Qatar was facing mounting criticism for human rights abuses and its treatment of migrant workers, not to mention its stance on homosexuality, which is illegal in Qatar. 

Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman made a surprise appearance, narrating the opening ceremony alongside FIFA World Cup Ambassador Ghanim Al Muftah. “We gather here as one big tribe,” Freeman said.

South Korean pop singer Jung Kook of K-pop boyband BTS sang “Dreamers,” before an estimated 60,000 fans in the stadium and 5 billion people who are expected to watch the tournament on TV or online.

47-year-old Beckham was being paid $180 million over 10 years to promote Qatar, but more recent reports indicate he will receive around $15 million a year for three years with an option to extend.

Harry Kane revealed he had no say in him not wearing a 'One Love' armband. Kane instead wore FIFA's 'No Discrimination' armband during the 6-2 win over Iran.

Qatari officials threaten to smash Danish TV Reporter's camera while he is Live on Television. He calmly replies "You invited the world here, why can't we film?"

Will it be France or Argentina?