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The Morocco national football team,[a] nicknamed "Atlas Lions"[5] (Arabic: أسود الأطلس‎ / Irzem n Atlasi), is the national team of Morocco.

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 coachVahid Halilhodžić
CaptainMedhi Benatia
Most capsNoureddine Naybet (115)[1]
Top scorerAhmed Faras (29)[2]
Home stadiumVarious
FIFA codeMAR
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 41 Increase 6 (25 July 2019)[3]
Highest10 (April 1998)
Lowest95 (September 2010)
Elo ranking
Current 42 Decrease 3 (20 August 2019)[4]
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
Appearances5 (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.

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HistoryEdit

The geographical proximity of the state to Portugal and Spain and its affinity with the Hispanic culture were reflected in the football field, with the presence of Moroccan talents in the Spanish and Lusitanian leagues.

Pre-independence periodEdit

 
Larbi Benbarek, called "The Black Pearl", was one of the strongest players of his era and was also praised by Pelé

The selection of Morocco was created in 1928 and played its first game on December 22nd of that year against the B team of France, from which it was defeated by 2–1. This team, formed by the best footballers of the LMFA or the Moroccan Football League (settlers or natives), was active in friendly matches against other North African selections such as those of the Football League of Algeria, the Football League of Oran, the Football League of Costantinia and the Tunisia Football League. These associations of settler clubs and local footballers, in addition to having their own championship, clashed with each other in a tournament that Morocco won several times, as in 1948–1949.

The LMFA also faced some club teams such as NK Lokomotiva Zagreb in January 1950, as well as France A and France B. Against France A the LMFA made a 1–1 draw in Casablanca in 1941.

On September 9, 1954, an earthquake struck the Algerian region of Orléansville (now Chlef) and caused the destruction of the city and the death of over 1,400 people. On 7 October 1954, the French Football Association and the Maghreb inhabitants organized a charity match to raise funds for the families of the victims of the catastrophic event. In the match a selection of Moroccans, Algerians and Tunisians challenged the national team of France at the Paris Princes Park. Led by star Larbi Benbarek, the Maghreb selection managed to win by 3–2, a month before the Toissant rouge attacks made in November 1954 by the Algerian National Liberation Front which marked the beginning of the Algerian war.

The beginnings of Morocco (1955–1963)Edit

In 1955, the Royal Moroccan Football Federation was established, at the end of the French protectorate of Morocco, which had lasted since 1912.

On October 19, 1957, at the 2nd edition of the Pan Arab Games in Lebanon, Morocco made its debut as the national of an independent country against Iraq, at the Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium, and drew 3–3. In the tournament the Moroccan team obtained the first victory of its history against Libya, with the result of 5–1, to then beat Tunisia 3–1 and gain access to the semifinal. Morocco finished in first place the group 1 of the competition, in which the path of the North African formation ended just in the semifinals, against Syria, on October 26, 1957, despite the 1–1 draw, it was the Syrians who passed the round and qualified for the final.

From 1957 to 1958, Morocco held numerous friendly meetings against the National Liberation Front team, the representative of Algeria before its independence in 1958. In 1959, they took part for the first time in an international competition, the preliminary rounds of the Rome Olympics 1960. He finished second in a group of three teams, behind Tunisia, but only for an unfavorable goal difference. In the same year the football federation of Morocco joined the FIFA.

In 1960, Morocco made their debut in the 1962 FIFA World Cup qualification, to be held in Chile. Inserted in group 2 of the African qualifications, it saw itself again against Tunisia. After two games ended with a win per side (2–1 for the Moroccans and 2–1 for the Tunisians), on January 22nd 1961 a play-off match was played in Palermo, which ended in a tie (1–1). Morocco proceeded with the winning of a coin toss. Having defeated Ghana in the CAF Final Round, the Moroccan players gained access to the last qualifying round, against Spain, which eliminated Morocco with two victories (1–0 and 3–2).

In 1961, Morocco faced for the first time two European national teams, Yugoslavia and East Germany, and played the Pan-Arab Games in Casablanca, participating in the group of six teams and winning it. On 6 September 1961, Morocco won the largest victory in his history against Saudi Arabia (13–1). They also had two wins against a European team, an unprecedented event, beating East Germany 2–1 and 2–0.

