Morocco national football team

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Morocco
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) أُسُودالأطلس / Igrzamn n Atlasi
(Atlas Lions)
Association Fédération
Royale Marocaine de Football
(FRMF)
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Sub-confederation UNAF (North Africa)
Head coach Hervé Renard
Captain Mehdi Benatia
Most caps Noureddine Naybet (115)[1]
Top scorer Ahmed Faras (42)[2]
Home stadium Stade Adrar, Agadir
Stade de Marrakech, Marrakech
FIFA code MAR
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
FIFA ranking
Current 53 Increase 1 (11 August 2016)
Highest 10 (April 1998)
Lowest 95 (September 2010)
Elo ranking
Current 59 (4 August 2016)
Highest 17 (December 1998)
Lowest 81 (May 2013)
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 Champions, 1976

The Morocco national football team (Arabic: منتخب المغرب لكرة القدم‎‎ ; Tamaziǧt : Tarabbut anamur n Maghrib), nicknamed أسود الأطلس / Irzem n Atlasi (Lions of the Atlas), is the national team of Morocco. It is currently managed by Hervé Renard.

Winners of the African Nations Cup in 1976, they were the first African 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.

After a decade-long drought, glory came back in 2012 for the Moroccan national team in when they were victorious in the 2012 Arab Nations Cup defeating Libya in the final. On 5 February 2015, The CAF Executive Committee decided to suspend the Morocco national football team from the next two editions of the Africa Cup of Nations, 2017 and 2019, and to impose on the Royal Moroccan Football Federation the regulatory fine of US$1 million, along with the sum of 8.05 million Euros in compensation for all material damage sustained by CAF, stakeholders and partners as a result of the decision not to host 2015 edition.[3] However, the ban was overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, meaning Morocco may enter the tournaments.[4]

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) and Stade Adrar in (Agadir).

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA World Cup[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 FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did not enter Did not enter
Italy1934
France1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962 Did Not Qualify 7 2 2 3 7 8
England 1966 Withdrew Withdrew
Mexico 1970 Group Stage 14th 3 0 1 2 2 6 10 4 4 2 11 7
West Germany 1974 Did Not Qualify 10 4 3 3 12 13
Argentina 1978 2 0 2 0 2 2
Spain 1982 8 3 2 3 5 6
Mexico 1986 Round of 16 11th 4 1 2 1 3 2 8 5 2 1 12 1
Italy 1990 Did Not Qualify 6 1 3 2 4 5
United States 1994 Group Stage 23rd 3 0 0 3 2 5 10 7 2 1 19 4
France 1998 Group Stage 18th 3 1 1 1 5 5 6 5 1 0 14 2
South Korea Japan 2002 Did not qualify 10 6 3 1 11 3
Germany 2006 10 5 5 0 17 7
South Africa 2010 10 3 3 4 14 13
Brazil 2014 6 2 3 1 9 8
Russia 2018 To Be Determined
Qatar 2022
Total Round of 16 4/22 13 2 4 7 12 18 103 47 35 21 137 79

Summer Olympic Games[edit]

historical kit of Morocco

Since 1992, the Olympic team has been drawn from a squad with a maximum of three players over 23 years age, and the achievements of this team are not generally regarded as part of the national team's records, nor are the statistics credited to the players' international records.

Football at the Summer Olympic record
Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
Greece 1896 No football tournament
France 1900 Did Not Enter
United States 1904
United Kingdom 1908
Sweden 1912
Belgium 1920
France 1924
Netherlands 1928
United States 1932 No football tournament
Germany 1936 Did Not Enter
United Kingdom 1948
Finland 1952
Australia 1956
Italy 1960 Did Not Qualify
Japan 1964 Round 1 13 2 0 0 2 1 9
Mexico 1968 Withdrew
Germany 1972 Round 2 8 6 1 1 4 7 14
Canada 1976 Did Not Qualify
Soviet Union 1980
United States 1984 Round 1 12 3 1 0 2 1 4
South Korea 1988 Did Not Qualify
Spain 1992 Round 1 15 3 0 1 2 2 8
United States 1996 Did Not Qualify
Australia 2000 Round 1 16 3 0 0 3 1 7
Greece 2004 Round 1 10 3 1 1 1 3 3
China 2008 Did Not Qualify
United Kingdom 2012 Round 1 11 3 0 2 1 2 3
Brazil 2016 Did Not Qualify
Japan 2020 To be determined
Total Round 2 7/26 23 3 5 15 17 48

