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 Medhi Benatia
Most caps Noureddine Naybet (115)
Top scorer Ahmed Faras (42)
Home stadium Stade Adrar, Agadir
Stade de Marrakech, Marrakech
FIFA code MAR
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
FIFA ranking
Current 48 Increase 8 (16 October 2017)
Highest 10 (April 1998)
Lowest 95 (September 2010)
Elo ranking
Current 49 (10 October 2017)
Highest 17 (December 1998)
Lowest 81 (May 2013)
First international
Morocco Morocco 3–3 Iraq 
(Beirut, Lebanon; 19 October 1957)
Biggest win
Morocco Morocco 13–1 Saudi Arabia 
(Casablanca, Morocco; 6 September 1961)
Biggest defeat
 Hungary 6–0 Morocco Morocco
(Tokyo, Japan; 11 October 1964)
World Cup
Appearances 4 (first in 1970)
Best result Round of 16, 1986
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances 16 (first in 1972)
Best result Champions, 1976

The Morocco national football team,[1] nicknamed the 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 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.

After a decade-long drought, glory came back in 2012 for the Moroccan national team when they were victorious in the 2012 Arab Nations Cup.

Home stadium

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

FIFA World Cup

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 7 3 3 1 11 1
Qatar 2022
Total Round of 16 4/22 13 2 4 7 12 18 110 52 41 22 157 80

Africa Cup of Nations

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
GhanaNigeria 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
GabonEquatorial 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 Withdrew, disqualified or did not enter Withdrew, disqualified or did not enter
Gabon 2017 Quarter-Finals 7th 4 2 0 2 4 3 6 5 1 0 10 1
Cameroon 2019 To Be Determined 1 0 0 1 0 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

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

Senior team

Winner (1): 1976
Runners-up (1): 2004
Third place (1): 1980
Champions (1): 2012

Youth and Olympic teams

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures

2017

2018

Current team status

2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Cameroon (Q) 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3 Qualified as host 3–11 Sep '18 5–13 Nov '18 1–0
1  Malawi 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3 Final tournament 3–11 Sep '18 1–0 5–13 Nov '18
3  Comoros 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 0 19–27 Mar '18 8–16 Oct '18 3–11 Sep '18
3  Morocco 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 0 8–16 Oct '18 19–27 Mar '18 3–11 Sep '18
Updated to match(es) played on 10 June 2017. Source: CAF
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
(Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.

2018 FIFA World Cup qualification (CAF)

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Morocco 5 2 3 0 9 0 +9 9 Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup 0–0 3–0 6–0
2  Ivory Coast 5 2 2 1 7 3 +4 8 11 Nov 1–2 3–1
3  Gabon (E) 5 1 2 2 2 7 −5 5 0–0 0–3 11 Nov
4  Mali (E) 5 0 3 2 1 9 −8 3 0–0 0–0 0–0
Updated to match(es) played on 7 October 2017. Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
(E) Eliminated.

Players

Current squad

List of players were called up for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification against  Gabon in 7 October 2017 and for friendly Match against  South Korea in 10 October 2017.

Caps and goals updated as 10 October 2017 after the match against South Korea.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
12 1GK Munir Mohamedi (1989-05-10) May 10, 1989 (age 28) 22 0 Spain CD Numancia
1 1GK Yassine Bounou (1991-04-05) April 5, 1991 (age 26) 10 0 Spain Girona FC

