Who is Szymon Marciniak, the Argentina vs France World Cup 2022 referee?

Polish referee Szymon Marciniak took charge of France vs Argentina in the 2022 World Cup final after being picked by Fifa referees’ chief Pierluigi Collina.

Telegraph Sport It was reported earlier this month that the 41-year-old was the favorite and he was this week selected ahead of Mexican Cesar Ramos, who took charge of the semi-final between Morocco and France. Another contender, American Ismael Elfath, was ineligible for that game because of his Moroccan heritage – the Major League Soccer referee moved from Morocco to the US at 18.

Marciniak had previously taken charge of France against Denmark and Argentina’s round of 16 tie with Australia in Qatar. He missed Euro 2020 after doctors diagnosed him with tachycardia, a condition where the heart beats abnormally fast. He is a regular Champions and Europa League referee and was also one of the officials at the Fifa Arab Cup test event in Qatar one year earlier.

Speaking to Fifa in-house media, Marciniak said: “I had a difficult time one and a half years ago with tachycardia. In the beginning it was very difficult for me. I had to stop. I missed the European Championships which for a referee at their peak age was a terrible feeling.

“Sometimes I think life takes something from us to give you back double happiness and I can say I’m a great example of this. Only me and my team know how difficult this was. [As for the game] there are so many big stars, anything can happen so concentration, concentration and more concentration. There can be no relaxing for one second.”

Marciniak’s two assistants are Pawel Sokolnick and Tomasz Listkiewicz and for the latter it is the continuation of a family tradition. Listkiewicz’s father Michael was the lineman for the 1990 World Cup final between Argentina and West Germany in Rome in the days of mixed nationality teams of officials. He has since served as president of the Polish football association.

How many referees have been working at Qatar 2002?

Referees come from 29 different countries – 36 in total – have taken charge at the World Cup.

Which country has had the most referees at the World Cup?

Of the different nations represented; Four countries have had two: France, Brazil, Argentina and England.

So how many English referees have been at the World Cup?

Two Englishmen – Michael Oliver and Anthony Taylor – have been working in Qatar.


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