Bio
Sergio Pezzotta
Born: 1967-11-28
Intl. since: 2000-01-01
Hometown: Rosario (Santa Fe)
Country: Argentina
Speaks: Spanish
Occupation: dealer
Hobbies: reading

Born in Rosario, Santa Fe, Sergio Fabián Pezzotta is an international top referee and one of the most severe referees in the AFA League. He tends to show red cards whenever the rules allow him to. He started refereeing in Argentina´s 1st division in 1999.
He used to be a CONMEBOL Elite Category referee until he retired in 2012 because of his age.

3 Superclasicos in Bombonera

Pezzotta has refereed 3 matches between Boca Juniors and River Plate, all of them in Boca´s Stadium, the famous "Bombonera". It´s curious that Boca didn't win any of them: 0-1 (2004); 1-1 (2006) and again 1-1 (2007). In all three matches, he did a good job.

1st Argentinian League Final

December 13th 2006 won´t be easily forgotten by Sergio Pezzotta. That day he refereed the first Argentinian Football League final, between Boca Juniors and Estudiantes de La Plata. The teams were tied for first, so they had to play a tie-breaker match to win the championship. Pezzotta was selected by the AFA to referee this final. Estudiantes won 2-1 and obtained the Championship.

Road to WC 2010?

Pezzotta´s dream is to be part of the Referee´s Staff in the FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010. He was on the 54 member shortlist but never made it to the final one.

2008

At the end of 2008, the Argentinian Apertura tournament ended with 3 teams tied in the 1st position (Boca Juniors, San Lorenzo and Tigre). Because of this, a "triangular tournament" between these three teams had to be played, in order to determine the new champion. Pezzotta was one of the three referees chosen to officiate in these finals: he was nominated to take charge of the last one, Boca Juniors-Tigre.

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Sergio Pezzotta ended on top of WorldReferee's top 100 in 2009.

2011

In 2011 he had on his charge the Copa Libertadores second leg final between Santos and Peñarol

Did you know
SERGIO PEZZOTTA

  • In 2011 Pezzotta refereed the decisive game River Plate vs Belgrano in the Monumental stadium. A match in the Argentinian league, which determined whether River - one of the 2 most popular teams of Arg - will have to play in 2nd division. During that game in half-time, Pezzotta was threatened in his room by River fans (nobody knows how they managed to get in). After that CONMEBOL thought Pezzotta was not going to be psychologically able to referee in Monumental for a while.
  • Sergio Pezzotta won WorldReferee's golden whistle in 2009.
  • Asked about recent criticism of the general level of refereeing in Argentina, Pezzotta had this to say to the national 'la Nacion' newspaper: "I watch European football and the level of refereeing is lower. It is allowed to play very aggressively. Here I think, generally speaking, the level is good. We are always going to make mistakes, they are part of the game. They have to be reduced though."
  • Pezzotta is married and has three children. His wife is called Gabriela. His children: Guido of 8, Bruno, 7 and Gina, 2 years old. (2007)
  • Pezzotta is an avid reader. Fontanarrosa, García Márquez and Vargas Llosa are amongst his favourites. In his suitcase for the Copa America 2007 was a copy of "El mundo del revés" (Upside down) by Eduardo Galeano .
  • In 2007 Pezzotta was the booking champion inside the Argentinian league with 10 red and 97 yellows.
Statistics
Statistics for SERGIO PEZZOTTA
Totals Home Away Total
Penalties 14 5 19
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 186 229 415
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 19 24 43
Averages Home Away Total
Penalties 0.17 0.06 0.11
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 2.24 2.76 2.5
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 0.23 0.29 0.26

