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Greatest football bonanza opens today

Published : 19 Nov 2022 10:09 PM | Updated : 20 Nov 2022 03:44 PM

Qatar, one of the small but richest countries in the world is fully ready for the historic moments today when the most coveted football World Cup 2022 kicks off.     

The coastal city of Qatar Al Khor is going to be the part of the history when the curtain of the ‘Greatest Show on Earth’ the FIFA World Cup 2022 football will be raised today at Al Bayt Stadium.

The opening ceremony will be decorated with rendering the opening song by Koream Jungkook, one of seven members of the boy band along with some popular singers will also performed in the vibrant occasion. 

Al Bayt Stadium located 40km north of Doha, Qatar’s northeastern coastal city of Al Khor, the stadium also the host the opening fixture of the 2022 edition’s World Cup between Qatar and Ecuador.

 Al Bayt one of eight stadiums was built specially for the World Cup 2022 with 60,000 seating capacity located in Qatar’s Northern coast city of Al Khor that cost 857 million dollars.

Al Bayt, the stadium was inaugurated on 30th November 2021 during the FIFA Arab Cup. According to the Qatar World Cup website, the architects have drawn inspiration from tents that were by ancient nomads in the Middle East.  

The earlier plan was for the opening ceremony to be held before Qatar’s first game on November 21, which would have created the usual situation of the two games being held before it. The opening match was then brought forward by a day.

Meanwhile, Ecuador President Guillermo Lasso, who was supposed to attend his nation’s high profile opening match, will not available against Qatar, citing domestic unrest.

According to Telegragh, South Korea’s BTS said Jungkook, one of seven members of the boy band, will perform at the ceremony, other names reported to be involved in the opening ceremony include pop star Shakira, who sang the 2010 World Cup's official song, the Black Eyed Peas, Robbie Williams and Nora Fatehi. 

FIFA president Gianni Infantino expressed support for the LGBTQ community and migrant workers in his opening press conference of the Qatar World Cup on Saturday.

"Today I feel Qatari, today I feel Arab, today I feel African, today I feel gay, today I feel disabled, today I feel a migrant worker," he said.

The build-up to the tournament in the Gulf state has been dominated by concerns over Qatar's treatment of migrant workers, women and the LGBTQ community.

Qatar officials say their country has been the target of "racism" and "double standards". They point to the reforms on working conditions and safety that have been hailed as groundbreaking in the Gulf region.

The World Cup kicks off on Sunday when host nation Qatar take on Ecuador in the opening match.

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