In 1963, the Moroccan team came close to qualifying for the African Cup. In the decisive play-off against Tunisia, they were defeated 4–1 in Tunis and won 4–2 at home, they were therefore eliminated. At the Mediterranean Games in Naples 1963, they finished fourth after a 2–1 defeat in the final for third place against Spain's reserve team.

First appearances in international competitions (1963–1976)Edit

Morocco participated for the first time in the final phase of an international competition at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Having obtained the qualification under the leadership of the selector Mohamed Massoun [fr], the Moroccans were included in a group of three teams due to the renunciation of North Korea and they recorded two consecutive defeats, against Hungary (6–0, the worst defeat ever of Morocco) and Yugoslavia (3–1, despite the initial advantage, scored in the second minute of play by Ali Bouachra).

In 1966, the Moroccan Football Association joined the Confederation of African Football and was able to participate in the competitions organized by the CAF.

At the Mediterranean Games in Tunis 1967, the Moroccans were eliminated in the first round, finishing fourth in the group with Italy, France and Algeria.

Qualifying for the 1968 Olympics, Morocco refused to play against Israel, and eventually were replaced by Ghana.

In the two-year period 1968–1969, the team was engaged in qualifying for the Mexican World Championship in 1970. Their debut was positive, they eliminated Senegal (1–0) and Tunisia after a draw, which at the time was necessary after three draws (of which last in Marseille, by 2–2). In the final round of the preliminaries, against Sudan and Nigeria, Morocco obtained five points, finishing ahead of Nigeria and qualifying for the first time for the final round of a world championship. Shortly after, Morocco lost the decisive play-off against Algeria to enter the final stage of the 1970 Africa Cup of Nations.

Morocco thus became the first African national team to qualify for a world championship after having played in a elimination tournament (at 1934 FIFA World Cup in Italy, Egypt was the first African national team to take part in the World Cup, but without having played the qualifications before). The Moroccan team, coached by the Yugoslav Blagoje Vidinić, consisted exclusively of players in the Moroccan league, including Driss Bamous and Ahmed Faras.

On June 3, 1970, against West Germany in front of 12,942 spectators, Morocco surprisingly opened the scoring with a goal in the twenty-first game of Houmane Jarir. In the second half, however, the West Germans scored with Uwe Seeler and Gerd Müller and won by 2–1. The Lions of the Atlas then played against Peru in front of 13,537 spectators. This time the Moroccans conceded three goals in ten minutes to lose 3–0. On 11 June 1970, the eliminated Moroccans drew with Bulgaria 1–1, with a comeback goal in the sixtieth game of Maouhoub Ghazouani. It was the first point obtained by an African national team at the World Cup.

In the 1972 Africa Cup of Nations qualification, the Lions of the Atlas ousted Algeria, then they faced Egypt, beating them 3–0 in the first leg and suffering a 3–2 defeat on the way back, yet they qualified for the first time for the final phase of the continental tournament. In the group stage, they had three 1–1 draws against Congo, Sudan and Zaire and were eliminated in the first round. All three Moroccan goals brought the signature of Ahmed Faras.

Qualifying for the 1972 Olympics with two wins and two draws, Morocco debuted in Group A with a white-neat draw 0–0 with the United States, then lost 3–0 against West Germany and defeated Malaysia 6–0 with a Ahmed Faras hat-trick, qualifying for the second round. Due to defeats against USSR (3–0), Denmark (3–1) and Poland (5–0), they were then eliminated.

In the 1974 world championship qualifiers, Morocco passed three CAF qualifying rounds, entering the final round with Zambia and Zaire. Badly beaten 4–0 at home by Zaire, who then won two consecutive matches against Zambia, the Moroccans went to Zaire for the return match and lost there 3–0, conceding three goals in the second half, after Faras leaving the field due to injury. Morocco filed an appeal, trying to get the match to play again, and did not appear at the final challenge against Zambia. Protesting against FIFA in protest, he also decided not to take part in the 1974 Africa Cup of Nations.

In 1974, Morocco played only two games, both against Algeria, achieving a 2–0 win and a 0–0 draw. After 1974, Morocco resumed its regular FIFA and CAF competitions. They managed to get the qualification for the 1976 Africa Cup of Nations by eliminating Ghana at the last round, but failed to qualify for the 1976 Olympics, as eliminated by Nigeria.

