Nicola Rizzoli, Renato Faverani, Andrea Stefani, Carlos Vera and Christian Lescano have been chosen to take charge of Sunday's top-class final between Germany and Argentina at Rio de Janeiro's Estádio do Maracanã. This has been confirmed by the world's football governing body FIFA in the late Brazilian afternoon.
The 42-year old Italian architect residing in Mirandola, close to Bologna, already refereed Argentina's wins over Nigeria (3:2, group stage) and Belgium (1:0 in the quarterfinals). Before having shown quite good performances in both matches mentioned, his team had already controlled the excitedly awaited remake of 2010 World Cup final between Spain and the Netherlands (1:5). Besides Rizzoli's frequent companions Renato Faverani and Andrea Stefani, Massimo Busacca and his team have selected Ecuadorian Carlos Vera as the fourth official. The officiating team will be completed by Vera's countryman Christian Lescano as reserve assistant referee.
A UEFA Elite Group referee since June 2009, Rizzoli is used to the feeling and honour of being selected for a great final: In 2010, he oversaw Hamburg's UEFA Europa League final between Atlético Madrid and Fulham FC and three years later, he took control over the all-German UEFA Champions League final between Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern München.
13 July 2014, 21:00 CET
Estádio do Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
GERMANY - ARGENTINA
Referee: Nicola RIZZOLI (ITA)
Assistant Referee 1: Renato FAVERANI (ITA)
Assistant Referee 2: Andrea STEFANI (ITA)
Fourth Official: Carlos VERA (ECU)
Reserve Assistant Referee: Christian LESCANO (ECU)
Blog Referee Observer: EDWARD (GRE)