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Botola
Botola vf.PNG
Country Morocco
Confederation CAF
Founded 1956
Number of teams 16
Levels on pyramid 1
Relegation to Botola 2
Domestic cup(s) Coupe du Trône
Moroccan Super Cup
International cup(s) Champions League
Confederation Cup
Current champions Moghreb Tétouan
(2013–14)
Most championships Wydad Casablanca (17 titles)
TV partners Al Aoula, Arryadiya,
2M TV, BeIN Sports
Website Elbotolapro.com
2014-15 Botola

The Botola Pro (Arabic: البطولة المغربية‎) is the top league competition for football clubs in Morocco. The current (2013–14) title holder is Moghreb Tétouan.

History[edit]

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

Competition[edit]

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.

Sponsorship[edit]

Since 2000, Maroc Telecom is the official sponsor of the Botola for a 15 millions dirham/year contract.

Broadcasting rights[edit]

On 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.[1]

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

The Al Jazeera Sports Global network also broadcasts a few matches every week.

Clubs[edit]

The most popular Moroccan clubs are Wydad Casablanca, Far Rabat and Raja Casablanca. Other historically established sides include Kawkab Marrakech and Hassania Agadir.

Members for 2013–14[edit]

The following 16 clubs will compete in the Moroccan Botola Pro League during the 2013–14 season.

Club
Position
in 2012–13
First season in
Botola
Number of seasons
in Botola
Botola
titles
Association Salé 0162nd GNF2 (Promoted) 1969-70 XX 0
Chabab Rif Hoceima 0088th 2010–11 4 0
Difaa El Jadida 0099th 2005–06 XX 0
FAR Rabat 0022nd 1959–60 45 12
FUS Rabat 0066th 2009–10 XX 0
Hassania Agadir 01010th 1996–97 XX 2
KAC Kenitra 01414th 2007–08 XX 4
KAC Marrakech 0151st GNF2 (Promoted) 1956–57 XX 2
Maghreb Fez 0033rd 1959–60 XX 4
Moghreb Tétouan 0055th 2005–06 XX 1
Olympic Safi 01212th 2004–05 XX 0
Olympique Khouribga 01313th 1995–96 XX 1
Raja Casablanca 0011st 1956–57 48 11
Renaissance Berkane 0077th XXXX–XX XX 0
Wydad Casablanca 0044th 1956–57 48 12
Widad Fez 01111th 2009–10 XX 0

Stadiums[edit]

Current stadiums[edit]

Stadium City Seating Capacity
Stade Mohamed V Casablanca 55,000
Stade Moulay Abdellah Rabat 52,000
Stade de Marrakech Marrakech 45,000
Stade Adrar Agadir 45,000
Fez Stadium Fes 45,000
Stade de Tanger Tanger 45,000
Stade Cheikh Laaghdef El Aaiún 30,000
Stade d'Honneur Meknes 20,000
Stade El Massira Safi 20,000
Stade Municipal de Kénitra Kénitra 15,000
Stade Mimoun Al Arsi Al Hoceima 12,000
Stade Saniat Rmel Tétouan 12,000
Stade du 18 novembre Khemisset 10,000
Stade El Abdi El Jadida 10,000

Champions[edit]

Year by year[edit]

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 FAR Rabat
1960-61 FAR Rabat Maghreb Fez
1961-62 FAR Rabat (2) Racing de Casablanca
1962-63 FAR Rabat (3) Kawkab Marrakech
1963-64 FAR Rabat (4) Stade Marocain
1964-65 Maghreb Fez Racing de Casablanca
1965-66 Wydad Casablanca (2) Raja Casablanca
1966-67 FAR Rabat (5) Renaissance de Settat
1967-68 FAR Rabat (6) Renaissance de Settat
1968-69 Wydad Casablanca (3) Maghreb Fez
1969-70 FAR Rabat (7) Union Sidi Kacem
1970-71 Renaissance de Settat FAR Rabat
1971-72 Racing de Casablanca Wydad Casablanca
1972-73 KAC Kenitra (2) FUS Rabat
1973-74 Raja de Beni Mellal FUS Rabat
1974-75 Mouloudia Oujda Maghreb Fez
1975-76 Wydad Casablanca (4) Difaa El Jadida
1976-77 Wydad Casablanca (5) Mouloudia Oujda
1977-78 Wydad Casablanca (6) Maghreb Fez
1978-79 Maghreb Fez (2) KAC Kenitra
1979-80 Chabab Mohammédia Wydad Casablanca
1980-81 KAC Kenitra (3) FUS Rabat
1981-82 KAC Kenitra (4) Wydad Casablanca
1982-83 Maghreb Fez (3) Renaissance de Berkane
1983-84 FAR Rabat (8) Olympique Khouribga
1984-85 Maghreb Fez (4) KAC Kenitra
1985-86 Wydad Casablanca (7) Raja Casablanca
1986-87 FAR Rabat (9) Kawkab Marrakech
1987-88 Raja Casablanca Kawkab Marrakech
1988-89 FAR Rabat (10) Maghreb Fez
1989-90 Wydad Casablanca (8) IR Tanger
1990-91 Wydad Casablanca (9) FAR Rabat
1991-92 Kawkab Marrakech (2) Raja Casablanca
1992-93 Wydad Casablanca (10) Raja Casablanca
1993-94 Olympique de Casablanca Wydad Casablanca
1994-95 CODM de Meknès Olympique de Casablanca
1995-96 Raja Casablanca (2) Olympique Khouribga
1996-97 Raja Casablanca (3) Wydad Casablanca
1997-98 Raja Casablanca (4) Kawkab Marrakech
1998-99 Raja Casablanca (5) Kawkab Marrakech
1999-00 Raja Casablanca (6) Wydad Casablanca
2000-01 Raja Casablanca (7) FUS de Rabat
2001-02 Hassania Agadir Wydad Casablanca
2002–03 Hassania Agadir (2) Raja Casablanca
2003–04 Raja Casablanca (8) FAR Rabat
2004–05 FAR Rabat (11) Raja Casablanca
2005–06 Wydad Casablanca (11) FAR Rabat
2006–07 Olympique Khouribga FAR Rabat
2007–08 FAR Rabat (12) IZK Khemisset
2008–09 Raja Casablanca (9) Difaa El Jadida
2009–10 Wydad Casablanca (12) Raja Casablanca
2010–11 Raja Casablanca (10) Maghreb Fez
2011–12 Moghreb Tétouan FUS Rabat
2012–13 Raja Casablanca (11) FAR Rabat
2013–14 Moghreb Tétouan (2) Raja Casablanca

Performance by club[edit]

Club Winners Runners-up Winning Seasons
Wydad Casablanca
12
9
1956–57, 1965–66, 1968–69, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1985–86, 1989–90, 1990–91, 1992–93, 2005–06, 2009–10
FAR Rabat
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
6
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
0
2011–12, 2013–14
Hassania Agadir
2
0
2001–02, 2002–03
Olympique Khouribga
1
2
2006–07
Racing de Casablanca
1
2
1971–72
Renaissance de Settat
1
2
1970–71
Olympique de Casablanca
1
1
1993–94
Mouloudia Oujda
1
1
1974–75
CODM de Meknès
1
0
1994–95
Chabab Mohammédia
1
0
1979–80
Raja de Beni Mellal
1
0
1973–74
Étoile de Casablanca
1
0
1958–59

(*)Wydad Casablanca gained 5 titles before the independence of Morocco from French, in the Moroccan football league.

Topscorers[edit]

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

See also[edit]

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