Contrary to many football pundits' expectations, European football governing body, UEFA, has named Dutch referee, Björn Kuipers to take charge of the UEFA Champions League final between Real Madrid CF and Club Atlético de Madrid.
According to UEFA's official website, UEFA.COM, Kuipers will become the fourth Dutchman to referee the European Cup show piece.
As a result, the 41-year-old will take charge of the 2013/14 UEFA Champions League final holding at the Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica in Lisbon on Saturday 24 May.
It was gathered that Kuipers, who was awarded his FIFA badge in 2006, has overseen 68 matches in UEFA competition, including four in this season's UEFA Champions League and three in the UEFA Europa League.
He also oversaw the 2011 UEFA Super Cup, and Chelsea FC's win against SL Benfica in last season's UEFA Europa League final at the Amsterdam Arena,
He becomes the fourth Dutch official to take charge of a European Cup final after Leo Horn (1957, 1962), Charles Corver (1978) and Dick Jol (2001).
* Dutch referee Kuipers is to take charge of Champions League final
The official statement also informed that Kuipers will be assisted in Lisbon by fellow countrymen Sander van Roekel and Erwin Zeinstra.
The fourth official will be Turkey's Cüneyt Çakır, and the two additional assistant referees, Pol van Boekel and Richard Liesveld, are also from the Netherlands.
A Dutch reserve assistant referee – Angelo Boonman – completes the lineup of the refereeing team.
* Dutch referee Kuipers
Most fans have tipped English referee Howard Webb to be at the centre in the final.
It could be recalled that to qualify for the grand finale, Real ousted the current defending champions Bayern Munich while Atletico, who are making their first Champions League final, defeated Englsih side Chelsea in the semi final.
Who is your favourite to lift this coveted trophy in Lisbon?
Source: Sports Brief News