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The 2022 World Cup in Qatar begins, warts and all

Added 11-20-22 09:07:02am EST - “Ever since FIFA awarded the world's biggest sporting event to Qatar in 2010, the soccer tournament has been clouded by bribery, migrant deaths and questions about the country's human rights record.” - Npr.org

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Al-Bayt Stadium in al-Khor hosts the opening game of the 2022 World Cup between host country Qatar and Ecuador. Gabriel Bouys/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

Al-Bayt Stadium in al-Khor hosts the opening game of the 2022 World Cup between host country Qatar and Ecuador.

DOHA, Qatar — The 2022 World Cup begins Sunday (11am ET kickoff) in Qatar with the host country's national soccer team taking on Ecuador.

In a world divided in so many ways, the tournament is a rare uniter. FIFA, soccer's international governing body, projects five billion people will tune in, again making the month-long event the most-watched-sports spectacle on the planet.

The start also signals the end of a 12-year buildup that's been more complicated and controversial, than perhaps any World Cup before.

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