Referees from Argentina

Horacio Elizondo
Intl. since: 1994
Hometown: Parada Robles
Horacio Elizondo won WorldReferee's bronze whistle in 2006.
Hector Baldassi
Intl. since: 2000
Hometown: Salsipuedes Cordoba
Baldassi was supposed to appear in the World Cup 2007 U20 in Canada, but was sent home because he or one of his assistants didn't pass the fitness test.
Nestor Pitana
Intl. since: 2010
Hometown: Corpus
Néstor thinks the Argentinian referees are the best of all Americas, for reason of context, folklore, performance and players.
Sergio Pezzotta
Intl. since: 2000
Hometown: Rosario (Santa Fe)
In 2011 Pezzotta refereed the decisive game River Plate vs Belgrano in the Monumental stadium. A match in the Argentinian league, which determined whether River - one of the 2 most
Patricio Loustau
Intl. since: 2011
Hometown:
Patricio Loustau is the son of Juan Carlos Loustau. He is a FIFA referee since
Daniel Gimenez
Intl. since: 1995
Hometown:
Daniel Orlando Giménez was born in Resistencia, Chaco, on July 15h 1961. Appart of having been an international referee, he´s a military of the Argentinian Army. That´s wh
Juan Loustau
Intl. since: 1981
Hometown: Temperley
Copa America, Olympic Games, youth tournaments, but most important of all: three matches in the 1990 World Cup. See his
Angel Sanchez
Intl. since: 1994
Hometown: Lanús, Buenos Aires
Sánchez used to have a good relationship with the players. Fmr. Argentina captain Oscar Ruggeri once told in a TV program that, during a match between San Lorenzo and Vélez S
Saúl Laverni
Intl. since: 2007
Hometown: Rosario
Foi um dos 10 arbitros selecionados para o sulamericano sub-20 da Venezuela
Norberto Angel Coerezza
Intl. since: 1963
Hometown: Buenos Aires
Coerezza co-wrote this book.
Arturo Andres Ithurralde
Intl. since: 1970
Hometown: Buenos Aires
Arturo Andres Ithurralde was a FIFA referee between 1970 and 1984. He took charge of a match at the 1982 World Cup and ran the line four years earlier.
Luis Pestarino
Intl. since: 1965
Hometown: Buenos Aires
Viewed as the most classy referee ever in Argentina, Luis Pestarino was a FIFA ref from 1965 until 1979. Among the many international matches he took charge of were 2 matches in th
Miguel Comesaña
Intl. since: 1963
Hometown: Buenos Aires
The 1964 Olympic Tournament, the final of the 1975 Copa America and he was also a linesman at the 1978 World Cup in his own country. Comesana was a FIFA refere from 1963 until 1979
Diego Abal
Intl. since: 2008
Hometown:
Diego Abal, a physical education teacher, was born on December 28th 1971. He´s been an AFA referee since 1993, and he appeared in 1st division during 2006. In January 2008 he wa
Mauro Vigliano
Intl. since: 2013
Hometown:
Mauro Vigliano got his FIFA badge in 2013 together with other 3 Argentinian Refs
Javier Castrilli
Intl. since: 1992
Hometown: Buenos Aires
Castrilli is married, has got two children, and used to be a teacher of Sports Journalism in Buenos Aires.
Carlos Esposito
Intl. since: 1978
Hometown: Buenos Aires
Carlos Alfonso Esposito took charge of two matches in the 1986 World Cup. More matches see
Francisco Lamolina
Intl. since:
Hometown:
Lamolina took charge of 515 official matches in AFA 1st division. He retired on March 28th 1999, refereeing a game between River Plate and San Lorenzo, which ended tied 2-2.
Claudio Martin
Intl. since: 1998
Hometown: Rosario
After retiring, Martín confessed that he was an enthusiastic supporter of Rosario Central, one of the two big football teams from his hometown.
German Delfino
Intl. since: 2012
Hometown:
Born 1978 Germán Delfino has a big future ahead him. He made his Copa Libertadores debut in 2013, but managed to get his Sudamericana Debut in 2012.
Fernando Rapallini
Intl. since: 2014
Hometown:
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Jose Macias
Intl. since:
Hometown:
José Bartolomé Macías took charge of two matches in the very first World cup finals in 1930. After WWII, 15 years later, he was still active as an international referee.
Jorge Eduardo Romero
Intl. since: 1976
Hometown: Buenos Aires
A FIFA referee from 1976 until the end of 1988.
