Iran’s Alireza Faghani to referee at 2018 World Cup


Iranian referee Alireza Faghani has been reportedly invited to officiate at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Faghani, who became a FIFA referee in 2008, is the Asia’s most well-known referee at the moment.

The 40-year-old referee officiated the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 semi-final clash between Portugal and Chile along with his Iranian assistant referees Reza Sokhandan and Mohammadreza Mansouri

He also oversaw the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 Group B match between Germany and Chile in late June.

They made history in 2016 by becoming the first Asian trio to officiate the final of the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament when they took charge of the Brazil versus Germany gold medal match in Rio de Janeiro.

In 2015, the trio officiated the FIFA Club World Cup final between Barcelona and River Plate in Tokyo. Faghani and Sokhandan were assigned to the final match between Korea Republic and host nation Australia during the hugely successful 2015 AFC Asian Cup.

Faghani has also officiated AFC President’s Cup final (2009), AFC Challenge Cup final (2010) and AFC Champions League final (2014).


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