Referees from Brazil

Carlos Eugenio Simón
Intl. since: 1997
Hometown: Braga (Rio Grande do Sul)
Like most Brazilian (and most South American ) referees, Carlos Simón was suspended at least once. In 2007 he was banned from officiating three matches for making a mistake in a
Heber Roberto Lopes
Intl. since: 2002
Hometown: Londrina (Paraná)
Heber Lopes was the first referee in Brazil to take charge of a final on astro turf.
Marcio Rezende Freitas
Intl. since: 1992
Hometown: Minas Gerais
Marcio Rezende de Freitas took charge of more than 1100 matches in Brazil between 1989 and 2005. The
Romualdo Arppi Filho
Intl. since: 1961
Hometown: Sao Paulo
Arppi Filho took charge two matches and the final in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico and five matches in three Olympic tournaments. FIFA ref: 1963-1990 (27 years!).
Sandro Meira Ricci
Intl. since: 2011
Hometown: Brasilia
In 2011, in the game Brasiliense-Formosa, Ricci gave two times the yellow to a player, but he forgot the red card. Not the first and not the last one to make this mistake.
Paulo César de Oliveira
Intl. since: 1999
Hometown: Sao Paulo
Paulo Cesar de Oliveira received his FIFA badge in 1999 and was ranked number one by the Brazilian Football association in 2007.He is a CONMEBOL Elite Category referee.
Wilson de Souza Mendonca
Intl. since: 1994
Hometown: Recife
In may 2006 Wilson Souza de Mendonca was suspended for three weeks because he refused to let Fluminense player Romeu wear a protective mask because his nose was broken. Faci
Arnaldo David Cezar Coelho
Intl. since: 1968
Hometown: Rio de Janeiro
Arnaldo Cezar Coelho has a blog from where we took this picture.
Jose Roberto Ramiz Wright
Intl. since: 1978
Hometown: Rio de Janeiro
In 2010 IFFHS named him 23td best referee of the world. IFFHS of course are European and the first non European on their list of all times are Juan Carlos Loustau (Arg) and Oscar
Sálvio Spínola Fagundes Filho
Intl. since: 2005
Hometown: Sao Paulo
Antonio Pereira Da Silva
Intl. since: 1994
Hometown:
Pereira da Silva started his international career in 1994 and finished in 2002.
Ricardo Marques Ribeiro
Intl. since: 2009
Hometown: Minas Gerais
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Wilton Sampaio
Intl. since: 2013
Hometown:
Wilton Sampaio received his FIFA badge in 2013
Leandro Pedro Vuaden
Intl. since: 2009
Hometown: Estrela (Rio Grande do Sul)
Armando Marques
Intl. since: 1960
Hometown: Rio de Janeiro
The match for the winner of the Campeonato Paulista in 1973 between Santos and Portuguesa ended in a penalty shoot out. But Marques made a mistake, he declared Santos the winner wh
Raphael Claus
Intl. since: 2015
Hometown:
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Anderson Daronco
Intl. since: 2015
Hometown:
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Wilson Luiz Seneme
Intl. since: 2009
Hometown: Sao Paulo
Wilson Seneme won WorldReferee's bronze whistle in 2011.
Leonardo Gaciba da Silva
Intl. since: 2005
Hometown: Porto Alegre
Gaciba started his career in 1998 in the local league of his birthplace Pelotas. He officiated the final of that rather obscure 'Colonial de Pelotas' league when he was just 18 yea
Luis Carlos Felix Ferreira
Intl. since: 1978
Hometown: Rio de Janeiro
Renato Marsiglia
Intl. since: 1990
Hometown: Rio Grande do Sul
A famous referee from the last century. Two matches in the 1994 World Championships. Oddly enough for a World Cup referee he was internationally active for only 5 years, from 1990
Luciano Augusto Teoton Almeida
Intl. since: 1998
Hometown:
Copas and World Cup qualifiers between 1998 and 2004.
Claudio Rodrigues Vinicius Cerdeira
Intl. since: 1992
Hometown: Rio de Janeiro
The 1995 Copa Libertadores round of 16 match between Penarol and the Colombian side Atletico Nacional ended in chaos. When Cladio Cerdeira again sent off two players, fights broke
Oscar Roberto Godoi
Intl. since: 1993
Hometown: São José do Rio Preto
In January 2011, Godoy got out of his car on his way to have dinner at a friend's house when a man attacked him, a fight broke out and Godoi was shot 4 times. He survived and spen
Wagner Tardelli de Azevedo
Intl. since: 2000
Hometown: Rio de Janeiro
Wagner Tardelli was a FIFA referee from 2000 till the end of 2007.
