Nicola Rizzoli refereeing the World Cup Final could mean Italy win the next tournament in 2018!
He was picked to officiate Sunday’s showdown between Germany and Argentina in Rio de Janeiro.
Rizzoli becomes only the third Italian referee at a World Cup Final after Sergio Gonnella in 1978 and Pierluigi Collina in 2002.
Sportmediaset have pointed out a curious statistical anomaly – in both previous cases, Italy have gone on to win the next World Cup.
The Azzurri lifted the trophy in 1982 and again in 2006.
If the superstition were to continue, then Italy would win the 2018 World Cup in Russia.