An exceptional 2022 vintage for Morocco

Moroccan football has had an extraordinary year 2022. The various national teams and clubs of the Kingdom represented the country with dignity and shone in each of the competitions. The historic course of the Atlas Lions during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the echo of which was heard by the whole world, was only the icing on the cake of a raid at the continental level at the women’s and men’s football. Overview of the exploits of the Moroccan teams in this year 2022.

Historic roar of the Atlas Lions in the World Cup

Who expected such a feat from the Atlas Lions before the start of the 2022 World Cup? Certainly few people, but a certain Walid Regragui believed in his lucky star. Carried by an impressive popular fervor, Morocco broke a glass ceiling by reaching the last four of a World Cup, for the first time for an African and Arab team.

“We had this energy from the Africans, from the Arab world, who send us these positive waves which mean that at some point, everyone wants this team to win”savored coach Walid Regragui.

The Atlas Lions impressed throughout the tournament which they completed by taking 4th place: first in group F with no defeats, then successive victories against Spain (0-0 ap, 3 tab to 0) in the round of 16 and Portugal (1-0) in the quarters, against two favorites carried by Moroccan stars who are determined to write a glorious history for national football. The defeat in the semi-final against France (2-0) does not detract from the merit of the Lions, solid defensively and generous in front, as against Croatia in the small final lost (2-1).

World Cup: The civilizational virtues of a qualification

If this team lacks a real scorer, Morocco, in addition to a coherent collective, does not lack individualities with Achraf Hakimi, Hakim Ziyech, Sofiane Boufal or Noussair Mazraoui, or the midfielder Sofyan Amrabat author of a tournament sumptuous as a sentinel in front of the defence.

Moroccans now dream of a happy future after writing African football history. Because the road of this team does not stop there. Walid Regragui immediately set a goal for his players in the locker room: “If you want to go down in history, you have to win an African Cup of Nations”to be ” king at home » before thinking about being” King of the world “.

A royal reception

King Mohammed VI, accompanied by Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan and Prince Moulay Rachid, received in the Throne Room at the Royal Palace in Rabat, the members of the National Football Team, after their brilliant performance at the World Cup in Qatar.

During this audience, the Sovereign decorated the president of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation, Fouzi Lakjaâ, the coach of the National Team, Walid Regragui, and the players of the national team, who were accompanied by their mothers , of Ouissams Royals.

The inhabitants of Rabat, Salé and other cities of the Kingdom gave them a warm welcome. Thus, since their arrival at Rabat-Salé airport, and throughout their route, the Atlas Lions have been applauded by a large audience to cheer them, thank them and salute their achievement.

Regragui takes Wydad to the roof of Africa

Decidedly, Walid Regragui was all the good shots this year. Before the feat at the World Cup, the former technician of Fath de Rabat had taken the reins of Wydad de Casablanca with the key to a title of champion of Morocco, but especially the CAF Champions League against the biggest African club, Al Ahly of Cairo in a complex Mohammed V of Casablanca incandescent and red with pleasure. A third coronation in the history of the club achieved at the end of an exceptional course.

To reach the final of this continental competition, WAC played 12 games, including eight wins, two draws and two losses. Wydadis ended the group stage by breaking a record and securing two away wins in the quarter and semi-finals.

Beautiful harvest for the Renaissance of Berkane

The RSB won the CAF Cup title for the second time in its history, beating the South African Orlando Pirates in the final by 5 shots on goal to 4 (1-1). The berkani club was playing the 3rd final in its history of the CAF Cup, after a final lost in 2019 against Zamalek and another won in 2020 at the expense of another Egyptian team, Pyramids FC.

A title that allowed Berkane to challenge Wydad during the 100% Moroccan African Super Cup in Rabat, with a new victory and a new trophy in the club’s windows. Add to that a Throne Cup and the RSB have won three titles in one season.

The Lionesses vice-champions of Africa

Reynald Pedros’s protégés have signed an exceptional course during this women’s CAN organized in Morocco and won for the first time in history their ticket for the 2023 World Cup, co-organized by Australia and New Zealand. . The draw placed the Atlas Lionesses in Group H, along with Germany, Colombia and South Korea.

For its part, the U17 women’s national team also participated in the last edition of the World Cup which took place in India. A first in history for all categories among women. If the Lioncelles left the competition in the group stage, they still recorded a victory in the competition against the host country.

The ladies of AS FAR also on the roof of Africa

Great performance for the Moroccan military. AS FAR won the 2nd edition of the CAF Women’s Champions League, beating South Africa’s Mamelodi Sundowns (4-0).

In front of a rbati public who never stopped encouraging his proteges, the players of Mohammed Amine Alioua managed to win the title, making Morocco the first country whose clubs are simultaneously holders of the African ladies’ and men’s champions leagues.

Futsal shines brightly

The Atlas Lions honored their status as one of the top ranked teams internationally by winning the final of the 2022 Continental Futsal Championship, hosted by Thailand. The national futsal team beat their Iranian counterpart (4-3), the sixth-ranked nation in the world.

Coach Hicham Dguig and his staff have made this team a group that counts in this discipline with in particular two CANs and an Arab Cup.

The national futsal team had reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup which took place in 2021 in Lithuania, thus signing a historic feat at the Arab and African levels.

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