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The Morocco national football team,[a] nicknamed "Atlas Lions"[3] (Arabic: أسود الأطلس‎ / Irzem n Atlasi), is the national team of Morocco. It is managed by Hervé Renard.

Morocco
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)أُسُود الأطلس / Igrzamn n Atlasi
(Atlas Lions)
AssociationFédération royale marocaine de football (FRMF)
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationUNAF (North Africa)
Head coachHervé Renard
CaptainMehdi Benatia
Most capsNoureddine Naybet (115)
Top scorerAhmed Faras (42)
Home stadiumVarious
FIFA codeMAR
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 47 Decrease 2 (14 June 2019)[1]
Highest8 (April 1998)
Lowest95 (September 2010)
Elo ranking
Current 49 Decrease 7 (16 June 2019)[2]
Highest17 (December 1998)
Lowest81 (May 2013)
First international
 Morocco 3–3 Iraq 
(Beirut, Lebanon; 19 October 1957)
Biggest win
 Morocco 13–1 Saudi Arabia 
(Casablanca, Morocco; 6 September 1961)
Biggest defeat
 Hungary 6–0 Morocco 
(Tokyo, Japan; 11 October 1964)
World Cup
Appearances4 (first in 1970)
Best resultRound of 16 in 1986
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances17 (first in 1972)
Best resultChampions (1976)
African Nations Championship
Appearances3 (first in 2014)
Best resultChampions (2018)

Winners of the African Nations Cup in 1976, they were the first African team to win a group at the World Cup, which they did in 1986, finishing ahead of Portugal, Poland, and England. They were also the first African team to make it to the second round, barely losing to eventual runners-up West Germany 1–0 in 1986. They also came within two minutes of moving out of the group stage of the 1998 FIFA World Cup, Kjetil Rekdal's late winning goal for Norway against Brazil eliminating them.

Morocco qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, making it their first time in 20 years.

Contents

Recent results and forthcoming fixturesEdit

2018Edit

2019Edit

Current team statusEdit

2019 Africa Cup of NationsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Morocco 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2   Ivory Coast 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3   South Africa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible knockout stage based on ranking
4   Namibia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 23 June 2019. Source: CAF

Players and Technical staffEdit

Current squadEdit

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
12 1GK Munir Mohand Mohamedi (1989-05-10) 10 May 1989 (age 30) 34 0   Málaga
1 1GK Yassine Bounou (1991-04-05) 5 April 1991 (age 28) 17 0   Girona
22 1GK Ahmed Reda Tagnaouti (1996-04-05) 5 April 1996 (age 23) 3 0   Wydad Casablanca

5 2DF Medhi Benatia (Captain) (1987-04-17) 17 April 1987 (age 32) 64 2   Al-Duhail
4 2DF Manuel da Costa (1986-05-06) 6 May 1986 (age 33) 36 1   Al-Ittihad
17 2DF Nabil Dirar (1986-02-25) 25 February 1986 (age 33) 41 3   Fenerbahçe
6 2DF Romain Saïss (1990-03-26) 26 March 1990 (age 29) 35 1   Wolverhampton Wanderers
2 2DF Achraf Hakimi (1998-11-04) 4 November 1998 (age 20) 21 1   Borussia Dortmund
21 2DF Yunis Abdelhamid (1987-09-28) 28 September 1987 (age 31) 6 0   Reims
3 2DF Noussair Mazraoui (1997-11-14) 14 November 1997 (age 21) 5 0   Ajax

14 3MF Mbark Boussoufa (Vice-captain) (1984-08-15) 15 August 1984 (age 34) 68 7   Al-Shabab
8 3MF Karim El Ahmadi (1985-01-27) 27 January 1985 (age 34) 63 1   Al-Ittihad
10 3MF Younès Belhanda (1990-02-25) 25 February 1990 (age 29) 55 5   Galatasaray
16 3MF Nordin Amrabat (1987-03-31) 31 March 1987 (age 32) 54 5   Al-Nassr
11 3MF Fayçal Fajr (1988-08-01) 1 August 1988 (age 30) 33 3   Caen
7 3MF Hakim Ziyech (1993-03-19) 19 March 1993 (age 26) 25 14   Ajax
15 3MF Youssef Aït Bennasser (1996-07-07) 7 July 1996 (age 22) 21 0   Saint-Étienne
9 3MF Sofiane Boufal (1993-09-17) 17 September 1993 (age 25) 11 0   Celta
18 3MF Mehdi Bourabia (1991-07-08) 8 July 1991 (age 27) 5 0   Sassuolo

