Referee Arnaldo David Cezar Coelho bio

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Born
1943-01-15
Intl. since
1968-01-01
Hometown
Rio de Janeiro
Country
Brazil
Speaks
Portugese
Occupation
Hobbies
 
Matches Bio Did you know? Palmares

Final

2011-03-17

Arnaldo David Cezar Coelho was the first non-European referee to take charge of a World Cup final: Italy-West Germany in 1982.

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The list is impressive: Coelho was also active in the 1978 World Cup the Olympic Tournament and a final of a youth World Cup, see his palmares.
He was a professional referee from 1965 and a FIFA ref from 1968 and he retired in 1989. He is the referee with the most matches in the national competition: 294.
The physical education teacher Coelho started as a beach soccer referee. He now is a commentator on Brazilian radio and television.

From our reporter: James Ng