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2014 FIFA World Cup Referees

Introducing the men with the whistle at the 2014 World Cup Finals in Brazil.

The men we all love to hate; unless they award our team a penalty.

FIFA Referees From Africa (CAF)

Neant Alioum - Cameroon Travel to Cameroon

Didn't referee a match at the 2014 World Cup Finals.

Daniel Bennett - South Africa Travel to South Africa

Didn't referee a match at the 2014 World Cup Finals.

Noumandiez Doue - Ivory Coast Travel to Côte d'Ivoire

Noumandiez Doué became a FIFA referee in 2004 and was named Referee of the Year by the Confederation of African Football in 2011.

Noumandiez Doué at the 2014 World Cup Finals:
Travel to Chile Chile vs Australia Travel to Australia in Cuiaba (4 yellow cards).
Travel to Ecuador Ecuador vs France Travel to France in Rio de Janeiro (1 red card and 1 yellow card).

Bakary Gassama - Gambia Travel to The Gambia

Bakary Gassama became a FIFA referee in 2007.

Matches refereed at the 2014 World Cup Finals:
Travel to Holland Netherlands vs Chile Travel to Chile in Sao Paulo (2 yellow cards).

Djamel Haimoudi - Algeria Travel to Algeria

Djamel Haimoudi became a FIFA referee in 2004 and was named the African Referee of the Year in 2012.

Djamel Haimoudi at the 2014 World Cup Finals:
Travel to Australia Australia vs Netherlands Travel to Holland in Porto Alegre (2 yellow cards).
Travel to Costa Rica Costa Rica vs England Travel to England in Belo Horizonte (3 yellow cards).
Travel to Belgium Belgium vs USA Travel to USA in Salvador (2 yellow cards).
Travel to Brazil Brazil vs Holland Travel to Holland in Brasilia (5 yellow cards).

FIFA Referees From Asia (AFC)

Alireza Faghani - Iran Travel to Iran

Didn't referee a match at the 2014 World Cup Finals.

Ravshan Irmatov - Uzbekistan Travel to Uzbekistan

Ravshan Irmatov became a FIFA referee in 2003. Irmatov was named The Best Referee in Asia four years on the trot: 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. He was the man in the middle for the final match of both the 2008 and 2011 FIFA Club World Cup.

He was also a referee at the 2010 FIFA World Cup Finals; put in charge of the opening match between South Africa and Mexico.

Ravshan Irmatov at the 2014 World Cup Finals:
Travel to Switzerland Switzerland vs Ecuador Travel to Ecuador in Brasilia (2 yellow cards).
Travel to Croatia Croatia vs Mexico Travel to Mexico in Recife (1 red card and 3 yellow cards).
Travel to USA USA vs Germany Travel to Germany in Recife (3 yellow cards).
Travel to Holland Netherlands vs Coasta Rica Travel to Costa Rica in Salvador (6 yellow cards).

Yuichi Nishimura - Japan Travel to Japan

Voted J. League Referee of the Year in 2009 and 2010, Yuichi Nishimura became a FIFA referee in 2004 and refereed at the 2010 World Cup Finals in South Africa; producing the first red card of the tournament, in the Uruguay vs France match.

In 2012, Yuichi Nishimura was named Best Men's Referee of the Year by the Asian Football Confederation.

In the 2014 opening match Nishimura caused controversy by awarding Brazil what many considered to be a soft penalty at best and disallowing a Croatian equaliser.

Yuichi Nishimura at the 2014 World Cup Finals:
Travel to Brazil Brazil vs Croatia Travel to Croatia in Sao Paulo (4 yellow cards).

Nawaf Shukralla - Bahrain Travel to Bahrain

Nawaf Shukralla became a FIFA referee in 2008.

Matches refereed at the 2014 World Cup Finals:
Travel to Australia Australia vs Spain Travel to Spain in Curitiba (3 yellow cards).
Travel to Portugal Portugal vs Ghana Travel to Ghana in Brasilia (3 yellow cards).

Ben Williams - Australia Travel to Australia

Benjamin Williams became a FIFA referee in 2005.

Williams was one of the FIFA Referees at South Africa 2010.

