Moroccan stars welcome the champions in Rabat after finishing fourth in the World Cup, with Walid Regragui’s team receiving royal honors from the king.
- Thousands of fans greeted the Moroccan team during an open-air bus parade
- The Moroccan national team advanced in a parade through Rabat after a historic march in the World Cup
- Walid Rekragui’s team was honored by King Mohammed VI after finishing in fourth place
- Morocco became the first African team to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup
Thousands of fans welcomed Morocco’s World Cup stars upon their return to Rabat, where an open procession of buses was held for Walid Regragui’s team after their fourth-place finish in Qatar.
One of the memorable highlights of the tournament was the Atlas Lions’ stunning run to the World Cup semi-finals, before they eventually lost 2-0 to reigning champions France.
The Regragui team became the first African and Arab country to reach the round of four in the World Cup, after achieving a surprising series of victories.
Crowds gathered in the streets of Rabat after the Moroccan team returned home from Qatar
Morocco finished fourth after a historic march to the semi-finals of the World Cup
Morocco beat 2018 semi-finalists Belgium in the group stage, before defeating Spain on penalties after a goalless draw in the last 16.
The historic semi-final match was secured with a 1-0 victory over Portugal in the quarter-finals, and Achraf Hakimi and Sofiane Amrabat were among the stars for Qatar.
Morocco received great support throughout the tournament, with thousands of fans traveling to the Gulf country to watch the upset in the closing stages.
The team was greeted in similar numbers upon their return home, and crowds lined the streets in support of the team carrying torches and flags.
King Mohammed VI honored the team after it became the first African to reach the World Cup semi-finals
Their mothers joined the Moroccan national team at the reception at the royal palace
A reception was held at the Moroccan Royal Palace, where Lieutenant General King Mohammed VI, Crown Princes Moulay El Hassan and Prince Moulay Rachid were received.
King Mohammed was seen among the fans celebrating Morocco’s success in the World Cup during the competition after he was seen wearing the team’s kit in a car.
Regeraki and Moroccan football president Faouzi Lakjaa have been named captains of the Order of the Throne, the second-class decoration bestowed by the king.
Morocco’s players received the status of officer, which is the third highest award.
The players were joined by their mothers at the event, as their on-field celebrations during the tournament were shown around the world.
Morocco were beaten 2-1 by Croatia in the third-place match, with coach Regracki expressing his pride in his team’s run.
“Before the tournament, we had a 0.01 percent chance of doing that, and we made it to the semifinals,” Regracaki said.
“We are now one of the four best teams in the world and if you had told me that before the tournament I would have played it. I wouldn’t have changed anything.
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