2015–16 Botola

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Botola
Season 2015–16
Champions FUS Rabat
1st title
Relegated MC Oujda
MAS Fez
Champions League FUS Rabat
Wydad Casablanca
Confederation Cup IR Tanger
MAS Fez
Matches played 240
Goals scored 501 (2.09 per match)
Top goalscorer Mahdi Naghmi (12 Goals)
Biggest home win HUSA 5–1 KAC
RCA 5–1 HUSA
Biggest away win MAT 2–5 RCA
RCA 1–4 FAR
HUSA 2–5 MAS
Highest scoring FAR 5–2 MAT
MAT 2–5 RCA
KAC 3–4 MAT
HUSA 2–5 MAS
Highest attendance 80,000 (Raja vs Wydad)

The 2015–16 Botola, also known as Botola Maroc Telecom for sponsorship reasons, is the 59th season of the Premier League, the top Moroccan professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 1915. The fixtures were announced on 22 July 2015. The season started on 5 September 2015 and is scheduled to conclude on 15 April 2016.

Wydad came into the season as defending champions of the 2014–15 season. Ittihad Tanja and MC Oujda entered as the two promoted teams from the 2014–15 GNF 2.

On June 5th 2016, FUS Rabat won the football championship after a 4-2 victory against Mouloudia D'Oujda. The FUS Rabat club won the championship for the first time after being runner-up to the title for 5 previous times.[1]

Teams[edit]

Locations of the 2015–16 Botola teams

A total of 16 teams compete in the league, including 14 sides from the 2014–15 season and two promoted from the 2014–15 GNF 2. On 12 April 2015, Tanger became the first Championship side to be promoted following their 0–0 draw over CA Youssoufia Berrechid in week 27. On 4 May 2015 (in week 30), MC Oujda got promoted to the top flight after defeating US Temara 1-0 in their home match.

The two promoted clubs replaced Chabab Atlas Khenifra and Ittihad Khemisset.

Stadium and locations[edit]

Team Location Stadium Capacity
Chabab Rif Al Hoceima Al Hoceima Stade Mimoun Al Arsi 12,000
Difaâ El Jadidi El Jadida Stade El Abdi 15,000
AS FAR Club Rabat Stade Moulay Abdellah 65,000
Fath Union Sport Rabat Stade de FUS 15,000
Hassania Agadir Agadir Stade Adrar 45,480
IR Tanger Tanger Grand Stade de Tanger 45,000
KAC Kénitra Kenitra Stade Municipal (Kenitra) 15,000
Kawkab Marrakech Marrakech Stade de Marrakech 45,240
MAS Fez Fes Fez Stadium 45,000
Moghreb Tétouan Tétouan Saniat Rmel 15,000
MC Oujda Oujda Honneur Stadium 30,000
Olympic Safi Safi Stade El Massira 10,000
Olympique Khouribga Khouribga Complexe OCP 10,000
Raja Casablanca Casablanca Stade Mohamed V 67,000
RSB Berkane Berkane Stade Municipal 15,000
Wydad Casablanca Casablanca Stade Mohamed V 67,000

Personnel and kits[edit]

Teams Managers1 Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Chabab Rif Al Hoceima Morocco Fouad Sahabi Al Omrane, Koutoubia
Difaâ El Jadidi Morocco Abderrahim Taleb Uhlsport OCP, Alitkan
AS FAR Club Morocco Abdelmalek El Aziz Joma
FUS Rabat Morocco Walid Regragui Nike
Hassania Agadir Morocco Abdelhadi Sektioui Umbro Ifriquiya
IR Tanger Algeria Abdelhak Benchikha Bang Sports Moroccan Airports Authority
KAC Kénitra Morocco Samir Yaich Sarsons Sports Koutoubia
Kawkab Marrakesh Morocco Hassan Benabicha Adidas Koutoubia
MAS Fez Morocco Mohammed El Achhabi M Sport Ingelec
MC Oujda Algeria Azzedine Aït Djoudi Joma
Moghreb Tétouan Spain Sergio Lobera King Sports Maroc Abroun
OC Khouribga Morocco Youssef El Mrini Nike
Olympic Safi Morocco Hicham Dmii
Raja Casablanca Morocco Rachid Taoussi Adidas Hyundai
RSB Berkane France Bertrand Marchand Nike
Wydad Casablanca Wales John Toshack Adidas Ingelec
  • 1 According to current revision of List of Moroccan Football League managers
  • Additionally, referee kits are made by Adidas.
  • Maroc Telecom is a sponsor for all the league's teams.

