August 19, 2016

Alireza Faghani in charge of Gold Medal final

Alireza Faghani has been appointed to oversee the final act of 2016 Olympic Men's Football Tournament.  A FIFA referee since 2008, the Iranian, after having attended 2014 WC as reserve, has already officiated a final in a FIFA tournament: he was in charge of 2015 Club World Cup final between River Plate and Barcelona.  He was also selected for 2015 Asian Cup final.  
He will be assisted by his compatriots Reza Sokhandan and Mohammadreza Mansouri. A Senegalese duo will take the duties of fourth official and reserve assistant referee. 


Men's Gold Medal Final (20 August) 

Rio de Janeiro, 22:30 CET
Brazil - Germany
Referee: Alireza Faghani (Iran)
Assistant Referee 1: Reza Sokhandan (Iran)
Assistant Referee 2: Mohammadreza Mansouri (Iran)
4th Official: Malang Diedhiou (Senegal)
Reserve AR: Djibril Camara (Senegal)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Dagmar Damkova (Czech Republic)

Brazilian Sandro Ricci has been nominated for the Bronze Medal final, to be played in Belo Horizonte. Russian Sergey Karasev will be the fourth official. 

Women's Bronze Medal Final (20 August) 

Belo Horizonte, 18:00 CET
Honduras - Nigeria
Referee: Sandro Ricci (Brazil)
Assistant Referee 1: Emerson Carvalho (Brazil)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcelo van Gasse (Brazil)
4th Official: Sergey Karasev (Russia)
Reserve AR: Tikhon Kalugin (Russia)
FIFA Referee Assessor: Jacqueline Leleu (Australia)

source: Árbitro Internacional

24 Comments:

  1. A very promising career by Faghani so far. Three very important finals: 2015 Asian Cup, 2015 Club World Cup and now 2016 Olympics. He is at moment a safe bet for WC 2018 and I would say he can really get important appointments.

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  2. Very reassuring to see that Busacca and Co. finally assigned based on performances. The most deserving crews got assigned regardless of confederation, name, and/or reputation.

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  3. Faghani absolutely deserves it so well deserved... He is almost certain to go to WC in Russia and get some decent appointments there as well...
    But using Ryuji Sato for only match in the tournament appeared a bit strange to me... I think he deserved more!!!

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    1. I mean to say Sato deserved more than one appointment to the middle... Maybe a SF because he is way better than the likes of Ovidiu Hategan...
      Also has anyone noticed the complete absence of big gun Çakır from the medal matches?

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    2. Cakir's name and reputation can only take him so far. At the end of the day, he like the rest of the referees must perform on the pitch. And he wasn't up to par in Rio.

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    3. He wasn't at his best during the Euros as well...

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    4. In the first place I believe experienced referees like Çakır, Pitana, Ricci shouldn't have been sent for the Olympics and rather the up and coming referees should've been given a chance to make a mark for themselves!!!

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    5. Agreed. However, after his disastrous showing at the Euro's, Rio was an ideal tournament for Cakir to redeem himself. But instead we saw his current downward spiral continue. I seriously believe that the current political unrest in his native Turkey weighs on his mind and in turn affects his performances.

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    6. I'm eager to watch Çakır perform in World Cup Qualifiers and also the Champions League and Europa League... Let's see how he does this season!!!

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  4. Interesting that both officials already refereed the two respective teams in the tournament.
    Furthermore both SF referees had one of the teams already in their first match.
    More than coincidence?

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  5. OT

    Tasos Sidiropoulos has a WCQ. match on MD1.

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    1. @Edward
      Who else will be involved on MD1?

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    2. Those appointments are strictly confidential. Even the National FA's don't know the exact match. So we will know only a few days prior to the MD.

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    3. Oh that's good in a way!! Do you have any idea whether any of the big hitters are going to be involved in MD1?

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  6. Amazing situation in the 2nd league of the Austrian FA.
    Watch about minute 02:10.
    https://youtu.be/098iJkIp_oc

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    1. Video is not available outside Austria.

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    2. I managed to capture the video and to upload it, unfortunately in a not that phantastic quality. But still good enough to see what was going on I think.

      https://vimeo.com/179605641

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    3. Thanks, DutchRef.
      According to LotG, a correct decision.
      YC and indirect free kick.

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  7. Type in at YouTube: Liefering - Kapfenberg
    Hopefully it will work.

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  8. I beg to differ. Iranian league is not strong enough to give this ref the necessary experience on the field. Let's hope for the best...

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    1. I don't think that is too major a problem... Faghani has impressed in international tournaments so he deserves it... Today is his test how much he can cope with the pressure when Brazil is playing and it's a full house Maracana... I hope he does very well and makes the officialdom proud...

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  9. His foul identification has been excellent at this tournament, as has his control.
    A well deserved appointment.

    I just wonder whether he'll get in trouble from FIFA for obviously wearing an Under Armour undershirt underneath the horrendously sweaty Adidas jersey...

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  10. Referee observer BRA-GER: Esfandiar Baharmast USA. Source: Árbitro internacional.

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