Gustavo Alfaro, coach of Ecuador, in full training (Photo: Reuters).
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Came the day. The host Qatar and equator will launch this Sunday the twenty-second edition of the worldthe first in history on Arab soil and also the first to be held at the end of the year due to the high temperatures in the emirate.

Also read: The mystery around the opening ceremony of the World Cup in Qatar: official silence and doubts about the show

For Qatar it is the first experience World Cup, while for Ecuador –directed by Gustavo Alfaro– It will be the fourth edition that dispute after eight years of waiting and after having made a great South American Qualifier, in which it finished fourth behind Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay.


Time and TV of the match between Qatar and Ecuador

The inaugural duel between Ecuador and Qatar will be played this Sunday at the Al Bayt stadium, also known as Al Khor, located 35 kilometers from Doha and with capacity for 60,000 spectators, starting at 1:00 p.m. (Argentine time). The duel can be seen on Public TV and Directv Sports. In addition, it can be followed on the Flow and Directv Go online platforms. The match will be refereed by an Italian shortlist headed by Daniele Orsato, accompanied by Ciro Carbone and Alessandro Giallatini while Massimiliano Irrati and Paolo Valeri will be in charge of VAR. Group A is completed by Senegal and the Netherlands, who will face each other on Monday at 1:00 p.m. at the Al Thumama stadium.

Gustavo Alfaro, coach of Ecuador, in full training (Photo: Reuters).By: REUTERS

With Alfaro as coach, Ecuador wants to start with a win against the local

Just over four years after Russia 2018, FIFA’s most important competition will begin with the senior debut of a host country, Qatar. The rival will be Gustavo Alfaro’s Ecuador, who qualified after finishing in a creditable fourth place in the South American Qualifiers below Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. Qatar will have its World Cup debut with the best generation in its history, which is directed by the Spanish Félix Sánchez, a DT with the philosophy of La Masía de Barcelona. The project started at the successful Aspire academy reached its highest point with the 2019 Asia Cup title after defeating Japan in the final (3-1).

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Alfaro, with Ecuador, is the fourth Argentine to direct in the opening of a World Cup: how did the rest

Gustavo Alfaro looks for what Menotti, Bilardo and Pizzi could not achieve.  REUTERS/Dolores Ochoa
Gustavo Alfaro looks for what Menotti, Bilardo and Pizzi could not achieve. REUTERS/Dolores Ochoa

Gustavo Alfaro, former Boca coach, seeks to break the losing streak of the Argentine coaches in a first match of the World Cup.


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With this goal from Cameroon, Argentina lost the opening match of 1990 1-0. (AFP)
With this goal from Cameroon, Argentina lost the opening match of 1990 1-0. (AFP)

Qatar 2022 opens the 22nd World Cup, a tournament that throughout history has had all kinds of presentations, including up to eight opening matches at the same time.

The mystery around the opening ceremony of the World Cup in Qatar: official silence and doubts about the show

The opening ceremony of the Qatar 2022 World Cup will be held this Sunday amid the mystery of the little official information and after a series of controversial rejections of international artists.

The traditional event that precedes the opening match will begin at 12 in Argentinaan hour before the World Cup ball rolls for the first time in the Middle East, and it will be televised by the Public TV Y Directv Sports.

The mystery around the opening ceremony of the World Cup in Qatar: official silence and doubts about the show (Photo: Reuters).
The mystery around the opening ceremony of the World Cup in Qatar: official silence and doubts about the show (Photo: Reuters).

The gates of the Al Bayt stadium in the town of Al Khor, located 35 kilometers north of Doha, will open four hours before kick-off.

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