Referees from Colombia

Ruiz
Intl. since: 1995
Hometown: Villavicencio
According to Frank de Bleeckere Oscar Ruiz is a really funny guy who does great imitations of his colleague referees. He did so after a dinner and karaoke in South Africa 2010.
Wilmar Roldan
Intl. since: 2007
Hometown: Remedios
Wilmar Roldan won WorldReferee's silver whistle in 2011
Jose Hernando Buitrago
Intl. since: 2006
Hometown: Bogota
Buitrago is known in Colombia as Mr. Bean because he looks a bit like the English actor.
Guillermo Velasquez Ramirez
Intl. since: 1966
Hometown: Bogota
Guillermo Ramírez Velásquez took charge of 4 matches in three consecutive Olympic tournaments ('68, '72 and '76). He was a linesman (4 matches) at the 1970 World Cup. Longtim
John Toro Rendon
Intl. since: 1989
Hometown:
John Toro Rendon officiated one match at the 1998 World Cup in France (and the 1991 women's World Cup)
Jose Torres Cadena
Intl. since: 1985
Hometown:
Jose Joaquin Torres Cadena took charge of no less than 4 matches in the 1994 World Cup.
Wilson Lamouroux
Intl. since: 2013
Hometown:
Wilson Came into colombian FIFA list in 2013 after being nominated as the best colombian referee of the 2012 season, now he will have to wait for his opportunity to whistle his fir
Henry Cervantes
Intl. since: 1999
Hometown:
Henry Alfonso Cervantes Jimenez was a FIFA referee from 1999 until the end of 2004, when he was 45.
Adrian Velez
Intl. since: 2011
Hometown: Antioquia
When Velez started he was critized for his refereeing during a match beteen Santafe and Millonarios. He gave a penalty to Millonarios and showed the red to the goalkeeper of Sanatf
Armando Perez Hoyos
Intl. since: 1984
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In 1988 Perez was shortly kidnapped in Medellin by six men. They drove him around town and threatened him and warned him not to make "the wrong decisions". source: Dav
Fernando Paneso
Intl. since: 1994
Hometown:
Fernando Paneso wrote a book about the rules of football:
Felipe Russi
Intl. since: 1994
Hometown:
Filipe Eduardo Russi Paez, FIFA referee from 1994 until th end of 2003.
Jesus Diaz Palacio
Intl. since: 1983
Hometown:
Jesús Palacio Díaz refereed two matches at the World Cup 1986 in Mexico. FIFA ref from 1983 until 1989.
Albert Duarte
Intl. since: 2004
Hometown: Tolima
Albert Duarte was one of the most important Colombian referees from when he got his FIFA badge in 2004. After Oscar Ruiz he was the referee with the most matches in Colombia.
Gustavo Murillo
Intl. since: 2016
Hometown:
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Andres Rojas
Intl. since: 2017
Hometown:
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Omar Delgado
Intl. since: 1966
Hometown: Medellin
Omar Delgado Gomez Piedrahita took charge of one match in the 1974 World Cup finals. During that match (Zaire - Yugoslavia, a record breaking 0-9) he sent off the wrong player (see
Alberto Duque
Intl. since: 1996
Hometown:
Alberto Duque Osorio was a FIFA referee from 1996 until the end of 2007.
Mario Canessa
Intl. since: 1969
Hometown: Bogota
You can hear Mario Canessa being interviewed about how he was insulted by Pele.
Imer Machado
Intl. since: 2009
Hometown: Villanueva
Imer was voted best Colombian referee in 2008.
Gilberto Aristizabal
Intl. since: 1973
Hometown: Manizales
Gilberto Aristizabal Murcia took charge of one match in the 1982 World Cup finals. he was a FIFA referee from 1973 until 1967.
Jorge Hoyos
Intl. since: 2000
Hometown:
Jorge Hernán Hoyos Urrea was a FIFA referee of Colombia until 2007 when the Colombian Federation stopped backing him because of his "poor performances" He refereed 13 years in t
Nicolas Gallo
Intl. since: 2018
Hometown:
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Octavio Sierra Mesa
Intl. since: 1969
Hometown: Itagui
Octavio Mesa, a long time FIFA referee from 1969 intil the end of 1989, was active for instance at the 1987 U20 World Cup where he took charge of one match.
Alirio Blanquiceth
Intl. since: 1979
Hometown:
Alirio Blanquiceth Montoya was a FIFA referee from 1979 until 1988.
Luis Sanchez
Intl. since: 2012
Hometown: Zarzal
Luis Sanchez comes from a little town in the Valle del Cauca, near Cali, he came into the FIFA panel in 2012 replacing his fellow country man Hector Parra.
