Despite the glaring scandal surrounding the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the tournament has begun. The first match was held in the Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah. It was attended by the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi and Kuwait’s crown prince. It also included a speech from FIFA President Gianni Infantino in Arabic and Spanish.
Other notable attendees included Jordan’s King Abdullah II and Rwandan President Paul Kagame. It also included a performance by singer Jungkook and rapper Tiesto. It integrated the chants of different nations into one melody. The audience was invited to share their own football origin stories.
It was a rousing opening ceremony that echoed the message of unity and celebration. Qatar was represented by Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani and Nasser Al-Khelaifi, the former Saudi Arabian crown prince. Sheikh Hamad was the ruler of Qatar for 18 years. During his reign, Qatar was known for modernizing the country. However, Qatar has faced intense criticism for the treatment of migrant workers. Human rights groups have published reports detailing the plight of migrant workers. Qatar is also under a heightened state of scrutiny for the treatment of the LGBTQ community.
The tournament will be played over 29 days in eight venues across five cities. It will be the first World Cup to be played in the Middle East. Organizers will hope that the tournament will help celebrate the growth of soccer in the region. There are also many challenges that organizers will face, including how to cope with the heat of Qatar’s summer. The temperatures can reach up to 40 degrees Celsius during the summer, and can reach as low as 30 degrees in the winter.
The tournament will be held during the winter months to avoid the heat of summer in the Gulf. The United States, England, and Iran will play in Group B. All teams will hope to advance to the knockout stages to play in the finals. There are also a number of friendly matches. The tournament will feature a total of 32 teams, with 16 advancing to the knockout stage and another 16 advancing to the finals. The winner will be determined by penalty kicks and extra time.
The stadiums for the tournament are expected to cost $1.5 billion each. Fans will be able to arrive at the stadiums by public transport. However, tourists will need to acquire a Hayya card. This card will allow them to travel freely on public transport and will enable them to access stadiums.
The World Cup will begin in November and continue through December. Fans will be able to watch matches on FOX and Tubi. Although there will be a number of restrictions in place, including the prohibition of drinking alcohol in public, fans can still expect a fun-filled tournament.
Qatar has made preparations for the tournament, including the construction of seven new stadiums. It has spent nearly $220 billion on the infrastructure. It has also banned alcohol near stadiums. In addition to the stadiums, fans will also be able to enjoy Fan Villages in the outskirts of Doha. The Qatar Academy will also increase the number of players that will participate in the tournament. They are expected to have 70 percent of their team members from the academy.