FIFA has announced the referees for FIFA World Cup™ matches 55 and 56. Argentina-Switzerland will be officiated by Jonas Eriksson, who is 40 and from Sweden. In this competition, he was in charge of the group-stage matches Ghana-USA and Cameroon-Brazil. Eriksson began refereeing at the age of 20 and made his domestic debut in the Swedish top flight aged 26. He covered two matches at UEFA EURO 2012, and in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers he was selected for the second leg of the CONMEBOL/AFC play-off between Uruguay and Jordan. Eriksson already has experience of refereeing a Swiss team having taken charge of the UEFA Europa League 2013 semi-final between Chelsea and FC Basel (3-1).
The last round-of-16 match, Belgium-USA, will be overseen by Djamel Haimoudi from Algeria. The 43-year-old is the second referee from his country to be selected for the FIFA World Cup after Belaid Lacarne in 1982. It will be Haimoudi’s third match in this tournament after Australia-Netherlands and Costa Rica-England. In the past, he officiated at three editions of the CAF Africa Cup of Nations, in 2008, 2012 and 2013. At the end of the most recent edition, he refereed the final between Nigeria and Burkina Faso. In 2013, he was also assigned to two matches at the FIFA Confederations Cup, and six months year earlier he worked at the FIFA Club World Cup. His first FIFA competition was the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2011.
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