The 2022 World Cup in Qatar has officially begun after a visually dazzling and star-studded opening ceremony featuring the likes of Morgan Freeman and Jung Kook.
At the Al Bayt Stadium on Sunday, Oscar-winning actor Freeman kicked off proceedings with a monologue about football’s power to unite the world.
The speech was naturally very controversial given Qatar’s appalling human rights record, treatment of migrant workers and lack of free speech.
After a stunning display of traditional Qatari music and dancing, flags of all 32 nations competing were shown off, as were the mascots from prior tournaments before the introduction of the 2022 edition, La’eeb.
Soon after, BTS singer Jung Kook arrived on the pitch to perform before Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar, made a speech in Arabic, before finishing in English.
‘Welcome and good luck to all,’ he said.
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