The men with the whistle play an indispensable part in football. FIFA.com caught up with the 27 referees who will officiate the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ to get some answers and hear some amusing revelations.

Howard Webb, who oversaw the South Africa 2010 Final, said he once considered referees to be “bald old men”, while Daniel Bennett explained how a leg break put him en route to becoming an official.

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