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referee Jonas Eriksson chosen as one of 25 referees

Sweden makes World Cup in Brazil

Referee Jonas Eriksson on World Cup dream
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Jonas Eriksson with Mario Balotelli in this season's Champions League. Photo: TT

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and his teammates in the national side might have missed out on playing at the World Cup in Brazil but at least one man will be representing Sweden on the greatest stage of all this summer. Jonas Eriksson has been chosen by international football's ruling body FIFA as one of 25 referees to officiate at the tournament.

"The referees selected for the World Cup in Brazil have been chosen based especially on their personality and their quality in football understanding by being able to read the game and the teams' tactical approaches toward each game," FIFA said.

Jonas Eriksson, who will take along his two assistant referees, Mathias Klasénius and Daniel Wärnmark, was delighted to make the cut. He said to SvenskaFans.com: "I am really happy and lucky. The World Cup is so special in that it is only played every four years."

The 39-year-old ex-journalist from Luleå has experience of a major championship, having officiated at Euro 2012 in Poland / Ukraine. He became a FIFA referee in 2002. He is reputedly a multi-millionaire, having sold a stake in Swedish sports media rights agency IEC.  

Mr. Eriksson belongs to one of nine officiating teams from Europe, while South America has five, Asia has four, Africa and the CONCACAF region have three each and Oceania has one.

FIFA said that all of its chosen officials will undergo rigorous fitness tests ahead of its flagship competition in Brazil and a referee or assistant will be dropped if they are not in "peak condition".   

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