Qatar - Surprisingly Morocco became the team that qualified for the last 16 after defeating favorite team champion Spain. After becoming the first African representative to qualify for the World Cup group stage in 1986, Morocco has ambitions to be the first to reach the World Cup semifinals. Not an easy job, but an open opportunity. Morocco will clash with Portugal in the last eight at the Al Thumama Stadium, Doha on Saturday (10/12) evening.
Borrowing the terms of the Spanish media, Morocco is a United Nations (UN) squad. This is sarcasm of the Spanish media because the composition of the Moroccan players is dominated by descendants. Of the 26 Atlas Lions players at the 2022 World Cup, 16 of them are hereditary players. This is analyzed as European DNA collaborating on behalf of African representatives.
Secret Morocco, UN Squad and African Mixed European DNA
The background of the Moroccan players is Canadian, French, Spanish, Dutch, Belgian and Italian. They grew up and studied football in Europe and America and then defended Morocco as a choice of nationalism. Geographically, Morocco is in North Africa. The country which became independent on 7 April 1956 borders directly on Spain and shares a maritime zone. Morocco is roughly like Turkey.
But that's not the only key to Morocco's success in reaching the last eight of the 2022 World Cup. There are other factors that are no less important, namely infrastructure development. In the era of 1970-1980, Morocco once ruled Africa. They are taken into account because they play like European teams that are considered advanced. That success began to fade in the 2000s.
Referring to the FIFA rankings, Morocco's position continues to decline. Once perched in the 13th position in the world in 1998, it dropped drastically to 81st in 2014. Reforms were carried out. While improving the national soccer ecosystem, soccer infrastructure is built. One of those being built is the Moroccan Football Facility on 30 hectares of land which cost $65 million.
The impact was significant, the champion of the Moroccan football competition for the 2020/2021 season, Wydad AC won the 2021/2022 African Champions League. Morocco is back in prominence on the African continent.
Walid Reragui made Morocco appear as a tough team at the 2022 World Cup
Walid Reragui was proposed to by Morocco on August 31, 2022. This 47-year-old man was asked to repair the internal affairs of the Moroccan national team which broke up at the hands of Vahid Halilhodzic ahead of the 2022 World Cup.
In fact Reragui is not a new face in the Moroccan national team. In 2012, after deciding to hang up his boots in 2011, he became Rachid Taussi's assistant until 1 October 2013.
The Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) deliberately appointed this former national team captain as an assistant coach for regeneration. This is realistic because Reragui has the best grades during the coaching course.