Morocco national football team

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Morocco Les lions de Atlas
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) أُسُودالأطلس
(Lions of the Atlas)
Association Royal Moroccan Football Federation
Sub-confederation UNAF (North Africa)
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Head coach Badou Ezzaki
Asst coach Said Chiba
Captain Mehdi Benatia
Most caps Noureddine Naybet (115)
Top scorer Ahmed Faras (42)[citation needed]
Home stadium Stade de Marrakech
FIFA code MAR
FIFA ranking 87 Decrease 6 (18 September 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking 10 (April 1998)
Lowest FIFA ranking 95 (September 2010)
Elo ranking 76
Highest Elo ranking 17 (December 1998)
Lowest Elo ranking 81 (May 2013)
First colours
Second colours
First international
Morocco Morocco 3–3 Iraq 
(Lebanon; 19 October 1957)
Biggest win
Morocco Morocco 13–1 Saudi Arabia 
(Morocco; 6 September 1961)
Biggest defeat
 Hungary 6–0 Morocco Morocco
(Japan; 11 October 1964)
World Cup
Appearances 4 (First in 1970)
Best result Round of 16, 1986
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances 15 (First in 1972)
Best result Winners; 1976

The Morocco national football team (Arabic: منتخب المغرب لكرة القدم‎), nicknamed أسود الأطلس (Lions of the Atlas), is the national team of Morocco and is managed by Badou Ezzaki. Winners of the African Nations Cup in 1976, they were the first African and 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 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 World Cup, Kjetil Rekdal's late winning goal for Norway against Brazil eliminating them. Glory came back in 2012 for the Moroccan National Team when they were victorious in the 2012 Arab Nations Cup defeating Libya in the final.

Home stadium[edit]

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). This is where Morocco have played their last seven home games.

World Cup record[edit]

Morocco's national football team participated four 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
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 to
Sweden 1958
Did Not Enter
Chile 1962 Did Not Qualify
England 1966 Withdrew
Mexico 1970 Group Stage 14th 3 0 1 2 2 6
West Germany 1974 to
Spain 1982
Did Not Qualify
Mexico 1986 Round of 16 11th 4 1 2 1 3 2
Italy 1990 Did Not Qualify
United States 1994 Group Stage 23rd 3 0 0 3 2 5
France 1998 Group Stage 18th 3 1 1 1 5 5
South Korea Japan 2002 to
Brazil 2014
Did Not Qualify
Russia 2018 To Be Decided
Qatar 2022 To Be Decided
Total Round of 16 4/20 13 2 4 7 12 18

Africa Cup of Nations Record[edit]

Morocco team before the match against Niger at 2011–2012

Arab Nations Cup record[edit]

Arab Nations Cup record
Year Round Pld W D L GF GA
Qatar 1998 Arab Nations Cup Group Stage 2 1 0 1 2 2
Kuwait 2002 Arab Nations Cup Semi Final 5 1 2 2 5 6
Saudi Arabia 2012 Arab Nations Cup Gold medal icon.svg Champions 5 4 1 0 11 2

Fixtures and results[edit]

