Croatia have shocked everybody by reaching the semi-finals of the World Cup for the second time in a row – but their campaign has arguably been overshadowed by one popular fan.
But for us, there’s only been one star who fans haven’t been able to keep their eyes off throughout the tournament – and that’s former Miss Croatia winner Ivana Knoll.
The 30-year-old has been passionately supporting her nation in Qatar, with her daring outfits turning heads wherever she goes.
So ahead of their semi-final against Argentina tonight (December 13), Zululion is taking a look back at her best snaps from the last three weeks.
Ivana certainly kicked off the tournament in style with her first World Cup outfit for Croatia’s opening game bore draw with Morocco.
While there was little entertainment on the pitch, the model began to grab the headlines off it. It was after that match when she started to receive backlash for “disrespecting” Qatar’s culture.
But she hasn’t toned it down since then – far from it, in fact, as you’ll see below.
Cheeky mini skirt
Ivana treated fans to much more skin as she attended Croatia’s second group game against Canada, which they convincingly won 4-1.
The cameras inside the Khalifa International Stadium couldn’t keep away from her, including one which filmed her as she posed in the stands.
She was stunned at the interest, taking to her Instagram and writing: “When @fifaworldcup is shooting you. Am I dreaming?”
With Croatia needing to get a result against Belgium to guarantee their progression to the knockout stages, Ivana pulled out all the stops to give them encouragement from the sidelines.
A plunging crop top coupled with a pair of tight-fitting leggings set many a pulse racing, and might well have distracted opposition striker Romelu Lukaku – who missed several sitters to win the game.
That extended Croatia and Ivana’s stay in Qatar, and she later trolled Lukaku by posting: “Besides me Lukaku showed the most today. Let’s go!”.
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Showing off rear
To celebrate reaching the last 16, Ivana held a photoshoot on a Doha beach while wearing a one-piece bikini covered in Croatia’s traditional checkerboard red and white colours.
In one snap she turned her back to the camera and showed off what she’d been hiding away at games.
The shoot went some way to boosting her follower count, which has risen into the millions since the Qatar World Cup got underway.
Ivana managed to find a way to show off even more skin by sporting a g-string bikini which left little to the imagination, to say the least.
It earned her heavy criticism from locals, with the Qatar tourism authority saying before the World Cup: “Visitors (men as well as women) are expected to show respect for local culture by avoiding excessively revealing clothing in public.”
She insists that hasn’t been the case, though. “When I arrived I was surprised they were not making any problems about dressing, they allow you to wear everything what you want – except in government buildings, and in the end that’s fine,” she told PA.
Somehow, Ivana topped all of her previous efforts for Croatia’s quarter-final clash with Brazil. She entered the ground with just a red bra covering her top half.
However, she was approached by security ahead of the game, who appeared to tell her to return to her seat as she once again worked the cameras.
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