FIFA World Cup 2022: when and where to watch the first match, all about the opening ceremony

The four-year wait is over. The 2022 FIFA World Cup kicks off on November 20 in Qatar. This will be the first time that the biggest football tournament will be held in the Middle East. A total of 32 teams will participate in the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

France, current holders, will start as favorites, along with Brazil and Argentina. Former champions Germany, Spain, Uruguay and England will also participate in the tournament, along with the Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal and Croatia.

The biggest football tournament in the world will start with a star-studded opening ceremony that will take place in Qatar on Sunday, November 20, before the first match. Host country Qatar will face Ecuador in the first match of the tournament.

Here’s everything you need to know about the FIFA World Cup Qatar Opening Ceremony:

When will the opening ceremony take place?

  • The opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup takes place on Sunday, before the opening match of Group A between host nation Qatar and Ecuador.
  • The ceremony is scheduled to start at 1400 GMT. In India, the event will start at 7:30 PM IST.
  • The original plan was for the opening ceremony to take place before Qatar’s first match on Monday, which would have created an unusual situation with two matches to be played before it. Qatar’s opening one-day match was then introduced.
  • Ecuadorian President Guillermo Laso has said he will not attend his country’s high-profile opening match, citing domestic turmoil.

Where will the opening ceremony take place?

  • The opening ceremony will be held at Al Bayt Stadium, which has a capacity of 60,000 spectators, 40 km north of Doha.
  • Named and designed after the tents used by Bedouins in the Gulf, Al Bayt Stadium is the farthest from central Doha but is also one of the largest stadiums and has a retractable roof.

Who will perform at the opening ceremony?

  • FIFA has not yet announced the full list of artists for the Opening Ceremony.
  • South Korean boy band BTS said Jungkook, who is one of seven members of the boy band, will perform a song called “Dreamers” at the concert.
  • And according to the Telegraph, other people identified as potential performers at the opening ceremony include Black Eyed Peas, Robbie Williams and Nora Fatehi.
  • In an excerpt from an interview with Italy’s Il Venerdì di Repubblica due to be published next month, Williams said it would be “hypocritical” of him if he did not perform in Qatar.
  • British singer Dua Lipa has denied a report that she is ready to perform. Some Spanish media reported that Shakira would not play the role.
  • Singer Rod Stewart told The Times he turned down an offer of “more than $1 million” to perform in Qatar.

Who performed at the opening ceremony 2018?

  • The 2018 World Cup in Russia kicked off with a concert in Moscow headlined by British pop star Williams and Russian soprano Aida Garifullina.
  • Russian President Vladimir Putin and FIFA President Gianni Infantino made speeches at the opening ceremony.

Where can you watch the live stream and live stream of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in India?

  • The FIFA World Cup 2022 will be broadcast live on Sports 18 in India. However, football fans can also be able to stream the tournament live online on the Jio TV app.