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Said Belqola

1956 - 2002

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Said Belqola (Arabic: سعيد بلقولة; August 30, 1956 – June 15, 2002) was a Moroccan Association football referee, best known for officiating the 1998 FIFA World Cup final between Brazil and France, being the first African referee to officiate a World Cup final. Belqola's international career began when he was appointed to the international list in 1993, going on to referee the match between France and England at the Tournoi de France in 1997. He was also among the referees at the final tournaments of the Africa Cup of Nations in 1996 and 1998, officiating two matches at each of the two tournaments. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Said Belqola has received more than 80,056 page views. His biography is available in 22 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 21 in 2019). Said Belqola is the 8th most popular referee, the 81st most popular biography from Morocco (down from 60th in 2019) and the most popular Moroccan Referee.

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Among referees, Said Belqola ranks 8 out of 107Before him are Sándor Puhl, Cüneyt Çakır, Björn Kuipers, Romualdo Arppi Filho, Markus Merk, and Felix Brych. After him are Horacio Elizondo, Howard Webb, Nicolae Rainea, Nicola Rizzoli, Rudi Glöckner, and Byron Moreno.

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Among people born in 1956, Said Belqola ranks 183Before him are Akio Toyoda, Jean-Pierre Thiollet, Kōji Yakusho, Jamie Hyneman, Keith David, and Catherine Frot. After him are Mark St. John, Choi Soon-sil, Victor Pițurcă, Blackie Lawless, Scott Columbus, and Glen Matlock. Among people deceased in 2002, Said Belqola ranks 168Before him are Vitaly Solomin, Ernst Stojaspal, John Agar, Francisco Coloane, Harold Russell, and Marcel Kint. After him are Jean-Paul Riopelle, Rudolf Augstein, Antony C. Sutton, Robert Urich, Alan Lomax, and Tinus Osendarp.

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In Morocco

Among people born in Morocco, Said Belqola ranks 81 out of 198Before him are Ibrahim ibn Tashfin (1131), Mohammed Karim Lamrani (1919), Driss Chraïbi (1926), Touria Chaoui (1936), Ezzaki Badou (1959), and Mustapha Hadji (1971). After him are Hicham El Guerrouj (1974), Dominique Mamberti (1952), Alain Souchon (1944), RedOne (1972), Alber Elbaz (1961), and Abdelmajid Dolmy (1953).

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Among referees born in Morocco, Said Belqola ranks 1