Date Venue Opponent Result Scorers Competition
23 January 2012 Stade d'Angondjé, Libreville  Tunisia 1–2 Kharja Goal 86' 2012 ACN
27 January 2012 Stade d'Angondjé, Libreville  Gabon 2–3 Kharja Goal 25'Goal 89 (P)' 2012 ACN
31 January 2012 Stade d'Angondjé, Libreville  Niger 1–0 Belhanda Goal 79' 2012 ACN
29 February 2012 Stade de Marrakech, Marrakech  Burkina Faso 2–0 Boussoufa Goal 19' El Arabi Goal 64' Friendly
25 May 2012 Stade de Marrakech, Marrakech  Senegal 0–1 Friendly
2 June 2012 Independence Stadium, Bakau  Gambia 1–1 Kharja Goal 76' 2014 FIFAWC Q
9 June 2012 Stade de Marrakech, Marrakech  Ivory Coast 2–2 Kharja Goal 40 (P)', Abourazzouk Goal 89' 2014 FIFAWC Q
23 June 2012 Prince Abdullah al-Faisal Stadium  Bahrain 4–0 El Bahri Goal 16' Salhi Goal 78'
Al Hayam Goal 82 (OG)' Benjelloun Goal 90+3'
2012 Arab Nations Cup
26 June 2012 Prince Abdullah al-Faisal Stadium  Libya 0–0 2012 Arab Nations Cup
29 June 2012 Prince Abdullah al-Faisal Stadium  Yemen 4–0 Salhi Goal 8 (P)' Goal 47' Goal 58' Goal 63' 2012 Arab Nations Cup
3 July 2012 Prince Abdullah al-Faisal Stadium  Iraq 2–1 El Ghrib Goal 23' Salhi Goal 27' 2012 Arab Nations Cup Semi Final
6 July 2012 Prince Abdullah al-Faisal Stadium  Libya 1–1 (a.e.t.)
(PSO: 1–3)
El Bahri Goal 5' 2012 Arab Nations Cup Final
15 August 2012 Stade Moulay Abdellah, Rabat  Guinea 1–2 Salhi Goal 90+1' Friendly
9 September 2012 Estádio do Zimpeto, Maputo  Mozambique 0–2 2013 ACN Q
13 October 2012 Marrakech stadium, Marrakech  Mozambique 4–0 Barrada Goal 39' Kharja Goal 64' (P)
El Arabi Goal 85' Amrabt Goal 94'
2013 ACN Q
14 November 2012 Stade Mohamed V, Casablanca  Togo 0–1 Friendly
12 December 2012 Stade El Abdi, El Jadida  Niger 3–0 Hamdallah Goal 2' Hadraf Goal 37'
Iajour Goal 51'
Friendly
8 January 2013 Rand Stadium, Rosettenville  Zambia 0–0 Friendly
12 January 2013 Rand Stadium, Rosettenville  Namibia 2–1 El Hamdaoui Goal 2' Kaddioui Goal 79' Friendly
19 January 2013 Soccer City, Johannesburg  Angola 0–0 2013 ACN
23 January 2013 Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban  Cape Verde 1–1 El Arabi Goal 78' 2013 ACN
27 January 2013 Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban  South Africa 2–2 El Adoua Goal 9' Hafidi Goal 81' 2013 ACN
6 March 2013 Stade de Marrakech, Marrakech  Mali 2–1 Abourazzouk Goal 43' Bamaamar Goal 69' Friendly
24 March 2013 Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium, Dar Es Salaam  Tanzania 1–3 El Arabi Goal 94' 2014 FIFAWC Q
8 June 2013 Stade de Marrakech, Marrakech  Tanzania 2–1 Hamdallah Goal 41' (P)
El Arabi Goal 51'
2014 FIFAWC Q
15 June 2013 Stade de Marrakech, Marrakech  Gambia 2–0 Barrada Goal 4' Belhanda Goal 51' 2014 FIFAWC Q
6 July 2013 Stade Olympique de Sousse, Sousse  Tunisia 1–0 Lembarki Goal 90' 2014 CHAN Q
13 July 2013 Grand Stade de Tanger, Tanger  Tunisia 0–0 2014 CHAN Q
14 August 2013 Grand Stade de Tanger, Tanger  Burkina Faso 1–2 Barrada Goal 64' Friendly
6 September 2013 Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Abidjan  Ivory Coast 1–1 El Arabi Goal 53' 2014 FIFAWC Q
11 October 2013 Stade Adrar, Agadir  South Africa 1–1 El Adoua Goal 50' Friendly
12 January 2014 Athlone Stadium, Cape Town  Zimbabwe 0–0 2014 CHAN
16 January 2014 Athlone Stadium, Cape Town  Burkina Faso 1–1 El Bahri Goal 1' 2014 CHAN
20 January 2014 Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town  Uganda 3–1 Rafik Goal 29' Iajour Goal 77'
El Ouadi Goal 90+3'
2014 CHAN
25 January 2014 Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town  Nigeria 3–4
(a.e.t.)
Moutouali Goal 33'40'
Iajour Goal 37'
2014 CHAN
5 March 2014 Stade de Marrakech, Marrakech  Gabon 1–1 El Arabi Goal 27' Friendly
23 May 2014 Estádio de São Luís, Faro  Mozambique 4–0 El Kaddouri Goal 29' El Arabi Goal 36'
Chahechouhe Goal 71' El Arabi Goal 87'
Friendly
28 May 2014 Estádio Algarve, Faro  Angola 0–2 Friendly
6 June 2014 Lokomotiv Stadium, Moscow  Russia 0–2 Friendly
3 September 2014 Stade Mohamed V, Casablanca  Qatar 0–0 Friendly
7 September 2014 Stade de Marrakech, Marrakech  Libya 3–0 Belhanda Goal 42' Barrada Goal 55'
Iajour Goal 88'
Friendly
9 October 2014 Stade de Marrakech, Marrakech  Central African Republic 4-0 Hamdallah Goal 34' Goal 41' Goal 67'

