Morocco national football team

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Morocco
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) أُسُود الأطلس / 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 Karim El Ahmadi
Most caps Noureddine Naybet (115)
Top scorer Ahmed Faras (42)
Home stadium Various
FIFA code MAR
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 45 Increase 1 (20 September 2018)
Highest 10 (April 1998)
Lowest 95 (September 2010)
Elo ranking
Current 40 Increase 10 (16 October 2018)
Highest 17 (December 1998)
Lowest 81 (May 2013)
First international
 Morocco 3–3 Iraq 
(Beirut, Lebanon; 19 October 1957)
Biggest win
 Morocco 13–1 Saudi Arabia 
(Casablanca, Morocco; 6 September 1961)
Biggest defeat
 Hungary 6–0 Morocco 
(Tokyo, Japan; 11 October 1964)
World Cup
Appearances 5 (first in 1970)
Best result Round of 16 (1986)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances 16 (first in 1972)
Best result Champions (1976)
African Nations Championship
Appearances 3 (first in 2014)
Best result Champions (2018)

The Morocco national football team,[a] nicknamed "Lions of the Atlas" (Arabic: أسود الأطلس‎ / Irzem n Atlasi), 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 the 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.

Morocco qualified for the 2018 World Cup, making it their first time in 20 years.

History[edit]

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures[edit]

2017[edit]

2018[edit]

2019[edit]

Current team status[edit]

2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Cameroon[b] (Q) 4 2 2 0 3 1 +2 8 Final tournament 1–0 1–0 18–26 Mar '19
2  Morocco 4 2 1 1 6 3 +3 7 12–20 Nov '18 3–0 1–0
3  Malawi 4 1 1 2 1 4 −3 4 0–0 23 Mar '19 1–0
4  Comoros 4 0 2 2 3 5 −2 2 1–1 2–2 17 Nov '18
Updated to match(es) played on 16 October 2018. Source: CAF
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
(Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.
Notes:
  1. ^ In Arabic: منتخب المغرب لكرة القدم‎. In Tamaziǧt: Tarabbut anamur n Maghrib.
  2. ^ Cameroon qualify automatically as hosts.

Players and Technical staff[edit]

Current squad[edit]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
12 1GK Munir El-Kajoui (1989-05-10) 10 May 1989 (age 29) 32 0 Spain Málaga
1 1GK Yassine Bounou (1991-04-05) 5 April 1991 (age 27) 13 0 Spain Girona
22 1GK Ahmed Reda Tagnaouti (1996-04-05) 5 April 1996 (age 22) 2 0 Morocco Wydad Casablanca

17 2DF Nabil Dirar (1986-02-25) 25 February 1986 (age 32) 38 3 Turkey Fenerbahçe
4 2DF Manuel da Costa (1986-05-06) 6 May 1986 (age 32) 32 1 Turkey İstanbul Başakşehir
6 2DF Romain Saïss (1990-03-26) 26 March 1990 (age 28) 31 1 England Wolverhampton Wanderers
3 2DF Hamza Mendyl (1997-10-21) 21 October 1997 (age 21) 16 0 Germany Schalke 04
2 2DF Achraf Hakimi (1998-11-04) 4 November 1998 (age 19) 16 1 Germany Borussia Dortmund
5 2DF Nayef Aguerd (1996-03-30) 30 March 1996 (age 22) 5 0 France Dijon
24 2DF Noussair Mazraoui (1997-11-14) 14 November 1997 (age 20) 1 0 Netherlands Ajax
2DF Achraf Dari (1999-05-06) 6 May 1999 (age 19) 0 0 Morocco Wydad Casablanca

14 3MF Mbark Boussoufa (Vice-captain) (1984-08-15) 15 August 1984 (age 34) 65 7 United Arab Emirates Al-Jazira
8 3MF Karim El Ahmadi (1985-01-27) 27 January 1985 (age 33) 58 1 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad
10 3MF Younès Belhanda (1990-02-25) 25 February 1990 (age 28) 51 5 Turkey Galatasaray
16 3MF Nordin Amrabat (1987-03-31) 31 March 1987 (age 31) 50 5 Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr
11 3MF Fayçal Fajr (1988-08-01) 1 August 1988 (age 30) 28 3 France Caen
15 3MF Youssef Aït Bennasser (1996-07-07) 7 July 1996 (age 22) 15 0 France Monaco
21 3MF Sofyan Amrabat (1996-08-21) 21 August 1996 (age 22) 8 0 Belgium Club Brugge
23 3MF Salaheddine Saidi (1987-02-06) 6 February 1987 (age 31) 7 0 Morocco Wydad Casablanca
25 3MF Ismail Haddad (1990-08-03) 3 August 1990 (age 28) 13 2 Morocco Wydad Casablanca
18 3MF Mehdi Bourabia (1991-07-08) 8 July 1991 (age 27) 1 0 Italy Sassuolo

