18/12/11 – Yokohama International Stadium, Yokohama, near Tokyo, Japan
FC Barcelona – Santos Futebol Clube 4:0 ! – Goals by Messi (2), Xavi and Fabregas – Referee: R.Irmatov
Welcome to planet football, where Barca reigns …
06/12/11 – A special thank to my friend Yuichi Nichimura, Japan, one of the top football referees worldwide (acted as 4th match official at the World Cup final last year in South Africa). Through his connections with ADIDAS Japan, he provided us special 11+ cones for the 11+ course we had last week in Nagoya.
After an intense “11+ week”, I’ll stay in Tokyo for the FIFA Club World Cup, and namely at the Referee’s Headquarters.
F-MARC organizes as usual the medical care of the match officials for this competion.
Together with me are long-time friends Mitsunori “Mitsu” Tsumaki, and Takashi “Taka” Toriumi (TSM college, Tokyo).
Have a look on fifa.com for this year’s tournament (Dec 8-18, 2011), featuring powerhouses FC Barcelona (incl. Messi) and FC Santos (incl. Neymar).