Marcelo de Lima Henrique
Intl. since: 2008
Hometown: Itaborai (Rio de Janeiro)
courtesy of EBF
Jose Faville Neto
Intl. since: 1970
Hometown: Sao Paulo
A FIFA referee from 1970 until 1980 and active in the Libertadores every year.
Mário Goncalves Vianna
Intl. since:
Hometown:
José de Assis Aragão
Intl. since: 1980
Hometown: Sao Paulo
A FIFA referee from 1980 until 1989. Jose Aragao is a member of the select group of referees who scored a goal in a match they officiated (see did-you-know). Another one is
Péricles Bassols Cortez
Intl. since: 2010
Hometown: Rio de Janeiro
Péricles Bassols Pegado Cortez seems to have been taken off the FIFA list at the end of 2010 but he was back again in 2012.
Sidrack Marinho dos Santos
Intl. since: 1994
Hometown: Sergipano
Sidrack Marinho dos Santos started his international career in 1994 and stopped in 1998.
Rodolpho Toski Marques
Intl. since: 2017
Hometown:
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Oscar Scolfaro
Intl. since:
Hometown: Sao Paulo
Oscar Scolfaro was a FIFA referee from 1973 until 1982.
Francisco Dacildo Mourao Albuquerque
Intl. since: 1995
Hometown: CE
Francisco Dacildo Mourão Albuquerque was a FIFA referee from 1995 until the end of 1999.
Ulisses Tavares da Silva Filho
Intl. since: 1988
Hometown: Sao Paulo
Ulisses Tavares da Silva Filho was a FIFA ref from 198 until 1992.
Eunapio Gouveia de Queiroz
Intl. since: 1958
Hometown: Sao Paolo
There's a Rua Eunápio Gouveia de Queiroz in Itaoca, near Rio. We wonder if that's named after him, since Eunapio de Queiroz came from Sao Paolo.
Alberto Gama Malcher
Intl. since:
Hometown: Rio de Janeiro
Alberto Monard da Gama Malcher took charge of one match at the 1950 World Cup finals.
Luis Flavio de Oliveira
Intl. since: 2015
Hometown:
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Alicio Pena Junior
Intl. since: 2003
Hometown:
courtesy of EBF
Evandro Rogerio Roman
Intl. since: 2007
Hometown: Cascavel (Paraná)
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Carlos Sergio Rosa Martins
Intl. since: 1980
Hometown: Rio Grande do Sul
Carlos Martins is the one with the most Clássicos (Portuguese spelling) in Brazil: 24. (A Classico in Brazil is a match between Gremio and Sport Club Internacional.) He finished
Airton Vieira De Moraes
Intl. since: 1964
Hometown: Rio de Janeiro
A big guy, nicknamed Sansão (Samson), Ayrton Vieira de Moraes (or Morais, FIFA uses both names) took charge of a match in the 1970 World Cup.
João Paulo Araújo
Intl. since: 1994
Hometown: Sao Paulo
João Paulo Araújo was a FIFA referee from 1994 until the end of 1996.
Edilson Pereira de Carvalho
Intl. since: 2000
Hometown: Sao Paolo
Pereira de Carvalho had a ritual. Before every match he raised his yellow and red cards. The cards were inscribed Deus é Fiel, which means God is Faithful. He also pray
Jorge dos Santos Travassos
Intl. since: 1998
Hometown: Rio de Janeiro
Jorge Travassos started his international career in 1998 and stopped in 1999.
Djalma Jose Beltrami Teixeira
Intl. since: 2006
Hometown: Jacarepaguá (Rio de Janeiro)
Djalma not only is Lt. Col. of the Military Police, but also Commander of the 1 th. BPM.
Mario Gardelli
Intl. since:
Hometown: Sao Paulo
Mario Gardelli's took charge of a match in the 1950 World Cup. His last season as a FIFA referee was 1951-52. We don't know when he started.
Agomar Martins Röhrig
Intl. since: 1968
Hometown: Porto Alegre
Agomar Martins started his international career in 1968 and finished in 1978.
Sebastião Rufino Ribeiro
Intl. since: 1968
Hometown: Recife
We've learned from a Brazilian government site how much he earned and how much he spent in 2010. Rufino Ribeiro drives a 9 year old Toyota Cruiser and owns quite a few bits of land
Francisco Nascimento
Intl. since: 2012
Hometown: Macéio
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Braulio Silva Machado
Intl. since: 2019
Hometown:
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Wagner Reway
Intl. since: 2017
Hometown:
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Olten Ayres Abreu
Intl. since: 1961
Hometown: Sao Paulo
Olten de Abrue for instance officiated the opening match for the Morumbi stadium, a friendly between Sao Paulo and Sporting Lisbon in 1960 (1-0).
