Wednesday, 11 July 2018

2018 FIFA World Cup - Referee predictions - Finals

You can already send now the predictions for finals. 
You have to guess the exact referee for each game by filling in the form. Just insert your name, or, if you want, a nickname (it must be always the same for all your future predictions) and then for each game just write down the referee and his nationality in brackets. Please write the name of a referee in a clear way, we will try always to support your choice, but don't make it impossible for us.
Example:  Felix Brych (GER), Joel Aguilar (SLV), and so on. 

Points will be assigned according to the following pattern (new rules after group stage):

10 points for having guessed the exact referee of a match
5 point if a referee from the same confederation of the one guessed will be in charge of the specific game
2 points if a guessed referee for a game will get a game in the same round (for example, the whole round of 16)

In order to give you more time, given the short period for predictions, as soon as the first appointment for the related games will be released, the form will be annulled and your predictions wont be accepted.
The day of release for the first appointment of  this set is 12 July.

A special thank to Soham and Eric. 

74 comments:

  1. Faghani on the final, Diedhiou on the 3rd place game IMO

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  2. The time has come for The Asian Football Confederation!

    God only know when the AFC will have such a strong candidate and contender for a FIFA World Cup Final.

    So my question is, "if not now, when?"

    Vamos Alireza Faghani!

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  3. Hey, I m vote for Nestor Pitana. Safer hand than anybody for final.

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  4. Faghani for Final (Ricci FO) and Diedhiou for 3rd place match (Conger FO)

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    1. That is my prediction also.

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    2. I don't think Ricci will be 4O though, remember they didn't go with a "big name" 4O last time around, Vera was the 4O on the final. He did 2 group stage games and nothing more in the center. So I think we could see anyone of the remaining referees as the 4th Official. My bet is Geiger. Maybe Rocchi.

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  5. Final predictions
    (REF-FO-VAR-AVAR1-AVAR2-AVAR3)
    FRA-CRO: FAGHANI (IRN) - Pitana (ARG) - Irrati (ITA) - Gil (POL) - Astroza (CHI) - Valeri (ITA)

    BEL-ENG: DIEDHIOU (SEN) - Rocchi (ITA) - Zwayer (GER) - Dankert (GER) - Borsch (GER) - Makkelie (NED)

    Match for 3rd place seems tougher to predict, Ricci is also in the race for this game.

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  6. Dont exclude Deidhiou as a main referee in the final. You remember Belqola in 1998?

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  7. Faghani for final, Deidhiou or Mazic for 3rd place.

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  8. Hello, Nestor Pitana for the final and Rocchi at 3rd place game.

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  9. FINAL: Ricci (Fo Diedhiou or Pitana)
    3rd place: Faghani (FO Mazic or Rocchi)

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    1. I would go for Bjorn Kuipers for the FINAL , still ,because being 4 th official in semis is not a reason for being out of the race for the FINAL. Faghanni for 3 rd place game .

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  11. Final Faghani
    4 Rocchi
    VAR Irrati

    3rd Place Pitana

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  12. Which refs stay in tournament?

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    1. Mazic, Faghani, Geiger, Cunha, Ramos, Kuipers, Çakır, Diedhiou, Rocchi, Conger, Pirana, Ricci.

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  13. Which outfit colour for Final game?

    Yellow (Lloris) and Green (Subasić) authomatically discarded. Also Red one if Croatia plays with classical outfit.

    Should be Black or Light Blue.

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    1. Will be Black or Red.

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    2. If France plays in dark blue, black won't be possible. So either light blue for the referees or one of the GKs needs to change.

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    3. Red and Black are out for sure hopefully, and blue would maybe clash a bit with the french kits too... hopefully they just make one of the goalkeepers wear a different color.

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    4. Excuse me BUT... blue is closer to "light blue" than to "black" fellas. Also, France is only blue for the jersey, but the shorts are white and socks are red. Excuse me but I'm pretty confident it'll be BLACK or RED. Croatia's jersey is mostly white, I won't be a problem if Pitana wears DEEP RED.

