Morocco national football team

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Morocco
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)أُسُود الأطلس / Igrzamn n Atlasi
(Atlas Lions)
AssociationFédération royale marocaine de football (FRMF)
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationUNAF (North Africa)
Head coachHervé Renard
CaptainMehdi Benatia
Most capsNoureddine Naybet (115)
Top scorerAhmed Faras (42)
Home stadiumVarious
FIFA codeMAR
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 47 Decrease 2 (14 June 2019)[1]
Highest8 (April 1998)
Lowest95 (September 2010)
Elo ranking
Current 49 Decrease 7 (16 June 2019)[2]
Highest17 (December 1998)
Lowest81 (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
Appearances5 (first in 1970)
Best resultRound of 16 in 1986
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances17 (first in 1972)
Best resultChampions (1976)
African Nations Championship
Appearances3 (first in 2014)
Best resultChampions (2018)

The Morocco national football team,[a] nicknamed "Atlas Lions"[3] (Arabic: أسود الأطلس‎ / Irzem n Atlasi), is the national team of Morocco. It is 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 FIFA World Cup, Kjetil Rekdal's late winning goal for Norway against Brazil eliminating them.

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

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures[edit]

2018[edit]

2019[edit]

Current team status[edit]

2019 Africa Cup of Nations[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Ivory Coast 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3 Advance to knockout stage
2  Morocco 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3
3  Namibia 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 0 Possible knockout stage based on ranking
4  South Africa 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 0
Updated to match(es) played on 23 June 2019. Source: CAF

Players and Technical staff[edit]

Current squad[edit]

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
12 1GK Munir Mohand Mohamedi (1989-05-10) 10 May 1989 (age 30) 34 0 Spain Málaga
1 1GK Yassine Bounou (1991-04-05) 5 April 1991 (age 28) 18 0 Spain Girona
22 1GK Ahmed Reda Tagnaouti (1996-04-05) 5 April 1996 (age 23) 3 0 Morocco Wydad Casablanca

5 2DF Medhi Benatia (Captain) (1987-04-17) 17 April 1987 (age 32) 65 2 Qatar Al-Duhail
17 2DF Nabil Dirar (1986-02-25) 25 February 1986 (age 33) 42 3 Turkey Fenerbahçe
6 2DF Romain Saïss (1990-03-26) 26 March 1990 (age 29) 36 1 England Wolverhampton Wanderers
4 2DF Manuel da Costa (1986-05-06) 6 May 1986 (age 33) 36 1 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad
2 2DF Achraf Hakimi (1998-11-04) 4 November 1998 (age 20) 22 1 Germany Borussia Dortmund
21 2DF Yunis Abdelhamid (1987-09-28) 28 September 1987 (age 31) 6 0 France Reims
3 2DF Noussair Mazraoui (1997-11-14) 14 November 1997 (age 21) 5 0 Netherlands Ajax
23 2DF Abdelkrim Baadi (1996-04-14) 14 April 1996 (age 23) 2 0 Morocco Hassania Agadir

14 3MF Mbark Boussoufa (Vice-captain) (1984-08-15) 15 August 1984 (age 34) 69 7 Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab
8 3MF Karim El Ahmadi (1985-01-27) 27 January 1985 (age 34) 64 1 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad
10 3MF Younès Belhanda (1990-02-25) 25 February 1990 (age 29) 55 5 Turkey Galatasaray
11 3MF Fayçal Fajr (1988-08-01) 1 August 1988 (age 30) 33 3 France Caen
15 3MF Youssef Aït Bennasser (1996-07-07) 7 July 1996 (age 22) 22 0 France Saint-Étienne
18 3MF Mehdi Bourabia (1991-07-08) 8 July 1991 (age 27) 6 0 Italy Sassuolo

16 4FW Nordin Amrabat (1987-03-31) 31 March 1987 (age 32) 55 5 Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr
7 4FW Hakim Ziyech (1993-03-19) 19 March 1993 (age 26) 26 14 Netherlands Ajax
13 4FW Khalid Boutaïb (1987-04-24) 24 April 1987 (age 32) 26 9 Egypt Zamalek
19 4FW Youssef En-Nesyri (1997-06-01) 1 June 1997 (age 22) 25 6 Spain Leganés
9 4FW Sofiane Boufal (1993-09-17) 17 September 1993 (age 25) 12 0 Spain Celta
20 4FW Oussama Idrissi (1996-02-26) 26 February 1996 (age 23) 4 0 Netherlands AZ

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 Anas Zniti (1988-10-28) 28 October 1988 (age 30) 5 0 Morocco Raja Casablanca 2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
GK Abdelali Mhamdi (1991-11-29) 29 November 1991 (age 27) 1 0 Morocco RS Berkane 2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE / INJ

DF Achraf Dari (1999-05-06) 6 May 1999 (age 20) 0 0 Morocco Wydad Casablanca 2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE / INJ
DF Badr Banoun (1993-09-30) 30 September 1993 (age 25) 10 1 Morocco Raja Casablanca v.  Malawi, 22 March 2019
DF Fouad Chafik (1986-10-16) 16 October 1986 (age 32) 10 0 France Dijon v.  Malawi, 22 March 2019
DF Oualid El Hajjam (1991-02-19) 19 February 1991 (age 28) 3 0 France Amiens v.  Malawi, 22 March 2019
DF Hamza Mendyl (1997-10-21) 21 October 1997 (age 21) 16 0 Germany Schalke 04 v.  Comoros, 13 October 2018
DF Nayef Aguerd (1996-03-30) 30 March 1996 (age 23) 5 0 France Dijon v.  Comoros, 13 October 2018