Wagner Nascimento Magalhaes
Intl. since: 2017
Hometown:
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Gilberto Almeida Rego
Intl. since:
Hometown: Rio
Almeida Rego took charge of three matches in the first ever World Cup. In 1930, Uruguay. He was 49 and the oldest person taking part of the tournament.
Joao Etzel Filho
Intl. since: 1956
Hometown: Sao Paulo
No idea how seriously we have to take the bloggers and web-historians, but fact is Etzel Filho's name often appears together with the words ladrão (thief) and fixing. His reputa
Dalmo Bozzano
Intl. since: 1994
Hometown: Santa Catarina
Dalmo Bozzano started his international career in 1994 and stopped in 1997.
José Aparecido de Oliveira
Intl. since: 1992
Hometown: Sao Paulo
Ze Aparecido De Oliveira was active internationally for only two years: 1992 and 1993.
José Ferreira Lemos
Intl. since:
Hometown:
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Dewson Fernando Freitas da Silva
Intl. since: 2015
Hometown:
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Carlos Elias Pimentel
Intl. since: 1993
Hometown: Rio de Janeiro
Carlos Elias Barroso Pimentel was a FIFA referee from 1993 until the end of 1997.
Wilson Carlos dos Santos
Intl. since: 1990
Hometown: Rio de Janeiro
Wilson Carlos dos Santos joined the course of the Football Federation of Rio de Janeiro (Ferj) in 1974. He joined FIFA in 199o at the age of 44, due to his age he had to retire at
Manoel Serapião Filho
Intl. since: 1991
Hometown: Bahia
MANOEL SERAPIÃO FILHO started his international career in 1991 and stopped in 1993. He officiated 143 games in the Brazilian first division.
José Gomes Sobrinho
Intl. since: 1962
Hometown: BA
FIFA has him as a referee only in season 1962/63 but we found international matches with Jose Sobrinho from 1959.
Álvaro Azeredo Quelhas
Intl. since: 2000
Hometown:
Alvaro Azeredo Quelhas was a FIFA referee from 2000 until the end of 2004.
Pedro Carlos Bregalda do Carmo
Intl. since: 1990
Hometown: Sao Paulo
Either born in 1946 or 1948, Pedro do Carmo was a FIFA referee from 1990 until the end of 1992.
Joaquim Gonçalves Da Silva
Intl. since: 1967
Hometown:
Internationaly active from 1967 until1973.
Pedro Santos
Intl. since:
Hometown:
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Antonio Carneiro de Campos
Intl. since:
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Joaquim Antônio Leite de Castro
Intl. since:
Hometown:
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Carlos de Oliveira Monteiro
Intl. since: 1955
Hometown: Rio de Janeiro
Carlos de Oliveira was a FIFA referee during two seasons: 1955/56 and 1956/57.
Virgílio Antônio Fedrighi
Intl. since:
Hometown:
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Alfredo dos Santos Loebeling
Intl. since: 2001
Hometown: Sao Paulo
Alfredo dos Santos Loebeling was only shortly internationally active, he started in 2001 and stopped in 2002.
Amílcar José Ferreira
Intl. since:
Hometown: Rio de Janeiro
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João Baptista Laurito
Intl. since: 1955
Hometown:
We don't know yet much about Joao Baptista Laurito except that he was a FIFA referee in seasons 1955/56 and 1956/57.
Antônio Viug
Intl. since: 1961
Hometown: Rio de Janeiro
Very active as a referee in the 1960's, Antônio Viug was also a linesman. He was a FIFA referee from 1961 until 1968.
João De María
Intl. since:
Hometown:
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Claudio Magalhães
Intl. since: 1968
Hometown:
Claudio Flavio de Magalhaes was only active as a FIFA referee in season 1968/69.
Enrique Vignal
Intl. since:
Hometown:
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Sidney Pullen
Intl. since:
Hometown:
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Diogo Rangel
Intl. since:
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Alberto Borgerth*
Intl. since:
Hometown:
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Gualter Teixeira Portela Filho
Intl. since: 1962
Hometown: Rio de Janeiro
Gualter Teixeira Portela Filho started or stopped his career in 1962.
