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In the absence of 100 days for the start of the World Cup in Qatar, brought forward yesterday Thursday from the 21st to the 20th of next November, the Arab country and the world wait with expectation for the start of the historic event with all its infrastructures completed in the absence of inaugurating the Lusail Stadium on September 9, the one with the largest capacity with 80,000 seats and which will be the scene of the grand final on December 18.
A meeting in which 32 delegations participate will start a day earlier than expected due to a change made by FIFA so that it is, as is tradition. The host opens the competition in a match that will face Ecuador at the Al Bait stadium.
“The 2022 FIFA World Cup will kick off with an even bigger celebration for fans Qataris and from all over the world. On Sunday, November 20, the hosts will face Ecuador at 7:00 p.m. local time (+3 GMT), which will be the only match of the day,” the agency reported.
The advance does not suppose any setback for Qatar in terms of organization and infrastructure since the construction of all of them was completed with margin.
Eight stadiums will host the matches of the 2022 Qatar World Cupsix of them newly built and two remodeled – Ahmad Bin Ali and Khalifa – with sustainability as a central idea while representing the history of the Arab country and looking to the future.
Three of them -974, Ciudad de la Educación, and Al Thumama- were designed by the Spanish architecture studio Fenwick Iribarren. The Government of Qatar has already committed to donating part of its infrastructure to developing countries.
The last to be inaugurated will be the Lusail Stadium, the final stadium. It will do so on September 9 when it hosts the Super Cup match between the champion of the Saudi Pro League and the winner of the Egyptian Premier League; on a day that will also have a festive program to celebrate the event.
The venue, located in the city of Lusail, 15km north of central Doha, will host matches throughout the tournament. It will debut with the Group C match between Argentina and Saudi Arabia on November 22.
“It embodies Qatar’s ambition and passion for sharing Arab culture with the world,” highlighted the organization. Its design is inspired by the play of light and shadow that characterizes the ‘Fanar’ lantern. Its shape and façade echo the intricate decorative motifs on bowls, vessels, and other pieces of art found throughout the Arab and Islamic world during the rise of civilization in the region.
Lusail will be the site of the grand finale of a World Cup unique in history. The first in winter and in an Arab country that expects to host around 1.2 million spectators, so, in addition to the existing hotels, they opted to innovate and optimize infrastructure by having some 4,000 rooms on cruise ships that will serve as accommodation during the tournament.
This is how the groups for the Qatar 2022 World Cup are:
- Group A: Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, the Netherlands.
- Group B: England, Iran, United States, 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.