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FIFA Referees From Africa

Essam Abd El Fatah (Egypt)
A pilot living in Cairo, Essam Abd El Fatah enjoys reading, tennis and of course football.

Matches refereed at the 2006 World Cup Finals:
Australia vs Japan (7 Yellow Cards)

Coffi Codjia (Benin) - Retained after 2nd Round.
A maritime inspector living in Cotonou, Coffi Codjia enjoys cycling, reading and football.

Matches refereed at the 2006 World Cup Finals:
Ecuador vs Costa Rica (5 Yellow Cards)
Saudi Arabia vs Spain (5 Yellow Cards)

FIFA Referees From Asia

Toru Kamikawa (Japan) - Retained after 2nd Round.
A full-time referee living in Ebina City, Toru Kamikawa enjoys reading and cycling.

Matches refereed at the 2006 World Cup Finals:
Poland vs Ecuador (3 Yellow Cards)
England vs Trinidad & Tobago (6 Yellow Cards)
Germany vs Portugal (5 Yellow Cards)

Shamsul Maidin (Singapore)
A referee department executive living in Singapore, Shamsul Maidin's life is all about football and booking players.

Matches refereed at the 2006 World Cup Finals:
Trinidad & Tobago vs Sweden (1 Red Card, 4 Yellow Cards)
Mexico vs Angola (1 Red Card, 6 Yellow Cards)
Costa Rica vs Poland (10 Yellow Cards)

Mark Shield (Australia) - Retained after 2nd Round.
A company director living in Fortitude Valley (Queensland), Mark Shield enjoys squash and fishing.

Matches refereed at the 2006 World Cup Finals:
Tunisia vs Saudi Arabia (4 Yellow Cards)
Iran vs Angola (6 Yellow Cards)

FIFA Referees From Europe

Massimo Busacca (Switzerland) - Retained after 2nd Round.
A managing director living in Monte Carasso (Ticino), Massimo Busacca likes skiing and holidays; or is that skiing holidays. He's also reported to be the fastest referee at the 2006 World Cup Finals.

Matches refereed at the 2006 World Cup Finals:
Spain vs Ukraine (1 Red Card, 2 Yellow Cards)
Sweden vs England (3 Yellow Cards)
Argentina vs Mexico (6 Yellow Cards)

Frank De Bleeckere (Belgium) - Retained after 2nd Round.
A public relations manager living in Oudenaarde, Frank De Bleeckere likes tennis and travelling.

Matches refereed at the 2006 World Cup Finals:
Argentina vs Côte d'Ivoire (5 Yellow Cards)
Japan vs Croatia (5 Yellow Cards)
England vs Ecuador (6 Yellow Cards)
Italy vs Ukraine (3 Yellow Cards)

Luis Medina Cantalejo (Spain) - Retained after 2nd Round.
A sports assessor, Luis Medina Cantalejo likes music, literature, sports, nature and travelling.

Matches refereed at the 2006 World Cup Finals:
Germany vs Poland (1 Red Card, 7 Yellow Cards)
Holland vs Argentina (5 Yellow Cards)
Italy vs Australia (1 Red Card, 6 Yellow Cards)
Brazil vs France (7 Yellow Cards)

Valentin Ivanov (Russia)
A teacher, Valentin Ivanov likes music and volleyball.

Matches refereed at the 2006 World Cup Finals:
France vs Switzerland (8 Yellow Cards)
Ecuador vs Germany (2 Yellow Cards)
Portugal vs Holland (4 Red Cards, 16 Yellow Cards)

Markus Merk (Germany) - Retained after 2nd Round.
A dentist living in Otterbach, Markus Merk likes long-distance running, cross-country skiing, social work and travelling.

Matches refereed at the 2006 World Cup Finals:
Serbia & Montenegro vs Holland (6 Yellow cards)
Brazil vs Australia (5 Yellow Cards)
Ghana vs USA (5 Yellow Cards)

Lubos Michel (Slovakia) - Retained after 2nd Round.
A manager living in Presov, Lubos Michel likes history, tennis and reading.

Matches refereed at the 2006 World Cup Finals:
Sweden vs Paraguay (7 Yellow Cards)
Portugal vs Mexico (1 Red Card, 9 Yellow cards)
Brazil vs Ghana (1 Red Card, 8 Yellow Cards)
Germany vs Argentina (7 Yellow Cards)

Graham Poll (England)
A full-time referee living in Tring, Graham Poll likes travelling, reading and keeping fit.

Matches refereed at the 2006 World Cup Finals:
South Korea vs Togo (1 Red Card, 6 Yellow Cards)
Saudi Arabia vs Ukraine (6 Yellow Cards)
Croatia vs Australia (3 Red Cards, 8 Yellow Cards)

Eric Poulat (France)
A computer scientist living in Charlieu, Eric Poulat likes stamp collecting.

Matches refereed at the 2006 World Cup Finals:
Portugal vs Iran (7 Yellow Cards)
Japan vs Brazil (2 Yellow Cards)

Roberto Rosetti (Italy) - Retained after 2nd Round.
A hospital manager living in Torino, Roberto Rosetti likes tennis, movies and books.

