Rafael Furchi was born in Ramos Mejia, Buenos Aires, in 1966. His first appearence in Argentinian 1st division was on June 12th 1999, when he refereed a game between Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata and Independiente.
He got his FIFA badge in 2003, but he couldn´t show a sufficiently high level to be considered to referee important continental games. He has directed just one Copa Libertadores match (in 2007) and a few others. In Argentinian Apertura 2005, he refereed which is - according to himself - his most important match: the Superclasico between River Plate and Boca Juniors, a boring 0-0 in Monumental. He has refereed more than 170 matches in 1st division. He showed 97 red cards and conceded 49 penalties. He retired internationally at the end of 2010.
Furchi is a very honest referee and not technically bad, but he suffers from an important lack of personality. That means he´s not always very sure about himself and his calls, and the argentinian players, always crafty, know how to take advantage of this. However, during the last time, Furchi has been working on this and he has certainly improved.
- During a game between Nueva Chicago and River Plate in Clausura 2007, Furchi gave River a free kick very near the Chicago area line. But the lineman called him and said that the fault had been inside the area, so Furchi finally conceded a penalty. TV showed that the referee first impression had been correct (which meant, it had been huge mistake). Later, the lineman confessed Furchi that he wasn´t sure about the action. It´s said that, after the confession, Furchi tried to bump the assistant.
- During AFA Clausura tournament in 2007, Furchi was suspended twice due to his low performances. Argentinian press suggested that after that, AFA would remove him from the international referees list, but finally, this didn´t happen and he´s still there in 2008.
- In 2007 Furchi was the referee with the highest red booking record inside the Argentinian competition. In total he gave 10 red bookings.
Statistics for RAFAEL FURCHI
Based on 6 international matches
MATCHES FOR RAFAEL FURCHI
|Copa Sudamericana 2010|
|1/8 finals||Union San Felipe||LDU Quito||2010-10-12||4 - 2||6 (4-2)||0 (0-0)||1 (0-1)||0 (0-0)|
|Copa Libertadores 2007|
|group stage||Deportes Tolima||Gremio||2007-03-15||1 - 0||3 (3-0)||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)|
|Copa Sudamericana 2006|
|preliminaries||Vélez Sarsfield||LanÃºs||2006-09-20||0 - 1||7 (3-4)||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)|
|Copa Sudamericana u15 2005|
|group stage||Brazil u15||Uruguay u15||2005-10-27||2 - 0||2 (1-1)||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)|
|group stage||Brazil u15||Paraguay u15||2005-10-25||2 - 1||1 (0-1)||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)|
|Copa Sudamericana 2005|
|preliminaries||Banfield||Estudiantes||2005-08-10||2 - 0||5 (3-2)||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)||0 (0-0)|