Liverpool v Debreceni (16/09/2009) - Meet the Referee
Monday, 14th September 2009
Pedro Proença Oliveira Alves Garcia of Portugal will referee our opening Champions League match against Debreceni VSC on Wednesday night.

The 38-year old from Lisbon has never refereed Liverpool or our opponents before. In fact, this will be only his third Champions League match since his first game two seasons ago when PSV Eindhoven beat CSKA Moskva 2-1 in Holland. Last season he was in the middle of a 1-1 draw between Zenit St. Petersburg and BATE Borisov.

He has though refereed 5 Champions League qualifiers since 2006, including one last month as Panathinaikos beat Sparta Praha 3-0 in Greece, a match that saw ex-reds Leto, Cissé and Berger line up against each other.

Garcia refereed three matches in the recent U21 tournament in Sweden including Germany's 1-0 semi-final win over Italy. More recently he was at Craven Cottage to referee Fulham's 3-1 Europa League Qualifier against Amkar Perm.

He has risen quickly through the ranks since refereeing the UEFA U19 Final in Switzerland in 2004 between Turkey and Spain. He has also refereed two World Cup qualifiers for South Africa next year, although he was not on the short-list of referees for the tournament itself.

The Financial Manager was voted top referee in Portugal for the 2006/07 season. Last season in Liga sagres he amassed a massive 83 yellow cards in only 15 games including two games were he went into double figures.

His assistants are Jose Tiago Garcias Bolinhas Trigo and José Carlos Neves Ramalho with Hugo Filipe Ferreira C. Moreira Miguel as the fourth official.

Some memorable matches involving Liverpool and Portuguese referees.
24th August 2001 - V.M.M.Pereira. Goals from Riise, Heskey and Owen give us a 3-2 UEFA Super Cup win over Bayern München in Monaco.
9th April 2002 - V.M.M.Pereira. Our first Champions League venture ends with a 4-2 defeat at Bayer 04 Leverkusen.
5th December 2005 - O.Benquerenca. Two goals from Robbie Fowler are not enough as Galatasaray win 3-2 in our return to the Ataturk Stadium.

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