World Cup opening ceremony – FIFA World Cup 2022 Highlights, November 20, 2022: The 2022 Fifa World Cup’s opening ceremony in Qatar provided spectators from across the world with a breathtaking show.
actor with an Oscar In the opening scene, Morgan Freeman served as the narrator as he extended one yellow-gloved hand to a FIFA World Cup ambassador who had a rare spinal disease. This gesture was supposed to symbolize inclusivity in a nation that was under international criticism for its human rights record.
After that, Qatari singer Fahad Al-Kubaisi and vocalist Jungkook of the K-pop boy band BTS took the stage to perform Dreamers, a brand-new competition song.
The World Cup was subsequently declared to have begun by Qatar’s ruler, who urged people of all races and sexual orientations to set aside their differences.
FIFA World Cup 2022 Opening Ceremony: Catch all the highlights from Al Bayt Stadium in Doha.
FIFA World Cup 2022 Opening Ceremony Live: Al Bayt Stadium shines bright
That’s the stunning view for our man at the opening ceremony Sandip G.
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FIFA World Cup 2022 Opening Ceremony Live: La’eeb or Casper
In Arabic La’eeb, the name of the FIFA World Cup mascot, means ‘super-skilled player’. First impression: La’eeb looks like Casper, the friendly ghost. First published in comics in the late 1940s, it later was made into a movie.
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FIFA World Cup 2022 Opening Ceremony Live: Dreamers
Jungkook of K-pop boy band BTS is performing a new tournament song, alongside Qatari singer Fahad Al-Kubaisi. The song Dreamers gets the loudest cheer
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FIFA World Cup 2022 Opening Ceremony Live: ‘Ole Ole Ole’
Performers have taken over and the sound of drums is beating loudly. Spectators are now treated to al-Ardha, a traditional sword dance. We then hear a track of ‘Please Don’t Take Me Home’ and ‘Ole Ole Ole’ playing in the background
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FIFA World Cup 2022 Opening Ceremony Live: Lights, camera, action
Hundreds of dancers and musicians take to the stage. The fans in the stands wave and cheer. Sandip G brings us live visuals from the ceremony
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FIFA World Cup 2022 Opening Ceremony Live: Morgan Freeman in the house
Morgan Freeman talks about hope, unity and tolerance.
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FIFA World Cup 2022 Opening Ceremony Live: HERE WE GO!
The opening ceremony has started and mobile phones are lighting up the stadium. Morgan Freeman is narrating at FIFA opening ceremony.
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FIFA World Cup 2022 Opening Ceremony Live: A traditional welcome
World Cup opening ceremony: Five things we learned in Qatar
- Qatar still trying to sell itself as inclusive: A fantasy to kick was shown in the opening video sequence as developing from an embryo to a parade across the desert that led to the tent-shaped Al Bayt Stadium through several space whales. The proper type of inclusion, which has been emphasized by the event’s organizers and Fifa, was exemplified in a scene in which Ghanim al-Muftah and Morgan Freeman spoke about overcoming obstacles.
- Everybody got their own song: The camera would occasionally switch to the crowd, where it turned out that groups of fans from competing nations beyond Qatar and Ecuador were all seated together wearing their replica shirts to cheer along. In one scene, dancers appeared to be dressed as Imperial troops from Star Wars holding light sabres. Drummers and singers ran through the greatest hits of football chants.
- Russia still made a mark, despite their ban: The World Cup mascots from previous tournaments made a welcome comeback thanks to the Qatari organizers, including Naranjito from Spain in 1982 and Footix from France in 1998. The return of Zabivaka, Russia’s mascot from the last competition, was maybe less appreciated. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February of this year resulted in their expulsion from the World Cup qualification process.
- Jungkook of BTS has not started his military service yet: A K-Pop star is a surefire way to garner support for your opening ceremony on social media, and Jungkook from BTS was there to sign his song Dreamers from the FIFA World Cup official soundtrack—a concept that would have baffled Jules Rimet, the man behind the idea of the World Cup itself back in the 1920s. Following a protracted national discussion, the seven members of BTS, one of the world’s best-selling bands, will soon put their pop careers on hold to serve their country of South Korea in the military.
- Emir claimed World Cup would celebrate diversity: When the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, first arrived, he was well-liked by the audience. He grinned widely as a video montage sequence showed him playing football as a young child in the 1970s or 1980s. In Qatar, same-sex partnerships are forbidden. Khalid Salman, a former Qatari national team player and ambassador for the World Cup, stated earlier this month that homosexuality caused “damage in the head.”