13 4FW Khalid Boutaïb (1987-04-24) 24 April 1987 (age 32) 25 9   Zamalek
19 4FW Youssef En-Nesyri (1997-06-01) 1 June 1997 (age 22) 24 6   Leganés
20 4FW Oussama Idrissi (1996-02-26) 26 February 1996 (age 23) 4 0   AZ

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have been called up for the team in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Anas Zniti (1988-10-28) 28 October 1988 (age 30) 5 0   Raja Casablanca 2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
GK Abdelali Mhamdi (1991-11-29) 29 November 1991 (age 27) 1 0   RS Berkane 2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE / INJ

DF Abdelkrim Baadi (1996-04-14) 14 April 1996 (age 23) 2 0   Hassania Agadir 2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
DF Badr Banoun (1993-09-30) 30 September 1993 (age 25) 10 1   Raja Casablanca v.   Malawi, 22 March 2019
DF Fouad Chafik (1986-10-16) 16 October 1986 (age 32) 10 0   Dijon v.   Malawi, 22 March 2019
DF Oualid El Hajjam (1991-02-19) 19 February 1991 (age 28) 3 0   Amiens v.   Malawi, 22 March 2019
DF Achraf Dari (1999-05-06) 6 May 1999 (age 20) 0 0   Wydad Casablanca v.   Tunisia, 20 November 2018
DF Hamza Mendyl (1997-10-21) 21 October 1997 (age 21) 16 0   Schalke 04 v.   Comoros, 13 October 2018
DF Nayef Aguerd (1996-03-30) 30 March 1996 (age 23) 5 0   Dijon v.   Comoros, 13 October 2018

MF Amine Harit (1997-06-18) 18 June 1997 (age 22) 7 0   Schalke 04 2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
MF Sofyan Amrabat (1996-08-21) 21 August 1996 (age 22) 8 0   Club Brugge v.   Argentina, 26 March 2019
MF Abdelilah Hafidi (1992-01-30) 30 January 1992 (age 27) 17 3   Raja Casablanca v.   Malawi, 22 March 2019
MF Zakaria Hadraf (1990-03-12) 12 March 1990 (age 29) 15 2   Damac v.   Malawi, 22 March 2019
MF Ismail El Haddad (1990-08-03) 3 August 1990 (age 28) 13 2   Wydad Casablanca v.   Malawi, 22 March 2019
MF Walid El Karti (1994-07-23) 23 July 1994 (age 24) 0 0   Wydad Casablanca v.   Malawi, 22 March 2019
MF Anuar Tuhami (1995-01-15) 15 January 1995 (age 24) 0 0   Real Valladolid v.   Malawi, 22 March 2019
MF Salaheddine Saidi (1987-02-06) 6 February 1987 (age 32) 19 1   Wydad Casablanca v.   Comoros, 13 October 2018

FW Ayoub El Kaabi (1993-06-26) 26 June 1993 (age 25) 15 11   Hebei China Fortune 2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
FW Abderrazak Hamdallah (1990-12-17) 17 December 1990 (age 28) 15 6   Al-Nassr 2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
FW Rachid Alioui (1992-06-18) 18 June 1992 (age 27) 12 2   Nîmes v.   Argentina, 26 March 2019
FW Walid Azaro (1995-10-06) 6 October 1995 (age 23) 7 0   Al Ahly v.   Tunisia, 20 November 2018
FW Achraf Bencharki (1994-09-24) 24 September 1994 (age 24) 8 1   Lens v.   Malawi, 8 September 2018
FW Yacine Bammou (1991-09-11) 11 September 1991 (age 27) 7 1   Caen v.   Malawi, 8 September 2018

SUS Player is suspended
INJ Did not make it to the current squad due to injury
DEC Player declined the call-up to the squad
PRE Preliminary squad / standby

Previous squadsEdit

Current technical staffEdit

Position Name
Head coach   Hervé Renard
Technical director   Nasser Larguet
Assistant coach   Patrice Beaumelle
Assistant coach   Mustapha Hadji
Goalkeeping coach   Abdelkader Bouhaddouz
Fitness coach   Hakim El Saïd
Sporting director   Aziz Bouderbala

Home stadiumEdit

The Moroccan National team traditionally used the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat and the Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca as their main stadiums, but they've recently[when?] started using the new Stade de Marrakech in Marrakech, Stade Adrar in Agadir, Stade Ibn Batouta in Tangier and Fez Stadium in Fez.

