Bio
Roberto Rosetti
Born: 1967-09-18
Intl. since: 2002-01-01
Hometown: Torino
Country: Italy
Speaks: Italian, English, French
Occupation: Physiotherapist
Hobbies: Tennis, movies, books

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 communicator. He talked a lot to the players and had no problem getting his points across.

bonus

An added bonus was that he wasn't implicated in the bribery scandal that has rocked Italy. This last fact actually earned him a place among the World Cup 2006 officials, replacing Massimo de Santis, who was involved in the match-fixing schemes of Juventus's (former) manager Luciano Moggi. In an intercepted telephone call, Moggi, in true maffia fashion, described Rosetti along with Collina as being too 'objective' and said they should be 'punished' for this. A statement that should clear Rosetti of any suspision. Rosetti has been an international referee from 2002 till july 2010.

World Cups

The tall Italian got four matches in the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany.

The 2010 World Cup should have been his. With Italy out early, Rosetti could have gone far, but that didn't happen. After the match Argentina - Mexico in which he and his team allowed an off-side goal, clear for all to see on the giant screens on the stadium, the Italian officials were sent home.

cups

Internationally Rosetti had been officiating matches in the Champions League since 2005 and UEFA cup since 2003.

The very year he got his FIFA Badge he took charge of the final in the Euro u17 championships. Only one year later Rosetti officiated the final of the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Abu Dhabi. In that match, between Brazil and Spain, he sent off two players: Melli from Spain in the 4th minute and Brazil's Frenadinho in the last minute.

Rosetti was also in charge of three matches in the Confederations cup in 2005

For a long list of more finals, semi- and quarter-finals etc, take a look at his palmares

EC 2008

Rosetti took charge of 4 matches of EURO 2008 in Austria/Switzerland: 2 in the group stage, a quarter final and the final (Spain - Germany). He ended up 4th on the WorldReferee EURO 2008 list.

Best

Rosetti was chosen best referee of the year 2008 by IFFHS. However, in the WorldReferee listing of 2008 Rosetti came out as number two, just a little behind Peter Frojdfeldt.

2010

The Champions League semi-final in April was his first international match in 2010. We wonder what happened. There was a lot of anger when he didn't award a clear penalty to Montolivo in the match Milan - Fiorentina, February 24 and he wasn't assigned a match for a month. Then Rosetti came back doing a Serie B match.

But 2010 wasn't going to be his year: immediately after he was sent home early from the World Cup he announced his retirement. The reason he gave was a new job as the referee designator of the Serie B. Well...

Did you know
OBJECTIVE...

  • In 2011 Rosetti moved to Russia to head the referees.
  • Roberto Rosetti won WorldReferee's silver whistle in 2005, and again in 2008.
  • World Cup 2010, a round of 16 match. His assistant missed it, but when the Mexicans started yelling "off-side", Rosetti walked over and asked him again? Are you sure? You have to be sure!
    The assistant wasn't so sure anymore, you could see it from his face, we saw it, the players saw it and the audience saw it. And the assistant saw the Argentinian goal again, all on the giant screen. The screens in the stadium which the officials are supposed to ignore. But you could see him stare at the screen and thinking "mama mia". It was too late for Roberto Rosetti to recall his decision and he knew he was wrong.
  • It took him a few days and then he announced his retirement. Angry perhaps after having been sent home, people telling him to sleep on it, and then he was offered a new job and there was a way out. No, he didn't resign because of the World Cup, he resigned because of a new opportunity. Most contributors to our Forum wrote they could understand his decision.
  • In 2004 Rosetti put an end to the Roman derby between AS and Lazio before time was up. Inside the stadium fans of both teams started rioting when a rumour was spread about a young boy that had been run over by a police car and died. The Roma capi-ultra, the leaders of the most fanatical and very well organized fans, stood on the field talking to Roma captain Francesco Totti asking to end the game. Some one had been killed they argued. (Capi-ultra have some privileges and apparently going on the field and talk to Totti is one of them)
    Rosetti was in doubt, it could be a trick, standing in the circle he used a mobile phone to call the president of Italian football who told him to stop the match.
    Outside the stadium a battle started resulting in 174 men wounded, 153 of them policemen.
    The news about the dead boy turned out to be not true.
  • During the 2005 Confederations Cup in Germany Rosetti had Borgetti of Mexico retake a penalty three times. The first one went in, the second hit the bar and the third was stopped by Brazilian goalkeeper Dida.
  • Rosetti's mother was born in Vodnjan, a town in Istria (Croatia). A fact that many Croatians gave a little hope when their country faced Turkey in thE quarter final of Euro 2008. But to no avail.
  • In 1999 Rosetti was part of an unlucky experiment with two referees in one game. After 50 minutes the Bologna - Sampdoria match was topped when fans started to throw oranges, water bombs and bottles.
  • Part of the movie documentary Les Arbitres was put on Youtube
Statistics
Statistics for ROBERTO ROSETTI
Totals Home Away Total
Penalties 10 4 14
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 149 164 313
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 14 13 27
Averages Home Away Total
Penalties 0.12 0.05 0.09
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 1.82 2 1.91
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 0.17 0.16 0.16

