FIFA World Cup Qatar finally kicks off! History is made in Qatar as football fans celebrated the start of the first FIFA World Cup in the Arab world.  A spectacular Opening Ceremony kicked off at the Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor in Qatar amid a loud cheer from the fans. It all begun after a 30-second countdown with cultural show at the Al Bayt Stadium. Some superb light work and music were also in display at the venue. BTS singer Jung Kook stole the show at the opening ceremony with his new track 'Dreamers' while Hollywood star Morgan Freeman was equally good with his message of hope, unity and tolerance.  The duo gave the fans at the venue a great time with their stellar performances. Earlier, France legend Marcel Desailly presented the World Cup trophy in front of the fans. Immediately after the ceremony, the Qatar National Team made their tournament debut, facing Ecuador in the opening match. Qatar has never before appeared in a World Cup and faces a major challenge just to emerge from Group A, which also includes Senegal and the Netherlands. South Africa in 2010 is the only host nation to fail to get beyond the group stage, so to avoid sharing that distinction would be a success in itself. The Word Cup matches will be held in eight spectacular stadiums.  The opening ceremony at the first match took place at Al Bayt Stadium.  Qatar, the smallest nation to host the football world cup, has spent billions of dollars in building new infrastructure like stadiums, roads, metro, hotels, etc. for the event. The matches can also be watched live on mega-screens at the FIFA Fan Festival in Doha. Entry is exclusively for Hayya Card holders and on a first come, first served basis. A total of 32 teams will be taking part in the World Cup. Four teams from the region have qualified with hosts Qatar joined by Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Morocco for the showpiece event. The final of the event will be held on December 18. Defending champions France will play their first match against Australia at 10pm (local time) on November 23 while five-time champions Brazil will start against Serbia at 10pm on November 25.  The semi-finals will be played on December 14 and 15, both at 10pm, while the final will take place at the Lusail Iconic Stadium on December 18. The teams have been placed in eight different groups. These are Group A: Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, Netherlands Group B: England, Iran, United States, Wales Group C: Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland Group D: France, Australia, Denmark, Tunisia Group E: Spain, Costa Rica, Germany, Japan Group F: Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia Group G: Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon Group H: Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, South Korea   “Many teams have a shot at this World Cup – with Brazil the leading favourites,” said Ahmad Khalil Khalil, who helped Qatar claim their first Arabian Gulf Cup in 1992. “Argentina, Brazil, Germany and France are also strong teams. There are also some dark horses, like Serbia, who have a very talented squad, but I am certain a team from the region will surprise everyone.”   Source: Trade Arabia 2022-11-21 12:00:00 https://www.ld-export.com/upload/ld-export-f72f6c-large.jpg
FIFA World Cup Qatar finally kicks off!

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FIFA World Cup Qatar finally kicks off!

History is made in Qatar as football fans celebrated the start of the first FIFA World Cup in the Arab world. 

A spectacular Opening Ceremony kicked off at the Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor in Qatar amid a loud cheer from the fans. It all begun after a 30-second countdown with cultural show at the Al Bayt Stadium. Some superb light work and music were also in display at the venue.

BTS singer Jung Kook stole the show at the opening ceremony with his new track 'Dreamers' while Hollywood star Morgan Freeman was equally good with his message of hope, unity and tolerance. 

The duo gave the fans at the venue a great time with their stellar performances. Earlier, France legend Marcel Desailly presented the World Cup trophy in front of the fans.

Immediately after the ceremony, the Qatar National Team made their tournament debut, facing Ecuador in the opening match.

Qatar has never before appeared in a World Cup and faces a major challenge just to emerge from Group A, which also includes Senegal and the Netherlands. South Africa in 2010 is the only host nation to fail to get beyond the group stage, so to avoid sharing that distinction would be a success in itself.

The Word Cup matches will be held in eight spectacular stadiums.  The opening ceremony at the first match took place at Al Bayt Stadium. 

Qatar, the smallest nation to host the football world cup, has spent billions of dollars in building new infrastructure like stadiums, roads, metro, hotels, etc. for the event.

The matches can also be watched live on mega-screens at the FIFA Fan Festival in Doha. Entry is exclusively for Hayya Card holders and on a first come, first served basis.

A total of 32 teams will be taking part in the World Cup. Four teams from the region have qualified with hosts Qatar joined by Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Morocco for the showpiece event. The final of the event will be held on December 18.

Defending champions France will play their first match against Australia at 10pm (local time) on November 23 while five-time champions Brazil will start against Serbia at 10pm on November 25. 

The semi-finals will be played on December 14 and 15, both at 10pm, while the final will take place at the Lusail Iconic Stadium on December 18.

The teams have been placed in eight different groups. These are

Group A: Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, Netherlands

Group B: England, Iran, United States, Wales

Group C: Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland

Group D: France, Australia, Denmark, Tunisia

Group E: Spain, Costa Rica, Germany, Japan

Group F: Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia

Group G: Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon

Group H: Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, South Korea

 

“Many teams have a shot at this World Cup – with Brazil the leading favourites,” said Ahmad Khalil Khalil, who helped Qatar claim their first Arabian Gulf Cup in 1992.

“Argentina, Brazil, Germany and France are also strong teams. There are also some dark horses, like Serbia, who have a very talented squad, but I am certain a team from the region will surprise everyone.”

 

Source: Trade Arabia

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