Minor tournaments[edit]

Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
Spain 1965 World Men's Military Cup Third Place 3rd 3 1 1 1 3 5
Libya 1965 Tripoli Tournament Third Place 3rd 3 1 1 1 2 1
Morocco 1966 World Men's Military Cup Runner-up 2nd 3 0 1 2 1 4
Libya 1966 Tripoli Exhibition Cup Winner 1st 4 3 0 1 4 5
Belgium 1967 World Men's Military Cup Third Place 3rd - - - - - -
Syria 1974 Kuneitra Cup Winner 1st 7 6 1 0 16 5
Malaysia 1980 Merdeka Tournament Winner 1st 8 5 2 1 15 7
France 1988 Tournoi de France Runner-up 2nd 2 1 0 1 4 3
Italy 1989 World Men's Military Cup Runner-up 2nd 3 1 1 1 3 4
Morocco 1993 World Men's Military Cup Runner-up 2nd 5 4 0 1 16 5
Morocco 1996 King Hassan II International Cup Tournament Third Place 3rd 2 1 1 0 4 2
Morocco 1998 King Hassan II International Cup Tournament Third Place 3rd 2 0 1 1 2 3
Morocco 1999 LG Cup Runner-up 2nd 2 1 0 1 2 2
Morocco 2000 King Hassan II International Cup Tournament Runner-up 2nd 2 1 0 1 2 5
Morocco 2002 LG Cup (Morocco) Third Place 3rd 2 1 1 0 2 0
Iran 2002 LG Cup (Iran) Third Place 3rd 2 0 2 0 1 1
Morocco 2011 LG Cup (Morocco) Third Place 3rd 2 0 1 1 1 2
Total 3 titles 17/17 52 26 13 13 78 54

Honours[edit]

Senior team[edit]

Winner (1): Gold medal africa.svg1976
Runners-up (1): Silver medal africa.svg 2004
Third place (1): Bronze medal africa.svg 1980
Champions (1): 1st, gold medalist(s) 2012

Youth and Olympic teams[edit]

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures[edit]

2015[edit]

2016[edit]

2017[edit]

Current team status[edit]

2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Morocco (Q) 5 4 1 0 8 1 +7 13 Final tournament 2–0 1–0 4 Sep
2  Cape Verde (Y) 5 3 0 2 11 6 +5 9 Possible qualification based on ranking 0–1 3 Sep 7–1
3  Libya (E) 5 1 1 3 7 6 +1 4 1–1 1–2 4–0
4  São Tomé and Príncipe (E) 5 1 0 4 4 17 −13 3 0–3 1–2 2–1
Updated to match(es) played on 4 June 2016. Source: CAF
(E) Eliminated; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated; (Y) Cannot win group, but may still qualify as one of two best second-placed teams.

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (CAF)[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Morocco  2–1  Equatorial Guinea 2–0 0–1

Morocco won 2–1 on aggregate and advanced to the third round. Source: FIFA

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Gabon 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup 6 Nov '17 28 Aug '17 3 Oct '16
1  Mali 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 Nov '16 2 Oct '17 2 Sep '17
1  Ivory Coast 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 Sep '17 3 Oct '16 6 Nov '17
1  Morocco 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 Oct '17 28 Aug '17 7 Nov '16
First match(es) will be played on 3 October 2016. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

