FIFA praises Atlas Lions

The International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) traces, via a video broadcast on social networks this Monday, October 17, the history of the various participations of the selection of Morocco or Atlas Lions in the various FIFA World Cup editions and other competitions under the aegis of FIFA.

The latter looks back on the performance of the Atlas Lions and their journeys by praising the big names who have registered Morocco among the greats of world football. FIFA reviews the history of Morocco since their first participation in this planetary event, in Mexico in 1970 and the first goal in the history of our Lions, scored by the legend of Raja de Casablanca, the late Houmane (Oueld Houmane or Mohammed Jarir) against the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) and its legendary players Franck Beckenbauer and the late Gerd Muller…, until their last edition in Russia in 2018, passing through those of the United States in 1994 and France in 1998.

The Atlas Lions are praised for their attacking spirit by the World Football Institution. The latter has indeed focused on the goals scored by Morocco at the Worlds, sometimes bringing us far into the past with goals from Ghazouani against Bulgaria (Mexico 70) or from Khairi, or Krimou 16 years later or those from Bassir, Camacho or Hadji in France or Bahja in the United States… Morocco’s first participation in a World Cup dates back to 1970 in Mexico. Morocco had inherited group 4 with FRG, Peru and Bulgaria.

Sixteen years later, the Lions of the Atlas return to Mexico and find themselves with Poland, England and Portugal. They come out first in this group and fail in the next round once again against the FRG, however becoming the first Arab and African selection to pass the course of the first round. In the United States, the national team signed its worst participation in a World Cup during the 1994 edition, yet with a generation of very talented players, Bahja, Youssef Hadji, Hadrioui…

The Atlas Lions will soon restore their image in France in 1998, with a draw (2-2) in Montpelier against Norway, a defeat (0-3) in Nantes against Brazil (finalist) Ronaldo and by Roberto Carlos and a resounding victory against Scotland (3-0) with however a bitter elimination. And then, it took the national team to wait twenty years before treading the lawn of a World Cup, that of Russia in this case in 2018.

A blunder by Bouhadouze at the end of the opening match against Iran, a defeat against Portugal by Cristiano Ronaldo (0-1) without demerit, and a 2-2 draw against Spain, at the end of a memorable match closed the last participation in a World Cup.

Let’s hope that for the third consecutive participation in a World Cup and this time in Qatar, our Atlas Lions will have in their ambitions a better performance even if it seems difficult in view of our adversaries, Belgium, Croatia and Canada.

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