Morocco won the group and then proceeded to eliminate 2010 World Cup Winner, Spain from the current tournament in Qatar to advance into the quarterfinals for the first time ever in the country’s history, making Morocco the fourth country after Cameroon, Senegal and Ghana to reach that height at the world cup.
Morocco’s entire playing body dedicated their win over Spain to talented playmaker Abdelhak Nouri, he suffered severe cardiac arrest and permanent brain damage while playing for Ajax during a pre-season friendly with Werder Bremen in July 2017 and was forced to hang his boots prematurely due to the condition.
The then 20-year-old star was airlifted to the hospital where his condition was stabilised. In the days after the accident, it was revealed that Nouri had suffered serious permanent brain damage and that his football career was over.
In 2018 Ajax later announced that an investigation into the incident had revealed that Nouri received ‘inadequate’ treatment on the field after his collapse. The club acknowledged ‘liability for the consequences’ as a result of the incident.
Earlier this year, it was announced that the club would pay the family €7.85 million.
Since the incident took place in 2017, the number 34 has become synonymous with Nouri as this was the shirt number that he wore during his Ajax days. That number has since been retired by the Amsterdam club.
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