World Cup 2022: BBC reveal psychedelic opening title sequence for Qatar

World Cup 2022: BBC opening titles
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The BBC have unveiled the opening titles for their World Cup 2022 coverage.

The Beeb usually boast an iconic opening sequence for major tournaments, with the likes of Nessun Dorma by Pavarotti used for the iconic titles of 1990 and Another Star by Stevie Wonder featuring in 2014's sequence for the tournament in Brazil. But with the World Cup in Qatar, the BBC have gone for something completely different.

Instead of drawing on the cultural aspects of the host nation, like the titles usually do, the BBC have instead opted for a kaleidoscopic animation incorporating iconic players and figures from World Cups past, including Ronaldinho, Johan Cruyff and Roger Milla. The titles are bound to polarise viewers with bright colours and commentators appearing to chant along to the backing track used. 

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Studio Something, who created the film, say the title sequence “celebrates the rhythm of the World Cup – the set pieces, iconic moments, fan celebrations and skill on the pitch.”

“Now, via TikTok and other social channels, there is a culture of remixing, reattributing and resharing, and we wanted to play into this with a ‘memeable’ scrapbook style treatment, looping visuals and audio in a hypnotic 42 seconds of football fandom,” the company’s head of production, Andy Maas, claimed. “A jamboree to celebrate the 2022 tournament.”

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Every player featured in the BBC title sequence for World Cup 2022
PlayerNation - Tournament/s
Aaron RamseyWales - 2022
Achraf HakimiMorocco - 2018, 2022
Alphonso DaviesCanada - 2022
Andres IniestaSpain - 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018
Asamoah GyanGhana - 2006, 2010, 2014
BebetoBrazil - 1990, 1994, 1998
Bobby MooreEngland - 1962, 1966, 1970
Bukayo SakaEngland - 2022
Carles PuyolSpain - 2002, 2006, 2010
Christian EriksenDenmark - 2010, 2018, 2022
Christian PulisicUSA - 2022
Cristiano RonaldoPortugal - 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018, 2022
Darwin NunezUruguay - 2022
David BeckhamEngland - 1998, 2002, 2006
Davor SukerYugoslavia - 1990; Croatia - 1998, 2002
Diego MaradonaArgentina - 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994
Fabien BarthezFrance - 1998, 2002, 2006
Franz BeckenbauerWest Germany - 1966, 1970, 1974
Gareth BaleWales - 2022
Harry KaneEngland - 2018, 2022
Helmut RahnWest Germany - 1954, 1958
Hugo LlorisFrance - 2010, 2014, 2018, 2022
Jan VertonghenBelgium - 2014, 2018, 2022
Jens LehmannGermany - 1998, 2002, 2006
Johan CruyffNetherlands - 1974
Juan Sebastian VeronArgentina - 1998, 2002, 2010
Jurgen KlinsmannWest Germany - 1990; Germany - 1994, 1998
Kasper SchmeichelDenmark - 2018, 2022
Kylian MbappeFrance - 2018, 2022
Laurent BlancFrance - 1998
Lionel MessiArgentina - 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018, 2022
Luís FigoPortugal - 2002, 2006
Manuel NeuerGermany - 2010, 2014, 2018, 2022
Mario KempesArgentina - 1974, 1978, 1982
MazinhoBrazil - 1990, 1994
Michael OwenEngland - 1998, 2002, 2006
Michel PlatiniFrance - 1978, 1982, 1986
Michy BatshuayiBelgium - 2018, 2022
NeymarBrazil - 2014, 2018, 2022
Papa Bouba DiopSenegal - 2002
Paul GascoigneEngland - 1990
PedriSpain - 2022
PeleBrazil - 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970
Peter ShiltonEngland - 1982, 1986, 1990
Philipp LahmGermany - 2006, 2010, 2014
Raheem SterlingEngland - 2014, 2018, 2022
Robert LewandowskiPoland - 2018, 2022
Roberto BaggioItaly - 1990, 1994, 1998
Robin van PersieNetherlands - 2006, 2010, 2014
Roger MillaCameroon - 1982, 1990, 1994
RomarioBrazil - 1990, 1994
Ronald de BoerNetherlands - 1994, 1998
RonaldinhoBrazil - 2002, 2006
RonaldoBrazil - 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006
Sergio BusquetsSpain - 2010, 2014, 2018, 2022
Son Heung-minSouth Korea - 2014, 2018, 2022
Stephen TatawCameroon - 1990, 1994
Uwe SeelerWest Germany - 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970
Virgil van DijkNetherlands - 2022
Xherdan ShaqiriSwitzerland - 2010, 2014, 2018, 2022
Zinedine ZidaneFrance - 1998, 2002, 2006

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