Brazil World CupThursday, January 16, 2014
Néstor Pitana to be Argentine referee
ZURICH — Argentine Néstor Pitana was chosen by FIFA yesterday among 25 referees who will officiate at this year’s tournament in Brazil.
World Cup final referee Howard Webb was also chosen.
Each referee was chosen with his regular team of two assistants. FIFA selected a further eight referees and eight assistants to go to Brazil as reserves. “The referees selected for the World Cup in Brazil have been chosen based especially on their personality and their quality in football understanding by being able to read the game and the teams’ tactical approaches toward each game,” FIFA said.
Europe provides nine of the 25 officiating teams, South America has five, Asia four, Africa and the CONCACAF region three each and Oceania one.
The youngest referee chosen is 33-year-old Wilmar Roldan of Colombia, and the oldest is 43-year-old Noumandiez Doue of Ivory Coast.
“FIFA has implemented a comprehensive programme to ensure that the referees for its flagship competition are in peak condition,” the governing body said in a statement.
A referee and his assistants can still be dropped from duty if they fail a fitness test before the June 12 kickoff.
2014 World Cup referees — AFC: Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan), Yuichi Nishimura (Japan), Nawaf Shukralla (Bahrain), Ben Williams (Australia). CAF: Noumandiez Doue (Ivory Coast), Bakary Gassama (Gambia), Djamel Haimoudi (Algeria). CONCACAF: Joel Aguilar (El Salvador), Mark Geiger (United States), Marco Rodríguez Moreno (Mexico). CONMEBOL: Enrique Osses (Chile), Néstor Pitana (Argentina), Wilmar Roldán (Colombia), Sandro Ricci (Brazil), Carlos Vera Rodríguez (Ecuador). Oceania: Peter O’Leary (New Zealand). UEFA: Felix Brych (Germany), Cuneyt Cakir (Turkey), Jonas Eriksson (Sweden), Bjorn Kuipers (Netherlands), Milorad Mazic (Serbia), Pedro Proenca (Portugal), Nicola Rizzoli (Italy), Carlos Velasco Carballo (Spain), Howard Webb (England).