Here’s what you need to know about the World Cup opening ceremony from November 20 to December 18 in Qatar:
WHEN WILL THE OPENING CEREMONY TAKE PLACE?
The World Cup opening ceremony will take place on Sunday, ahead of the Group A opener between hosts Qatar and Ecuador.
The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 1400 GMT (1930 IST).
The original plan was for the opening ceremony to take place before Qatar’s opener on Monday, which would have created the unusual situation of two games ahead of them. Qatar’s opener was then brought forward a day.
Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso has said he will not attend his country’s highly publicized opening game, citing domestic unrest.
WHERE WILL THE OPENING CEREMONY TAKE PLACE?
The opening ceremony will take place at the 60,000 capacity Al Bayt Stadium, 40 km (25 miles) north of Doha.
Named and designed after the tents used by nomads in the Gulf, Al Bayt Stadium is the farthest venue from the center of Doha but also one of the largest and it has a retractable roof.
WHO WILL PERFORM AT THE OPENING CEREMONY?
FIFA has yet to announce the full list of performers for the opening ceremony.
South Korean BTS said Jungkook, one of the boy band’s seven members, will perform a track titled “Dreamers” at the ceremony.
Others named as possible performers at the opening ceremony include the Black Eyed Peas, Robbie Williams and Nora Fatehi, according to the Telegraph.
In an excerpt from an interview with Italy’s Il Venerdì di Repubblica to be published next month, Williams said it would be “hypocritical” of her not to perform in Qatar.
British singer Dua Lipa has denied a report that she was to perform. Some Spanish media said that Shakira would not perform either.
Singer Rod Stewart told The Times he turned down an offer of “over a million dollars” to perform in Qatar.
WHO PERFORMED AT THE 2018 OPENING CEREMONY?
The 2018 World Cup in Russia kicked off with a ceremony in Moscow headlined by British pop star Williams and Russian soprano Aida Garifullina.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and FIFA President Gianni Infantino delivered speeches at the opening ceremony.



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