Based on 83 international matches

Matches
MATCHES FOR SERGIO PEZZOTTA
Date Score Yellow Red Penalties Fouls
WC 2014 qualifiers - S. America
ColombiaParaguay2012-10-122 - 0 4 (1-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
PeruParaguay2011-10-072 - 0 1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Sudamericana 2012
2nd roundRacing ClubColón2012-08-301 - 2 6 (2-4)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Libertadores 2012
1/8 finalsCruz AzulLibertad2012-05-011 - 1 4 (1-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
play-offsLibertadEl Nacional2012-01-314 - 1 5 (2-3)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Sudamericana 2011
1/4 finalsLDU QuitoLibertad2011-11-031 - 0 1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
2nd stageVélez SarsfieldArgentinos Juniors2011-09-084 - 0 5 (2-3)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
Copa America 2011
1/4 finalsBrazilParaguay2011-07-170 - 0 6 (2-4)2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stagePeruMexico2011-07-081 - 0 2 (0-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageParaguayEcuador2011-07-030 - 0 2 (2-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Libertadores 2011
final (2nd leg)Santos FCPeñarol2011-06-222 - 1 5 (2-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1/4 finalsJaguaras ChiapasCerro Porteno2011-05-121 - 1 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1/8 finalsFluminenseLibertad2011-04-283 - 1 6 (3-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageDeportivo TachiraCerro Porteno2011-04-060 - 2 4 (2-2)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageColo-ColoSantos FC2011-03-163 - 2 9 (5-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageOnce CaldasUniv. San Martin2011-02-160 - 3 5 (2-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
play-offsGremioLiverpool (ur)2011-02-023 - 1 3 (1-2)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
friendly
BrazilRomania2011-06-071 - 0 1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Sudamericana 2010
2nd stageIndependienteArgentinos Juniors2010-08-261 - 0 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Libertadores 2010
1/2 finalsUniversidad de ChileGuadalajara2010-08-030 - 2 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1/8 finalsLibertadOnce Caldas2010-05-062 - 1 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)2 (2-0)0 (0-0)
group stageUniversidad CatólicaFlamengo2010-04-142 - 0 2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageInd. MedellinCorinthians2010-03-101 - 1 4 (1-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageSao PauloMonterrey CF2010-02-102 - 0 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Sudamericana 2009
1/4 finalsCerro PortenoBotafogo2009-10-212 - 1 7 (3-4)3 (1-2)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
1st knockoutFluminenseAlianza Atletico2009-10-014 - 1 8 (2-6)4 (1-3)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
1st knockoutInternacionalUniversidad de Chile2009-09-231 - 1 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st stageRiver PlateLanús2009-08-191 - 2 5 (3-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 2010 qualifiers - S. America
ColombiaEcuador2009-09-052 - 0 4 (1-3)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
ParaguayChile2009-06-060 - 2 6 (4-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
BrazilPeru2009-04-013 - 0 2 (0-2)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
UruguayChile2007-11-182 - 2 8 (4-4)0 (0-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
Copa Libertadores 2009
1/4 finalsSao PauloCruzeiro2009-06-180 - 2 9 (4-5)2 (2-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
1st knockoutPalmeirasSport Recife2009-05-051 - 0 5 (2-3)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageBoyacá Chicó F.C.Gremio2009-03-110 - 1 6 (2-4)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stagePalmeirasColo-Colo2009-03-031 - 3 5 (1-4)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageSao PauloInd. Medellin2009-02-181 - 1 6 (3-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st stageClub NacionalEl Nacional2009-02-053 - 3 4 (1-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Sudamericana 2008
1/2 finalsEstudiantesArgentinos Juniors2008-11-201 - 0 7 (3-4)2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Libertadores 2008
1st knockoutRiver PlateSan Lorenzo2008-05-082 - 2 14 (8-6)3 (1-2)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
group stageCiencianoFlamengo2008-04-090 - 3 8 (5-3)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageSportivo LuqueñoSao Paulo2008-03-201 - 1 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageSao PauloAudax Italiano2008-03-052 - 1 6 (2-4)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Sudamericana 2007
1/2 finalsArsenal de SarandíRiver Plate2007-11-080 - 0 7 (4-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1/4 finalsSao PauloMillonarios2007-10-100 - 1 4 (1-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
preliminariesSan LorenzoArsenal de Sarandí2007-09-060 - 3 2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
preliminariesLibertadDefensor Sporting2007-08-212 - 2 10 (6-4)3 (2-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa America 2007
1/4 finalsMexicoParaguay2007-07-086 - 0 2 (1-1)1 (0-1)2 (2-0)0 (0-0)
group stageBrazilEcuador2007-07-041 - 0 5 (3-2)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
group stageBrazilMexico2007-06-270 - 2 4 (3-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Recopa Sudamericana 2007
finalInternacionalPachuca2007-06-074 - 0 3 (3-0)1 (0-1)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Libertadores 2007
1/2 finalsGremioSantos FC2007-05-302 - 0 6 (4-2)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
1/4 finalsNacional (UR)Cucuta Deportivo2007-05-222 - 2 6 (2-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st knockoutNecaxaNacional (UR)2007-05-100 - 1 6 (2-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageGremioCerro Porteno2007-04-241 - 0 9 (4-5)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageNecaxaSao Paulo2007-03-212 - 1 6 (3-3)0 (0-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
group stageSao PauloAlianza Lima2007-02-284 - 0 5 (2-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageNacional (UR)Internacional2007-02-213 - 1 3 (2-1)2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
preliminariesSantos FCBlooming2007-02-075 - 0 6 (2-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Sudamericana u20 2007
final stageBrazil u20Uruguay u202007-01-233 - 1 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
final stageColombia u20Uruguay u202007-01-210 - 2 5 (3-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageParaguay u20Peru u202007-01-091 - 0 3 (2-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageBrazil u20Chile u202007-01-074 - 2 6 (3-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Sudamericana 2006
preliminariesColo-ColoCoronel Bolognesi2006-09-191 - 0 7 (2-5)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
preliminariesSan LorenzoBanfield2006-08-222 - 1 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Libertadores 2006
group stageInternacionalPumas UNAM2006-03-223 - 2 6 (4-2)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
preliminariesNacional (UR)Universitario2006-01-212 - 2 7 (4-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Libertadores 2005
1st knockoutOnce CaldasTigres2005-05-191 - 1 5 (2-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageAtletico ParanaenseInd. Medellin2005-05-100 - 4 6 (3-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Sudamericana u17 2005
final stageUruguay u17Colombia u172005-04-151 - 0 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageParaguay u17Brazil u172005-04-093 - 2 4 (2-2)4 (2-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageVenezuela u17Paraguay u172005-04-011 - 3 3 (2-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Sudamericana 2004
preliminariesArsenal de SarandíRiver Plate2004-09-072 - 1 7 (3-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Libertadores 2004
group stageGuaraníSantos (Ang)2004-03-251 - 2 6 (1-5)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageSantos LagunaCaracas FC2004-03-163 - 1 6 (2-4)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Libertadores 2003
group stage12 de OctubreSantos FC2003-03-251 - 4 6 (3-3)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Sudamericana 2002
1st stageGimnasia La PlataBoca Juniors2002-09-113 - 1 1 (1-0)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Libertadores 2002
group stageOlimpia AsuncionUniversidad Católica2002-04-021 - 1 4 (2-2)2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageCobreloaAlianza Lima2002-02-265 - 0 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
group stageRiver PlateTalleres2002-02-140 - 0 6 (3-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Mercosur 2001
group stageCruzeiroColo-Colo2001-07-291 - 1 9 (4-5)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Mercosur 2000
group stagePalmeirasUniversidad Católica2000-08-221 - 1 5 (2-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Copa Libertadores 2000
group stageAtletico ParanaenseEmelec2000-03-091 - 0 6 (2-4)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)