Arthur Moraes de Castro
Intl. since:
Hometown:
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Emidio Marques de Mesquita
Intl. since: 1982
Hometown: Sao Paulo
A FIFA referee between 1982 and 1989.
Willer Costa
Intl. since: 1957
Hometown:
This Brazilian referee had a FIFA badge in seasons 1957/58 and 1959/60. And, not from, apparently he was out in the season between.
Silvia Regina de Oliveira
Intl. since: 2001
Hometown: Sao Paolo
Silvia was the first woman to head the Referee training school "Flávio Iazzetti", part of the Paulista Football Federation which is affiliated with the Brazilian Football Confed
Adilton Ponteado
Intl. since:
Hometown:
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Fortunato Francisco Tonelli
Intl. since: 1957
Hometown: Rio Grande do Sul
Fortunato Tonelli was a FIFA referee in seasons 1957/58 and 1958/59.
Geraldo Fernandes
Intl. since:
Hometown: Belo Horizonte
Geraldo Fernandes retired internationally in 1959. He got his badge in season 1952 or earlier.
Oscar Scoifaro
Intl. since:
Hometown: Sao Paulo
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Catao Montez Junior
Intl. since: 1957
Hometown:
FIFA has him as Catao Monteiro and lists this Brazilian referee in seasons 1956/57 and 1957/58, which could mean he held his FIFA badge for only one year.
Etel Rodrigues
Intl. since: 1965
Hometown: Borboleta
Etel Rodrigues was a FIFA referee only during season 1965/1966. But he took charg of over a 100 matches nationally.
Gaulter Castro
Intl. since:
Hometown:
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Claudia de Vasconcellos Guedes
Intl. since:
Hometown: Rio de Janeiro
Aparício Viana
Intl. since: 1960
Hometown:
Viana used to tell the story that he always brought a gun when he took charge of a match in the interior of Brazil. He even carried the gun under his shirt while officiating.
Romualdo Joaquim Goncalves
Intl. since: 1966
Hometown:
Only one season as a FIFA referee: 1966/67
Paulo Katchborian
Intl. since:
Hometown:
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Antonio Musitano
Intl. since:
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Jose Lages Filho
Intl. since: 1960
Hometown:
Jose Alves Lages Filho was a FIFA referee for only one season, 1960/61.
Raimundo Sampaio
Intl. since: 1954
Hometown:
A FIFA referee for probably only one season (1954/55) and the president of the now defunct mining team of Sete de Setembro. Sampaio died age 80 in 1984.
Anacleto Pietrobon
Intl. since: 1960
Hometown: Sao Paolo
Perhaps better known as Valussi, a full back for Corinthians, who had to quit playing because of an injury and turned referee in 1955. He was a FIFA ref in the season 1960/61.
Renato Marcilha
Intl. since:
Hometown:
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Arthur Vilarino
Intl. since: 1959
Hometown:
Arthur Vilarino Espanha was a FIFA referee in season 1959/60.
Gilberto Pedro Hoffmann Nahas
Intl. since:
Hometown: Santa Catarina
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Argemiro Felix Senna
Intl. since:
Hometown:
A FIFA referee in the seasons 1959/60 and 1960/61.
Frederico Lopes
Intl. since:
Hometown: Rio
Frederico Lopes was a FIFA referee in seasons 1958/59 and again in season 1965/66.
Raimondo Cunha Rola
Intl. since:
Hometown:
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Walquir Magalhães Pimentel
Intl. since: 1986
Hometown: Rio de Janeiro
Walquir Magalhães Pimentel started or stopped his career in 1986.
Americo da Silva
Intl. since: 1957
Hometown:
Américo Loureiro da Silva was a FIFA referee only in season 1957/1958.
Caetano Bovino
Intl. since:
Hometown: Sao Paolo
Caetano Bovino Sobrinho stater refereeing in 1941. He was a FIFA referee until season 54/55 (but listed as a FIFA deputy referee in 1955), he retired from refereeing 4 years later.
Gutemberg de Paula Fonseca
Intl. since: 2011
Hometown: Rio
When Gutemberg Fonseca became a FIFA referee at 37 in 2011 - which is relatively late - there just wasn't time for him to have an international career. Infact he lost his badge alr
Oswaldo Rolla
Intl. since:
Hometown: Porto Alegre
Being in such a good physical condition, as a coach Rolla asked the same of his players. It is said he had them run the stairs with another player on their backs.
Ilton Jose da Costa
Intl. since: 1990
Hometown:
A FIFA referee for only two years (1990 and 1991, but this is from one source, another source says he retired in 1989) but a national referee from 1973. Ilton da Costa has had func

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