Sándor Puhl (born 14 July 1955) is a retired Hungarian football referee. He is mostly known for supervising four matches in the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States, including the final between Brazil and Italy. He also refereed UEFA Champions League matches, including the 1997 UEFA Champions League Final between Borussia Dortmund and Juventus. Dortmund ended up being 3–1 winners.

Sándor Puhl
Born (1955-07-14) 14 July 1955 (age 64)
Miskolc, Hungary[1]
Other occupation Director
Years League Role
1984–2000 NB I Referee
Years League Role
1988–2000 FIFA–listed Referee

He was elected as IFFHS' World's Best Referee of the Year four times in a row between 1994 and 1997.[2]

After retiring as a referee, he was Deputy Chairman of the Hungarian Football Association from 2000 to 2006. He has also worked as a co-commentator for a Hungarian sports TV channel.

Puhl speaks Hungarian, German, Italian and English.


  1. ^ "Puhl Sándor 50 éves". Ma.hu (in Hungarian). 17 July 2005. Archived from the original on 24 July 2010. Retrieved 4 August 2014.
  2. ^ IFFHS' World's Best Referee of the Year 1987–2006

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Sporting positions
Sándor Puhl
Preceded by
1992 UEFA Cup Final
Joe Worrall
1993 UEFA Cup Final Referee Succeeded by
1994 UEFA Cup Final
Kim Milton Nielsen
Preceded by
1990 FIFA World Cup Final
Edgardo Codesal Méndez
1994 FIFA World Cup Final Referee Succeeded by
1998 FIFA World Cup Final
Said Belqola
Preceded by
1996 UEFA Champions League Final
Manuel Díaz Vega
1997 UEFA Champions League Final Referee Succeeded by
1998 UEFA Champions League Final
Hellmut Krug