UEFA have appointed Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers as the man in charge of Wednesday’s Champions League clash between Real Madrid and Borussia Monchengladbach in the Group Stage, a crucial game which will decide the two teams advancing to the Round of 16 out of Group B. All four teams —Madrid, Gladbach, Shakhtar and Inter— can go through.
Björn Kuipers will referee the Champions League matchday six encounter between Real Madrid and Borussia Mönchengladbach at the Alfredo Dí Stéfano Stadium (Wednesday, 9pm CET). The Dutchman will oversee a match involving Zidane’s team in this competition for the seventh time.
The first time he refereed Real Madrid was in the 2011/12 season, in the first leg of the round of 16 match against CSKA in Moscow (1-1). In 2012/2013 he was in charge of the first leg of the semi-finals against Borussia Dortmund at Signal Iduna Park (4-1) and in the 2013/14 season he refereed the final of the Tenth European Cup against Atletico Madrid (4-1).
In 2017/18 he oversaw the Real Madrid win in the Group Stage matchday two game against Borussia Dortmund (1-3) and in the first leg of the semi-finals in Munich against Bayern (1-2). The last time he refereed Real Madrid was in the 2018/19 season, when the Whites beat Roma 3-0 at the Santiago Bernabéu, in the first match of the Champions League Group Stage.
Kuipers is definitely one of the most experienced referees in European football, so Real Madrid must play against Gladbach knowing that he’s a quality referee who has been in charge of tough, intense games like the 2014 Champions League Final between Madrid and Atletico in Lisbon.