Walid Regragui is the manager of the Morocco national football team. Morocco will face Croatia in the third-place play-off game of the FIFA World Cup 2022 on Saturday. Morocco will aim to become the first African country to secure the third position in the history of the quadrennial tournament while Croatia would aim to finish their campaign on a high with a victory in the match. Both teams had an unbeatable run in the tournament before getting defeated in the semi-finals.

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Who is Walid Regragui?

Walid Regragui was born on September 23, 1975, in France. He is the current head coach of the Morocco national team and played as a defender for multiple clubs in Morocco and Spain as well as the Morocco national team during his playing career.  

He played for Toulouse, AC Ajaccio, Grenoble, and Racing Santander, among other teams. He transferred from Grenoble to Moghreb Tétouan in Morocco for his final playing season in the summer of 2009.

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In September 2012, Regragui started working as an assistant football coach for Morocco’s national team after he retired as a player. On October 1, 2013, Rachid Taoussi was fired as head coach, and Regragui’s contract was also terminated.

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He started his club coaching career with Fath Union Sport in on May 8, 2014. He coached them starting from the 2014-15 season till the middle of the 2020-21 season.

He left the club on January 22, 2020, by mutual consent. He then joined Wydad AC, also in Morocco, and led them to their 3rd CAF Champions League beating Egypt’s Al Ahly in the final. 

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He took the coaching job with the Morocco national team starting from August 31, 2022 – three months before the start of the FIFA World Cup 2022.