Referees from Italy

Nicola Rizzoli
Intl. since: 2007
Hometown: Bologna
Nicola Rizzoli was selected for the seventh UEFA talents and mentors seminar as a member of the Elite talent group. This event took place at UEFA headquarters in Nyon between 8 and
Gianluca Rocchi
Intl. since: 2008
Hometown: Firenze
In march 2010 Rocchi came back on his decision to give a penalty to Sampdoria in a match against Parma. He had pointed to the spot and booked Parma side Galoppa. Then after a minut
Pierluigi Collina
Intl. since: 1995
Hometown: Viareggio
Pierluigi was widely regarded as one of the world's best officials. After his retirement in August 2005 he concentrated on his own business in financial advise.
Paolo Tagliavento
Intl. since: 2007
Hometown:
Paolo Tagliavento testified for the national commission that looked into the match fixing scandal in 2006, but was acquitted.
Roberto Rosetti
Intl. since: 2002
Hometown: Torino
Roberto Rosetti was widely believed to be one of the world's best referees of his time. He was known as a strict man - the regulations were his bible - but also as a good communica
Daniele Orsato
Intl. since: 2010
Hometown:
From 2012 Orsato is a UEFA Elite Development category referee. Which is really quick considering he had been only two years on the FIFA panel.
Concetto Lo Bello
Intl. since: 1958
Hometown: Syracuse
Concetto Lo Bello's son Rosario became a referee in the year his dad retired. Rosario Lo Bello was also a FIFA referee.
Luca Banti
Intl. since: 2009
Hometown: Livorno
Luca Banti serie A debut was in 2005. Since 2009 he is UEFA Category 3 referee and at the start of 2010 he is promoted to category 2 which turned into 1.
Domenico Messina
Intl. since: 1998
Hometown: Bergamo
This bank manger from Bergamo earned his FIFA badge in 1998 and has officiated Champions League group stage matches, UEFA cup matches and qualifiers for World and European Cups. He
Stefano Farina
Intl. since: 2001
Hometown: Ovada (AL)
Ovada born Farina officiated his first official match in 1979. He was 18 years old at the time.
Luigi Agnolin
Intl. since: 1978
Hometown: Bassano
Agnolin features in Tim Parks' book A season with Verona. The ex referee, then (2000) acting managing director of Hellas Verona drives Tim Parks in his car to a match and
Pierluigi Pairetto
Intl. since:
Hometown:
Pairetto and Moggi are good friends and since Moggi and he go way back, journalists started looking for more mud. For Instance when Moggi worked for Napoli, his team never lost a m
Massimo de Santis
Intl. since: 2000
Hometown: Roma
Massimo de Santis' life has taken a sharp turn for the worse. Having built a reputation good enough to be shortlisted for the FIFA World Cup 2006 in Germany, he managed to throw it
Davide Massa
Intl. since: 2014
Hometown:
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Stefano Braschi
Intl. since: 1996
Hometown: Prato
A big name in the last century and now (among other things) president of the referee committee in Tuscany, Stefano Braschi's most important match was probably the Champions League
Alfredo Trentalange
Intl. since: 1993
Hometown: Turin
The writer Tim Parks saw Trentalange officiating the match Verona vs Lazio and describes him in his book A season with Verona as blatantly favoring the big team (Lazio). L
Paolo Silvio Mazzoleni
Intl. since: 2011
Hometown: Bergamo
Paolo's brother Mario Mazzoleni, three years his senior, also was a referee. Together they were active in the highest national referee category from 2004 till 2006.
Paolo Casarin
Intl. since: 1980
Hometown: San Donato
Paolo Casarin was a referee in the 1982 World Cup and in the 1988 European Championship.
Matteo Simone Trefoloni
Intl. since: 2004
Hometown: Siena
When he retired, Trefonloni said that at this stage of his life he should focus on job opportunities and his family. Our guess is that his demotion from the UEFA elite category mus
Paolo Valeri
Intl. since: 2011
Hometown: Rome
In 2007 Paolo Valeri made his debut in Serie B and already ended that season as the best rookie referee in Serie A. At the end of 2009/2010 season Valeri had taken care of 25 Serie
Sergio Gonella
Intl. since: 1972
Hometown: Forte dei Marmi / Torino
Sergio Gonella was having dinner at a friend's place in Buenos Aires when a neighbour came by to tell the Italians she just heard one of their country men was going to get the fina
Alberto Michelotti
Intl. since: 1974
Hometown: Parma
Known as one of the best referees from his era (the 70s) who did not go to the World Cup and who did not take charge of a European Champions Cup final. But ge did officiate at the
Graziano Cesari
Intl. since: 1994
Hometown:
Graziano Cesari made his Serie A debut in 1990 and was promoted as UEFA referee in 1994. He became famous because he liked to smoke.
