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Referee assignments for matches 1-16

2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™

Referee assignments for matches 1-16 : Horacio Elizondo to referee Germany v. Costa Rica opening match

Argentinian referee Horacio Elizondo will take charge of the opening match of the 18th FIFA World Cup™ between Germany and Costa Rica in Munich on 9 June. His appointment was determined by the FIFA Referees Committee at its meeting on 1 June in Munich as were the identities of the referees for the subsequent 15 group matches of the World Cup in the Germany.

A FIFA referee since 1994, 42-year-old Elizondo officiated his first international match in 1996. A physical education teacher by profession, he has extensive experience as a match official at the highest level, having taken charge of matches in the Copa América (1997, 1999), FIFA Club World Championship (2000), FIFA U-17 World Championship (1997, 2005), FIFA World Youth Championship (2003, 2005) and the Men's Olympic Football Tournament (2004).

Elizondo, whose hobbies include writing poetry and playing golf, also refereed eight matches during the South American qualifying competition for the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™.

Referee assignments for matches 1-16

Match No.1 - GER v. CRC - 09.06.2006 - MUNICH

Referee - ELIZONDO Horacio (ARG)

Assistant Referee 1 - GARCIA Dario (ARG)

Assistant Referee 2 - OTERO Rodolfo (ARG)

Fourth Official - CHANDIA Carlos (CHI)

Fifth Official - JULIO Cristian (CHI)

Match No.2 - POL v. ECU - 09.06.2006 - GELSENKIRCHEN (GER)

Referee - KAMIKAWA Toru (JPN)

Assistant Referee 1 - HIROSHIMA Yoshikazu (JPN)

Assistant Referee 2 - KIM Dae Young (KOR)

Fourth Official - MICHEL Lubos (SVK)

Fifth Official - SLYSKO Roman (SVK)

Match No.3 - ENG v. PAR - 10.06.2006 - FRANKFURT/MAIN (GER)

Referee - RODRIGUEZ Marco (MEX)

Assistant Referee 1 - CAMARGO Jose Luis (MEX)

Assistant Referee 2 - LEAL Leonel (CRC)

Fourth Official - CODJIA Coffi (BEN)

Fifth Official - NTAGUNGIRA Celestin (RWA)

Match No.4 - TRI v. SWE - 10.06.2006 - DORTMUND (GER)

Referee - MAIDIN Shamsul (SIN)

Assistant Referee 1 - PERMPANICH Prachya (THA)

Assistant Referee 2 - GHULOUM Eisa (UAE)

Fourth Official - RUIZ Oscar (COL)

Fifth Official - TAMAYO Fernando (ECU)

Match No.5 - ARG v. CIV - 10.06.2006 - HAMBURG (GER)

Referee - DE BLEECKERE Frank (BEL)

Assistant Referee 1 - HERMANS Peter (BEL)

Assistant Referee 2 - VROMANS Walter (BEL)

Fourth Official - POULAT Eric (FRA)

Fifth Official - TEXIER Vincent (FRA)

Match No.6 - SCG v. NED - 11.06.2006 - LEIPZIG (GER)

Referee - MERK Markus (GER)

Assistant Referee 1 - SCHRAER Christian (GER)

Assistant Referee 2 - SALVER Jan-Hendrik (GER)

Fourth Official - GUEZZAZ Mohamed (MAR)

Fifth Official - DJEZZAR Brahim (ALG)

Match No.7 - MEX v. IRN - 11.06.2006 - NUREMBERG (GER)

Referee - ROSETTI Roberto (ITA)

Assistant Referee 1 - COPELLI Cristiano (ITA)

Assistant Referee 2 - STAGNOLI Alessandro (ITA)

Fourth Official - DAMON Jerome (RSA)

Fifth Official - MOLEFE Enock (RSA)

Match No.8 - ANG v. POR - 11.06.2006 - COLOGNE (GER)

Referee - LARRIONDA Jorge (URU)

Assistant Referee 1 - RIAL Walter (URU)

Assistant Referee 2 - FANDINO Pablo (URU)

Fourth Official - STOTT Kevin (USA)

Fifth Official - STRICKLAND Chris (USA)

Match No.9 - ITA v. GHA - 12.06.2006 - HANOVER (GER)

Referee - SIMON Carlos (BRA)

Assistant Referee 1 - TAVARES Aristeu (BRA)

Assistant Referee 2 - CORONA Ednilson (BRA)

Fourth Official - AL GHAMDI Khalil (KSA)

Fifth Official - AL KADRI Hamdi (SYR)

Match No.10 - USA v. CZE - 12.06.2006 - GELSENKIRCHEN (GER)

Referee - AMARILLA Carlos (PAR)

Assistant Referee 1 - ANDINO Amelio (PAR)

Assistant Referee 2 - BERNAL Manuel (PAR)

Fourth Official - CHANDIA Carlos (CHI)

Fifth Official - GONZALEZ Rodrigo (CHI)

Match No.11 - BRA v. CRO - 13.06.2006 - BERLIN (GER)

Referee - ARCHUNDIA Benito (MEX)

Assistant Referee 1 - RAMIREZ Jose (MEX)

Assistant Referee 2 - VERGARA Hector (CAN)

Fourth Official - GUEZZAZ Mohamed (MAR)

Fifth Official - DJEZZAR Brahim (ALG)

Match No.12 - AUS v. JPN - 12.06.2006 - KAISERSLAUTERN (GER)

Referee - ABD EL FATAH Essam (EGY)

Assistant Referee 1 - DANTE Dramane (MLI)

Assistant Referee 2 - NDOYE Mamadou (SEN)

Fourth Official - POULAT Eric (FRA)

Fifth Official - TEXIER Vincent (FRA)

Match No.13 - FRA v. SUI - 13.06.2006 - STUTTGART (GER)

Referee - IVANOV Valentin (RUS)

Assistant Referee 1 - GOLUBEV Nikolay (RUS)

Assistant Referee 2 - VOLNIN Evgueni (RUS)

Fourth Official - STOTT Kevin (USA)

Fifth Official - BARKEY Gregory (USA)

Match No.14 - KOR v. TOG - 13.06.2006 - FRANKFURT/MAIN (GER)

Referee - POLL Graham (ENG)

Assistant Referee 1 - SHARP Philip (ENG)

Assistant Referee 2 - TURNER Glenn (ENG)

Fourth Official - DAMON Jerome (RSA)

Fifth Official - YEBOAH Justice (GHA)

Match No.15 - ESP v. UKR - 14.06.2006 - LEIPZIG (GER)

Referee - BUSACCA Massimo (SUI)

Assistant Referee 1 - BURAGINA Francesco (SUI)

Assistant Referee 2 - ARNET Matthias (SUI)

Fourth Official - ROSETTI Roberto (ITA)

Fifth Official - COPELLI Cristiano (ITA)

Match No.16 - TUN v. KSA - 14.06.2006 - MUNICH (GER)

Referee - SHIELD Mark (AUS)

Assistant Referee 1 - GIBSON Nathan (AUS)

Assistant Referee 2 - WILSON Ben (AUS)

Fourth Official - CHANDIA Carlos (CHI)

Fifth Official - JULIO Cristian (CHI)

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