Thinley Namgay  

Football enthusiasts around the country can watch the FIFA World Cup on Sports 18 1HD channel as the international tournament kicks off on November 20.

Sports 18 channel is provided by Viacom18 broadcaster based in India which caters to the Indian subcontinent.  The channel is available on all Bhutanese cable networks.

An official from the Norling Cable said that one has to do an auto search if the channel does not appear on television. “In the set-top-box remote, one has to press the menu button. After that, press channel search and then auto search. If there is a password requirement, press all zero.”

Cable operators said the necessary help will be provided if someone has difficulty finding the channel.

Host Qatar will take on Ecuador at Al Bayt Stadium in the opening game.  For Qatar, it will be their first ever world cup appearance in history. Qatar has made a mark in Asia defeating four-time champions Japan 3-1 in the Asian Cup final in 2019.

It will be the fourth World Cup for Ecuador. The last time the South American country competed was in 2014 in Brazil where it played against France, Switzerland, and Honduras. The country snatched four points with a win and a draw from three games, but couldn’t proceed to the knockout stage.

World Cups in the past usually took place in May, June or July, but due to the intense heat in Qatar in these months, the tournament is shifted to November with a reduced time frame of 29 days.

The 2022 World Cup will take place in five cities of Qatar at eight venues.  Qatar won the World Cup bid in 2010.