The biggest football party in the world began. Qatar 2022 kicked off with an impressive opening ceremony, where figures such as Morgan Freeman were surprised and dances reminiscent of the old World Cups.
The opening ceremony of the 2022 World Cup took place at the Al Bayt stadium in Al Khor, one of the architectural jewels built to host the competition and the scene of the first match between the host team and Ecuador.
Under the presidency of Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, highly acclaimed by the public, the first World Cup in history in the Middle East featured a quick, half-hour ceremony, at times very heartfelt, in which the country’s roots were shown , its connection to the desert, and wanted to send a message of unity and modernity.
The actor Morgan Freeman, who had an important role in the beginning, assured that “soccer goes around the world and that which unites nations also unites communities.”
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The singer Jung Kook, a member of the South Korean group BTS, performed “Dreamers”, a song included in the official soundtrack of the World Cup, together with the Qatari singer Fahad Al Kubaisi, which also means, according to the organizers, a call to the unity of ” all of humanity, bridging differences through humanism, respect and inclusion”.
At the ceremony there were small tributes to the 32 teams, such as brief fragments of typical songs with which the fans cheer them on, and previous editions of the World Cup, with the departure and deployment of the mascots, among them Gauchito and Naranjito, as well as well as hymns from the latest tournaments, including the Waka Waka or the Copa de la Vida.
Previously, former player Marcel Desailly, world champion with France, introduced the World Cup trophy that the ‘bleus’ won four years ago at the Moscow Luzhniki and for more than three hours several thousand Ecuadorian fans made themselves felt in one of the Funds of the Al Khor Coliseum.