Botola

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Botola
Country Morocco
Confederation CAF
Founded 1956
Number of teams 16
Level 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 FUS Rabat
(2015–16)
Most championships Wydad Casablanca (18 titles)
TV partners Al Aoula, Arryadiya,
2M TV, BeIN Sports
2015–16 Botola

The Botola (Arabic:البطولة), literally "The Moroccan Championship" (known as Botola Maroc Telecom for sponsorship reasons) is a Moroccan professional league for men's association football clubs. At the top of the Moroccan football league system, it is the country's primary football competition. Contested by 16 clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and relegation with the Football League.

The Premier League is a corporation in which the 16 member clubs act as shareholders. Seasons run from August to May, with teams playing 30 matches each (playing each team in the league twice, home and away) totalling 214 matches in the season. Most games are played in the afternoons of Saturdays and Sundays, the other games during weekday evenings. It is currently sponsored by Maroc Télécom and thus officially known as the Botola-Ittisalat. Outside England, it is commonly referred to as the Moroccan Premier League (MPL).

The competition formed as the FRFM on 20 February 1992 following the decision of clubs in the Botola Pro to break away from the UNAF, which was originally founded in 1911, and take advantage of a lucrative television rights deal. This deal is worth MAD 55 millions-a-year domestically as of 2015–16, with Arryadia securing the domestic rights to broadcast games respectively. The league generates MAD 123 million-per-year in domestic and international television rights.

The Botola Pro is the most-watched football league in Africa, broadcasts in 153 territories to 54 million homes and a potential TV audience of 2 billion people. In the 2010–11 season, the average Botola Pro match attendance was 25,363, the highest of any professional football league in Africa, and stadium occupancy was 92% capacity. The Premier League ranked second in the CAF 5-Zaers of leagues based on performances in African competitions over the last five years.

Of the 16 clubs to have competed since the inception of the Premier League in 1992, five have won the title: Wydad Casablanca (13), Association Sportive des FAR (12), Raja de Casablanca (11), Magreb Fez (4) and Hašania Agadir (2). The current champions are Wydad Casablanca, who won the title in 2014–15.

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.

BeIN Sports network also broadcasts a few matches every week.

Clubs[edit]

The most popular Moroccan clubs are , Association Sportive des FAR, Raja Casablanca, Wydad Casablanca. Other historically established sides include Kawkab Marrakech, KAC Kenitra , Moghreb Tétouan and Hassania Agadir.

Stadiums[edit]

Current stadiums[edit]

Casablanca Rabat Marrakech Agadir
Stade Mohamed V Stade Moulay Abdellah Stade de Marrakech Stade Adrar
Capacity: 67,000 Capacity: 65,000 Capacity: 45,000 Capacity: 45,000
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Fes Tanger Oujda El Aaiún
Fez Stadium Stade de Tanger Honneur Stadium Stade Cheikh Laaghdef
Capacity: 45,000 Capacity: 45,000 Capacity: 35,000 Capacity: 30,000
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Meknes Kénitra Al Hoceima Tétouan
Stade d'Honneur Stade Municipal de Kénitra Stade Mimoun Al Arsi Stade Saniat Rmel
Capacity: 20,000 Capacity: 15,000 Capacity: 12,000 Capacity: 12,000
Safi El Jadida Berkane Khouribga
Stade El Massira Stade El Abdi Stade Municipal De Berkane Complexe sportif du Phosphate
Capacity: 15,000 Capacity: 10,000 Capacity: 10,000 Capacity: 10,000

