Portuguese referee Proenca to oversee Champions League Final



By Alex Byrom
Referees Editor



Pedro Proenca from Portugal will oversee the biggest match of his career. 


Pedro Proenca from Portugal has been appointed to referee the Champions League final in Munich between Bayern Munich and Chelsea on Saturday at Fußball Arena München.

The 41 year old, who started refereeing in 1988, was given the announcement on Thursday at a special meeting for UEFA referees.

The Portuguese man, who also a financial director from Pinhal Novo, is Portugal's representative at the Euro 2012 tournament, so he will be hoping everything goes smoothly on Saturday. 

He is no stranger to the European stage actually becoming a UEFA referee in 2003, and has since refereed over 65 European matches since then, since his first tournament - the European U19 Championship final in 2004. 

Also on the officiating team are the two linesman: Bertino Miranda and Ricardo Santos, whilst the 4th official is Carlos Velasco Carballo from Spain. Completing the team are Jorge Sousa and Duarte Gomes, and Tiago Trigo - all from Portugal - are the extra Assistants and the reserve assistant referee. 

Benito Miranda is one of the linesman assisting Proenca on Saturday. 

In his career he has refereed many important games, notably the Champions League Semi-Final second-leg contest in 2010-11 between Manchester United and Schalke, which the Red Devils won 4-1, to progress to the final. In his domestic career, he refereed the 2007 and the 2010 Portuguese Cup finals, and Porto's two Super Cup triumphs in 2003 and 2006. 

In 2008, he officiated two UEFA EURO 2008 qualifiers, in which he was regardly praised, and was along side Mark Clattenburg at the 2009 UEFA U21 Championship, overseeing 3 matches as a referee, whilst was 4th official for the final, when Germany thrashed England 4-0.

Because of his consistent performances, he was promoted to UEFA's Elite category in 2009/10, along with Mark Clattenburg. He oversaw 4 Champions League games; 5 the following season. 

Proenca has taken charge of five Champions League matches this season, with Inter's 2-1 victory against Olympique de Marseille in the Round of 16 being the last contest he officiated in the competition, alongside 2 Europa League games, one of which was the first leg of the Quarter-Final between Schalke 04 and eventual finalists Club Athletic Bilbao. 

The match is live on all platforms, right across Europe - with a record of 450 million people turning out to watch across Europe - and is one of the most aniticipated finals for many years: it's Chelsea's second final after losing their previous, in a dramatic match in Moscow 4 years' ago against Manchester United; Bayern Munich are appearing their 9th final, with 4 wins (1974, 1975, 1976 and 2001) and they've runners-up 4 times also (1982, 1987, 1999, and 2010.)  

In England, it is live on Sky Sports 1/HD1 and in 3D for those who have it from 6pm; ITV is the terrestrial channel with coverage commencing at 7pm and is live in HD on ITV1 HD also. 

FC Bayern Munich vs Chelsea   KO: 7pm  Live on CHANNEL 5                                                                        Referee: PEDRO PROENCA (Portugal)                                                                                                                                         Assistants: Benito Miranda; Ricardo Santos                                                                                                                                              4th Official: Carlos Velasco Carballo (Spain)                                                                                                                                                   Extra Assistants: Duarte Gomes; Paulo Sousa                                                                                                                                               Reserve Assistant Referee: Tiago Trigo


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