IN IMAGES, IN PICTURES. 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, November 20. A few minutes before the start of the match between Qatar and Ecuador, the first match of this 2022 World Cup, the opening ceremony took place. A show of about half an hour, at the crossroads between Qatari tradition and universal culture according to the words of the organizers. It was at 3:40 p.m. that the lights went out in the heart of the enclosure which 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 thrill of this afternoon by bringing back the World Cup trophy. The very one 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 discussion in the center of the field between the American actor Morgan Freeman and the Qatari Youtuber Ghanim al Mufta

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

Mascot La’eeb flew over the stadium during the opening ceremony.

Men in traditional clothes parade, with a saber in their hands, 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.

The South Korean group BTS, which 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, performed Dreamers, one of the anthems of the first World Cup in the Middle East and the Arab world, alongside Qatari singer Fahad Al -Kubaisi.

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

Place has been made for the old anthems of the World Cup, from “Waka Waka” by Shakira to “La Copa de la Vida” by Ricky Martin. The mascots of previous World Cups have also made their debut, in inflatable form! The opportunity to see Footix again, the essential mascot of the 1998 World Cup.

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

His speech brought an end to the opening ceremony. Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani officially kicked off this 22nd edition of the World Cup, in a speech where he notably welcomed nations from around the world.

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

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