Morocco national under-23 football team

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Morocco Olympic football team
Nickname(s) Lions de l'Atlas
(Atlas Lions)
Association Royal Moroccan Football Federation
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Head coach Morocco Hassan Benabicha
Captain Driss Fettouhi
Home stadium Stade de Marrakech
FIFA code MAR
First international
 Hungary 6 – 0 Morocco 
(Tokyo, Japan; October 11, 1964)
Biggest win
 Morocco 6 – 0 Malaysia 
(Ingolstadt, Germany; August 31, 1972)
Biggest defeat
 Hungary 6 – 0 Morocco 
(Tokyo, Japan; October 11, 1964)
Records for competitive matches only.

Morocco Olympic football team' represents Morocco in international football competitions in Olympic Games. The selection is limited to players under the age of 23, except three overage players. The team is controlled by the Fédération Royale Marocaine de Football (FRMF).

History[edit]

Morocco appeared the first in the Olympic games in 1964 when they lost against Hungary and Yugoslavia respectively by the scores of 6–0 and 3–1.

The second appearance was supposed to be during the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico but Morocco refused to allow its team to play against Israel national team because of political issues. Then Ghana national team took the advantage and replaced Morocco[clarification needed] in the final competition.

In 1972, Morocco reached the second round after a draw against USA and a win against Malaysia national team.

Morocco was very close to reach the Quarter final during the 2004 Summer Olympics but the goals difference was in the favor of U-23 Costa Rica after all the teams played their three games. Morocco is qualified to the 2012 London Olympic games after beating Egypt 3–2 in the semi-finals of the African Cup under-23 on December 7, 2012.

Morocco had organized the 2011 CAF U-23 Championship and got qualified to the 2012 Summer Olympics after reaching the final game, then the olympic team lost against Gabon by the score of 2–1 at Marrakech Stadium.

Olympic games record[edit]

Olympics Record
Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
Greece 1896 No football tournament - - - - - - -
France 1900 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
United States 1904 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
United Kingdom 1908 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Sweden 1912 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Belgium 1920 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
France 1924 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Netherlands 1928 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
United States 1932 No football tournament - - - - - - -
Germany 1936 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
United Kingdom 1948 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Finland 1952 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Australia 1956 Did Not Enter - - - - - - -
Italy 1960 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
Japan 1964 Round 1 - 2 0 0 2 1 9
Mexico 1968 Withdrew - - - - - - -
Germany 1972 Round 2 - 6 1 1 4 7 14
Canada 1976 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
Soviet Union 1980 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
United States 1984 Round 1 - 3 1 0 2 1 4
South Korea 1988 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
Spain 1992 Round 1 - 3 0 1 2 2 8
United States 1996 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
Australia 2000 Round 1 - 3 0 0 3 1 7
Greece 2004 Round 1 - 3 1 1 1 3 3
China 2008 Did Not Qualify - - - - - - -
United Kingdom 2012 Round 1 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 7/25 - 20 3 3 14 15 45

CAF U-23 Championship[edit]

CAF U-23 Championship Record
Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
Morocco 2011 Runners-up 2 5 3 0 2 6 5
Total 1/1 5 3 0 2 6 5

Current squad[edit]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
22 1GK Adnane el-Assimi 22 4 0 Morocco MAT Tetuan
1GK Mehdi Miftah 0 0 Morocco WAF Fez
1GK Hamza Muatamid 21 4 0 Morocco OCK Khuribga
12 1GK Badr-eddine Benashour 20 5 0 Morocco Wydad Casablanca
1GK Younes Zaǐdi 0 0 Morocco OCK Khouribga


2DF Muhammad Hamdi 22 2 0 Morocco AS Monaco
28 2DF Yušuf Jamaui 22 2 0 Morocco OCK Khuribga
24 2DF Muhammad Saidi 20 6 0 Morocco CRA al-Hussaǐma
16 2DF Ayoub Qasmi 21 7 0 Morocco Wydad Casablanca
26 2DF Mehdi Moufeddal 21 3 0 Morocco CRA al-Hussaǐma
13 2DF Badr Banoun 21 7 0 Morocco RSB Berkane
25 2DF Muhammad Amin Naširi 22 0 0 Morocco Maǧrib Fez
14 2DF Anas Lemrabet 22 3 0 Morocco MAT Tetuan
2DF Umar Butayab 21 5 0 Morocco Yušufiat Berchid
21 2DF Yušuf el-Umari 22 1 0 Morocco FAR Ribat
19 2DF Muhammad Maruan 20 2 0 Morocco Maǧrib Fez


Amine Dinar Morocco FAR Rabat
Banoun Badr Morocco Raja de Casablanca
Jamaaoui Youssef Morocco OCK
Aljaaoui Youssef Morocco AS FAR
3MF Bouden Bouazza Morocco Wydad de Casablanca
Elkarti Walid Morocco OCK
3MF Alasbahi Anas Morocco Wydad de Casablanca
3MF En-Neouali Reda Morocco AMF
3MF Atiallah Omar Morocco Wydad de Casablanca


4FW Ennafati Adam France Lille OSC
Es-Saiydy Youssef Morocco AMF
4FW Bhja Soufiane Morocco KACM
Bouchta Ayoub Morocco RCA
4FW Yassine Othman Morocco Wydad de Casablanca
El Ouardi Adnan Morocco WAF
Elouadi Abdelkabir Morocco Raja Casablanca
Hamza Hafidi France SCO Angers

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