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Watch the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ official countdown clock strike one year to go

18 Nov 2021
  • Celebration in Doha was streamed live to a global audience

Football fans worldwide were invited to virtually ‘Join the Beat’ and celebrate the milestone of exactly one year to go until the start of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™. The official countdown clock, powered by Hublot, was revealed during a special celebration that was streamed live on YouTube.com/FIFATV and Qatar2022.qa from the picturesque Corniche Fishing Spot in Doha.

Followers of the beautiful game were invited to ‘Join the Beat’ across the globe as the hour, minute and second hands on the official countdown clock began to tick down to the big kick-off at the stunning Al Bayt Stadium in a year’s time. Fans could also share their own dance moves to the rhythmical beat on social media using #WorldCup. The 30-minute launch ceremony also featured a drone show, special guests and other surprises, ramping up the anticipation as the first FIFA World Cup™ in the Middle East and Arab World edges over the horizon. “The excitement will become more real when the official countdown clock shows the world that we are getting closer to the greatest football show on earth,” said Hublot Friend of the Brand and 1998 FIFA World Cup™ winner Marcel Desailly of France. “This celebration is a chance for every football fan to sample the buzz, wherever they are. It is a fantastic opportunity for fans to tune in live from across the planet and share a memorable experience at the start of a momentous one-year journey to the FIFA World Cup.” Join the Beat: watch the stream of the official countdown clock reveal and the one year to go celebration on YouTube.com/FIFATV or Qatar2022.qa. The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 will take place from 21 November to 18 December in eight magnificent stadiums across Qatar.