Morocco national under-23 football team

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Morocco Olympic football team
Nickname(s) Lions de l'Atlas
(Atlas Lions)
Association Royal Moroccan Football Federation
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Head coach Morocco Hassan Benabicha
Captain Driss Fettouhi
Home stadium Stade de Marrakech
FIFA code MAR
First international
 Hungary 6 – 0 Morocco 
(Tokyo, Japan; October 11, 1964)
Biggest win
 Morocco 6 – 0 Malaysia 
(Ingolstadt, Germany; August 31, 1972)
Biggest defeat
 Hungary 6 – 0 Morocco 
(Tokyo, Japan; October 11, 1964)
Records for competitive matches only.

Morocco Olympic football team' represents Morocco in international football competitions in Olympic Games. The selection is limited to players under the age of 23, except three overage players. The team is controlled by the Fédération Royale Marocaine de Football (FRMF).

History[edit]

Morocco appeared the first in the Olympic games in 1964 when they lost against Hungary and Yugoslavia respectively by the scores of 6–0 and 3–1.

The second appearance was supposed to be during the 1968 in Mexico but Morocco refused to allow to its team to play against Israel because of some political problems. Then Ghana took the advantage and replaced Morocco in the final competition.

In 1972, Morocco reached the second round after a draw against USA and a win against Malaysia.

Morocco was very close to reach the Quarter final during the 2004 Summer Olympics but the goals difference was in the favor of Costa Rica after all the teams played their tree games. Morocco is qualified to the 2012 London Olympic games after beating Egypt 3–2 in the semi-finals of the African Cup under-23 on December 7, 2012.

Morocco had organized the 2011 CAF U-23 Championship and got qualified to the 2012 Summer Olympics after reaching the final game, then the olympic team lost against Gabon by the score of 2–1 at Marrakech Stadium.

Olympic games record[edit]

Olympics Record
Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
Greece 1896 No football tournament - - - - - - -
France 1900 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
United States 1904 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
United Kingdom 1908 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Sweden 1912 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Belgium 1920 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
France 1924 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Netherlands 1928 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
United States 1932 No football tournament - - - - - - -
Germany 1936 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
United Kingdom 1948 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Finland 1952 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Australia 1956 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Italy 1960 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
Japan 1964 Round 1 - 2 0 0 2 1 9
Mexico 1968 Withdrew - - - - - - -
Germany 1972 Round 2 - 6 1 1 4 7 14
Canada 1976 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
Soviet Union 1980 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
United States 1984 Round 1 - 3 1 0 2 1 4
South Korea 1988 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
Spain 1992 Round 1 - 3 0 1 2 2 8
United States 1996 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
Australia 2000 Round 1 - 3 0 0 3 1 7
Greece 2004 Round 1 - 3 1 1 1 3 3
China 2008 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
United Kingdom 2012 Round 1 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 7/25 - 20 3 3 14 15 45

CAF U-23 Championship[edit]

CAF U-23 Championship Record
Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
Morocco 2011 Runners-up 2 5 3 0 2 6 5
Total 1/1 5 3 0 2 6 5

Current squad[edit]

  • Badreddine Benachour (WAC)
  • Anas El Asbahi (WAC)
  • Ayoub Qasmi (WAC)
  • Mohamed Saidi (WAC)
  • Walid El Karti (WAC)
  • Reda Hajohouj (WAC)
  • Aymane El Hassouni (WAC)
  • Omar Ati-Allah (WAC)
  • Omar Boutayeb (RCA)
  • Anas Ouerdani (RCA)
  • Badr Benoun (RCA)
  • Hamza Moussadak (RCA)
  • Abdelkabir El Ouadi (RCA)
  • Reda Enneoualy (FUS)
  • Badr Boulahroud (FUS)
  • Youness Zaidi (UST)
  • Soufiane Bahja (KACM)
  • Anas Lamrabat (MAT)
  • Mehdi Moufeddal (HUSA)
  • Hamza Mouatamid (OCK)
  • Youssef Jamaaoui (OCK)
  • Adam Ennaffati (LILLE)
  • Youssef Essaidy (NIORT)
  • Mohamed Cheikhi (FAR)
  • Oussama Tannane (HERACLES)

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