Bio
Roelof Luinge
Born: 1955-06-23
Intl. since: 1992-07-01
Hometown: Bussum
Country: Netherlands
Speaks: dutch, english, german
Occupation: tax man
Hobbies:

Roelof Luinge's refereeing career started by accident when he was asked to substitute for a ref in a youth match. He did well, and a representative of the Football federation advised him to take a course. His first professional match was NAC - VVV in 1983 and in February 2009 he officiated his 700th match. Luinge was in international ref between 1992 and 2000.

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In the Netherlands referees can officiate in the centre until they are 55, as long as they are fit and good enough of course. Luinge announced his retirement at the end of season 2008-2009, but since he will be only 53 at that time and since many people think he is one of the best, he was asked to stay on, not only by people close to him, but also through a fan site roelofluinge.nl.

And he did, he announced to go on for another year.

thanks to: Steven de Jel

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But in April 2010 came the news Luinge had to stop. The KNVB (Dutch FA) announced it wouldn't offer Luinge another contract for a year. Luinge was then up to his 846th match (541 in the highest league, I know these figures are a bit bewildering, but they are all from Dutch newspapers and who knows what counts as a match over there).

Luinge wasn't happy with the decision but told Dutch radio he wasn't going to do anything about it, Dutch arbiters (like Uilenberg, the now referee boss) are known to have gone to court.

As a kind of go away-present Luinge was assigned to the 2nd leg of the Dutch Cup final, which happens to be the Superclasico Feyenoord-Ajax.

Luinge got an honorary substitution: Kevin Blom replaced him at the end of the match.

Did you know
700+

  • Of course there have been protest against him and bad reviews, you can't stay faultless in over 700 matches. Luinge remembers only one really grave mistake. That was when he sent off a Volendam player for his second yellow which actually was his first. The player, not understanding the situation, asked whether it was red or yellow, but Luinge told him not to be cheeky and to leave the field.

    thanks to Steven de Jel
  • The 2010 Cup final was played in two legs. Normally a one match affair, this time it was decided to play a match in each rivaling city (Amsterdam, Rotterdam) with only a home crowd, that way the fans wouldn't be able to fight each other, something they had been planning for months on the Internet.
Statistics
Statistics for ROELOF LUINGE
Totals Home Away Total
Penalties 1 0 1
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 13 7 20
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 4 3 7
Averages Home Away Total
Penalties 0.04 0 0.02
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 0.52 0.28 0.4
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 0.16 0.12 0.14

Based on 25 international matches

Matches
MATCHES FOR ROELOF LUINGE
Date Score Yellow Red Penalties Fouls
Superclásico
2nd legFeyenoordAjax2010-05-061 - 4 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 2000 - 2001
3rd roundLausanne SportNantes2000-12-071 - 3 6 (5-1)2 (2-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
2nd roundVfB StuttgartTirol Innsbruck FC2000-11-093 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st roundPortoPartizan2000-09-281 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st roundRuch ChorzówInternazionale2000-09-140 - 3 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 2002 qualifiers - Europe
AzerbaijanSweden2000-09-020 - 1 2 (2-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
friendly
LuxembourgEstonia2000-04-261 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
PortugalIsrael1998-11-182 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1999 - 2000
2nd roundBenficaPAOK1999-11-042 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st roundVojvodinaSlavia1999-09-160 - 0 0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 2000 u21 qualifiers
Lithuania u21Czech Republic u211999-09-030 - 2 1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 2000 qualifiers
EstoniaBosnia-Herzegovina1999-10-091 - 4 3 (2-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
AzerbaijanRomania1999-03-310 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1998 - 1999
1st roundAS RomaSilkeborg1998-09-291 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1997 - 1998
2nd round1860 MunchenRapid Wien1997-11-042 - 1 5 (2-3)3 (1-2)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
1st roundVitoria GuimarãesLazio1997-09-160 - 4 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
qualifiers 2nd roundTirol Innsbruck FCCeltic1997-08-122 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1996 - 1997
preliminariesNeftchi BakuLokomotiv Sofia1996-07-172 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 1998 qualifiers - Europe
IcelandMacedonia1996-06-011 - 1 2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1995 - 1996
1st roundÍA (Akranes)Raith Rovers1995-09-261 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
qualifiersDinamo BucurestiLevski Sofia1995-08-080 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup2 1994 - 1995
1st roundAuxerreCroatia Zagreb1994-09-293 - 0 0 (0-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1994 - 1995
qualifiersApollonTeuta1994-08-234 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 1996 qualifiers
GeorgiaAlbania1995-04-262 - 0 1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Northern IrelandLiechtenstein1994-04-204 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)