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  14. Pretty sure it will be Pitana for the final. With Rici as 4th official, and Vigliano as VAR.

    Faghani for the 3rd place match.

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    1. Sorry, but no recognition or comment? I got it exactly right. Both final and 3rd place matches. Just saying... :P

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  15. I think everyone is under estimating Mark Geiger in this... Keep in mind FIFA looks at the officials history with the final teams. (Which Geiger has none) im not saying he will 100% be the final referee BUT I am saying his name should be kept in serious contention. Pitana had France way to recently to see them again, other wise I'd say it would be him. This is a tough one!

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    1. I think that's not the criterion FIFA is using. Pitana referee'd France right after they eliminated Argentina, and France won. And everybody happy. Also on the previous round he referee'd Croatia, and they also won. I think none of the teams will object having the referee for their finals. Geiger was involved in 3 scandals. In one, with Ronaldo. In another, with a ridiculous 6+3 extra minutes in Germany-Korea match. In his final match, he lost all control of the match. Pitana, on the contrary, has a good recent record with all his matches and is a guaranteed "control" for a quiet game. I think there's no doubt it is Pitana the next ref.

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    2. I disagree. FIFA stood by Geiger so strongly and quickly it would be like them to involve Geiger in some sort of role to say a big F*** you to those hating and making the claims. You know that's how FIFA roles. Now is it right?....may be maybe not. Just saying he wasn't put in the final phase for no reason. And with Cakir, Cunha, Kuipers out of the running? Who knows..FIFA has done crazier things

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    3. Geiger's AR2 has been sent home so clearly Geiger won't get any match on the pitch!

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    4. TOLD. YOU. ehem.... you still disagree after hearing the announcement today? :)

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  16. Whatever the outcome, you can bet it will have integrity. It has had up until this point, with Pierluigi Collina as chairman. One thing worth noting, though: 14 matches, 14 different referees. I tend to agree with Diedhiou for Saturday, but I can't help thinking about Sandro Ricci for the final. So often he doesn't get this chance because Brazil are playing. Maybe now?

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  17. As I mentioned on other discussion:
    My favorite for the final is: Faghani (Ricci FO).
    I wouldn't be surprised if I see Ricci on the pitch and Faghani FO.
    3rd Place game - Diedhiou (Geiger FO)

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  18. If Ricci or Pitana get a further match, that would be 4 out of the last 8 matches for CONMEBOL, which seems too much. If that was planned, they would not have chosen Cunha, I think.

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  19. i don`t think so that will be a CONMEBOL referee for the final. both Pitana and Ricci had both teams. so i expect an AFC referee for the final with Rocchi FO.

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  20. I think that Faghani has been one of the best referees in this WC, also the media have recognized his work and acclaimed his actuation in FRA-ARG.

    By other hand, like others colleagues mentioned, it's a fantastic oportunity for AFC.

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  21. Fifa's Original plan was an UEFA referee for the final. Cakir/ kuipers/ Mazic or rocchi. But faghani and diedhiou's solid performance change that. Cakir sf, kuipers qf and sf 4O, mazic qf appointments make they out for the final. Rocchi remain only one without match. I think he doesnt deserve the final more than kuipers, cakir and Mazic. I believe that rocchi will be 4th oficial of the final or maybe 3/4 place match. Also Conmebol referees have no chance for the final. They have got opening match, 2 qf's and one sf. Maybe conger get the 3/4 match 4th official post. I am also pretty sure that fifa will appoint geiger to remaining matches as 4th official or var2 referee.

    MY predictions:
    Final
    faghani ( 4th official rocchi)

    3/4 place match:
    Diedhiou (4th official geiger or conger)

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    1. Quote: "Fifa's Original plan was an UEFA referee for the final."

      Source?

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  22. It looks pretty sure for me....

