Marco Antonio Rodríguez

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Rodríguez and the second or maternal family name is Moreno.
Marco Antonio Rodríguez
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Full name Marco Antonio Rodríguez Moreno
Born (1973-11-10) November 10, 1973 (age 41)
Mexico City, Mexico
Years League Role
1997–2014 Primera División Referee
Years League Role
2000–2014 FIFA listed Referee

Marco Antonio Rodríguez Moreno (born November 10, 1973 in Mexico City) is a former[1] Mexican football referee.


In Mexico, Rodríguez is known for being a very strict referee who gives many yellow and red cards.[2]

An international referee since 2000, Rodríguez has been selected for three FIFA World Cups. In the 2006 tournament in Germany, he refereed the England vs Paraguay match and the Côte d'Ivoire vs Serbia and Montenegro match, where he sent off Cyril Domoraud and Albert Nađ. In the 2010 tournament in South Africa, Rodríguez was match referee for the first group match between Australia and Germany, where he contentiously gave a straight red card to Australian striker Tim Cahill. He also sent off Chile's Marco Estrada in a controversial decision during the group stage encounter between Chile and Spain.[3] Finally, he has been selected for the 2014 tournament in Brazil,[4] in which he took charge of 3 games including the semifinal between Germany and Brazil, after which he announced his retirement. [5]

Personal life[edit]

He had the nickname "Chiquidrácula" in reference to his resemblance to a Mexican TV character of child Count Dracula, portrayed by Carlos Espejel.[6] More recently he asked not being called "Chiquidrácula" in reference to his Christian faith. He asked to be called "Chiquimarco" instead.[7]

A former sports professor, he now serves as a Protestant priest outside of his activity as a referee.[8]

World Cup matches officiated[edit]

Tournament Date Venue Round Team 1 Result Team 2
Germany 2006 June 10 Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt First Round  England 1–0  Paraguay
Germany 2006 June 21 Allianz Arena, Munich First Round  Ivory Coast 3–2  Serbia and Montenegro
South Africa 2010 June 13 Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban First Round  Germany 4–0  Australia
South Africa 2010 June 25 Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria First Round  Spain 2–1  Chile
Brazil 2014 June 17 Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte First Round  Belgium 2–1  Algeria
Brazil 2014 June 24 Arena das Dunas, Natal First Round  Italy 0–1  Uruguay
Brazil 2014 July 8 Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte Semi-finals  Brazil 1–7  Germany


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Preceded by
Guatemala Carlos Batres
FIFA Club World Cup final match referees
Mexico Marco Rodríguez
Succeeded by
Uzbekistan Ravshan Irmatov