The 2022 World Cup received underway on Sunday with Qatar taking up Ecuador in Qatar.
There have been some large set items within the opening ceremony, with Hollywood expertise and international pop icons have been introduced out to deal with viewers to some sugary leisure.
This is how Qatar introduced within the first ever winter World Cup.
“I need to admit I did not suppose a lot of soccer first time I laid eyes on a recreation; seemed like a stiff breeze would blow the gamers over. That was my first impression of the sport.”
If solely, proper? Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman confirmed as much as discuss viewers by the ethos of the 2022 World Cup, championing values like inclusivity and speaking in regards to the “feelings that join us all now”.
A gaggle of the Ardah dancers have been seen with swords earlier than the cameras turned to a topless man enjoying the drums.
We have been then handled to a visit down reminiscence lane as big mascots from earlier World Cups have been wheeled out earlier than the headline act made its look.
La’eeb is the 2022 World Cup mascot. La’eeb is an Arabic phrase that means ‘super-skilled participant’ and comes from an indescribable parallel mascot-verse. In case you’ve seen Inception or Tenet, you may in all probability determine what which means.
South Korean boy band BTS are large. Like, kinda Beatles large. World Cup organisers could not e book all seven members, however they did get one; Jungkook.
The worldwide famous person carried out the track ‘Dreamers’ to mark the beginning of the World Cup and was then joined by Qatari singer Fahad Al-Kubaisi. The efficiency was full of the large dance numbers we have all develop into accustomed to seeing in Okay-Pop, however it wasn’t lengthy earlier than we returned to Crimson for some extra monologuing.
Mr Freeman spoke extra on how this World Cup is uniting folks – for context, this World Cup has extensively been seen as one of the vital divisive because of the host nation’s human rights report and therapy of LGBTQ+ folks – earlier than we reduce to a Qatari official signing a shirt.
After a number of extra sightings of the mascots and a few fireworks, the ceremony got here to an finish after which focus switched to the match at Al Bayt Stadium.
Qatar have by no means performed within the World Cup and in addition had one other report to guard – a bunch nation had by no means misplaced the opening recreation of a event. They have been tasked with dealing with Ecuador, an thrilling younger outfit with abilities like Moises Caicedo and Piero Hincapie in addition to established forwards comparable to Enner Valencia.
With warm-ups completed and gamers prepared, the off-field discuss stopped – for the second, anyway – for the opening recreation of the 2022 World Cup.