Nicola Rizzoli

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Nicola Rizzoli
Nicola Rizzoli final Alemanha Argentina Copa do Mundo 2014.jpg
Rizzoli during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final
Born (1971-10-05) 5 October 1971 (age 45)
Mirandola, Modena, Italy
Other occupation Architect
Years League Role
1998–2001 Serie C Referee
2001–2010 Serie A and B Referee
2010– Serie A Referee
Years League Role
2007– FIFA listed Referee

Nicola Rizzoli (Italian pronunciation: [niˈkɔla ritˈtsɔli]; born 5 October 1971) is an Italian football referee who has refereed in the Italian Serie A since 2002 and has been a FIFA-listed referee since 2007.[1] When not refereeing, Rizzoli works as an architect.[2] He refereed the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final between Germany and Argentina on 13 July at the Estádio do Maracanã[3] and the 2013 Champions League Final at Wembley.[4] As of 2011, Rizzoli has won five consecutive AIC Serie A Referee of the Year Awards, with his most recent success coming in 2015.[5]


He refereed his first UEFA Champions League qualifying match in August 2007, and took charge of his first Champions League group stage match, a 2–0 Sporting CP victory over Basel, on 1 October 2008. On 7 April 2010, Rizzoli took charge of the Champions League quarter-final second leg between Manchester United and Bayern Munich. With the score at 3–1 to Manchester United (4–3 on aggregate), Rizzoli sent off their right-back, Rafael, for a second bookable offence. Bayern then scored again and won the tie on away goals.[6]

On 12 May 2010, Rizzoli refereed the 2010 UEFA Europa League Final, as Atletico de Madrid defeated Fulham 2–1.[2]

At international level, Rizzoli served as a referee at UEFA Euro 2012[7] and has officiated in qualifiers for the 2010[8] and 2014[9] World Cups.

In May 2013, Rizzoli was selected by UEFA to referee the 2013 Champions League Final at Wembley.[10]

FIFA named Rizzoli to its list of 52 candidate referees for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.[11] Rizzoli was selected, and was the head referee for a group stage match between Spain and the Netherlands. He refereed the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final between Germany and Argentina on 13 July at the Estádio do Maracanã.[12]

Rizzoli was named the 2014 and 2015 World's Best Referee by IFFHS.[13][14] In December 2015, he was named one of the eighteen referees appointed for UEFA Euro 2016.[15]

On 15 September 2015, Rizzoli was in charge of the UEFA Champions League Group Stage match between PSV Eindhoven and Manchester United where PSV's Héctor Moreno broke the leg of Manchester United Defender Luke Shaw. Former World Cup Final Referee Graham Poll criticized Rizzoli's performance on the night saying, "He is one of UEFA's very best officials but he missed a poor tackle here which also should have resulted in a penalty for United as well as the red card for Moreno. That the Mexican then scored the equaliser really did highlight what a costly mistake the referee made." [16] UEFA chief refereeing officer Pierluigi Collina reminded officials of their responsibility to player safety after the incident in remarks to the Leaders in Sport Business Summit 2015. Collina found it "tough" to watch, saying Moreno's challenge "should have been punished" and that incident, along with one which saw Barcelona's Rafinha seriously hurt, led UEFA to contact its officials.[17]



  1. ^ FIFA. "Italy: Referees". Retrieved on 17 May 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Nicola Rizzoli to referee Final". 11 July 2014. Retrieved 16 December 2015. 
  3. ^ "Germany 1 Argentina 0". BBC Sport. 13 July 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "Rizzoli to referee UEFA Champions League Final". 20 May 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Oscar del Calcio, dominio Juve. Buffon: "Donnarumma ha doti da grande"" [Serie A Oscars, Juve dominate. Buffon: "Donnarumma has the characteristics to be great"] (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. 14 December 2015. Retrieved 14 December 2015. 
  6. ^ McNulty, Phil (7 April 2010). "Man Utd 3–2 Bayern Munich (agg 4–4)". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 8 April 2010. 
  7. ^ UEFA. "France 1-1 England". 11 June 2012. Retrieved on 17 May 2013.
  8. ^ "Match Report - Hungary - Sweden 1:2 (0:1)". 5 September 2009. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "Match Report - Republic of Ireland - Germany 1:6 (0:2)". 12 October 2012. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  10. ^ "Rizzoli to referee UEFA Champions League Final". 20 May 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "Open list of prospective referees & assistant referees for the 2014 FIFA World Cup"" (PDF). 7 March 2013. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  12. ^ "Germany 1 Argentina 0". BBC Sport. 13 July 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  13. ^ a b Robert Ley (5 January 2015). "THE WORLD'S BEST REFEREE 2014". IFFHS. Retrieved 16 December 2015. 
  14. ^ a b "The World's Best Referee 2015". IFFHS. 4 January 2016. Retrieved 4 July 2016. 
  15. ^ "Eighteen referees appointed for UEFA EURO 2016". 15 December 2015. Retrieved 16 December 2015. 
  16. ^ "Luke Shaw broken leg should have seen PSV defender Hector Moreno sent off and a Manchester United penalty... the referee got it wrong, says Graham Poll". Daily Mail Online. Daily Mail. 16 September 2015. Retrieved 28 December 2015. 
  17. ^ "Luke Shaw double leg break injury highlighted by ex-ref Pierluigi Collina". ESPNFC. ESPN. 8 October 2015. Retrieved 28 December 2015. 
  18. ^ Gaetano De Stefano (4 June 2014). "Mondiale 2014, Rizzoli e gli altri: tutti gli arbitri brasiliani" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 16 December 2015. 
  19. ^ "CALCIO, GRAN GALÀ AIC: PIRLO SI CONFERMA MIGLIOR GIOCATORE ITALIANO" (in Italian). La Repubblica. Retrieved 16 December 2015. 
  20. ^ "Nicola Rizzoli (BEST REFEREE OF THE YEAR)" (in Italian). Globe Soccer. Retrieved 16 December 2015. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Luis Medina Cantalejo
UEFA Europa League Final referee
Succeeded by
Carlos Velasco Carballo
Preceded by
Pedro Proença
UEFA Champions League Final referee
Succeeded by
Björn Kuipers
Preceded by
Howard Webb
FIFA World Cup Final Referee
Succeeded by