Marco Antonio Rodríguez
|Full name||Marco Antonio Rodríguez Moreno|
November 10, 1973 |
Mexico City, Mexico
In Mexico, Rodríguez is known for being a very strict referee who gives many yellow and red cards.
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. Finally, he has been selected for the 2014 tournament in Brazil, in which he took charge of 3 games including the semifinal between Germany and Brazil, after which he announced his retirement. 
He had the nickname "Chiquidrácula" due to his resemblance to a Mexican TV character of child Count Dracula, portrayed by Carlos Espejel. More recently he asked not being called "Chiquidrácula" due to his Christian faith. He asked to be called "Chiquimarco" instead.
World Cup matches officiated
|Tournament||Date||Venue||Round||Team 1||Result||Team 2|
|2006||June 10||Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt||First Round||England||1–0||Paraguay|
|2006||June 21||Allianz Arena, Munich||First Round||Ivory Coast||3–2||Serbia and Montenegro|
|2010||June 13||Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban||First Round||Germany||4–0||Australia|
|2010||June 25||Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria||First Round||Spain||2–1||Chile|
|2014||June 17||Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte||First Round||Belgium||2–1||Algeria|
|2014||June 24||Arena das Dunas, Natal||First Round||Italy||0–1||Uruguay|
|2014||July 8||Estádio Mineirão, Belo Horizonte||Semi-finals||Brazil||1–7||Germany|
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- "The World Cup referees – Part Two". Sporting Index. June 3, 2014. Retrieved 2014-06-17.
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