While it’s difficult to focus on only the football, it’s still going to be fascinating to see how both teams operate in the Group A curtain-raiser.
Host nations generally step up to the plate but Qatar aren’t exactly much of a powerhouse, while Ecuador are being tipped as wildcards in some quarters after ushering through a talented generation of players including Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo.
A historic event for a number of reasons, the planet’s eyes will be firmly glued to the action on Sunday.
Where to watch Qatar vs Ecuador
TV channel: In the UK, the World Cup opener will be broadcast live free-to-air on BBC One, with coverage starting at 3pm GMT ahead of a 4pm kick-off.
Live stream: Coverage is also available online via the BBC Sport website and BBC iPlayer.
LIVE coverage: Follow all the action with Standard Sport’s dedicated match blog.