Kuipers to become first Dutch referee for Euro final
Kuipers to become first Dutch referee for Euro final

Refereeing Team at the Euro 2020 Final - England vs Italy

Referee: Björn Kuipers (Netherlands)

Assistants: Sander van Roekel, Erwin Zeinstra (both Netherlands)

Fourth official: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (Spain)

Reserve Assistant Referee: Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez (Spain)

Video Assistant Referee: Bastian Dankert (Germany)

VAR Assistants: Pol van Boekel (Netherlands), Christian Gittelmann, Marco Fritz (Germany)

Kuipers dubbed the world’s richest referee has been put in command of England’s first European Championship final, Sunday’s showdown with Italy at Wembley.

Kuipers will be joined at Euro 2020 final by Dutch assistants Sander van Roekel and Erwin Zeinstra, while Carlos Del Cerro Grande (Spain) will be fourth official. The video assistant referee (VAR) role has been assigned to Bastian Dankert (Germany), who will be accompanied by Pol van Boekel (Netherlands), Christian Gittelmann and Marco Fritz (both Germany). Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez (Spain) completes the line-up as assistant reserve referee.

Kuipers Made the Headlines of Drama

Kuipers failed to spot one of the most controversial incidents in Dutch football history in November 2010 when he was in charge of the Eredivisie clash between Ajax and PSV. After a brawl on the pitch, Luis Suarez bit opponent Otman Bakkal's shoulder right in front of the man in charge, but Kuipers missed the flashpoint, much to the dismay of the PSV players.

There has also been plenty of drama outside his native country. Kuipers made the headlines for all the wrong reasons after failing to award Stuttgart a penalty in their 1-1 Champions League draw against Barcelona in February 2010, while Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho was not best pleased with the Dutchman in February 2012 when he felt Kuipers allowed the CSKA Moscow players too much liberty in the Champions League last-16 first-leg clash.

Nonetheless, Uefa have consistently backed the 48-year-old throughout the years.

Who is Bjorn Kuipers - Biography

Bjorn Kuipers - Early Life

Bjorn Kuipers was born on 28 March 1973, to Dutch parents, Gonny Kuipers and Jan Kuipers. He was born and raised in Oldenzaal, Overijssel, Netherlands.

He is 48 years old. Bjorn sun sign is Aries and his birth flower is Daffodil & Jonquil.

He studied business administration at the Radboud University Nijmegen. Talking about his nationality, he is a Dutch citizen with a Caucasian ethnic background.

Bjorn Kuipers - Personal Life, Family

Bjorn Kuipers is indeed performing well on the pitches now let's have a look at his personal life. Bjorn Kuiper has maintained his love life quit secretly. He has set his social media as private, Maybe he wants to keep his relationship away from the media.

Kuipers is possibly a married man and it seems he is having a blissful life with his family as there are no any rumors or any negative regards from his side.

Bjorn Kuipers - Net Worth and Endorsements

Bjorn Kuiper has an estimated net worth of $5.4 million in 2017, including all of his properties and incomes. As of 2017, he is receiving an annual salary of $2 million form the Dutch league Eredivisie.

Apart from his earnings as a referee, he is also the owner of a number of supermarkets and a hair studio in his hometown Oldenzaal.

Referee Bjorn Kuipers - Career

Kuipers professionally debuted in a domestic match as a referee on 20 September 2002, in a second-tier clash between SC Telstar and MVV. He was further promoted into the A-List of referees of the Royal Dutch Football Association, KNVB and has refereed in every season of the top-tier Dutch league Eredivisie from 2005.

Refereeing Team for Euro 2020 Final: Who is Bjorn Kuipers - Biography

Euro 2020 - Quarter Final - Czech Republic v Denmark - Baku Olympic Stadium, Baku, Azerbaijan - July 3, 2021 Referee Bjorn Kuipers Pool via REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

The son of a referee, Kuipers was often seen on the sidelines of football pitches during his childhood. Unlike his father, the Oldenzaal-born figure initially preferred another role in the sport as he started playing football at local amateur side Quick '20. Only when he lost interest in playing did Kuipers eventually follow in the footsteps of his father and pursue a career as an official.

Kuipers' life wasn't all about football as he enrolled into Radboud University Nijmegen to study business administration, a decision he would not regret. Today, Kuipers is the co-owner of a number of supermarkets, as well as a hair studio in his home town.

Bjorn Kuipers will be in charge of the Euro 2020 final between England and Italy at Wembley (London) on Sunday at 21:00 CEST, The UEFA Referees Committee has announced.

The Dutchman also refereed the game between Denmark and Belgium and the quarter-final between the Czech Republic and Denmark.

Kuipers has been a FIFA official since 2006 and was the referee for the group stage match between Spain and Slovakia. It will be his seventh UEFA competition final, following:

*2018 UEFA Europa League final between Marseille and Atlético de Madrid

*2014 UEFA Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid

*2013 UEFA Europa League final between Benfica and Chelsea

*2011 UEFA Super Cup match between Barcelona and Porto

*2009 UEFA Under-21 European Championship final between Germany and England

*2006 UEFA European Under-17 Championship final between Czech Republic and Russia

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