The FIFA World Cup 2022 will be held in Qatar from November 20 to December 18. Security forces from multiple nations will help police the tournament during which about 1.2 million fans are expected in the country which itself has a population of about 3 million.
Adding to the excitement, BigHit’s official Twitter handle announced on Saturday that South Korean boy band BTS‘ youngest member Jungkook will be a part of the opening ceremony.
“Proud to announce that Jungkook is part of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Soundtrack & will perform at the World Cup opening ceremony. Stay tuned!” read the tweet.
방탄소년단 ‘정국’이 2022 FIFA 카타르 월드컵 공식 사운드트랙과 월드컵 개막식 공연에 참여합니다. 많은 기대 부탁드립니다!
Proud to announce that Jung Kook is part of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Soundtrack & will perform at the World Cup opening ceremony. Stay tuned!#FIFAWorldCup pic.twitter.com/MwJ2kdNRBp
— BTS_official (@bts_bighit) November 12, 2022
Besides Jungkook, other artists who are expected to perform at the ceremony include Nora Fatehi, J Balvin, Black Eyed Peas Diplo, Kizz Daniel, Calvin Harris, Shakira, and Dua Lipa.
Meanwhile, South Korea announced its 26-member squad led by football star Son Heung-Min for the FIFA World Cup 2022.
Having been ousted by Uruguay in the Round of 16 in 2010, South Korea will enter the World Cup hoping to advance to the knockout stages for the first time since then.
Beginning their World Cup run against Uruguay in Group H on November 24, the team will then play Ghana on November 28 and Portugal on December 2.
South Korea squad:
Goalkeepers: Kim Seung-Gyu, Jo Hyeon-Woo, Song Bum-Keun Defenders: Kim Min-Jae, Kim Young-Gwon, Kwon Kyung-Won, Cho Yu-Min, Kim Moon-Hwan, Yoon Jong-Gyu, Kim Tae-Hwan, Kim Jin-Su, Hong Chul
Midfielders: Jung Woo-Young, Son Jun-Ho, Paik Seung-Ho, Hwang In-Beom, Lee Jae-Sung, Kwon Chang-Hoon, Jeong Woo-Yeong, Lee Kang-In, Son Heung-Min, Hwang Hee-Chan, Na Sang-Ho, Song Min-Kyu.
Forwards: Hwang Ui-Jo, and Cho Gue-Sung.