November 9, 2013

FIFA Club World Cup 2013 - Referees

These are the referees appointed for 2013 FIFA Club World Cup. FIFA has not appointed Oceanian referees this time, while two African trios are attending the tournament played in Morocco.

Carlos Velasco to attend his first FIFA tournament (c) ZIMBIO


Referee: Alireza Faghani (Iran, 1978)
Assistant Referee 1: Hassan Kamranifar (Iran, 1972)
Assistant Referee 2: Reza Sokhandan (Iran, 1974)


Referee: Bakary Gassama (Gambia, 1979)
Assistant Referee 1: Angesom Ogbamariam (Eritrea, 1971)
Assistant Referee 2: Felicien Kabanda (Rwanda, 1971) injured


Referee: Mark Geiger (USA, 1974)
Assistant Referee 1: Sean Mark Hurd (USA, 1971)
Assistant Referee 2: Joe Fletcher (Canada, 1976)


Referee: Sandro Ricci (Brazil, 1974)
Assistant Referee 1: Emerson De Carvalho (Brazil, 1976)
Assistant Referee 2: Marcelo Van Gasse (Brazil, 1972)


Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (Spain, 1971)
Assistant Referee 1: Roberto Alonso Fernández (Spain, 1976)
Assistant Referee 2: Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez (Spain, 1975)

Reserve Trio from CAF:

Referee: Néant Alioum (Cameroon, 1982)
Assistant Referee 1: Evarist Menkouande (Cameroon, 1974)
Assistant Referee 2: Peter Edibi (Nigeria, 1970)


  1. Anonymous9/11/13 20:28

    I am suprised about Ricci's appointment for this tournament: Usually match officials from countries with clubs involved (Atletico Mineiro) were excluded so far.

    I know that he still can handle the play-off for the quarter-finals, the quarter-final between participants from Africa and Asia as well as the match for the fifth place without bias - nevertheless it seems to be a "structural interruption".


    1. Probably he needs more experience Peter since FIFA really wants him at the WC.

    2. Anonymous9/11/13 21:38

      Yes, you may be right, Edward. Unfortunately, he seems to be the sole referee without any chances to handle the final match (probably with participation of Atletico Mineiro, otherweise opponent that eliminated them in the semi-finals) before the tournament even commences.

      It will also be interesting to observe Velasco's assignments: Of course, many indications speak against him - but how is the situation if he will be rewarded with the final? Will Undiano's round of 16 match at the U-20 World Cup still be regarded a "bigger success" by FIFA then?

      Undiano (U-20 World Cups 2007, 2009 and 2013, Club World Cup 2008) has much more FIFA experience than Velasco. But as a prospective referee for the World Cup 2014, he didn't get more than Mazic, for example. Either, they already know him by heart or ...


    3. 1) Ricci will most likely get 2 matches. Otherwise his selection will not make any sense.

      2) Even if Carballo will do the final then his fate is more or less known. Undiano is above him for sure and since Spain will have a referee there (even though they don't really deserve it) Undiano will be the chosen one. And as you said Undiano has already 1 WC with 3 matches so...

    4. Anonymous9/11/13 22:52

      I just discovered another interesting aspect concerning the Club World Cup: Which encounter will be (the first to be) handled by Bakary Gassama applying Massimo Busacca's rule of "continental neutrality"?

      Play-off for quarter-finals:
      #1: Oceania - Africa: Impossible!

      #2: Asia - Africa: Impossible!
      #3: North America - winner #1: Maybe Impossible!

      #4: Europa - winner #2: Maybe impossible!
      #5: South America - winner #3: Maybe impossible!

      In theory, it would make sense to nominate each of the five referee teams for one of the first five matches before neglecting the "Busacca rule" in the final phase. In practice, however, it could happen that the match for the fifth place will be the first in which Gassama can be considered. He seems to be the "joker" who has to await the first encounter without African involvement.


  2. Anonymous9/11/13 23:00

    The neutrality rule is before Busacca enter FIFA, but as has happened before, it can be broken without problems.