MF Amine Harit (1997-06-18) 18 June 1997 (age 22) 7 0 Germany Schalke 04 2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
MF Sofyan Amrabat (1996-08-21) 21 August 1996 (age 22) 8 0 Belgium Club Brugge v.  Argentina, 26 March 2019
MF Abdelilah Hafidi (1992-01-30) 30 January 1992 (age 27) 17 3 Morocco Raja Casablanca v.  Malawi, 22 March 2019
MF Zakaria Hadraf (1990-03-12) 12 March 1990 (age 29) 15 2 Saudi Arabia Damac v.  Malawi, 22 March 2019
MF Ismail El Haddad (1990-08-03) 3 August 1990 (age 28) 13 2 Morocco Wydad Casablanca v.  Malawi, 22 March 2019
MF Walid El Karti (1994-07-23) 23 July 1994 (age 24) 0 0 Morocco Wydad Casablanca v.  Malawi, 22 March 2019
MF Anuar Tuhami (1995-01-15) 15 January 1995 (age 24) 0 0 Spain Real Valladolid v.  Malawi, 22 March 2019
MF Salaheddine Saidi (1987-02-06) 6 February 1987 (age 32) 19 1 Morocco Wydad Casablanca v.  Comoros, 13 October 2018

FW Ayoub El Kaabi (1993-06-26) 26 June 1993 (age 26) 15 11 China Hebei China Fortune 2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
FW Abderrazak Hamdallah (1990-12-17) 17 December 1990 (age 28) 15 6 Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr 2019 Africa Cup of Nations PRE
FW Rachid Alioui (1992-06-18) 18 June 1992 (age 27) 12 2 France Nîmes v.  Argentina, 26 March 2019
FW Walid Azaro (1995-10-06) 6 October 1995 (age 23) 7 0 Egypt Al Ahly v.  Tunisia, 20 November 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

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
Technical director Morocco Nasser Larguet
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[when?] 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
Egypt 2019 Qualified 6 3 2 1 8 3
Cameroon 2021 To be determined To be determined
Ivory Coast 2023
Guinea 2025
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 2018
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 40

Coaches[edit]

Source:[4]

Managers
Name Nationality Years as manager Trophy won World Cup Africa Cup
Larbi Ben Barek Morocco 1957 - - -
Mohammed Khamirib & Abdelkader Lokhmiri Morocco 1959 - - -
Larbi Ben Barek Morocco 1960 - - -
Kader Firoud France 1961 - - -
Mohammed Massoun & Abderrahmane Mahjoub Morocco 1961–1967 - - -
Guy Cluzeau & Abdellah Settati France & Morocco 1968–1969 - - -
Blagoja Vidinić Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1970 - 1970 (GS) -
José Barinaga Spain 1971–1972 - - 1972 (GS)
Abderrahmane Mahjoub Morocco 1972–1973 - - -
Virgil Mărdărescu Romania 1974–1978 1976 African Cup of Nations - 1976 (W) - 1978 (GS)
Guy Cluzeau France 1979 - - -
Just Fontaine France 1979–1980 - - -
Jebrane & Yabram Hamidouch Morocco 1980–1981 - - 1980 (3RD)
Abdellah El-Ammari Morocco 1982 - - -
Jaime Valente Brazil 1983 - - -
Mehdi Faria Brazil 1983–1988 - 1986 (R16) 1986 (4TH) - 1988 (4TH)
Jaime Valente Brazil 1988–1989 - - -
Antonio Valentín Argentina 1989–1990 - - -
Abdellah Ajri Blinda Morocco 1990 - - -
Werner Olk Germany 1990–1992 - - 1992 (GS)
Abdellah Ajri Blinda Morocco 1993–1994 - 1994 (GN) -
Mohammed Lamari Morocco 1994 - - -
Gílson Nunes Brazil 1995 - - -
Henri Michel France 1995–2000 - 1998 (GS) 1998 (QF) - 2000 (GS)
Henryk Kasperczak Poland 2000 - - -
Humberto Coelho Portugal 2000–2002 - - 2002 (GS)
Badou Ezzaki Morocco 2002–2005 - - 2004 (F)
Philippe Troussier France 2005 - - -
Mohamed Fakhir Morocco 2006–2007 - - 2006 (GS)
Henri Michel France 2007–2008 - - 2008 (GS)
Fathi Jamal Morocco 2008 - - -
Roger Lemerre France 2008–2009 - - -
Hassan Moumen (caretaker) Morocco 2009–2010 - - -
Eric Gerets Belgium 2010–2012 - - 2012 (GS)
Rachid Taoussi Morocco 2012–2013 - - 2013 (GS)
Hassan Benabicha (caretaker) Morocco 2013–2014 - - -
Badou Ezzaki[5] Morocco 2014–2015 - - -
Hervé Renard[6] France 2016–present - 2018 (GS) 2017 (QF) - 2019 (-)

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 1998-2002
Logo NIKE.svg
Nike
2003–2006
Puma 2007–2011
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Adidas
2012–present
Morocco national team in 2012

See also[edit]

Other football codes[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In Arabic: منتخب المغرب لكرة القدم‎. In Tamaziǧt: Tarabbut anamur n Maghrib.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 14 June 2019. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 16 June 2019. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  3. ^ biladi, ya (2019). "According to Hervé Renard, the Atlas Lions «can be competitive against» Argentina".
  4. ^ Hassanin Mubarak. "Morocco National Team Coaches". rsssf.com. Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 15 February 2012.
  5. ^ "Morocco name former player Badou Zaki as new coach". bbc.com. BBC Sport. 2 May 2014. Retrieved 2 May 2014.
  6. ^ "Morocco unveil Frenchman Herve Renard as coach". bbc.com. BBC Sport. 16 February 2016. Retrieved 16 February 2016.

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