Pijpers led Kazakhstan in their first European campaign in Euro 2008 qualification. They recorded wins over Serbia (home) and Armenia (away) and drew both matches against Belgium and Azerbaijan. Pijpers then extended his contract until the end of World Cup 2010 qualification and Kazakhstan proved to be very ambitious with the board feeling that they could qualify for the FIFA World Cup. Pijpers however disagreed and after a poor start to the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification campaign, he was fired by the Kazakhstan Football Association as they felt he was not being aggressive enough. Altogether under Pijpers the Kazakhstan national team played 36 games winning seven and drawing 11 (19.44% of winning).