup are:

      Brazil vs Chile: Bjorn Kuipers (Netherlands)

      The referee should not be chosen South American (CONMEBOL), due to conflicts of interest.

      The other referees who must not be named for this game because teams already refereed the group stage are:

      - Nishimura, Çakir, Eriksson, Doue, Geiger and Bakary Gassama.

      My three candidates to referee this game are:

      1. Bjorn Kuipers (Netherlands)
      2. Marco Rodríguez (Mexico)
      3. Joel Aguilar (El Salvador)


      Netherlands vs Mexico: Enrique Osses (Chile)

      The referee chosen shall not be European (UEFA), or to North America (Concacaf), due to conflicts of interest.

      The other referees who must not be named for this game because teams already refereed the group stage are:

      - Roldán, Çakir, Irmatov, Rizzoli, Haimoudi and Bakary Gassama.

      My three candidates to referee this game are:

      1. Enrique Osses (Chile)
      2. Nestor Pitana (Argentina)
      3. Carlos Vera (Ecuador)

      Despite not having any information regarding the performance of some referees, these predictions are "provisional" until I have the information that make me miss.

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    8. Confederaton neutrality rule is finaly dead and I believe there are no limitations for UEFA referees to referee UEFA- CONMEBOL matches. It is obvious that Uefa referees have more experience then other referees.

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  27. From a newspaper about Irmatov: "Mark 4. He deserves to be kicked out."

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  28. When comes referee appointments match 45 - 48 ?

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    1. When FIFA will decide to publish them.... :)

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    2. thank you for information :)

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  29. As I stated directly after his match I was impressed by the performance of team Cakir. And using the word team I directly come to the big differerantiator in this WC. I have seen only 4 outstanding teams. Team Cakir, team Ricci, team Pitana and team Kuipers.

    An other big differantiator are the AR's. If they get the complex stuation right it seperates the men from the boys.

    Third big thing is what I would call Delayed Disciplinary Action. (DDA). It refocusses from card management (Rule based accountancy refereeing) to playermanagement and matchcontrol based on personality.

    So teamwork, worldclass AR's and great personality will be the indicators for the coming assignments.

    and based on that my favorites are team Cakir, team Ricci, team Pitana and tem Kuipers.

    regards RC


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    1. I wish all amateur referees and referees on national level good luck and much joy to explain to players why they just got an early mandatory yellow card, while their idols at the World Cup got away without a caution even in the late first half despite having clearly stopped promising attacks.
      You can promote this strategy at the highest level. But the World Cup has shown so far that you cannot force this strategy upon 25 different referees with completely differing strengths and mentalities. Kuipers is maybe excellent in it, others have shown that they misinterpreted or simply misunderstood it - and as far as we have observed, did not train this strategy at the previous competitions (u17/u20 etc).

      After all, this "strategy" also has political backgrounds, nobody in FIFA headquarters can have an interest to see players missing in the ko stage due to a YC suspension or matches like Ivanov in 2006 (to give an exaggerated example).

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  30. Niclas its just an observation and I mentioned 3 points not only DDA. Besides that I mentioned 4 teams.

    my observation is that I hear coaches, players and fans complain about wrong penalty calls and wrong offside onside calls. I dont hear them complain about DDA.

    Lets not forget its the WC Football.... not the WC Refereeing....

    regards RC

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    1. Absolutely and that is why I picked out one of your points and expressed my opinion (being quite annoyed by it) about it. I understood you did not integrate any value in your statement. :)

      It is only about football, refereeing is its servant. That's why I cannot understand, as an example, why referees ignore violent conducts that treat football and its values with both feet, just to leave the number of players at 22.


      Opinions on Rodriguez' RC?

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  31. Maybe FIFA is delaying the appointments to wait for the results from the group C deciders? (And maybe D as well?) maybe the appointments depend on the upcoming matches in the knock out stage and FIFA wants to be able to change the appointments accordingly?

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  32. Portugal - Ghana : Shukralla
    USA - Germany : Irmatov
    South Korea - Belgium : Williams
    Algeria - Russia : Cakir


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  33. I have never seen a referee who makes such a great presence in the field like Bjorn Kuipers, he's amazing! Matches refereed by him could only be better if his shorts were shorter :)

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