|Full Name: Nicola Rizzoli
Date of Birth: 05/10/1971
Hobbies: Tennis, Volleyball, Photography, Reading
Referee since: 1988
International since: 2007
UEFA Elite Category since: 07/2009
Champions League Matches: 36
Europa League Matches: 13
International Matches (Total): 97
Yellow Card Average (Int.): 3,90 per match
2nd Yellow Card Average (Int.): 0,08 per match
Red Card Average (Int.): 0,02 per match
Domestic First Division Matches: 219
Biggest Achievements: UEFA Europa League 2010 Final, FIFA Club World Cup 2011 (Semifinal), UEFA EURO 2012 (Quarterfinal), UEFA Champions League 2013 Final, FIFA Under-20 World Cup 2013 (Quarterfinal), FIFA World Cup 2014 Final, selected for UEFA EURO 2016
What you should know
With Nicola Rizzoli, there is a real referee star at the final tournament. His name is even known to most football fans which is certainly due to his big achievements like three major finals in the past, but also resulting from his high level of game understanding and reputation he savours among the players.
|Back at EURO 2012, he was actually a candidate to referee the final. As Italy reached it having beaten Germany in the semifinals though, Portugal's Pedro Proença was chosen. In several interviews, Rizzoli strengthened that officiating a EURO Final is one of his last, big goals as a referee. He will have to do that without his usual Assistant Referees of former times (Faverani and Stefani) - and furthermore, his usual AAR1 Luca Banti suddenly announced his absence from EURO 2016 for private reasons.
Rizzoli was born in Mirandola and lives in Bologna. Thus, he is a member of the famous Bolognan "refereeing school" that also produced someone called Pierluigi Collina. Certainly, with the Italian heading the referee committee Rizzoli has another advantage compared to others - but even without that, he is a candidate for the really big games at practically every tournament.
Game-Manager. Full focus on managing the game, empathically interacting with the players, keeping the match at a spectacular level and, above all, finishing the match with 22 players on the pitch. What is seen as simply elegant and excellent by many - in fact, Rizzoli is kind of idol for many of his international colleagues at a lower level - does not always meet the understanding of those who want to see the Laws of the Game as well as the players' safety protected. In their view, Rizzoli is simply not courageous enough to take unpopular, match-influencing decisions and therefore mostly chooses the most comfortable decision alternative. Personally, I cannot fully disagree with the latter - but this is obviously a question of taste.
His formula for success. Due to his game feeling and management abilities, he is the man for contributing to a football spectacle. UEFA will want such referees to handle matches that are in the spotlights of the media.
1| Elegance, Personality, Refereeing Style, Approach.
2| Game Understanding, Management of the Game, Communication, Body Language.
3| Match Control, Acceptance.
4| Fitness, Stamina, Movement.
5| Co-operation with all teammates.
1| Protect the players' safety, awareness for sending-off offences (SFP, VC)!
2| Application and Signalling of the Advantage Rule.
4| Finding the in-time moment for the first Yellow Card.
5| Card Presentation (whistle out of mouth...).
|*based on our Referee Observation Reports since 2012|
Assistant Referee 1: Elenito G. Di LiberatoreNation: Italy
Residence: Francavilla al Mare
Date of Birth: 17/01/1973
Age: 43 yo
Occupation: Music Teacher / Musician
International since: 2009
Champions League Matches: 23
Europa League Matches: 17
International Matches (Total): 78
Domestic First Division Matches: 174
Biggest Achievements: FIFA Olympic Games 2012 (Semifinal), FIFA Under-17 World Cup 2013 (Semifinal), selected for UEFA EURO 2016
|Assistant Referee 2: Mauro Tonolini
Date of Birth: 30/03/1973
Age: 43 yo
Occupation: Bank Clerk
International since: 2011
Champions League Matches: 21
Europa League Matches: 10
International Matches (Total): 66
Domestic First Division Matches: 167
Biggest Achievements: FIFA Under-20 World Cup 2015 (Semifinal), selected for UEFA EURO 2016
Additional Assistant Referees
Additional AR 1: Antonio DamatoNation: Italy
Date of Birth: 15/08/1972
Age: 43 yo
Matches as AAR: 50
International himself? Yes. (Second Group)
|Additional AR 2: Daniele Orsato
Residence: Recoaro Terme
Date of Birth: 23/11/1975
Age: 40 yo
Matches as AAR: 16
International himself? Yes. (Elite Group)
Reserve Assistant Referee
Reserve AR: Gianluca CariolatoNation: Italy
Date of Birth: 24/04/1972
Age: 44 yo
At the moment, Rizzoli is certainly among the Top 3 Candidates to take charge of the EURO 2016 Final.
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