2022 World Cup

Special edition live: 2022 World Cup kicks off in Qatar

Issued on: 20/11/2022 – 14:38

Dancers perform during the opening ceremony ahead of the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group A football match between Qatar and Ecuador at the Al-Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, north of Doha on November 20, 2022. © Odd Andersen, AFP

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The 2022 FIFA World Cup opens Sunday with a match between hosts Qatar and Ecuador, with some 1.2 million fans expected to descend on the Middle East nation. Watch FRANCE 24’s special coverage of the opening festivities. 


The opening match between  and Ecuador kicks off at 5pm Paris time (1600 GMT). Defending champions France, aiming to overcome a slew of injuries, begin their title defence against Australia on Tuesday. Meanwhile, build-up to this year’s  has been mired by criticism of Qatar’s treatment of , women and the LGBT community.

Click on the player above to watch FRANCE 24’s special coverage.

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