Morocco in the 2022 World Cup

Morocco have been one of the biggest surprises of the 2022 World Cup. Although ranked only 22nd in the world, they’ve reached the semi finals and eliminated European heavyweights Spain and Portugal along the way.

London is home to a fairly sizeable Moroccan population, with its traditional heartland being in Golborne Road. But, as the final African team, final Arab team, final Muslim team, and greatest underdog team left in the competition they’ve attracted a broad base of non-Moroccan support too.

On 10 December 2022, Morocco beat Portugal 1-0 to reach the semi finals of the competition. Fans celebrated after the game in Trafalgar Square.

Moroccan fans let off fireworks to celebrate their victory, 10 December 2022.
Fans gather at the base of Nelson’s column, 10 December 2022.
A woman draped in a Moroccan flag walks through Trafalgar Square, 10 December 2022.
Fans of Morocco cram onto Nelson’s column. Some fans are waving Moroccan flags; others the flags of Palestine, Algeria, Tunisia, and other North African and Middle Eastern countries. 10 December 2022.
Smoke from fireworks lingers in the air around Nelson’s Column, 10 December 2022.
Moroccan fans in cars drive around Trafalgar Square, beeping their horns and waving flags, 10 December 2022.
A family draped in Moroccan flags cross the road to join in the celebrations in Trafalgar Square, 10 December 2022.