Rinaldo Barlassina
Intl. since:
Hometown:
Four matches in two World Cups and a match at the 1936 Olympic Tournament. For more see his palmares. Barlassina died in 1946.
Piero Ceccarini
Intl. since: 1992
Hometown: Livorno
He was not found anywhere guilty in the Italian football scandal of 2006, still he was the one who did not award a penalty for Inter against Juventus in an important match for the
Gianfranco Menegali
Intl. since: 1974
Hometown: Rome
Gianfranco Menegali started his career in 1958. He took charge of 141 matches in the Serie A and was a FIFA ref from 1974. One important match was the 1983 Europa Cup 2 final (the
Antonio Sbardella
Intl. since: 1964
Hometown: Palestrina / Rome
There is a Antonio Sbardella Foundation started by his wive a year after his death.
Marco Guida
Intl. since: 2014
Hometown:
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Tullio Lanese
Intl. since: 1985
Hometown:
There are 2 sides to Tullio Lanese. One is the international referee who officiated 3 matches in the 1990 World Cup and a semi-final in the 1992 European Championships. The other i
Paolo Bergamo
Intl. since: 1979
Hometown: Livorno
It was Juventus director Moggi who decided that Bergamo became head of the referee department. source: Verdachte voorzetten by Jurriaan van Wessem.
Pietro D'Elia
Intl. since: 1982
Hometown:
Pietro D'Elia made his Serie A debut in 1977 and was promoted UEFA referee in 1982.
Cesare Jonni
Intl. since: 1954
Hometown:
Cesare Jonni was a FIFA referee from 1954 until the end of 1963. Jonni took charge of 263 matches in the Serie A. Internationally 1960 was his best year, when he officiated in the
Riccardo Lattanzi
Intl. since: 1973
Hometown: Rome
Riccardo Lattanzi took charge of a match at the 1980 Olympics in Moscow. As a lawyer, Lattanzi was known for his knowledge of the Rules of the Game which he translated into Italian
Francesco Francescon
Intl. since:
Hometown: Padova
First Serie A match in 1959. Francesco Francescon took charge of mathces in the 1972 Olympic Tournament. He retired in 1973.
Andrea De Marco
Intl. since: 2007
Hometown: Genova
Andrea de Marco received his FIFA badge in 2007 and is part of a new generation of Italian referees. In his first year he took charge of 3 matches in the Euro u17 tournament in Bel
Rosario Lo Bello
Intl. since:
Hometown:
Not as famous as his dad Concetto, still Rosario Lo Bello earned his FIFA badge and took charge of a hand full of international matches. He was active as a linesman at the 1990 Wor
Carlo Longhi
Intl. since: 1984
Hometown: Rome
Longhi took charge of the first ever match of a national team of the reunified Germany. A friendly against Switzerland in December 1990.
Giulio Campanati
Intl. since: 1956
Hometown: Milan
The Inter Cities Fairs Cup was a tournament between teams from cities where Fairs were held. Some teams were regular teams, others consisted of players from teams from a city. Some
Vincenzo Orlandini
Intl. since: 1951
Hometown: Rome
Vincenzo Orlandini was an important referee. He not only took charge of three matches in two World Cup finals (and linesman in the 1954 final), but also of 5 matches in two Olympic
Aurelio Angonese
Intl. since: 1967
Hometown: Mestre
Aurelio Angonese took charge of two matches in the 1974 World Cup (3rd place) and one in the 1972 European Championships.
Pasquale Rodomonti
Intl. since: 1998
Hometown:
Pasquale Rodomonti was a international referee from 1998, he debuted in serie A on 1992 (Ascoli-Atalanta).
Fabio Baldas
Intl. since:
Hometown: Trieste
Fabio Baldas took charge of one match in the 1994 World Cup.
Paolo Dondarini
Intl. since: 2005
Hometown: Bologna
After one half of the UEFA Cup group stage match Feyenoord - Lech Poznan in 2008, Dondarini had to be substituted by the 4rth referee, Massimiliano Velotto.
Antonio Damato
Intl. since: 2010
Hometown:
From 2011 Damato is a UEFA category 1 referee.
Angelo Amendolia
Intl. since: 1991
Hometown:
Serie A from 1987 and international referee between 1991 and 1995. Angelo Amendolia took charge of one Champions League match.
