We've seen a very different kind of fan during this World Cup in Qatar, be it for reasons of cost, travel or even politics. These changes are substantial and it's made for some dramatic changes to the ambiance and atmosphere. One of the most visible effects is perhaps what we saw after Morocco's victory over Spain: a show of immense unity in the Arab World.
he new hero of Morocco's national football team is called Walid Regragui. The quasi-unknown coach has impressed many after the Atlas Lions' victory over Spain. Born in France, Regragui insisted during his press conference that he's proud of having been able to bring together players from all the Moroccan diasporas.
Looking ahead to this Friday, one of the big topics is how Portugal will fare against Morocco, with or without their fading superstar Ronaldo. There was an incredible photo on Tuesday evening with literally dozens of cameramen focused on Ronaldo instead of the Portuguese team. But after Gonçalo Ramos's performance, it will be hard for the veteran to show he still has what it takes to win major games in this tournament.
The second game this Friday is of course the clash of Lionel Scaloni's Argentina against one of the most outspoken men of the World Cup: Louis van Gaal, the Netherlands coach. Both sides have been intensely training, with Dutch captain Virgil van Dijk questioned on how his team hopes to contain Lionel Messi.
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