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Sunday, July 11, 2010?
Tonight World Cup final is between Holland and Spain. Many might think the crucial factor that might determine the outcome of this match will be the Head coach of the team. He will be the one who choose who to play and not. But I feel the major factor that might determine the outcome of the match result is the REFEREE. Howard Webb from England will be the official for this match. So who is he??

Howard Melton Webb (born 14 July 1971) is an English football referee who operates in the Premier League and has been a FIFA-listed referee since 2005. He lives in Rotherham, South Yorkshire. He is counted amongst the top referees of all time in a list maintained by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS). Webb first took up refereeing in local Rotherham leagues in 1989. In 1993, he progressed to the Northern Counties East League as an assistant referee, becoming a referee for that league two years later. In 1996, he was appointed as a Football League assistant referee, and, in 1998, fulfilled the same function in the Premier League, as well as being promoted to the Football Conference as a referee.

More on Webb http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/index.html?curid=4335354

The football referee

Professional referees at the top of the games in the UK are paid annual retainer of 33,000 pounds plus up to 600 pounds per match and expenses. When you add up it's not a bad wage for blowing a whistle and waving cards around.

But according to Lan Blanchard, head of national referee development at the FA, it's not as simple as it looks. "There is an art to being a good referee," he says. "You need good communication skills and an ability to make and sell informed decision." Training begins with a basic referee's course run by your local county FA and you must then work your way through a further 8 levels.

Apart from commitment and dedication, you'll also need a thick skin. "Referees need a good level of fitness and to be able to cope with the speed of the game but more than that, they need a strong character. " Abuse from both players and fans comes with the territory, so it's perhaps no surprise that hundreds of wannabe referees abandon the game in the first year. As a result, one in three matches is now played without a ref.

So anybody want to be a referee. I feel when we watch a game, we always act as if we are good at spotting mistake etc but if we put our self in the referee shoes, I think will will be far more worst than them and might be stone to death by the fans haha. Just some fact I got from a magazine by the British Airways some 2 years ago when I was flying to London.

So... tonight my prediction

SPAIN -0.5,

DRAW - Spain, 0-1

Grace and Peace 4:11 PM