Bio
Pablo Pozo
Born: 1973-03-27
Intl. since: 1999-01-01
Hometown: Santiago
Country: Chile
Speaks: Spanish, English
Occupation: auditor
Hobbies: sports

Pablo Antonio Pozo Quiteros was a football player for a short while, playing with a team called Magallanes. One day the team captain told Pablo that he, unlike his brother Mauricio, would not be promoted to the next level, so from that day on Pozo chose to wear black instead, following the footsteps of his father, who was a professional referee. He was 17 at the time. Six years later he reached the first division.

hard work

Pozo may be a good referee but - as he himself pointed out in an interview with Chilean press - it also took a lot of support from a lot of people to get him in the position to go to the WC 2010 in South Africa. Reaching the World Cup is clearly no longer a one man job. It probably requires the same amount of lobbying as it takes a country to host the Championship of Championships itself.

best referee

Pozo had been doing well both in Chili and abroad. Pozo had been in charge of 5 national finals. In 2008 he was chosen best Chilean referee.

international

It's a long list, better click on his "palmares". There were three matches in the 2008 Olympics including a semi. Copa Sudamericana, the U-17 World Cup, Copa Libertadores etc. In 2010 he went to the World Cup.

bad(ish) luck

In 2007 missed out on the U-17 World Cup in Korea because one of his assistants failed the fitness test. Manuel Rodríguez gave up in round 9 of his run, exhausted. In 2010, just five days before the WC 2010 Slovenia - Algeria match assigned to him, Pozo sprained his ankle in training and was replaced by Carlos Batres. Luckily Pozo recovered quickly and took charge of two matches in the World Cup.

2011

Pozo announced his retirement at the end of 2010, stating that it was best to stop at the highlight of his career. A pity, because many say he had chances to go to the next two World Cups, Pozo was very young when he started internationally.

Did you know
MAGALLANES

  • Pablo's brother Mauricio used to be a professional player in Chile, 4 caps for the national team.
  • Pozo was heavily criticized by the Colombian press over his performance in the Venezuela - Colombia WC 2010 qualifier. They accused him of favouring the home team and even of racism. Hector Fabio Cruz, the Colombian side's medic, was attending mid fielder Abel Aguilar. Abel himself had commited a foul for which he would be sent off later.
    "When he came to send Abel off Pozo screamed hysterically, "Take the nigger off, take the nigger off the pitch!" Mario Yepes, Captain of the Colombian team asked Pozo "why do you treat him so? Show some respect for us" said Cruz.
  • Pablo is a popular man. He even has a facebook fan page
  • Pozo did an ad on Chilean tv against violence against women, see it here on youtube
Statistics
Statistics for PABLO POZO
Totals Home Away Total
Penalties 11 6 17
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 157 183 340
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 12 26 38
Averages Home Away Total
Penalties 0.17 0.09 0.13
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 2.38 2.77 2.58
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 0.18 0.39 0.29