Squad[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the friendly match against  Albania on 31 August and the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification match against  São Tomé and Príncipe on 4 September 2016.[5]
Caps and goals updated as June 6, 2016 after the friendly match against Libya.[6]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Munir Mohamedi (1989-05-10) May 10, 1989 (age 27) 9 0 Spain Numancia
1GK Mohamed Amsif (1989-02-07) February 7, 1989 (age 27) 8 0 Morocco IRT
1GK Yassine Bounou (1991-04-05) April 5, 1991 (age 25) 6 0 Spain Girona
1GK Yassine El Kharroubi (1990-03-29) March 29, 1990 (age 26) 1 0 Bulgaria Lokomotiv Plovdiv

2DF Medhi Benatia (Captain) (1987-04-17) April 17, 1987 (age 29) 42 1 Italy Juventus
2DF Nabil Dirar (1986-02-25) February 25, 1986 (age 30) 18 2 France Monaco
2DF Achraf Lazaar (1992-01-22) January 22, 1992 (age 24) 16 0 England Newcastle United
2DF Marouane Da Costa (2nd Captain) (1986-05-06) May 6, 1986 (age 30) 12 0 Greece Olympiacos
2DF Faycal Rherras (1993-04-07) April 7, 1993 (age 23) 0 0 Scotland Hearts
2DF Nayef Aguerd (1996-03-30) March 30, 1996 (age 20) 0 0 Morocco FUS
2DF Hamza Mendyl (1997-10-21) October 21, 1997 (age 18) 0 0 France Lille
2DF Achraf Hakimi (1998-11-04) November 4, 1998 (age 17) 0 0 Spain Real Madrid Castilla

3MF Karim El Ahmadi (1985-01-27) January 27, 1985 (age 31) 33 1 Netherlands Feyenoord
3MF Omar El Kaddouri (1990-08-21) August 21, 1990 (age 26) 22 5 Italy Napoli
3MF Mounir Obbadi (1983-04-04) April 4, 1983 (age 33) 20 0 France Lille
3MF Hakim Ziyech (1993-03-19) March 19, 1993 (age 23) 7 2 Netherlands Twente
3MF Fayçal Fajr (1988-08-01) August 1, 1988 (age 28) 3 0 Spain Deportivo La Coruña
3MF Anas Al Asbahi (1993-10-15) October 15, 1993 (age 22) 1 0 Morocco WAC
3MF Youssef Aït Bennasser (1996-07-07) July 7, 1996 (age 20) 0 0 France Monaco
3MF Mohamed Fouzair (1991-12-24) December 24, 1991 (age 24) 0 0 Morocco FUS

4FW Nordin Amrabat (1987-03-31) March 31, 1987 (age 29) 29 4 England Watford
4FW Aatif Chahechouhe (1986-07-02) July 2, 1986 (age 30) 10 1 Turkey Fenerbahce
4FW Oussama Tannane (1994-03-23) March 23, 1994 (age 22) 2 0 France Saint-Étienne
4FW Aziz Bouhaddouz (1987-03-30) March 30, 1987 (age 29) 0 0 Germany St Pauli
4FW Ryan Mmaee (1997-04-01) April 1, 1997 (age 19) 0 0 Belgium Standard Liège
3MF Mourad Batna (1990-06-27) June 27, 1990 (age 26) 0 0 Morocco FUS
4FW Youssef En Nesyri (1997-07-01) July 1, 1997 (age 19) 0 0 Spain Atlético Malagueño

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 Abdelali Mhamdi (1991-11-29) November 29, 1991 (age 24) 0 0 Morocco Nahdat Berkane v.  Libya, June 6, 2016
GK Mohammed Amine El Bourkadi (1985-02-22) February 22, 1985 (age 31) 0 0 Morocco FAR Rabat v.  Equatorial Guinea, November 15, 2015

