«The UEFA Referees Committee has announced that Björn Kuipers of the Netherlands will refereeà the Uefa Euro2020 final between Italy and England, which will be played onà Sunday 11 July at 20.00 local time (21 Italian time) at Wembley Stadium in London, United Kingdom.». The highest organ of European soccer, through a statement on its official website, adds that «the 48-year-old Dutch, international referee since 2006, will be the first Dutch referee to direct the finalà the first Dutch referee to direct a European Championship final.
Sarà his seventh final in a Uefa competition, having previously refereed the 2018 final between Olympique Marseille and AtléMadrid; the 2014 Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid; the 2013 Europa League final between Benfica and Chelsea; the 2011 European Super Cup match between Barcelona and Porto; the 2009 European Under 21 Championship final between Germany and England; and the 2006 European Under 17 Championship final between the Czech Republic and Russia».
Italy-England, here are Kuipers’ assistants
«Kuipers was part of the referee team at Euro2012, the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Euro2016 and the 2018 World Cup in Russia. In the final phase of Euro2020, he refereed two games of the group stage: Denmark-Belgium and Slovakia-Spain, and the quarterfinal between Czech Republic and Denmark. È was also appointed fourth referee for the group stage match between England and Croatia. Björn Kuipers will beà Flanked at Sunday’s final by Dutch assistants Sander van Roekel and Erwin Zeinstra, while Carlos Del Cerro Grande (Spain) will be theà the fourth man. The role of assistant video referee (VAR) è has been assigned to Bastian Dankert (Germany), which will beà accompanied by Pol van Boekel (Netherlands), Christian Gittelmann and Marco Fritz (both Germany). Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez (Spain) completes the training as assistant referee of reserve», concludes the note.
Kuipers, who è the referee of the Euro2020 final
Considered the richest refereeù considered the richest referee, with a personal patrimony of 12 million euro, è He has been able to make his investments pay off. È started with a chain of supermarkets, the C1000, leader in Holland with over 500 locations and a turnover that varies between 2 and 4 million per year, a brand seen moreù times in the world of sport, especially on the suit of Red Bull driver Max Verstappen. He also has a barbershop, to which are added the remunerations as a referee of international fame.
The precedents with Juve, Ronaldo and Messi
As a successful businessman, to which an enviable personality is added, he has a very good reputationà, Kuipers è has been able to manage with calm, coldness and authority theà multimillionaire champions of the caliber of Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi. Just this year, has crossed the star of Juventus in the return of the round of 16 of the Champions League, in which the Bianconeri have abandoned the competition at the hands of Porto. CR7 protested vehemently against the Dutch whistle that, impassive, replied in the same way, forcing the Portuguese champion to give up, backing away with folded arms. Even the Flea has «tasted» the character of Kuipers: «Why?é you do it? Every time è soì. You have to bring respect. Now go», the famous rebuke made to the Argentine during the first leg semi-final of the 2018-2019 Champions played at Camp Nou between Barcelona and Liverpool.
Italy-England to Kuipers: the precedent
Kuipers will refereeà Italy for the fifth time in his career and the balance not è favorable: a victory, a draw and two defeats. The only success, forò, which dates back to June 5, 2014 during the World Cup in South Africa, è the challenge against England: the Azzurri won 2-1 with goals by Marchisio and Balotelli, interspersed with a goal by Sturridge, but they were unable to qualify for the round of 16 due to the following six losses against Costa Rica and Uruguay. On that occasion, in the field for the Azzurri, there were Verratti, Sirigu and Chiellini, who are part of the team available to Mancini, more than the other playersù De Rossi, who is now part of the technical staff of the National team.