May 17, 2012

Pedro Proença heads all Iberian team at Munich's UEFA Champions League final


Pedro Proença's final appointment, which was already communicated on Sunday, has unfolded to be true. He will head an all Iberian team of seven match officials including the Spanish ELITE referee Carlos Velasco Carballo from Spain.


Pedro Proença (POR) (c) UEFA.com

UEFA has confirmed that the 41 year-old Portuguese referee will be in charge of this season's greatest match in worldwide club football.
Proença, who works as financial director in Pinhal Novo, a small town between Lisbon and Setubal, made his FIFA bow in 2003 and has been joining the UEFA Champions League roster since 2007. He has already overseen a total amount of 42 UEFA club competition matches. The Portuguese is able to speak apart from his mother tongue also French and English. Enjoying reading, writing and movies as well as skiing as leisure time activties, he has taken a significantly rising development since his participation at the 2009 UEFA U21 EURO Sweden. Before that, he also joined the 2004 UEFA U19 EURO Switzerland, where he refereed his thus far first international final between Turkey and Spain. 
His biggest success is - apart from the pending UEFA Champions League final - the nomination for the 2012 UEFA EURO Poland/Ukraine. As part of the qualification mode, he took control over the playoff's 2nd leg between Croatia and Turkey as well.
Besides, he refereed the 2007 and 2010 Portuguese Cup finals and also ran the rule over two FC Porto successes in the domestic Super Cup in August 2003 and 2006. 

In compliance with the decision made by the International Football Association Board (IFAB), there will be a team of six officials, as it has been a common practice at the highest level of European club football, plus one reserve assistant referee. 
Hence, Bertino Miranda and Ricardo Santos will act as assistant referees, whereas Manuel de Sousa and Duarte Gomes (themselves UEFA First Group referees) will serve as additional assistant referees. The team is completed by Tiago Trigo, the reserve official who comes from Portugal, too, and Carlos Velasco Carballo from Spain as fourth official, himself an ELITE referee also joining the forthcoming European Championship, who has by the way the experience how it feels to be appointed for a tremendously important final: he was in charge of last season's UEFA Europa League final at Dublin Arena. 
The team will be observed and evaluated by the Slovenian UEFA Referee Committee member Vlado Sajn. Sofoklis Pilavios from Greece will execute the match as UEFA Delegate.

It is naturally difficult to characterize the typical tactical approach a certain referee normally applies in his matches. While UEFA has proven their satisfaction about a lenient style of refereeing in the last year, when the more likely generous referees Viktor Kassai (Hungary) and Carlos Velasco Carballo (Spain) received the final call-ups, they have underlined the high degree of diversity in this field as well.
Proença certainly counts to the more pedantic referees, who take technical aspects more seriously then others, although he also confirmed his great feeling for the right tactical approach in different matches. This means that he possesses the ability to adapt his approach, his style to the circumstances of the respective match. A value or rather skill one has to appreciate a lot.
He allows fair and hard football, but only to a certain extent. Concerning his card management one can say that - as it is typical of Iberian officials - he does not hesitate to issue cards if necessary.
In the interval from January 2011 to May 2012, he is at the moment occupying the 6th place in World of Football Refereeing's ranking displaying the performances shown in UEFA competitions. With this final nomination, he will be able to be vaulted at the peak of this ranking prior to UEFA EURO 2012. At any rate, UEFA has made a good decision to appoint this Portuguese for the German-English tie between Bayern München and FC Chelsea London. In the last season, he has already shown that he is capable of refereeing such a tie very well, when he was in charge of a comparable match between Manchester United and FC Schalke 04.

Bertino Miranda (POR) (c) World of Football Refereeing

It is remarkable that this team has received the final against a certain background. Bertino Miranda had accompanied Olegário Benquerença throughout his international career, before latter disappeared from the peak of UEFA refereeing due to (weak performances and) a serious injury. This means that - at least in UEFA Champions League - Proença and Miranda only experienced one match together, which was the round of 16 encounter between Internazionale and Olympique Marseille (they also worked together in a UCL match in 2008). And now, they will perform a UEFA Champions League final and a European Championship together. It is potentially or obviously no problem for UEFA, in comparison to many other European teams that will act in Poland/Ukraine, it is at least remarkable after all.
Ricardo Santos is familiar with Pedro Proença and showed good performances as well. Manuel de Sousa and Duarte Gomes were in charge of a few club competition matches this season themselves and are now ready for this big task. Tiago Trigo is the unlucky man in the team, even though he was actually one of the guarantor of Proença's success, he was replaced by Miranda, who seems to be liked more. 
For Carlos Velasco Carballo - as already stated - it is the second UEFA final in a row. With the benefit of hindsight, this appointment appears as quite sensible and a decision one should have been able to predict. It will not occur that often that no Spanish club will be involved in a UEFA Champions League final. Born in 1971, Velasco therefore needs a lot of luck to be able to referee one day the final as main referee.

