FourFourTwo imagines that taking charge of the World Cup 2022 (opens in new tab) quarter-final between Brazil (opens in new tab) and Croatia (opens in new tab) will be no easy job – and FIFA have brought out one of their best referees for the task.
England’s Michael Oliver has been appointed to the first tie of the last eight in Qatar, which is being played on Friday afternoon.
One of the Premier League’s top whistle-blowers, Oliver is used to keeping a lid on some of the biggest fixtures around – both domestically and in the Champions League. That should stand him in good stead for this crunch clash.
The 37-year-old has already been in the middle for two games at this World Cup: Costa Rica’s 1-0 win over Japan and Saudi Arabia’s 2-1 victory against Mexico, both in the group stage.
This is Oliver’s first World Cup, but he did referee three matches at last year’s Euros – including Spain vs Switzerland in the quarter-finals. He was also on duty for the 2016 League Cup final, and the 2018 and 2021 FA Cup finals.
Fellow Englishman Anthony Taylor has also been involved at Qatar 2022, although he hasn’t been selected for any of the quarter-finals.