Friday, 11 November 2011

Vegara bids farewell to FIFA

Today is the swan song for Héctor Vergara, Winnipeg's gift to the world of international football.

Born in San Javier, Chile, Vergara's family came to Winnipeg when he was 11. He got involved in soccer as a teenager and soon began officiating.

In his 30 year career as an official he reached the pinnacle of world soccer: 150 international matches, including 14 World Cup games. In last year's World Cup he became the most experienced international assistant referee in the world.

His final FIFA match was today, November 11, between the US Virgin Islands and Curacao in Frederiksted, US Virgin Islands. He was teamed up with Canadian referee Mauricio Navarro
who, I believe, was also officiating his last match.

Vegara is also the Executive Director of the Manitoba Soccer Association.

Statement from Héctor Vergara November 8, 2011
Impressive career of a Canadian assistant referee Dutch Referee
Héctor Vergara represents Canada at the World Cup Canadian Immigrant.ca

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