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)
Rabat, Morocco
Other occupation Customs officer
Years League Role
1979–1986 League Referee
1987–1989 Inter-league Referee
1990–1992 Federal Referee
Years League Role
1993–2002 FIFA listed Referee

Said Belqola (Arabic: سعيد بلقولة‎) (August 30, 1956 – June 15, 2002) was an 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. USA 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". Archived from the original on 2012-12-12.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "World Cup ref Belqola dies". BBC Sport. June 15, 2002.
Sporting positions
Said Belqola
Preceded by
1994 FIFA World Cup Final
Sándor Puhl
1998 FIFA World Cup Final Referee Succeeded by
2002 FIFA World Cup Final
Pierluigi Collina