Benito Archundia

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Benito Armando Archundia Téllez (born March 21, 1966) is a retired Mexican football referee. He is known in Mexico as Armando Archundia, but appears as Benito Archundia in FIFA records. He has been a professional referee since 1985 and has had his FIFA referee permission since 1993. His first fixture as an international referee was the 1994 match between USA and Greece.

Archundia is the all-time leader in appearances at the FIFA World Cup, being one of only two referees who have been appointed for 8 matches, the other being Joël Quiniou. He also shares the record for the most matches officiated in a single World Cup (5 in 2006). The only others who have achieved this feat are Horacio Elizondo in 2006, and Ravshan Irmatov in 2010.[1]

In addition, he has supervised the final of the FIFA Club World Cup twice, in 2005 and 2009.

He originally planned to retire at the end of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, but decided to continue for at least another year. He was the referee in the grand opening of the Estadio Omnilife, which featured Guadalajara vs Manchester United.[2]

In addition to working as a professional referee, Archundia is a lawyer and economist.

World Cup

World Cup 2006

Archundia made his first World Cup appearance in the 2006 FIFA World Cup and refereed a total of five matches, equaling the most number of matches by an individual referee (along with Argentina's Horacio Elizondo). His final game was the semi-final between Germany and Italy. In general he was one of the most respected and proficient referees at the 2006 World Cup, and give out an average of only 3 cards per game (the lowest of any referee at the competition).[3]

Tournament Date Venue Round Team 1 Result Team 2
2006 June 13 Germany Olympiastadion, Berlin First Round  Brazil 1 – 0  Croatia
2006 June 18 Germany Zentralstadion, Leipzig First Round  France 1 – 1  South Korea
2006 June 22 Germany FIFA WM Stadion Hamburg, Hamburg First Round  Czech Republic 0 – 2  Italy
2006 June 26 Germany FIFA WM Stadion Köln, Cologne Round of 16   Switzerland 0 – 0 (0 – 3 pk)  Ukraine
2006 July 4 Germany FIFA WM Stadion Dortmund, Dortmund Semi-finals  Germany 0 – 2 (a.e.t.)  Italy

World Cup 2010

His second World Cup appearance was in the 2010 FIFA World Cup and refereed a total of three matches. His final game was the third place play-off between Germany and Uruguay.

Tournament Date Venue Round Team 1 Result Team 2
2010 June 14 South Africa Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town First Round  Italy 1 – 1  Paraguay
2010 June 25 South Africa Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban First Round  Portugal 0 – 0  Brazil
2010 July 10 South Africa Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth Third place play-off  Uruguay 2 – 3  Germany


  1. ^ Planet World Cup - statistics
  2. ^ Armando Archundia pitará el Chivas-Manchester y no se retirará
  3. ^ Switzerland v. Ukraine (BBC Sport)

External links

  • FIFA profile
Preceded by
Netherlands Dick Jol
FIFA Club World Cup final match referees
Benito Archundia
Succeeded by
Guatemala Carlos Batres
Preceded by
Uzbekistan Ravshan Irmatov
FIFA Club World Cup final match referees
Benito Archundia
Succeeded by
Japan Yuichi Nishimura
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