IN IMAGES, IN IMAGES. Morgan Freeman, Qatari tradition, BTS… The surprising opening ceremony of the World Cup

The kick-off of the 22nd edition of the World Cup was officially given this Sunday 20 November. The opening ceremony was held a few minutes before the start of the match between Qatar and Ecuador, the first match of this 2022 World Cup. A show of about half an hour, at the crossroads between Qatari tradition and universal culture according to the words of the organizers. It is 3.40pm when the lights go out in the heart of the enclosure that hosts the start of the competition.

Marcel Desailly arrived on the lawn just before the start of the ceremony to bring back the World Cup trophy. | PHOTO: ODD ANDERSEN/AFP

Marcel Desailly offered the first excitement of this afternoon by bringing back the World Cup trophy. Just what he raised 24 years ago with the Blues.

American actor Morgan Freeman (left) and Qatari youtuber Ghanim al Muftah at the opening ceremony. | PHOTO: ODD ANDERSEN/AFP

One of the highlights of this opening ceremony was the center court discussion between American actor Morgan Freeman and Qatari youtuber Ghanim al Mufta

La’eeb, the mascot of the 2022 World Cup, during the opening ceremony. | PHOTO: KARIM JAAFAR/AFP

The La’eeb mascot flew over the stadium during the opening ceremony.

Men in traditional dress parade, saber in hand, during the opening ceremony of the 2022 World Cup. | PHOTO: KARIM JAAFAR/AFP

As expected, this ceremony mixed paintings of traditional Qatari culture with these moments of international culture.

South Korean group BTS, who performed one of the anthems of this World Cup, performed on stage during the opening ceremony. | PHOTO: KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP

During the ceremony, Jungkook, one of the seven members of the famous South Korean group BTS, sang Dreamers, one of the anthems of the first World Cup in the Middle East and the Arab world, together with the Qatari singer Fahad Al-Kubaisi.

This opening ceremony was an opportunity to see the mascots of previous editions. | PHOTO: RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP

It made way for old World Cup anthems, from Shakira’s “Waka Waka” to Ricky Martin’s “La Copa de la Vida”. The mascots from previous World Cups also made their debut, in inflatable form! An opportunity to review Footix, the indispensable mascot of the 1998 World Cup.

The opening ceremony of this 2022 World Cup concluded with a speech by Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani. | PHOTO: KARIM JAAFARAFP

His speech ended the opening ceremony. Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani officially kicked off this 22nd edition of the World Cup, in a speech in which he welcomed nations from all over the world.

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“We have worked hard with many people to make it a successful contest. I wish all participating teams a great competition, a period of fun, emotion and enthusiasm. I say to the whole world: welcome to Doha. »

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