Croatia supporter Ivana Knoll, who became an internet sensation during the 2018 World Cup, has hit hard at the recent tournament in Qatar, which she described as a “disaster”.
Knoll — who has been dubbed “the World Cup’s hottest fan” and Croatia’s “hottest cheerleader” by other publications — detailed on her Instagram Stories the hurdles she and her group encountered in becoming a global event.
“This is a disaster,” Knoll said, according to The Sun. “I’m sorry for all the people who can’t go to the World Cup because of the worst organization in history.
“My entourage hasn’t received a Hayya card even after 20 days, although they all have tickets for the final,” Knoll continued, referring to the personalized document that visitors to all World Cup games must carry with them.
There have been a number of controversies surrounding this year’s tournament, including the host country’s treatment of workers and its human rights record.
Knoll added that given the arduous ordeal, “It’s clear why so many people didn’t even want to be a part of this circus!”
Ahead of Wednesday’s Group F game between Croatia and Morocco, Knoll posted photos of himself inside and outside Al Bayt Stadium.
“Croatia, let’s go!” Knoll shared on Instagram.
Croatia, who drew 0-0 with Morocco on Wednesday, next meet Canada on Sunday, followed by Belgium on Thursday 1 December to wrap up their group games.
As for Knoll, she will likely continue to provide World Cup updates on social media, where she has more than 578,000 Instagram followers.
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Knoll was born in Germany and later relocated to the Croatian capital of Zagreb, according to The Daily Star. She is said to have loved football since she was a child when her father took her to live matches.
Aside from soccer, Knoll is also passionate about her swimwear line, Knoll Doll, which features styles with elements of the Croatian flag.
Knoll compared the two-piece suits to the “CROkini,” according to Instagram posts.