Between successes and defeats (1976–1986)Edit

Morocco, coached by the Romanian Virgil Mărdărescu and captained by Ahmed Faras, took the continental throne, finishing in first place the final round of the 1976 African Cup of Nations, in his second participation in the final phase of the competition.

The final phase, in Ethiopia, foresaw a novelty, the first two classified of each of the two groups of four teams would have met in a final round from four teams, contending the title of Champion of Africa. The elimination rounds were cancelled, and replaced by a mini-championship. On 29 February 1976, the tournament started with the first matches of group A, but Morocco, entered in group B, started on 1 March 1976. Inserted in a group with Sudan, Zaire and Nigeria, Mărdărescu's team equalized 2–2 with Sudan (Mustapha Fetoui [fr]'s Moroccan goals on the 5th and Ahmed Abouali on the 58th minute), then, thanks to Abdel Ali Zahraoui's goal on the eightieth minute of play, they beat Zaire. In the last game they won a comeback 3–1 against Nigeria (Nigerian goal on the 5th with a penalty and Moroccan trio with Ahmed Faras on the 8th, Abdallah Tazi on 19th and Larbi Chebbak [fr] on the 81st), obtaining so the first place in the group and qualifying for the final round (a group stage of four teams) together with the Nigerians, second in the standings in the group B. The final round put Morocco against Egypt. The Moroccans, had an advantage with a goal by Faras, suffered a draw, but took the lead two minutes before the end of the match again with Zahraoui and won 2–1. The next match against the Nigerians ended with a success, thanks to two goals from Ahmed Faras and Redouane Guezzar [fr] scored in the last eight minutes of play to overturn the provisional opponent advantage (2–1). The final match, against Guinea, would have decided the African Champion team. On March 14, 1976, in Addis Ababa, the Guineans, aimed to victory, took the lead in the first half, but four minutes to the end of the match Ahmed Makrouh [fr] scored the goal of the final draw (1–1), which gave to Morocco the first cup of its history.

Morocco then failed to qualify for the 1974 FIFA World Cup, the 1978 FIFA World Cup and the 1982 FIFA World Cup. At the 1978 Africa Cup of Nations, they were eliminated in the first round, while at the 1980 Africa Cup of Nations they won the third place, beating in the consolation final Egypt 2–0. They then won the 1983 Mediterranean Games, played at home, thanks to a 3–0 success in the final against Turkey B.

Morocco did not qualify for either the 1982 Africa Cup of Nations or that of 1984 Africa Cup of Nations. At the 1986 Africa Cup of Nations, they finished fourth, beaten 3–2 in the consolation final by the Ivory Coast (Moroccan goals by Abdelfettah Rhiati and Mohammed Sahil).

Golden Generation (1986–2000)Edit

 
Stamp of Italian post: in the picture, Rummenigge and Timoumi

The subsequent participation in the 1986 FIFA World Cup which took place in Mexico. Morocco, coached by the Brazilian José Faria, had a valid team at their disposal, with Aziz Bouderbala, Salahdine Hmied, Merry Krimau and Mohamed Timoumi.

In Mexico, Morocco surprisingly won a group with Portugal, England and Poland, thanks to two draws against the English and Polish teams and a 3–1 win against the Portuguese (Abderrazak Khairi scored twice and goals from Abdelkrim Merry Krimau). Against West Germany, in the knockout rounds, an honorable elimination arrived, caused by a goal from Lothar Matthäus who scored a minute from the end of regulation time. Morocco became the first African and Arab national team to have passed the first round of a world championship.

Two years later, the Moroccan team presented itself at the 1988 African Cup of Nations as a host country with high expectations. After winning the first round, they were eliminated in the semifinals by Cameroon and finished in fourth place after losing the consolation final against Algeria (1–1 after extra time and 4–3 after the penalty shots).

Failure to qualify for the 1990 FIFA World Cup opened a period of crisis. In the 1992 African Cup of Nations, the team was eliminated in the first round. They did not participate, then, either in the 1994 Africa Cup or in the 1996 African Cup.

At the end of the millennium, the North African team took part in two consecutive world championships: in the United States in 1994 and in France in 1998. On both occasions they were eliminated in the first round, although in the second case it came close to qualifying.

