FIFA world 2022 has kicked off in Qatar. This is the first ever world cup held in the Middle East and in a Muslim country. World cup 2022 has been the costliest of the World cups played so far worth $220 billion. This is also the last World cup with 32 teams. Even before the start, it became a source of controversies due to certain restrictions which included banning alcohol in the stadiums and LGBTQ rights.
FIFA World Cup in Qatar 2022 Opening Ceremony
The opening ceremony was in Al Bayt Stadium of Al Khor city of Qatar on Sunday. It opened with the recitation of the holy Quran. The key highlight of the ceremony was Morgan Freeman and Ghanim Al Muftah’s dialogue. He said, “What unites us is greater than what divides us. We are one big tribe and the Earth is our tent. Together we can make the call for everyone to unite.” Freeman also added, “This is a call to the whole world. Soccer brings people and nations together. There is a common thread of hope and respect. Soccer expands the world; it unites nations in their love for this precious game. What brings nations together, brings communities together. We all have a soccer history, and so does Qatar.”
To which Ghanim replied with a verse from Holy Quran, “We were raised to believe that we were scattered on this earth as nations and tribes, so we could learn from each other and find beauty in our differences.”
Another highlight included the performance of the World cup Song called Dreamers featuring singer Jungkook of K-pop boy band BTS, alongside Qatari singer Fahad Al-Kubaisi.
BBC did not broadcast the opening ceremony
BBC did not broadcast the opening ceremony which was criticized by football enthusiasts and politicians.
Banning of Alcohol and LGBTQ Rights
Social restrictions were placed by Qatar as some of the things did not adhere to the culture. Qatar straight off refused to entertain any of the requests. As per the FIFA security Head, “We cannot change Qatar’s religion for 28 days.”
Earlier, alcohol was allowed in the stadiums. Official sponsor Budweiser was allowed to sell beer at the Qatar World Cup official venues. They had $75 million as part of the sponsorship agreement with FIFA. Just 2 days before the WC started, Qatar banned it. FIFA President Gianni Infantino said that the fans can ‘survive’ without the alcoholic beverage for three hours.
European teams would not be allowed to wear One Love Armbands. FIFA has warned them of being penalized if they wear so. LGBTQ football fans have shown frustration and disappointment in this regard.
FIFA World cup 2022 Groups
FIFA World cup 2022 Match fixtures
Results for the matches so far:
- Qatar vs Ecuador- Ecuador won
- England vs Iran-England won
- Senegal vs Netherland-Netherland Won
- USA vs Wales-match drawn
- Argentina vs Saudi Arabia- Saudi Arabia Won
Interesting facts about FIFA World Cup 2022
The FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar is unique, and we have some interesting facts with you to share.
- The first Arab country to hold FIFA World Cup.
- Russia was banned from the tournament by FIFA for its invasion of Ukraine.
- for the first time, FIFA World Cup is held in winter.
- Cristiano Ronaldo’s and Messi’s last World cup
- England’s £160 kit is made in Bangladesh
- FIFA Worldcup Footballs Al Raiha are made in Pakistan.
- Semi-automated offside technology has been used for the first time.
- Three female referees were inducted for the first time.
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