Managerial changes[edit]

Teams Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Incoming manager Date of appointment
Olympic Safi Morocco Youssef Fertout Sacked 29 May 2015 Morocco Aziz El Amri 29 May 2015
IR Tanger Morocco Mohamed Amine Benhachem Sacked 2 June 2015 Algeria Abdelhak Benchikha 2 June 2015
CR Al Hoceima Morocco Aziz El Amri Sacked 5 June 2015 Tunisia Kamal Zouaghi 5 June 2015
Maghreb Fès Morocco Rachid Taoussi Sacked 5 November 2015 France Denis Lavagne 14 November 2015
Raja Casablanca Netherlands Ruud Krol Sacked 5 November 2015 Morocco Rachid Taoussi 5 November 2015
CR Al Hoceima Tunisia Kamal Zouaghi Sacked 28 December 2015 Morocco Fouad Sahabi 30 December 2015
Kawkab Marrakesh Morocco Hicham Dmii Sacked 8 January 2016 Morocco Hassan Benabicha 9 January 2016
Difaâ El Jadidi Morocco Jamal Sellami Sacked 15 February 2016 Morocco Abderrahim Taleb 22 February 2016
OC Khouribga Tunisia Ahmad Al-Ajlani Resigned 9 March 2016 Tunisia Karim Zouaghi 9 March 2016
Maghreb Fès France Denis Lavagne Sacked 28 March 2016 Morocco Mohammed El Achhabi 28 March 2016
AS FAR Club Portugal José Romão Resigned 1 April 2016 Morocco Abdelmalek El Aziz 3 April 2016
Olympic Safi Morocco Aziz El Amri Sacked 3 April 2016 Morocco Hicham Dmii 6 April 2016
OC Khouribga Tunisia Karim Zouaghi Sacked 19 April 2016 Morocco Youssef El Mrini 21 April 2016

Results[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Qualification or relegation
1 FUS Rabat (C) 30 16 10 4 40 21 +19 58 Qualification to the CAF Champions League and the Arab Club Championship
2 Wydad Casablanca 30 16 8 6 34 19 +15 56 Qualification to the CAF Champions League
3 IR Tanger 30 14 8 8 36 23 +13 50 Qualification to the CAF Confederation Cup
4 FAR Rabat 30 13 8 9 40 35 +5 47
5 Raja Casablanca 30 13 8 9 48 30 +18 47
6 Moghreb Tétouan 30 12 7 11 34 43 −9 43
7 RSB Berkane 30 10 13 7 24 19 +5 43
8 Hassania Agadir 30 11 8 11 44 46 −2 41
9 Olympic Safi 30 9 10 11 23 27 −4 37
10 Chabab Rif Hoceima 30 10 6 14 27 34 −7 36
11 KAC Kénitra 30 10 5 15 26 37 −11 35
12 Olympique Khouribga 30 9 7 14 26 35 −9 34
13 Difaâ El Jadidi 30 7 13 10 26 30 −4 34
14 Kawkab Marrakech 30 7 9 14 23 30 −7 30
15 MC Oujda (R) 30 7 8 15 26 41 −15 29 Relegation to Botola 2
16 Maghreb Fès (R) 30 5 14 11 24 31 −7 29
Qualification to the CAF Confederation Cup 1
Relegation to the Botola 2

Updated to games played on 4 June 2016.
Source: [1]
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored
1Despite relegation, MAS Fès qualified for the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup as Coupe du Trône winners
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Result table[edit]

