One of Holland’s most recognisable referees, Rene Temmink, takes charge of the Super Cup Final against CSKA Sofia in Monaco
Despite being on the FIFA list since 1995 Temmink, missed out a few World Cup and European Nations tournaments.
The 45-year old is a veteran of many European campaigns, but it was only by chance that he took up the whistle. When he was 18, he was coach of a youth team and the designated referee never turned up for the match, so Temmink took over and decided that refereeing was for him. After taking the relevant courses in Holland, he should of spent three seasons on the ‘C’ list.
As a new referee you must spend a minimum of three seasons on this list and referee reserve teams and also act as a linesman in the Dutch Second Division. But it only took him 60 games before he took the next step, which was as referee in the second division and linesman in the top league, Eredivisie. Full promotion followed quickly and also the call from FIFA.
His physique means he gets many ‘high risk’ games, and is well known for not taking any nonsense off the players.
He refereed four Champions League games last season, including Real Madrid’s 3-0 win in Roma and Chelsea’s 4-2 win at home to Bayern München.
In his only UEFA Cup tie last season he cautioned no less than 11 players, including 8 from Parma as the Italians drew 0-0 at Sevilla in the first leg of the last sixteen.
Liverpool has already seen this no-nonsense approach by Temmink, as he sent off Neil Mellor and Steven Gerrard in the last five minutes of our match against Galatasaray during the Sony Amsterdam Tournament in August 2003.
This will be the third time he has refereed Liverpool in senior European competition, his first time was back in November 2000 when we drew 2-2 in Greece against Olympiacos in the UEFA Cup. Then in February of last year he was at Anfield for our 2-0 first leg win over PFC Levski Sofia also in the UEFA Cup.
His assistants for this Final will be Rob Meenhuis and Adriaan Inia with Eric Braamhaar as the fourth official.
Some memorable matches involving Dutch officials and Liverpool
10th May 1978 ? (C.Corver), Kenny Dalglish scores the only goal against Club Brugge as Liverpool retain the European Cup with a 1-0 win at Wembley.
18th March 1991 ? (F.Wjingaert), Liverpool’s first season back in Europe after the Heysel disaster ends with a 2-1 defeat by Genoa at Anfield.
5th December 2001 ? (D.Jol), Liverpool come away from Roma with a goalless draw in the second match of the second group stage of the Champions League.
25th September 2002 ? (D.Egmond), Recently departed Milan Baroš scores his first goal in Europe for Liverpool in a 1-1 home draw against Basel in the Champions League.
10th August 2005 ? (J.Weegeref), A double from Morientes and one from Cissť gives us a 3-1 first leg lead against CSKA Sofia in the 3rd qualifying round of this season's Champions League.