In 1994, Morocco were knocked out after three defeats against Belgium (1–0), Saudi Arabia (2–1, Moroccan goal of Mohammed Chaouch) and Netherlands (2–1, Moroccan goal of Hassan Nader), while in 1998 they left in a controversial way. Having drawn in the first match with Norway 2–2 (goals from star Mustapha Hadji and Abdeljalil Hadda) and lost 3–0 against Brazil, Morocco coached by the French Henri Michel clearly beat (3–0) the Scotland (goal by Abdeljalil Hadda and two goals by Salaheddine Bassir) in Saint-Étienne, but by the time the qualifying seemed to have been achieved, they were overtaken in the standings by Norway, who was incredibly strong on Brazil (2–1) scoring the decisive goal in the last minutes of the game, thanks to a much discussed penalty.

At the 1998 Africa Cup of Nations, after winning their group, Morocco were defeated and eliminated from South Africa (2–1). They failed to qualify for the 2002 FIFA World Cup.

Difficult years (2006–2016)Edit

In 2012, the national team won the 2012 Arab Nations Cup, a tournament reserved for Arab national teams with a team made up only of players playing in the Moroccan championship.

Ascent (2016–Present)Edit

The national team won the championship of African nations in 2018, a tournament reserved for African national teams with a team formed only by players playing in the Moroccan championship. Back to participate in the final phase of a World Cup after 20 years, in 2018 FIFA World Cup, Morocco went out in the first round, after two 0–1 defeats against Iran and Portugal. In the last match against Spain they took the lead 2–1 and managed to get a draw (2–2). Morocco entered the 2019 AFCON with high confidence, having played the previous World Cup. However, in spite of three straight group stage wins, Morocco was shockingly knocked out by less known Benin in the round of sixteen.

Results and fixturesEdit

2018Edit

2019Edit

Current team statusEdit

2019 Africa Cup of NationsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Morocco 3 3 0 0 3 0 +3 9 Advance to knockout stage
2   Ivory Coast 3 2 0 1 5 2 +3 6
3   South Africa 3 1 0 2 1 2 −1 3
4   Namibia 3 0 0 3 1 6 −5 0
Source: CAF

Players and Technical staffEdit

Current squadEdit

  • The following 23 players were called up for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
  • Match date: 05 July 2019
  • Opposition:   Benin
  • Caps and goals are correct as of: 1 July 2019, after the match against Benin.
No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
12 1GK Munir Mohand Mohamedi (1989-05-10) 10 May 1989 (age 30) 35 0   Málaga
1 1GK Yassine Bounou (1991-04-05) 5 April 1991 (age 28) 20 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) 66 2   Al-Duhail
17 2DF Nabil Dirar (1986-02-25) 25 February 1986 (age 33) 45 3   Fenerbahçe
6 2DF Romain Saïss (1990-03-26) 26 March 1990 (age 29) 39 1   Wolverhampton Wanderers
4 2DF Manuel da Costa (1986-05-06) 6 May 1986 (age 33) 40 1   Al-Ittihad
2 2DF Achraf Hakimi (1998-11-04) 4 November 1998 (age 20) 25 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) 8 0   Ajax
23 2DF Abdelkrim Baadi (1996-04-14) 14 April 1996 (age 23) 2 0   Hassania Agadir

14 3MF Mbark Boussoufa (Vice-captain) (1984-08-15) 15 August 1984 (age 35) 72 8   Al-Sailiya
8 3MF Karim El Ahmadi (1985-01-27) 27 January 1985 (age 34) 67 1   Al-Ittihad
10 3MF Younès Belhanda (1990-02-25) 25 February 1990 (age 29) 58 5   Galatasaray
11 3MF Fayçal Fajr (1988-08-01) 1 August 1988 (age 31) 35 3   Caen
15 3MF Youssef Aït Bennasser (1996-07-07) 7 July 1996 (age 23) 24 0   Saint-Étienne
18 3MF Mehdi Bourabia (1991-07-08) 8 July 1991 (age 28) 6 0   Sassuolo

16 4FW Nordin Amrabat (1987-03-31) 31 March 1987 (age 32) 58 5   Al-Nassr
7 4FW Hakim Ziyech (1993-03-19) 19 March 1993 (age 26) 29 14   Ajax
13 4FW Khalid Boutaïb (1987-04-24) 24 April 1987 (age 32) 26 9   Zamalek
19 4FW Youssef En-Nesyri (1997-06-01) 1 June 1997 (age 22) 28 8   Leganés
9 4FW Sofiane Boufal (1993-09-17) 17 September 1993 (age 25) 15 0   Celta
20 4FW Oussama Idrissi (1996-02-26) 26 February 1996 (age 23) 5 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   Abha Club 2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE / INJ

