Referee Olegario Benquerenca bio

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Born
1969-10-18
Intl. since
2001-01-01
Hometown
Leiria
Country
Portugal
Speaks
Portugese, English, French, Spanish
Occupation
Insurance Agent
Hobbies
Cycling, Jeep Races, Photography, Singing
 
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Olegario

2012-05-16

Whatever you say about Olegario Benquerenca, you can't say he is boring. The Portuguese 2010 World Cup quarter-final referee who often ends up on both our best and worst referees list, has a style of his own. Whether it's on TV or on the field, Olegario is always a little campy.

maybe
Maybe because his father was also a referee, Olegario Benquerença opted for a career in sports (and insurance) instead of one in politics. He climbed fast, in a few years from a small league to the national competition in 1995, to his FIFA badge in 2001. He is an Elite Category referee.

experience
Quickly on his way up, always in the Champions League group stage since 2005. A semi-final in the UEFA Cup in 2008.
He was selected as 4th official for EURO 2008.

2010
Olegario Manuel Bartolo F. Benquerenca had three matches at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, one was a quarter-final. Before that he gained some World Cup experience in 2007 (u-17) and 2009 (u-20).

best/worst
Benquerenca features in both our lists of best and worst refereed matches. So we may state there is some controversy about this referee... His commanding style is often considered a little too much, see for instance the picture below or this picture.

2012
Not a good year for the Portuguese top referee. He suffered from an injury and failed a mandatory fitness test. It was a great opportunity for Pedro Proenca to advance though: not only did Proenca appear on the short-list for the World Cup instead of Benquerenca (this is of course just guesswork), he also got the CL final, but that was on his own merits.

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From our reporter: Ray Miller-Short