Carlos Lopez
Intl. since: 2000
Hometown: Antioquia
Carlos Eduardo Lopez Buitrago was a FIFA referee from 2000 until 2007.
Rafael Sanabria
Intl. since: 1995
Hometown:
Sanabria has a web page in which he analyses Colombian league matches: http://www.arbitrosrafaelsanabria.com/
José Antonio Sundheim
Intl. since: 1950
Hometown: Barranquilla
The first ever Colombian referee to officiate at a World Cup finals (1962), albeit as a lines man, in two matches. Sundheim ws a FIFA referee from 1950 until the end of season 1966
Francisco Penuela
Intl. since: 2008
Hometown: Bogota
Peñuela had to quit internationally after the referee commission of Colombia decided to leave the place to a younger referee with better performances in the Colombian league, in
Ovidio Orrego
Intl. since:
Hometown: Armenia
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Orlando Sanchez Zuniga
Intl. since: 1977
Hometown: Cali
Orlando Arturo Sanchez Zuniga was a FIFA referee from 1977 until 1983.
Carlos Herrera
Intl. since: 2018
Hometown:
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Oscar Gomez
Intl. since: 1968
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This Oscar Gomez (there are more) was a FIFA referee from 1968 until 1971.
Jorge Zuluaga Vasco
Intl. since: 1990
Hometown:
Jorge Eliecer Zuluaga Vasco. A FIFA referee for 5 years: 1990-1994.
Wilmer Barahona
Intl. since: 2000
Hometown: Valle del Cauca
Wilmer Barahona was a FIFA referee for only two years: 2000 and 2001. He has been a professional referee from 1993 until 2007.
Flavio Rojas
Intl. since: 1998
Hometown:
Flavio Rojas Gonzalez was a FIFA referee during the years 1998 and 1999. Only two years in which he managed to reach the Copa Libertadores 8th finals. Rojas is a professional refer
Jesus Lires Lopez
Intl. since:
Hometown:
To our knowledge Jesus Maria Lires Lopez was not an international referee. But he was respected enough to be asked to officiate at 1956 the Little World Cup, a yearly tournament wi
Juan Ponton
Intl. since: 2014
Hometown:
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Hector Parra
Intl. since: 2007
Hometown: Buga (Valle)
Hector Parra had to withdraw at the end of 2009, due to an injury and came back in 2011 and was off again. He was a CONMEBOL category 3 referee.
Carlos Betancur
Intl. since: 2005
Hometown:
Carlos Alberto Betancur Castaneda was a FIFA referee during 2005 and 2006. He is still active nationally in 2011.
Hugo Ardila
Intl. since: 1979
Hometown: Cucuta
A FIFA referee from 1979 until the end of 1983. Ardila was a Referee for 20 years, his first high level match was in 1974, his last in 1986.
Julian Idarraga
Intl. since: 1997
Hometown:
Julian Idarraga Salgado was a FIFA referee from 1997 until the end of 1999.
Luis Jesus Marin
Intl. since: 1991
Hometown:
Luis Marin works in Human Resource and has his own page: http://muypr.com/profile/LuisJesusMarinPatino and apparently he lives in Guatemala now.
Armando Fischer
Intl. since: 1966
Hometown:
A FIFA referee for only two seasons: 1966/67 - 1967/68.
Antonio Chaves Cubillo
Intl. since: 1966
Hometown: Bogota
A FIFA referee from 1966/67 until 1975.
Heriberto Ojeda
Intl. since:
Hometown: Pasto
A FIFA referee for only two seasons, 1958/59, 1959/60, but also a player, industrialist and manufacturer of a football called "Herida", first seen the light in 1935.
Yeimy Martinez
Intl. since: 2010
Hometown:
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Humberto Bonell
Intl. since: 1950
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Humberto Bonell was a FIFA referee only during season 150/1951.
Luis Francisco Diaz
Intl. since: 1966
Hometown:
For a two seasons a FIFA referee: 1966/67 - 1967/68.
Roberto Rodriguez Rivera
Intl. since: 1966
Hometown: Bogota
Roberto Rodriguez was a FIFA referee from 1966 until 1977.
Juan Manuel Gomez Botero
Intl. since: 1991
Hometown: San Antonio
A FIFA referee from 1991 until the end of 1994.
Efrain Forera Rueda
Intl. since: 1964
Hometown: Bogota
A FIFA referee from 1964/65 until 1967.
Jhon Alexander Ospina
Intl. since: 2019
Hometown:
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Mario Henao
Intl. since: 1957
Hometown: Medellin
There was a Mario Hernao active as a referee in Colombia around 2010, who may be related.