Home \ Away[1] CRA DHJ FAR FUS HUSA IRT KAC KACM MAS MAT MCO OCS OCK RCA RSB WAC
CR Hoceima 0–0 1–1 2–1 0–1 1–0 1–2 1–0 1–1 1–2 1–0 3–2 1–0 0–2 1–2 0–1
Difaâ El Jadidi 3–0 2–3 0–0 1–1 1–1 0–1 1–0 2–1 1–2 3–2 0–0 1–3 1–1 0–1 0–0
FAR Rabat 2–2 3–0 1–1 1–4 1–2 2–1 1–0 1–0 5–2 1–0 1–1 0–0 1–0 0–0 0–2
FUS Rabat 1–1 0–0 2–3 2–0 2–1 2–1 1–1 0–0 2–0 4–2 3–1 1–0 2–0 0–0 1–0
Hassania Agadir 2–1 1–1 1–0 1–1 1–3 5–1 1–1 2–5 0–1 1–0 0–0 2–0 1–1 0–0 0–1
IR Tanger 0–2 1–0 1–0 0–1 3–1 1–0 0–0 2–0 2–2 3–0 0–1 2–1 3–0 1–0 3–0
KAC Kénitra 1–0 0–0 0–2 2–1 3–1 0–0 0–0 1–0 3–4 0–1 2–1 2–2 0–3 1–2 0–1
Kawkab Marrakech 2–0 1–3 3–0 0–1 3–2 0–1 1–2 0–0 2–1 2–0 1–2 1–0 0–2 0–0 1–0
Maghreb Fès 1–0 0–0 0–1 1–1 2–0 0–0 0–0 1–1 2–0 1–2 0–0 1–1 0–3 2–2 0–0
Moghreb Tétouan 1–2 1–1 1–1 0–3 2–4 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–0 1–1 0–0 1–2 2–5 1–0 0–0
MC Oujda 2–3 1–0 0–0 2–1 2–3 1–2 1–0 1–1 0–0 1–2 1–1 1–0 0–1 0–0 1–1
OC Safi 1–0 0–1 2–1 0–1 2–4 2–0 1–2 1–0 2–2 1–0 0–0 0–1 1–0 1–0 0–1
OC Khouribga 1–0 1–1 0–1 1–2 2–1 1–0 1–0 2–1 0–3 0–1 1–2 0–0 1–3 2–2 1–3
Raja 2–1 0–1 1–4 1–1 5–1 2–2 0–1 1–1 3–0 2–3 4–0 0–0 1–2 1–0 3–0
RSB Berkane 0–1 3–1 2–1 0–1 1–1 0–0 1–0 2–0 2–1 0–0 2–1 1–0 0–0 1–1 0–0
Wydad 0–0 2–1 4–2 0–1 1–2 2–2 2–0 2–0 3–0 2–0 2–1 2–0 1–0 0–0 1–0

Updated to games played on 4 June 2016.
Source: Botola Pro
^ The home team is listed in the left-hand column.
Colours: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.

Season statistics[edit]

Scoring[edit]

Top scorers[edit]

As of 4 June 2016.[2][3][4]
Rank Player Club Goals
1 Morocco Mahdi Naghmi FAR Rabat 12
2 Morocco Mourad Batna FUS Rabat 11
Morocco Abdelilah Hafidi Raja Casablanca
4 Morocco Reda Hajhouj Wydad Casablanca 9
Morocco Achraf Bencharki Maghreb Fès
6 Morocco Zakaria Hadraf Difaâ El Jadidi 8
7 Ivory Coast Hervé Guy IR Tanger 7
Morocco Abdessamad El Moubarki Chabab Rif Al Hoceima
Morocco Badie Aouk Hassania Agadir
Morocco Yassin Dahbi MC Oujda

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player For Against Result Date Ref.
Morocco Noureddine El Gourch Hassania Agadir Moghreb Tétouan 2–4 (A) 22 September 2015
Morocco Abdelilah Hafidi Raja Casablanca Hassania Agadir 5–1 (H) 29 May 2016
Morocco Achraf Bencharki Maghreb Fès Hassania Agadir 2–5 (A) 4 June 2016

4 Player scored four goals
5 Player scored five goals
(H) - Home ; (A) - Away

See also[edit]

2015–16 GNF 2
2016 CAF Champions League
2016 CAF Confederation Cup

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ "LE FUS DE RABAT CHAMPION POUR LA PREMIÈRE FOIS".
  2. ^ "Championnat National Botola Maroc Telecom 2015/2016 Top Scorers". fifa.com
  3. ^ "Statistiques Botola Saison:2015/16 Le classement des buteurs". mountakhab.net
  4. ^ "البطولة الإحترافية إتصالات المغرب 2016/2015 قائمة الهدافين". kooora.com

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