Referee Jan Keizer bio

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Born
1940-10-06
Intl. since
1974-01-01
Hometown
Volendam
Country
Netherlands
Speaks
Dutch, German, English
Occupation
Hobbies
 
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Jan Keizer

2012-01-13

Arrogant, too strict, vain, just a few words you find when you read about Jan (Johannes Nicolaas Ignatius) Keizer. There is even a kind of Jan Keizer (old-school) way of refereeing that some newer referees refer too: the strict following of the rules kind.

Volendam
Born in Volendam (most people in that town are either called Muhren, Schilder or Keizer) he got interested in refereeing in the 50s when his schoolmaster Arnold Muhren asked Jan to assist him taking charge of a school tournament. He liked it so much that he was allowed to take a ref course at 16 and became a referee in a country that did not yet have a professional league. He was a ref from 1957 till 1989 and got his FIFA badge in 1972. (Football became professional in the Netherlands in 1965 and cards were introduced in 1972).
Jan Keizer officiated in over 380 national and 172 international matches.
He took charge of one match in the 1984 European Championships, two matches in the 1986 World Cup and the final of the Olympic Games in 1984.

strict
His strictness may have paid off, he for instance did not need his cards in the Olympic final.

From our reporter: Ray Miller-Short