Kuipers at Rio de Janeiro in 2013
|Full name||Björn Kuipers|
28 March 1973 |
Oldenzaal, Overijssel, Netherlands
|Other occupation||Supermarket owner|
Björn Kuipers (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈbjɵrn ˈkœypərs]; born 28 March 1973) is a Dutch football referee. He is a FIFA listed referee since 2006 and an UEFA Elite group referee since 2009. He is assisted during matches by his assistant referees Sander van Roekel and Erwin Zeinstra. During his illustrious career, Kuipers has officiated in several prestigious international finals like the 2011 UEFA Super Cup, the 2013 UEFA Europa League Final, the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup Final, the 2014 UEFA Champions League Final and the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup Final.
Kuipers' debut professional domestic match as a referee was a second-tier clash between SC Telstar and MVV at the Rabobank IJmond Stadion in IJmuiden on 20 September 2002. The match ended in a 1–0 victory for Telstar. He was inducted 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. At the domestic level, he has also overseen several important matches as a referee in the Eerste Divisie, the KNVB Beker and the Johan Cruijff Schaal.
Kuipers took charge of his debut professional domestic final when he was chosen to referee the 2009 Johan Cruijff Schaal clash between Heerenveen and AZ at the Amsterdam Arena in Amsterdam on 25 July 2009. AZ went on to win the match 5–1.
Kuipers officiated in the second Dutch Super Cup final of his career when he oversaw the 2012 Johan Cruijff Schaal clash between PSV Eindhoven and Ajax at the Amsterdam Arena in Amsterdam on 5 August 2012. The match ended in a 4–2 victory for PSV.
Kuipers' opportunity to referee his first Dutch Cup final came when he was in charge of the 2013 KNVB Beker Final between AZ and PSV Eindhoven at De Kuip in Rotterdam on 9 May 2013. AZ went on to win the match 2–1.
Kuipers got the chance to oversee his second Dutch Cup final came when he was selected to take charge of the 2016 KNVB Beker Final between Feyenoord and Utrecht at De Kuip in Rotterdam on 24 April 2016. Feyenoord went on to secure a 2–1 victory.
European and international career
Kuipers was awarded his FIFA badge in 2006. During the initial stages of his career, Kuipers officiated in junior-level tournaments like the UEFA European Under-17 Championship and the UEFA European Under-21 Championship. In June 2009, he was inducted into the UEFA Elite group of referees and became eligible to officiate at the highest level within European football. Kuipers has since then taken charge of several big matches in major tournaments such as the UEFA Europa League, the UEFA Champions League, the FIFA Club World Cup, the FIFA U-20 World Cup, the UEFA European Championship, the FIFA Confederations Cup and the FIFA World Cup.
During the initial stages of his career, Kuipers refereed the 2006 UEFA European Under-17 Championship Final between Czech Republic and Russia in Luxembourg on 14 May 2006 and also the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship Final between Germany and England in Sweden on 29 June 2009. 
Kuipers officiated in the first major senior European final of his career when he was appointed to referee the 2011 UEFA Super Cup clash between Barcelona and Porto at the Stade Louis II in Monaco on 26 August 2011.
During the UEFA Euro 2012, he refereed the Group C match between Republic of Ireland and Croatia at the Stadion Miejski in Poznań. He was also in charge of the Group D match between co-hosts Ukraine and France at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk, where he had to take the rare step of suspending the match due to a torrential electrical storm.
Kuipers took charge of the 2013 UEFA Europa League Final between Benfica and Chelsea at the Amsterdam Arena in Amsterdam on 15 May 2013. In doing so, he became the first referee to officiate in a major UEFA club final in his home nation since Italy's Tullio Lanese in the 1991 European Cup Final in Bari.
During the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil, Kuipers refereed the Group B match between Nigeria and Uruguay at the Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador. He was then appointed to take charge of the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup Final between Brazil and Spain at the Estádio do Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro on 30 June 2013.
Kuipers was selected to officiate in the 2014 UEFA Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid at the Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica in Lisbon on 24 May 2014. He became the fourth Dutch referee to oversee a prestigious European Cup Final after Leo Horn, Charles Corver and Dick Jol.
During the 2014 FIFA World Cup, he oversaw the Group D match between England and Italy at the Arena da Amazônia in Manaus as well as the Group E match between Switzerland and France at the Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador. He went on to referee the Round of 16 clash between Colombia and Uruguay at the Estádio do Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro on 28 June 2014.
During the UEFA Euro 2016, he was in charge of the Group C match between Germany and Poland at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis and also the Group D match between Croatia and Spain at the Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux in Bordeaux. Kuipers was then appointed to referee the quarter-final clash between hosts France and Iceland at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis on 3 July 2016.
FIFA World Cup
|2014 FIFA World Cup – Brazil|
|14 June 2014||England – Italy||Manaus||Group stage|
|20 June 2014||Switzerland – France||Salvador||Group stage|
|28 June 2014||Colombia – Uruguay||Rio de Janeiro||Round of 16|
|2018 FIFA World Cup – Russia|
|2006 UEFA U-17 Euro Final|
|14 May 2006||Czech Republic – Russia||Luxembourg City|
|2009 UEFA U-21 Euro Final|
|29 June 2009||Germany – England||Malmö|
|2011 UEFA Super Cup|
|26 August 2011||Barcelona – Porto||Monaco|
|2013 UEFA Europa League Final|
|15 May 2013||Benfica – Chelsea||Amsterdam|
|2013 FIFA Confederations Cup Final|
|30 June 2013||Brazil – Spain||Rio de Janeiro|
|2014 UEFA Champions League Final|
|24 May 2014||Real Madrid – Atlético Madrid||Lisbon|
|2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup Final|
|11 June 2017||Venezuela – England||Suwon|
Björn Kuipers was born on 28 March 1973 at Oldenzaal in the Netherlands. His father was also a football referee at the amateur level. Kuipers studied business administration the Radboud University Nijmegen and besides refereeing he is also the owner of a number of supermarkets and a hair studio in his hometown Oldenzaal.
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- "Kuipers handed UEFA Champions League final". UEFA.org. 7 May 2014. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
- "Referee designations for matches 49 and 50". FIFA.com. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 27 June 2016.
- "UEFA Euro 2016 - France vs Iceland - Match info". UEFA.com. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
- "Netherlands' strict businessman - Euro 2012 referee Björn Kuipers". Goal.com. 4 June 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
- Media related to Björn Kuipers at Wikimedia Commons
|UEFA Super Cup Final Referee
|UEFA Europa League Final Referee
|FIFA Confederations Cup Final Referee
|UEFA Champions League Final Referee