2022 World Cup: traditional dances, unifying speeches, deserted stands … We experienced the ceremony and the opening match of the World Cup

The match between Qatar and Ecuador kicked off the 22nd edition of the FIFA World Cup, following the opening ceremony.

The opening ceremony of the 2022 World Cup was held at Al-Bayt Stadium in Al Khor on November 20, 2022. (AFP)

In the corridors of the Al-Bayt stadium, thirty minutes before the kick-off between Qatar and Ecuador, Abdulrahman is delighted. The 23-year-old Qatari is not a football fan, has no plans

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