Open main menu

The Botola (Arabic: البطولة‎), literally "the Moroccan Championship" (known as Botola Maroc Telecom for sponsorship reasons) is a Moroccan professional league for men's association football clubs. At the top of the Moroccan football league system, it is the country's primary football competition. Contested by 16 clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the Football League.

Botola
BotolaMarocTelecomLogo.png
Botola logo after 2015 sponsorship with mobile carrier Maroc Telecom.
Founded1956
CountryMorocco
ConfederationCAF
Number of teams16
Level on pyramid1
Relegation toBotola 2
Domestic cup(s)Coupe du Trône
International cup(s)Champions League
Confederation Cup
Current championsWydad Casablanca (20) 2018–19
Most championshipsWydad Casablanca (20)
TV partnersAl Aoula, Arryadiya,
2M TV, BeIN Sports
2018–19 Botola

The Premier League is a corporation in which the 16 member clubs act as shareholders, Seasons run from August to May, with teams playing 30 matches each (playing each team in the league twice, home and away) totalling 214 matches in the season. Most games are played in the afternoons of Saturdays and Sundays, the other games during weekday evenings. It is sponsored by Maroc Télécom and thus known as the Botola-Ittisalat. Outside England[clarification needed], it is commonly referred to as the Moroccan Premier League (MPL).

The competition formed as the FRFM on 20 February 1992 following the decision of clubs in the Botola Pro to break away from the UNAF[clarification needed], which had been founded in 1911, and take advantage of a lucrative television rights deal. This deal is worth MAD 55 million a year domestically as of 2015–16, with Arryadia securing the domestic rights to broadcast games respectively. The league generates MAD 123 million per year in domestic and international television rights.

The Botola Pro is the most-watched football league in Africa, broadcasts in 153 territories to 54 million homes and a potential TV audience of 2 billion people[clarification needed]. In the 2010–11 season, the average Botola Pro match attendance was 25,363[clarification needed], the highest of any professional football league in Africa, and stadium occupancy was 92% capacity. The Premier League ranked second in the CAF 5-Zaers of leagues based on performances in African competitions over the last five years.

Of the 16 clubs to have competed since the inception of the Premier League in 1992, five have won the title: Wydad Casablanca (14), Association Sportive des FAR (12), Raja de Casablanca (11), Magreb Fez (4) and Hašania Agadir (2). The current champions are Ittihad Tanger, who won the title in 2017-18. ° On 5 June 2016 FUS Rabat won the football championship for the first time after being runner-up to the title for 5 previous times.[1]

Contents

HistoryEdit

 
Botola trophy

The first edition of the Moroccan Football League under the Royal Moroccan Football Federation took place in 1956–57, soon after Morocco became an independent country.

CompetitionEdit

Each year 16 teams compete for the championship. The two lowest-placed teams are relegated to Botola Elite 2 and the top two teams from Botola Elite 2 are promoted in their place to Botola Pro.

Champion and runner-up participate in the African Champions League. The third-place team and Coupe du Trône winner qualify to participate in the African Confederation Cup.

SponsorshipEdit

Since 2000, Maroc Telecom has been the official sponsor of the Botola for a 15 million dirham per year contract.

Broadcasting rightsEdit

In September 2007, the SNRT Group (Al Aoula, 2M TV and Arryadia) paid 225 millions dirhams for the rights to broadcast the following three seasons of the Botola.[2]

Throughout the week, every game played in the Botola is broadcast live by at least one TV channel.

BeIN Sports network also broadcasts a few matches every week.

ClubsEdit

The most popular Moroccan clubs are Wydad Casablanca, AS FAR, and Raja Casablanca. Other historically established sides include CODM Meknes, KAC Kenitra , Maghreb Fès, Fath Rabat, and Kawkab Marrakech.

