The origin of football in Morocco

The French presence in Morocco, for geopolitical reasons, was a cornerstone in the development of football in the African countrywhose society at first looked at him with disdain but soon fell in love with the popularity of the beautiful game.

Information about the Moroccan National Team that will participate in group F of the 2022 World Cup.

• DT: Walid Regragui
• Captain: Romain Saiss
• Figure: Achraf Hakimi
• Promise: Azzedine Ounahi
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• History in World Cups
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• The road to the World Cup
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• Origin of football in the country
• The groups
• The calendar

When football was introduced by Europeans in the country, at the end of the 19th century, horse riding in all its variants was the most practiced sport. As in many parts of the world, the ball came and changed everything.

The French, who had Morocco under their control in the form of a protectorate, were the ones who were in charge of ordering that nascent passion and, in 1916, they founded the Moroccan League through the French Football Federation (FFF).

From then on, the Moroccan league became the Union of North African Football Leagues together with the leagues of Algiers, Oran, the Constantine league in Algeria, and the Tunisian league. All of them were part of the promotion categories of French football.

In the 1950s, when French rule in the country was in decline, the project to emancipate Moroccan football began to grow, along with the country’s airs of independence.

Thus, in 1955 the Royal Moroccan Football Federation is founded, just one year before the independence of Morocco was declared. In 1956with an already sovereign country, the ‘League of Morocco’ is terminated and the era begins of ‘Moroccan Football Championship‘, now organized by the newborn national federation.

The Morocco national team played its first official match on October 19, 1957in a match of the Arab Games that faced Iraq in Lebanon and finished 3-3.

It was the birth of The Lionswhich little by little became stronger until they achieved their best international result almost two decades later, with the 1976 Africa Cup of Nations title.

Will the time have come to surpass his best mark in World Cups, the round of 16 in Mexico 1986?