Fernando Rapallini is 44 years old
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Croatia is preparing for its World Cup debut in Qatar, more than four years after being runner-up in Russia 2018, when they lost 4-2 against France. However, prior to the meeting with Morocco, FIFA shared a video with the best goals of the Croatian national team during his time at the last World Cup.

“The runners-up in Russia 2018 return for revenge… How will they do in their debut?” says the post.

Through the official account of Twitterthe Croatian team shared a short video about the privacy of the locker room in the Al Khor Al Bayt Stadium just over two hours from match against Morocco that opens the fourth day of the 2022 World Cup from 7. In the clip you can see the shirt of one of the emblems of the Croatian team Ivan Perisic Tottenham Hotspur midfielder.

The Argentinian fernando rapallini will have its premiere today at the Qatar 2022 World Cup as a referee in the match that will be held by the teams from Morocco and Croatia, for the Group Fin the city of Jor.

The FIFA Arbitration Committee resolved that Rapallini, 44, be in charge of leading the duel that will take place at the Al Bayt stadium, from 7 p.m. in Argentina. Rapallini, who has been an international referee since 2014, will be accompanied in this match by his compatriots Juan Pablo Belattiwho will serve as first assistant, and Diego Bonfawho will be the second collaborator in the bands.

Fernando Rapallini is 44 years oldSILVIO AVILA – AFP

With eight seasons as an international referee, Rapallini was the first Conmebol referee to participate in a Eurocup, which was played in 2020, thanks to an agreement made between the European federation (UEFA) and the South American Confederation. The referee from La Plata participated as fourth referee in the Belgium-Russia match, for the group stage, and as main referee in Ukraine-North Macedonia, also for the qualifying phase, and in France-Switzerland, for the round of 16.


Dominick Livakovic; josip Juranovic, Leave Lovren, Josko Gvardiol, borna Bland; Marcelo Brozovic, Matthew Kovacic, luka Modric, Nikola Vlasic; Ivan perisic and Andrej Kramaric. DT: Zlatko Dalic.


yassine Bounou; Noussair Mazraoui, nayef Aguerd, romain Saiss, achraf Hakimi; Sofian Amrabat, azzedine Ounahi, Selim Amallah; Hakim ziyech, Sofiane Boufal and Yousef In-Nesyri. DT: Walid regragui.

Morocco and Croatia open the day this Wednesday with a promising match with a lot of friction and emotions, within the framework of group F. The runner-up team in the world in Russia 2018 will look for the first three points that will position it in an area in which Belgium is also a favorite to go to the round of 16. The Balkans play with this emotional seasoning: this World Cup is also the last dance for Luca Modric, who even at 37 continues to be one of the best midfielders in the world.

Croatian midfielder Luka Modric during the League of Nations match against Denmark, on September 22, 2022, in Zagreb.  (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
Croatian midfielder Luka Modric during the League of Nations match against Denmark, on September 22, 2022, in Zagreb. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

In the last World Cup, Russia 2018, Croatia was the revelation of the tournament and reached the final in which they lost 4-2 to France, after playing the group stage against the Argentine national team and beating them 3-0. However, they did not could be consecrated and now seeks revenge and closure (perhaps ecumenical participation) of an exceptional group of players headed by Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic and Ivan Perisic.

World Cup Qatar 2022 – First stage – Group F – Date 1


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