The match will be kicked off on Saturday, 19 May 2012, at 20:45 CET.

World of Football Refereeing and its community wishes the officials all the best for a sucessful final.

35 Comments:

  1. Nicola Rizzoli as fourth official was a wrong news.

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  2. Right, and that is the shit if you copy news you are not sure about :S

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  3. It's easy to explain Carballo choice: no spanish teams involved, and this is really rare.
    Unfortunately for him, I repeat myself, he had Europa League final just one year ago, otherwise he would have been a strong candidate for Munchen.

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  4. Carballo i tak jest dobry,ale 42 leni dyrektor z Lizbony okazał się lepszy.Co do Hiszpana to może dlatego Collina go nie nominował bo przecież Bayern grał z REALEM i wygrał i żeby nie było później niepotrzebnych dyskusji że mógłby być za CHELSEA

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  5. I think the whole appointment makes sense, including the choice of Velasco Carballo as 4th official. I hope they'll have a good game.

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  6. The news on the portuguese football federation:

    http://www.fpf.pt/portal/page/portal/PORTAL_FUTEBOL/FEDERACAO/NOTICIA?notid=12648513

    Pedro Proença is the second referee in the history, to whistle a Champions League final. The previous and the only referee until now, was Antonio Garrido, which officiated the "European Cup " (this was the CHAMPIONS LEAGUE's name at that time) final in 1980.

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  7. Sofoklis Pilavios (GRE) as UEFA delegate.

    http://it.uefa.com/memberassociations/association=gre/news/newsid=1618600.html

    He is the greek football federation president.

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    1. The Hellenic Football Federation posted the news about 2 weeks ago with great pride. As I can remember it is only the second time a member of the Football Federation is Delegate at a UEFA Final. The first time was at 2003-2004 UEFA CUP Final Valencia - Marseille (Delegate was Theodore Theodoridis and the referee was Pierluigi Collina).

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  8. petschovschi17/5/12 20:30

    Olegario Benquerenca is in charge now at romanian derby Steaua- Dinamo

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    1. And Ante Vučemilović will rerferee Universitatee-CFR Cluj tomorrow (Ante Vučemilović, Dalibor Conjar, Goran Pataki, Danijel Trampus - Croatia)

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    2. Cluj-Steaua: Aytekin/Borsch/Hofmann from Germany

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    3. Benquerença was with João Santos and Venâncio Tomé.
      petschovschi, was the whistled penalty correct?

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  9. International friendlies in Austria:

    Slovakia - Poland
    René Eisner, Richard Hübler, Roland Braunschmidt, Harald Lechner

    Slovenia - Greece
    Robert Schörgenhofer, Alain Hoxha, Andreas Fellinger, Markus Hameter

    Ukraina - Estonia
    Harald Lechner, Alain Hoxha, Armin Eder, Markus Hameter

    Bulgaria - Turkey
    Gerhard Grobelnik, Roland Braunschmidt, Christian Trunner, René Eisner

    Georgia - Turkey
    Markus Hameter, Roland Brandner, Christian Trunner, Gerhard Grobelnik

    Latvia - Poland
    Harald Lechner, Alain Hoxha, Richard Hübler, René Eisner

    Armenia - Greece
    Alexander Harkam, Andreas Witschnigg, Armin Eder, Gerhard Grobelnik

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  10. Saudi Arabia King Cup of Champions Final

    AL AHLI - AL NASSER
    Luca Banti, Luca Maggiani, Massimiliano Grilli

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    1. Interesting.
      This time no fourth official, why?
      Last time there was Carmine Russo.
      Maybe they want to put a Saudi man because it's the final?

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    2. Without Italian 4th official cause he's not neccessary. Russo was neccessery because he was in charge in another match. Here you have full appointments of Italian refs in Saudi Arabia:

      SEMIFINALS
      07.05.2012
      AL HILAL RIYADH - AL AHLI JEDDAH
      Andrea Romeo, Fabio Galloni, Roberto Carrer, Carmine Russo
      08.05.2012
      AL NASR RIYADH - AL FATEH
      Carmine Russo, Fabio Galloni, Roberto Carrer, Andrea Romeo
      11.05.2012
      AL AHLI JEDDAH - AL HILAL RIYADH
      Antonio Giannocaro, Roberto Romagnoli, Marco Alessandroni

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    3. Because Russso was referee in a match one day before. Here you have all Italian appointments in semifinals:

      07.05.2012
      AL HILAL RIYADH - AL AHLI JEDDAH
      Andrea Romeo, Fabio Galloni, Roberto Carrer, Carmine Russo
      08.05.2012
      AL NASR RIYADH - AL FATEH
      Carmine Russo, Fabio Galloni, Roberto Carrer, Andrea Romeo
      11.05.2012
      AL AHLI JEDDAH - AL HILAL RIYADH
      Antonio Giannocaro, Roberto Romagnoli, Marco Alessandroni

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    4. Thanks again, last time I had read only the first appointment on the 07/05.

