Nicola Rizzoli From Italy To Referee FIFA World Cup Final

Germany vs Argentina was the final of the 1990 FIFA World Cup™ in Italy and an Italian referee will officiate as the same countries meet in the 2014 decider.  Nicola Rizzoli is 42 years old and an architect from Bologna.  He has already refereed three matches at the 2014 World Cup:  The group-stage games Spain vs Netherlands and Nigeria vs Argentina as well as the quarter-final, Argentina vs Belgium.

Rizzoli started his international career in 2007.  He has refereed a final in each of the two main European club competitions: Atletico Madrid vs Fulham at the climax of the 2010 Europa League and the all-German decider between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund in the 2013 Champions League.  In 2011, the Italian was selected for the FIFA Club World Cup, where he presided over two games.

In 2012, Rizzoli was tasked with handling Spain vs France in the quarter-finals of UEFA EURO 2012 and two more matches during the same competition.  Last year, he was in Turkey for the FIFA Under-20 World Cup, where he took charge of two fixtures.  Rizzoli will be assisted by his compatriots Renato Faverani and Andrea Stefani, both 44 years old.  The fourth official will be Carlos Vera from Ecuador.  Rizzoli will be the third Italian referee in the history of the FIFA World Cup™ to officiate a final, after Sergio Gonella in 1978 and Pierluigi Collina in 2002.