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World CupEdit

Morocco's national football team has participated five times in the FIFA World Cup. Their best performance was the 1986 edition when they advanced to the second round, being the first African nation to do so. In 1998, the team narrowly missed repeating the same achievement.

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 Part of   France Part of   France
 1934
 1938
  1950
  1954
  1958 did not enter did not enter
  1962 Did not qualify 7 2 2 3 7 8
  1966 Withdrew Withdrew
  1970 Group Stage 14th 3 0 1 2 2 6 10 4 4 2 11 7
  1974 Did not qualify 10 4 3 3 12 13
  1978 2 0 2 0 2 2
  1982 8 3 2 3 5 6
  1986 Round of 16 11th 4 1 2 1 3 2 8 5 2 1 12 1
  1990 Did not qualify 6 1 3 2 4 5
  1994 Group Stage 23rd 3 0 0 3 2 5 10 7 2 1 19 4
  1998 18th 3 1 1 1 5 5 6 5 1 0 14 2
    2002 Did not qualify 10 6 3 1 11 3
  2006 10 5 5 0 17 7
  2010 10 3 3 4 14 13
  2014 6 2 3 1 9 8
  2018 Group Stage 27th 3 0 1 2 2 4 8 4 3 1 13 1
  2022 To be determined
      2026 To be determined
Total Round of 16 5/21 16 2 5 9 14 22 116 53 41 22 159 80

Africa Cup of NationsEdit

Africa Cup of Nations record Africa Cup of Nations Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1957 Did not enter Did not enter
  1959
  1962 Withdrew Withdrew
  1963 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 5 6
  1965 Did not enter Did not enter
  1968
  1970 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 1 2
  1972 Group Stage 5th 3 0 3 0 3 3 4 2 0 2 9 6
  1974 Did not enter Did not enter
  1976 Winner 1st 6 4 2 0 11 6 6 4 0 2 13 4
  1978 Group Stage 6th 3 1 1 1 2 4 Qualified as defending champions
  1980 Third Place 3rd 5 2 1 2 4 3 4 2 1 1 14 5
  1982 Did not qualify 4 3 0 1 8 4
  1984 4 1 2 1 4 2
  1986 Fourth Place 4th 5 1 2 2 4 5 2 1 1 0 1 0
  1988 Fourth Place 4th 5 1 3 1 3 3 Qualified as hosts
  1990 Did not qualify 2 0 2 0 1 1
  1992 Group Stage 9th 2 0 1 1 1 2 6 4 0 2 11 4
  1994 Did not qualify 6 2 2 2 5 4
  1996 4 1 1 2 2 4
  1998 Quarter-finals 6th 4 2 1 1 6 3 6 4 2 0 10 1
    2000 Group Stage 11th 3 1 1 1 1 2 4 2 2 0 6 4
  2002 Group Stage 9th 3 1 1 1 3 4 6 3 1 2 5 4
  2004 Runner-up 2nd 6 4 1 1 14 4 6 5 1 0 10 0
  2006 Group Stage 13th 3 0 2 1 0 1 10 5 5 0 17 7
  2008 Group Stage 11th 3 1 0 2 7 6 4 3 1 0 6 1
  2010 Did not qualify 10 3 3 4 14 13
    2012 Group Stage 12th 3 1 0 2 4 5 6 3 2 1 8 2
  2013 Group Stage 10th 3 0 3 0 3 3 2 1 0 1 4 2
  2015 Disqualified Originally qualifies as hosts, then disqualified
  2017 Quarter-finals 7th 4 2 0 2 4 3 6 5 1 0 10 1
  2019 Qualified 6 3 2 1 8 3
  2021 To be determined To be determined
  2023
  2025
Total 1 Title 16/31 61 21 22 18 70 57 106 56 27 23 164 77

