Djamel Haimoudi (ALG) has shone above his peers due to his precise judgment and interpretation of the rules of the game. Born on 10 December 1970, in the Algerian city of Oran, he is amongst the highly rated "knights of the whistle" since attaining his international badge in 2004.
This year, Haimoudi officiated at the Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea and capped it as the only African referee at the recent FIFA Club World Cup in Japan. He is also on a shortlist of 52 referees pre-selected by FIFA for the 2014 World Cup. Haimoudi was followed by Badara Diatta (SEN) and Slim Jedidi (TUN), who are also on the prospective list for the World Cup in Brazil.