• Friendly: Morocco to play Iran and Finland in UAE

    (TheAtlasLions.com) Morocco will play Iran and Finland in their training camp in the UAE on Jan 6th and Jan 9th, 2017 respectively.

    Morocco are warming up for the upcoming AFCON 2017 in Gabon in January 2017

    Source: http://www.alyaoum24.com/787914.html

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  • Moroccans Abroad: Benatia, Salah and Mahrez up for Best Arab Player award

    (Sport360) The nominees for Globe Soccer 2016 Best Arab Player have been announced with Mohamed Salah of Egypt, Morocco’s Medhi Benatia and Algerian Riyad Mahrez all up for the award.

    Benatia, 29, won the award in 2014 and is back in contention after impressing while on-loan at Juventus from German giants Bayern Munich.

    The Morocco captain is one of two players in the frame currently plying their trade in Italy’s Serie A.

    The winners will be announced at the Globe Soccer Gala Awards on the evening of December 27th at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai.

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  • FIFA World Cup: Fifth time lucky? Morocco mooted for 2026 World Cup bid

    November 24 – Will CONCACAF have to fight off an African bid to stage the 2026 World Cup? Although the confederation of north and central America is widely considered a shoo-in to stage the event – whether in the United States, Mexico or Canada, or a combination of all three – the head of African football says his body will support Morocco, which has tried and failed four times, should it launch a counter-bid.

    “If Morocco decides to put its name forward for a fifth time, we would naturally be supportive,” Issa Hayatou, head of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), was quoted as saying during a recent visit to the country.

    Morocco lost bids to host the World Cup in 1994, 1998, 2006, and 2010, losing out to the United States, France, Germany, and South Africa respectively. No other nation has launched as many bids without ever gaining hosting rights.

    Hayatou, a FIFA vice-president who was in temporary charge of the world governing body between the eras of Sepp Blatter and Gianni Infantino, appears keen to build bridges with Morocco who were banned from two African Nations Cups for pulling out of hosting last year’s competition over the threat of Ebola.

    He said the country had all the necessary transport and infrastructure and was well capable of putting on “the biggest international sporting events” – comments that are bound to be noted not only among the CONCACAF hierarchy but also by Infantino who wants to restore the World Cup rotation system.

    http://www.insideworldfootball.com/2016/11/24/fifth-time-lucky-morocco-mooted-2026-world-cup-bid/

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  • FIFA World Ranking: Morocco Places in Top 10 African Teams in FIFA Ranking

    Casablanca — Morocco has jumped four spots in the latest ranking released by the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA).

    In the ranking, which was released on Thursday, November 24, the Moroccan Lions placed 57th in the world and 10th in the African continent, jumping 4 spots internationally and making the top 10 in the African continent.

    Morocco was ranked higher than South Africa, Mali and Cameroon, but lower than Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire and Tunisia (the top three). Moroccan coach Hervé Renard’s former team, Cote d’Ivoire is clearly still at the top, but his work with the Lions is clearly paying off given the country’s growth since last year.

    Algeria, Congo DR, Burkina Faso, Nigeria and Ghana also scored higher than the North African country.

    In terms of FIFA’s world ranking, Argentina stands firmly at the top, while Brazil takes second place, climbing one spot and giving Germany third place.

    https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2016/11/202135/morocco-places-top-10-african-teams-fifa-ranking/

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  • Europa League: El Ahmadi and Ziyech out

    (TheAtlasLions.com) Karim El Ahmadi injured again, he did not travel to Manchester due to a foot injury while Hakim Ziyech is ill and will not play with Ajax tonight in the EL.

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  • NT: Morocco rejects Iran friendly match

    Morocco national football team head coach Herve Renard has rejected the offer to play a friendly match with Iran at the end of December.

    The Frenchman has preferred to play Tunisia instead, according to Kooora.com.

    Morocco will hold a training camp in the UAE in December in order to prepare for the 2017 African Cup of Nations.

    The team has been drawn in the Group C of the tournament alongside defending champion Ivory Coast, DR Congo and Togo

    http://www.tehrantimes.com/news/408527/Morocco-rejects-Iran-friendly-match

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  • Moroccans abroad: Oussama Assaidi left Stoke City for Middle East riches despite Mark Hughes’ plea

    Oussama Assaidi has admitted he ended his loan spell with Stoke City in 2015 to head for the riches of the Middle East, despite the pleas of Mark Hughes.

    Assaidi left Stoke in January 2015 as he terminated his loan deal to pave the way for a move to Al-Ahli for a transfer fee close to £5m, although he recently terminated his contract with the Dubai club.

    The 28-year-old revealed Hughes told him that he still had something to offer in the Premier League, but the Moroccan admits the lucrative salary he was offered was too much to turn down.

    And the former Liverpool winger says he doesn't believe anyone who says they are going to play in the Middle East for anything other than money.

