Madness in Casa Árabe with the Morocco Pass

The penalties were key to the quarter-finals for Morocco, whose party had its epicenter at Casa Árabe in Madrid, where a hundred people gathered. Their shouts of joy could be heard even in Qatar and good vibes were the predominant tone of a contest where many won yes or yes, having been born in Morocco and living in Spain since they were children. Many of those present had a heart left. There were fans with flags, t-shirts, their faces painted, to add color to a tent set up for the occasion, which had nothing to envy in the stands of the Ciudad de la Educación, and which was also attended by Irene Lozano, director of Casa Árabe, and Malek Twal, ambassador of the Arab League in our country. Same environment, same decibels, same illusion.

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“We suffered, but hey… we’ve had worse things than penalties. And if we’ve been able to do it with Spain, we can do it with Portugal too,” explains Solaiman Abirkan excitedly., 32 years old, a Moroccan who has lived in Spain since he was 3. His grandparents, his roots, have already passed away and today he had them present at the meeting. “I’m a real football fan, I’m from Madrid,” he confessed. “Come on, me too!” he said. Sarah Chaaiby, who wore a green dress and a red coat, the colors of her flag. The same one he’d drawn on his cheek. She did not want to go to penalties, but she experienced them along with other compatriots. The Moroccan has been living in Madrid for three years, where she studies Neuromarketing and his Spanish is fluent. “Long live Morocco and long live Spain. It was clear to me that whoever won would win, I would support him to the end, now more”, he declared elated after this long-suffering victory.

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That it was not just a game, was noticed half an hour before the first whistle. Casa Árabe brought together dozens of journalists, including Burak Akbulut of Turkey’s Anadolu Agency and Muath Hamed of Qatari television Alaraby, who came to spread the news. “Great environment!” They agreed. One of the first to arrive was Moroccan Sarah Mahmou, together with her husband Omar and their two children. The third is on its way. The little ones calmly watched the drawings on the mobile, while their parents squeezed a flag with their hands at every wrong occasion or rival approach. Come on Morocco! Now he has to win the World Cup! It is the first time we visit Spain. We’re going to be tourism for five days and we’ve come to see it here. Morocco and Spain are like brothers,” he broke in English.

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They weren’t the only family there. The Moflih also trembled with Morocco-Spain, the selfies —they alternated a red cap—with the videos. “Some friends told us about Casa Árabe and we couldn’t fail. It was worth it,” the matriarch waved. And it is that the schedule (16:00) and the place (for the Retiro) led to this good entry. Applause and shouts followed each other with the arrival of both pieces of kit, culminating in extra time and penalties. One of the loudest was Zakarias’ group, who lives in Vistalegre and was surrounded by five other friends. Morocco believed and understood. Their pass to the quarter-final unleashed frenzy in the tent and congratulations followed one another from the Spaniards who watched the game with them. Both hobbies taught the most important lesson, that of sportsmanship.

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