Björn Kuipers has Friday, a ribbon received for his work as a referee and owner of a grocery store. Also former basketbalbondscoach Toon van Helfteren is a royal honour.
The 46-year-old Kuipers will get more recognition for his national and international status as a top referee. In the past few years, whistled the Oldenzaler over 400 duels in the Netherlands and 139 international competitions.
Kuipers was as an arbitrator present on the world cup 2014 and 2018 and the european CHAMPIONSHIPS of 2012 and 2016. He led the Champions League final of 2014, in 2013 and 2018, the referee at the final battle in the Europa League and whistled the final of the Confederations Cup in 2013.
“He is considered to be an example for other referees, and its success has a compelling effect on young people to go whistle”, report to the Chapter for Civil Orders and the ministry of the Interior and kingdom relations.
Together with his wife, is Kuipers for years, the owner of supermarkets. “His business by both consumers and the jury’s praise for the appearance and customer service and have been twice voted best supermarket of the on chain”, the arbitrator also for his spirit of enterprise worthy of all praise.
Björn Kuipers is in discussion with the Brazilian Neymar during the world cup last year in Russia. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Van Helfteren led basketball players to EK
Basketball coach Van Helfteren had at the beginning of this month after six years leave the Dutch team. The 68-year-old Dutchman wrote history by the basketball players in 2015, the first european CHAMPIONSHIPS-participation in 25 years.
Van Helfteren, who, with 207 national football team record international and the most matches as a coach to his name (123), was as clubcoach two time national champions and was a four time Coach of the Year.
Van Helfteren had as coach of Orange to give way because the basketbalbond (NBB) and the stichting Nederlands Mannenteam (NMT) to bet on someone who has international experience and new insights.
Toon van Helfteren as coach of the Dutch basketball players. (Photo: Orange Basketball)