Mauro J Lopez L
Intl. since: 1965
Hometown: Barranquilla
A FIFA referee for only two seasons: 1965/66 - 1966/67.
Bismarks Santiago
Intl. since: 2019
Hometown:
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Henry Agudelo Rios
Intl. since: 1977
Hometown:
Henry Agudelo Rios ws a FIFA referee for only one season: 1977/78.
Martiniano Castillo
Intl. since: 1958
Hometown: Bucaramanga
Martiniano Castillo was a FIFA referee from season 1958/59 until 1962.
Jose de Jesus Sanchez
Intl. since: 1958
Hometown: Cucuta
A FIFA referee from 1958 until 1961
Elias Coll Tara
Intl. since:
Hometown: Bogota
Elias Coll Tara's son Marcos Coll was a player for Barranquila and the Colombian Olympic team. His grandsons also seem to play, maybe they can send us a picture of their abuelo whe
Héctor Carvajal Castro
Intl. since: 1977
Hometown:
A FIFA referee for only one season: 1977/78
Edwin Vallejo Acevedo
Intl. since: 1966
Hometown:
A FIFA referee for three seasons: 1966/67 - 1968/69.
Jose Palacio
Intl. since: 1984
Hometown:
Jose F Palacio Angel was a FIFA referee from 1984 until 1989. We haven't found any matches he took charge of in those 5 years.
Pedro Julio Sanchez
Intl. since: 1960
Hometown: Medellin
Pedro Julio Sanchez (a hard name to research) was a FIFA referee from season 1960/61 until 1963/64.
Jorge Ramirez
Intl. since: 2008
Hometown:
Jorge Eliecer Ramírez Gomez became a referee in 1995. He received his FIFA badge in 2008 and lost it again at the end of that year.
Benjamin Caicedo
Intl. since: 1950
Hometown:
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Arnaldo Gomez Guitierrez
Intl. since:
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Analdo Gomez was a FIFA referee from 186 until 1989, but we haven't found any other information about him.
Mario Henao Gil
Intl. since: 1961
Hometown: Medellin
Mario Henao Gil appears on the FIFA lists only once, in 1961. He was from Medellin and may have been a FIFA assistant referee.
Harold Perilla Rodriguez
Intl. since: 2017
Hometown:
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Arturo Alarca
Intl. since: 1950
Hometown:
When Colombian became a member of FIFA in 1950 they got 5 referees on the international panel: Alarca, Caicedo, Bonell, Sundheim and Coll Tara. Only those last two lasted longer th
Jose Lopez Acosta
Intl. since: 1990
Hometown:
Just one year and then Jose Lorenzo Lopez Acosta was gone from the FIFA list
Saul Enrique de la Rosa Camargo
Intl. since: 1962
Hometown: Barranquilla
Saul Enrique de la Rosa was a FIFA referee from 162/63 until 1967.
Nell Lopez Morales
Intl. since: 1956
Hometown: Santa Marta
A FIFA referee from 1956 until 1965.
Salatiel Bonilla Fernandez
Intl. since: 1962
Hometown: Cali
Salatiel Bonilla was a FIFA referee from 1962/63 until 1967.
Carlos Betancur
Intl. since: 2018
Hometown:
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Alvaro Ortega
Intl. since:
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Ovidio Orrego
Intl. since: 1956
Hometown: Armenia (Caldas)
Ovidio Orrego was a FIFA referee from season 1956/57 until 1966/67.
Sabastian Restrepo
Intl. since: 2012
Hometown: Manizales
Juan Sebastian Restrepo Lemus belongs to the new generation of Colombian referees, he is a good ref for the future, but needs to grow. At the end of 2012, without refereeing a sing
Edgar Barona Velez
Intl. since: 1963
Hometown: Cali
A player for Boca Juniors Colombiano, a referee (FIFA, only one season: 1963/64) and the coach that took the Colombian team to the 1968 Olympic tournament. Edgar Barona died in 201
Marco Tulio Amaya
Intl. since: 1956
Hometown: Cali
Marco Tulio Amaya was a FIFA referee for two seasons: 1956/57 - 1957/58.
Modesto Castro Rojas
Intl. since: 1964
Hometown: Barranquilla
Modesto Castro was a FIFA referee from 1964/65 until 1967.
Hernando Vargas Pena
Intl. since: 1957
Hometown: Bogota
Hernando Vargas was a FIFA referee during season 1957/58.
Ramiro Suarez
Intl. since: 2012
Hometown: Quindio
In 2011 Suarez suspended the match between Atletico Nacional and Real Cartagena because fans threw Aguardiente bottles onto the field. Colfutbol gave the points to Real Cartagena.

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