Based on 82 international matches

Matches
MATCHES FOR ROBERTO ROSETTI
Date Score Yellow Red Penalties Fouls
WC 2010
round of 16ArgentinaMexico2010-06-272 - 0 1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageGhanaAustralia2010-06-191 - 1 4 (3-1)1 (0-1)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2009-2010
1/2 finalsBayern MunichLyon2010-04-211 - 0 4 (1-3)2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageGlasgow RangersVfB Stuttgart2009-11-240 - 2 5 (3-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageWolfsburgBesiktas2009-10-210 - 0 1 (0-1)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
play-offsVfB StuttgartTimisoara2009-08-260 - 0 3 (0-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Club World Cup 2009
1/2 finalsPohang SteelersEstudiantes2009-12-151 - 2 7 (6-1)3 (3-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 2010 qualifiers - Europe
play-offsBosnia-HerzegovinaPortugal2009-11-180 - 1 6 (5-1)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
SerbiaFrance2009-09-091 - 1 7 (4-3)2 (1-1)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
IsraelGreece2009-03-281 - 1 2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
SwedenPortugal2008-10-110 - 0 2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 2009 u20
1/4 finalsBrazil u20Germany u202009-10-102 - 1 6 (2-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageKorea Republic u20USA u202009-10-023 - 0 6 (0-6)1 (0-1)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
group stageUruguay u20Uzbekistan u202009-09-293 - 0 8 (4-4)1 (0-1)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
group stageNigeria u20Venezuela u202009-09-250 - 1 4 (4-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2008-2009
1/2 finalsArsenalManchester United2009-05-051 - 3 3 (3-0)1 (0-1)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
1/4 finalsBayern MunichBarcelona2009-04-141 - 1 6 (4-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st knockoutReal MadridLiverpool2009-02-250 - 1 5 (2-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageVillarrealManchester United2008-11-250 - 0 5 (3-2)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageArsenalFenerbahce SK2008-11-050 - 0 5 (2-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stagePSVAtlético de Madrid2008-09-160 - 3 4 (3-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
qualifiers 3rd roundDynamo KyivSpartak Moskva2008-08-274 - 1 3 (2-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 2008
finalGermanySpain2008-06-290 - 1 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1/4 finalsCroatiaTurkey2008-06-201 - 1 4 (0-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageGreeceRussia2008-06-140 - 1 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageSwitzerlandCzech Republic2008-06-070 - 1 3 (3-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2007-2008
1/2 finalsChelsea F.C.Liverpool2008-04-303 - 2 2 (0-2)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
1/4 finalsBarcelonaSchalke 042008-04-091 - 0 4 (1-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st knockoutManchester UnitedLyon2008-03-041 - 0 5 (3-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageLiverpoolPorto2007-11-284 - 1 4 (1-3)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
group stageSevilla FCSteaua2007-10-232 - 1 5 (2-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageValenciaChelsea F.C.2007-10-031 - 2 2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
qualifiers 3rd roundCelticSpartak Moskva2007-08-291 - 1 4 (2-2)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 2008 qualifiers
SpainSweden2007-11-173 - 0 2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
PortugalPoland2007-09-082 - 2 3 (0-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Czech RepublicGermany2007-03-241 - 2 5 (3-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
CroatiaEngland2006-10-112 - 0 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
friendly
AustraliaUruguay2007-06-021 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
EnglandJapan2004-06-011 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
RomaniaGermany2004-04-285 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
SwitzerlandAustria2002-08-213 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2006-2007
