World Cup 2022 – Africa and the Middle East united behind Morocco

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Morocco became the first Arab country ever to reach the quarterfinals of the World Cup and the first African team to do so since Ghana in 2010. In Doha, the Atlas Lions received support from across Africa and the Middle East.

As Morocco battles Portugal for a spot in the World Cup semifinals on Saturday, they can count on the support of not only thousands of traveling fans from the northwestern tip of Africa, but also millions of fans across the continent and Africa.
After beating Spain in a stunning penalty shootout, the Atlas Lions became the only remaining African representative from Qatar and the first African team to reach the quarterfinals since Ghana in 2010. They are also the first ever Arab national team to reach this stage of the World Championship in the Cup, earning them huge support.

“I’m Egyptian, but I came here to support Morocco,” confirmed Gamal, a supporter Deutsche Welle met at Souq Waqif, one of the most popular gathering places for Doha fans. “Morocco is the last Arab country to stay in the tournament and the last African country.”

Hakim Ziyeh, Ashraf Hakimi and others have already made history at this World Cup by becoming the first African team to win a World Cup group stage since Nigeria in 1998, ahead of heavyweights Croatia and Belgium.

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