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The Atlas Lions Return


After a memorable and historic run at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar 2022, HM King Mohammed VI accompanied by HRH Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan and HRH Prince Moulay Rachid, received the National Football Team. During this audience, the Sovereign decorated the President of the Royal Moroccan Football Federation, Mr Fouzi Lakjaa, the coach of the National Team, Mr Walid Regragui, and the players of the national team, who were accompanied by their mothers, with Royal Wissams.

Thanks to this remarkable achievement, there will be nine qualifying slots available for Africa during the playing of the 2026 World Cup, instead of the five typically allocated for our Continent. This will give the opportunity to more African nations to shine in this world event.

The fabulous journey of the Atlas Lions at the Qatar World Cup is the result of many years of effort and investment, particularly in training. A policy put in place to provide Morocco with state-of-the-art infrastructure and training centers. The Mohammed VI Football Academy, inaugurated by HM the King in 2010, is a project that aims to promote the practice of football and its development through the detection and training of talented footballers, some of whom today form the backbone of the national team that was able to qualify for the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, a first in the history of Arab and African football.