The four-year wait is over. The FIFA World Cup 2022 will kickstart on November 20 in Qatar. This will be the first time that football’s biggest tournament will take place in the Middle East. A total of 32 teams will take part in the FIFA World Cup 2022.
France, the current defending champions, will start as favorites along with Brazil and Argentina. Former champions Germany, Spain, Uruguay, and England, along with the Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, and Croatia, will also be participating in the tournament.
The world’s biggest football tournament will start with a star-studded opening ceremony that will take place in Qatar on Sunday, November 20, ahead of the first match. Hosts Qatar will be facing Ecuador in the first match of the tournament.
Here's all you need to know about the opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar:
When will the opening ceremony take place?
- The opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup will take place on Sunday, before the opening Group A match between hosts Qatar and Ecuador.
- The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 1400 GMT. In India, the event will begin at 7:30 p.m. IST.
- The original plan was for the opening ceremony to be held before Qatar's first game on Monday, which would have created the unusual situation of two games being held before it. Qatar's opening match was then brought forward by a day.
- Ecuadorean President Guillermo Lasso said he would not attend his country's high-profile opening match, citing domestic unrest.
Where will the opening ceremony take place?
- The opening ceremony will be at the 60,000-capacity Al Bayt Stadium, 40 km (25 miles) north of Doha.
- Named and designed after the tents used by nomads in the Gulf, the Al Bayt Stadium is the furthest venue from central Doha but also one of the biggest and it has a retractable roof.
Who will be performing at the opening ceremony?
- FIFA is yet to announce a full list of performers for the opening ceremony.
- South Korea's BTS said Jungkook, one of seven members of the boy band, would perform a track titled "Dreamers" at the ceremony.
- Others named as possible performers at the opening ceremony include the Black Eyed Peas, Robbie Williams and Nora Fatehi, according to the Telegraph.
- In an excerpt of an interview with Italy's Il Venerdì di Repubblica to be published next month, Williams said it would be "hypocritical" of him to not perform in Qatar.
- British singer Dua Lipa denied a report that she was set to perform. Some Spanish media reports said Shakira would also not perform.
- Singer Rod Stewart told the Times he had turned down an offer of "over $1 million" to perform in Qatar.
Who performed at the 2018 opening ceremony?
- The 2018 World Cup in Russia kicked off with a ceremony in Moscow headlined by British pop star Williams and Russian soprano Aida Garifullina.
- Russian President Vladimir Putin and FIFA President Gianni Infantino gave speeches at that opening ceremony.
Where to watch the live stream and live telecast of the FIFA World Cup 2022 in India?
- The FIFA World Cup 2022 will be telecasted live on Sports 18 in India. However, football fans can also be able to stream the tournament live online on the Jio TV app.