Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers to officiate Super Cup

Bjorn Kuipers of the Netherlands will referee the European Super

Cup match between Barcelona and FC Porto on Friday.

The 38-year-old Kuipers, who joined the FIFA international list

of referees in 2006, was appointed by UEFA on Wednesday.

He handled Porto’s 5-1 victory over Villarreal in the first leg

of the Europa League semifinals in April.

Kuipers was chosen by FIFA last season to officiate African

champion TP Mazembe’s 2-0 win over South America’s Internacional in

the Club World Cup semifinals in Abu Dhabi.

UEFA’s choice of Kuipers for the match in Monaco, between the

winners of the Champions League and Europa League, suggests he is a

strong candidate to referee at the 2012 European Championship in

Poland and Ukraine.