Matches refereed at the 2006 World Cup Finals:
Mexico vs Iran (3 Yellow cards)
Argentina vs Serbia & Montenegro (1 Red Card, 4 Yellow Cards)
Paraguay vs Trinidad & Tobago (4 Yellow Cards)
Spain vs France (4 Yellow Cards)

FIFA Referees From Central America

Benito Archundia (Mexico) - Retained after 2nd Round.
A lawyer and economist living in Tlalnepantla, Benito Archundia likes playing football, video games and reading.

Matches refereed at the 2006 World Cup Finals:
Brazil vs Croatia (4 Yellow Cards)
France vs South Korea (4 Yellow Cards)
Czech Republic vs Italy (1 Red Card, 3 Yellow Cards)
Switzerland vs Ukraine (1 Yellow Card)
Germany vs Italy (3 Yellow Cards)

Marco Rodriguez (Mexico)
A physical education teacher living in Mexico City, Marco Rodriguez likes music, cycling, swimming and reading the bible.

Matches refereed at the 2006 World Cup Finals:
England vs Paraguay (3 Yellow Cards)
Côte d'Ivoire vs Serbia & Montenegro (2 Red Cards, 9 Yellow Cards)

FIFA Referees From South America

Carlos Amarilla (Paraguay)
An electrical engineer living in Ascuncion, Carlos Amarilla likes spending time with his family, listening to music, reading, cinema and sports.

Matches refereed at the 2006 World Cup Finals:
USA vs Czech Republic (6 Yellow Cards)
Togo vs Switzerland (4 Yellow Cards)
Ukraine vs Tunisia (1 Red Card, 8 Yellow Cards)

Horatio Elizondo (Argentina) - 2006 World Cup Final Referee.
A physical education teacher living in Parada Robles, Horatio Elizondo likes playing golf and writing poems.

Matches refereed at the 2006 World Cup Finals:
Germany vs Costa Rica (1 Yellow Card)
Czech Republic vs Ghana (1 Red Card, 7 Yellow Cards)
Switzerland vs South Korea (9 Yellow Cards)
England vs Portugal (1 Red Card, 4 Yellow Cards)
Italy vs France (1 Red Card, 4 Yellow Cards)

Jorge Larrionda (Uruguay) - Retained after 2nd Round.
A clerk living in Montevideo, Jorge Larrionda likes breeding animals; especially dogs and parrots.

Matches refereed at the 2006 World Cup Finals:
Angola vs Portugal (5 Yellow Cards)
Italy vs USA (3 Red cards, 4 Yellow Cards)
Togo vs France (4 Yellow Cards)
Portugal vs France (2 Yellow Cards)

Oscar Ruiz (Colombia)
A lawyer living in Villavicencio, Oscar Ruiz music, reading and watching sports on television.

Matches refereed at the 2006 World Cup Finals:
Holland vs Côte d'Ivoire (7 Yellow cards)

Carlos Simon (Brazil)
A journalist living in Porto Alegre, Carlos Simon likes reading and sports.

Matches refereed at the 2006 World Cup Finals:
Italy vs Ghana (5 Yellow Cards)
Spain vs Tunisia (8 Yellow cards)
Germany vs Sweden (1 Red Card, 5 Yellow Cards)

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Friday, 9th June
Germany vs Costa Rica
Poland vs Ecuador

Saturday 10th June
Argentina vs Ivory Coast
England vs Paraguay
Trinidad vs Sweden

Sunday 11th June
Angola vs Portugal
Mexico vs Iran
Serbia vs Holland

Monday 12th June
Australia vs Japan
Italy vs Ghana
USA vs Czech Republic

Tuesday 13th June
Brazil vs Croatia
France vs Switzerland
South Korea vs Togo

Wednesday 14th June
Germany vs Poland
Spain vs Ukraine
Tunisia vs Saudi Arabia

Thursday 15th June
Ecuador vs Costa Rica
England vs Trinidad
Sweden vs Paraguay

Friday 16th June
Argentina vs Serbia
Holland vs Ivory Coast
Mexico vs Angola

Saturday 17th June
Czech Republic vs Ghana
Italy vs USA
Portugal vs Iran

Sunday 18th June
Brazil vs Australia
France vs South Korea
Japan vs Croatia

Monday 19th June
Saudi Arabia vs Ukraine
Spain vs Tunisia
Togo vs Switzerland

Tuesday 20th June
Costa Rica vs Poland
Ecuador vs Germany
Paraguay vs Trinidad
Sweden vs England

Wednesday 21st June
Holland vs Argentina
Iran vs Angola
Ivory Coast vs Serbia
Portugal vs Mexico

Thursday 22nd June
Croatia vs Australia
Czech Republic vs Italy
Ghana vs USA
Japan vs Brazil

Friday 23rd June
Saudi Arabia vs Spain
Switzerland vs South Korea
Togo vs France
Ukraine vs Tunisia

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Teams by Group

Group A
Costa Rica
Ecuador
Germany
Poland

Group B
England
Paraguay
Sweden
Trinidad and Tobago

Group C
Argentina
Côte d'Ivoire
Holland
Serbia and Montenegro

Group D
Angola
Iran
Mexico
Portugal

Group E
Czech Republic
Ghana
Italy
USA

Group F
Australia
Brazil
Croatia
Japan

Group G
France
South Korea
Switzerland
Togo

Group H
Saudi Arabia
Spain
Tunisia
Ukraine

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