Bio
Javier Castrilli
Born: 1957-05-22
Intl. since: 1992-01-01
Hometown: Buenos Aires
Country: Argentina
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Born in Buenos Aires, on May 22nd 1957, Javier Alberto Castrilli was one of the most admired and controversial Argentinian referees in the last two decades. He imposed his own style: very strict and with eagle eyes, he was also known as "The Sheriff". After refereeing in every South-American and international tournament, he retired in 1998 accusing Argentinian Football Association (AFA) of pressuring young referees in order to favor the big teams from Buenos Aires.

Style

Castrilli was a severe referee. He was almost always OK, but sometimes he showed too many cards. His defenders said that he "fully respected the rules"; his detractors accused him of always trying to be the star. But in one thing both of them agreed: to Castrilli s a referee it didn´t make any difference whether it was a big or a small team, a powerful or a weak one.

Career

Because of that, he became very respected. He got his FIFA badge in 1992 and one year later he refereed his first official "Superclásico" between River Plate and Boca Juniors. He officiated in WC U-17 1993 in Japan and the WC U-20 1995 in Qatar, and also refereed in Copa América 1995 and FIFA Confederations Cup in 1997. Because of his prestige, many South-American clubs often asked Conmebol to nominate Castrilli for their matches. He took charge of the 2nd leg of Copa Libertadores final in 1997 (Cruzeiro-Sporting Cristal) and 1998 (Vasco da Gama-Barcelona).

WC 1998

In 1998 Castrilli was appointed for the FIFA World Cup played in France. He refereed two games: Denmark-Saudi Arabia (1st round), and Romania-Croatia (1st knock-out).

Against violence

After retiring, Castrilli started working against violence in Argentinian football stadiums. In 2003, he was nominated as the Director of a "National Security Program in Football Spectacles". He resigned in 2008.

TV

The Sheriff also works on TV. Every Monday, in a famous TV channel, he analyzes the most important and controversial referee decisions of the previous football day.

Did you know
THE SHERIFF

  • Castrilli is married, has got two children, and used to be a teacher of Sports Journalism in Buenos Aires.
  • Between 1994 and 1998 he was usually elected as the best Argentinian referee by Argentinian players, coaches and sports press.
  • Castrilli was the only referee who sent off Diego Armando Maradona during his last period playing in Argentinian football (1995-1997). It happened in 1996, during a match between Vélez Sarsfield and Boca Juniors, Maradona´s team. Castrilli showed the red card to Maradona and 3 other Boca players. After that, the Sheriff became one of the biggest public enemies of Maradona.
  • 1993

Statistics
Statistics for JAVIER CASTRILLI
Totals Home Away Total
Penalties 0 2 2
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 27 33 60
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 0 7 7
Averages Home Away Total
Penalties 0 0.05 0.02
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 0.63 0.77 0.7
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 0 0.16 0.08

Based on 43 international matches

Matches
MATCHES FOR JAVIER CASTRILLI
Date Score Yellow Red Penalties Fouls
Copa Mercosur 1998
group stageVélez SarsfieldBoca Juniors1998-09-172 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Libertadores 1998
final (2nd leg)Barcelona SC (ecu)Vasco da Gama1998-08-261 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1/4 finalsRiver PlateColón1998-05-202 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1/8 finalsGremioNacional (UR)1998-04-294 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageOlimpia AsuncionColo-Colo1998-03-131 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 1998
round of 16RomaniaCroatia1998-06-300 - 1 5 (3-2)0 (0-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
group stageSaudi ArabiaDenmark1998-06-120 - 1 4 (1-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Confederations Cup 1997
group stageSaudi ArabiaAustralia1997-12-161 - 0 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageSouth AfricaCzech Republic1997-12-132 - 2 4 (3-1)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 1998 qualifiers - Am/Caribbean
final stageMexicoUSA1997-11-020 - 0 5 (3-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Super Cup "João Havelange" 1997
group stageRacing ClubRiver Plate1997-10-152 - 3 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageGremioPeñarol1997-08-271 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Libertadores 1997
final (2nd leg)CruzeiroSporting Cristal1997-08-131 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1/8 finalsRiver PlateRacing Club1997-05-071 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageCruzeiroSporting Cristal1997-04-112 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 1998 qualifiers - S. America
EcuadorUruguay1997-02-124 - 0 3 (1-2)3 (0-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
ColombiaParaguay1996-04-241 - 0 7 (4-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Libertadores 1996
1/4 finalsAmérica de CaliJunior Barranquilla1996-05-221 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageUniversidad CatólicaBotafogo1996-04-092 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageSan LorenzoRiver Plate1996-03-131 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Sudamericana u23 1996
group stagePeru OTBolivia OT1996-02-252 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageBrazil OTParaguay OT1996-02-213 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Libertadores 1995
1/4 finalsRiver PlateVélez Sarsfield1995-07-261 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageIndependienteRiver Plate1995-02-191 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa America 1995
1st stageUruguayMexico1995-07-131 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st stageBrazilEcuador1995-07-071 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 1995 u20
group stageRussia u20Syria u201995-04-192 - 0 6 (1-5)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageRussia u20Syria u201995-04-192 - 0 6 (1-5)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageCameroon u20Germany u201995-04-141 - 1 9 (5-4)1 (0-1)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
Copa Libertadores 1994
1/4 finalsJunior BarranquillaInd. Medellin1994-08-030 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1/8 finalsColo-ColoJunior Barranquilla1994-04-272 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageOlimpia AsuncionInd. Medellin1994-04-050 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageBoca JuniorsVélez Sarsfield1994-03-231 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 1993 u17
finalGhana u17Nigeria u171993-09-041 - 2 4 (3-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageJapan u17Mexico u171993-08-262 - 1 4 (1-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageJapan u17Ghana u171993-08-210 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Libertadores 1993
1/8 finalsOlimpia AsuncionNacional (UR)1993-04-143 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageCobreloaBolívar1993-03-301 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Libertadores 1992
group stageCriciumaBolívar1992-04-182 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Sudamericana u23 1992
final stageColombia OTEcuador OT1992-02-161 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
final stageColombia OTUruguay OT1992-02-123 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageColombia OTVenezuela OT1992-02-074 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageBrazil OTPeru OT1992-02-012 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)