22nd FIFA men’s football World cup kicks off in Qatar
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The 22nd FIFA men’s world cup was formally declared open at a colourful ceremony held at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar on 20 November. It is for the first time that an Arab country is hosting the football tournament.
India was represented by Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar. The opening ceremony witnessed performances of J Balvin, Robbie Williams, Jason Derulo, Clean Bandit, Sean Paul, Nora Fatehi, Black Eyed Peas, Jungkook of BTS, Nicki Minaj, Maluma and Myriam Fares.
The noted Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman was the narrator at the opening ceremony.
The FIFA World Cup 2022 will be held in Qatar from 20 November to 18 December 2022.
32 countries from five continents are participating in the Tournaments.
The teams are host Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, the Netherlands, England, Iran, USA, Wales, Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland, France, Australia, Denmark, Tunisia, Spain, Costa Rica, Germany, Japan, Belgium, Canada, Morocco, and Croatia, Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon, Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, and South Korea.
France is the current world champion having won it in 2018 world cup held in Russia.
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