Arsenal boss Arteta inspired Morocco manager in Zoom call over teaching tactics

Morocco chief Walid Regragui once attended a Zoom seminar from Mikel Arteta, where the Arsenal boss dissected his side's 2020 FA Cup triumph to a group of aspiring managers.

Regragui, 47, has masterminded one of the World Cup's greatest underdog stories at the 2022 finals, taking the Atlas Lions to the final four of the Qatar-based tournament as the first-ever African side to make it past the quarter-finals.

Getting the better of European heavyweights Spain and Portugal already in the knockout stages, Morocco face the daunting challenge of reigning champions France this evening, with Didier Deschamps' men looking to become the first side to defend their title since Brazil in 1962.

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Earning 45 caps for Morocco as a player, Regragui earned his managerial stripes at Moroccan outfits Fath Union Sport and Wydad AC, winning the First Division title at both clubs. Also leading Wydad AC to their third CAF Champions League crown, the 47-year-old is known for his receptive nature, once taking a class from Arsenal boss Arteta to further develop his managerial nous.

The Spaniard displayed his ideas to a host of attuned bosses following his 2020 FA Cup triumph, taking the managers through his exact approach to defeating Pep Guardiola's Manchester City in the semi-final.

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The underdog status has certainly served Regragui well in Qatar. Born in the southern French suburb of Corbeil-Essonnes, the former right-back has the opportunity to dump his homeland out of the World Cup when they collide at Al Bayt Stadium at 7pm. Regragui was only handed the reins of the national side at the end of August but is still yet to lose a competitive match.

Topping a demanding Group, including fellow semi-finalists Croatia, Morocco claimed a 0-0 draw against the 2018 runners-up before besting world no.2 ranked Belgium and Canada to finish at the summit of Group F.

Setting up a Round of 16 tie with 2010 champions Spain, Regragui's men ground out a 0-0 draw at Education City Stadium as Spain stuttered out of the competition on spot-kicks. Then in the quarter-finals, Iberian rivals Portugal also fell at the teeth of the Atlas Lions, thanks to a first-half goal from Youssef En-Nesyri.


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