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Wydad Casablanca to play at the FIFA Club World Cup in 2025

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Find out more about the Moroccan powerhouse and how they qualified for the first edition of the global club tournament in 2025.

Moroccan club Wydad will be one of four sides representing Africa at the inaugural Mundial de Clubes FIFA 25™.

Qualifying as CAF Champions League 2021/22 winners, Aziz Ben Askar’s side are preparing to compete on the world stage, where they will be aiming to further Moroccan football’s growing reputation to a global audience.

Read on to see how Morocco’s most successful club qualified for the new tournament, the team’s history and learn more about some of their most iconic players.

How they qualified

In 2022, five years after their previous title, Wydad reclaimed their spot at the summit of African football, winning a third CAF Champions League title and securing qualification for the Mundial de Clubes FIFA 25™.

The final took place at the Red Devils’ home stadium, the Stade Mohammed V, against Al Ahly. A brace from Zouhair El Moutaraji secured a 2-0 victory over their long-time rivals and wrestled the title back from the Egyptian giants.

When the two sides met again in the 2022/23 Champions League final, Al Ahly claimed revenge to regain the crown following a 3-2 aggregate win.

Club Factfile

  • Year formed: 1937
  • Stadium: Stade Mohammed V
  • Nickname: Wydad of the Nation, The Red Castle or The Red Devils

Club history

The club was founded in Casablanca on 8 May 1937 by seven people, who were led by Mohamed Benjelloun Touimi. As all of its founders were Moroccan, the club earned the nickname ‘Wydad of the Nation’.

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