WATCH: Morocco get heroic welcome in Rabat after making World Cup history
WATCH: Morocco receives a heroic welcome in Rabat after making World Cup history.
Morocco has finally returned to Rabat after their fantastic campaign at the 2022 World Cup which was ended in the semi-finals by France.
The Atlas Lions, who made history by being the first country from Africa to play in the semifinals in the Gulf country, were a surprise entry in the international tournament.
The last match at Al Bayt Stadium saw France defeat Morocco 2-0, putting a stop to Morocco’s fantastical journey. They faced Croatia in the third-place playoff match, but they fell short 2-1.
Tens of thousands of Moroccans flocked to the capital to welcome the North Africans back on Tuesday, giving them a hero’s welcome. Later, King Mohammed VI arranged a luncheon for the team managed by Walid Regragui.
The Atlas Lions of Morocco 🇲🇦 on an open bus parade cheered on by fans in Rabat after a heroic and historic fourth place finish at the World Cup in Qatar. pic.twitter.com/81oUU1TsNP
— Usher Komugisha (@UsherKomugisha) December 20, 2022
The parade in Rabat has sparked debate on social media with other fans claiming it was much better than Argentia’s trophy parade.
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“Morocco heroes welcome looks far much better than Argentina’s trophy parade. But I know you are not ready for this issue. So I will leave it for today,” said Junior Levy Driver, and his sentiments were echoed by Onwuka Onyedikachi Ogubunka, who said: “More glorious than Argentina own that look like a local carnival.”
— Jazz (@JazzAntics) December 21, 2022
— Chaymae Khebouiz 🇲🇦 (@CKhebouiz) December 20, 2022
This view of Morocco open team bus parade in Rabat 🔥 pic.twitter.com/fPAB2qP5Os
— FT90Extra (@FT90Extra) December 20, 2022
The Atlas Lions received an unforgettable homecoming on an open bus parade cheered on by fans in Rabat. Amazing to witness this part of history. Just crazy #FIFAWorldCup #AtlasLions #dimmaghrib #rabat #Morocco pic.twitter.com/J4tpScHLgg
— Ahmed Larouz (@larouz) December 21, 2022
The Atlas Lions, who won all of their group-stage games and then defeated Spain and Portugal, will now turn their attention to the upcoming African Nations Championships in Algeria in January.