Benjamin Williams at the 2014 World Cup Finals:
Travel to Honduras Honduras vs Ecuador Travel to Ecuador in Curitiba (5 yellow cards).
Travel to South Korea South Korea vs Belgium Travel to Belgium in Sao Paulo (1 red card and 2 yellow cards).
Travel to Costa Rica Costa Rica vs Greece Travel to Greece in Recife (1 red card and 6 yellow cards).

FIFA Referees From Europe (UEFA)

Dr. Felix Brych - Germany Travel to Germany

A qualified doctor of law, Felix Brych became a FIFA referee in 2007.

As the man in the middle at the 2014 UEFA Europa League Final, Dr. Felix seemed to have something of a Sevilla bias; or so they say.

Felix Brych at the 2014 World Cup Finals:
Travel to Uruguay Uruguay vs Costa Rica Travel to Costa Rica in Fortaleza (1 red card and 3 yellow cards).
Travel to Belgium Belgium vs Russia Travel to Russia in Rio de Janeiro (3 yellow cards).

Cuneyt Cakir - Turkey Travel to Turkey

Cuneyt Cakir became a FIFA referee in 2006.

Cuneyt Cakir at the 2014 World Cup Finals:
Travel to Brazil Brazil vs Mexico Travel to Mexico in Fortaleza (4 yellow cards).
Travel to Algeria Algeria vs Russia Travel to Russia in Curitiba (4 yellow cards).
Travel to Holland Netherlands vs Argentina Travel to Argentina in Sao Paulo (3 yellow cards).

Jonas Eriksson - Sweden Travel to Sweden

Jonas Eriksson became a FIFA referee in 2002.

Eriksson blew the whistle at the 2013 UEFA Super Cup between Chelsea and Bayern Munich.

Jonas Eriksson at the 2014 World Cup Finals:
Travel to Ghana Ghana vs USA Travel to USA in Natal (2 yellow cards).
Travel to Cameroon Cameroon vs Brazil Travel to Brazil in Brasilia (3 yellow cards).
Travel to Argentina Argentina vs Switzerland Travel to Switzerland in Sao Paulo (5 yellow cards).

Bjorn Kuipers - Netherlands Travel to Holland

Björn Kuipers became a FIFA referee in 2006. Kuipers has refereed the 2013 UEFA Europa League Final between Benfica and Chelsea and the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup Final between Brazil and Spain.

He was also the man in charge at the 2014 UEFA Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid.

Björn Kuipers at the 2014 World Cup Finals:
Travel to England England vs Italy Travel to Italy in Manaus (1 yellow card).
Travel to Switzerland Switzerland vs France Travel to France in Salvador (1 yellow card).
Travel to Colombia Colombia vs Uruguay Travel to Uruguay in Rio de Janeiro (2 yellow cards).

Milorad Mazic - Serbia Travel to Serbia

Milorad Mazic became a FIFA referee in 2009.

Milorad Mazic at the 2014 World Cup Finals:
Travel to Germany Germany vs Portugal Travel to Portugal in Salvador (1 red card and 1 yellow card).
Travel to Argentina Argentina vs Iran Travel to Iran in Belo Horizonte (2 yellow cards).

Svein Oddvar Moen - Norway Travel to Norway

Didn't referee a match at the 2014 World Cup Finals.

Pedro Proenca - Portugal Travel to Portugal

Pedro Proença became a FIFA referee in 2003.

In 2012, Proença refereed the 2012 UEFA Champions League Final between Chelsea and Bayern Munich and the UEFA Euro 2012 Final between Spain and Italy.

Pedro Proença at the 2014 World Cup Finals:
Travel to Cameroon Cameroon vs Croatia Travel to Croatia in Manaus (1 red card and 1 yellow card).
Travel to Japan Japan vs Colombia Travel to Colombia in Cuiaba (2 yellow cards).
Travel to Holland Netherlands vs Mexico Travel to Mexico in Fortaleza (3 yellow cards).

Nicola Rizzoli - Italy Travel to Italy

An architect in Italy, Nicola Rizzoli became a FIFA referee in 2007.

He was the UEFA Europa League Final referee in 2010 and the UEFA Champions League Final referee in 2013.

Nicola Rizzoli at the 2014 World Cup Finals:
Travel to Spain Spain vs Netherlands Travel to Holland in Salvador (4 yellow cards).
Travel to Nigeria Nigeria vs Argentina Travel to Argentina in Porto Alegre (2 yellow cards).
Travel to Argentina Argentina vs Belgium Travel to Belgium in Brasilia (3 yellow cards).

