Morocco national football team

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Morocco
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) أُسُودالأطلس / Irzem n Atlasi
(Atlas Lions)
Association Royal Moroccan Football Federation
Sub-confederation UNAF (North Africa)
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Head coach Badou Ezzaki
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 84 Increase 8 (9 July 2015)
Highest FIFA ranking 10 (April 1998)
Lowest FIFA ranking 95 (September 2010)
Elo ranking 69
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 ; Tamaziǧt : Tarabbut anamur n Maghrib), nicknamed أسود الأطلس / Irzem n Atlasi (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. 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.[1] However, the ban was overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, meaning Morocco may enter the tournaments.[2]

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 in 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.

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

Other[edit]

Gold Medal (2) : 1961,1976
Silver Medal (1): 1985
Gold Medal (2) : 1983,2013
Bronze Medal (2): 1991
Gold Medal (1) : 2001
Silver Medal (2): 1989,2013
Bronze Medal (1): 2009
Silver Medal (1): 2005
Runner-up (1) : 2000

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
(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 ACN Q
13 July 2013 Ibn Batouta Stadium, Tanger  Tunisia 0–0 2014 ACN Q
14 August 2013 Ibn Batouta Stadium, 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
5 March 2014 Stade de Marrakech, Marrakech  Gabon 1–1 El Arabi Goal 27' Friendly

Ezzaki Era[edit]

Date Venue Opponent Result Scorers Competition
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
13 November 2014 Stade Adrar, Agadir  Benin 6–1 Amrabat Goal 7' Hamdallah Goal 28'

El Kaddouri Goal 31' El Khaliqi Goal 60'
Hamdallah Goal 81' Chamakh Goal 90'

Friendly
16 November 2014 Stade Adrar, Agadir  Zimbabwe 2–1 Assaidi Goal 64' Iajour Goal 79' (pen.) Friendly
28 March 2015 Stade Adrar, Agadir  Uruguay 0–1 Friendly
12 June 2015 Stade Adrar, Agadir  Libya 1–0 El Kaddouri Goal 51' 2017 ACN Q
5 September 2015 Estádio Nacional 12 de Julho, São Tomé  São Tomé and Príncipe 2017 ACN Q

Squad[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification against São Tomé and Príncipe on 5 September 2015.[3]
Caps and goals updated as June 12, 2015 after friendly match against  Libya

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Yassine Bounou (1991-04-05) April 5, 1991 (age 24) 4 0 Spain Real Zaragoza
1GK Munir Mohand Mohamedi (1989-05-10) May 10, 1989 (age 26) 2 0 Spain Numancia
1GK Mohammed Amine El Bourkadi (1985-02-22) February 22, 1985 (age 30) 1 0 Morocco Olympique de Khouribga
2DF Issam El Adoua (1986-09-12) September 12, 1986 (age 28) 30 2 China Chongqing Lifan
2DF Abderrahim Achchakir (1986-02-15) February 15, 1986 (age 29) 11 0 Morocco FAR Rabat
2DF Achraf Lazaar (1992-01-22) January 22, 1992 (age 23) 9 0 Italy Palermo
2DF Mohamed Abarhoun (1989-05-03) May 3, 1989 (age 26) 7 0 Morocco Moghreb Tétouan
2DF Rochdi Achenteh (1988-03-07) March 7, 1988 (age 27) 2 0 Netherlands Vitesse
2DF Fouad Chafik (1986-10-16) October 16, 1986 (age 28) 1 0 France Laval
2DF Ahmed El Messaoudi (1995-08-03) August 3, 1995 (age 20) 1 0 Belgium Standard Liège
2DF Manuel da Costa (1986-05-06) May 6, 1986 (age 29) 8 0 Greece Olympiacos
2DF Mohamed Oulhaj (1988-01-06) January 6, 1988 (age 27) 13 0 Morocco Raja Casablanca
3MF Karim El Ahmadi (1985-01-27) January 27, 1985 (age 30) 26 1 Netherlands Feyenoord
3MF Nordin Amrabat (1987-03-31) March 31, 1987 (age 28) 25 3 Spain Málaga
3MF Oussama Assaidi (1988-08-15) August 15, 1988 (age 27) 16 2 United Arab Emirates Al-Ahli Dubai
3MF Mounir Obbadi (1983-04-04) April 4, 1983 (age 32) 14 0 France Lille
3MF Omar El Kaddouri (1990-08-21) August 21, 1990 (age 25) 13 4 Italy Napoli
3MF Jamel Aït Ben Idir (1984-01-10) January 10, 1984 (age 31) 3 0 Morocco Wydad Casablanca
3MF Nabil Dirar (1986-02-25) February 25, 1986 (age 29) 12 0 France Monaco
3MF Marwane Saâdane (1992-01-17) January 17, 1992 (age 23) 0 0 Morocco Fath Union Sport
4FW Mouhcine Iajour (1985-06-14) June 14, 1985 (age 30) 12 6 Qatar Qatar
4FW Aatif Chahechouhe (1986-07-02) July 2, 1986 (age 29) 8 1 Turkey Sivasspor
4FW Youssef El-Arabi (1987-06-03) June 3, 1987 (age 28) 29 10 Spain Granada
4FW Yacine Bammou (1991-11-09) November 9, 1991 (age 23) 1 0 France Nantes
4FW Mohammed El Bouldini (1995-01-01) January 1, 1995 (age 20) 0 0 Morocco Raja Casablanca

