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Friday, 29 June 2012 12:03

Pedro Proença awarded Euro final

Portuguese referee to take charge of Spain vs Italy

pedro_proenca.jpgIt was today announced that Pedro Proença will take charge of the Euro 2012 final between Spain and Italy at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev on Sunday night, an honour that rounds off a remarkable year for the Portuguese referee.

The occasion will mark Proença’s second major final in the space of just six weeks, having taken charge of this season’s Champions League final between Chelsea and Bayern Munich.

Proença put in an impressive performance during European club football’s showpiece event, correctly disallowing a Franck Ribery goal for offside before awarding the German side a deserved penalty after Didier Drogba tripped the same player during extra time.

The financial director from Pinhal Novo started out as a referee at the age of eighteen, and was awarded his Fifa badges five years later in 1993. He first began to officiate games in the Primeira Liga in 1998, and was named as the Referee of the Year by the Portuguese Football Federation in both 2007 and 2011.

Proença became a Fifa-listed international referee in 2003, and took charge of the U19 European Championship final between Spain and Turkey just one year later. This is Proença’s first involvement at a major international tournament, having been promoted to Fifa’s elite category at the start of the 2009/10 season.

The 41-year-old has already taken charge of three games at Euro 2012, which have included both of Sunday’s finalists. He was the man in the middle for Spain’s 4-0 thrashing of the Republic of Ireland and Sweden’s surprise 2-0 win over France in the group stage, while he also refereed the goalless quarter-final between England and Italy last weekend. During those matches he has shown a total of ten yellow cards.

Other candidates in the running to be awarded the final were Italian Nicola Rizzoli, who became ineligible after his home country beat Germany in last night’s semi-final, and Howard Webb, the Englishman who took charge of 2010 World Cup final between Spain and the Netherlands.

Proença will be assisted by compatriots Bertino Miranda and Ricardo Santos, as well as Manuel de Sousa and Duarte Gomes who will act as additional assistant referees. Turkish referee Cüneyt Çakir, who refereed Portugal’s semi-final loss to Spain, will be the fourth official.

It may not be quite how many envisaged it, but it is nice to know that Portugal will be involved in the Euro 2012 final in some capacity at least. Here at PortuGOAL, we would like to wish Proença and his team the best of luck ahead of what will hopefully be an occasion to remember.

by Tom Clee
Comments (10)
10 Monday, 02 July 2012 22:23
the grat man
Portuguese in the final
9 Sunday, 01 July 2012 22:20
Congratulations Mr. Proenca! You are an excellent referee!

So proud to have a Portuguese referee and crew in the Euro final. It was a fantastic performance by the referees in such an important match. Thank You!!
8 Sunday, 01 July 2012 15:23
some of the english commentators/pundits pronounce him as 'pro-anka'.

eventually the fans will sing 'the referee's a pro-anka!'
7 Saturday, 30 June 2012 19:15
I always knew the portuguese would be in the final
6 Saturday, 30 June 2012 01:43
I have to share the following story.
I went to Newark, NJ for dinner tonight to a Portuguese restaurant. I've been going there for many years and have gotten to know the employees. There's Sporting, Porto fans and even a Benfica fan. We were discussing the Euros and the Seleccao, when I mentioned Proenca. The Sporting fan immediately started going on and on how he's a crook. How Sporting has never once won a match that he officiated (not sure if that's true). He could never accept that Proenca was a well respected ref and just kept saying he was crooked.
It was a very funny interchange, which reminded me of many we have here on the posts.
Pedro Proenca
5 Friday, 29 June 2012 19:00
He looks like that Spanish referee's identical twin.
Nice finish
4 Friday, 29 June 2012 18:31
This is a nice way for the Portuguese to wrap up a successful and memorable tournament. Hopefully he doesn't end up with a nightmare of a final match to officiate like Webb did in 2010!
Much deserved congratulations
3 Friday, 29 June 2012 15:48
Wow, how is it possible for a Portuguese referee be so highly touted by UEFA and FIFA yet be so maligned at home. I thought they were all cheats.

It's a great honor having a Portuguese referee man such important matches. Yes there's always questionable calls but most are due to our very own club prejudices.

I wish him and his crew a great match.
We made a final
2 Friday, 29 June 2012 14:17
Congratulations Pedro! You did a great job in the CL final and I am sure you will do great on Sunday. I will be rooting for you to do a good job.
1 Friday, 29 June 2012 12:40
Good luck Pedro! We hope for another great performance in a major final for the 2nd time in 6 weeks.

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