Nicola Rizzoli refereed the 2014 World Cup Final.

Travel to Germany Germany vs Argentina Travel to Argentina in Rio de Janeiro (4 yellow cards).

Carlos Velasco Carballo - Spain Travel to Spain

Carlos Velasco Carballo became a FIFA referee in 2008 and was one of the referees at UEFA Euro 2012.

Carlos Velasco Carballo at the 2014 World Cup Finals:
Travel to Uruguay Uruguay vs England Travel to England in Sao Paulo (2 yellow cards).
Travel to Brazil Brazil vs Colombia Travel to Colombia in Fortaleza (4 yellow cards).

Howard Webb - England Travel to England

Howard Webb became a FIFA referee in 2005.

One of the FIFA Referees at South Africa 2010, Howard Webb became the first person to referee the finals of the  UEFA Champions League and FIFA World Cup in the same year

Howard Webb at the 2014 World Cup Finals:
Travel to Colombia Colombia vs Côte d'Ivoire Travel to Côte d'Ivoire in Brasilia (2 yellow cards).
Travel to Brazil Brazil vs Chile Travel to Chile in Belo Horizonte (7 yellow cards).

FIFA Referees From North and Central America (CONCACAF)

Joel Aguilar - El Salvador Travel to El Salvador

Joel Aguilar became a FIFA referee in 2001. Aguilar was at South Africa 2010 as a reserve, but never officiated a match.

Joel Aguilar at the 2014 World Cup Finals:
Travel to Argentina Argentina vs Bosnia-Herzegovina Travel to Bosnia-Herzegovina in Rio de Janeiro (2 yellow cards).
Travel to Japan Japan vs Greece Travel to Greece in Natal (1 red card and 4 yellow cards).

Mark Geiger - USA Travel to USA

Mark Geiger became a FIFA referee in 2008 and was selected as the Major League Soccer referee of the year for the 2011 season.

He now becomes the first American to referee at a FIFA World Cup Finals.

Mark Geiger at the 2014 World Cup Finals:
Travel to Colombia Colombia vs Greece Travel to Greece in Belo Horizonte (3 yellow cards).
Travel to Spain Spain vs Chile Travel to Chile in Rio de Janeiro (3 yellow cards).
Travel to France France vs Nigeria Travel to Nigeria in Brasilia (1 yellow card).

Walter Lopez - Guatemala Travel to Guatemala

Didn't referee a match at the 2014 World Cup Finals.

Roberto Moreno - Panama Travel to Panama

Didn't referee a match at the 2014 World Cup Finals.

Marco Rodriguez - Mexico Travel to Mexico

Marco Rodriguez became a FIFA referee in 2000.

As one of the FIFA Referees at South Africa 2010, Rodriguez produced a red card in both of the matches he refereed: Germany vs Australia and Chile vs Spain.

As one of the FIFA Referees at Germany 2006, he also produced two red cards and nine yellow cards in his second match: Côte d'Ivoire vs Serbia & Montenegro.

Marco Rodriguez at the 2014 World Cup Finals:
Travel to Belgium Belgium vs Algeria Travel to Algeria in Belo Horizonte (2 yellow cards).
Travel to Italy Italy vs Uruguay Travel to Uruguay in Natal (1 red card and 4 yellow cards.
Travel to Brazil Brazil vs Germany Travel to Germany in Belo Horizonte (1 yellow card).

FIFA Referees From Oceania (OFC)

Norbert Hauata - Tahiti Travel to Tahiti

Didn't referee a match at the 2014 World Cup Finals.

Peter O'Leary - New Zealand Travel to New Zealand

Peter O'Leary became a FIFA referee in 2003 and has officiated in many Oceania Football Confederation tournaments.

Peter O'Leary at the 2014 World Cup Finals:
Travel to Nigeria Nigeria vs Bosnia-Herzegovina Travel to Bosnia-Herzegovina in Cuiaba (2 yellow cards).

FIFA Referees From South America (CONMEBOL)

Victor Carrillo - Peru Travel to Peru

Victor Carrillo became a FIFA referee in 2005.

Victor Carrillo at the 2014 World Cup Finals:
Travel to Bosnia-Herzegovina Bosnia-Herzegovina vs Iran Travel to Iran in Salvador (2 yellow cards).

