2006 FIFA World Cup referees

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  1. Markus Merk

    Markus Merk


    Markus Merk (born March 15, 1962 in Kaiserslautern) is a former top-level German football referee. He is a six-time winner of the German Referee of the Year Award and the record holder in games refereed in the Bundesliga. In 2005, Merk was awarded the German Bundesverdienstkreuz (Federal Cross of Merit) in recognition of his service to football and his charity work in India. He ended his career by refereeing the match between Bayern München and Hertha BSC Berlin on the last day of the Bundesliga season 2007/08 on May 17, 2008.

  2. Roberto Rosetti

    Roberto Rosetti


    Roberto Rosetti (born 18 September 1967 in Turin, Piedmont) is a former Italian football referee. He is fluent in Italian, English and French. He started refereeing in 1983, and took charge of his first match in the Italian Serie A in 1996. He received his FIFA Badge in 2002. Aside from his referee-duties, Rosetti works as director of a hospital.

  3. Luis Medina Cantalejo

    Luis Medina Cantalejo


    Luis Medina Cantalejo (born 1 March 1964) is a retired Spanish football referee.

  4. Graham Poll

    Graham Poll


    Graham Poll (born 29 July 1963 in Tring, Hertfordshire) is an English former football referee in the Premier League and is considered the best English referee of the last 25 years in a list maintained by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS). With 26 years of experience, he was regarded as one of the most prominent referees in the Premiership, often taking charge of the highest profile games. His final domestic game in a career spanning 1,544 matches was the Championship play-off final on 28 May 2007 between Derby County and West Bromwich Albion.

  5. Carlos Eugênio Simon

    Carlos Eugênio Simon


    Carlos Eugênio Simon (born 3 September 1965) is an ex-FIFA football referee from Brazil. He is also a journalist and a former trade unionist. Simon has been an international referee since 1998 and his first international game was between Ecuador and Peru. He was a referee in the 2002 FIFA World Cup, 2006 FIFA World Cup, and 2010 FIFA World Cup.

  6. Horacio Elizondo

    Horacio Elizondo


    Horacio Marcelo Elizondo (born November 4, 1963 in Quilmes) is a former Argentine international football referee best known for his officiation throughout the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Having achieved all his goals in refereeing, Elizondo retired after the December 10 match between Boca Juniors and Lanús, 3 years before the compulsory retirement age of 45.

  7. Jorge Larrionda

    Jorge Larrionda


    Jorge Luis Larrionda Pietrafesa (born March 9, 1968) is a retired FIFA football referee from Uruguay who has officiated at international matches since 1998. The high point of his career was the 2006 FIFA World Cup, in which he officiated four matches, including a semifinal between Portugal and France. He was fired from the 2010 World Cup after missing Frank Lampard's goal in England's loss to Germany in the knockout stage. However, his refereeing style has also won him many critics, especially because of the high number of red cards he has shown, earning him the nickname "Red Card Larrionda". Larrionda has made several controversial decisions during matches involving the United States, and is often vilified amongst American fans.

  8. Frank De Bleeckere

    Frank De Bleeckere


    Frank De Bleeckere (born 1 July 1966 in Oudenaarde) is a Belgian former football referee. He had been a referee since 1984, and an international (FIFA) official since 1998. De Bleeckere was refereeing in his first World Cup Finals in Germany, and had to pass a late fitness test following injury. He has been appointed by UEFA as one of twelve referees to officiate UEFA Euro 2008 matches, and was in charge of the Semi Final between Spain and Russia.

  9. Marco Antonio Rodríguez

    Marco Antonio Rodríguez


    Marco Antonio Rodríguez Moreno (born November 10, 1973 in Mexico City) is a former Mexican football referee.

  10. Toru Kamikawa

    Toru Kamikawa


    Toru Kamikawa (上川徹 Kamikawa Tōru, born June 8, 1963) is a former Japanese football (soccer) referee, debuting in Japan's professional J. League in 1996.

  11. Carlos Chandía

    Carlos Chandía

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    Carlos Luis Chandía Alarcón (born November 14, 1964 in Chillán, Chile) is an international FIFA referee since 2001. His career as a ref started in 1985 within the confines of amateur football in Chile. Since then he has been elected five times as the best referee in Chile.

  12. Héctor Vergara

    Héctor Vergara

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    Héctor Vergara (born 15 December 1966) is a Canadian football referee. Although born in San Javier, Chile, Vergara grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He attended John Taylor Collegiate. In the early 1990s Vergara earned a Bachelor of Recreation Studies (Sports Administration) and a Bachelor of Arts in Advance Psychology from the University of Manitoba.

  13. Kevin Stott

    Kevin Stott

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    Kevin Stott (born July 9, 1967) is a soccer referee for PRO from the United States. He was a FIFA referee from 1995 to 2008. Stott was selected as a referee for the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.

