FIFA has announced the referees for the FIFA World Cup™ matches 30 to 32. Nestor Pitana will officiate in the match between USA and Portugal, his second match after Russia-Korea Republic. The 39-year-old Argentinian has been overseeing international matches since 2010, handling both the 2012 Recopa Sudamericana final and the first leg of the Copa Libertadores decider in 2013. His first and only FIFA competition until now was the FIFA U-17 World Cup UAE 2013.
The Belgium-Russia match will be refereed by Felix Brych, who is 37 and from Germany. It will be Brych’s second match after Costa Rica’s victory against Uruguay. He refereed at the Olympic Football Tournaments London 2012 and the FIFA Confederations Cup 2013. Last year, Brych also handled three Brazil 2014 qualifiers for the, including Spain-France, before overseeing New Zealand-Mexico in the OFC/CONCACAF play-off. More recently, the German oversaw the 2014 UEFA Europa League decider.
After presiding over Mexico-Cameroon, Wilmar Roldan will oversee the Korea Republic-Algeria match. Roldan is 34 years old and from Colombia. He is the youngest referee in the shortlist for Brazil 2014 and made his debut at the tender age of 23 in the Colombian top league. Among other important matches in his confederation of CONMEBOL, he refereed the second leg of the Copa Libertadores finals in 2012 and 2013. His FIFA engagements so far have been the Olympic Football Tournaments 2012, the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2013 and the Youth Olympic Football Tournaments 2010.
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