      So, the team flying to Arabia was: Romeo, Galloni, Carrer, Alessandroni, Romagnoli and Russo. Nice to hear that.
      I'm wondering what kit they wear there (they aren't FIFA).
      Is there any hope to see a video about that?
      I'm really curious about our referees performance in Asia, there is always a high demand but here these appointments aren't published, as I have said many times.

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    5. I forgot Giannoccaro :)

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    6. Giannocaro: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2u8Qrpy2Fg

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    7. Thanks again, an interesting red card here :)

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  11. It is Miranda's birthday today. Could one have a better one than travelling to a CL final? ;)

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    1. It depends on points of view :)

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  12. Copa Del Rey Final

    25.05.2012

    Athletic Club de Bilbao - FC Barcelona (Vicente Calderon)

    Referee: David Fernandez Borbalan
    Assistant 1: Raul Cabanero Martinez
    Assistant 2: Jesus Calvo Guadamuro
    Fourth Official: Antonio Miquel Mateu Lahoz
    Reserve Assistant Referee: Roberto Alonso Fernandez

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    1. Still waiting for the italian appointment of Coppa Italia final, today in a few hours we should have the names

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    2. Probably a FIFA ref, correct? My guess is Tagliavento.

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    3. This time no FIFA referee, just the fourth official.

      Here the appointment:

      TIM CUP 2011-2012
      Final

      JUVENTUS-NAPOLI

      Stadio Olimpico, Rome
      20/05/2012 h 21:00

      Referee: BRIGHI Christian (Cesena)
      Assistant Referee 1 NICCOLAI Giorgio (Livorno)
      Assistant Referee 2 COPELLI Cristiano (Mantova)
      Fourth official: BERGONZI Mauro (Genova)

      Not italian people could be surprised... I understand. :)
      But Brighi totally deserved this match, the last of his career.

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    4. He retires? Why? I read his is born 1973.

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    5. Yes, right. He is 38 years old, almost 39.
      But he isn't a FIFA referee, and here in Italy a referee without FIFA badge can remain in serie A category not more than 10 years.
      Brighi first year in serie A was in 2002/03, with his debut in 2003.
      Then, now, according to AIA statement and laws, he has to leave, even though he is still 38.
      This law is effective to ensure an adequate replacement of referees in serie A, we can't have always the same ones for years and years, as instead happens elsewhere.
      But... one of the controversial aspects is just this: a man has to retire, after 10 years, without looking at his age.
      Not always the right choice, because for example Brighi had an excellent season and he is near the top now.
      Anyway, his problem was in the past, when the previous committes didn't allow him to get his FIFA badge, sometimes there are wrong choices.
      This is the second referee in a row, after the last year (Emidio Morganti, Inter-Palermo) without FIFA badge, to referee Coppa Italia final...
      This probably means something, not always a FIFA referee is better than a "normal" one... :)

      maybe I was too long with my post but I needed to explain it well... I hope it's ok as explanation for you...

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    6. Actually it is a great post. In Greece we have a different system. A referee in order to be promoted to the 1st Category has to be under 37 and to have 2 full years in our 2nd category as referee. But he can remain at the first category until the mandatory retirement at 45.

      As for the second thing, surely a normal referee can be better than a FIFA one but our committee for the last 20 years appoints mostly FIFA referees. Only 2 times the last 20 years a non-FIFA referee took the final: Season 1995-1996 and Season 2005-2006. All the other years were FIFA referees.

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    8. I see. There is anyway a special law here, if a referee shows good performance on the pitch and he is at his last year, he can get a further year, as extra ordinary time. This happened with Morganti, who had to retire two years ago but he had another year and he retire just 12 months ago.
      But at the beginning of this season AIA president was clear: "no more exception from this year because we want to show that we have many able referees and not only the same names".

      The name of stand-by assistant referee was unfolded through unofficial sources:
      Marco Alessandroni (Roma 1)
      He is at his last year, too.

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  13. 2 Spanish Friendlies Appointments

    Albania - Qatar in Madrit

    Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo
    Assistant 1: Roberto Alonso Fernandez
    Assistant 2: Juan-Carlos Juste Jimenez
    Fourth Official: Carlos Clos Gomez

    Netherlands - Bulgaria

    Referee: Fernando Teixiere Vitientes
    Assistant 1: Victoriano Dias Casado
    Assistant 2: Javier Aguilar Rodriguez

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  14. Anonymous18/5/12 15:06

    Did you know that this will be second time that Vlado Šajn is observer in final of Champions league. First final as observer for him was 2005 Istambul Liverpool vs AC Milan

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  15. The spanish referee team in 2005 CL final was: Enrique Mejuto González, Clemente Ayete Plou, Óscar Martínez Samaniego and Arturo Daudén Ibáñez

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