Thursday, 12 July 2018

2018 FIFA World Cup: VAR predictions for final

After having asked for the opinion about the main referee to be appointed for the final match, I don't want to influence more our readers, also because we have an open game with predictions. However, we can focus on VAR. The argument has been discussed on the blog and many readers have shown to be interested, therefore it will be interesting to point out some data. 
FIFA VAR Room in Moscow: a view from above 
Considering also this evening's game assigned to Makkelie, these are all the appearances of main VARs in the 62 games played so far.
Massimiliano Irrati (ITA) 13
Danny Makkelie (NED) 11
Felix Zwayer (GER) 8
Mauro Vigliano (ARG) 7
Daniele Orsato (ITA) 7
Mark Geiger (USA) 4
Clément Turpin (FRA) 3
Artur Soares Dias (POR) 3
Paolo Valeri (ITA) 2
Bastian Dankert (GER) 1
Sandro Ricci (BRA) 1
Szymon Marciniak (POL) 1
Tiago Bruo Lopes Martins (POR) 1

FIFA had originally confirmed 13 officials with VAR duties at this WC: not all of them got matches as main VAR. Indeed, Wilton Sampaio from Brazil, Pawel Gil from Poland, Gery Vargas from Bolivia and Abdulrahman Al Jassim from Qatar never worked as main VAR, they only got matches as either AVAR1 or AVAR3. 
Mark Geiger, Clément Turpin, Sandro Ricci and Szymon Marciniak, originally appointed as main referees, worked as main VAR, coming from countries in which the system is already used, or however being  expert.

In my opinion the two candidates for the final are Massimiliano Irrati (ITA) and Danny Makkelie (NED). The Italian has a very high number of matches at this WC (13), he has been a big surprise, because I thought that originally a name like Orsato could have been ahead, given the domestic experience. He was not expected to get all these games, at least if you ask me. Very likely, the 39 years old from Tuscany had shown more than good and appreciated performances as VAR in serie A and this led him to gain a very  good experience. However, for sure Danny Makkelie can be seen as even more expert, because we can consider him as pioneer of VAR introduction in Europe, thank also to a very good work done by Dutch federation in improving this technology. FIFA is for sure aware of that, and also for this reason they consider the Dutch as a very strong name. 

Both Irrati and Makkelie got a semifinal, this very likely means that one of them will get the final while the other one maybe the third place. Now it's your turn. Please vote our poll. Who is your favorite VAR for the final?

2018 WC - Your VAR prediction for the final

Mauro Vigliano (ARG)
Bastian Dankert (GER)
Felix Zwayer (GER)
Danny Makkelie (NED)
Daniele Orsato (ITA)
Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)
Paolo Valeri (ITA)
Artur Soares Dias (POR)
Mark Geiger (USA)
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  1. Makkelie - very good WC as VAR for him. The best on this WC with some very good decisions.

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  3. I vote dit the best and the best is Danny Makkelie het proved to be the best VAR of this years World Cup

  4. I voted for Irrati but in a it belongs to the final referee. So in a final with an UEFA referee I think Makkelie is ahed of Irrati. So there are two different team options:
    UEFA referee / Faghani or Conmebol referee
    VAR: Makkelie / Irrati
    AVAR1: Dankert / Gil
    AVAR2: Borsch or Astroza or Díaz / Astroza or Díaz
    AVAR3: Zwayer / Orsato or Valeri

    1. I agree. Irrati should be the first choice at least for Faghani, Pitana and Ricci, because he worked a lot with them.
      Zwayer might have a small chance, if Diedhiou is appointed, because of their R16 match.

  5. I vote for Makkelie. Even when Faghani is the referee for the final, they can work together. Both can communicate in English. It's the same like working with different 4th officials. They are professionals and in the final it's all about the best ones.

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    1. What?! That was just an excellent intervention. If he would have supported that penalty then VAR would not have been taken serious any more. It was very brave to call Kuipers.

    2. I agree with ProRef. That was the best VAR decision so far on this WC. Makkelie had three excellent interventions with the penalty for Brazil, penalty for Senegal and the onside goal of Korea.

      Irrati had two questionable interventions. He did sent the referee for a RC for Ronaldo and the referee gave after watching the replays a YC. It was clearly no violent conduct so sending the referee was wrong. And the second intervention was for a handball where the referee decided to play on. This decision was imo supportable and for that reason VAR shouldn't intervene.

  7. My appointment:
    VAR: Irrati;
    AVAR 1: Makkelie;
    AVAR 2: Astroza
    AVAR 3: Geiger

  8. VAR: Makkelie 
    AVAR1: Dankert 
    AVAR2: Astroza 
    AVAR3: Irrati

    But with so many Italian influenza inside FIFA it will not be a surprise for me if unknown gets right.

    1. I think that both Irrati and Makkelie have never done AVAR3, so who won't be the VAR in the final, will be the VAR in the final for 3rd place.

    2. Irrati was three times (IRN - ESP, NGA - ARG and SWE - SUI) in charge of VAR3 duties, Makkelie six times (PER - DEN, BEL - PAN, ARG - CRO, ESP - MAR, URU - POR and BEL - JPN). ;-)

    3. Yes, but not frequently as Orsato, Geiger, Zwayer, Valeri, ecc...

  9. VAR: Irrati
    AVAR1: Gil
    AVAR2: Astroza
    AVAR3: Valeri

  10. Results of the poll:

    Danny Makkelie (NED) 596
    Massimiliano Irrati (ITA) 147
    Mark Geiger (USA) 43
    Felix Zwayer (GER) 38
    Daniele Orsato (ITA) 15
    Mauro Vigliano (ARG) 10
    Artur Soares Dias (POR) 6
    Bastian Dankert (GER) 5
    Paolo Valeri (ITA) 2

    No doubts that, according to our redears, Makkelie should get the final as VAR.

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

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

    1. So, just few minutes to wait for the final designation? Ricci, Pitana, Kuipers or Rocchi?

    2. Sandro Ricci for Final??

    3. For the third time to Croatia? Maybe, I can't wait announcment now :)


  13. 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)

    1. Someone was right... Björn Kuipers didn't get the Final only because he is from Europe... But if I'm not incorrect he is the one taking most money home from the tournament... 4 matches as main referee and 3 matches as 4th official!

  14. Well. Geiger on another VAR appointment, and Irrati as VAR in Final with Makkelie as VAR3, Ridiculous


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