Many questions raised as FIFA World Cup 2022 breaks all records.


The opening ceremony of FIFA World Cup 2022 has started at the Al Bayt Stadium, in Qatar which can be seen from the lights of its cultural events and the excitement of the fans.


The grand opening ceremony will take place at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor in Qatar at 7:30 pm on 20 November.

To declare the opening of the event, South Korea’s famous band BTS’ singer, Jungkook is set to perform in the opening ceremony, among others like Nora Fatehi. 

This is the first World Cup to be held in the Arab World, which has put Qatar on the world map for a different reason.

This World Cup is being held during November and December, being the first tournament not held in May, June, or July and it is predicted that FIFA’s revenues will rise to about 2.5 billion dollar despite the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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The tournament has a total of 32 participating teams and it will be played in a reduced timeframe of 29 days. The 2026 FIFA men’s tournament will have 48 teams instead of 32.

France is seen as the defending champion, which defeated Croatia in the 2018 FIFA World Cup final and it will be interesting to expect the progress of new teams as the event unfolds.

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Ever since the hosting rights were awarded to a tiny Asian country like Qatar, the tournament has been rolled up by controversies and Western accusations, but finally, the attention has been shifted to the game, passionate team players and the skills they can display.

Fans from England, Germany, Argentina, Saudia Arabia, Iran and other countries who made their way to the first World Cup in the Middle East certainly expect more from their teams and have enjoyed the comeback of such a show after the Covid pandemic.

The West questioned Qatar’s human rights, individual liberty, labour standards, its traditions, desert conditions, market distortions, infrastructure, and so on. 

Yet, Gianni Infantino’s monologue diversified the debate over the most watched sporting event that was once the exclusive domain of European and erstwhile South American outposts.

Revenues are likely to approach 10 billion dollars for the next four years, as experts analyze the new financial strategy for women’s soccer and the expanded 2026 World Cup in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

The governing body of soccer revealed its earnings to officials from more than 200 of its members, which was 1 billion dollars more than income from the previous commercial cycle linked to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Image Source: Live celebrations seen at the opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup 2022.

The opening ceremony of FIFA World Cup 2022 can be seen live on Sports18 and Sports18 HD while it will also be streamed live on Jio Cinema platform.

Ahead of the opening ceremony, France legend Marcel Desailly presented the World Cup trophy in front of the fans which embarked a huge cheer in the crowded atmosphere.

Viewers were also struck by the songs and flags of the participating team then arrived with models in team jerseys. The dance performances progressed towards the end with a large outpouring of firecrackers from the stadium, which gave the fans a magical look and encouragement.


Ariba Aleem is a recent history (hons) graduate from the University of Delhi and works for the Asiana Times. She has reported extensively on issues related to politics, education and global current affairs. Ariba is involved in social and cultural issues, fighting against gender-based discrimination and advocates for goals such as good governance and equal human rights.


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