The Qatar national team is looking forward to continuing the success of the hosts, when it faces its Ecuadorean counterpart in the opening of the 2022 World Cup, on Sunday.
Al-Bayt Stadium in Al-Khor city is witnessing the confrontation, which is considered historic for the team nicknamed “Al-Annabi”, as it will take part in the first participation in the World Cup, after qualifying as the host country.
Since 2006, the International Federation of Football Associations (FIFA) has set a tradition for the host to play the opening match, noting that the host has never been defeated in its first or opening match.
Uruguay hosted the first edition of the World Cup, although it did not play the opening match of the tournament, as the current tradition was not followed at the time, but it beat Peru in its first match with a clean goal.
All matches of the first round were held simultaneously in Italy, and the host managed to crush the United States of America 7-1 in the capital, Rome.
France managed to win its first match against Belgium, 3-1, and it was the last edition to be held before the outbreak of World War II.
The world fest continued after stopping for 12 years due to the war, and the famous “Maracana” stadium hosted the opening match for the hosts, Brazil against Mexico, which ended with a clean four for the “Selesao”.
The fifth edition was organized in Switzerland, and the host beat Italy 2-1.
In its first match, Sweden managed to continue the series of positive results for the hosts by defeating Mexico 3-0.
Four matches took place simultaneously, and once again the host country managed to win, when Chile beat Switzerland 3-1.
At Wembley Stadium, England tied 0-0 with Uruguay, and it was the first time that the host did not win.
More than 100 thousand fans at the “Azteca” stadium witnessed the goalless draw of the hosts Mexico with the Soviet Union.
From the 1974 World Cup, the player was always the one who played the opening match until the 2006 edition, and Germany opened its first match in the version it hosted by defeating Chile with a free goal.
Argentina managed to win their first match against Hungary 2-1.
Similar to England and Mexico, the Spanish national team opened its campaign in the tournament, which it hosted, with a 1-1 draw with Honduras.
Mexico became the first country to host two World Cups, winning its first match against Belgium 2-1.
Italy started its campaign by defeating Austria with a goal.
The US national team became the fourth host team to tie in its first match, after America tied with Switzerland with a goal for the same.
France, the owner of the land and the public, began their campaign by achieving victory, with a big score, over South Africa, 3-0.
In the first edition of the World Cup on Asian soil, when it was organized in Japan and South Korea, Japan started their campaign with a 2-2 draw with Belgium, while South Korea won 2-0 against Poland.
The opening matches returned to the hosts, and Germany recorded a huge victory over Costa Rica at the time, 4-2.
The South African national team did not appear as required in the first tournament to be held in Africa, after it drew in the opening match with Mexico 1-1.
Brazil managed to beat Croatia 3-1 in the opening match.
In the previous version, Russia started the first World Cup to be held on its soil by defeating Saudi Arabia 5-0.