Björn Kuipers

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Björn Kuipers
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Kuipers at Rio de Janeiro in 2013
Full name Björn Kuipers
Born (1973-03-28) 28 March 1973 (age 44)
Oldenzaal, Overijssel, Netherlands
Other occupation Supermarket owner
Domestic
Years League Role
2002–present Eerste Divisie Referee
2005–present Eredivisie Referee
International
Years League Role
2006–present FIFA listed Referee
2009–present UEFA Elite Referee

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 and the 2014 UEFA Champions League Final.

Refereeing career[edit]

Domestic career[edit]

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 and secured their maiden Johan Cruijff Schaal title.

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, who secured their ninth Johan Cruijff Schaal title.

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 and clinched their fourth KNVB Beker title.

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 and clinched their twelfth KNVB Beker title.

International career[edit]

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 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. [1]

During the 2010 FIFA Club World Cup, Kuipers was appointed to referee the semi-final match between TP Mazembe and Internacional at the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on 14 December 2010.

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.[2]

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.[3]

Kuipers took charge of the 2013 UEFA Europa League Final between Benfica and Chelsea at the Amsterdam Arena in Amsterdam on 15 May 2013.[4] 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.[4]

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.[5]

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.[6] He became the fourth Dutch referee to oversee a prestigious European Cup Final after Leo Horn, Charles Corver and Dick Jol.[6]

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.[7]

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.[8]

FIFA tournaments[edit]

2013 FIFA Confederations Cup
Date Match Venue Round
20/06/2013  Nigeria Uruguay Salvador Group stage
30/06/2013  Brazil Spain Rio de Janeiro Final
2014 FIFA World Cup
Date Match Venue Round
14/06/2014  England Italy Manaus Group stage
20/06/2014   Switzerland France Salvador Group stage
28/06/2014  Colombia Uruguay Rio de Janeiro Round of 16

UEFA tournaments[edit]

UEFA European Championship 2012
Date Match Venue Round
10/06/2012  Ireland Croatia Poznań Group stage
15/06/2012  Ukraine France Donetsk Group stage
UEFA European Championship 2016
Date Match Venue Round
16/06/2016  Germany Poland Saint-Denis Group stage
21/06/2016  Croatia Spain Bordeaux Group stage
03/07/2016  France Iceland Saint-Denis Quarter-final

Champions League[edit]

2009–10 UEFA Champions League
Date Match Round
29/09/09 Spain BarcelonaUkraine Dynamo Kyiv Group stage
03/11/09 Spain Atlético MadridEngland Chelsea Group stage
24/11/09 Hungary DebrecenEngland Liverpool Group stage
08/12/09 Germany WolfsburgEngland Manchester United Group stage
23/02/10 Germany StuttgartSpain Barcelona Round of 16
2010–11 UEFA Champions League
Date Match Round
17/08/10 Russia Zenit Saint PetersburgFrance Auxerre Play-off round
15/09/10 Slovakia ŽilinaEngland Chelsea Group stage
03/11/10 Switzerland BaselItaly Roma Group stage
22/02/11 Denmark CopenhagenEngland Chelsea Round of 16
2011–12 UEFA Champions League
Date Match Round
27/09/11 Turkey TrabzonsporFrance Lille Group stage
02/11/11 Germany Bayern MunichItaly Napoli Group stage
07/12/11 Switzerland BaselEngland Manchester United Group stage
21/02/12 Russia CSKA MoscowSpain Real Madrid Round of 16
03/04/12 Spain BarcelonaItaly Milan Quarter-final
2012–13 UEFA Champions League
Date Match Round
28/08/12 Italy UdinesePortugal Braga Play-off round
18/09/12 France Paris Saint-GermainUkraine Dynamo Kyiv Group stage
07/11/12 Scotland CelticSpain Barcelona Group stage
21/11/12 Germany Schalke 04Greece Olympiacos Group stage
10/04/13 Spain BarcelonaFrance Paris Saint-Germain Quarter-final
24/04/13 Germany Borussia DortmundSpain Real Madrid Semi-final
2013–14 UEFA Champions League
Date Match Round
27/08/13 Greece PAOKGermany Schalke 04 Play-off round
02/10/13 England Manchester CityGermany Bayern Munich Group stage
06/11/13 Germany Borussia DortmundEngland Arsenal Group stage
19/03/14 England Manchester UnitedGreece Olympiacos Round of 16
24/05/14 Spain Real MadridSpain Atlético Madrid Final
2014–15 UEFA Champions League
Date Match Round
20/08/14 France LillePortugal Porto Play-off round
30/09/14 England Manchester CityItaly Roma Group stage
22/10/14 Germany Bayer LeverkusenRussia Zenit Saint Petersburg Group stage
09/12/14 England LiverpoolSwitzerland Basel Group stage
11/03/15 England ChelseaFrance Paris Saint-Germain Round of 16
2015–16 UEFA Champions League
Date Match Round
19/08/15 Austria Rapid WienUkraine Shakhtar Donetsk Play-off round
16/09/15 Italy RomaSpain Barcelona Group stage
03/11/15 Germany Borussia MönchengladbachItaly Juventus Group stage
09/12/15 Ukraine Dynamo KyivIsrael Maccabi Tel Aviv Group stage
13/04/16 Portugal BenficaGermany Bayern Munich Quarter-final
2016–17 UEFA Champions League
Date Match Round
17/08/16 Portugal PortoItaly Roma Play-off round
14/09/16 England Manchester CityGermany Borussia Mönchengladbach Group stage
02/11/16 Italy JuventusFrance Lyon Group stage
22/11/16 France MonacoEngland Tottenham Hotspur Group stage
18/04/17 Spain BarcelonaItaly Juventus Quarter-final
10/05/17 Spain Atlético MadridSpain Real Madrid Semi-final

