Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers spoke to the NOS about his preparations to referee at the FIFA World Cup in Russia this summer.

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Kuipers was selected by FIFA as one of the European referee’s heading to Russia for the tournament. He was at the World Cup in Brazil four years ago but wasn’t selected for the semi-finals or final because Netherlands reached the final four.

Kuipers said, ”I would have liked to see the Dutch national team qualify for the World Cup in Russia this summer.

”At the last World Cup in Brazil I was the referee for England v Italy, France v Switzerland and Colombia v Uruguay in the Maracana that was a very passionate match. When the Dutch national team reached the semi-final’s my team and I could return home to the Netherlands.

”I am 45 years old which means that I must pay attention to my body and maintain a good fitness level. I am going to the World Cup in Russia fitter than I have ever been.

”Everybody has the same dream to referee the World Cup final and I am no different ”

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