FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Opening Ceremony

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15:32 , Alex Young

Qatar raised the curtain on the most controversial World Cup with the help of Morgan Freeman and BTS singer Jung Kook at the opening ceremony

The build-up to the tournament has been dominated with questions over the Gulf state's suitability as hosts, from accusations of corruption in the bidding process to the nation's abysmal human rights record

The message at the opening ceremony was one of togetherness. Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani said the world's greatest football tournament gathered people of all nationalities and beliefs