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 47)
Mirandola, Modena, Italy
Other occupation Architect
Years League Role
1998–2001 Serie C Referee
2001–2010 Serie A and B Referee
2010–2017 Serie A Referee
Years League Role
2007–2017 FIFA listed Referee

Nicola Rizzoli (Italian pronunciation: [niˈkɔla ritˈtsɔli]; born 5 October 1971) is a former Italian football referee who refereed in the Italian Serie A from 2002 to 2017 and was a FIFA-listed referee from 2007 to 2017.[1] He refereed the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final between Germany and Argentina on 13 July at the Estádio do Maracanã[2] and the 2013 Champions League Final at Wembley Stadium.[3] Rizzoli won seven consecutive AIC Serie A Referee of the Year Awards from 2011 to 2017.[4] On 18 February 2017, Soccer 360 included Rizzoli on its list of the top 5 referees in the 21st century.[citation needed]


Rizzoli 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.[5]

On 5 May 2010, Rizzoli refereed the Coppa Italia Final between Inter and Roma.[6] On 12 May, Rizzoli refereed the 2010 UEFA Europa League Final, as Atlético Madrid defeated Fulham 2–1.[7]

On 6 August 2011, Rizzoli refereed the Supercoppa Italiana Final between Milan and Inter.[8]

In May 2013, Rizzoli was selected by UEFA to referee the 2013 Champions League Final at Wembley.[3]

At the international level, Rizzoli served as a referee at UEFA Euro 2012[9] and officiated in qualifiers for the 2010[10] and 2014[11] World Cups. FIFA named Rizzoli to its list of 52 candidate referees for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.[12] 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.[2]

Rizzoli was named the 2014 and 2015 World's Best Referee by IFFHS.[13][14]

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 said Rizzoli was one of top officials but "missed a poor tackle" which should have led to a red card.[15] UEFA chief refereeing officer Pierluigi Collina reminded officials of their responsibility to player safety after the incident.[16]

In December 2015, Rizzoli was named one of the eighteen referees appointed for UEFA Euro 2016.[17]

On 4 July 2017, Rizzoli retired as referee, although eligible for one more year, and was appointed as the head Serie A designator.[18]

Personal life[edit]

When he was not refereeing, Rizzoli worked as an architect.[7]



  1. ^ FIFA. "Italy: Referees". Retrieved on 17 May 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Germany 1 Argentina 0". BBC Sport. 13 July 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Rizzoli to referee UEFA Champions League Final". 20 May 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ McNulty, Phil (7 April 2010). "Man Utd 3–2 Bayern Munich (agg 4–4)". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 8 April 2010.
  6. ^ "Internazionale 1–0 Roma". Soccerway. 5 May 2010. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Nicola Rizzoli to referee Final". 11 July 2014. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  8. ^ "Milan vs. Internazionale 2–1". Soccerway. 6 August 2011. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  9. ^ UEFA. "France 1-1 England". 11 June 2012. Retrieved on 17 May 2013.
  10. ^ "Match Report - Hungary - Sweden 1:2 (0:1)". 5 September 2009. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
  11. ^ "Match Report - Republic of Ireland - Germany 1:6 (0:2)". 12 October 2012. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
  12. ^ "Open list of prospective referees & assistant referees for the 2014 FIFA World Cup"" (PDF). 7 March 2013. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
  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. ^ "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.
  16. ^ "Luke Shaw double leg break injury highlighted by ex-ref Pierluigi Collina". ESPNFC. ESPN. 8 October 2015. Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  17. ^ "Eighteen referees appointed for UEFA EURO 2016". 15 December 2015. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  18. ^ Riccardo Spignesi (1 July 2017). "UFFICIALE: Nicola Rizzoli designatore di Serie A, non è più un arbitro" (in Italian).
  19. ^ 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.
  20. ^ "CALCIO, GRAN GALÀ AIC: PIRLO SI CONFERMA MIGLIOR GIOCATORE ITALIANO" (in Italian). La Repubblica. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  21. ^ "Gran Galà del calcio, la Juventus fa incetta di premi" (in Italian). Il Corriere della Sera. 31 January 2017. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  22. ^ Francesco Velluzzi (27 November 2017). "Gran Galà AIC: Buffon il migliore, tanta Juve e Napoli. E Sarri batte Allegri" (in Italian). La Gazzetta dello Sport. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  23. ^ "Nicola Rizzoli (BEST REFEREE OF THE YEAR)" (in Italian). Globe Soccer. Retrieved 16 December 2015.
  24. ^ "Totti, Zanetti e Allegri tra i premiati dell'8ª edizione della 'Hall of Fame del calcio italiano'" (in Italian). 19 February 2019. Retrieved 20 May 2019.

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Sporting positions
Nicola Rizzoli
Preceded by
2009 UEFA Cup Final
Luis Medina Cantalejo
2010 UEFA Europa League Final Referee Succeeded by
2011 UEFA Europa League Final
Carlos Velasco Carballo
Preceded by
2012 UEFA Champions League Final
Pedro Proença
2013 UEFA Champions League Final Referee Succeeded by
2014 UEFA Champions League Final
Björn Kuipers
Preceded by
2010 FIFA World Cup Final
Howard Webb
2014 FIFA World Cup Final Referee Succeeded by
2018 FIFA World Cup Final
Néstor Pitana