Nestor Pitana Referee of France vs Croatia World Cup final? It’s official, Nestor Pitana will be the referee of the final France-Croatia this Sunday. And while the Blues will find an old acquaintance, FF tells you more about the leader of a long-awaited match.
Beaten by the team of France and Croatia at this World Cup, Argentina can nevertheless count on one of its members to participate in the final. However, no Albiceleste jersey on the horizon, but a whistle and a uniform well-flocked FIFA, that of Nestor Pitana. Referee designated France-Croatia this Sunday, the Argentine will lead, at age 43, his first World Cup final. Experienced, this great man of 1m93 had already referred four matches of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and can make a CV long as the arm. Copa Libertadores, Copa America, Confederations Cup, South American qualifiers for the World Cup and even Olympic Games, the international competitions have the little secret for Pitana, which totals more than 80 international matches. For his eleventh year of career, the native of Corpus, on the border with Paraguay, will lead there the most important match of his life. And he will be accompanied by Hernan Maidana, Juan Pablo Belatti, Bjorn Kuipers and Erwin Zeinstra.
The Blues know him well
For its part, the France team will find a referee she already knows. Indeed, Nestor Pitana had already had to lead the Blues, at the time of the World Cup 2014 but also 2018. In the quarter-final France-Germany (defeat 1-0), the Argentine was the whistle. Four years later, Nestor Pitana refereed France-Uruguay, July 6 in the round of 16, while the team of France has won thanks to a Raphael Varane revenge and Antoine Griezmann a lucky strand. Prior to that, Pitana also had the opportunity to referee the opening match between Russia and Saudi Arabia, the meeting between Mexico and Sweden, as well as Croatia-Denmark. Nestor Pitana knows both finalists well, while the Croatians conceded the draw (1-1) under his command, and we remember his severity against Kylian Mbappé in the quarter-finals. In addition, he also issued eleven yellow cards in four games and whistled two penalties.