13 4FW Khalid Boutaïb (1987-04-24) 24 April 1987 (age 31) 22 9 Turkey Yeni Malatyaspor
19 4FW Youssef En-Nesyri (1997-06-01) 1 June 1997 (age 21) 20 5 Spain Leganés
9 4FW Ayoub El Kaabi (1993-06-26) 26 June 1993 (age 25) 14 11 China Hebei China Fortune
20 4FW Walid Azaro (1995-10-06) 6 October 1995 (age 23) 6 0 Egypt Al Ahly

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
DF Medhi Benatia (Captain) (1987-04-17) 17 April 1987 (age 31) 59 2 Italy Juventus 2018 FIFA World Cup
DF Oualid El Hajjam (1991-02-19) 19 February 1991 (age 27) 1 0 France Amiens 2018 FIFA World Cup
DF Badr Banoun (1993-09-30) 30 September 1993 (age 25) 9 1 Morocco Raja Casablanca 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
DF Mohamed Nahiri (1990-10-29) 29 October 1990 (age 27) 11 0 Morocco Wydad Casablanca v.  Uzbekistan, 27 March 2018
DF Fouad Chafik (1986-10-16) 16 October 1986 (age 32) 10 0 France Dijon v.  Ivory Coast, 11 November 2017
DF Jawad El Yamiq (1992-02-29) 29 February 1992 (age 26) 13 4 Italy Perugia v.  Ivory Coast, 11 November 2017 PRE

MF Hakim Ziyech (1993-03-19) 19 March 1993 (age 25) 22 10 Netherlands Ajax v.  Comoros, 13 October 2018
MF Abdelilah Hafidi (1992-01-30) 30 January 1992 (age 26) 4 1 Morocco Raja Casablanca v.  Comoros, 13 October 2018
MF Amine Harit (1997-06-18) 18 June 1997 (age 21) 7 0 Germany Schalke 04 v.  Malawi, 8 September 2018
MF Mehdi Carcela-González (1989-07-01) 1 July 1989 (age 29) 22 1 Belgium Standard Liège 2018 FIFA World Cup
MF Sofiane Boufal (1993-09-17) 17 September 1993 (age 25) 6 0 Spain Celta v.  Uzbekistan, 27 March 2018
MF Zakaria Labyad (1993-03-09) 9 March 1993 (age 25) 4 0 Netherlands Ajax v.  Uzbekistan, 27 March 2018
MF Yassin Ayoub (1994-03-06) 6 March 1994 (age 24) 0 0 Netherlands Feyenoord v.  Uzbekistan, 27 March 2018

FW Achraf Bencharki (1994-09-24) 24 September 1994 (age 24) 8 1 France Lens v.  Malawi, 8 September 2018
FW Yacine Bammou (1991-09-11) 11 September 1991 (age 27) 7 1 France Caen v.  Malawi, 8 September 2018
FW Aziz Bouhaddouz (1987-01-29) 29 January 1987 (age 31) 17 3 Saudi Arabia Al-Batin 2018 FIFA World Cup
FW Rachid Alioui (1992-06-28) 28 June 1992 (age 26) 9 2 France Nîmes v.  Ivory Coast, 11 November 2017
FW Mimoun Mahi (1994-03-13) 13 March 1994 (age 24) 2 1 Netherlands Groningen v.  Ivory Coast, 11 November 2017

SUS Player is suspended
INJ Did not make it to the current squad due to injury
DEC Player declined the call-up to the squad
PRE Preliminary squad / standby

Previous squads[edit]

Current technical staff[edit]

Position Name
Head coach France Hervé Renard
Assistant coach France Patrice Beaumelle
Assistant coach Morocco Mustapha Hadji
Goalkeeping coach Morocco Abdelkader Bouhaddouz
Fitness coach Morocco Hakim El Saïd
Sporting director Morocco Aziz Bouderbala

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, Stade Adrar in Agadir, Stade Ibn Batouta in Tangier and Fez Stadium in Fez.

