Marciniak to take charge of World Cup Final!

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Polish referee Szymon Marciniak has beaten off stiff competition to lead the 2022 World Cup final in Doha, on Sunday evening. The 41-year-old Płock-born official was chosen ahead of Mexico’s Cesar Ramos and USA’s Ismael Elfath, to take charge of the showpiece event between France and Argentina.

Marciniak had been installed as favourite to be picked earlier in the week, and was chosen by a committee headed by former referee Pierluigi Collina on Thursday afternoon. He has refereed both finallists already in the tournament: Argentina against Australia in the last-sixteen, and France’s group game against Denmark. He has issued no red cards and five yellow cards – including one to France’s Jules Kounde.

Marciniak will be joined in the final by his assistants, Paweł Sokołnicki and Tomasz Listkiewicz. Listkiewicz follows in the footsteps of his father, former referee and PZPN President Michał, who assisted Mexican judge Edgardo Codesal in the 1990 World Cup final between Argentina and West Germany.

Marciniak started refereeing in the Ekstraklasa in 2009, and made his international debut only two years later, in the European Under-17 Championship. His FIFA bow came in 2012, leading Portugal’s qualifying match for the 2014 World Cup against Azerbaijan, while he made a Champions League debut two years later, in Juventus’ home win against Swedish club Malmo.

Marciniak led three games at the Euro 2016 competition in France and was named the head referee for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where he officiated twice. He missed the Euro 2020 competition having been diagnosed with tachycardia.

Sunday’s World Cup final between Argentina and France kicks off at 16:00 CET/15:00 GMT, in Doha’s Lusail Iconic Stadium.

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