World Cup opening ceremony: six things we learned in Qatar | World Cup 2022

World Cup opening ceremonies don’t carry quite the cultural heft of Olympic opening ceremonies. To make a truly memorable one you need to get Diana Ross to hopelessly miss a penalty or Robbie Williams to give the TV audience his middle finger. Many have interpreted Qatar hosting this World Cup as being about sportswashing their international image and no expense was spared on the 30-minute show that preceded the opening fixture between Qatar and Ecuador. Here is what we learned…

1) Qatar still trying to sell itself as inclusive

An opening video sequence saw a dream to kick progress from…


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