Mauro Bergonzi
Intl. since: 2009
Hometown: Genova
First Serie A match was in 2004. Mauro became a FIFA referee in 2009 at the age of 39. He is a UEFA Category 2 referee.
Cosimo Bolognino
Intl. since: 1999
Hometown: Milano
In 2002 Bolognino filed a complaint against Enrico Preziosi, the president of Como. Preziosi had said in th press that Bolognino was "in malafede" in bad faith after a a match Como
Enzo Barbaresco
Intl. since:
Hometown: Cormons
Enzo Barbaresco was a FIFA referee in the late 1970s, early 1980s. He took charge of a match in the 1984 Summer Olympics.
Paolo Bertini
Intl. since: 2003
Hometown: Arezzo
Paolo Bertini started refereeing in the Italian Serie A in 1999. He hasn't officiated more than a few UEFA cup matches and (was) retired at the end of 2007. He was accused of bei
Generoso Dattilo
Intl. since:
Hometown: Rome
Generoso Dattilo took charge of a match at the 1950 World Cup finals - the year he retired. He has been an international referee for over 16 years (he was a linesman at the 1934 Wo
Livio Bazzoli
Intl. since: 1996
Hometown: Merano
Livio Bazzoli played volleyball for Lana, a German speaking town in Italy.
Gianluca Paparesta
Intl. since: 2003
Hometown: Bari
Bari born Paparesta simultaneously completed his military service in the Air Force and graduated from the university before he turned 23 years old.
Cesare Gussoni
Intl. since: 1975
Hometown: Tradate
Cesare Gussoni Serie A debut was in 1964 and he was promoted as UEFA referee in 1975.
Giorgio Bernardi
Intl. since: 1947
Hometown: Bologna
Fiorenzo Treossi
Intl. since: 1997
Hometown:
Treossi has a tiny role in Joe McGinniss' book The Miracle of Castel di Sangro. Treossi is the referee of the last match of season 1995/1996 in the serie B between Bari an
Albino Carraro
Intl. since:
Hometown: Padova
Albino Carraro took charge of a match in the 1934 World Cup finals. He died in 1964.
Giovanni Galeati
Intl. since: 1946
Hometown: Bologna
His last match was Nacional-Sporting in 1951 in Rio. Nacional being the Uruguayan team and Sporting could be either from Peru or, more likely, also from Uruguay. It's not on his pa
Gino Rigato
Intl. since: 1961
Hometown: Mestre
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Guiseppe Carpani
Intl. since:
Hometown: Milano
Giuseppe Carpani from Milano was active as a referee in the 1940s and 1950s.
Bruno de Marchi
Intl. since:
Hometown: Pordeone
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Marco Di Bello
Intl. since: 2018
Hometown:
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Claudio Pieri
Intl. since: 1983
Hometown:
Father of Tiziano Pieri Claudio Pieri started his career of 137matches in the Se
Loris Stafoggia
Intl. since:
Hometown:
Stafoggia was on his way to see his parents when a lorry crashed into his car.
Raoul Righi
Intl. since: 1961
Hometown: Milan
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Gianni Beschin
Intl. since: 1992
Hometown:
Gianni Beschin's serie A debut was in 1988 and he was promoted as UEFA referee on 1992.
Francesco Liverani
Intl. since:
Hometown: Torino
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Alessandro d'Agostini
Intl. since: 1964
Hometown: Rome
Alessandro D'Agostini made his Serie A debut in 1962 and was promoted to UEFA referee in 1964.
Walter Cinciripini
Intl. since: 1993
Hometown: Ascoli
Walter Ciciripini is an Italian so there has to be some case of match fixing attached to him. Cinciripini is alleged to have participated in the brokering of the sale of a player l
Arcangelo Pezzella
Intl. since: 1990
Hometown: Frattamaggiore
Arcangelo Pezzella was active internationally from 1990. Pezzella is an ambitious man, not only did he climb up in football administration after his retirement, he also was the may
Pietro Bonetto
Intl. since: 1958
Hometown: Torino
Pietro Bonetto from Torino was an international referee from 1957 until 1962. He was active at the 1960 Olympic Tournament (1 match). Bonetto died in 2005.