DF Achraf Dari (1999-05-06) 6 May 1999 (age 20) 0 0   Wydad Casablanca 2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE / INJ
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 Hamza Mendyl (1997-10-21) 21 October 1997 (age 21) 16 0   Dijon 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 23) 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 29) 13 2   Wydad Casablanca v.   Malawi, 22 March 2019
MF Walid El Karti (1994-07-23) 23 July 1994 (age 25) 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 26) 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   Vahid Halilhodžić[6]
Technical director   Osian Roberts[7]
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 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 Not affiliated to CAF Not affiliated to CAF
  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 Round of 16 9th 4 3 1 0 4 1 6 3 2 1 8 3
  2021 To be determined To be determined
  2023
  2025
Total 1 Title 17/32 65 24 23 18 74 58 106 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 2019
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 41

CoachesEdit

Source:[8]

Managers
Name Nationality Years as manager Trophy won World Cup Africa Cup
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 - 1970 (GS) -
José Barinaga   1971–1972 - - 1972 (GS)
Abderrahmane Mahjoub   1972–1973 - - -
Virgil Mărdărescu   1974–1978 1976 African Cup of Nations - 1976 (W) - 1978 (GS)
Guy Cluzeau   1979 - - -
Just Fontaine   1979–1980 - - -
Jebrane & Yabram Hamidouch   1980–1981 - - 1980 (3RD)
Abdellah El-Ammari   1982 - - -
Jaime Valente   1983 - - -
Mehdi Faria   1983–1988 - 1986 (R16) 1986 (4TH) - 1988 (4TH)
Jaime Valente   1988–1989 - - -
Antonio Valentín   1989–1990 - - -
Abdellah Ajri Blinda   1990 - - -
Werner Olk   1990–1992 - - 1992 (GS)
Abdellah Ajri Blinda   1993–1994 - 1994 (GN) -
Mohammed Lamari   1994 - - -
Gílson Nunes   1995 - - -
Henri Michel   1995–2000 - 1998 (GS) 1998 (QF) - 2000 (GS)
Henryk Kasperczak   2000 - - -
Humberto Coelho   2000–2002 - - 2002 (GS)
Badou Ezzaki   2002–2005 - - 2004 (F)
Philippe Troussier   2005 - - -
Mohamed Fakhir   2006–2007 - - 2006 (GS)
Henri Michel   2007–2008 - - 2008 (GS)
Fathi Jamal   2008 - - -
Roger Lemerre   2008–2009 - - -
Hassan Moumen (caretaker)   2009–2010 - - -
Eric Gerets   2010–2012 - - 2012 (GS)
Rachid Taoussi   2012–2013 - - 2013 (GS)
Hassan Benabicha (caretaker)   2013–2014 - - -
Badou Ezzaki[9]   2014–2015 - - -
Hervé Renard[10]   2016–2019 - 2018 (GS) 2017 (QF) - 2019 (R16)
Vahid Halilhodžić[6]   2019–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. ^ Morocco - Record International Players
  2. ^ Morocco - Record International Players
  3. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 25 July 2019. Retrieved 25 July 2019.
  4. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 20 August 2019. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  5. ^ biladi, ya (2019). "According to Hervé Renard, the Atlas Lions «can be competitive against» Argentina".
  6. ^ a b "Morocco: FRMF to name former Fennec manager as new coach of Atlas Lions". The North Africa Post. 2 August 2019.
  7. ^ "Osian Roberts: 'I felt I was ready for the main job' - departing Wales assistant". BBC Sport. 2 August 2019.
  8. ^ Hassanin Mubarak. "Morocco National Team Coaches". rsssf.com. Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 15 February 2012.
  9. ^ "Morocco name former player Badou Zaki as new coach". bbc.com. BBC Sport. 2 May 2014. Retrieved 2 May 2014.
  10. ^ "Morocco unveil Frenchman Herve Renard as coach". bbc.com. BBC Sport. 16 February 2016. Retrieved 16 February 2016.

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