StadiumsEdit

Current stadiumsEdit

Rabat Casablanca Marrakech Agadir
Stade Moulay Abdellah Stade Mohamed V Stade de Marrakech Stade Adrar
Capacity: 53,000 Capacity: 67,000 Capacity: 45,000 Capacity: 45,000
   
Fes Tanger Oujda El Aaiún
Fez Stadium Stade de Tanger Honneur Stadium Stade Cheikh Laaghdef
Capacity: 45,000 Capacity: 45,000 Capacity: 35,000 Capacity: 30,000
   
Meknes Kénitra Al Hoceima Tétouan
Stade d'Honneur Stade Municipal de Kénitra Stade Mimoun Al Arsi Stade Saniat Rmel
Capacity: 20,000 Capacity: 15,000 Capacity: 12,000 Capacity: 12,000
Safi El Jadida Berkane Khouribga
Stade El Massira Stade El Abdi Stade Municipal De Berkane Complexe OCP
Capacity: 15,000 Capacity: 10,000 Capacity: 10,000 Capacity: 10,000

List of championsEdit

Season Champion Runner-up
1956–57 Wydad Casablanca Kawkab Marrakech
1957–58 Kawkab Marrakech Wydad Casablanca
1958–59 Étoile de Casablanca Wydad Casablanca
1959–60 KAC Kenitra AS FAR
1960–61 AS FAR Maghreb Fez
1961–62 AS FAR Racing de Casablanca
1962–63 AS FAR Kawkab Marrakech
1963–64 AS FAR Stade Marocain
1964–65 Maghreb Fez Racing de Casablanca
1965–66 Wydad Casablanca Raja Casablanca
1966–67 AS FAR Renaissance de Settat
1967–68 AS FAR Renaissance de Settat
1968–69 Wydad Casablanca Maghreb Fez
1969–70 AS FAR Union Sidi Kacem
1970–71 Renaissance de Settat AS FAR
1971–72 Racing de Casablanca Wydad Casablanca
1972–73 KAC Kenitra FUS Rabat
1973–74 Raja de Beni Mellal FUS Rabat
1974–75 Mouloudia Oujda Maghreb Fez
1975–76 Wydad Casablanca Difaa El Jadida
1976–77 Wydad Casablanca Mouloudia Oujda
1977–78 Wydad Casablanca Maghreb Fez
1978–79 Maghreb Fez KAC Kenitra
1979–80 Chabab Mohammédia Wydad Casablanca
1980–81 KAC Kenitra FUS Rabat
1981–82 KAC Kenitra Wydad Casablanca
1982–83 Maghreb Fez Renaissance de Berkane
1983–84 AS FAR Olympique Khouribga
1984–85 Maghreb Fez KAC Kenitra
1985–86 Wydad Casablanca Raja Casablanca
1986–87 AS FAR Kawkab Marrakech
1987–88 Raja Casablanca Kawkab Marrakech
1988–89 AS FAR Maghreb Fez
1989–90 Wydad Casablanca IR Tanger
1990–91 Wydad Casablanca AS FAR
1991–92 Kawkab Marrakech Raja Casablanca
1992–93 Wydad Casablanca Raja Casablanca
1993–94 Olympique de Casablanca Wydad Casablanca
1994–95 CODM de Meknès Olympique de Casablanca
1995–96 Raja Casablanca Olympique Khouribga
1996–97 Raja Casablanca Wydad Casablanca
1997–98 Raja Casablanca Kawkab Marrakech
1998–99 Raja Casablanca Kawkab Marrakech
1999–00 Raja Casablanca Wydad Casablanca
2000–01 Raja Casablanca FUS Rabat
2001–02 Hassania Agadir Wydad Casablanca
2002–03 Hassania Agadir Raja Casablanca
2003–04 Raja Casablanca AS FAR
2004–05 AS FAR Raja Casablanca
2005–06 Wydad Casablanca AS FAR
2006–07 Olympique Khouribga AS FAR
2007–08 AS FAR IZK Khemisset
2008–09 Raja Casablanca Difaa El Jadida
2009–10 Wydad Casablanca Raja Casablanca
2010–11 Raja Casablanca Maghreb Fez
2011–12 Moghreb Tétouan FUS Rabat
2012–13 Raja Casablanca AS FAR
2013–14 Moghreb Tétouan Raja Casablanca
2014–15 Wydad Casablanca Olympique Khouribga
2015–16 FUS Rabat Wydad Casablanca
2016–17 Wydad Casablanca Difaa El Jadida
2017–18 IR Tanger Wydad Casablanca
2018-19 Wydad Casablanca Raja Casablanca

