The 2022 FIFA World Cup starts in November, the Moroccan team arrives in Qatar in the status of a “dark horse” with a number of scandals before the tournament. Back in August, the well-known Bosnian Vahid Halilhodzic was the coach of the Atlas Lions, but he unexpectedly left the post of coach due to disagreements with the local federation. In his place came the little-known Walid Regragi.
47-year-old Regragui was the head coach of the local club FUS Rabat for 6 years, after coaching the Moroccan Vidad, but he has a minimum of experience in the national teams. Not counting 0 matches as an assistant coach of the national team in 2012-2013. Regragui won the local cups twice and the African Champions League once, but it is difficult to consider this a serious achievement.
Leaders and stars of the national team of Morocco
It rarely happens that the main stars in the national team are the defenders. But in the Moroccan national team, one of the leaders is the top 3 best right-backs in the world, Ashraf Hakimi. After the dismissal of Halilhodzic, the disgraced Ziyech returned to the Moroccan national team for the World Cup 2022 in Qatar, who will obviously add to the attack. Our editors made a prediction for the World Cup at the request of the Moroccans for the FIFA World Cup.
|Goalkeepers||Bunu, Munir, Ahmad Mega Tagnaouity|
|Protection||Nayed Aguerd, Roman Seiss, Ashraf Dari, Ashraf Hakimi, Nusser Mazraoui, Sami Mmae, Yatiya Akhiyat-Allah|
|Midfield||Sofyan Amrabat, Yahya Yabrane, Imran Luza, Adel Taarabt, Hakim Ziyech, Amin Harit, Selim Ammala, Younes Belhanda|
|Assault||Sofyan Bouffal, Eze Abde, Yusuf En-Nesseri, Munir, Walid Cheddira|
The clear first number of the Morocco national team is the owner of the Europa League Bunu from Sevilla. Munir and Tagnahuiti are far from the starting lineup in terms of level. Bunu is quite stable, even if the season for Sevilla turns out to be unsuccessful.
In defense, there is amazing competition on the right flank of the defense. Hakimi’s place could be taken by another new star from Bayern, Nusser Mazraoui. Most likely, at the World Championships in Qatar, Hakimi can play on the left, and Mazraoui can play on the right. Many top teams do not have such defensive flanks. Wolverhampton’s captain Seiss and West Ham’s 26-year-old Aguierd will play in central defence, a pair capable of shutting down star strikers.
At the World Cup in Qatar, one of the leaders of Fiorentina Amrabat and Luza from Watford will play in the center of the field for the Moroccan national team at the World Cup in Qatar. Closer to the attack, the previously promising Taarabt and new hope Arit from Marseille will play. But the first violin of the Regraga team will be Chelsea’s Ziyech, who, after two years of inactivity, is eager to prove himself at the World Cup.
Morocco has a lot of famous names in attack. This includes Bunu’s Sevilla team-mate En-Nesseri, as well as a couple of previously promising wingers: Bufal and Munir El Haddadi, who have long disappeared from the radar. But the team can still be useful.
Morocco national team: the history of performances at the World Cup
The Atlas Lions have never achieved great success in the FIFA World Cups. Their best result was the ⅛ final in 1986, when the Moroccans lost 1:0 to the German national team. The last time the national team entered the World Cup in 2018, finishing 4th in the group with 1 point.
Morocco at World Cup 22 in Qatar: exit story
The team under the leadership of Khalilhodzic enchantingly passed the qualifying tournament of the CAF, scoring 6 victories in 6 matches with a goal difference of 20-1. And in the play-off match, they easily beat DR Congo with a score of 5: 2. The dismissal of a coach for such results looks at least strange.
Group of Moroccans at the World Cup and predictions
Team Ziyech and Hakimi went to Qatar in Group F with Belgium, Croatia and Canada. It will be impossible to fight the European giants of the Moroccan team at the 2022 World Cup, the rookie of the World Cup Canada seems to be a more passable opponent. Our editorial forecast for the national team of Morocco - 3rd place in group F.
A strange change of coach will not affect the Moroccans in the best direction. Even with a roster filled with stars, making the playoffs will be difficult. Croatia, despite the change of generations, looks more balanced and powerful. It’s not even worth talking about Belgium in its current composition.
Walid Regragi plays in a 4-3-3 formation. Forecast for the starting XI in the first matches of the 2022 World Cup: Bunu-Hakimi-Saiss-Aguerd-Mazraoui-Amrabat-Bufal-Arit-Belhanda-Ziyes-en-Nesseri.
On the page “Table” users will see the composition of all groups at the World Cup in Qatar. Users will be able to see the position of the Morocco national football team and the statistics of the Fifa World Cup matches. We also have a calendar, results and predictions for top matches!
Bookmaker quotes for the victory of the Moroccan team in the group at the 2022 World Cup vary from 12 to 14. 2.9-3.