Based on 66 international matches

Matches
MATCHES FOR PABLO POZO
Date Score Yellow Red Penalties Fouls
Copa Sudamericana 2010
1st stageSanta FeDeportivo Lara2010-08-264 - 0 7 (3-4)3 (1-2)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
WC 2010
group stageCameroonNetherlands2010-06-241 - 2 5 (2-3)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
group stagePortugalKorea DPR2010-06-217 - 0 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Libertadores 2010
1/4 finalsGuadalajaraLibertad2010-05-113 - 0 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
group stageUniversidad de ChileUniversidad Católica2010-04-210 - 0 7 (4-3)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageDeportivo CuencaNacional (UR)2010-04-070 - 0 10 (5-5)1 (0-1)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
group stageCerro PortenoCorinthians2010-03-170 - 1 7 (3-4)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageOnce CaldasSao Paulo2010-02-252 - 1 1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
play-offsJuan AurichEstudiantes Tecos2010-01-272 - 0 6 (3-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 2009 u17
group stageMalawi u17Spain u172009-11-011 - 4 1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageItaly u17Korea Republic u172009-10-292 - 1 6 (4-2)0 (0-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
group stageIran u17Gambia u172009-10-252 - 0 6 (3-3)2 (0-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Sudamericana 2009
1st knockoutVitoriaRiver Plate (Uruguay)2009-09-301 - 1 5 (3-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st stageCerro PortenoLa Paz FC2009-08-122 - 0 4 (1-3)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Confederations Cup 2009
group stageSpainSouth Africa2009-06-202 - 0 5 (2-3)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
group stageUSAItaly2009-06-151 - 3 3 (1-2)1 (1-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Libertadores 2009
group stageEstudiantesUniv. de Sucre2009-02-261 - 0 5 (2-3)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Club World Cup 08
3rd placePachucaGamba Osaka2008-12-210 - 1 5 (3-2)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1/4 finalsAdelaide UnitedGamba Osaka2008-12-140 - 1 5 (3-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Olympic Games 2008
1/2 finalsNigeria OTBelgium OT2008-08-194 - 1 5 (2-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageNew Zealand OTBelgium OT2008-08-130 - 1 3 (1-2)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageNetherlands OTNigeria OT2008-08-070 - 0 4 (1-3)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 2010 qualifiers - S. America
BoliviaBrazil2009-10-112 - 1 7 (3-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
VenezuelaColombia2009-03-312 - 0 5 (3-2)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
EcuadorBolivia2008-09-063 - 1 5 (3-2)1 (0-1)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
UruguayPeru2008-06-176 - 0 5 (1-4)1 (0-1)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Libertadores 2008
1/2 finalsLDU QuitoAmérica2008-06-030 - 0 7 (2-5)2 (0-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageSan JoséGuadalajara2008-04-160 - 3 9 (5-4)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageNacional (UR)Flamengo2008-03-063 - 0 6 (2-4)2 (0-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Sudamericana 2007
1/8 finalsDefensor SportingEl Nacional2007-09-203 - 0 5 (2-3)1 (0-1)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
preliminariesAudax ItalianoColo-Colo2007-09-041 - 1 2 (2-0)2 (2-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Pan American Games 2007
1/2 finalsBolivia u20Ecuador u202007-07-240 - 1 2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st roundBrazil u20Costa Rica u202007-07-182 - 0 7 (4-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st roundColombia u20Jamaica u202007-07-150 - 1 4 (1-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Libertadores 2007
group stageRiver PlateCaracas FC2007-03-080 - 1 8 (4-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageGremioCucuta Deportivo2007-02-270 - 0 6 (2-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageDefensor SportingGimnasia La Plata2007-02-133 - 0 3 (2-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Libertadores 2006
group stageUniversitarioLDU Quito2006-02-161 - 2 7 (4-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Sudamericana 2005
preliminariesCerro PortenoDefensor Sporting2005-08-302 - 0 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Libertadores 2005
group stageOlmedoJunior Barranquilla2005-04-193 - 1 7 (3-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageNacional (UR)Junior Barranquilla2005-02-150 - 1 10 (4-6)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Sudamericana u20 2005
final stageUruguay u20Brazil u202005-01-252 - 4 7 (4-3)1 (0-1)2 (1-1)0 (0-0)
group stageArgentina u20Colombia u202005-01-211 - 1 6 (2-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageColombia u20Bolivia u202005-01-135 - 0 4 (2-2)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Sudamericana 2004
preliminariesUniv. de ConcepciónSantiago Wanderers2004-08-312 - 1 4 (1-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Libertadores 2004
group stageOnce CaldasMaracaibo2004-04-062 - 1 3 (2-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageVélez SarsfieldMaracaibo2004-02-101 - 1 6 (2-4)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Sudamericana u23 2004
group stageColombia OTBolivia OT2004-01-122 - 0 5 (3-2)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Libertadores 2003
group stageLibertadDeportivo Cali2003-04-171 - 0 3 (2-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageFénixThe Strongest2003-03-202 - 0 5 (1-4)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageEl NacionalAmérica de Cali2003-02-261 - 1 7 (4-3)0 (0-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
Copa Libertadores 2002
group stage12 de OctubreCienciano2002-03-191 - 0 2 (0-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stagePeñarolReal Potosí2002-02-194 - 0 5 (1-4)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
preliminariesMonarcas MoreliaCaracas FC2001-11-273 - 0 8 (5-3)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Mercosur 2001
group stageSan LorenzoFlamengo2001-07-281 - 2 7 (3-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Sudamericana u20 2001
final stageParaguay u20Colombia u202001-01-243 - 1 6 (2-4)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
group stageBrazil u20Venezuela u202001-01-191 - 1 5 (1-4)1 (0-1)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
group stageEcuador u20Paraguay u202001-01-171 - 1 4 (2-2)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Libertadores 2001
group stageRiver PlateThe Strongest2001-02-225 - 1 4 (1-3)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
preliminariesAtlante FCDeportivo Tachira2000-11-211 - 2 2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Libertadores 2000
group stageRosario CentralSporting Cristal2000-02-223 - 1 4 (3-1)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa CONMEBOL 1999
group stageTalleresIndependiente Petrolero1999-10-203 - 0 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Mercosur 1999
group stagePalmeirasRacing Club1999-08-057 - 0 8 (4-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Sudamericana u17 1999
1/2 finalsUruguay u17Paraguay u171999-03-170 - 2 4 (3-1)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageArgentina u17Venezuela u171999-03-122 - 0 6 (3-3)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
group stageUruguay u17Peru u171999-03-083 - 0 4 (1-3)2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)