Nishimura officiated the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2007 final match between Spain and Nigeria.
Referee Yuichi Nishimura of Japan will handle the opening match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup between Brazil and Croatia on Thursday.
According to a report by the FIFA Media Office, Nishimura will be assisted by compatriots Toru Sagara and Toshiyuki Nagi, with Alireza Faghani of Iran designated as the fourth official.
Referee designations have also been made for the first four matches of the World Cup and are available via the FIFA Media Channel and the world football governing body’s website, www.fifa.com.
The 42-year-old Nishimura is set to become the third Japanese referee to have officiated at two World Cup finals, after Shizuo Takada (1986 and 1990) and Toru Kamikawa (2002 and 2006).
At South Africa 2010, he handled four matches, including the quarter-final encounter between the Netherlands and Brazil.
Since making his international refereeing debut in 2004, Nishimura has been assigned to numerous other finals tournaments.
These are the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2007 (including the final between Spain and Nigeria) and the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2009.
Others are the FIFA Club World Cup 2010 (including the final between TP Mazembe and Internazionale) and the Olympic Football Tournament 2012.
He has also officiated at two editions of the Asian Cup, in 2007 and 2011, and was selected for the finals of the CAF Africa Cup of Nations 2008.
In 2012, Yuichi Nishimura was named the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Men’s Referee of the Year.
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