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World Cup 2014 referee appointments for first matches

Fifa made the World Cup 2014 referee appointments for first football matches Brazil.

Opening match: Brazil – Croatia
Referee: Yuichi Nishimura (Japan)
Assistant referees: Toru Sagara and Toshiyuki Nagi.

Read the profile “Yuichi Nishimura can bring Asian refereeing to new heights”

Match: Mexico – Cameroon
Referee: Wilmar Roldan (Colombia)
Assistant referees: Humberto Clavijo and Eduardo Diaz

Match: Spain – Netherlands
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Italy)
Assistant referees: Renato Faverani and Andrea Stefani

Match: Chile – Australia
Referee: Noumandiez Doue (Ivory Coast)
Assistant referees: Songuifolo Yeo and Jean Claude Birumushahu (Burundi)

Download pdf with full appointments including 4th official and reserve assistant.


Further appointments will most of the time be published first on The 3rd Team.


  • Peter

    Referee with game Negeria Bosnia was the worst so far. He was extremely biased towards Bosnia, should have given red few times but did not even give yellow

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