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Refereeing Changes for Brazil 2014: Good or Bad?

Since former super ref Massimo Busacca of Switzerland became head of everything referee-related at FIFA, there have been a lot of changes. The World Cup has been no exception. Some of these things (extra training and support, the requirement that referees be professional, etc.) have been super positive. He’s helped develop some fantastic referees. But some of the specific changes

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Jenna’s Thoughts: Potential Referees for World Cup Semifinals and Final

Now that we know who’s refereeing the quarterfinals, thoughts naturally turn to who will do the semifinals and the final. The truth is, I’m terrible at guessing games, and I don’t understand the things FIFA do sometimes. So, with those two things in mind, I decided not to try and make any predictions. Instead, I’ll just go through the 25

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World Cup Referees: Quarterfinals, Games 3 and 4

The last two quarterfinal referees have been named for Saturday, July 5: Nicola Rizzoli of Italy (above) and Ravshan Irmatov of Uzbekistan. I’m both pleased and sad at the Rizzoli appointment; pleased because it’s a good appointment, and sad because this means he’s out of the final. But I’m not surprised; quite frankly, though he’s been good, this isn’t the

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Great World Cup Referee Performances: Group and Knockout Stages

The standard of refereeing has been a talking point in this World Cup since before the tournament even started. Hardly a surprise; referee bashing should be a sport in and of itself. But while there have definitely been some issues, there have been some excellent performances, as well. I’ve watched almost every match, so I decided to go back through my

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World Cup Appointments: Tuesday, June 30

I appreciate the fact that FIFA has seen fit to give Switzerland two of my favorite referees of late: Bjorn Kuipers and now Sweden’s Jonas Eriksson (above). Djamel Haimoudi gets the Belgium v USA game, which I find a little bit surprising. The quarterfinal appointments should be quite interesting… Referee: Jonas Eriksson (SWE) Assistant Referee 1: Mathias Klasenius (SWE) Assistant Referee 2: Daniel

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