Sunday’s final may be Bjorn Kuipers ’last appearance at an international tournament.
Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers will be in charge of the 2020 European Championship final between England and Italy on Sunday at Wembley Stadium.
The first Dutch referee to officiate the Euro final, Kuipers began making official appearances in the Dutch leagues before working to become an international referee in 2006.
Sunday’s dream match will be his seventh final appearance of the UEFA competition.
He previously officiated two Europa League finals and one Champions League final and was also part of the refereeing team at Euro 2012 and 2016 and the last two World Cups.
At this year’s Euro, Kuipers, 48, refereed two group stage matches – Denmark vs Belgium and Slovakia vs Spain – and the quarter-final between the Czech Republic and Denmark.
Kuipers will be joined in Sunday’s final by Dutch assistants Sander van Roekel and Erwin Zeinstra, while Spaniard Carlos del Cerro Grande will be the fourth official.
Bastian Dankert has been named video assistant referee and will work alongside his fellow German assistants Christian Gittelmann and Marco Fritz and Dutchman Pol van Boekel.
Kuipers, who is from the eastern city of Oldenzaal in the Netherlands, was already a candidate to referee the 2014 World Cup final, but then had to return home because the Dutch national team reached the semi-finals in Brazil , an unfortunate coincidence that he has always seen as the biggest disappointment of his career.
As the oldest referee of this European Championship, Sunday’s match could be Kuipers ’final appearance at an international tournament, the crowning factor of a brilliant career as a referee.
Prior to the tournament, Kuipers said he did not know if he would continue after the summer.
“I see, I still feel very fit,” he said. “I leave it to me that my decision depends mainly on the feeling. How things are going at home, how the European Championship will unfold.
“After the European Championship, I will go on holiday and then I will see what choices and possibilities come up.”