Coach Herve Renard, who leads the Saudi Arabia national football team, cheered for Morocco, not France.
In an interview with French media RMC on the 14th (Korean time), coach Renard surprised many by revealing that he would “support Morocco, not France.”
France, the winner of the previous tournament, is set to play in the semi-finals of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar against Morocco on the 15th. The winner of this head-to-head will face Argentina, who came up after beating Croatia, in the final.
On the other hand, coach Renard, who was born and raised in France, hoped that Morocco, which is creating a sensation in this World Cup, would advance to the final rather than France, his home country, advancing to the final twice in a row.
“I am French, born in France and have a French passport, but I am sorry to support Morocco in the semi-final,” Renard said.
The motivation to support Morocco was greatly influenced by the fact that Renard served as Morocco coach from February 2016 to July 2019 before taking office as Saudi Arabia coach.
Coach Renard led the Moroccan national team and participated in the World Cup in Russia four years ago.
When the team reached the semi-finals, coach Renard said, “I had a fantastic adventure with the players in a country that loves soccer,” and insisted, “I am proud of them who are shaking the earth today, and I think they deserve it.”
He continued, “I was able to receive more love than I could have imagined because Morocco supported me. I want Morocco, where I worked with, to be the best in the world.”
Renard, who resigned from Morocco and became the Saudi Arabian coach, drew great attention for his outstanding leadership in this World Cup.스포츠토토
Although they failed to advance to the round of 16, Saudi Arabia showed off their spirit by defeating Argentina, who had advanced to the final, 2-1 in the group stage.
In the game against Argentina, when the first half ended 0-1, coach Renard reprimanded the players and awakened them, saying, “Are you guys just here to take pictures with Messi?”