Eight stadiums across the Gulf state will host the 64 matches of this tournament, which will be played over just 29 days
Shahid Ali, an engineer from Nagpur in Maharashtra who was part of the construction team of the stadium in Qatar – where the opening ceremony of the 2022 Fifa World Cup was held on Sunday – recalled the challenging task of building the stadium.
Speaking to ANI he said:
“It feels really good to see the 2022 FIFA World Cup Opening Ceremony at Qatar Stadium. It’s a proud feeling to be part of the stadium construction team. Working in Qatar in extreme temperatures was a challenging task.”
“I went to Qatar in 2017 when construction work on the stadium had just started. People from over 35 countries including China, UK and Australia worked with us. There were Indians from the ground up [labourers] to top management [Directors] in Qatar,” he added.
The greatest spectacle in football, the 2022 Fifa World Cup began in Qatar on November 20th and will run until December 18th. Eight stadiums across Qatar will host the 64 matches of this tournament, which will be played over just 29 days. A total of 32 teams from five confederations will be battling it out for football’s biggest prize at the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar.
Notably, the 2022 Fifa World Cup is the last with 32 teams taking part, as the field will grow to 48 teams when Canada, Mexico and the United States are set to host the 2026 tournament.
France are the defending champions, having won their second title in 2018 after beating Croatia in the final. The French are looking to defend their crown against world-class competition offered by the teams mentioned above.
This is the final World Cup tournament for Lionel Messi, the Argentine striker considered one of the greatest footballers of all time. Most likely, 37-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo will also wear the Portuguese colors here one last time.
This is the first time the Middle East has hosted the tournament, and it is also the first time the World Cup has been held outside of the typical June-July window to escape the desert heat of Qatar’s summers.
Meanwhile, Enner Valencia scored a brace on Sunday to help Ecuador beat Qatar 2-0 in the opening match of the 2022 Fifa World Cup at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar.
With this win, Ecuador became the first team in the tournament’s 92-year history to defeat the hosts in the opening game of the World Cup.
The Round of 16, starting December 3, will mark the start of the knockout rounds of the tournament.
Quarterfinals begin on December 9th, followed by semifinals on December 14th. The title fight will take place on December 18th at the legendary Lusail Stadium in Lusail.
Group A: Qatar (H), Ecuador, Senegal, Netherlands
Group B: England, Iran, USA, Wales
Group C: Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland
Group D: France, Australia, Denmark, Tunisia
Group E: Spain, Costa Rica, Germany, Japan
Group F: Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia
Group G: Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon
Group H: Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, South Korea
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