Competitive record[edit]

FIFA World Cup[edit]

Morocco's national football team has participated five 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 Part of  France Part of  France
Italy1934
France1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958 did not enter did not enter
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 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 Group Stage 27th 3 0 1 2 2 4 8 4 3 1 13 1
Qatar 2022 To be determined
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined
Total Round of 16 5/21 16 2 5 9 14 22 116 53 41 22 159 80

Africa Cup of Nations[edit]

Africa Cup of Nations record Africa Cup of Nations Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Sudan 1957 Did not enter Did not enter
United Arab Republic 1959
Ethiopia 1962 Withdrew Withdrew
Ghana 1963 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 5 6
Tunisia 1965 Did not enter Did not enter
Ethiopia 1968
Sudan 1970 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 1 2
Cameroon 1972 Group Stage 5th 3 0 3 0 3 3 4 2 0 2 9 6
Egypt 1974 Did not enter Did not enter
Ethiopia 1976 Winner 1st 6 4 2 0 11 6 6 4 0 2 13 4
Ghana 1978 Group Stage 6th 3 1 1 1 2 4 Qualified as defending champions
Nigeria 1980 Third Place 3rd 5 2 1 2 4 3 4 2 1 1 14 5
Libya 1982 Did not qualify 4 3 0 1 8 4
Ivory Coast 1984 4 1 2 1 4 2
Egypt 1986 Fourth Place 4th 5 1 2 2 4 5 2 1 1 0 1 0
Morocco 1988 Fourth Place 4th 5 1 3 1 3 3 Qualified as hosts
Algeria 1990 Did not qualify 2 0 2 0 1 1
Senegal 1992 Group Stage 9th 2 0 1 1 1 2 6 4 0 2 11 4
Tunisia 1994 Did not qualify 6 2 2 2 5 4
South Africa 1996 4 1 1 2 2 4
Burkina Faso 1998 Quarter-finals 6th 4 2 1 1 6 3 6 4 2 0 10 1
Ghana Nigeria 2000 Group Stage 11th 3 1 1 1 1 2 4 2 2 0 6 4
Mali 2002 Group Stage 9th 3 1 1 1 3 4 6 3 1 2 5 4
Tunisia 2004 Runner-up 2nd 6 4 1 1 14 4 6 5 1 0 10 0
Egypt 2006 Group Stage 13th 3 0 2 1 0 1 10 5 5 0 17 7
Ghana 2008 Group Stage 11th 3 1 0 2 7 6 4 3 1 0 6 1
Angola 2010 Did not qualify 10 3 3 4 14 13
Gabon Equatorial Guinea 2012 Group Stage 12th 3 1 0 2 4 5 6 3 2 1 8 2
South Africa 2013 Group Stage 10th 3 0 3 0 3 3 2 1 0 1 4 2
Equatorial Guinea 2015 Disqualified Originally qualifies as hosts, then disqualified
Gabon 2017 Quarter-finals 7th 4 2 0 2 4 3 6 5 1 0 10 1
Cameroon 2019 To be determined 2 1 0 1 3 1
Ivory Coast 2021
Guinea 2023
Total 1 Title 16/31 61 21 22 18 70 57 106 56 27 23 164 77

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: 1976
Runners-up: 2004
Third place: 1980
Champions: 2012
Champions: 2018

Youth and Olympic teams[edit]

FIFA ranking history[edit]

1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
30 33 38 27 15 13 24 28 36 35 38 33 36 39 39 41 67 79 61 74 73 81 75 57 40

Coaches[edit]

Source:[1]

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[2] Morocco 2014–2015
Hervé Renard[3] France 2016–present

Kit suppliers[edit]

Kit provider Period
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Adidas
1982–1993
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Lotto
1994–1995
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Umbro
1995
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Lotto
1995–1997
Puma 1998–2001
Logo NIKE.svg
Nike
2002–2006
Puma 2007–2011
Adidas Logo.svg
Adidas
2012–present
Morocco national team in 2012

See also[edit]

Other football codes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hassanin Mubarak. "Morocco National Team Coaches". rsssf.com. Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 15 February 2012.
  2. ^ "Morocco name former player Badou Zaki as new coach". bbc.com. BBC Sport. 2 May 2014. Retrieved 2 May 2014.
  3. ^ "Morocco unveil Frenchman Herve Renard as coach". bbc.com. BBC Sport. 16 February 2016. Retrieved 16 February 2016.

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