El Kaddouri Goal 57'

Friendly
13 October 2014 Stade de Marrakech, Marrakech  Kenya 3-0 Karnass Goal 77' Boussoufa Goal 86'

Iajour Goal 89'

Friendly

Squad[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the friendly matches against Central African Republic on October 9 and Kenya on October 13, 2014.[1]
Caps and goals updated as of October 14, 2014 after match against  Kenya

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Anas Zniti (1988-10-28) October 28, 1988 (age 25) 5 0 Morocco FAR Rabat
1GK Yassine Bounou (1991-04-05) April 5, 1991 (age 23) 5 0 Spain Real Zaragoza
1GK Mohamed El Yousfi (1991-01-18) January 18, 1991 (age 23) 1 0 Morocco Moghreb Tétouan
2DF Mehdi Benatia (1987-04-17) April 17, 1987 (age 27) 34 1 Germany Bayern Munich
2DF Issam El Adoua (1986-09-12) September 12, 1986 (age 28) 25 2 Spain Levante
2DF Ahmed Kantari (1985-06-28) June 28, 1985 (age 29) 17 0 France Lens
2DF Mohamed Oulhaj (1988-01-06) January 6, 1988 (age 26) 15 0 Morocco Raja Casablanca
2DF Mohamed Abarhoun (1989-05-03) May 3, 1989 (age 25) 7 0 Morocco Moghreb Tétouan
2DF Abderrahim Achchakir (1986-12-15) December 15, 1986 (age 27) 8 0 Morocco FAR Rabat
2DF Ayoub El Khaliqi (1986-09-12) September 12, 1986 (age 28) 7 0 Morocco FAR Rabat
2DF Manuel da Costa (1986-05-06) May 6, 1986 (age 28) 6 0 Turkey Sivasspor
2DF Adil Karrouchy (1982-11-23) November 23, 1982 (age 31) 5 0 Morocco Raja Casablanca
2DF Achraf Lazaar (1992-01-22) January 22, 1992 (age 22) 5 0 Italy Palermo
3MF Mbark Boussoufa (1984-08-15) August 15, 1984 (age 30) 35 6 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow
3MF Younès Belhanda (1990-02-25) February 25, 1990 (age 24) 31 3 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv
3MF Abdelaziz Barrada (1989-06-19) June 19, 1989 (age 25) 25 4 France Marseille
3MF Karim El Ahmadi (1986-01-27) January 27, 1986 (age 28) 22 1 Netherlands Feyenoord
3MF Adil Hermach (1986-06-27) June 27, 1986 (age 28) 22 0 United Arab Emirates Al-Wahda
3MF Nordin Amrabat (1987-03-31) March 31, 1987 (age 27) 19 2 Spain Málaga
3MF Nabil Dirar (1986-02-25) February 25, 1986 (age 28) 12 0 France Monaco
3MF Omar El Kaddouri (1990-08-21) August 21, 1990 (age 24) 10 2 Italy Torino
3MF Zakaria Hadraf (1990-09-24) September 24, 1990 (age 24) 5 0 Morocco Difaâ El Jadidi
3MF El Mehdi Karnass (1990-03-12) March 12, 1990 (age 24) 2 1 Norway Aalesund
4FW Abderrazak Hamdallah (1990-12-17) December 17, 1990 (age 23) 9 5 China Guangzhou R&F
4FW Mouhcine Iajour (1985-06-14) June 14, 1985 (age 29) 9 5 Morocco Moghreb Tétouan
4FW Aatif Chahechouhe (1986-07-02) July 2, 1986 (age 28) 5 1 Turkey Sivasspor

Recent call-ups[edit]

