Remembering Dutch refereeing great Charles Corver

Charles Corver, the Dutch referee who took charge of three European club competition finals, has passed away at the age of 84.


Corver took up refereeing after retiring as a player due to injury at the age of 26, and went on to handle approximately 750 matches in professional football.

He refereed three European club competition finals - the 1978 European Champion Clubs' Cup final between Liverpool and Club Brugge, the 1977 UEFA Cup final first leg between Juventus and Athletic Bilbao, and the 1983 UEFA Cup final second leg between Benfica and Anderlecht.

In 1975, he officiated at the European/South American Cup first leg between Independiente and Atlético Madrid.

Corver was also present at two FIFA World Cups, in Argentina (1978) and Spain (1982), as well as the UEFA EURO finals in Italy in 1980.

After his active career, Corver continued to play a prominent role in the football world. He became an observer for the Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVB), UEFA and FIFA, served as chairman of the Dutch referees’ committee, and was a member of the Dutch professional football disciplinary committee for many years.