Björn Kuipers

Björn Kuipers

Referee professional Football and entrepreneur

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  • English
  • Dutch

About Björn Kuipers

Björn Kuipers is the best referee in the Netherlands. Björn made his debut as a referee in professional football during the match between Telstar and FC Eindhoven. In 2013 Björn was awarded with the final of the Europa League in Amsterdam. In 2014 Kuipers whistled the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid. He was also the referee at the European Championships of 2012, 2016 and the World Championships of 2014 and 2018. Besides his function as referee, Björn is a successful owner of a Jumbo supermarket in Oldenzaal. The referee has been appointed Officer in the Order of Oranje-Nassau because of his career as a referee and his work as an entrepreneur.

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Biography

Björn Kuipers learned to play football at Quick ’20. But soon followed in his father’s footsteps as a referee. Björn made his official debut in professional football during the match Telstar – FC Eindhoven. On March 5, 2005 Björn officiated his first match in the Dutch Eredivisie during the match Vitesse – Willem II. From that moment on, Björn's career as a referee took off.

He made his international debut on March 28, 2006 during the match Russia – Bulgaria (U17), after which he made his Europa League debut on July 13, 2007 during the game NK Varteks – KF Tirana. The first game Björn was allowed to officiate in the Champions League was Barcelona – Dynamo Kiev on November 29, 2009. In 2012 Björn officiated his first two games on a global tournament during the European Championships in Ukraine and Poland.

2013 was a special year for Björn. He was allowed to officiate the semi-finales of the Champions League between Barcelona and Bayer Munich and the final of the Europa League in Amsterdam between Chelsea FC and SL Benfica. In 2014 Kuipers officiated the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.

During the World Cup in Brazil, Björn was the only Dutch referee and officiated three matches. Due to the good performance of the Dutch national team, Björn Kuipers, unfortunately, had to return home after the eighth-finals. Besides that, he was also present at the European Championships in 2016 and officiated the quarterfinals.

Kuipers has officiated many Eredivisie and Champions League games in 2018, as well as the Europa League final between Atletico Madrid and Olympique Marseille and the KNVB Cup final between Feyenoord and AZ. The highlight of this year for him was at the World Cup in Russia this summer, where he was in charge of four games, including the quarterfinals, and was the fourth official in the final.

In addition to his work for the KNVB, he owns a Jumbo supermarket and has owned several supermarkets in the past. In 2016 his Jumbo supermarket was voted the best supermarket in the Netherlands. The referee has been appointed Officer in the Order of Oranje-Nassau because of his career as a referee and his work as an entrepreneur.

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