FIFA World Cup Opening Ceremony Live: With the opening ceremony to beganon 20 November at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor in Qatar, the tournament opener will take place between hosts Qatar and Ecuador from 9:30 pm IST onwards at the same venue.
The opening ceremony will witness the performances of J Balvin, Robbie Williams, Jason Derulo, Clean Bandit, Sean Paul, Nora Fatehi, Black Eyed Peas, Jungkook of BTS, Nicki Minaj, Maluma and Myriam Fares. They will be performing in a stadium which has a capacity of 60,000.
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Holy Quran to be recited before opening ceremony
During the opening ceremony of FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar, the Holy Quran will be recited by Ghanem Al-Muftah.
Atmosphere at Qatar, just before the opening ceremony of FIFA World Cup 2022
FIFA earn record revenues for the 2022 tournament
In the four years of commercial deals about the 2022 World Cup, FIFA has earned revenues of $7.5 billion which is $1 billion more than the income of the previous cycle tied to Russia 2018.
Qatar expected to host 1.2 million fans
Around 1.2 million football fans are expected to attend the FIFA World Cup 2022. For a small country like Qatar, it is a matter of honour to host such a massive tournament
Injured Lukaku likely to miss Belgium’s opening two games
Belgium’s record goalscorer Romelu Lukaku trained apart from the squad on Sunday as uncertainty over his fitness continued to cast a shadow over the team’s World Cup campaign.
Throngs of fans were already arriving in Qatar but the main rush will be later this week. A fan from Holland, clad in orange, told Reuters there was a a feeling of “constant pressure around you not to say the wrong thing or make the wrong move”. “It’s not a fun atmosphere to have at a World Cup.”
Argentina fan Julio Cesar though said he expected a great atmosphere. “We’ll drink before the match,” he added, after alcohol sales at stadiums were banned.
Saudi Arabia’s crown prince among political leaders at the opening ceremony
In a show of Arab solidarity, Saudi Arabia’s crown prince and the presidents of Egypt and Algeria will be among political leaders at the opening ceremony in a tent-shaped stadium at 5:40 p.m. (1440 GMT), before the first match between hosts Qatar and Ecuador. The U.N. Secretary-General will also be there.
Jung Kook confirms his presence
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