Breaking News: World Cup 2014 Referees!
I’ll analyze this list more in the coming days, but a couple of notes:
Mark Geiger from the US is in. Go, Mark.
Mark Clattenburg from England, despite having had a good year, was passed over for Howard Webb, who refereed the final in 2010. Clatts is only 38, so he’ll have another shot.
Europe’s referees are mostly the old standbys – Webb, Proenca, Rizzoli, Carballo – with a few new faces thrown in. One huge thing: Stephane Lannoy did not make the list, meaning there are no French referees in the tournament.
But I’ll talk more about that later. Here’s the list!
- Ravshan Irmatov, Uzbekistan (Rasulov, Kochkarov)
- Yuichi Nishimura, Japan (Sagara, Nagi)
- Nawaf Shukralla, Bahrain (Abdulla Tulefat, Saleh)
- Ben Williams, Australia (Cream, Anaz)
Support: Alireza Faghani, Iran
- Noumandiez Doue, Ivory Coast (Yeo, Birumushahu)
- Bakary Gassama, Gambia (Menkouande, Kabanda)
- Djamel Haimoudi, Algeria (Achik, Etchiali)
Support: Neant Alioum (Cameroon) and Daniel Bennett (South Africa)
North, Central America and the Caribbean
- Joel Aguilar, El Salvador (Torres Mejia, Zumba Galan)
- Mark Geiger, United States (Hurd, Fletcher)
- Marco Rodriguez Moreno, Mexico (Torrentera Rivera, Quintero Huitron)
Support: Roberto Moreno Salazar, Panama, and Walter Lopez Castellanos, Guatemala
- Enrique Osses, Chile (Astroza Cardenas, Roman Retamal)
- Nestor Pitana, Argentina (Maidana, Belati)
- Wilmar Roldan, Colombia (Clavijo Prieto, Diaz Barrero)
- Sandro Ricci, Brazil (De Carvalho, Van Gasse)
- Carlos Vera Rodriguez, Ecuador (Lescano Guerrero, Romero Ibarra)
Support: Victor Carillo Casanova, Peru
- Peter O’Leary, New Zealand (Hintz, Kumar)
Support: Norbert Hauata, Tahiti
- Felix Brych, Germany (Borsch, Lupp)
- Cuneyt Cakir, Turkey (Duran, Ongun)
- Jonas Eriksson, Sweden (Klasenius, Waernmark)
- Bjorn Kuipers, Netherlands (Van Roekel, Zeinstra)
- Milorad Mazic, Serbia (Ristic, Djurdjevic)
- Pedro Proenca, Portugal (Cunha Miranda, Garcias Bolinhas Trigo)
- Nicola Rizzoli, Italy (Stefani, Faverani)
- Carlos Velasco Carballo, Spain (Fernandez, Jimenez)
- Howard Webb, England (Mullarkey and Cann)
Support: Svein Oddvar Moen, Norway