Moghreb Tétouan

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Moghreb Athletic de Tétouan
Moghreb Tétouan logo.svg
Full name Moghreb Athletic de Tétouan
Nickname(s) MAT
Founded 1956
Ground Saniat Rmel,
Tetouan, Morocco
Ground Capacity 15,000
Chairman Abdelmalek Abroun
Manager Aziz El Amri
League Botola
2011–12 Botola Pro, 1st
Website Club home page
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours
Current season

Moghreb Athletic de Tétouan (Arabic: المغرب التطواني‎; and also called Maghreb Tetouani, acronym MAT) is a Moroccan football club based in Tetouan. The club was founded in 1956 after the split of Atlético Tetuán due to the independence of Morocco.

History[edit]

In 1917, Tétouan saw the appearance of its first clubs of football, "Sporting of Tetuán" and "el Hispano-Marroquí" ("The Spanish-Moroccan"). One year later these two club, and a third one called "el Radio", are fused and that gave the birth to the "Athletic Club Tetuán". This club was dissolved a few months later.

In 1933 a new club was founded in Tétouan called "Athletic Club Tetuán". After the Spanish Civil War the club changed its name to Club Atlético Tetuán. During the Spanish Protectorate of Northern Morocco the club played the 1951-52 season of the Spanish Liga after winning Spanish Segunda División (the southern group) in the 1950-51 season.[1] They were (and still are) the only club based in the African mainland to play in a top European league. Nevertheless, they were relegated immediately and spent the rest of their Spanish football league system stay in Segunda División, until 1955-56.

After independence, the club was split into two clubs, Club Atlético Maghreb based in Tétouan and Club Atlético Tetuán that merged with Sociedad Deportiva Ceuta to form Club Atlético Ceuta, now merged to AD Ceuta and playing in Spanish Tercera División.

Moghreb Tétouan vs Raja Casablanca in 2007

Stadium de Varela[edit]

Whilst it is almost certain that football was played on the site of the Estadio de Varela from the turn of the 20th century, the land was not formally enclosed until 1913. Situated on the north bank of the River Martil, the stadium played host to a variety of sports thanks to the inclusion of a cinder athletics track. Rudimentary bleachers were added once Atlético started to play in Campeonato Hispano-Marroquí, whilst officials could watch from a rather ornate raised, open terrace. This wedge shaped construction was double sided, so that one could view races at the hippodrome that stood to the west of the stadium. Atlético's ascent to La Primera led to the stadium undergoing major redevelopment. An open stand with bench terracing was erected on the east side which was linked to semi circular end terraces. Club office and changing rooms were built in the south west corner and the pitch was access via an underground tunnel behind the southern goal. The stadium's main tribuna was built on the west side, and this featured a vaulted concrete cantilevered roof. However, it was only 75 metres in length and ran from the southern touchline, before seemingly losing interest and petering out just after the halfway line. With a capacity of 15,000, Varela suited Atlético just fine, and it also seemed to suit Moghreb Tétouan just fine, as little was done to the stadium for the next 50 years.

In the intervening years, the stadium was renamed the Stade Saniat Rmel and in 2007, the parched turf was replaced with an artificial surface. Work on the original terraces saw the capacity reduced to 10,000, but then in 2011, to mark the 60th anniversary of the original club's promotion to La Primera, the main tribuna underwent a major refurbishment. A new framework was erected at the rear of the stand to support the original, ageing concrete roof. Everything was given a coat of red, white & blue paint and new bucket seats were bolted to the concrete steps. After 50 years of achieving very little, Moghreb Tétouan won its first Moroccan championship in May 2012. As the city celebrated the club's first major honour, the Ultras paraded banners celebrating the club's Spanish heritage, saying "Siempre Los Matadores" (Matadors Forever).

Honours[edit]

2012
1965, 1994, 1997, 2005

Players[edit]

First-team squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Morocco GK Aziz El Qinani
2 Morocco DF Zakaria Melhaoui (Captain)
3 Morocco DF Mohamed Abarhoun
5 Morocco MF Ziad Chafiq
6 Morocco DF Mehdi Khallati
7 Morocco DF Youssef Bouchta
8 Morocco MF Nassir El Mimouni
9 Morocco FW Nabil Daoudi
10 Morocco FW Zayd Karouch
11 Morocco FW Houssameddine Eshaji
12 Morocco GK Mohamed El Yousfi
14 Morocco DF Anass Lamrabat
16 Morocco FW Bilal Zeryouh
No. Position Player
17 Morocco FW Bilal El Megri
19 Morocco FW Zouheir Naim
20 Morocco MF Ahmed Jahouh
21 Morocco DF Jaouad Ismaili
24 Morocco FW Abdelmoula El Hardoumi
26 Morocco FW Abdeladim Khadrouf
29 Morocco MF Mehdi Namli
35 Morocco MF Mohamed Makaazi
44 Morocco MF Imad Astiri
70 Morocco MF Mohamed Rouas
87 Morocco DF El Mehdi El Bassil
99 Morocco FW Mehdi Azim
TBA Spain FW Fran Pineda

Managers[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Tetuán y su Atlético by Julio Parres Aragonés (L'Hospitalet: el author, 1997).

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