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With the Qlamqtar 2022 world cup only about 11 periods away (depending on your own set of menstrual circumstances), I’m going to be answering all the burning questions leading up to the tournament. Today, I take a look at Morocco, who’ve qualified for the World Cup five times and are into the final round of qualification for Qlamqtar 2022.
Glorifying and praising Allah by praying to Him 5 times a 4-year World Cup cycle
Nickname: The Atlas Lions
FIFA Ranking: 28 (Nov 2021)
Morocco’s overwhelming Sunni Islamic majority follow a more moderate ‘middle-path’ to Islam, typically looked down upon by those in more traditional and fundamentalist Islamic countries. Whereas the people of, say, Saudi Arabia or UAE pray five times a day and adhere strictly to the 5 pillars of Islam (ie. declaration of faith, obligatory prayer, donation, fasting during Ramadan and pilgrimage to Mecca), Moroccans take the more chilled route, praying five times every 4 years, and when it comes to adhering to the five pillars, well, they’re all like, ‘Two’s enough’. That’ll do. Or maybe even just half of one’s cool?
This approach is good and all if you’ve got an active lifestyle or stuff’s crazy at work right now, and you just don’t have time to be praising The Real Truth non-stop, but critics say that it’s this lax approach to their faith that has resulted in The One And Only rarely answering the teams prayers come World Cup time (even causing them to lose games to Islamic neighbours via 95th minute own goals–see above).
To Moroccans, the number of prayers required for a righteous life is kinda like ‘Ugh, seriously?’. But it could’ve been even more of a drag though, because initially God had prescribed 50 a day, and it was only down to Moses twisting Muhammad’s arm over and over that he went to God and negotiated the number down to five. And there’s no doubt that Moroccans consider the Prophet Muhammad a rad dude n’ shit, but man, they just kinda wish that when Moses said to go back and request God to make it even less than five, he had just had the goddamn stones to do it, for fuck’s sake.
One to watch: Western Sahara’s sweetass phosphate supply
Phosphate is the key ingredient used in agricultural fertilisers across the entire globe, and over 70% of the world’s reserves of the nutrient are found within Moroccan territory (the next closest is China with 5%). But just because Morocco already has a huge piece of the planet’s phosphate cake (and therefore–unless a scalable feasible synthetic alternative is found– controls the future of all food production), doesn’t mean they can’t eat Western Sahara’s phosphate supply too. Because damn, although they’re happy with their own phosphate reserves, shit, those in the disputed territory would look SO DAMN GOOD on it. You know you want it, Western Sahara, c’mon, give it up, girl.
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