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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 (more…)

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I guess you’re all thinking that this is going to be a post about my predictions for this years WC Champion.  Will it be Germany, or will it be Argentina?  Well…you’re wrong!!!  I’m going to give you my thoughts on who I think will be the ultimate winner and referee the final!!!

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Referee crews. Ever thought you would be thinking about referees in that level of detail? Although they may not look like they need much engineering, team chemistry is as important on the field to players as it is to referees! FIFA, in the past, employed the use of mixed duos and every referee was independent of one another in terms of receiving appointments. This allowed the best performing referees and assistant referees to be paired together regardless of background and it was solely performance based.

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Preface – If you don’t already know, I am an Italy supporter (as well as Portugal) however, you might find my opinion in this post rather surprising and contradictory.  I am, in fact a referee first and when it comes down to FIFA Law vs. National Pride…Law always wins!

After the embarrassment of Italy’s departure from this World Cup, I had some discussions with colleagues and my parents (my father to be exact) about the severity of Marchisio’s tackle that ultimately got him sent off in their last match against Uruguay.  The discussions revolved around how everyone thought it was a soft dismissal and Marchisio should have only got a caution for his actions.  Everyone blamed Mexican referee Marco Rodriguez for causing Italy to play short for 2/3 of the match, and then not dismissing Suarez for his cannibalism against Giorgio Chiellini.  However, after watching the replays over 100 times and looking at still shots of the incident (and my father is going to kill me for this), I agree with the Mexican official and I think that Rodrigues was CORRECT in sending off Marchisio. (more…)

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As I was at the cottage this weekend, and didn’t have any internet connection, I was unable to comment of match days 3 and 4 however, you would like my take on a couple of incidents please message me and I will gladly write a post or two.  Most interesting one for me was Ecuador’s goal against Switzerland…in particular the ball placement.

On to match 1 of the day…

After watching the yet another embarrassment for a top class team, and having to witness Portugal’s horrific 4 – 0 loss to Germany, I decided that I should count my lucky stars that the score line wasn’t more drastic as Portugal should have been in deeper water very early in the game.  To what am I referring?  In the 11th minute, Mario Goetze was hauled back by the arm as he bore down on the Portugal goal by João Pereira, who got a yellow card for his troubles. (more…)

 

At the World Cup, it’s not just the referee’s performance that can get a crew sent home.  Just ask Howard Webb about Euro 2008 when Mike Mullarkey’s one offside mistake cost the entire English referee crew their tournament.  It was actually said that the organizers were a little disappointed with the performance, not of the referees, but some of the assistant referees.  This could be the case for Wilmar Roldan and the rest of his Columbian crew. (more…)

Finally…the day that the world has been waiting four years to arrive is upon us!  For the past month I have been counting down the days and have been waiting with such excitement for the 2014 World Cup.  This one is a sort of special one for me…it’s being played in Brazil and for many of those people who know me well, they know that I have a special love affair with the South American country of Samba and Soccer.  Although I am of Italian and Portuguese heritage, my love for Brazil comes from my background as a musician/percussionist.  This world cup fuses both my passions as they collide into a month-long high of great football being played in the midst of great music!

In keeping with the theme of my blog, I will attempt to pick out the good, the bad and the ugly of the refereeing and decision-making throughout the tournament, and give you my own humble opinion on how I saw things.  These are only my own opinions and in way do I suggest that I am the greatest referee in the world…if I was, I would be in Brazil this month, not sitting at my computer writing this blog! 😉

So, let’s get on with it then… (more…)