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 Khalid Askri (1981-03-20) March 20, 1981 (age 33) 0 0 Morocco Raja Casablanca v.  Libya, September 7, 2014
GK Mohamed Amsif (1989-02-07) February 7, 1989 (age 25) 8 0 Germany Union Berlin v.  Russia, June 6, 2014
GK Karim Fegrouche (1982-02-14) February 14, 1982 (age 32) 6 0 Cyprus AEL Limassol v.  Russia, June 6, 2014
GK Fahd El Ahmadi (1980-03-13) March 13, 1980 (age 34) 0 0 Morocco Hassania Agadir v.  Gabon, March 5, 2014
GK Nadir Lamyaghri (1976-02-13) February 13, 1976 (age 38) 57 0 Morocco Wydad Casablanca 2014 African Nations Championship
DF Zakarya Bergdich (1989-01-07) January 7, 1989 (age 25) 20 0 Spain Real Valladolid v.  Libya, September 7, 2014
DF Zouhair Feddal (1989-02-01) February 1, 1989 (age 25) 11 0 Italy Palermo v.  Libya, September 7, 2014
DF Zakaria El Hachimi (1987-08-04) August 4, 1987 (age 27) 8 0 Morocco Raja Casablanca v.  Libya, September 7, 2014
DF Abdeljalil Jbira (1990-03-14) March 14, 1990 (age 24) 2 0 Morocco Raja Casablanca v.  Libya, September 7, 2014
DF Abdelhamid El Kaoutari (1990-03-17) March 17, 1990 (age 24) 11 0 France Montpellier v.  Russia, June 6, 2014
DF Issam Erraki (1981-11-27) November 27, 1981 (age 32) 6 0 United Arab Emirates Emirates Club v.  Russia, June 6, 2014
DF Mohamed Nahiri (1991-10-20) October 20, 1991 (age 23) 1 0 Morocco FUS Rabat v.  Gabon, March 5, 2014
DF Adil Sassa (1981-12-01) December 1, 1981 (age 32) 1 0 Morocco Difaâ El Jadidi 2014 African Nations Championship
DF Ahmed Chagou (1987-11-27) November 27, 1987 (age 26) 0 0 Morocco Raja Casablanca 2014 African Nations Championship
DF Mohamed Saidi (1994-10-14) October 14, 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Morocco Wydad Casablanca 2014 African Nations Championship
MF Mounir Obbadi (1983-04-04) April 4, 1983 (age 31) 13 0 Italy Verona v.  Libya, September 7, 2014
MF Mohamed Berrabeh (1985-10-02) October 2, 1985 (age 29) 10 0 Morocco Wydad Casablanca v.  Libya, September 7, 2014
MF Mehdi Carcela-González (1989-07-01) July 1, 1989 (age 25) 10 0 Belgium Standard Liège v.  Russia, June 6, 2014
MF Mouhcine Moutouali (1986-03-03) March 3, 1986 (age 28) 6 2 Qatar Al-Wakrah v.  Russia, June 6, 2014
MF Zakaria Labyad (1993-03-09) March 9, 1993 (age 21) 4 0 Netherlands Vitesse v.  Russia, June 6, 2014
MF Jamel Aït Ben Idir (1984-01-10) January 10, 1984 (age 30) 1 0 France Auxerre v.  Russia, June 6, 2014
MF Nabil El Zhar (1986-08-27) August 27, 1986 (age 28) 25 3 Spain Levante v.  Gabon, March 5, 2014
MF Adel Taarabt (1989-05-24) May 24, 1989 (age 25) 18 4 England Queens Park Rangers v.  Gabon, March 5, 2014
MF Kamel Chafni (1982-06-11) June 11, 1982 (age 32) 5 0 Morocco Wydad Casablanca v.  Gabon, March 5, 2014
MF Anas Al Asbahi (1993-10-15) October 15, 1993 (age 21) 2 0 Morocco Wydad Casablanca v.  Gabon, March 5, 2014
MF Mehdi Moufaddal (1994-03-27) March 27, 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Morocco Hassania Agadir v.  Gabon, March 5, 2014
MF Brahim El Bahri (1986-03-26) March 26, 1986 (age 28) 11 3 Tunisia Sfax 2014 African Nations Championship
MF Abdessamad Rafik (1982-04-08) April 8, 1982 (age 32) 6 1 Morocco Olympique Safi 2014 African Nations Championship
MF Said Fettah (1986-01-15) January 15, 1986 (age 28) 5 0 Morocco Raja Casablanca 2014 African Nations Championship
MF Abdessamad El Mobarky (1981-01-01) January 1, 1981 (age 33) 4 1 Morocco Chabab Rif Al-Hoceima 2014 African Nations Championship
MF Abdelkabir El Ouadi (1993-02-20) February 20, 1993 (age 21) 4 1 Morocco Raja Casablanca 2014 African Nations Championship
MF Walid El Karti (1994-07-23) July 23, 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Morocco Wydad Casablanca 2014 African Nations Championship
MF Zaid Krouch (1991-01-27) January 27, 1991 (age 23) 0 0 Morocco Moghreb Tétouan 2014 African Nations Championship
FW Youssef El-Arabi (1987-06-03) June 3, 1987 (age 27) 28 10 Spain Granada v.  Libya, September 7, 2014
FW Youssef El Gnaoui (1988-01-26) January 26, 1988 (age 26) 2 0 Morocco Raja Casablanca v.  Libya, September 7, 2014
FW Marouane Chamakh (1984-01-10) January 10, 1984 (age 30) 63 17 England Crystal Palace v.  Angola, May 28, 2014
FW Rachid Alioui (1992-06-18) June 18, 1992 (age 22) 1 0 France Guingamp v.  Gabon, March 5, 2014
FW Adam Ennafati (1994-06-29) June 29, 1994 (age 20) 1 0 Morocco FUS Rabat v.  Gabon, March 5, 2014