PerformancesEdit

Performance by clubEdit

Club Winners Runners-up Winning Seasons
Wydad Casablanca
20
11
1947–48, 1948–49, 1949–50, 1950–51, 1953–54, 1956–57, 1965–66, 1968–69, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1985–86, 1989–90, 1990–91, 1992–93, 2005–06, 2009–10, 2014–15, 2016–17, 2018–19
AS FAR
12
7
1960–61, 1961–62, 1962–63, 1963–64, 1966–67, 1967–68, 1969–70, 1983–84, 1986–87, 1988–89, 2004–05, 2007–08
Raja Casablanca
11
8
1987–88, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2003–04, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2012–13
Maghreb Fez
4
7
1964–65, 1978–79, 1982–83, 1984–85
KAC Kenitra
4
2
1959–60, 1972–73, 1980–81, 1981–82
Kawkab Marrakech
2
6
1957–58, 1991–92
Moghreb Tétouan
2
2011–12, 2013–14
Hassania Agadir
2
1
2001–02, 2002–03
FUS Rabat
1
5
2015–16
Olympique Khouribga
1
3
2006–07
Racing de Casablanca
1
2
1971–72
Renaissance de Settat
1
2
1970–71
IR Tanger
1
1
2017–18
Olympique de Casablanca
1
1
1993–94
Mouloudia Oujda
1
1
1974–75
CODM de Meknès
1
1994–95
Chabab Mohammédia
1
1979–80
Raja de Beni Mellal
1
1973–74
Étoile de Casablanca
1
1958–59

Top scorersEdit

Season Player Team Goals
1966–67   Abdelatif Chiadmi Difaa El Jadida 18
1967–68   Hassan Chicha Difaa El Jadida 19
1968–69   Ahmed Faras Chabab Mohammédia 16
1972–73   Ahmed Faras Chabab Mohammédia 16
1974–75   Hassan Chicha Difaa El Jadida 12
1976–77   Mohamed Boussati KAC Kenitra 17
1979–80   Idriss Ouadich AS FAR 15
1980–81   Mohamed Boussati KAC Kenitra 17
1981–82   Mohamed Boussati KAC Kenitra 25
1982–83   Abdeslam Laghrissi AS FAR 14
1983–84   Mjidou
  Tmimi
Wydad Casablanca
Mouloudia d'Oujda
11
1984–85   Boushaba Renaissance Berkane 13
1985–86   Hassan Nader
  Mohammed Chaouch
Wydad Casablanca
Kawkab Marrakech
13
1986–87   Abderrazak Khairi AS FAR 12
1987–88   Lahcen Anaflous AS FAR 17
1988–89   Hassan Nader Wydad Casablanca 18
1989–90   Abdeslam Laghrissi AS FAR 22
1990–91   Lahcen Anaflous AS FAR 15
1991–92   Lahcen Anaflous AS FAR 11
1992–93   Youssef Fertout Wydad Casablanca 18
1993–94   Ahmed Bahja Kawkab Marrakech 14
1994–95   Abdeslam Laghrissi AS FAR 15
1995–96   Soufir Jeunesse El Massira 16
1996–97   Anane AS Salé 17
1997–98   Rachid Rokki Chabab Mohammédia 15
1998–99   Zouine Olympique Khouribga 16
1999–00   Mustapha Bidoudane FUS Rabat 17
2000–01   Samir Sarsar Kawkab Marrakech 12
2001–02   Omar Zaouit Tihad Sportif Casablanca 14
2002–03   Mustapha Bidoudane Raja Casablanca 14
2003–04   Mustapha Bidoudane Raja Casablanca 13
2004–05   Mohamed Armoumen AS FAR 12
2005–06   Mamadou Ba Camara Olympique Khouribga 9
2006–07   Jawad Ouaddouch AS FAR 12
2007–08   Abderrazak Lamnasfi AS FAR 13
2008–09   Mustapha Allaoui AS FAR 14
2009–10   Omar Hassi Widad Fez 12
2010–11   Jawad Ouaddouch AS FAR 11
2011–12   Karl Max Barthelemy Difaa El Jadida 17
2012–13   Abderazak Hamdallah Olympic Safi 15
2013–14   Zouhaur Naim
  Zoumana Kone
Moghreb Tétouan
Hassania Agadir
11
2014–15   Malick Evouna Wydad Casablanca 16
2015–16   Mahdi Naghmi AS FAR 12
2016–17   William Jebor Wydad Casablanca 19
2017–18   Mouhssine Iajour Raja Casablanca 17

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "LE FUS DE RABAT CHAMPION POUR LA PREMIÈRE FOIS".
  2. ^ La SNRT décroche les droits TV du GNF Archived July 10, 2009, at the Wayback Machine www.lavieeco.com

External linksEdit