Maroc in brief
Destination Maroc, a Nations Online country profile of the Arab kingdom in the western part of the Maghreb in North Africa, officially known as the Kingdom of Maroc.
Sports in Maroc
Football Like many countries, Maroc’s most popular sport is football. In fact, football is so important to the country that Maroc has now made five bids to host the Fifa World Cup. So far those bids have been unsuccessful, but they are trying again for 2030. But if you’re not planning your holidays that far ahead, what football can you see in Maroc today? Botola Pro is the professional football league for Maroc, home to 16 teams competing for the title. This league is the most-watched in Africa, broadcasting to an audience of around two billion people across 153 territories. Two of the top teams in Botola Pro to look out for are the current champions and runners up, Wydad AC and Raja Casablanca respectively.
Equestrian sports are big crowd-drawers in Maroc, split between the principles of dressage, jumping, and fantasia. Fantasia, also known as Tbourida, is a traditional horsemanship exhibition that you are most likely to see during cultural festivals and if you are lucky enough to attend a Maghrebi wedding.
Maroc is hosting the African Games in 2019 and the African Para Games in 2020. These games will take place across a large number of stadiums and arenas throughout Maroc. With a similar format to the more-familiar Olympics, the African Games includes the disciplines of everything from athletics to shooting. So if you prefer competitive sports events instead of an individual sport, Maroc is a great place to head!
Maroc is an ideal country for horse lovers. The main riding centres can be found in Rabat, Casablanca, Agadir, Meknes, Fez, Oujda, Ouirgane and Tangier.
Golf was first introduced into Maroc at the beginning of the century - even before football - and has since become a national passion In Maroc. Major competitions attract golfers from all over the world, the most famous being the annual Hassan II Trophy is played at Royal Golf club, Dar Es-Salam at Rabat.
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