Portuguese official Proenca to referee Euro 2012 Final



By Adam Higgins
Chief Football Editor in Kiev



Proenca (pictured above in action during an international match) is the most-used referee out of the twelve at the tournament 


UEFA have announced that referee Pedro Proenca will oversee Sunday's showpiece final at Euro 2012 between Spain and Italy at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev.

The 41-year old Portuguese official, who is also a financial advisor, has been given the 31st match of the tournament which is the massive finale to a thrilling three weeks of football as the curtain comes down in the Ukrainian capital this Sunday evening (1st July) with the reigning world and European champions Spain against the 2006 World Cup winners and one-time European championship winners Italy.

Proenca, born in Lisbon, has been officiating in the top-flight Portuguese Liga since the beginning of the 1998-1999 season while he was promoted to FIFA's elite international list in 2003.

Among his accolades include being named as the Portuguese referee of the season for 2006-07 as voted by his fellow colleagues after a string of excellent performances which was rewarded with the appointment to a Portuguese cup semi-final. Pedro was the best referee of the 2010-11 season as spotted by the Portuguese Football Federation in which he oversaw five Champions League games during that campaign including Manchester United's semi-final second leg victory over Schalke at Old Trafford.

He has taken charge of two Portuguese cup finals and three super cups in his career. Last season, he officiated in 42 games in total brandishing 114 yellow cards while handing out nine red cards. He took charge of five Champions League games during the campaign including three group stage matches: Marseille's 1-0 defeat of Olympiakos in September where he dismissed French defender Rod Fanni, Manchester City's 3-0 victory over La Liga side Villarreal in November and a goalless draw between Lille and Trabzonspor in December.

In March, he was the man in black for the last 16 second leg between Inter Milan against Marseille at the San Siro where he awarded the Italian outfit a last-minute penalty whilst sending off Marseille's goalkeeper Steve Mandanda but the French side went through on the away goals.

Proenca was presitigiously selected as man in the middle for last season's 2011-12 UEFA Champions League Final between Bayern Munich and Chelsea at the Allianz Arena, awarding the Bundesliga runners-up a penalty in extra-time for Didier Drogba's foul on Franck Ribery which was saved by Petr Cech from Arjen Robben. The Premier League side went on to lift the trophy for the first time in their history after being victorious on penalties.

This will be his fourth match of the Euro 2012 tournament after taking charge of Spain's 4-0 win over Republic of Ireland in Group C in Poznan and Sweden's 2-0 victory over France in Group D in Kiev as well as overseeing England's exit to Italy on penalties in the quarter-final stage last weekend. He has already overseen both teams involved in the final once and is able to officiate the game as his home nation Portugal were knocked out in the semi-finals.

Proenca will be assisted on the night by countrymen Bertino Cunha Miranda and Ricardo Jorge Ferreira Santos, with Manuel Jorge Neves Moreira De Sousa and Duarte Nuno Pereira Gomes acting as additional assistant referees. The fourth official will be Cuneyt Cakir and the reserve assistant referee Bahattin Duran, both from Turkey.

The final will be broadcasted live, with an estimated worldwide audience of 73 million, on BBC1/HD and ITV1/HD on Sunday (1st July) kicking off at 7:45pm.


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