Fiji Time: 5:15 PM on Wednesday 25 May

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Italian named to referee 2014 World Cup final

Afp/Dpa
Sunday, July 13, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO, - Italian Nicola Rizzoli has been picked to referee tomorrow's World Cup final between Germany and Argentina, FIFA's referee chief Massimo Busacca confirmed.

Rizzoli has officiated the group games Spain v Netherlands and Nigeria v Argentina, as well as Argentina's quarter-final against Belgium at the Brazil tournament.

Many Germany players also know him as he was in charge of the 2013 Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.

The choice of Rizzoli is seen as a surprise because a referee from outside the European and South American confederations was expected to officiate the game at Rio's Maracana.

Meanwhile Argentina coach Alejandro Sabella will probably quit after the World Cup final against Germany, his agent says.

"I am certain that Alejandro will not continue with the team," Eugenio Lopez told Delta FM radio station.

"He has dreamed of this all his life, he worked and strived for this. He has given Argentina everything he has."

Sabella became coach after the 2011 Copa America and is now a national hero for taking the team to their first World Cup final since 1990.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.62450.6055
JPY 52.949449.9494
GBP 0.32420.3162
EUR 0.42680.4148
NZD 0.71190.6789
AUD 0.66510.6401
USD 0.47760.4606

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 25th May 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Hayne, Ryan miss out
  2. Heroes welcomed by excited crowd
  3. Hayne, Ryan, nowhere in sight
  4. Kicking and screaming in the jungle
  5. Vodafone Fiji 7s heroes have arrived
  6. Heroes back home
  7. FNPF money by deception: woman charged
  8. Welcome home boys
  9. Fiji offers help
  10. Police probe death

Top Stories this Week

  1. A costly 'blunder' Saturday (21 May)
  2. Woman fronts court over FNPF cheques Thursday (19 May)
  3. Son crushed to death, parents seek answers Tuesday (24 May)
  4. Where to after Rio Thursday (19 May)
  5. Ryan gutted Tuesday (24 May)
  6. 7s taboo Friday (20 May)
  7. Hayne's Rio barrier Monday (23 May)
  8. Senior citizen's alleged murder angers police Saturday (21 May)
  9. Ryan eyes Olympics gold Saturday (21 May)
  10. Family, friends bid farewell to navy officer Sunday (22 May)