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 23) 0 0 Morocco Kawkab Marrakech v.  Libya, June 12, 2015
GK Mohamed El Yousfi (1991-01-18) January 18, 1991 (age 24) 1 0 Morocco Moghreb Tétouan training camp, March 2015
DF Mehdi Benatia (Captain) (1987-04-17) April 17, 1987 (age 28) 38 1 Germany Bayern Munich v.  Libya, June 12, 2015
DF Zouhair Feddal (1989-01-01) January 1, 1989 (age 26) 10 0 Spain Levante v.  Libya, June 12, 2015
DF Ayoub El Khaliqi (1986-09-11) September 11, 1986 (age 28) 10 1 Morocco FAR Rabat training camp, March 2015
DF Ahmed Kantari (1985-06-28) June 28, 1985 (age 30) 13 0 Canada Toronto FC v.  Benin, November 13, 2014
DF Zakaria El Hachimi (1987-08-04) August 4, 1987 (age 28) 8 0 Morocco Raja Casablanca v.  Benin, November 13, 2014
DF Adil Karrouchy (1982-11-23) November 23, 1982 (age 32) 6 0 Morocco Raja Casablanca v.  Kenya, October 14, 2014
MF Houssine Kharja (Vice-Captain) (1982-11-09) November 9, 1982 (age 32) 78 13 France Sochaux v.  Libya, June 12, 2015
MF Zakaria Labyad (1993-03-09) March 9, 1993 (age 22) 5 0 Portugal Sporting v.  Libya, June 12, 2015
MF Hachim Mastour (1998-06-15) June 15, 1998 (age 17) 1 0 Spain Málaga v.  Libya, June 12, 2015
MF Sofiane Boufal (1993-09-17) September 17, 1993 (age 21) 0 0 France Lille v.  Libya, June 12, 2015
MF Mbark Boussoufa (1984-08-15) August 15, 1984 (age 31) 36 6 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow training camp, March 2015
MF Iliass Bel Hassani (1992-09-16) September 16, 1992 (age 22) 0 0 Netherlands Heracles Almelo training camp, March 2015
MF Ismaïl Aissati (1988-08-16) August 16, 1988 (age 27) 2 0 Russia Terek Grozny training camp, March 2015
MF Adel Taarabt (1989-05-24) May 24, 1989 (age 26) 18 4 Portugal Benfica training camp, March 2015
MF Mehdi Carcela-González (1989-07-01) July 1, 1989 (age 26) 9 0 Portugal Benfica training camp, March 2015
MF Fayçal Fajr (1988-08-01) August 1, 1988 (age 27) 0 0 Spain Deportivo La Coruña training camp, March 2015
MF Sofyan Amrabat (1996-08-21) August 21, 1996 (age 19) 0 0 Netherlands Utrecht training camp, March 2015
MF Younès Belhanda (1990-02-25) February 25, 1990 (age 25) 30 3 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv v.  Benin, November 13, 2014
MF Abdelaziz Barrada (1989-06-19) June 19, 1989 (age 26) 23 4 France Marseille v.  Benin, November 13, 2014
MF Mohamed Berrabeh (1985-10-02) October 2, 1985 (age 29) 10 0 Morocco Wydad Casablanca v.  Benin, November 13, 2014
MF Zakaria Hadraf (1990-09-24) September 24, 1990 (age 24) 5 0 Morocco Difaâ El Jadidi v.  Benin, November 13, 2014
MF El Mehdi Karnass (1990-03-12) March 12, 1990 (age 25) 1 1 Norway Aalesund v.  Benin, November 13, 2014
MF Adil Hermach (1986-06-27) June 27, 1986 (age 29) 22 0 United Arab Emirates Al-Wahda v.  Kenya, October 14, 2014
FW Abderrazak Hamdallah (1990-10-17) October 17, 1990 (age 24) 14 7 China Guangzhou R&F v.  Libya, June 12, 2015
FW Marouane Chamakh (1984-01-10) January 10, 1984 (age 31) 64 18 England Crystal Palace training camp, March 2015
FW Adnane Tighadouini (1992-11-30) November 30, 1992 (age 22) 0 0 Spain Málaga training camp, March 2015
FW Youness Mokhtar (1991-08-29) August 29, 1991 (age 24) 0 0 Netherlands FC Twente training camp, March 2015
FW Karim Aït-Fana (1989-02-25) February 25, 1989 (age 26) 3 0 France Montpellier training camp, March 2015
FW Zouhair Naïm (1985-05-05) May 5, 1985 (age 30) 0 0 Morocco Moghreb Tétouan v.  Benin, November 13, 2014
FW Mourad Batna (1990-06-27) June 27, 1990 (age 25) 0 0 Morocco Fath Union Sport v.  Libya, June 12, 2015

Coaches[edit]

Source:[4]

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[5] 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

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MOROCCO FINED, BANNED FROM TWO AFCON TOURNAMENTS". Confédération Africaine de Football. 2015-02-06. Retrieved 2015-02-07. 
  2. ^ "Morocco win appeal over Afcon 2017 and 2019 bans". BBC Sport. 2 April 2015. 
  3. ^ http://www.frmf.ma/index.php/equipes-nationales/equipe-a/actualite/12376-sao-tome-et-principe-vs-maroc-25-joueurs-convoques
  4. ^ Hassanin Mubarak. "Morocco National Team Coaches". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
  5. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/27252927

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