Coaches[edit]

Source:[2]

Managers
Name Nationality Years as Manager Trophy Won
Larbi Ben Barek Morocco 1957
Mohammed Khamiri Morocco 1959
Abdelkader Lokhmiri Morocco 1959
Larbi Ben Barek Morocco 1960
Kader Firoud France 1961
Mohammed Massoun Morocco 1961–1963
Mohammed Massoun & Abderrahmane Mahjoub Morocco 1963–1967
Abderrahmane Mahjoub Morocco 1967
Guy Cluzeau & Abdellah Settati France, Morocco 1968–1969
Abdellah Settati Morocco 1969
Blagoja Vidinić Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1970
José Barinaga Spain 1971–1972
Abdellah Settati Morocco 1972
Abderrahmane Mahjoub Morocco 1972–1973
Virgil Mărdărescu Romania 1974–1978 1976 African Cup of Nations
Abdellah El-Ammari Morocco 1978
Guy Cluzeau France 1979
Just Fontaine France 1979–1980
Jebrane & Yabram Hamidouch Morocco 1980
Yabram Hamidouch Morocco 1981
Abdellah El-Ammari Morocco 1982
Jaime Valente Brazil 1983
Mehdi Faria Brazil 1983–1988
Jaime Valente Brazil 1988–1989
Antonio Valentín Argentina 1989–1990
Abdellah Ajri Blinda Morocco 1990
Abdelghani El-Naciri Morocco 1990
Werner Olk Germany 1990–1992
Abdelkhalek Louzani Morocco 1992
Abdellah Ajri Blinda Morocco 1993–1994
Mohammed Lamari Morocco 1994
Gílson Nunes Brazil 1995
Henri Michel France 1995–2000
Henryk Kasperczak Poland 2000
Mustapha Madih (caretaker) Morocco 2000
Humberto Coelho Portugal 2000–2002
Badou Ezzaki Morocco 2002–2005
Philippe Troussier France 2005
Mohamed Fakhir Morocco 2006–2007
Henri Michel France 2007–2008
Fathi Jamal Morocco 2008
Roger Lemerre France 2008–2009
Hassan Moumen (caretaker) Morocco 2009–2010
Eric Gerets Belgium 2010–2012 2012 Arab Nations Cup
Rachid Taoussi Morocco 2012–2013
Hassan Benabicha (caretaker) Morocco 2013-2014
Badou Ezzaki[3] Morocco 2014–present

Kit suppliers[edit]

Kit provider Period
Germany Adidas 1982-1993
Italy Lotto 1994-1995
England Umbro 1995
Italy Lotto 1995-1997
Germany Puma 1998–2001
United States Nike 2002–2006
Germany Puma 2007–2011
Germany Adidas 2012–present

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Zaki calls 25 players for Odety Marrakech
  2. ^ Hassanin Mubarak. "Morocco National Team Coaches". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
  3. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/27252927

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