    Final: CESAR RAMOS (MEX)

    THIRD PLACE: ALIREZA FAGHANI (IRN)

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    1. Not a chance, Unknown, no final for Cesar Ramos,he was 4th official at SF.

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    2. Faghani is better referee that Ramos. Indubitable.

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    3. I selected RAMOS because he is CONCACAF.....

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  23. Collina is intelligent:

    We had 4 european teams in SF
    So we have 4 games - thats mean 1 game for every country

    SF cakir - Europe
    SF cunha - Comebol
    Final Faghani - Asia
    3rd didhou - Africa

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  24. FINAL: R: Faghani /IRN/ FO: Ricci /BRA/

    3rd place: R: Geiger /USA/ FO: Diedhiou /SEN/

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    1. Geiger wont get any game. His AR2 was sent home.

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  25. Can anybody tell me when we can today see appoitment for third place match.

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  26. FIFA normally sticks to the convention of announcing referees 48 hrs prior to a match kick-off.

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  27. Best wishes for A.Faghani , final is expecting this incredible judge ,😚 with love from iran.

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  28. My predictions.
    Final: Faghani (FO Rocchi and VAR Irrati.
    3rd Place: Diedhiou (FO Conger and VAR Geiger).

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  29. OT
    https://twitter.com/VJesenicnik/status/1017142515265429506
    England tried to score while Croatia was celebrating :D

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    1. :-) What about sportsmanship? The Englishmen used to be gentelmen in good old days :-) . BTW: Vlasta is a correspondent of the Slovenian national TV in Moscow.

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  30. Lets wait for 8 minutes, then i expect appponit for third place.

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    1. Announcement , anytime now ? Guess , they will not wait for the FINAL ref announcement till tomorrow and will announce it today along with the 3 rd place ref.

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    2. Announcement , anytime now ? Guess , they will not wait for the FINAL ref announcement till tomorrow and will announce it today along with the 3 rd place ref.

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    3. Nothing yet? I don't see an announcement.. :(

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    4. Rizzoli's appointment in 2014 was announced on the preceding Thursday, IIRC.

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    5. How are "8 minutes" defined in Reffottown? :-D

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    6. Much many that I have expected.

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  31. Waiting here for 3-4 place appointment.

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  32. Mazic, Kuipers, Cakir, Rocci, (No Europen ref because of 2010-2014)
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    Faghani, Ramos, Conger (They are young for Collina)
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    Geiger, Cunha, Diedhiou (No final chance)
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    Pitana, ( he have very few chance, its hard both opening and closing match)
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    Ricci (my favorite final ref)

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    1. Both opening and closing is also a little poetic, don't you think?

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    2. HAHAHAHA... you're all obviously too biased and don't "See" like the FIFA referee committee.

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    3. Think you are being a little disrespectful to the readers... You just got a wild prediction correct, it's not the end of the world... Relax and be a little less disrespectful if you can!

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  33. Referee designations FWC 2018 Match 63: #BEL⁠🆚#ENG⁠ ⁠ ⁠⁠(14 July) Play-off for third place

    Referee: Alireza FAGHANI (IRN)
    ASR 1: Reza SOKHANDAN (IRN)
    ASR 2: Moha. MANSOURI (IRN)
    4th Off: Malang DIEDHIOU (SEN)
    Res.Ass: Djibril CAMARA (SEN)

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  34. Faghani for Third place. I don't know what to expect on final now

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  35. Referee designations FWC 2018 Match 64: #FRA⁠🆚#CRO⁠ ⁠⁠(15 July) FINAL

    Referee: Nestor PITANA (ARG)
    ASR 1: Hernan MAIDANA (ARG)
    ASR 2: Juan P. BELATTI (ARG)
    4th Off. Bjorn KUIPERS (NED)
    Res.Ass.Erwin ZEINSTRA (NED)

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  36. Hate to say it, but TOLD YA!!!

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  37. I feel there was racial bias in not appointing alireza to the final. His performance was the best imo. He's had high international level experience too. Dont get why paitana was so cherished..argentine/south american bias??

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