Valid Recraki took the training ball to Morocco on Wednesday, three months before the 2022 World Cup, replacing the stubborn Bosnian Vahid Halilhodzic, who was sacked with ambitions to pass on his successful experience. “Lions of the Atlas” with Uida Casablanca.
The 46-year-old is good at gathering, motivating and coaching his players. He is known for his toughness and strong personality and is not easily defeated.
After a promising career with Al-Fath Al-Rabat at the end of the last decade and a brief stint with Qatar’s Al-Duhail, the French-born former French defender achieved continental glory with Ouida last season.
He led them to the African Champions League title at the expense of Egypt’s Al-Ahly and kept the national league crest despite the team suffering limited contracts due to FIFA sanctions amid the troubles. As for contracts with former players.
Despite this achievement, he announced he would step down in early August, sparking speculation about the Moroccan national team’s leadership even before Halihodzic’s departure was officially announced.
Born in Corbay-Esson, a southern suburb of Paris, to parents in the northern Mediterranean town of Fnidek, he gained European experience following the dream of his father, who wanted to send a photo of his son to the country. He sat behind a desk and earned a university degree in economics and social science.
The right-back started his professional career at the end of the third division with Racing de Paris (1998), then moved up to the first division with Toulouse before becoming champion of the second division with Ajaccio (2002), winning the award of best defender. , while he was one of Morocco’s highlights on the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations trip against Tunisia and made 45 international appearances.
After an injury that affected a transfer to the Spanish league from Racing Santander for two seasons, he returned to France and ended his career with Dijon and Grenoble.
Through courses in France, the elegant centre-back, who was discovered by French coach Rudy Garcia, quickly joined the coaching staff and started as an assistant to Morocco coach Rashid Tousi for one year (2013).
His star quickly rose in style with Al-Fat Rabat, leading the capital’s side to the 2014 Throne Cup title. He established himself as one of the most prominent managers by dominating the local league in the 2016 season against Poland’s Uidad. . Y. Rajas Casablanca.
Local brilliance opened up horizons for him, so he opted for the Gulf experience from Qatar’s Al Duhail gate and won the 2020 league title, but his career didn’t last long after falling out in the first round of the AFC Champions League.
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He adopted an attractive, attacking style of play that made him popular with fans, as well as winning continental and national titles as well as reaching the Throne Cup final where he lost on penalties to Nahdet Berkan.
He was known for his sarcastic remarks, saying after the continental victory: “My words in the press conferences are not the same as in the locker room with the players, because I try to convey messages or increase the pressure on the players and throw them away. ” . . on the shoulders of competitors.
Regarding his statements, Recraki, who has established a special relationship with Wydad fans, added: “These are divided into two types, there are spontaneous statements and others intentional and calculated and must be resolved between journalists. It’s me personally. I don’t care about the reactions my statements provoke, I do my work with dedication and when I say something, I say what I really believe, I don’t care about the echo that leaves and irritates those who get angry. “
Regragui will be in high demand in Qatar, where his team is supported by a strong Moroccan community, and will make his first appearances in two friendlies against Chile and Paraguay next month, before an internship in Spain.
Kerak is the first Moroccan Atlas Lions coach since 2016, after Frenchman Herve Renard (2016-2019) and Khalildzic (2019-2022).
Morocco are in a tough group at the World Final, along with Croatia, 2018 World Cup runners-up Russia, bronze medalist Belgium and Canada, who are hoping to win the first round for the second time. History after 1986.
The Moroccans hope that the national team’s problems under Halilhodzic, which led to the retirement of Chelsea star Hakim Ziyech, will disappear, and the return of Regrak could lead to the former Ajax player replacing him. decision.
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