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Full name Nicola Rizzoli
Date of birth 5 October 1971 (1971-10-05) (age 48)
Place of birth    Modena, Flag of Italy Italy

Nicola Rizzoli (born 5 October 1971) is an Italian football referee who has refereed in the Italian Serie A since 2002 and has been a FIFA-listed referee since 2007. He refereed his first UEFA Champions League qualifying match in August 2007, and took charge of his first Champions League group stage match, a 2–0 Sporting CP victory over Basel, on 1 October 2008. When not refereeing, Rizzoli works as an architect.

On 7 April 2010, Rizzoli took charge of the Champions League quarter-final second leg between Manchester United and Bayern Munich. With the score at 3–1 to Manchester United (4–3 on aggregate), Rizzoli sent off their right-back, Rafael, for a second bookable offence. Bayern then scored again and won the tie on away goals.

At international level, Rizzoli served as a referee at UEFA Euro 2012 and has officiated in qualifiers for the 2010 and 2014 World Cups.

In March 2013, FIFA named Rizzoli to its list of 52 candidate referees for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

In May 2013, Rizzoli was selected by UEFA to referee the 2013 Champions League Final at Wembley.

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UEFA Elite Referees

Martin Atkinson (ENG) · Deniz Aytekin (GER) · Ivan Bebek (CRO) · Felix Brych (GER) · Cüneyt Çakır (TUR) · Mark Clattenburg (ENG) · William Collum (SCO) · Jonas Eriksson (SWE) · David Fernández Borbalán (ESP) · Ovidiu Hațegan (ROU) · Sergei Karasev (RUS) · Viktor Kassai (HUN) · Pavel Královec (CZE) · Björn Kuipers (NED) · Szymon Marciniak (POL) · Antonio Mateu Lahoz (ESP) · Milorad Mažić (SRB) · Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR) · Bas Nijhuis (NED) · Daniele Orsato (ITA) · Nicola Rizzoli (ITA) · Gianluca Rocchi (ITA) · Anastasios Sidiropoulos (GRE) · Damir Skomina (SVN) · Paolo Tagliavento (ITA) · Craig Thomson (SCO) · Clément Turpin (FRA) · Alberto Undiano Mallenco (ESP) · Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)

UEFA Euro 2012 Referees

Cüneyt Çakır (TUR) · Jonas Eriksson (SWE) · Viktor Kassai (HUN) · Björn Kuipers (NED) · Stéphane Lannoy (FRA) · Pedro Proença (POR) · Nicola Rizzoli (ITA) · Damir Skomina (SVN) · Wolfgang Stark (GER) · Craig Thomson (SCO) · Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP) · Howard Webb (ENG)

2014 FIFA World Cup Referees
AFC

Ravshan Irmatov · Yuichi Nishimura · Nawaf Shukralla · Ben Williams

CAF

Noumandiez Doué · Bakary Gassama · Djamel Haimoudi

CONCACAF

Joel Aguilar · Mark Geiger · Marco Antonio Rodríguez

CONMEBOL

Enrique Osses · Néstor Pitana · Wilmar Roldán · Sandro Ricci · Carlos Vera

OFC

Peter O'Leary

UEFA

Felix Brych · Cüneyt Çakır · Jonas Eriksson · Björn Kuipers · Milorad Mažić · Pedro Proença · Nicola Rizzoli · Carlos Velasco Carballo · Howard Webb

European Cup and UEFA Champions League Final referees
European Cup

1956: Arthur Edward Ellis (ENG) · 1957: Leo Horn (NED) · 1958: Albert Alsteen (BEL) · 1959: Albert Dusch (FRG) · 1960: Jack Mowat (SCO) · 1961: Gottfried Dienst (SUI) · 1962: Leo Horn (NED) · 1963: Arthur Holland (ENG) · 1964: Josef Stoll (AUT) · 1965: Gottfried Dienst (SUI) · 1966: Rudolf Kreitlein (FRG) · 1967: Kurt Tschenscher (FRG) · 1968: Concetto Lo Bello (ITA) · 1969: José Ortiz de Mendíbil (ESP) · 1970: Concetto Lo Bello (ITA) · 1971: Jack Taylor (ENG) · 1972: Robert Helles (FRA) · 1973: Milivoje Gugulović (YUG) · 1974: Vital Loraux (BEL) and Alfred Delcourt (BEL) · 1975: Michel Kitabdjian (FRA) · 1976: Károly Palotai (HUN) · 1977: Robert Wurtz (FRA) · 1978: Charles Corver (NED) · 1979: Erich Linemayr (AUT) · 1980: António Garrido (POR) · 1981: Károly Palotai (HUN) · 1982: Georges Konrath (FRA) · 1983: Nicolae Rainea (ROU) · 1984: Erik Fredriksson (SWE) · 1985: André Daina (SUI) · 1986: Michel Vautrot (FRA) · 1987: Alexis Ponnet (BEL) · 1988: Luigi Agnolin (ITA) · 1989: Karl-Heinz Tritschler (FRG) · 1990: Helmut Kohl (AUT) · 1991: Tullio Lanese (ITA) · 1992: Aron Schmidhuber (GER)

UEFA Champions League

1993: Kurt Röthlisberger (SUI) · 1994: Philip Don (ENG) · 1995: Ion Crăciunescu (ROU) · 1996: Manuel Díaz Vega (ESP) · 1997: Sándor Puhl (HUN) · 1998: Hellmut Krug (GER) · 1999: Pierluigi Collina (ITA) · 2000: Stefano Braschi (ITA) · 2001: Dick Jol (NED) · 2002: Urs Meier (SUI) · 2003: Markus Merk (GER) · 2004: Kim Milton Nielsen (DEN) · 2005: Manuel Mejuto González (ESP) · 2006: Terje Hauge (NOR) · 2007: Herbert Fandel (GER) · 2008: Ľuboš Micheľ (SVK) · 2009: Massimo Busacca (SUI) · 2010: Howard Webb (ENG) · 2011: Viktor Kassai (HUN) · 2012: Pedro Proença (POR) · 2013: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA) · 2014: Björn Kuipers (NED) · 2015: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR) · 2016: Mark Clattenburg (ENG)

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