List of Champions[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 Association Sportive des FAR
1960-61 Association Sportive des FAR Maghreb Fez
1961-62 Association Sportive des FAR Racing de Casablanca
1962-63 Association Sportive des FAR Kawkab Marrakech
1963-64 Association Sportive des FAR Stade Marocain
1964-65 Maghreb Fez Racing de Casablanca
1965-66 Wydad Casablanca Raja Casablanca
1966-67 Association Sportive des FAR Renaissance de Settat
1967-68 Association Sportive des FAR Renaissance de Settat
1968-69 Wydad Casablanca Maghreb Fez
1969-70 Association Sportive des FAR Union Sidi Kacem
1970-71 Renaissance de Settat Association Sportive des FAR
1971-72 Racing de Casablanca Wydad Casablanca
1972-73 KAC Kenitra FUS Rabat
1973-74 Raja de Beni Mellal FUS Rabat
1974-75 Mouloudia Oujda Maghreb Fez
1975-76 Wydad Casablanca Difaa El Jadida
1976-77 Wydad Casablanca Mouloudia Oujda
1977-78 Wydad Casablanca Maghreb Fez
1978-79 Maghreb Fez KAC Kenitra
1979-80 Chabab Mohammédia Wydad Casablanca
1980-81 KAC Kenitra FUS Rabat
1981-82 KAC Kenitra Wydad Casablanca
1982-83 Maghreb Fez Renaissance de Berkane
1983-84 Association Sportive des FAR Olympique Khouribga
1984-85 Maghreb Fez KAC Kenitra
1985-86 Wydad Casablanca Raja Casablanca
1986-87 Association Sportive des FAR Kawkab Marrakech
1987-88 Raja Casablanca Kawkab Marrakech
1988-89 Association Sportive des FAR Maghreb Fez
1989-90 Wydad Casablanca IR Tanger
1990-91 Wydad Casablanca Association Sportive des FAR
1991-92 Kawkab Marrakech Raja Casablanca
1992-93 Wydad Casablanca Raja Casablanca
1993-94 Olympique de Casablanca Wydad Casablanca
1994-95 CODM de Meknès Olympique de Casablanca
1995-96 Raja Casablanca Olympique Khouribga
1996-97 Raja Casablanca Wydad Casablanca
1997-98 Raja Casablanca Kawkab Marrakech
1998-99 Raja Casablanca Kawkab Marrakech
1999-00 Raja Casablanca Wydad Casablanca
2000-01 Raja Casablanca FUS de Rabat
2001-02 Hassania Agadir Wydad Casablanca
2002–03 Hassania Agadir Raja Casablanca
2003–04 Raja Casablanca Association Sportive des FAR
2004–05 Association Sportive des FAR Raja Casablanca
2005–06 Wydad Casablanca Association Sportive des FAR
2006–07 Olympique Khouribga Association Sportive des FAR
2007–08 Association Sportive des FAR IZK Khemisset
2008–09 Raja Casablanca Difaa El Jadida
2009–10 Wydad Casablanca Raja Casablanca
2010–11 Raja Casablanca Maghreb Fez
2011–12 Moghreb Tétouan FUS Rabat
2012–13 Raja Casablanca Association Sportive des FAR
2013–14 Moghreb Tétouan Raja Casablanca
2014-15 Wydad Casablanca Olympique Khouribga
2015-16 Fath Union Sport Wydad Casablanca

Performances[edit]

Performance by club[edit]

Club Winners Runners-up Winning Seasons
Wydad Casablanca
13
10
1956–57, 1965–66, 1968–69, 1974-75, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1985–86, 1989–90, 1990–91, 1992–93, 2005–06, 2009–10, 2014-15
Association Sportive des FAR
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
5
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
7
1964–65, 1978–79, 1982–83, 1984–85
KAC Kenitra
4
2
1959–60, 1972–73, 1980–81, 1981–82
Stade Marocain
3
0
1927-28, 1930-31, 1944-45
Kawkab Marrakech
2
6
1957–58, 1991–92
Moghreb Tétouan
2
2011–12, 2013–14
Hassania Agadir
2
2001–02, 2002–03
Fath Union Sport
1
5
2015–16
Olympique Khouribga
1
3
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
1994–95
Chabab Mohammédia
1
1979–80
Raja de Beni Mellal
1
1973–74
Étoile de Casablanca
1
1958–59

Top scorers[edit]

Season Player 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 Association Sportive des FAR 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 Abderrazak Khairi Association Sportive des FAR 12
1987–88 Morocco Lahcen Anaflous Association Sportive des FAR 17
1988–89 Morocco Hassan Nader Wydad Casablanca 18
1989–90 Morocco Abdeslam Laghrissi Association Sportive des FAR 22
1990–91 Morocco Lahcen Anaflous Association Sportive des FAR 15
1991–92 Morocco Lahcen Anaflous Association Sportive des FAR 11
1992–93 Morocco Youssef Fertout Wydad Casablanca 18
1993–94 Morocco Ahmed Bahja Kawkab Marrakech 14
1994–95 Morocco Abdeslam Laghrissi Association Sportive des FAR 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 Association Sportive des FAR 12
2005–06 Guinea Mamadou Ba Camara Olympique Khouribga 9
2006–07 Morocco Jawad Ouaddouch Association Sportive des FAR 12
2007–08 Morocco Abderrazak Lamnasfi Association Sportive des FAR 13
2008–09 Morocco Mustapha Allaoui Association Sportive des FAR 14
2009–10 Morocco Omar Hassi Widad Fez 12
2010–11 Morocco Jawad Ouaddouch Association Sportive des FAR 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
2014–15 Gabon Malick Evouna Wydad Casablanca 16
2015–16 Morocco Mahdi Naghmi Association Sportive des FAR 12

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