Europa League[edit]

2008–09 UEFA Europa League
Date Match Round
18/09/08 Italy NapoliPortugal Benfica First round
06/11/08 Ukraine Metalist KharkivGermany Hertha BSC Group stage
18/02/09 Russia Zenit Saint PetersburgGermany Stuttgart Round of 32
19/03/09 Ukraine Shakhtar DonetskRussia CSKA Moscow Round of 16
2009–10 UEFA Europa League
Date Match Round
27/08/09 Denmark OdenseItaly Genoa Play-off round
18/03/10 England FulhamItaly Juventus Round of 16
08/04/10 England LiverpoolPortugal Benfica Quarter-final
2010–11 UEFA Europa League
Date Match Round
17/03/11 Spain VillarrealGermany Bayer Leverkusen Round of 16
07/04/11 Ukraine Dynamo KyivPortugal Braga Quarter-final
28/04/11 Portugal PortoSpain Villarreal Semi-final
2012–13 UEFA Europa League
Date Match Round
21/02/13 England LiverpoolRussia Zenit Saint Petersburg Round of 32
15/05/13 Portugal BenficaEngland Chelsea Final game
2013–14 UEFA Europa League
Date Match Round
12/12/13 Ukraine Dynamo KyivAustria Rapid Wien Group stage
27/02/14 Germany Eintracht FrankfurtPortugal Porto Round of 32
13/03/14 Italy JuventusItaly Fiorentina Round of 16
2015–16 UEFA Europa League
Date Match Round
18/02/16 Portugal Sporting CPGermany Bayer Leverkusen Round of 32
10/03/16 Spain Athletic BilbaoSpain Valencia Round of 16
05/05/16 Spain SevillaUkraine Shakhtar Donetsk Semi-final
2016–17 UEFA Europa League
Date Match Round
09/03/17 Germany Schalke 04Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach Round of 16

Personal life[edit]

Björn Kuipers was born on 28 March 1973 at Oldenzaal in the Netherlands. His father was 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.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kuipers to cap off 'fantastic' fortnight". UEFA.com. 29 June 2009. Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "Referee Kuipers appointed for UEFA Super Cup". UEFA.org. 24 August 2011. Retrieved 27 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "France find their stride to pick off Ukraine". UEFA.com. 15 June 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Kuipers to referee UEFA Europa League Final". UEFA.org. 13 May 2013. Retrieved 26 June 2016. 
  5. ^ "Kuipers: We have to be prepared". FIFA.com. 29 June 2013. Retrieved 28 June 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "Kuipers handed UEFA Champions League final". UEFA.org. 7 May 2014. Retrieved 28 June 2016. 
  7. ^ "Referee designations for matches 49 and 50". FIFA.com. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 27 June 2016. 
  8. ^ "UEFA Euro 2016 - France vs Iceland - Match info". UEFA.com. Retrieved 1 July 2016. 
  9. ^ "Netherlands' strict businessman - Euro 2012 referee Björn Kuipers". Goal.com. 4 June 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2016. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
2010
Massimo Busacca
UEFA Super Cup Final Referee
2011
Björn Kuipers
Succeeded by
2012
Damir Skomina
Preceded by
2012
Wolfgang Stark
UEFA Europa League Final Referee
2013
Björn Kuipers
Succeeded by
2014
Felix Brych
Preceded by
2009
Martin Hansson
FIFA Confederations Cup Final Referee
2013
Björn Kuipers
Succeeded by
TBA
Preceded by
2013
Nicola Rizzoli
UEFA Champions League Final Referee
2014
Björn Kuipers
Succeeded by
2015
Turkey Cüneyt Çakır