Said Belqola

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Said Belqola
Full name Said Belqola
Born (1956-08-30)August 30, 1956
Tiflet, Morocco
Died June 15, 2002(2002-06-15) (aged 45)
Other occupation Customs officer

Said Belqola (Arabic: سعيد بلقولة‎‎) (August 30, 1956 – June 15, 2002) was a Association football referee from Morocco, best known for officiating the 1998 FIFA World Cup final between Brazil and France, being the first African referee to officiate a World Cup final.

Belqola's international career began when he was appointed to the international list in 1993, going on to referee the match between France and England at the Tournoi de France in 1997. He was also among the referees at the final tournaments of the Africa Cup of Nations in 1996 and 1998, officiating two matches at each of the two tournaments.[1] At the 1998 FIFA World Cup finals, he also officiated two group matches (Germany vs. America and Argentina vs. Croatia).[2]

Belqola was born in Tiflet, Morocco and worked in Fez as a civil servant as a customs officer.

Belqola died on June 15, 2002 after a long battle against cancer.[3] He was buried in Tiflet.


  1. ^ "Said Belqola". 
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  3. ^ "World Cup ref Belqola dies". BBC Sport. June 15, 2002. 
Preceded by
FIFA World Cup Final 1994
Hungary Sándor Puhl
FIFA World Cup Final Referees
Final 1998
Morocco Said Belqola
Succeeded by
FIFA World Cup Final 2002
Italy Pierluigi Collina