    1. Anonymous9/11/13 23:06

      I thought that someone here declared it could only be broken in the final stage (usually the final and the third-place match)?


    2. Anonymous9/11/13 23:10

      Theoretically yes, but it is not written anywhere.

  3. I am 100% sure that Busacca and co already know that the final will go to Velasco. Semis to Al Badwawi and Geiger. Gassama with small chances. Ricci might be there for the first match and 3rd place tie.

    1. I really can't believe that Busacca is going to appoint again a UEFA official for the final. It happened one year ago with Cakir nevertheless the clash was UEFA - CONMEBOL. I hope that this time in every case, a referee from a different confederation can handle it.
      Gassama? Why not. FIFA must find courage, at least in this small tournament, otherwise it is a nosense.
      Anyway, we will see...

    2. The problem is that Club WC is no small tournament. Money rules the world and FIFA cares about it. So there won't be a Gambian referee for a match like Mineiro - Bayern in the final and I regret that.

    3. Is not possible predestinate 100% that Velasco will be at the final. I give only 75%.

  4. UEFA U-17 Women's European Championship - England 2013


    Vesna Budimir (CRO)
    Lina Lehtovaara (FIN)
    Ana Minić (SRB)
    Sara Persson (SWE)
    Zuzana Štrpková (SVK)
    Irina Turovskaya (BLR)

    Assistant referees
    Mathilde Abildgaard (DEN)
    Yelena Alistratova (KAZ)
    Anna Dąbrowska (POL)
    Susanne Küng (SUI)
    Ekatinera Marinova (BUL)
    Yana Saschyna (UKR)
    Katalin Török (HUN)

    Fourth Officials
    Virginie Derouaux (BEL)
    Tania Fernandes Morais (LUX)

    1. She is my refereeing w me :D /Zuzana Štrpková (SVK)/

  5. First thoughts on CL:
    Due to nationality limitations, I guess that Stark will get Zenit-Atlético on MD5, Aytekin Kobenhavn-Real on MD6 and Brych Galatasaray-Juventus also on MD6.
    Webb will either have Ajax-Barcelona or Paris-Olympiakos (MD5) or Benfica-Paris (MD6).

    1. I have probably already a forced appointment.
      It is Velasco for Borussia Dortmund - Napoli.
      Indeed: Velasco will be at CWC in December, so UEFA will appoint him for MD5 and not 6.
      Then, we can have a look to all groups chances:
      Group A impossible because Real Sociedad is there
      Group B impossible because Real Madrid is there
      Group C impossible becuase two Spanish officials handled the last matchday games (Borbalan and Mallenco MD4)
      Group D impossible because he was there this week
      Group E impossible becuase he already handled Steaua-Chelsea
      Group G impossibile because Atletico Madrid is there
      Group H impossible because Barcelona is there

      So, Group F actually is the only possible chance.
      Having been already appointed for Arsenal in play off (vs Fenerbahçe), then his only match possible is Borussia Dortmund-Napoli.

    2. Theoretically, FC Viktoria Plzeň - PFC CSKA Moskva in group D (with FC Bayern München and Manchester City FC) could be handled by a team from Germany or England since both FC Bayern München and Manchester City FC are already qualified for the round of 16.


    3. In theory Carballo can also handle PSG - Olympiakos. Mallenco handled Benfica - Olympiakos in MD3 and Borbalan Anderlecht - PSG also on MD3.

    4. Borbalán was at Anderlecht-PSG and Undiano at Benfica-Olympiakos, but no Velasco at PSG-Olympiakos.

    5. The Observer and Delegate designations for MD5 UCL UEL are out which maybe allow some pointers as which referees for which games perhaps

    6. Where can we find them?

  6. Is not easy that one final Mineiro-Bayern will be for Velasco.

    1. Again it's Busacca and there is no other really strong name like Irmatov or Nishinura who could be politic strong for the final, maybe Geiger, but again Concacaf?