5 2DF Medhi Benatia (Captain) (1987-04-17) April 17, 1987 (age 30) 52 1 Italy Juventus
17 2DF Nabil Dirar (1986-02-25) February 25, 1986 (age 31) 32 2 Turkey Fenerbahçe S.K.
4 2DF Manuel da Costa (1986-05-06) May 6, 1986 (age 31) 23 0 Turkey İstanbul Başakşehir F.K.
6 2DF Romain Saïss (1990-03-26) March 26, 1990 (age 27) 19 1 England Wolverhampton Wanderers
2DF Achraf Lazaar (1992-01-22) 22 January 1992 (age 25) 17 0 Italy Benevento
2DF Zouhair Feddal (1989-01-01) January 1, 1989 (age 28) 14 0 Spain Betis Sevilla
3 2DF Fouad Chafik (1986-10-16) 16 October 1986 (age 31) 10 0 France Dijon FCO
35 2DF Zakarya Bergdich (1989-01-07) 7 January 1989 (age 28) 10 0 France Sochaux
2 2DF Achraf Hakimi (1998-11-04) November 4, 1998 (age 18) 5 1 Spain Real Madrid
3 2DF Hamza Mendyl (1997-10-21) 21 October 1997 (age 19) 4 0 France Lille OSC

14 3MF Mbark Boussoufa (Vice-captain) (1984-08-15) 15 August 1984 (age 33) 54 7 United Arab Emirates Al Jazira
8 3MF Karim El Ahmadi (1985-01-27) January 27, 1985 (age 32) 46 1 Netherlands Feyenoord Rotterdam
10 3MF Younès Belhanda (1990-02-25) February 25, 1990 (age 27) 42 3 Turkey Galatasaray S.K.
16 3MF Nordin Amrabat (1987-03-31) March 31, 1987 (age 30) 39 4 Spain CD Leganés
3MF Omar El Kaddouri (1990-08-21) August 21, 1990 (age 27) 26 5 Greece PAOK
3MF Abdelaziz Barrada (1989-06-19) June 19, 1989 (age 28) 26 4 United Arab Emirates Al–Nasr
11 3MF Fayçal Fajr (1988-08-01) August 1, 1988 (age 29) 19 2 Spain Getafe CF
33 3MF Mehdi Carcela-González (1989-07-01) July 1, 1989 (age 28) 19 1 Greece Olympiacos
17 3MF Adel Taarabt (1989-01-21) January 21, 1989 (age 28) 18 4 Italy Genoa
3MF Oussama Assaidi (1988-08-15) August 15, 1988 (age 29) 17 2 Netherlands Twente
7 3MF Hakim Ziyech (1993-03-19) March 19, 1993 (age 24) 12 7 Netherlands AFC Ajax
15 3MF Youssef Aït Bennasser (1996-07-07) July 7, 1996 (age 21) 11 0 France Stade Malherbe Caen
3MF Nabil El Zhar (1986-08-27) August 27, 1986 (age 31) 10 2 Spain CD Leganés
18 3MF Oussama Tannane (1994-03-23) March 23, 1994 (age 23) 9 2 Spain UD Las Palmas
3MF Sofiane Boufal (1993-09-17) September 17, 1993 (age 24) 5 0 England Southampton FC
3MF Zakaria Labyad (1993-03-09) 9 March 1993 (age 24) 3 0 Netherlands FC Utrecht
19 3MF Amine Harit (1997-06-18) June 18, 1997 (age 20) 2 0 Germany Schalke 04
3MF Yassine Ayoub (1994-03-06) 6 March 1994 (age 23) 0 0 Netherlands FC Utrecht

4FW Youssef El-Arabi (1987-02-03) 3 February 1987 (age 30) 41 15 Qatar Lekhwiya
13 4FW Khalid Boutaïb (1987-04-24) 24 April 1987 (age 30) 13 6 Turkey Yeni Malatyaspor
4FW Youssef En-Nesyri (1997-06-01) June 1, 1997 (age 20) 13 1 Spain Málaga CF
9 4FW Mimoun Mahi (1994-03-13) March 13, 1994 (age 23) 2 1 Netherlands FC Groningen
99 4FW Nacer Barazite (1990-05-27) 27 May 1990 (age 27) 0 0 Turkey Yeni Malatyaspor

