Ivan Knoll: Who is the Croatian model termed ‘world’s sexist fan’ turning heads at Euro 2024?

Croatian model Ivana Knoll, christened 'world's sexiest fan.' Photo: Ivana Knoll Instagram.

Ivan Knoll: Who is the Croatian model termed ‘world’s sexist fan’ turning heads at Euro 2024?

Joel Omotto 18:05 - 18.06.2024

Croatia lost their Euro 2024 opener but fans are praying that Luka Modric and Co do not suffer an early exit to continue catching a glimpse of their stunningly beautiful fan in the stands.

Croatia might have started Euro 2024 on a wrong footing but many fans, mostly men, will be hoping that they do not suffer an early elimination.

Zlatko Dalic’s side suffered a 3-0 thrashing in the hands of Spain on Saturday and as they prepare for Wednesday’s must-win clash against Albania, male fans will have their eyes on the action on the pitch and also in the stands.

This is because Croatia’s most famous and glamourous fan Ivana Knoll is in Germany for the tournament and is set to light up the stadium once again.

Knoll, a model and DJ rose to prominence during the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar when she strut her stuff in the stands as Croatia went all the way to the semi-final before finishing third, earning the name ‘world’s sexiest fan.’

The model became a celebrity in her own right with cameras turning on her as her good looks and skimpy dresses provided a major attraction, and perhaps a distraction, for fans.

Knoll saw her social media following shoot during the World Cup, garnering three million followers on Instagram and she is back for more at Euro 2024.

Tall, cute and lean, it is hard not to notice Knoll in the stadium and she has made the red and white of Croatia more famous as her outfits always resemble her national team colours.

Her manner of dressing has been criticised for being too revealing but the Miami-based DJ does not care so much about people’s opinion.

“There is good and bad and some things are blessings and some are lessons. I am the type of person who doesn't care about other people’s opinions anyway,” she told the UK’s Dailymail.

“But definitely my career changed a lot in an amazing way (after Qatar) and it helped me to get back to my biggest love which is music.”

The Miami-based model is also a DJ. Photo: Ivana Knoll Instagram.

The 28-year-old, who was born in Franfurt, Germany, has used the fame to good effect as she is now getting invitations to DJ at major gigs like the Formula One in Las Vegas.

“Nobody made me, nobody can break me. I choose the harder way for my career not to sell myself or my soul and it’s not easy but I am making it,” she added.

Knoll has rubbed shoulders with celebrities such as Shaquille O'Neal, Fernando Alonso and Erling Haaland but she is still humble enough to pose for photos with fans of different class and race at match venues.

She has also won Croatia numerous fans with many looking forward to the team’s matches with the hope of catching a glimpse of her, either in the stands, or on TV.

As Luka Modric and Co prepare for the clash against Albania at the Volksparkstadion, the port city of Hamburg will be filled with fans who will not only be looking forward to the match but also Knoll’s presence.

Surely, Croatia cannot afford an early exit!

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