Sports channel beIN SPORTS has broadcast a behind-the-scenes 30-minute film titled Memories & Dreams to mark the one-year countdown to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. The beIN Original aired exclusively across all 24 countries in the Middle East and North Africa.
The tournament is set to take place in Qatar from November 21 to December 18 next year, and will be the first World Cup to be held in the Arab world. It will likely be one of the major television events of 2022.
Featuring top players from around the world, the film offers an insight into the players’ emotions, reactions, and aspirations, and includes players such as Neymar da Silva Santos, Lionel Messi, Ángel Di María, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Julian Draxler, Kylian Mbappe, Marco Verratti, Presnel Kimpembe, and Sergio Ramos who are filmed alongside the coveted FIFA World Cup Trophy.
They share their first, best, and worst football memories, discuss what the tournament and winning the trophy means to them, also expressing their thoughts and dreams about next year’s highly-anticipated tournament.
Lionel Messi, winner of the most Ballon d’Or awards in history, said: “The World Cup is different from all the championships because of how it is lived, and how important it is to the entire world. Each country lives it differently. In Argentina, it is a beautiful and a crazy event which makes it so special. During the World Cup month life stops in the country and the only thing to do is to watch the World Cup matches”.
To the sport’s heroes, all that matters is lifting the FIFA World Cup Trophy - an achievement of which only few can boast. Every player has a unique story to tell - from when they were fans, to when they played for their country with the pressure of millions of people riding on their shoulders.
Brazilian player Neymar da Silva Santos added: “I hope to make history in the Qatar World Cup. It’s coming soon, only a year and a bit away. It’ll be another chance to defend my country and, God willing, bring this home.”