Wednesday, February 8, 2023
For any kind of suggestion or query feel free to mail us at hello@globaldaily.in   Your online source for any kind of news   Welcome to Global Daily
Moroccans rejoice and celebrate historic FIFA World Cup win over Spain

Moroccans rejoice and celebrate historic FIFA World Cup win over Spain

Moroccans wildly celebrating their team’s historic World Cup knockout victory over Spain on Tuesday were joined by people across the Middle East and North Africa.

Associated Press

Rabat,UPDATED: Dec 7, 2022 01:42 IST

Moroccans at home and abroad celebrate historic win over Spain (Reuters)

Moroccans at home and abroad celebrate historic win over Spain (Reuters)

By Associated Press: Exuberant Moroccans poured into the streets of their capital and in cities across Europe on Tuesday, waving flags and honking horns to celebrate their national soccer team’s historic victory over Spain at the World Cup.

Morocco defeated Spain in a penalty shootout, making the Atlas Lions the only team from outside Europe or South America to make it to the quarterfinals- and the first Arab team in World Cup history to make it to the last eight.

“We are so proud of our Lions, who fought hard to get us into the quarterfinals,” said Niama Meddoun, a Rabat resident. “We are delighted to be Moroccans today, since we are the first Arab country that has reached the quarterfinals.”

The King of Morocco, Mohammed VI, praised the national team and sent his “heartfelt congratulations” to the players, the technical team and administrative personnel, “who gave their all and blazed a trail throughout this great sporting event,” according to a statement from the royal palace.

The king said the players represented “hopes and dreams of Moroccans in Morocco, Qatar, and all over the world.”

Morocco is the only Arab – and African – nation left in the tournament, the first World Cup held in the Middle East. Its World Cup success has reverberated across the Arab world and among Moroccan and some other immigrant communities in Europe.

In Barcelona, Spain’s second largest city, a crowd of youths waving Moroccan, Egyptian, Algerian and Palestinian flags gathered in the center, where fans of FC Barcelona traditionally celebrate big victories. People cheered to the sound of drums. Some were lighting flares.

In a Barcelona restaurant where viewers had congregated, people jumped on tables and lifted chairs in the air. Outside, cars honked horns and people lit firecrackers and red and green smoke bombs.

Youssef Lotfi, a 39-year-old construction worker who was born in Casablanca but moved to Spain as a child and said he feels love for both countries, was brimming with pride.

“Today is a day of joy for Moroccans and all the Arab world,” Lotfi said. “It was a heart-attack finish that could have gone either way.”

He called the victory “once in a lifetime” experience. “Morocco is representing all the Arab world, all the African continent, that is beyond description, it is the most glorious part,” he said.

Cars in central Paris started honking almost immediately after Morocco’s surprise win, and crowds of people streamed toward the Champs-Elysees to celebrate. Men and women, in business suits or track suits, from teenage to middle-aged, cheered or raised their hands in victory. Cries of “Allez, allez!” in French rang out, and one woman asked strangers “Who has a Moroccan flag I can borrow?”

Source

Hits: 0

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

+ 68 = 77

Related Posts

Recent Posts

IND vs AUS 1st Test Probable Playing 11: Why Suryakumar Yadav Should Play in Place of Shubman Gill – Know Reasons Here
IND vs AUS 1st Test Probable Playing 11: Why Suryakumar Yadav Should Play in Place of Shubman Gill - Know Reasons Here
Raveena Tandon Reveals Why She Rejected Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Says ‘Kajol Was My Contemporary’
Raveena Tandon Reveals Why She Rejected Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Says 'Kajol Was My Contemporary'
Priyanka Chopra books Valentine’s date with fans; to release ‘Love Again’ trailer next week – Times of India
Priyanka Chopra books Valentine's date with fans; to release 'Love Again' trailer next week - Times of India
CBSE Admit Card 2023: CBSE Class 10, 12 admit card released on cbse.gov.in, download now – Times of India
CBSE Admit Card 2023: CBSE Class 10, 12 admit card released on cbse.gov.in, download now - Times of India
RBI to issue norms to boost green finance, mitigate climate risks – Times of India
RBI to issue norms to boost green finance, mitigate climate risks - Times of India
Lebron James: NBA: Oklahoma City Thunder beat Los Angeles Lakers on LeBron James’ record night | More sports News – Times of India
Lebron James: NBA: Oklahoma City Thunder beat Los Angeles Lakers on LeBron James' record night | More sports News - Times of India
‘Smooch of the Union’: US first lady steals show with wayward kiss – Times of India
'Smooch of the Union': US first lady steals show with wayward kiss - Times of India
J-K Launches GPS-based Teachers’ Attendance App, to Seek Student Feedback on Their Performance
J-K Launches GPS-based Teachers' Attendance App, to Seek Student Feedback on Their Performance
OnePlus Featuring Keyboard 81 Pro launched with aluminium build and hot-swappable keycaps – Times of India
OnePlus Featuring Keyboard 81 Pro launched with aluminium build and hot-swappable keycaps - Times of India
Turkey: ‘Waiting for our dead’: Anger builds at Turkey’s earthquake response – Times of India
Turkey: 'Waiting for our dead': Anger builds at Turkey's earthquake response - Times of India

Archives

Categories

Tags

PHP Code Snippets Powered By : XYZScripts.com