Morocco has experienced a different kind of World Cup fairy tale. The Atlas Lions are already the most successful African team in World Cup history – becoming the first ever nation to reach the tournament’s semi-finals.
To reach the semifinals, Morocco defeated European heavyweights Belgium, Spain and Portugal.
Now, the Atlas Lions face the best team in Europe – world champions France.
Despite their close ties, Morocco and France have only met five times, with Morocco losing four times and drawing once.
Morocco head coach Walid Regraj compared his team to the “Rockies” after Morocco beat Portugal.
“We’ve made our people and our continent so happy and proud. When you watch ‘Rocky,’ you want to support Rocky Balboa, and I think we’re the ‘Rocky’ of this World Cup,” Reiglaj said. Say. “I think the world supports Morocco right now.”
Morocco will certainly look beyond their game at Qatar 2022, thanks in part to the ’12th man’ in the team stands.
Thousands of Moroccans live in Doha, and thousands more make excursions across the Middle East to support their country, creating non-stop clamor at every match.
Following the victory over Portugal, Morocco’s national airline, Royal Air Maroc, said it would offer nearly 30 flights to Doha ahead of the game against France, state-run news agency MAP reported on Monday.