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Ring Nyier MalongDjibouti - TogoAverii JacquesTonga - SamoaRavitesh BehariAmerican Samoa - Cook IslandsRodphin HarrisSt Vincent and The Grenadines - ArubaHector RodriguezGrenada - HaitiValdin LegisterCuracao - El SalvadorArmando VillarrealAntigua and Barbuda - GuatemalaMarlon Alfonso MejiaJamaica - Nicaragua

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Messie Jessie Nkounkou (Congo)

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Messie Jessie Nkounkou is a human geography student in Brazzaville. His objective was to become a professional football player, but after a broken leg during a game, he was forbidden to continue playing football by his uncle. His passion for football being so strong, he then started his referee career in 2007. He became a FIFA international in January 2012, "one of the best day in my life" he said, "as that was my goal".

A premonitory first name

With his famous first name, Messie Nkounkou initially had the ambition to become the African (Lionel) Messi as a football player .. He now wants to become the " Messi" of African refereeing...a long way to go, but who knows....


Is this game more about CONCACAF or is it about Geiger?

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First of all I am a bit surprised that CONCACAF would assign a US official to a Mexico/Panama contest when both Mexico and the US are in the semi-finals playing to be in the final. Then again, by game time US has already lost and will no longer be in the final. So, was this a last minute decision and CONCACAF had two different officials prepare for the game?

Now, about the game…

From the very start Panama came out to intimidate both the Mexican team and also the official. More of the latter, I think. Every call Geiger made that went against Panama or not totally to their thinking of the level of the foul they were in his face including pushing the official. Should Geiger at this time set the tone and YC the player that pokes, or pushes him, or does he think that he can manage this game? Was this his Moment of Truth? The 3rd minute of the game Geiger gives a YC for a Mexican player that give a slight elbow to the midsection of a defender that was crowding him on a corner kick. Of course Panama was demanding a RC. Twenty minutes later may have been Geiger’s Moment of Truth. Two players contested a header and the Panamanian player used his forearm as an intimidator when he made contact with the face of the Mexican player. From Geiger’s point of view he used a hard surface to a soft surface as a weapon and gave an immediate RC. I think if he would have had a better view he may have been better off with a YC since the previous occurrence he gave a YC.


Almost a perfect game for Walter Lopez…

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Walter Lopez is not one of my favorite CONCACAF officials. I just never considered him as a good manager of a competitive game. I was a bit surprised when he got the assignment Mexico/Costa Rica game, especially after the group play where he handed out seven YC. I was assuming the worse since I have not seen the game. I was very surprised that after 120 minutes of play and 11 YC later, that I really did not have anything to complaint about. ..

Controll of the game

All 11 cards were well deserved and Walter Lopez had little choice but to issue the cards. The fouls were either tactical fouls or reckless with little regard to the potential injury of the opposing player. He was fit and made a decent job of being in good position to make the call. He was not always seeking the best angle as a result missed a couple of corners that he awarded as Goal Kicks, but overall a well controlled game. He did stay in touch with the players managing them to remain calm and advise them of what was to happen if they continued their style of play. Well done. The 113th minute he called a foul on Peralta and issued a YC. The announcers were calling for a RC since he did “scissor trapped” the opponents legs, but really it was not that bad. It did not appear to be sufficiently reckless to call for a RC. In fact, I think Peralta thought that he was getting a RC and his sigh of relief could be heard all around the Northern Hemisphere. However, in my opinion neither the game nor the player really needed a RC.


Little Englander?

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Spanish football has a bright future. A great display by the under 19 team, particularly in the first half.

The teams

The Spaniards were great, dominating the field throughout the first half, albeit having just a slander lead (1-0) at half-time. After second-half kick-off, the Russians had a spell of very good football, but then, around the 60th minute, the Spaniards reasserted themselves and sailed to a certain victory. Just to mention some of the brighter among them: for and foremost Dani Ceballos the engine behind their success who provided a perfect pass for the scorer of the second goal, their captain Jesus Vallejo, and the scorer of the first goal Borja Mayoral. But for me, the best, shining above everyone else, was Russia's goalkeeper Anton Mitryushkin. But for him, blocking about half a dozen dangerous shots or headers, the score would have been much higher, representing more clearly what was going on during the game.



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Nikola Dabanovic is a UEFA Category 3 referee. He is an ambitious referee. At the invitation of UEFA Dabanovic participated in an advanced referee course in Nyon. In 2014 Nikola was selected to referee at the European Championships for players U-17.


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Four years ago Sepp Blatter started his fourth term as president promising to reform FIFA, promising to fight corruption and promising not to seek a fifth term. During FIFA's congress last week it's become clear reform has not taken place, corruption inside FIFA is worse than ever and 79-year old Blatter won a fifth term.
There is no expectation left that in the next four years FIFA will change it's course. FIFA is Blatter and Blatter is FIFA and as long as they are glued together nothing will change.
The current situation is very sad, chances of national federations leaving FIFA are growing and a split up of worldwide football community seems likely.

WorldReferee has it's origins in sportsmanship. Sportsmanship should be the basis of every sport. Sport should unite, should create enjoyment and bring the better things of people into their communities.
FIFA now is only united by money. Grey old men, most of them even unable to shoot a ball, are craving for money in backroom chambers. Most money is supplied by FIFA's sponsors. Therefore WorldReferee has called on the eight main sponsors of FIFA to withdraw their support for Blatter. We call on every supporter of football to do the same. Press the money providers that are facilitating the shameful business that is conducted in the name of sport. If nothing changes WorldReferee will support a new organization that provides a real basis for the love of football.
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Consequently we had contact with Visa Inc. We have not heard anything from the others, but we keep on following them closely. We like to share Visa Inc's response here:
"From the Office of the CEO, Visa Inc.

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Dutch referee Gözübüyük named in matchfixing case


Gözübüyük is named inside a justice case in Bochum, Germany, by a man called 'Rooie Paul' (Red Paul).

According to the German justice department Red Paul is a key player in a big match fixing case. In the hope of reduced sentences Red Paul started talking to the justice deparment. During his interrogatation Red Paul seems to have admitted that he and Gözübüyük did meet each other in the canteen of Haarlem football club Young Boys. This canteen was closed in 2011 when it came into the open that it was used for illegal poker tournaments by criminals. Two matches are suspected: Jupiler League-games Veendam-Helmond Sport (0-0) en Fortuna Sittard-SC Cambuur (1-2), both played in september 2009. Both games attracted huge amounts of gamble money.

Earlier in 2011 anonymous sources named Gözübüyük taking part in nightly poker sessions with soccer players. The case never came alive because all involved denied.

Gözübüyük denies all charges about match fixing. The Dutch football association KNVB is convinced of the integrity of the Gözübüyük. KNVB calls Red Paul an unreliable source and is not happy with all this publicity damaging Gözübüyüks career. This weekend Gözübüyük is taking charge of the championship game between PSV and Heerenveen.
sources: De Volkskrant,,

Howard Webb retires


Today the Premier League announced that Howard Webb has retired as a active match referee.

Howard becomes technical director of PGMOL (England referee commission)

Champions League final 2014


Bjorn Kuipers has been selected to referee the European Champions League final 2014.

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