As with almost all referees from the start of the last century Antonio Ribeiro dos Reis was foremost a player who sometimes took charge of a match. Ribeiro dos Reis played Carcavelinhos with Carlos Canuto for Benfica and the Portuguese national team until 1925.
He was just 18 when he joined the first team of Benfica. After he stopped playing he stayed with his club, was the manager and joined the board. He was also manager of the Portuguese national team and the first Portuguese to join the FIFA referee committee.
Antonio Ribeiro dos Reis was a co-founder and later chief editor of the daily newspaper A Bola.
Ribeiro dos Reis died in 1961.
- Antonio Ribeiro dos Reis was also a lieutenant colonel.
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