    2. For me Busacca is more serious that Collina.

  7. Don't feed trolls....Jaco please say bye-bye-blog.

  8. Netherlands - Colombia: Florian Meyer (GER)
    Netherlands - Japan: Serge Gumienny (BEL)

    1. Do u know appointments for friendly matches of coming days ? I guess duhamel, dean and wouters will be appointed for italy, england and germany top clashes, as nice gesture for their end fifa carrier, and M. Hansson, otherwise he will pay his mistake in france ireland till end of his life ..... Rgs M

    2. 15/11

      Turkey - Northern Ireland
      Bas Nijhuis
      Rob van de Ven - Charles Schaap
      Dennis Higler

      South Korea - Switzerland
      Diego Abal
      Hernán Maidana - Gustavo Rossi


      Netherlands - Japan
      Serge Gumienny
      Kristof Meers - Jim Cremers
      Luc Wouters

      Wales - Finland
      Sebastien Delferiere
      Frank Bleyen - Yves De Neve
      Wim Smet


      Turkey - Belarus
      Antonio Mateu Lahoz
      Pau Cebrian Devis - Javier Aguilar Rodriguez
      Javier Estrada Fernandez


      Denmark - Norway
      Robert Schörgenhofer
      Roland Brandner - Matthias Winsauer

      Aleksey Nikolaev - RUS
      Oleg Tselovalnikov, Vitaly Drozdov - RUS
      Silver Kõiv - EST

      Marco Borg - MLT
      Edward Spiteri, Mitchell Scerri - MLT
      Marcin Borski - POL

      Richard Trutz - SVK
      Ondrej Brendza, Peter Chládek - SVK
      Daniel Stefański - POL

      Ireland - Latvia
      Andreas Ekberg (SWE)

      14 / 11
      Belgium - Colombia
      Mark Clattenburg (ENG)

      Italy - Germany
      Olegario Benquerença (POR)

    3. Who are referee assistants and fourth official ? (ITA - GER)

    4. I don't know the assistants.
      Fourth: Mazzoleni.

    5. João Santos and Venâncio Tomé

  9. Confirmation of the FIFA;

  10. Clattenburg is at first list for WM. He don´t go to Belgium-Colombia.

  11. Replies
    1. No, JACKO. You behaved like child on here and you should know yourself that your posts are nothing good for discussion and we don't play games on here! I would say, you're stupid, but I'm not so bad-mannered as you definitely are!

    2. No. The blog is enough good.

    3. This blog is very interesting, I think. And Jacko must dissapear.
      He is one filth at this blog.

  12. banda głópków, i amatorów, którzy nie znają się na sędziowstwie. Ide z tego durnego bloa

    1. I believe he is talking something about amateurs and that he doesn't like this blog. I think it might be JACKO in his native language. :D

    2. It's him. He said we are a bunch of fools and amateurs which don't know anything about refereeing. And that he leave this stupid blog. :D

      Maybe I answer now:
      JACO - You really behave like bad kid. I think you should think about your idiot predictions which were a great fun for everyone on here. And now you can say something about your professionalism if you don't even know the rules of appointing.

      Why did you wrote last post in Polish language. Are you too foolish to write it in English or you know that insulting is penalized by law and you can be taken to the court? Your foolish and boorish is behind us.

      And I really hope it was the last post you wrote on this blog. Everybody (including me) would be happy!

    3. To illustrate how level JACO presents, this sentence should sound: "Banda głupków i amatorów, którzy nie znają się na sędziowaniu. Idę z tego durnego bloga."

      This man is so professional he even doesn't know your mother-tongue!

    4. To make that clear now...every further comment of JACO will be deleted immediately.

  13. we'll surely miss you

  14. I find not a referee between England against Germany for 19th November.

    Who is a referee?

  15. There is a problem with the comments on the last post.
    If you want, write here.
    Nothing has been cancelled!
    Just wait for Niclas, who will fix it.

  16. Is the Iranian team replacing UAE's?

  17. ooh all about Fifa Club World Cup


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