The initial pre-candidates list for World Cup 2014 Brazil was finalized this past week in Zurich. I've received the document via email and have been asked by the sender not to post publicly until it's published officially. That said, I can unveil three interesting nuggets: 1. Both Mark GEIGER and Jair MARRUFO are on the list. 2. There are 10 CONCACAF referees on the list. Given the list is that large, there are no real surprises for anyone who closely follows CONCACAF, unless you thought there would be a Canadian referee, as neither Gantar nor Ward made it. There are, however, some pretty big surprises within UEFA. 3. There are over 70 referees on the list, which is much larger than the initial list in the previous two cycles. Last cycle the list started at 55 in January 2008, was culled to 38 in October 2008, and then 24 + 5 referees were selected in early 2010. I bet this larger list has something to do with FIFA looking toward (or hedging bets about) using AARs in 2014 and needing more officials. I've been told the list will be published by FIFA in January. I do, however, suspect it will leak before then, as if you poke around the internet you will see some names have already been divulged. If that happens, I will feel comfortable re-posting here. I'll also try to independently confirm the CONCACAF list so I can post that. I just don't want to be the first one to publish it in full, because the person who obtained it for me was doing a pretty big favor.