Bio
Charles Corver
Born: 1936-01-16
Intl. since: 1972-01-01
Hometown: Voorburg
Country: Netherlands
Speaks: Dutch
Occupation:
Hobbies: bridge, computers, sailing

Dutch referee Charles Corver was active at two World Cup finals. One match in 1978, two in 1982, the last match was the semi-final West-Germany vs France. He was voted Referee of the Century by a Dutch magazine (but so was Van der Ende). He was FIFA ref between 1972 and 1983.

Germany vs France, 1982

When Germany's goalie Schumacher went for Patrick Battiston, Corver waved it off and awarded Germany the free kick. Battiston had to leave the field with two broken teeth and injuries to his spine. The Germans went on to loose the final against Italy.

that one mistake

The match was discussed on a site called sportgeschiedenis.nl (history of sport) and two reactions are (presumably, but you never know) by famous referee Dick Jol and Charles Corver himself.
Dick Jol wrote: Corver had taken charge of more than 800 matches. One mistake and all the great things are forgotten.
Corver wrote: Looking back at the footage you can see I was standing in line with both players. I watched the ball. Then I went to my Scottish assistant (Robert Valentine, J NG) and he told me nothing had happened. Now I can see that it is a nasty foul and I don't understand why Schumacher was voted sportsman of the year in Germany".

Did you know
WORLD CUP

  • Corver has worked for Heineken and he sat in the local council for a party called VVD (right wing liberals) and even made it council man for a year.
  • Once, before a match against Juventus, the then president of Panathinaikos, a rich business man, offered Corver a trip with the family on one of his boats. Corver turned down the offer. In the match Corver showed 9 yellows and sent off one of the Greek players and awarded a penalty to Juve.
Statistics
Statistics for CHARLES CORVER
Totals Home Away Total
Penalties 6 2 8
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 8 12 20
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 1 2 3
Averages Home Away Total
Penalties 0.12 0.04 0.08
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 0.16 0.24 0.2
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 0.02 0.04 0.03

Based on 51 international matches

Matches
MATCHES FOR CHARLES CORVER
Date Score Yellow Red Penalties Fouls
Euro 1984 qualifiers
ItalyCzechoslovakia1983-11-132 - 2 1 (1-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
ScotlandSwitzerland1983-03-302 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
DenmarkEngland1982-09-222 - 2 3 (2-1)0 (0-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1982 - 1983
final (2nd leg)BenficaAnderlecht1983-05-181 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
2nd roundPAOKSevilla FC1982-10-202 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup 1982 - 1983
1/2 finalsWidzew LodzJuventus1983-04-202 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 1982
1/2 finalsGermany FRFrance1982-07-083 - 3 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
group stageEnglandCzechoslovakia1982-06-202 - 0 1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup 1981 - 1982
1/4 finalsUniversitatea CraiovaBayern Munich1982-03-030 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 1982 qualifiers - Asia/Oceania
Saudi ArabiaNew Zealand1981-12-190 - 5 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 1982 qualifiers - Europe
PortugalScotland1981-11-182 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Germany FRAustria1981-04-292 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup2 1981 - 1982
2nd roundBarcelonaDukla Prague1981-11-044 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup 1980 - 1981
1/2 finalsReal MadridInternazionale1981-04-082 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1980 - 1981
3rd roundDynamo DresdenStandard1980-12-101 - 4 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
2nd roundKöln FCBarcelona1980-10-220 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st roundPanathinaikosJuventus1980-10-014 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 1980
group stageBelgiumSpain1980-06-152 - 1 2 (0-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup2 1979 - 1980
1/2 finalsArsenalJuventus1980-04-091 - 1 0 (0-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1/4 finalsNantesDinamo Moskva1980-03-192 - 3 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
2nd roundGlasgow RangersValencia1979-11-071 - 3 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
friendly
ItalyRomania1980-02-162 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
FranceTunisia1978-05-192 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
EnglandBrazil1978-04-191 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Germany FRWales1977-12-141 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
EnglandAustria1973-09-267 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 1980 qualifiers
PortugalAustria1979-11-211 - 2 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
HungaryFinland1979-10-173 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1979 - 1980
1st roundDinamo ZagrebPerugia1979-10-030 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1978 - 1979
2nd roundBenficaBorussia Mönchengladbach1978-10-180 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 1978
group stageAustriaSweden1978-06-071 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup 1977 - 1978
finalLiverpoolClub Brugge1978-05-101 - 0 2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
2nd roundDynamo DresdenLiverpool1977-11-102 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 1978 qualifiers
play-offsBoliviaHungary1977-11-302 - 3 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
WC 1978 qualifiers - Europe
FranceBulgaria1977-11-163 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
SwedenNorway1976-06-162 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1977 - 1978
1st roundAston VillaFenerbahce SK1977-09-144 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1976 - 1977
finalJuventusAthletic Bilbao1977-05-041 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
3rd roundAthletic BilbaoAC Milan1976-11-244 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st roundInternazionaleHonvéd1976-09-150 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup 1976 - 1977
1/4 finalsLiverpoolSaint-Etienne1977-03-163 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 1976 qualifiers
PortugalCzechoslovakia1975-11-121 - 1 2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
SpainRomania1975-04-171 - 1 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1975 - 1976
2nd roundHamburger SVCrvena Zvezda1975-11-054 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup 1974 - 1975
1/2 finalsBayern MunichSaint-Etienne1975-04-232 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Intercontinetal Cup
1st legIndependienteAtlético de Madrid1975-03-121 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1974 - 1975
3rd roundVelez MostarDerby County1974-12-114 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)2 (2-0)0 (0-0)
1st roundVorwärts Frankfurt/OderJuventus1974-09-182 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 1974 qualifiers - Europe
ScotlandDenmark1972-11-152 - 0 0 (0-0)2 (1-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1971 - 1972
2nd roundKöln FCViking1972-11-079 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1972 - 1973
1st roundSalgotarjani BTCAEK1972-09-271 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)