  14. Éric Poulat

    Éric Poulat


    Éric Poulat (born 8 September 1963 in Bron, Rhône) is a French retired football referee and computer scientist, who has been a referee since 1 January 1999. He made his international debut in a 2002 World Cup qualifier on 28 March 2001 (Poland vs. Armenia), and was called to officiate matches at the 2006 FIFA World Cup. Poulat also officiated at the 2004 Olympic tournament and qualifying matches for the 2006 World Cup and Euro 2004 competitions.

  15. Óscar Ruiz

    Óscar Ruiz


    Óscar Julián Ruiz Acosta (born 1 November 1969 in Villavicencio) is a Colombian football former referee and current referee instructor. He is also a lawyer.

  16. Coffi Codjia

    Coffi Codjia

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    Coffi Codjia (born December 9, 1967) is a Beninese football referee.

  17. Benito Archundia

    Benito Archundia

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    Benito Armando Archundia Téllez (born March 21, 1966) is a retired Mexican football referee. He is known in Mexico as Armando Archundia, but appears as Benito Archundia in FIFA records. He has been a professional referee since 1985 and has had his FIFA referee permission since 1993. His first fixture as an international referee was the 1994 match between USA and Greece.

  18. Massimo Busacca

    Massimo Busacca

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    Massimo Busacca (born 6 February 1969 in Bellinzona) is a Swiss former football referee. He lives in Monte Carasso, Ticino, near Bellinzona, and he is Head of FIFA Refereeing.

  19. Essam Abd El Fatah

    Essam Abd El Fatah

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    Essam Abd El Fatah (Arabic: عصام عبد الفتاح) (born December 30, 1965) is an Egyptian football (soccer) referee. Abd El Fatah has been a referee since 2001; his first international game was between Morocco and Sierra Leone in 2003. He was the referee for the match between Australia and Japan in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. A controversial decision resulted in Japan's only goal, a decision which Australian media claimed that he later admitted was in error. Abdul-Fatah denied issuing an apology however, and said that "FIFA’s refereeing committee... agreed unanimously that Japan’s goal against Australia was correct," and would have awarded a penalty against Australia had the ball not gone in, as Takahara was pushed by Craig Moore into Schwarzer. FIFA communications director Markus Siegler told the press later that a penalty should have been awarded to Japan for a foul on Japanese midfielder Yūichi Komano by Tim Cahill. Siegler said "it was a clear mistake of the referee." Had a yellow card been shown to Cahill, who scored the deciding goal for Australia minutes later, he would have been sent off, with the score at 1-1. The Japanese coach Zico expressed frustration at FIFA's comments, saying that El Fahad had apologised for the mistake to the Australians but had not apologised for the error which FIFA admitted to. Japan Football Association filed an official complaint against the Egyptian referee, who was sent home along with English referee Graham Poll.

  20. Carlos Amarilla

    Carlos Amarilla


    Carlos Arecio Amarilla Demarqui (born October 26, 1970) is a football referee from Paraguay. Amarilla has been a referee since 1997 and his first international game was between Uruguay and Ecuador. In the 2006 FIFA World Cup he took charge of the opening Group E match between the United States and the Czech Republic, and the Group G match between Switzerland and Togo.

  21. Valentin Ivanov (footballer born 1961)

    Valentin Ivanov (footballer born 1961)

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    Valentin Valentinovich Ivanov (Russian: Валентин Валентинович Иванов) (born July 4, 1961 in Moscow) is a Russian international football referee and a former player. The son of two Olympic champions of 1956, Valentin Ivanov and Lidiya Ivanova, he lives in Moscow where he works as a physical education teacher.

  22. Mark Shield

    Mark Shield

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    Mark Shield (born 2 September 1973 in Fortitude Valley, Queensland) is a former Australian Football referee and national Director of Referees. He most recently refereed in Australia's A-League. He first played soccer for the Innisfail Tigers at the age of six. Not showing much promise as a player, he began refereeing at age 12, and by 16 was officiating adult matches in Townsville. At age 28, he was selected to serve as a referee for the 2002 FIFA World Cup. He was one of 23 referees selected to officiate the 2006 FIFA World Cup.[1] He currently lives in Fortitude Valley, Queensland.[2] Shield announced his retirement from refereeing on 20 September 2008 and he refereed his last game in Round 8 of the 2008/09 A-League season in the match between Queensland Roar and Adelaide United. [3]

  23. Ľuboš Micheľ

    Ľuboš Micheľ


    Ľuboš Micheľ (born May 16, 1968 in Stropkov, Czechoslovakia, now Slovakia) is a former top-level Slovak football referee who currently works as head of the international competitions department of FC Shakhtar Donetsk.

  24. Shamsul Maidin

    Shamsul Maidin


    Shamsul Maidin (born 16 April 1966) is a Singaporean association football referee.

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