Proença refereeing a Champions League match in 2013.
|Full name||Pedro Proença Oliveira Alves Garcia|
3 November 1970|
|Other occupation||Financial advisor|
Proença has refereed a number of notable matches including the Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira, Taça de Portugal finals, Taça da Liga finals, as well as the final of both the UEFA Champions League and UEFA European Championship becoming the first referee to overview both finals of the main European competitions for clubs and national teams in the same year.
In 2006-07, he was named as the Portuguese Referee of the Year. He was promoted to UEFA's Elite category at the start of the 2009-10 season. On 22 June 2011, he was named as "Best Referee" for the 2010-11 season by the Portuguese Football Federation. In January 2013, he was voted by the IFFHS as the Best Referee of 2012. Proença retired from refereeing in January 2015.
Proença has refereed in the Portuguese Liga since 1998, being promoted to the FIFA international referee list in 2003.
On 10 August 2003, he officiated the Supertaça Cândido de Oliveira, his first final in Portuguese competitions. The match took place at Estádio D. Afonso Henriques, and opposed Porto and Leiria. A year later, he took charge of three matches at the 2004 UEFA Under-19 Championships, including the final between Turkey and Spain.
In December 2004, he officiated his first UEFA Cup match, the second leg of the first round tie between AEK Athens and Gorica. He was appointed to lead the 2007 Taça de Portugal Final, in a match opposing Sporting and Belenenses. Sporting eventually won with Liédson scoring the only goal of the match.
On 22 March 2008, he had the honor of refereeing the first final of Taça da Liga. The final was played at the Estádio Algarve in Faro between Vitória de Setúbal and Sporting Clube de Portugal. Vitória de Setúbal won 3-2 on penalties after a 0-0 draw. He cautioned three players, Sandro of Vitória de Setúbal, Polga and Miguel Veloso of Sporting. He was announced as the referee for the 2010 Taça de Portugal Final between Chaves and Porto (2-1). Ricardo Rocha and Bruno Alves were sent off for accumulation of yellow cards. He was elected to the 2011 Taça da Liga Final. The match was played by Paços de Ferreira, who had beaten Nacional 3-4 in their semi-final, and the title holders Benfica who had beaten their rivals Sporting 4-1 in their semi-final. Benfica went on to win 2-1 to take their fourth Taça da Liga in a row.
On 13 May 2012, he was chosen to referee the 2012 UEFA Champions League Final, between Chelsea and Bayern Munich. On 20 December 2011, he was named one of the 12 referees selected by UEFA to take charge of games at UEFA Euro 2012. He was in charge of the Group C fixture between Spain and Republic of Ireland on 10 June 2012, Group D fixture between Sweden and France on 19 June 2012 and the quarter-final between England and Italy on 24 June 2012. A particular incident occurred in the match between Spain and the Republic of Ireland, in which he pushed Keith Andrews over by accident. On 29 June 2012, UEFA announced that he would referee the final between the Spain and Italy, thus becoming the first Portuguese to referee a European Championship final. Like Howard Webb, who refereed the 2010 FIFA World Cup Final, he also refereed the Champions League final in the same year as taking charge of the final of a major international tournament. He has been selected by FIFA to participate in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.