Bjorn Kuipers has been confirmed as the man in the middle for this Sunday’s EURO 2020 final between Italy & England.
The Dutch official is a household name in his native Netherlands having taken charge of 20 games in the Eredivisie last season in addition to 8 Champions & Europa League ties.
The 48-year old has officiated 3 times at this Summer’s European Championships - Denmark v. Belgium, Slovakia v Spain & Czech Republic v. Denmark - handing out no fewer than 10 yellow cards all told.
Italian left-back Leonardo Spinazzola had been making all the headlines before suffering a nasty injury v. Belgium leaving fellow full-back Giovanni Di Lorenzo to somewhat go under the radar at right-back.
Alessandro Florenzi was Roberto Mancini’s first-choice for the right side of defence at the beginning of the tournament. However, the Roma man who spent last season on loan in Paris has been sidelined with a calf injury since the opening game against Turkey.
Di Lorenzo has started 4 of the Azzurri’s 5 EURO ties since then, sitting out against Wales with qualification from the group already secured, and has quietly gone about his business with an average of 7.8 duels won per game.
Raheem Sterling is likely to start on the left wing for the Three Lions and the Man City man likes to run at his marker with 31 attempted dribbles in his 6 outings in the competition so far.