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Moroccan national football team

Morocco
Nickname(s) أُسُودالأطلس
(Lions of the Atlas)
Association Royal Moroccan Football Federation
Sub-confederation UNAF (North Africa)
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Head coach Rachid Taoussi
Captain Nadir Lamyaghri
Most caps Noureddine Naybet (115)
Top scorer Ahmed Faras (42)
Home stadium Stade de Marrakech
FIFA code MAR
FIFA ranking 77 Decrease -3
Highest FIFA ranking 10 (April 1998)
Lowest FIFA ranking 95 (September 2010)
Elo ranking 73
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), nicknamed أسود الأطلس (Lions of the Atlas), is the national team of Morocco and is managed by Rachid Taoussi. Winners of the African Nations Cup in 1976, they were the first African and Arab 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 runner-ups 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.

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). This is where Morocco have played their last seven home games.

World Cup record

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 4/19 13 2 4 7 12 18

Africa Cup of Nations Record


Arab Nations Cup record

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 Champions 5 4 1 0 11 2

Fixtures and results

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 Grand Stade de Tanger, Tanger  Tunisia 0 - 0 2014 ACN Q
14 August 2013 Grand Stade de Tanger, 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

Squad

Current squad

Match date: October 11, 2013
Opposition: South Africa South Africa
Competition: Friendly Match

Caps and goals updated as of October 11, 2013 after match against  South Africa

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Mohamed Amsif (1989-02-07) February 7, 1989 (age 25) 6 0 Germany Augsburg
1GK Anas Zniti (1988-10-28) October 28, 1988 (age 25) 2 0 Morocco FAR Rabat
1GK Yassine Bounou (1991-04-05) April 5, 1991 (age 23) 1 0 Spain Atlético Madrid

2DF Michaël Chrétien Basser (1984-07-10) July 10, 1984 (age 30) 36 0 Turkey Bursaspor
2DF Mehdi Benatia (1987-04-17) April 17, 1987 (age 27) 30 1 Italy Roma
2DF Zakarya Bergdich (1989-01-07) January 7, 1989 (age 25) 16 0 Spain Real Valladolid
2DF Abdelhamid El Kaoutari (1990-03-17) March 17, 1990 (age 24) 8 0 France Montpellier
2DF Zouhair Feddal (1989-02-01) February 1, 1989 (age 25) 5 0 Italy Siena
2DF Ayoub El Khaliqi (1986-09-12) September 12, 1986 (age 27) 4 0 Morocco Wydad Casablanca
2DF Yassine Jebbour (1991-08-24) August 24, 1991 (age 22) 1 0 France Montpellier
2DF Mohamed Abarhoun (1989-05-03) May 3, 1989 (age 25) 1 0 Morocco MAT Tetouan

3MF Younès Belhanda (1990-02-25) February 25, 1990 (age 24) 23 2 Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv
3MF Adel Taarabt (1989-05-24) May 24, 1989 (age 25) 17 4 England Fulham
3MF Abdelaziz Barrada (1989-06-19) June 19, 1989 (age 25) 17 3 United Arab Emirates Al-Jazira
3MF Issam El Adoua (1986-09-12) September 12, 1986 (age 27) 17 2 Spain Levante
3MF Salaheddine Saidi (1987-02-06) February 6, 1987 (age 27) 11 0 Morocco FAR Rabat
3MF Mounir Obbadi (1983-04-04) April 4, 1983 (age 31) 6 0 France AS Monaco
3MF Omar El Kaddouri (1990-08-21) August 21, 1990 (age 23) 3 0 Italy Torino
3MF Mohamed Berrabeh (1985-10-02) October 2, 1985 (age 28) 3 0 Morocco Wydad Casablanca

4FW Youssef El Arabi (1987-06-03) June 3, 1987 (age 27) 23 7 Spain Granada
4FW Mounir El Hamdaoui (1984-07-14) July 14, 1984 (age 30) 15 3 Spain Malaga
4FW Abderazak Hamdallah (1990-12-17) December 17, 1990 (age 23) 5 2 Norway Aalesunds FK
4FW Abdelilah Hafidi (1992-01-30) January 30, 1992 (age 22) 5 1 Morocco Raja Casablanca

Coaches

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 -

Notes

References

External links

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

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