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FIFA names Daniele Orsato as the referee for Qatar’s World Cup opener against Ecuador.

FIFA announced on Friday that Italian Daniele Orsato will officiate the opening World Cup match between hosts Qatar and Ecuador in Group A on Sunday.

The 46-year-old referee will make his World Cup debut, assisted by compatriots Ciro Carbone and Alessandro Giallatini, with Massimiliano Irrati on VAR.

Itsvan Kovacs of Romania will serve as the fourth official.

He is from Schio, which is close to Vicenza in Northern Eastern Italy.

He was a coach before becoming a referee. The IFFHS named him referee of the year in 2020.

In Lisbon, he officiated the 2019-20 UEFA Champions League match between Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich.

In the Champions League, the Italian official has shown four yellow cards on average per game.

He began as a player before being persuaded by a friend at the age of 18 to become a referee.

In 2010, he received his FIFA international refereeing badge.

Luigi Agnolin, who refereed the 1988 European Champions Club final between PSV Eindhoven and Benfica, is his refereeing mentor.

He is married to Laura, and they have two children, Gabriel and William.

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