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 CupEdit

World Cup 2006Edit

Archundia made his first World Cup appearance in the 2006 FIFA World Cup and refereed a total of five matches, equaling the most 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   Olympiastadion, Berlin First Round   Brazil 1 – 0   Croatia
2006 June 18   Zentralstadion, Leipzig First Round   France 1 – 1   South Korea
2006 June 22   FIFA WM Stadion Hamburg, Hamburg First Round   Czech Republic 0 – 2   Italy
2006 June 26   FIFA WM Stadion Köln, Cologne Round of 16    Switzerland 0 – 0 (0 – 3 pk)   Ukraine
2006 July 4   FIFA WM Stadion Dortmund, Dortmund Semi-finals   Germany 0 – 2 (a.e.t.)   Italy

World Cup 2010Edit

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


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Preceded by
  Dick Jol
FIFA Club World Cup final match referees
Benito Archundia
Succeeded by
  Carlos Batres
Preceded by
  Ravshan Irmatov
FIFA Club World Cup final match referees
Benito Archundia
Succeeded by
  Yuichi Nishimura