Marcello Nicchi
Intl. since: 1993
Hometown: Arezzo
Marcello Nicchi was born in Arezzo on 1953. He debuted in the Serie A in 1988 (thanks to his chief Cesare Gussoni). FIFA badge in 1993. Nicchi quit in 1997 because of bad reviews a
Giuseppe Scarpi
Intl. since:
Hometown:
There was some international football during early WWII, mostly friendly matches. One was the match between Nazi Germany and Switzerland (these two played each other 4 times betwee
Pierluigi Magni
Intl. since:
Hometown: Bergamo
107 matches in the Serie A, FIFA refr from 1988 until 1991. Pierluig Magni died of an illness in 2007.
Massimiliano Irrati
Intl. since: 2017
Hometown:
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Robert Anthony Boggi
Intl. since: 1996
Hometown:
New York born Anthony Boggi took charge of 133 matches in the Serie A, he was a FIFA referee between 1996 and 1999. He retired from football because of differences of opinion (abou
Giovanni Mauro
Intl. since: 1920
Hometown: Domodossola
In 1935 the John Mauro Award / Premio Giovanni Mauro was founded for the best referee of the season. Until today this price is rewarded each year.
Guiseppe Adami
Intl. since: 1961
Hometown: Rome
According to Wikipedia a measly 602 paying spectators saw the 1964 European Cup 1st round play-off between Rome and Zurich end in a draw after extra time. What started in Zurich (2
Raffaele Scorzoni
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Hometown:
Raffaele Scorzoni toured the Axis powers when he took charge of a match at the 1936 Olympic Tournament in Berlin and ran the line in one match at the 1934 World Cup finals in his o
Francesco Mattea
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Hometown:
Francesco Mattea took charge of two matches in the 1934 World Cup finals and of the the final (1st leg) of the 1932 Mitropa Cup, the first real European tournament for club teams.
Daniele Doveri
Intl. since: 2018
Hometown:
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Tiziano Pieri
Intl. since: 2006
Hometown: Genua
His father, Claudio Pieri, was also a referee. 137 matches in Serie A.
Riccardo Pieri
Intl. since: 1951
Hometown: Trieste
Riccardo Pieri was a FIFA referee from 1951 until 1957. Nationally he started in the highest league in 1947 and retired in 1959. Pieri died in 1965.
Guglio Ciacci
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Hometown: Florence
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Achille Gama Malcher
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Fabio Monti
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Hometown: Ancona
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Paolo Toselli
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Hometown: Cormons
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Domenico Serafino
Intl. since: 1975
Hometown: Rome
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Gino Menicucci
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Antonio/ Agostino Gamba
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Gennaro Marchese
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Hometown: Frattamagiore
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Michael Fabbri
Intl. since: 2019
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Maurizio Mariani
Intl. since: 2019
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A. Scamoni
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Mario Maurelli
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Hometown: Rome
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Giacomo Bertolio
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Armando Marchetti
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Hometown: Milano
Marchetti took charge of the first ever European match of Barcelona. It was for the Inter Cities Fairs Cup in 1955. Barcelona played as a selection from the city Barcelona - not in
Antonio Moriconi
Intl. since: 1958
Hometown: Rome
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Carina Vitulano
Intl. since: 2005
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Fulvio Pieroni
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Hometown: Rome
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Massimiliano Saccani
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Possibly the best Italian referee who didn't make it to the FIFA list. Still he took charge of an international match, maybe because someone else couldn't come.
Umberto Meazza
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Hometown: Milan
Player and captain of Mediolanum and US Milanese, coach of the national team and first president of the referee committee. In those days team captains in Italy became automatically
Sergio Coppetelli
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Carlo Squizzato
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Ferruccio Belle
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Emidio Morganti
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Hometown: Ascoli
Voted best referee of 2010 in Italy, once or twice an additional assistant referee in the UEFA Cup, in charge of a u21 friendly, still Emidio Morganti never got his FIFA badge.
Guido Angolin
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Alfeo Grignani
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Ermanno Silvano
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Humberto Marca
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Cesare Lenti
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Alfredo Tartalenga
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Massimo Ciulli
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Enea Tibaldi
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Hometown: Savona
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Renzo Massai
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Hometown: Pisa
Renzo Massai's first match in the Serie A was in 1947, his last in 1954.
Massimiliano Velotto
Intl. since:
Hometown: Grosseto
Not even a FIFA referee (yet) but the referee of a UEFA Cup group stage. Half a match because he was 4th referee when Paolo Dondarini got injured and didn't come back after the bre
Luciano Giunti
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Hometown: Arezzo
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Camillio Caironi
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Ermenegildo Melandri
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Ettore Carminati
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Christian Brighi
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Hometown: Forli
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Feruccio Bonivento
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Otello Sassi
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Luigi Gemini
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Hometown: Rome
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