    He told Voetbal International: "I asked Mark Hughes if I should take the chance.

    "He told me that I was a real Premier League footballer, but the offer I received was maybe a once in lifetime. I went for the money. I will not deny it.

    "I hear others say they go to the Middle East for the sport, but who believes that?"

    Read more: Stoke City assess Glenn Whelan fitness ahead of Bournemouth game

    Assaidi joined Liverpool in August 2012 from Dutch side Heerenveen, but would make just four Premier League substitute appearances for the Reds before leaving Anfield two-and-a-half years later.

    He enjoyed two separate loan spells at Stoke, the first coming in the 2013/14 season. Assaidi featured 25 times for the Potters that season, including four goals, none more memorable than his strike in the 2-1 win over Chelsea

    The winger returned to the Potteries in September 2014 after Peter Odemwingie suffered a serious knee injury, but he struggled for opportunities following the arrival of Victor Moses and would make just three starts for the club in his second spell before opting for the move to the Middle East.

    Assaidi is now without a club, but there were reports in the summer of a potential return to the Netherlands.

    Read more at http://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/oussama-assaidi-left-stoke-city-for-middle-east-riches-despite-mark-hughes-8217-plea/story-29895843-detail/story.html?#z7OC7bmTaD8qkauh.99

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  • Friendly: Morocco beat Togo 2-1

    (TheAtlasLions.com) Morocco with a complete different line up than against Cote d'Ivoire beat Togo 2-1 in a friendly played in Marrakech on Tuesday. Morocco goal were scored by Khalid Boutaib.

    Final score 2-1!

    4 minutes of stoppage time

    Mehdi Carcela booked

    Khalid Boutaib scored Morocco's second in the 58' minute.

    See goal: https://www.facebook.com/TheAtlasLions/videos/1291122927576836/

    Hamza Mendyl replaced Rherras

    Second half under way!

    Half Time!

    One minute of stoppage time

    Morocco equalized by Khalid Boutaib and the score is 1-1

    See goal: https://www.facebook.com/TheAtlasLions/videos/1291068647582264/

    Togo opens the scoring, 0-1 is the score!

    See goal: https://www.facebook.com/TheAtlasLions/videos/1291066727582456/

    Match is under way!

    Competition: Friendly

    Morocco starting line up vs Togo

    El Kharroubi-Chafik-El Atouchi-Feddal-Rherras-Ait Bennacer-Faycal Fajr-El Kaddouri (C)-Carcela-Boutaib-El Haddad

    Kickoff: 20h00 GMT

    Location: Grande Stade de Marrakech

    Live streaming video: http://www.yalla-shoot.com/live/9742/morocco-vs-togo.html

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  • World Cup 2018 qualifiers: Morocco and Ivory Coast in stalemate 0-0

    (TheAtlasLions.com) Morocco were held 0-0 by Ivory Coast in the World Cup 2018 qualifiers match played in Marrakech on Saturday Nov 12th.

    Final whistle!

    4 minutes of stoppage time

    86' Ismail El Haddad replaced Boufal

    70' Save Munir

    70' Rachid Alioui replaced Oussama Tannane

    65' Save Munir El Kajoui

    62' Mehdi Carcela replaced Younes Belhanda

    57' Nice Free-kick by Boufal

    Second half under way!

    Half Time!

    1 minute of stoppage time

    42' N'Guessan from CIV booked

    39' Serey from CIV booked

    34' A good chance for En-Nasiry

    27' Youness Belhanda booked

    Match is underway!

    MOROCCO STARTING LINE UP VS CIV:

    Munir El Kajoui, Mehdi Benatia (C)-Marouane Da Costa-Hamza Mendyl-Nourdin Amrabat, Ghanim Saiss-Younes Belhanda-Mbark Boussoufa, Oussama Tannane-Soufiane Boufal-Youssef En-Nesyri

    Kick off: 20h00 GMT, 21h00 CET

    Attendance: 40.000

    Competition: World Cup 2018 qualifiers

    Location: Grande Stade de Marrakech

    Live streaming video: http://www.yalla-shoot.com/live/9703/morocco-vs-ivory-coast.html

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  • Transfers: Ajax sign Noussair Mazraoui

    (Ajax.nl) Ajax has signed Noussair Mazraoui (Leiderdorp, November 14, 1997). The wing defender has been playing at Ajax since 2006. He’s signed a contract that is retroactively effective per November 1, 2016, and will be valid until June 30, 2018.

    He made his professional football debut on August 12, 2016, for the Ajax Reserves in the Jupiler League Almere City FC – Ajax Reserves (1-4) game. Mazraoui has played in eight official games to date with the reserves team.

    “After twelve years of hard work, it’s amazing for me to sign a contract with Ajax. I hope to make it as far as possible here”, says Mazraoui.

    It’s the Dutch-Moroccan player’s first contract.

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