Roberto Goicoechea
Intl. since: 1962
Hometown: BA
In 1966 Roberto Hector Goicoechea was only the second Argentinian referee to take charge of matches at a World Cup finals. The - according to some colleagues - best Argentinian ref
Oscar Sequeira
Intl. since: 1997
Hometown:
On September 5th 2000, Sequeira refereed a game between River Plate and Gimnasia in La Plata city. He decided to book River defender Ariel Garcé, and after showing him the yello
Dario Herrera
Intl. since: 2015
Hometown:
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Federico Jose Beligoy
Intl. since: 2007
Hometown: Buenos Aires
In his spare time, Beligoy enjoys being with his family, listening to music and also reading.
Gabriel Brazenas
Intl. since: 1999
Hometown: Buenos Aires
During a South American tournament played in 2005, Brazenas suddenly appeared with his hair dyed blonde. Some members of the Argentinian sport press said that the Argentinian Assoc
Juan Bava
Intl. since: 1984
Hometown:
Juan Antonio Bava was a FIFA referee from 1984 until the end of 1993.
Jose Luis Praddaude
Intl. since: 1957
Hometown: Adrogue
His match Argentina - Ecuador in the 2nd tournament (there were two that year) of the 1959 South American Championships had to be abandoned when the fans started fighting and runni
Fabián Madorrán
Intl. since: 1998
Hometown:
(Was) Retired from refereeing in 2003 after a series of bad calls. He had been a FIFA referee since 1998.
Ricardo Calabria
Intl. since: 1983
Hometown:
A FIFA referee from 1983 until the end of 1991.
Pablo Lunati
Intl. since: 2007
Hometown:
Born in June 5th 1967, Lunati started refereeing at the age of 18, and arrived to the Argentinian 1st division in 2004. He got his FIFA badge in 2007. At the time of writing, he ha
Gabriel Favale
Intl. since: 2004
Hometown: Tigre
Born on July 19th 1967 in Tigre, Favale is also an accountant and a teacher, he´s married and has got two children. He started refereeing in 1987 and his first 1st division matc
Roberto Ruben Ruscio
Intl. since: 1993
Hometown:
Abel Gnecco
Intl. since: 1978
Hometown:
Abel Gnecco runs a referee institution and is a bit of a controversial figure in Argentinian football.
Juan Brozzi
Intl. since:
Hometown: Villa Ballester
Juan Regis Brozzi took charge of two matches in the 1958 World Cup finals. We're not sure when he started his international career, but he retired in season 1963/64.
Roberto Barreiro
Intl. since: 1969
Hometown: Villa Ballester (B A)
A FIFA referee from 1969 until 1979.
Oscar Enrique Veiro
Intl. since: 1969
Hometown: Buenos Aires
A FIFA referee from 1969 until 1976.
Aurelio Bossolino
Intl. since:
Hometown:
A spectator threw a knife at him during a boca-juniores match 1960
Silvio Trucco
Intl. since: 2013
Hometown:
2013 he joined the FIFA panel.
Alberto Ducatelli
Intl. since: 1973
Hometown: Tropezon
Alberto Jose Ducatelli was a FIFA referee between 1973 and the end of 1980.
Luis Ventre
Intl. since:
Hometown: Buenos Aires
Some Racing fans still remember how Luis Ventre stopped their match in 1957 against arch enemies Estudiantes 5 minutes early. Home team Estudiantes won 2-1, but the match had to be
Juan Pablo Pompei
Intl. since: 2004
Hometown:
Juan Pablo Pompei was born in September 18th, 1968, and he was a young man when he became a referee. In 2001 he started refereeing in the 1st division, showing himself a permissive
Teodoro Nitti
Intl. since: 1978
Hometown:
FIFA referee from 1978 until 1985.
Juan José Alvarez
Intl. since:
Hometown:
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Jorge Balino
Intl. since: 2015
Hometown:
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Fernando Espinoza
Intl. since: 2016
Hometown:
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Pablo Diaz
Intl. since: 2013
Hometown:
Pablo Diaz joined the FIFA list in 2013, he have had some matches as 4th official and his debut was in Copa Sudamericana: River from Uruguay vs Blooming from Bolivia was his first
Claudio Busca
Intl. since: 1978
Hometown:
His son Alejandro Daniel Busca (sept 3rd 1968) is also a referee.
Facundo Tello
Intl. since:
Hometown:
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Luis Pedro Spinetto
Intl. since:
Hometown: Buenos Aires
A FIFA referee until 1967.
Rafael Furchi
Intl. since: 2003
Hometown: Ramos Mejía
During a game between Nueva Chicago and River Plate in Clausura 2007, Furchi gave River a free kick very near the Chicago area line. But the lineman called him and said that the fa
Luis Oliveto
Intl. since: 1994
Hometown:
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Hugo Alberto Cordero
Intl. since: 1995
Hometown:
A FIFA referee from 1995 until the end of 1997.
