Morocco reaching the World Cup semi-finals, and becoming the first African nation to do so, is one of the all-time feel good stories that the tournament has produced.
While their footballing talent has come as a surprise to most, the devotion and passion of their fans has also been a sight to behold.
However, the crazy scenes of their fans celebrating both in Qatar, and in cities across the world, would not have come as a surprise to those privy to the fans who frequent the Morocco domestic league.
An excellent thread from African football journalist Benjamin Hajji shows why Morocco fans may be the best in the world.
Morocco Fans Are Crazy
🧵 One of the best things about #MAR World Cup run is that fans and their passion are finally being acknowledged. It does not only concern the national team. With one of the best ultras cultures in sport, here's how the stadiums in Morocco look every single week at club level:
— Benjamin Hajji (@BenjaHajji) December 13, 2022
45,000 Moroccan fans are expected at Al Bayt with thousands more in Doha. The Moroccan Football Federation has given away 13,000 free tickets and 30 chartered flights have been laid on. Morocco's historic World Cup semi-final is going to feel like a home game.🇲🇦 pic.twitter.com/wlepZ9NEMF
— Ben Jacobs (@JacobsBen) December 14, 2022
🇲🇦 Morocco fans are bringing the party in Qatar 🇲🇦 pic.twitter.com/QlLKKz3laU
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) December 14, 2022
— The Athletic | Football (@TheAthleticFC) December 6, 2022
Morocco face off against France this evening (kick-off: 7 p.m.), with their head coach, Walid Regragui, stating that their historic run to the semi-finals has not satisfied his side and that they are here to win the whole thing.
“The further you get, the more difficult the games are. We are playing the world champions with world-class players and a very good coach, possibly the best in the world.
“But we will show great desire and try to pull off an upset. Why not reach the final of the World Cup?
“We’ve come to this competition to change mindsets within our continent. If we say the semi-final is enough, I don’t agree.
“We aren’t satisfied with the semi-final and being the first African team to do that. We want to go further.
“Its’s a knock-out game and when you have desire, commitment and the support of the crowd, you can win it.
“We have beaten some top sides. Before every match people thought we would get knocked out but we are still here. We are getting closer to our dreams and we will fight to get there.