Sunday, April 2, 2006

World Cup Referees

Fifa has named 23 referees for the 2006 World Cup with 7 back-up officials. In all 36 referees were on duty in 2002 in Korea/Japan.

First Name | Surname | Country | Date of Birth

Essam Abd El Fatah Egypt 30/12/1965
Carlos Amarilla Paraguay 26/10/1970
Benito Archundia Mexico 21/03/1966
Carlos Batres Guatemala 02/04/1968
Massimo Busacca Switzerland 06/02/1969
Coffi Codjia Benin 09/12/1967
Frank De Bleekere Belgium 01/07/1966
Massimo De Santis Italy 08/04/1962
Horacio Elizondo Argentina 04/11/1963
Valentin Ivanov Russia 04/07/1961
Toru Kamikawa Japan 08/06/1963
Jorge Larrionda Uruguay 09/03/1968
Shamsul Maidin Singapore 16/04/1966
Manuel Mejuto Gonzalez Spain 16/04/1965
Markus Merk Germany 15/03/1962
Lubos Michel Slovakia 16/05/1968
Graham Poll England 29/07/1963
Eric Poulat France 08/12/1963
Peter Prendergast Jamaica 23/09/1963
Oscar Ruiz Colombia 01/11/1969
Mark Shield Australia 02/09/1973
Carlos Simon Brazil 03/09/1965
Kyros Vassaras Greece 01/02/1966

Note: Referees Batres and De Bleeckere are subject to fitness tests.

Seven referees, together with their assistants, have been nominated as back up officials in case of injury to any of the main group of 23 referees.

Khalil Al Ghamdi Saudi Arabia 02/09/1970
Carlos Chandia Chile 14/11/1964
Jerome Damon South Africa 04/04/1972
Mohamed Guezzaz Morocco 01/10/1962
Luis Medina Cantalejo Spain 01/03/1964
Marco Rodriguez Mexico 10/11/1973
Roberto Rosetti Italy 18/09/1967

Source: FIFA

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