Enrique Osses - Chile Travel to Chile

Enrique Osses became a FIFA referee in 2005. Osses once had a reputation as something of a card-dealer in Chile but, after reaching for a red card, a punch in the face by Union Espanola goalkeeper Ignacio Gonzalez may have calmed him down.

Enrique Osses at the 2014 World Cup Finals:
Travel to Côte d'Ivoire Côte d'Ivoire vs Japan Travel to Japan in Recife (4 yellow cards).
Travel to Italy Italy vs Costa Rica Travel to Costa Rica in Recife (2 yellow cards).

Nestor Pitana - Argentina Travel to Argentina

Néstor Fabián Pitana, a former actor, became a FIFA referee in 2010.

Néstor Pitana at the 2014 World Cup Finals:
Travel to Russia Russia vs South Korea Travel to South Korea in Cuiaba (3 yellow cards).
Travel to USA USA vs Portugal Travel to Portugal in Manaus (1 yellow card).
Travel to Honduras Honduras vs Switzerland Travel to Switzerland in Manaus (1 yellow card).
Travel to France France vs Germany Travel to Germany in Rio de Janeiro (2 yellow cards).

Sandro Ricci - Brazil Travel to Brazil

Sandro Ricci became a FIFA referee in 2011.

Sandro Ricci at the 2014 World Cup Finals:
Travel to France France vs Honduras Travel to Honduras in Porto Alegre (1 red card and 6 yellow cards).
Travel to Germany Germany vs Ghana Travel to Ghana in Fortaleza (1 yellow card).
Travel to Germany Germany vs Algeria Travel to Algeria in Porto Alegre (2 yellow cards).

Wilmar Roldan - Colombia Travel to Colombia

Wilmar Roldan became a FIFA referee in 2008.

Wilmar Roldan at the 2014 World Cup Finals:
Travel to Mexico Mexico vs Cameroon Travel to Cameroon in Natal (2 yellow cards).
Travel to South Korea South Korea vs Algeria Travel to Algeria in Porto Alegre (3 yellow cards).

Carlos Vera - Ecuador Travel to Ecuador

Carlos Vera became a FIFA referee in 2006 and was one of the FIFA Referees at South Africa 2010.

Carlos Vera at the 2014 World Cup Finals:
Travel to Iran Iran vs Nigeria Travel to Nigeria in Curitiba (1 yellow card).
Travel to Greece Greece vs Côte d'Ivoire Travel to Côte d'Ivoire in Fortaleza (3 yellow cards).

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First Round

Thursday, 12th June
Brazil vs Croatia

Friday, 13th June
Chile vs Australia
Mexico vs Cameroon
Spain vs Netherlands

Saturday, 14th June
Colombia vs Greece
Côte d'Ivoire vs Japan
England vs Italy
Uruguay vs Costa Rica

Sunday, 15th June
Argentina vs Bosnia
France vs Honduras
Switzerland vs Ecuador

Monday, 16th June
Germany vs Portugal
Ghana vs USA
Iran vs Nigeria

Tuesday, 17th June
Belgium vs Algeria
Brazil vs Mexico
Russia vs South Korea

Wednesday, 18th June
Australia vs Netherlands
Cameroon vs Croatia
Spain vs Chile

Thursday, 19th June
Colombia vs Côte d'Ivoire
Japan vs Greece
Uruguay vs England

Friday, 20th June
Honduras vs Ecuador
Italy vs Costa Rica
Switzerland vs France

Saturday, 21st June
Argentina vs Iran
Germany vs Ghana
Nigeria vs Bosnia

Sunday, 22nd June
Belgium vs Russia
South Korea vs Algeria
USA vs Portugal

Monday, 23rd June
Australia vs Spain
Cameroon vs Brazil
Croatia vs Mexico
Netherlands vs Chile

Tuesday, 24th June
Costa Rica vs England
Greece vs Côte d'Ivoire
Italy vs Uruguay
Japan vs Colombia

Wednesday, 25th June
Bosnia vs Iran
Ecuador vs France
Honduras vs Switzerland
Nigeria vs Argentina

Thursday, 26th June
Algeria vs Russia
Portugal vs Ghana
South Korea vs Belgium
USA vs Germany

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