Euro 2020: Kuipers becomes the first Dutch referee in the European final | Euro2020 News
Sunday’s final is likely to be the last time Bjorn Kuipers will participate in an international competition.
Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers will host the 2020 European Championship final between England and Italy at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.
As the first Dutch referee to arbitrate for the European Cup final, Kuipers began to serve as a referee in the Dutch League before being promoted to an international referee in 2006.
The coveted appointment on Sunday will be his seventh time in the UEFA final.
He has previously presided over two UEFA Champions League finals and one UEFA Champions League final, and was a member of the referee team for the 2012 and 2016 European Cups and the last two World Cups.
In this year’s European Cup, the 48-year-old Kuipers served as referee for two group matches-Denmark vs. Belgium and Slovakia vs. Spain-and the quarter-finals between the Czech Republic and Denmark.
Kuipers will be joined by Dutch assistants Sander van Roekel and Erwin Zeinstra in Sunday’s final, while Spain’s Carlos del Cerro Grande will be the fourth official.
Bastian Dankert has been appointed as the video assistant referee and will work with other German assistants Christian Gittelmann and Marco Fritz and Pol Van Bokel of the Netherlands.
Crown in a career
Kuipers, from the eastern city of Oldenzaal in the Netherlands, was already a candidate for the 2014 World Cup finals, but then had to go home because the Dutch national team reached the semi-finals in Brazil. Unfortunately, he is still considered For his biggest disappointment in his career.
As the oldest arbitrator of this European Championship, Sunday’s game is likely to be the last time Kuipers appeared in an international competition, winning the crown for his brilliant refereeing career.
Before the game, Kuipers stated that he did not know whether he would continue to play after the summer.
“I will see, I still feel very healthy,” he said. “I will let my decision depend mainly on feeling. What is the domestic situation and how the European Championship will unfold.
“After the European Championships, I will go on holiday and see what options and possibilities will emerge.”