Why is Morocco the abbreviation MAR? Africans in action at the World Cup 2022

Morocco, appearing in their second World Cup since 1998, began their journey against Croatia in Qatar.

North Africa have one of the most exciting teams in their history and have easily qualified for the tournament.

    Moroccan fans are hoping their team can pull off a surprise performance in Qatar

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Moroccan fans are hoping their team can pull off a surprise performance in QatarCredit: AFP

But eagle-eyed fans have noticed something odd in his acronym.

Why is Morocco the abbreviation MAR?

You may have noticed during the tournament that the abbreviation for Morocco is MAR and not MOR as you might expect.

This is due to the large French influence in the country, while the official languages ​​of the country are Arabic and Berber.

The French word for Morocco is Maroc – and hence the abbreviation MAR is used at sporting events and as the official country code.

    Morocco face tough test in Group F

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Morocco face tough test in Group FCredits: PA: Ampex Sport

What is the schedule of Morocco in the World Cup 2022?

Morocco are drawn in Group F in Qatar

This leaves them up against Croatia, Belgium and Canada as they hope to reach the knockout stage.

Wednesday, November 23 (10 AM): Morocco v Croatia

Sunday, November 27 (1PM): Belgium vs Morocco

Thursday, December 1 (3PM): Canada v Morocco

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