2018 FIFA World Cup- Morocco Profile

Reuters

 

Twenty years is a long time in football, and having last appeared in at the1998 World Cup in France Morocco are back. The Atlas Lions are roaring again under the tutelage of French coach Hervé Renard and will be hoping to match their exploits in 1986 where they made it to the round of 16. 

Trivia

  • Morocco was the first ever African team to make the knockout stages when they made the round of 16 in Mexico 1986.  

  • Mustapha Hadji has played six games for the Atlas Lions during the 1994 & 1998 World Cups, more than any other player. 

  • Morocco did not concede a goal in qualification for Russia 2018. 

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 MOROCCO TEAM PROFILE

  • Formation- 1955

  • President- Fouzi Lekjaa

  • Website-http://www.frmf.ma

  • FIFA Ranking- 40

  • World Cup Appearances- 4

 

How did they qualify? 

Morocco topped group C of African qualification, without conceding a single goal during their qualification run. 

 

Coach 

French coach Herve Renard has plenty of international management experience having taken both Zambia & The Ivory Coast to African Cup of Nations glory. The 49-year old former defender was hired in February 2016 and masterminded Morocco's perfect qualification campaign for Russia 2018.  

Star Man

Medhi Benatia

Captain Medhi Benatia is widely expected to lead the Atlas Lions to their first World Cup in 20 years. The 30-year-old defender started his career in France and has played for some of the biggest sides in Europe including Roma, Bayern Munich & Juventus. His experience will be vital if Morocco is to make it out of the group. 

Preparation (2018 matches)

  1. Serbia 1 Morocco 2

  2. Morocco 2 Uzbekistan 0

  3. Morocco 0 Ukraine 0

  4. Morocco 2 Slovakia 1

  5. Estonia 1 Morocco 3

World Cup History

 

Russia 2018 will be Morocco's fifth visit to a World Cup. During their last appearance in 1998, Morocco was set to progress to the round of 16, only to be denied at the very last. Their best ever showing at a World Cup came in Mexico 1986, where they reached the round of 16. 

Group stage schedule

 

6/15 Morocco Vs Iran

 18:00 pm

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6/20 Portugal Vs Morocco

15:00 pm

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 6/25 Spain Vs Morocco

 21:00 pm

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Squad list

 

Goalkeepers: Mounir El Kajoui (Numancia), Yassine Bounou (Girona), Ahmad Reda Tagnaouti (Ittihad Tanger).

Defenders: Mehdi Benatia (Juventus), Romain Saiss (Wolves), Manuel Da Costa (Istanbul Basaksehir), Nabil Dirar (Fenerbahce), Achraf Hakimi (Real Madrid), Hamza Mendyl (Lille).

Midfielders: M'barek Boussoufa (Al Jazira), Karim El Ahmadi (Feyenoord), Youssef Ait Bennasser (Caen), Sofyan Amrabat (Feyenoord), Younes Belhanda (Galatasaray), Faycal Fajr (Getafe), Amine Harit (Schalke).

Forwards: Khalid Boutaib (Malatyaspor), Aziz Bouhaddouz (St Pauli), Ayoub El Kaabi (Renaissance Berkane), Nordin Amrabat (Leganes), Mehdi Carcela (Standard Liege), Hakim Ziyech (Ajax), Youssef En Nesyri (Malaga).

 

 


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