Minor tournamentsEdit

Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
  1965 World Men's Military Cup Third Place 3rd 3 1 1 1 3 5
  1965 Tripoli Tournament Third Place 3rd 3 1 1 1 2 1
  1966 World Men's Military Cup Runner-up 2nd 3 0 1 2 1 4
  1966 Tripoli Exhibition Cup Winner 1st 4 3 0 1 4 5
  1967 World Men's Military Cup Third Place 3rd - - - - - -
  1974 Kuneitra Cup Winner 1st 7 6 1 0 16 5
  1980 Merdeka Tournament Winner 1st 8 5 2 1 15 7
  1988 Tournoi de France Runner-up 2nd 2 1 0 1 4 3
  1989 World Men's Military Cup Runner-up 2nd 3 1 1 1 3 4
  1993 World Men's Military Cup Runner-up 2nd 5 4 0 1 16 5
  1996 King Hassan II International Cup Tournament Third Place 3rd 2 1 1 0 4 2
  1998 King Hassan II International Cup Tournament Third Place 3rd 2 0 1 1 2 3
  1999 LG Cup Runner-up 2nd 2 1 0 1 2 2
  2000 King Hassan II International Cup Tournament Runner-up 2nd 2 1 0 1 2 5
  2002 LG Cup (Morocco) Third Place 3rd 2 1 1 0 2 0
  2002 LG Cup (Iran) Third Place 3rd 2 0 2 0 1 1
  2011 LG Cup (Morocco) Third Place 3rd 2 0 1 1 1 2
Total 3 titles 17/17 52 26 13 13 78 54

HonoursEdit

FIFA ranking historyEdit

1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
30 33 38 27 15 13 24 28 36 35 38 33 36 39 39 41 67 79 61 74 73 81 75 57 40 40

CoachesEdit

Source:[4]

Managers
Name Nationality Years as manager Trophy won
Larbi Ben Barek   1957
Mohammed Khamirib & Abdelkader Lokhmiri   1959
Larbi Ben Barek   1960
Kader Firoud   1961
Mohammed Massoun & Abderrahmane Mahjoub   1961–1967
Guy Cluzeau & Abdellah Settati   &   1968–1969
Blagoja Vidinić   1970
José Barinaga   1971–1972
Abderrahmane Mahjoub   1972–1973
Virgil Mărdărescu   1974–1978 1976 African Cup of Nations
Guy Cluzeau   1979
Just Fontaine   1979–1980
Jebrane & Yabram Hamidouch   1980–1981
Abdellah El-Ammari   1982
Jaime Valente   1983
Mehdi Faria   1983–1988
Jaime Valente   1988–1989
Antonio Valentín   1989–1990
Abdellah Ajri Blinda   1990
Werner Olk   1990–1992
Abdellah Ajri Blinda   1993–1994
Mohammed Lamari   1994
Gílson Nunes   1995
Henri Michel   1995–2000
Henryk Kasperczak   2000
Humberto Coelho   2000–2002
Badou Ezzaki   2002–2005
Philippe Troussier   2005
Mohamed Fakhir   2006–2007
Henri Michel   2007–2008
Fathi Jamal   2008
Roger Lemerre   2008–2009
Hassan Moumen (caretaker)   2009–2010
Eric Gerets   2010–2012 2012 Arab Nations Cup
Rachid Taoussi   2012–2013
Hassan Benabicha (caretaker)   2013–2014
Badou Ezzaki[5]   2014–2015
Hervé Renard[6]   2016–present

Kit suppliersEdit

Kit provider Period
Adidas 1982–1993
Lotto 1994–1995
Umbro 1995
Lotto 1995–1997
Puma 1998-2002
Nike 2003–2006
Puma 2007–2011
Adidas 2012–present
 
Morocco national team in 2012

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ In Arabic: منتخب المغرب لكرة القدم‎. In Tamaziǧt: Tarabbut anamur n Maghrib.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 14 June 2019. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 16 June 2019. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  3. ^ biladi, ya (2019). "According to Hervé Renard, the Atlas Lions «can be competitive against» Argentina".
  4. ^ Hassanin Mubarak. "Morocco National Team Coaches". rsssf.com. Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 15 February 2012.
  5. ^ "Morocco name former player Badou Zaki as new coach". bbc.com. BBC Sport. 2 May 2014. Retrieved 2 May 2014.
  6. ^ "Morocco unveil Frenchman Herve Renard as coach". bbc.com. BBC Sport. 16 February 2016. Retrieved 16 February 2016.

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