The Atlas Lions had their supporters for them by starting the 2022 World Cup in Qatar on 20 November 2022. Nobody expected them to reach the semi-finals. They did it. For that, they gained tens of millions of fans in Africa, in the Arab world, and almost everywhere on the earth. The Atlas Lions, the first African country and the first majority-Arab country to play the semi-finals of a World Cup, have made history.
From Rabat-Salé airport, via Hassan II Avenue, November 16 Square, Chellah Square, Mohammed V Avenue, Al Barid Square, Mohammed V Square, Moulay El Hassan Avenue and Bab Essoufara, the Moroccans came out as one man to welcome and celebrate their players returning from Qatar.
Despite their 2 – 1 defeat on 17 December against Croatia, which placed the Moroccan team at the 4th rank out of the 32 nations that contested the World Cup in Qatar, the Atlas Lions made the joy of the entire people of the Sharifian Kingdom. In all cities and villages, crowds filled the streets; horns and blare sounded.
In Qatar, the Atlas Lions dazzled the world. To the naysayers, they demonstrated that with a valiant heart, nothing is impossible. Given Moroccan players’ quality the world watched, nobody would have been surprised had Morocco, not Argentina won the cup. To reach the semi-final, the Atlas Lions successively defeated three of the best teams in the world, including a former World Champion, Spain…