Karim El Ahmadi and Sofyan Amrabat are the first Feyenoord players to get their boarding passes for Russia 2018. Morocco na...
Renato Tapia and Nicolai Jørgensen may face each at this summer’s World Cup in Russia. Their nations, Peru and Denmark, were both drawn in Group C, alongside France and Australia, at the Moscow Kremlin on Friday afternoon. Morocco, whose squad includes Karim El Ahmadi and Sofyan Amrabat, were drawn in Group B alongside Spain, Portugal and Iran. Read the Feyenoorders’ reactions to the news here.
‘We don’t usually have much luck with draws in Denmark, but this one could have been a lot tougher,’ said Danish forward Nicolai Jørgensen. ‘France are obviously the favourites in our group, that seems clear to me. I think the battle for second place is completely open, because I don’t think there’s much between Denmark, Australia and Peru. I’m really looking forward to playing against Renato. It’s special to be able to play against your teammates at a World Cup.’
‘I watched the draw relaxing on the sofa, taking it easy before the important match against Vitesse tomorrow evening,’ said Peru’s Renato Tapia. ‘I was having a laugh with Nicolai, Karim and Sofyan earlier this week about how it would turn out if we were drawn together in the same group. We were close to drawing Morocco as well as Denmark. That would have been really great. The match against France will be very tough, but we definitely have a chance against Denmark and Australia. One thing is certain anyway: we’ll be ready. After 36 years’ absence we want to show the world what we can do.’
‘A nice draw for us,’ was Sofyan Amrabat’s initial reaction. His Morocco have been set a bit of a challenge. ‘It’s going to be tough, because we have to meet very strong opponents. We have a lot of respect for big countries like Spain and Portugal, but we are a good team too and we have a lot of confidence as well. You always have a chance at a World Cup; form is very
Feyenoord’s second Morocco international Karim El Ahmadi added: ‘A very tough, but above all a nice draw for us. When it became clear that Nicolai Jørgensen and Renato Tapia were in the same group with Denmark and Peru, we hoped that Morocco would join them. That would have been something, so many Feyenoorders playing against each other at a World Cup. We are now going to take on Portugal and Spain, two big European countries. Which match I am most looking forward to? I think the one against Spain. It will be a nice match come what may. The tournament is something to look forward to, but a long way away too. First I’ll be focusing fully on the season with Feyenoord.’