It was 1970 when in a meeting in my parent’s house it was heard:
That’s when I, Arturo Brizio Carter, at the age of 14, drove Arturo Yamasaki’s car, baptized as “El Árbitro de América” by Mr. Ángel Fernández.
The origin of this story is the Brizio’s home, located in Grama 108, near the Azteca Stadium, where the best referees in México gathered after every game to share some snacks, drinks (sometimes more than one), and conversation about referees, with my father Mr. Arturo. It has been my passion since then.
Along with my brother Eduardo, I learned to drive this figure’s cars, Yamasaki’s Bug, “Pato” Molina’s MG, Mario Rubio’s Falcon, Domingo de la Mora’s Barracuda, Joaquin Urrea’s cherry red Volkswagen, and even Diego de Leo’s black Mercedes.
I learned to drive, but also to admire these men and the amazing work they did for my beloved sport, and even when the idea of becoming a referee in those days didn’t even crossed my mind, their affection and generosity helped me become the man I am today.
In 1976, at the age of 20, I started my studies at UNAM’s Law School, and an institutional course of the FEMEXFUT led by Mr. Alfredo Fabela Rodas with the professors Rafael Valenzuela and Marín, and Yamasaki himself. In the middle of the course we had to referee one of the hardest leagues in México City; The Guadalupe “Invernal”, known as “La Infernal”.
My first match as a referee was a disaster; I booked players without a reason, send players off, refereed penalties, I never saw the assistants, and by a miracle didn’t get killed. On my way home, and with my pride hurt, sat in a subway wagon I cried and cried out of anger, and promise myself not to referee again.
On that Sunday evening, I took a shower and went to church, that’s when I decided I would finish the course in order to become a good referee. Because of this decision, I was a referee for 22 years, that smell still haunts me and runs through my veins like some kind of drug.
From this time, I have unforgettable memories, went to remote places, made friends, learned the perks of the discipline, but most of all, I was able to live from the inside the biggest economic and socio-cultural phenomenon in the history of the humanity: The religion named football.
Because of my referee career I assisted to Central American and Caribbean Games, Gold Cup, U-17 World Cup, U-20 World Cup, Olympic Games, America’s Cup, and two World Cups, as well as 10 Mexican tournament’s finals. I’m thankful to the people who in some way has something to do with this beautiful career, I’m still learning from you, just like I did those evenings at my parent’s house when I was 14 years old.
Teamwork. ¿Fantasy or reality?
For every kind of audience, we’ll be able to acknowledge the perks of collaboration, leadership, pursue of excellence, among others.
Length: 1 hour, 15 minutes.
For a young audience. With this conference, we’ll be able to recognize the importance of our decisions and how they affect our environment.
Length: 1 hour, 45 minutes.
Salesforce, counter clerks, and everyone who offers goods and services. Taking advantage of the football simile in the phrase “profound service” as a preamble of something exciting, in this conference we’ll have suggestions to settle basis in order to provide excellent service.
Length: 1 hour, 45 minutes.
Let’s talk about referees
For Sports Clubs and some University careers. In a colloquial way, we’ll learn about the difficulties of establishing authority in the tough world of amateur and professional football.
Length: 1 hour, 30 minutes.