Ivana Knoll, a fan of Croatia, poses in Qatar during the World Cup (Instagram knolldoll)
At a good time, soccer fans also said goodbye yesterday (Tuesday) to Ivana Knoll, the Croatian fan who became famous in recent weeks in Qatar, when she was one of the most photographed and documented figures in the stands of the World Cup games.
Knoll, 30, who previously participated in the Miss Croatia contest, started the tournament with about 450,000 followers on her Instagram account, and after several successful weeks for her from a media point of view, she rose to 2.6 million followers (!).
She drew quite a few headlines, with many dealing with the gap between her cleavages and Qatari conservatism.
Ivana Knoll is a fan of Croatia (photo: screenshot, knolldoll)
Ivana Knoll, former Miss Croatia, poses during the Qatar 2022 World Cup (Photo: GettyImages, Ian MacNicol)
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It was reported that the Qataris would forbid her to dress this way, that they would prevent her from coming to the games, that they would report her to the authorities, that they would forbid the local audience from taking pictures with her - but as time passed, Knoll became more and more of a celebrity among the spectators of the tournament, when this week she was even seen surrounded by many fans who disturbed her and prevented her from walking while they were trying take a picture with her.
It should be noted that during Croatia's match against Brazil in the quarter-finals some security guards tried to prevent her from taking pictures with fans, but yesterday in the semi-finals against Argentina there were no restrictions on her.
This week it was published that Knoll promised that if Croatia stunned the world and won the World Cup, she would strip and take a nude photo.
The amusing Twitter account "Troll Football" tweeted yesterday "We will never forgive you for this, Messi", for Croatia being eliminated - but in fact Knoll denied these claims, clarifying that they were fake news: "I will not strip if Croatia wins the World Cup, don't believe the lies ", she wrote.
In any case, we may not have gotten rid of her completely, given the fact that Crotia will participate in the third place match.