THE BALL – ‘Hurricane Regragui’: the economist who has the Arab world at his feet in three months (Morocco)

With Portugal and Morocco on the discipline at the Al Thumama Stadium, in Doha, on Saturday, the tenth of this month (3 pm from mainland Portugal), for the respective duels in the quarterfinals of the World Cup in Qatar, in Arab. world, with the ‘Lions of the Atlas’ the first staff to achieve such a complicated stage of the 22 World Cup closing phases since 1930 – and the fourth time that Africa has a consultant in the prime eight – the curiosity will likely be even larger Walid Regragui, the Moroccan born in France, aged 47, who in three months of management gave the staff pragmatism, though he has a level in Economic and Social Sciences.

The ‘Hurricane Regragui’, as the press calls it – and it is good to recollect – led the ‘Atlas Lions’ in simply three months, or 100 days: on August 31 the Moroccan federation made official the successor to the Bosnian that Vahid Halilhodzic, whose impatience to incorporate Ziyech – Chelsea ahead and, along with Achraf Hakimi (PSG, the largest stars of the nationwide staff) – in the group for Qatar ended, resulting from the destruction of the confrontation with the federation , value the former Yugoslavian worldwide and coach the job.

It goes with out saying that the degree of success Walid Regragui has achieved in Morocco is actually outstanding… and by himself in simply three months.

He is the first African to pick from the black continent to the ‘quarters’ of the World Cup – thus far, in the final three presence of groups from Africa in the ‘quarters’, they at all times have technicians and ‘know -an how. ‘ from different latitudes (and continents) at the helm: aliens.

Born in Corbeill-Essones, a suburb south of Paris – he has French nationality, too -, Walid Regragui is a proper defender who, regardless of a cautious passing via the emblems of the first and second that echelon in France and Spain – RC Paris, Toulouse, Ajaccio, Racing de Santander, Sporting de Gijón and Grenoble, amongst others – he nonetheless added 45 caps for the ‘Atlas Lions’. For the golf equipment he represented, solely via the emblem of Corsica (Ajaccio) he celebrated the title of the 2nd French division in 2001/02. Because of this, in 2012/13, he was not shocked by his first invitation to be an assistant in the Moroccan nationwide technical staff.

The impression left is sweet. And the former proper again, who professes the Muslim faith and observes Ramadan and the respective spiritual fasts, accomplished his coaching as a coach in 9 years.

Regragui began at FUS Rabat in 2012/13, however in 2020 he caught the eye of the Qatari champions Al Duhail. He returned to Morocco to information Wydad Athletic Club, from Casablanca, to the nationwide title and African Champions victory in July this yr.

However, when he left soccer, the ‘straw’ of Economic and Social Sciences, tutorial diploma to consecrate the paternal strain that made him by no means neglect his research – below the penalty of with the ability to cease enjoying soccer, in the youth staff of Racing de Paris – make a manner.

If Portugal has Fernando Santos, with a level in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering, at the helm of Selection, and for eight years now, on the ‘different aspect’, Morocco brings us a ‘phenomenon’ whose success in choice, in the three months of the Regragui Economics diploma, it’s already a ‘case examine’. Promise.


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