1/4 finalsLiverpoolPSV2007-04-111 - 0 1 (0-1)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st knockoutChelsea F.C.Porto2007-03-062 - 1 5 (2-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageBenficaKobenhavn2006-11-213 - 1 5 (2-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageSteauaReal Madrid2006-10-171 - 4 2 (2-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageWerder BremenBarcelona2006-09-271 - 1 3 (3-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageGalatasarayBordeaux2006-09-120 - 0 1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
qualifiers 3rd roundMaccabi HaifaLiverpool2006-08-221 - 1 5 (3-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 2006
round of 16SpainFrance2006-06-271 - 3 4 (1-3)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
group stageParaguayTrinidad and Tobago2006-06-202 - 0 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageArgentinaSerbia and Montenegro2006-06-166 - 0 4 (1-3)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageMexicoIran2006-06-113 - 1 3 (2-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2005 - 2006
1/4 finalsBaselMiddlesbrough2006-03-302 - 0 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
round of 32Schalke 04Espanyol2006-02-152 - 1 9 (3-6)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageMonacoHamburger SV2005-11-242 - 0 3 (1-2)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Champions League 2005-2006
group stageAjaxThun2005-10-182 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageAnderlechtBetis2005-09-280 - 1 4 (0-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 2006 qualifiers - Europe
SlovakiaRussia2005-10-120 - 0 2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
SwitzerlandIsrael2005-09-031 - 1 4 (1-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
GeorgiaGreece2005-03-261 - 3 3 (2-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Czech RepublicRomania2004-10-091 - 0 7 (2-5)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Confederations Cup 2005
1/2 finalsMexicoArgentina2005-06-261 - 1 7 (5-2)2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageMexicoBrazil2005-06-191 - 0 3 (2-1)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
group stageArgentinaTunisia2005-06-152 - 1 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)3 (1-2)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2004 - 2005
1/4 finalsAZVillarreal2005-04-141 - 1 6 (3-3)2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stagePanioniosNewcastle United2004-10-210 - 1 5 (3-2)0 (0-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
1st roundGençlerbirliğiEgaleo2004-09-301 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Intertoto 2004
final roundSchalke 04Liberec2004-08-102 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 2003 u20
finalSpain u20Brazil u202003-12-190 - 1 6 (4-2)2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageBrazil u20Australia u202003-12-042 - 3 4 (1-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageKorea Republic u20Paraguay u202003-12-020 - 1 5 (2-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stagePanama u20Burkina Faso u202003-11-280 - 1 6 (2-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 2004 u21 qualifiers
play-offsSweden u21Spain u212003-11-152 - 0 3 (2-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Turkey u21Portugal u212002-10-154 - 2 5 (4-1)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2003 - 2004
2nd roundKobenhavnMallorca2003-11-061 - 2 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st roundSportingMalmö2003-09-242 - 0 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 2004 qualifiers
TurkeyMacedonia2003-06-113 - 2 6 (1-5)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2002 - 2003
1st roundAnkaragücüAlavés2002-09-191 - 2 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
qualifiersLeixõesBelasica2002-08-152 - 2 9 (5-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 2002 u17
finalFrance u17Switzerland u172002-05-100 - 0 5 (1-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageEngland u17Denmark u172002-05-010 - 0 1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageHungary u17Poland u172002-04-281 - 3 2 (0-2)1 (1-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)