DF Abdelhamid El Kaoutari (1990-03-17) March 17, 1990 (age 26) 13 0 France Bastia v.  Libya, June 6, 2016
DF Zouhair Feddal (1989-01-01) January 1, 1989 (age 27) 11 0 Spain Alavés v.  Libya, June 6, 2016
DF Issam Chebake (1989-10-12) October 12, 1989 (age 26) 1 0 France Le Havre v.  Libya, June 6, 2016
DF Fouad Chafik (1986-10-16) October 16, 1986 (age 29) 6 0 France Dijon v.  Libya, June 6, 2016
DF Ahmed El Messaoudi (1995-08-03) August 3, 1995 (age 21) 1 0 Belgium KV Mechelen v.  Guinea, October 12, 2015
DF Zakarya Bergdich (1989-01-07) January 7, 1989 (age 27) 11 0 England Charlton v.  Guinea, October 12, 2015
DF Yassine Jebbour (1991-08-24) August 24, 1991 (age 25) 2 0 France Bastia v.  Guinea, October 12, 2015

MF Younès Belhanda (1990-02-25) February 25, 1990 (age 26) 34 3 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv v.  Libya, June 6, 2016
MF Mehdi Carcela-González (1989-07-01) July 1, 1989 (age 27) 11 0 Portugal Benfica v.  Libya, June 6, 2016
MF Romain Saïss (1990-03-26) March 26, 1990 (age 26) 5 0 England Wolverhampton Wanderers v.  Libya, June 6, 2016
MF Sofiane Boufal (1993-09-17) September 17, 1993 (age 22) 2 0 England Southampton v.  Libya, June 6, 2016
MF Ouasim Bouy (1993-06-11) June 11, 1993 (age 23) 0 0 Italy Palermo v.  Libya, June 6, 2016
MF Ismail H'Maidat (1995-06-16) June 16, 1995 (age 21) 0 0 Italy Roma v.  Libya, June 6, 2016
MF Hachim Mastour (1998-06-15) June 15, 1998 (age 18) 1 0 Netherlands PEC Zwolle v.  Guinea, October 12, 2015
MF Zakaria Labyad (1993-03-09) March 9, 1993 (age 23) 5 0 Portugal Sporting v.  Guinea, October 12, 2015
MF Adel Taarabt (1989-05-24) May 24, 1989 (age 27) 17 4 Portugal Benfica v.  Guinea, October 12, 2015

FW Yacine Bammou (1991-11-09) November 9, 1991 (age 24) 4 1 France Nantes v.  Libya, June 6, 2016
FW Adnane Tighadouini (1992-11-30) November 30, 1992 (age 23) 1 0 Spain Malaga v.  Equatorial Guinea, November 15, 2015
FW Zakaria El Azzouzi (1996-05-07) May 7, 1996 (age 20) 0 0 Netherlands Sparta Rotterdam v.  Guinea, October 12, 2015
FW Anass Achahbar (1994-01-13) January 13, 1994 (age 22) 0 0 Netherlands PEC Zwolle v.  Guinea, October 12, 2015
FW Nacer Barazite (1990-05-27) May 27, 1990 (age 26) 0 0 Netherlands FC Utrecht v.  Guinea, October 12, 2015
Notes
  • SUS Player is suspended
  • INJ Did not make it to the current squad due to injury
  • PRE Preliminary squad / standby

Previous squads[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Current technical staff[edit]

Position Name
Head coach France Hervé Renard
Assistant coach France Patrice Beaumelle
Assistant coach Morocco Mustapha Hadji
Goalkeeping coach France Philippe Sence
Fitness coach France Grégory Dupont
Sporting director Morocco Aziz Bouderbala

Coaches[edit]

Source:[7]

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[8] Morocco 2014–2015
Hervé Renard[9] France 2016–present

Kit suppliers[edit]

Kit provider Period
Adidas Logo.svg
Adidas
1982-1993
Lotto logo.jpeg
Lotto
1994-1995
Umbro logo13.png
Umbro
1995
Lotto logo.jpeg
Lotto
1995-1997
Puma AG.svg
Puma
1998–2001
Logo NIKE.svg
Nike
2002–2006
Puma AG.svg
Puma
2007–2011
Adidas Logo.svg
Adidas
2012–present

See also[edit]

Other football codes

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

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