The votes are in…and my predictions have been washed under the bridge. Clearly I only THINK I know what I’m talking about. lol
FIFA Officials: Rizzoli to Referee World Cup Final
(courtesy of ABC News)
Nicola Rizzoli of Italy will referee the World Cup final between Germany and Argentina, according to FIFA officials.
With a European and South American team playing, many had expected FIFA to appoint an Asian referee for Sunday’s game. However, Jim Boyce, the chairman of the FIFA’s refereeing committee, said Rizzoli would get the duty.
“We choose the best referees for the best matches, and the Italian will referee the final,” Boyce said.
FIFA has not yet made an official announcement on the World Cup final, but Massimo Busacca, head of refereeing for FIFA, confirmed that Rizzoli will be in charge of the match.
Rizzoli has already worked three matches at this year’s World Cup, including two played by Argentina: A quarterfinal victory over Belgium and a group win over Nigeria.
Rizzoli also handled the high-profile match between the Netherlands and Spain on the second day of the tournament.
Rizzoli was the referee for the all-German Champions League final in 2013, when Bayern Munich beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in London.
Nicola Rizzoli to referee Final
(courtesy of FIFA.com)
Germany and Argentina contested the final of the 1990 FIFA World Cup Italy™ and an Italian referee will officiate as the same countries meet in the 2014 decider. Nicola Rizzoli, a 42-years-old an architect from Bologna, has already refereed three matches at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™, taking charge of Spain-Netherlands and Nigeria-Argentina in the group stages and the quarter-final between Argentina and Belgium.
Rizzoli started his international career in 2007, going on to referee the final in each of the two main European club competitions. He was the man in the middle for Atletico Madrid-Fulham at the climax of the 2010 UEFA Europa League, followed by the all-German decider between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund in the 2013 UEFA Champions League.
In 2011, the Italian was selected for the FIFA Club World Cup, where he presided over two games. In 2012, Rizzoli was tasked with handling Spain-France in the quarter-finals of UEFA EURO 2012 and two more matches during the same competition. Last year, he was in Turkey for the FIFA U-20 World Cup, where he took charge of two fixtures.
Rizzoli will be assisted by his compatriots Renato Faverani and Andrea Stefani, who are both 44 years old. The fourth official will be Carlos Vera from Ecuador. Nicola Rizzoli will be the third Italian referee in the history of the FIFA World Cup to officiate a final, following in the footsteps of Sergio Gonella in 1978 and Pierluigi Collina in 2002.
Give ’em hell Nicola!!!
The Third Blind Mouse