Recent call-ups

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 Manuel da Costa (1986-05-06) May 6, 1986 (age 31) 23 0 Turkey İstanbul Başakşehir F.K. v.  Gabon, October 7, 2017
DF Hamza Mendyl (1997-10-21) 21 October 1997 (age 19) 10 0 France Lille OSC v.  Gabon, October 7, 2017
FW Walid Azaro (1995-10-06) 6 October 1995 (age 22) 4 0 Egypt Al Ahly v.  Mali, September 5, 2017
MF Mohamed Fouzair (1991-12-24) December 24, 1991 (age 25) 0 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Nassr FC v.  Mali, September 5, 2017
MF Mehdi Carcela-González (1989-07-01) July 1, 1989 (age 28) 19 1 Greece Olympiacos v.  Mali, September 5, 2017
DF Sofiane Alakouch (1998-07-29) 29 July 1998 (age 19) 0 0 France Nîmes Olympique v.  Mali, September 5, 2017
DF Amine Khammas (1999-04-06) 6 April 1999 (age 18) 0 0 Belgium K.R.C. Genk v.  Mali, September 5, 2017
GK Yassine El Kharroubi (1990-03-29) March 29, 1990 (age 27) 2 0 Morocco Wydad Casablanca v.  Mali, September 5, 2017
FW Youssef En-Nesyri (1997-06-01) June 1, 1997 (age 20) 15 1 Spain Málaga CF v.  Cameroon, June 10, 2017
DF Zouhair Feddal (1989-01-01) January 1, 1989 (age 28) 14 0 Spain Betis Sevilla v.  Cameroon, June 10, 2017
MF Sofiane Boufal (1993-09-17) September 17, 1993 (age 24) 5 0 England Southampton FC v.  Cameroon, June 10, 2017
DF Abdelhamid El Kaoutari (1990-03-17) March 17, 1990 (age 27) 13 0 France SC Bastia v.  Cameroon, June 10, 2017
FW Yacine Bammou (1991-09-11) 11 September 1991 (age 26) 6 1 France FC Nantes v.  Netherlands, May 31, 2017
MF Sofyan Amrabat (1996-08-21) 21 August 1996 (age 21) 1 0 Netherlands Feyenoord Rotterdam v.  Netherlands, May 31, 2017
DF Fouad Chafik (1986-10-16) 16 October 1986 (age 31) 9 0 France Dijon FCO v.  Tunisia, March 28, 2017
MF Mounir Obbadi (1983-04-04) 4 April 1983 (age 34) 20 0 France OGC Nice v.  Burkina Faso, March 24, 2017
DF Amine Atouchi (1992-07-01) 1 July 1992 (age 25) 1 0 Morocco Wydad Casablanca 2017 Africa Cup of Nations
FW Youssef El-Arabi (1987-02-03) 3 February 1987 (age 30) 41 15 Qatar Al-Duhail 2017 Africa Cup of Nations
MF Omar El Kaddouri (1990-08-21) August 21, 1990 (age 27) 26 5 Greece PAOK 2017 Africa Cup of Nations
DF Faycal Rherras (1993-04-07) 7 April 1993 (age 24) 1 0 Belgium KV Mechelen v.  Ivory Coast, November 12, 2016
DF Achraf Lazaar (1992-01-22) 22 January 1992 (age 25) 17 0 Italy Benevento Calcio v.  Canada, October 11, 2016
DF Adnane Tighadouini (1992-11-30) 30 November 1992 (age 24) 1 0 Netherlands FC Twente v.  Canada, October 11, 2016
Notes
  • 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

Personnel

Current technical staff

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

Source:[2]

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[3] Morocco 2014–2015
Hervé Renard[4] France 2016–present

Kit suppliers

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
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Nike
2002–2006
Puma 2007–2011
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Adidas
2012–present

See also

Other football codes

References

  1. ^ (Arabic: منتخب المغرب لكرة القدم‎‎ ; Tamaziǧt : Tarabbut anamur n Maghrib), nicknamed أسود الأطلس / Irzem n Atlasi (Lions of the Atlas),
  2. ^ Hassanin Mubarak. "Morocco National Team Coaches". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
  3. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/27252927
  4. ^ http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/35586217

External links

  • Official website of Morocco's FA
  • RSSSF archive of results
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