Rizzoli to preside UEFA Champions League final

An Italian referee has been selected to take charge of the German final

Nicola Rizzoli (age 42) from Modena, Italy, has been designated to referee next Saturday’s final match between Ballspielverein Borussia 09 e.V. Dortmund and Fußball-Club Bayern München e.V in Wembley. Rizzoli’s refereeing style has been deemed by experts as “fairly strict”.

Rizzoli has presided fixtures for the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cup™ qualifiers; he is in the list of candidate referees for the 2014 FIFA World Cup to be played in Brazil. He took charge of the inaugural UEFA Europa League™ final in 2010 in Hamburg.

According to Goal.com, Rizzoli is one of the most respected referees worldwide:

Nicola Rizzoli may not be viewed in the same esteem as the world-renowned Pierluigi Collina, chief refereeing officer of UEFA, but the Italian selected to officiate Saturday’s Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund has quickly become one of the most respected match officials in the world game.

Rizzoli is an architect by day, but it is his reputation as a referee that has been built most swiftly and soundly. He will be in charge of his first-ever Champions League final at Wembley at the weekend following his rise to prominence in recent years after he was a head referee in his first international tournament at Euro 2012 last year. Goal.com

Rizzoli will be assisted by his fellow countrymen Renato Faverani and Andrea Stefani. The fourth official will be Damir Skomina from Slovenia and the two additional assistant referees, Gianluca Rocchi and Paolo Tagliavento are also from Italy, according to UEFA’s official press release.

Oddly enough, players from Bayern München and Borussia Dortmund lead the infamous table of fouls committed (Mandžukić, Martínez and Lewandowski, each with 24 fouls), which means Mr. Rizzoli will need to pay extra attention on the pitch.

Still wondering how two German teams got to the final, leaving Barça, Madrid and United in the way? Take a look!
Still wondering how two German teams got to the final, leaving Barça, Madrid and United in the way? Take a look!

May 20th, 2013.

TRC

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