July 9, 2006
Argentine Elizondo will work the middle
Berlin, Germany -- Argentine Horacio Elizondo will become the first game official to work a World Cup opener and final and the second ref to handle five matches at a championship.
Mexican Benito Archundia, who most recently was in the middle of the Italy-Germany semifinal, was the first..
Elizondo has shown 22 yellow cards and two red cards, including that controversial one to Wayne Rooney as England was eliminated by Portugal in the quarterfinal.
Elizondo, 42, is a physical education teacher, who likes golf and to write poetry.