Dream of FIFA World Cup

A street vendor asserts, “It doesn’t matter if they win or lose — they’ve won the respect and admiration of all Moroccans, and that’s priceless.”

Even though they missed out on the Dream of FIFA World Cup, Moroccans celebrated their historic run on Wednesday, which came to an end with a 2-0 loss to France, the current champions. In Casablanca, a supporter said, “They played a great game, but luck wasn’t on our side.”

Still, it was great that we stood up to the titleholders.

“This team made our dream until the end beyond the Dream of FIFA World Cup, and just for that, I raise my hat to them.”

However, the 2-0 loss to France was too much for Hakim Salama.

He stated, “We missed the opportunity of the century.”The public group has been performing wonders starting from the beginning of the World Cup,” Rachid Sabbiq, a road merchant in the common Derb King locale of Casablanca, said before the match. He stated, “Whether they win or lose, it doesn’t matter — they’ve won the respect and admiration of all Moroccans, and that’s priceless.”

Sabbiq had stopped selling sweets and started selling Moroccan flags instead.

According to the national news agency of the nation, MAP, King Mohammed VI sent his “warm congratulations” to the entire team for having “honored the Moroccan people” despite the loss.

The news agency reported that the king also called French President Emmanuel Macron to express his appreciation for the win.

“They make us dream” Derb Sultan, one of Casablanca’s oldest neighborhoods, was a stronghold of resistance against colonial authorities during the French protectorate of the North African kingdom from 1912 to 1956.

It is also the birthplace of Raja de Casablanca, one of Morocco’s best teams, and of legendary striker Mohamed Jarir (also known as “Humane,” who became the first Moroccan to score in a World Cup game in 1970.

Mohamed Nadifi, a teenager whose idol is winger Sofiane Boufal, said, “In this neighborhood, we love football, so of course the national team’s victories make us dream.”

Shops have been selling flags and jerseys for the team all over Morocco.

Khalid Alaoui, a trader, stated, “Not only have the Lions made us happy, but they also allowed us to get the business going again” despite difficult economic times for many Moroccans.

To purchase jerseys for her four nephews, Touria Matrougui braved the cold and pouring rain.

She stated, “We can never thank them enough for that they held the Moroccan flag high.”

Support across the continent The team’s success has also earned it support across the continent.

Sidibe Zoumana, an Ivory Coast native who has resided in Morocco since 2018, stated, “Morocco has made an entire continent proud.”

I’ve been following their development like it were my own country.

After the match, Said Mouhssine, 48, said, “They proved that an African team can go places and really compete.”

Some people thought that the match was a little bit political because it took place during a diplomatic spat between Rabat and Paris over the always-controversial Western Sahara issue.

Royal Air Maroc was forced to cancel additional flights for fans to Qatar just hours after announcing them, which caused some fans to be doubly disappointed.

Tickets that had been promised to other supporters who had already reached the Gulf state were not available.

Some people said that employees at the Moroccan Football Federation gave highly sought-after passes to friends and family.

Header picture: On December 14, 2022, fans gather at a fan zone in Bamako, Mali, to watch a live broadcast of the Qatar 2022 World Cup Football semi-final match between Morocco and France. AFP

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