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 43)
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.

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.[2]

At international level, Rizzoli served as a referee at UEFA Euro 2012[3] and has officiated in qualifiers for the 2010[4] and 2014[5] World Cups.

In May 2013, Rizzoli was selected by UEFA to referee the 2013 Champions League Final at Wembley.[6]

FIFA named Rizzoli to its list of 52 candidate referees for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.[7] 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.[8]



  1. ^ FIFA. "Italy: Referees". Retrieved on 17 May 2013.
  2. ^ McNulty, Phil (7 April 2010). "Man Utd 3–2 Bayern Munich (agg 4–4)". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 8 April 2010. 
  3. ^ UEFA. "France 1-1 England". 11 June 2012. Retrieved on 17 May 2013.
  4. ^ FIFA. "Match Report - Hungary - Sweden 1:2 (0:1)". 5 September 2009. Retrieved on 17 May 2013.
  5. ^ FIFA. "Match Report - Republic of Ireland - Germany 1:6 (0:2)". 12 October 2012. Retrieved on 17 May 2013.
  6. ^ UEFA."Rizzoli to referee UEFA Champions League Final". 20 May 2013. Retrieved on 20 May 2013.
  7. ^ FIFA. "Open list of prospective referees & assistant referees for the 2014 FIFA World Cup". 7 March 2013. Retrieved on 17 May 2013.
  8. ^ "Germany 1 Argentina 0". BBC Sport. 13 July 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 

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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 Referees
Final 2014
Nicola Rizzoli
Succeeded by