Celebrations in Morocco after the team's promotion to the semi-finals of the World Cup (Yuni Cantro)
Great excitement this morning in Morocco ahead of the World Cup semi-final match against world champion France that will take place this evening (Wednesday) in Qatar.
All the TV channels concentrate exclusively on football, and there is no conversation on the street in which the game is not mentioned.
The people in Morocco are very friendly, and regularly strike up conversations with each other, even if there is no prior acquaintance.
Today the topic of conversation is clear, there is nothing else to deal with.
Ahead of the difficult meeting against the French, the atmosphere in the street is actually very optimistic.
If in some imaginary and impossible scenario Israel was in a similar situation, it is likely that our predictions regarding a match against France would have been along the lines of "I wonder how many pieces we will get" or "Just let them have some mercy on us".
Not with the Moroccans.
After the victories over Spain and Portugal in the eighth and quarter finals, Morocco are confident.
All I hear on the street before the game is predictions of a victory for the world champion.
Predictions of victory are scattered (photo: official website, Dror Zamir)
Also helps is the spirit at the back and the global support they receive from the Arab world, the African world and also from all the lovers of romance in football who love Cinderella stories.
And such a Cinderella story will not be remembered for a long time.
What is certain is that the story of Morocco is the biggest surprise in the history of the World Cup.
Even on the radio, requests are heard from the crowd that will take to the streets today en masse for the game, to "behave well after we win, maintain order and not start riots."
Yesterday while watching the first semi-final game in a local cafe in the capital of Rabat, I saw quite a few worried faces after the performance of Leo Messi and Argentina, who advanced to the final.
They are already sure that a very difficult meeting awaits them in the final on Sunday, as if they do not meet Kylian Mbappe and the world champions tonight.
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