Moroccan Football has been on an impressive rise in recent years, with the national team reaching the top 20 in FIFA rankings and domestic clubs making their marks in continental competitions. This article will explore the key factors behind this success and how Morocco has emerged as a footballing powerhouse in Africa and beyond.
Investment in Youth Development
One of the primary drivers of Morocco’s football rise is a focus on youth development. Moroccan clubs have invested heavily in academies and training facilities to groom young talents. They have managed to get a lot of new players that have helped in the development of the country’s football success. Players like Ounahi, and Amrabat have risen to the level of Moroccan football and have helped them become a world beater.
The Moroccan government has also played a significant role in driving the football success of the country. The authorities have provided financial and logistical support for the teams, and the government has invested in infrastructure, training facilities, and stadiums. In addition, hosting high-profile events like the 2018 African Nations Championship and the 2026 FIFA World Cup have put Morocco in the spotlight and signaled the country’s ambitions to become a global footballing destination.
World Cup Success
Morocco had an unreal world cup campaign as they reached the semi-final as the first African team ever to reach this feat. They had managed to uncover great talent and took down many greats of the footballing nation with the biggest one coming against Portugal. Beating Cristiano Ronaldo’s side in 90 mins. One may not forget their great achievement in beating Spain in penalties where they had shown their excellent defensive prowess and ability.
Moroccan football has received significant foreign investment from wealthy businessmen and clubs. The investment has gone into club infrastructures, player transfers, and scouting networks. The arrival of foreign players and coaches from Europe has given Moroccan football a more international outlook and a higher level of professionalism.
Fame for the Players
Morocco shocked the world with how it showcased Its religion on the world stage. Many players have received a great value boost as Ounahi has even gone to play for Marseille and Amrabat is linked to big clubs like Liverpool and Chelsea which could be a huge boost for Moroccan Football.
Safe to say this young core is not going anywhere soon enough