Referee Horacio Elizondo bio

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Born
1963-11-04
Intl. since
1994-01-01
Hometown
Parada Robles
Country
Argentina
Speaks
Spanish, English
Occupation
Physical education teacher
Hobbies
Playing golf, writing poetry
 
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Handball

2009-01-29

Physical education teacher Horacio Elizondo started his career as a referee in a handball match as a student. It was just for fun, but he realized he liked it so much that he signed up for a training course.

Cornerstones
"It was as if I'd been born to do it", Elizondo said in an interview, stating that "refereeing combines three things that are cornerstones of my life: sport, teaching and justice".

CV
Elizondo started in the Argentinian first division in 1992, internationally he's been at it since 1994. His CV boasts several of the potentially explosive River Plate - Boca Juniors encounters in Argentina, Copa América finals, South American zone qualifier matches, matches in the Africa Cup, qualifiers, and youth championships. He was ranked the fifth best referee in the World by FIFA in 2001.

Final
He got five matches in the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany, among them the very first and the final. France vs Italy.

Resigned in december 2006
Horacio Elizondo resigned in december 2006 and started working on TV and in the Sports Area in the National Government.

The best in the World 2006
After resigning, he was ranked the Best Referee in the World by FIFA in 2006. Slovakian Lubos Michel was second, and German Markus Merk came up third.

From our reporter: Ray Miller-Short