Diego Ceballos
Intl. since: 2013
Hometown:
Ceballos was one of the new referees of Argentina in 2013. He managed to get his Copa Libertadores debut in the same season and now is one of the promising refs of the country.
Servando Pérez
Intl. since:
Hometown:
A referee from the 1920 and 1930s.
Duval Goicoechea
Intl. since: 1966
Hometown:
Duval is the brother of World Cup referee Roberto Goicoechea. He was also a FIFA referee albeit less famous and only from 1966 until 1969.
Fernando Echenique
Intl. since: 2018
Hometown:
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Humberto Dellacasa
Intl. since: 1970
Hometown: Buenos Aires
His son, also named Humberto, has also been a referee.
Germán Guassone
Intl. since:
Hometown:
A pioneer who did a lot of "firsts". For instance the first match between Paraguay and Argentina in 1919. He also took charge of the second match between those countries.
Anibal Hay
Intl. since: 1992
Hometown:
Annibal Guillermo Hay was an international referee from 1992 until the end of 1994.
Guillermo Nimo
Intl. since: 1968
Hometown: Buenos Aires
"Proffesor" Nimo is a funny character who used to be a referee. He was on the FIFA panel for only two seasons 1967/69 and 1968/69, but he really made his name by appearing on TV an
Salome Di Iorio
Intl. since: 2004
Hometown:
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F Diez
Intl. since:
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Juan Pedro Barbera
Intl. since:
Hometown:
Banks were closed, civil servants got a day off, Brazil was going to play Uruguay for the Copa Sudamericana. The match ended in 0-0. Extra time ended goalles as well so a second 30
Aurelio Bosolino
Intl. since: 1963
Hometown: Buenos Aires
Aurelio Bosolino was already 35 when he took charge of his first 1st division match in Argentina. His age didn't stop him from becoming a FIFA referee which he was from 1963 until
Gerónimo Rapossi
Intl. since:
Hometown:
Active in the 1920s.
Juan Carlos Biscay
Intl. since: 1991
Hometown:
A FIFA referee for only three years (1991-1993) but still very active in football.
Estela Alvarez
Intl. since: 2005
Hometown: BA
In a match between Lipolleti and Estudiantes de Rio she gave 4 penalties. The match was suspended after her assistant was injured by a group of violent spectators
Manuel Enrique Velarde
Intl. since: 1961
Hometown: Buenos Aires
A FIFA referee fro 3 seasons: 1961-1964.
José Galli
Intl. since:
Hometown:
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Jesica Di Orio
Intl. since: 2004
Hometown:
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Jorge Anibal Alvarez
Intl. since: 1969
Hometown: Buenos Aires
Jorge Alvarez was a FIFA referee for only two seasons: 1969/70- 1970/72
Carlos Nai Foino
Intl. since: 1959
Hometown: Buenos Aires
In 1962 eight years had gone by since Boca Juniors had been champion. At the end of the championship Boca enthusiasts were eager to celebrate again, though there was still a crucia
Eduardo Forte
Intl. since:
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Lorenzo Martinez
Intl. since:
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Alejandro Sabino
Intl. since: 2008
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Alejandro Marcelo Sabino, born in Wilde on August 9th 1969, was a referee of the international staff for only two years.
Consolato Nay Foino
Intl. since:
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Laura Fortunato
Intl. since: 2010
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Norberto Luis Gallieri
Intl. since:
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Gallieri was active in the 1920s
Hugo Gronda
Intl. since:
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Juan Carlos Crespi
Intl. since: 1990
Hometown:
Juan Carlos Crespi was a FIFA referee from 1990 until the end of 1993.
Roberto Fuster
Intl. since:
Hometown: Buenos Aires
A referee in from the 1940s and 50s.. Fuster was a FIFA referee until 1958.
Ruben Mário Pascualino
Intl. since: 1996
Hometown:
Ruben Pascualino was a FIFA referee from 1996 and 1997.
Miguel A Padron
Intl. since: 1958
Hometown: Buenos Aires
They still talk about it: Ricardo Infante's goal in 1948, even referee Miguel Padron congratulated the Estudiantes striker in a Match against Rosario. The ball had bounced back to
Aldo Oviedo
Intl. since: 1969
Hometown: Buenos Aires
Aldo Oviedo was a FIFA referee for only one season: 1969-1970.
Atilio Sanabria
Intl. since: 1994
Hometown:
Atilio Eliseo Sanabria was a FIFA referee for only one year: 1994.

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