The World football governing body announced on Thursday that Argentinian referee, Nestor Pitana, with his assistants, Hernan Maidana and Juan Belatti, will officiate the final match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Pitana has already handled four matches at the ongoing Mundial, beginning with the opening game between Russia and Saudi Arabia as well as the Group F tie between Mexico and Sweden.
The 43-year-old Physical Education teacher also handled the Round of 16 encounter between Croatia and Denmark as well as the quarter-final fixture between Uruguay and France.
Pitana is the second Argentinian referee to participate in two World Cup championships after Norberto Coerezza, who oversaw two games in 1970 and one in 1978.
itana, who has been an international referee since 2010, is one of South America’s most experienced referees and also has a playing experience at youth level.
Three games at the U-17 FIFA World Cup in 2013 preceded a call-up the following year for the World Cup in Brazil. He was in charge of four fixtures, including France versus Germany in the quarter-finals.
In 2015, he was called up for his first, and so far only, Copa America, in addition to handling River Plate versus Huracan in the final match of the Supercopa Argentina.
Previous World Cup winners OF 20 finals, with Brazil the most successful country with five titles.
1930 – Uruguay
1934 – Italy
1938 – Italy
1950 – Uruguay
1954 – West Germany
1958 – Brazil
1962 – Brazil
1966 – England
1970 – Brazil
1974 – West Germany
1978 – Argentina
1982 – Italy
1986 – Argentina
1990 – West Germany
1994 – Brazil
1998 – France
2002 – Brazil
2006 – Italy
2010 – Spain
2014 – Germany
Pitana returned to Brazil in 2016 for the Olympic Football Tournament, where he was the man in the middle for the semi-final between Germany and Nigeria.
In 2017 he took charge of the FIFA Confederations Cup semi-final fixture between Germany and Mexico. Sunday’s match will see Maidana as the Assistant Referee One (AR1), while Belatti is the Second Assistant Referee (AR2).
The final 2018 Russia world cup match, is between France and Croatia, is billed for the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Sunday .