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Danny Makkelie Biography – Danny Makkelie Wiki
Danny Makkelie is a Dutch professional football referee and a part-time police inspector. He has been an international referee since 2008. He works as a referee coach for the Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVB).
Makkelie said in an interview with UEFA that to be a referee was his ‘calling’ from an extremely young age. The son of a Dutch Royal Marine, he was born on Curaçao, an island in the southern Caribbean Sea that forms a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. His parents returned to the Netherlands, and as a small boy in a new environment, he discovered that he enjoyed playing a leading role in primary school sports activities. By the age of 10, he was taking charge of football and basketball sessions.
By his teens, Makkelie was refereeing adult matches and earning praise from the players for his performances. He was invited by the Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVB) to join their refereeing set-up – starting him off on an exciting road ahead.
“My father was a crucial figure at that time,” he said. “I was so young that I didn’t have my driving licence yet – but he encouraged me to follow my path. He was my biggest supporter, and he drove me to my matches. I can’t tell you how important he was.”
Makkelie refereed his first professional match at the age of 22. Since refereeing his first professional match, he has risen through the ranks at the domestic and international level to become an established and assured match official.
On Friday 21 August 2020, Makkelie officiated the 2020 UEFA Europa League final between Sevilla and Inter Milan at Stadion Köln in Cologne. It was his first UEFA Europa League final as referee, having been an additional assistant referee at the competition’s 2018 decider between Marseille and Atlético de Madrid.
At the final in Cologne, Makkelie was accompanied by two Dutch assistant referees, Mario Diks and Hessel Steegstra, with Greece’s Anastasios Sidiropolous as the fourth official. The video assistant referee team was led by Jochem Kamphuis of the Netherlands, supported by his compatriot Kevin Blom, plus Tomasz Sokolnicki and Pawel Gil, both from Poland.
“I’m proud and delighted,” Makkelie said of his appointment for the UEFA Europa League final. “Especially when there are so many other excellent referees who would have deserved to have been selected as well.”
In May 2022, Makkelie was appointed as a referee for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Other UEFA referees at the 2022 World Cup include Stephanie Frappart (France), Istvan Kovacs (Romania), Antonio Mateu Lahoz(Spain), Szymon Marciniak (Poland), Michael Oliver (England), Daniel Siebert (Germany), Daniele Orsato (Italy), Anthony Taylor (England), Slavko Vincic (Slovenia) and Clement Turpin (France), according to a 2022 FIFA World Cup List of appointed FIFA Match Officials.
Danny Makkelie Age
He was born Danny Desmond Makkelie on 28 January 1983 in Willemstad, Curaçao. He is 39 years old as of 2022.
Danny Makkelie Salary
As a UEFA elite panel category referee, Danny Makkelie earns a salary of $8,000 per match. Makkelie also draws a salary as a part-time police inspector in Rotterdam.
Danny Makkelie Net Worth
Referee Danny Makkelie’s net worth is estimated to be $1 million.
Danny Makkelie Height
Dutch referee Danny Makkelie stands at a height of 6 feet and 3 inches.
Danny Makkelie Wife
Is Danny Makkelie married? He is reportedly married. However, little is known about his wife or partner.
Makkelie is of Dutch nationality.
Makkelie’s Instagram is @scheidsrechtermakkelie.