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Alireza Faghani (Persian: عليرضا فغانى‎, born 21 March 1978 in Bardaskan) is an Iranian football referee who has been officiating in Persian Gulf Pro League for seven seasons and has been on the international list since 2008.

Alireza Faghani
Alireza Faghani - Persepolis vs Zob Ahan.jpg
Born (1978-03-21) March 21, 1978 (age 40)
Kashmar, Iran
Other occupation Municipality employee
Years League Role
2000–2008 Azadegan League Referee
2007– Persian Gulf Pro League Referee
2017– Indonesia League 1 Referee
Years League Role
2008– FIFA listed [1] Referee

Faghani has refereed important matches such as the 2014 AFC Champions League Final, 2015 AFC Asian Cup Final, 2015 FIFA Club World Cup Final, and the 2016 Olympic football final match.


Early lifeEdit

He was born on 21 March 1978 in Kashmar, a city near Mashhad, Iran. His nickname is Behrooz (بهروز). His father, Mohammad Faghani (محمد فغانی) was also a football referee.

Faghani was part of the youth team of Bank Melli, and also played for Shahab Khodro, Etka, and Niroye Zamini. He also played in Iran's League 2 which is the third tier in the Iranian football pyramid. However, in the end he decided to be a football referee.

Refereeing careerEdit

Faghani became a FIFA referee in 2008, only a year after officiating in the top flight league in Iran. After becoming a FIFA referee Faghani has moved up the ladder really fast especially in Asia. After only one year of international experience Faghani took charge of the 2009 AFC President's Cup Final which was played between Regar-TadAZ Tursunzoda and Dordoi-Dynamo Naryn which was won 2–0 by the hosts.[2] A year later he was again in charge of a final but this time it was a much more important final in the 2010 AFC Challenge Cup where the winner qualified for the 2011 AFC Asian Cup. He gave a red card to the North Korean defender in the 32nd minute but North Korea went on to defeat Turkmenistan in penalties.[3]

He was named as the fourth referee for the opening match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup between Brazil and Croatia.[4] He also refereed the 2014 AFC Champions League Final first leg match between Al-Hilal and Western Sydney Wanderers. He is also one of the officials of the 2015 AFC Asian Cup, refereeing his first match in Group B between Saudi Arabia and China that ended 0–1. Faghani awarded Saudi Arabia a penalty kick but Naif Hazazi missed it.

He was appointed to referee the 2015 AFC Asian Cup Final, which was contested by South Korea and Australia. Faghani was the referee in the 2015 FIFA Club World Cup Final between Club Atlético River Plate and FC Barcelona.[5] Perhaps the most important match in which he was the main referee was the 2016 Olympic football final match between host Brazil and Germany.

Faghani was referee in two matches of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia. In the semi final match between Portugal and Chile he caused controversy by not calling a penalty on Chile's favor, refusing to use the recently implemented Video assistant referee.[6]


Games and cardsEdit

Season Games Total     per game Total     per game
2007–08 26 58 2.23 1 0.04
2008–09 32 69 2.16 5 0.16
2009–10 39 145 3.72 4 0.10
2010–11 34 92 2.94 9 0.26
2011–12 34 100 2.94 2 0.06
2012–13 45 122 5.49 4 0.08
2013–14 48 59 4.38 5 0.02
2014–15 10 18 1.80 2 0.20



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Sporting positions
Preceded by
  Kadhum Auda
AFC President's Cup Final referee
Succeeded by
  Subkhiddin Mohd Salleh
Preceded by
  Valentin Kovalenko
AFC Challenge Cup Final referee
Succeeded by
  Ryuji Sato
Preceded by
  Ravshan Irmatov
AFC Champions League Final referee
Succeeded by
  Kim Jong-hyeok
Preceded by
  Walter López
FIFA Club World Cup final match referees
Succeeded by
  Janny Sikazwe
Preceded by
  Ravshan Irmatov
AFC Asian Cup Final referee
Succeeded by
Most recent
Preceded by
  Mark Clattenburg
FIFA Men's Olympic Football Tournament Final referee
Succeeded by
Most recent