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Pieter Vink


Vink started as a referee in 1987 and reached the top in the Netherlands in 2001. A police officer for almost 20 years but now a full-time referee, Vink received his FIFA badge in 2004 and was added to the UEFA list of 24 elite refs in June 2007. At that time the youngest elite referee in Europe.

Vink has been at it in the UEFA cup since 2004. From then on his career went smoothly. In 2005 he already officiated the final of the U-19 Euro championships. From 2006 on the Dutchman was selected for Champions League matches as well.

In 2007 Vink was chosen by the FA to lead the first match in the new Wembley stadium. It was an u21 match between the national teams of England and Italy, 3-3.

From 2007 Vink was asked to referee in EURO 2008 qualifiers matches, receiving a great reward afterwards when he got elected for EURO 2008 over his more experienced country man Braamhaar. Of course Vink hopes to reach the final, but thinking of every game being a final in itself, is satisfied when he is given the opportunity to lead two great games in EURO 2008.
Which was what happened, but Vink did not make a good impression on contributors, ending up one but last in the EURO 2008 list with a 6,2 average.

Vink was on the 54 member shortlist of candidates for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, but was very disappointed not to be on the 38 provisional list. In an interview Vink said - quite arrogantly - he did not understand why somebody from the Seychelles (he was taking about Eddy Maillet) was on the list and he wasn't.
2010 wasn't a good year for Vink as a referee. He was taken off Eredivisie matches for a while after a grave mistake he made in a pivotal match and since the Dutch FA took him off the list, Vink's name did not come up for the Champions League either.
Perhaps a little disappointed Vink decided to retire internationally from January 2011.

From our reporter: Matthew Crowbar