The Moroccan national team continued to write history, after defeating Portugal with a clean goal in the quarter-finals, to secure a pass to the semi-finals of the 2022 World Cup, for the first time in its history, and the history of the African continents. The Moroccan team, led by its national coach Walid Regragui, broke all the records set by Africans in the World Cup tournaments since its inception in 1930, making the dream of the Atlas Lions grow beyond imagination.

Morocco’s arrival in the semi-finals of the World Cup in Qatar is the first of its kind for an African team

Morocco’s arrival in the semi-finals of the World Cup in Qatar is the first of its kind for an African team, after defeating Portugal, the former European champion, full of stars, led by Cristiano Ronaldo.

And the Moroccan national team is on the verge of entering the list of the ten most powerful international teams, according to the classification of the International Federation of Football Associations, FIFA, after reaching the semi-finals of the World Cup.

Why don’t we win the World Cup?

At the time, the coach of the Moroccan national team, Walid Regragui, said after the end of the first round matches, when his team took the lead at the expense of prestigious teams such as Belgium and Croatia: “Why don’t we win the World Cup? The dream is possible and the achievement is possible.”

It should be noted that Walid Regragui had previously played in the ranks of the Moroccan national team, but he had never participated as a mainstay in the World Cup competitions at that time because Morocco, during that period, was unable to participate for two rounds in the competition… And now, as a coach for Morocco, he is not satisfied with merely participating in the tournament. , to unleash his dreams towards achieving the Golden Cup, a dream that no African coach had dared to talk about before.

Atlas Lions coach Walid Rekragui said about Morocco’s journey in the tournament: It is not about miracles, but about the hard work that we have gone through during our journey so far. The World Cup is wonderful for the players. I had hoped to participate in the tournament as a player, but fate gave me the opportunity to return as a coach to become the happiest person. On the face of the earth, and now we can dream of winning the World Cup and making Morocco and Africa enter history from its widest gates.

The journey of the Atlas Lions

The Moroccan national team, ranked 22nd in the world according to the latest FIFA rankings issued before the start of the World Cup, managed to defeat 4 teams that preceded it in the rankings during the tournament and occupied advanced levels in the world.

The Moroccan national team opened its campaign in the World Cup in Qatar with a goalless draw against Croatia, the runner-up of the previous World Cup, and managed to achieve a great historic victory against Belgium with two goals without a response, to continue its series of victories and win Canada with two goals to one. Thus, it achieves its first qualification for the second round since its last achievement in 1986, leading the group with -7 points.

In the second round, the round of sixteen, the Moroccan national team succeeded in eliminating its Spanish counterpart via penalty kicks, after the two teams tied without goals in the original and additional rounds, to achieve a historic victory and a historic qualification for the quarter-finals, thus becoming the fourth African team to reach the Gaza round, after Cameroon achieved a year 1990, Senegal in 2002, and the Ghana national team in 2010.

Morocco entered its match against Portugal, which is relatively exhausting due to the length of the Spain match, compared to Portugal, dubbed “Brazil Europe”, which won the round of sixteen over Switzerland, 6-1. But he managed to win the match with a goal to 0, the goal of Moroccan striker Al-Nasri, a graduate of the Mohammed VI Academy for Football Talents in Morocco. This victory granted Morocco a historic qualification and an unprecedented achievement in the history of Moroccan and African football for the semi-finals of the World Cup alongside major international teams, Argentina, Croatia and France.

After this heroic and honorable performance of the Atlas Lions, the entirety of North Africa, the Amazighs and all of Africa, the ceiling of expectations of millions from the East to Morocco and from north to south in the African continent rose, for the first time, that the cup would be the share of Morocco. As the first African team to achieve this feat.

In its next semi-final match, the Moroccan national team will play against France, ranked 4 in the world, and if it achieves other big surprises by reaching the final, or even loses to play for the bronze medal, it will play against Croatia again, or Argentina, which is ranked third in the world ranking.

Morocco is now, after completing 5 out of 7 matches in the World Cup, about to reach the top ten in the world rankings, to come very close to achieving an unprecedented achievement in a position that Africans have never reached in the rankings, as the ninth place was the biggest achievement of Africans when He was occupied by the Egyptian national team during his golden generation, with Hassan Shehata, who was crowned with three titles in the African Cup of Nations.

All these achievements did not come from nothing and were not surprising, as many believe. Rather, they are the result of a great work that Morocco has done for years, and it is reaping the fruit of this investment in football talent and the rehabilitation of Moroccan football, whether at the internal national level of Moroccan football or at the level of Moroccan football talent. For the children of professional Moroccan immigrants abroad, especially in Europe

Mohammed VI Academy..the jewel that produced the stars of Morocco

After Morocco missed appearing in the 2002 and 2006 World Cups, and lost the 2004 African Cup of Nations final to Tunisia, Morocco resorted to launching the Mohammed VI Academy to search for football talents in Morocco and develop Moroccan football.

Morocco succeeded in graduating a new generation that was the core of the Moroccan Atlas Lions team in the 2018 World Cup in Russia, before achieving a historic achievement and reaching the semi-final match in the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

The Mohammed VI Academy was established in 2007 to accommodate 60 students between the ages of 12 to 18 years, at a cost of $16.8 million, as it contained 3 educational levels, a residential complex for students, restaurants and entertainment venues.

FIFA praised the academy, describing it as “the jewel of Moroccan football and one of the largest and most successful sports centers in the world”, which extends over an area of 30 hectares.

published by FIFA; A report months before the start of the World Cup, praising Morocco’s steps to discover talent and develop Moroccan football in Morocco and Africa.

Celebrations  around the world … It’s time for Africa… Celebrities and stars cheer and celebrate Morocco

The cities of Morocco were filled with great joy, as millions of Moroccans took to the streets to celebrate their country’s victory over Portugal, raising flags and chanting slogans in celebration of the victory.

The Moroccan fans also celebrated in front of the “Al-Thumama” stadium, on whose land the match between Morocco took place, and chanted slogans of joy and victory.

And great celebrations took place in various parts of the African continent and various Arab countries in the Middle East, various Islamic countries that support Morocco in these championships and are proud of Morocco’s unprecedented achievement… Many fans turned out in various European countries, and the arenas in Europe, America and London were filled with Moroccans, Amazighs and Africans, in celebration of the Moroccan-Amazigh national team, which raised the flag of Morocco and North Africa high among the adults in the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

And the Moroccan national team had written history again earlier today, after it managed to defeat Portugal in the World Cup in Qatar at Al-Thumama Stadium 1-0, and qualified for the Golden Square.

With this achievement, Morocco is the first African Amazigh team to reach the semi-finals among the seniors. And whatever the outcome of the next meeting with the French national team, the world champion in the 2018 edition, Morocco has achieved the most important African achievement, raising the ceiling of competition and ranking Africa among the rest of the world teams. And if he succeeds in reaching the final, he will be one step away and with great luck to win the World Cup, achieve the biggest surprise in football history, achieve the long-awaited African dream, and enter Morocco and African football at the door of the world’s great teams.


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