Fiji Time: 6:51 PM on Thursday 3 September

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 0.61830.5993
JPY 56.643953.6439
GBP 0.30420.2962
EUR 0.41510.4031
NZD 0.74000.7070
AUD 0.66500.6400
USD 0.46810.4511

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 3rd September 2015

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. $14b man
  2. Natuva: Military transition may take 5 years
  3. Fijian ex-pro wrestler on kill charge
  4. Schools break sex taboo
  5. PM: PIDF not a threat
  6. Let there be light
  7. School bus plan
  8. Plea for respect
  9. Ba to uphold law
  10. Leaders back idea

Top Stories this Week

  1. PM's warning Sunday (30 Aug)
  2. Leaders hit back at PM Monday (31 Aug)
  3. Draunidalo hits back Friday (28 Aug)
  4. Nadolo gets $2 for RWC Sunday (30 Aug)
  5. Fear of losing iTaukei language Monday (31 Aug)
  6. Nightclub employee charged with murder Tuesday (01 Sep)
  7. Sexual taboo Wednesday (02 Sep)
  8. 43 on radar Monday (31 Aug)
  9. A taxi for his 21st birthday Wednesday (02 Sep)
  10. Who dares wins Friday (28 Aug)