By The Atlas Lions, Aug 24 2016 12:44PM
(TheAtlasLions.com) Omar El Kaddouri out injured and will miss out friendly vs Liberia and AFCON qualifier vs Sao Tome.
By The Atlas Lions, Aug 24 2016 12:38PM
(TheAtlasLions.com) Morocco U23 team will play two friendlies against Liberia (Aug 31) and Zambia (Sep 6)
Here is the squad list:
4-WALID AZARO- DHJ
5-AOUK BADII - HUSA
6-CHEIKHI MOHAMED - AS FAR
7-BEN CHARKI ACHRAF- MAS
8-BENOUN BADR - RCA
9-BOUTAYEB OMAR - RCA
10-BOULHROUD BADR - FUS
13-EL KARTI WALID - WAC
14-HAJHOUJ REDA - WAC
15-EL KAABI AYOUB - RAC
16-TARIK TISSOUDALI - LE HAVRE
17-KARIM ACHAHBAR - ROUEN METROPOLE
18-ADIL AZBAGUE - FC VALENCIENNES
19-BRAHIM SABOUANI - LIERSE
20-H’MAIDAT ISMAIL - AS ROME
21-ZAKARIA EL AZOUZI - SPARTA ROTTERDAM
22-AMRABAT SOFYAN - FC UTRECHT
23-HACHIM MASTOUR - PEC ZWOLLE.
By The Atlas Lions, Aug 23 2016 12:24PM
Benfica midfielder Adel Taarabt is in talks with several clubs regarding a transfer away from the Portuguese giants but has revealed his dream destination involves a return to a former French football.
Taarabt has endured a strange career with plenty of potential and faith shown in his ability, but he has continued to flatter to deceive and now, just a year after joining Benfica, is on his way out of the club.
The 27-year-old former Tottenham and Queens Park Rangers midfielder has revealed that he is in talks with ‘several clubs’, but he also confirmed what the ‘perfect’ destination would be for him before the summer transfer window shuts.
Taarabt hopes to gain a move to Ligue 1 giants Marseille, as it where he grew up and where his family still live.
He began his professional career in playing in France, with Lens, before joining Spurs in 2007.
“It is the city where I grew up, where my parents live. It would be nice to go back home, to my family,” Taarabt said, via ESPN FC.
“For me it would be the perfect club, the one I need. With the experience I have, I know what a club like OM would expect of me. If I did go back, it would not be for fun. It would be nice to return to France, I miss it. I have been abroad for 10 years.”
Taarabt also shed some light on his struggles at Benfica over the past year.
“The situation here is difficult, ” he explained.
“At first, it was an interesting challenge, they wanted me as a replacement for Nico Gaitan but he stayed and only joined Atletico Madrid this summer. On top of that, when I signed Jorge Jesus was coach but then, a month later, he joined Sporting CP. A new coach arrived [Rui Vitoria] and I do not fit into his plans.
“I train and train but he does not give me a chance, even in friendly matches. I am not a player he chooses.”
Read more at http://www.squawka.com/news/ex-spurs-and-qpr-playmaker-adel-taarabt-reveals-his-perfect-transfer-this-summer/754364#zffpk4uEvBOQ1tUG.99
By The Atlas Lions, Aug 23 2016 10:35AM
According to today’s edition of France Football, a host of Premier League sides remain interested in signing Lille attacker Sofiane Boufal before the transfer window shuts, despite his injury that will keep him out of action until the middle of next month.
Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Watford (who had a €15m offer rejected earlier on in the window) have all yet to rule out moving of the Moroccan international before the end of the month.
Also watch out for Valencia, who have been surveying the player’s situation throughout the summer.
Lille’s asking price is set at €25m.
By The Atlas Lions, Aug 22 2016 6:18PM
According to TuttomercatoWeb, Southampton are interested in Palermo defender/winger Achraf Lazaar.
The report says that Southampton and Crystal Palace have held talks with Lazaar, with West Ham also thought to be keen.
Offers are thought to have been made for Lazaar, although it is unknown as to whether or not Southampton are one of the sides to have bid for him.
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He has one year left on his current contract, which means that he could be available for a subsidised fee.
Lazaar has refused to sign a new deal at Palermo, which is why the Italian side are being forced to cash in on their asset.
The 24-year-old can play at left-back, or on the left-wing, which is an attractive prospect for Southampton. This means that he can add added depth for Europa League football, giving Claude Puel more options in midfield and at the back, similar to Jeremy Pied.
By The Atlas Lions, Aug 22 2016 3:38PM
(TheAtlasLions.com) Morocco manager Herve Renard has selected 27 players for the friendly with Albania on August 31st and AFCON 2017 qualifier against Sao Tome on Sep 4th.
Here's the squad list:
1-Munir El Kajoui - Numancia
2-Yassine Bounou - Girona
3-Yassine Kharroubi - Lokomotiv Plovdi
4-Mohammed Amsif - IRT
5-Nabil Dirar - AS Monaco
6-Achraf Lazaar - Palermo
7-Hamza Mendil - Lille
8-Achraf Hakimi - Real Madrid
9-Mehdi Benatia - Juventus
10-Marouane Da Costa - Olympiacos
11- Naif Akrad - FUS Rabat
12-Faycal Rherras - Hearts
13-Anas Asbahi - WAC
14-Youssef Ait Bennasser - AS Nancy
15-Karim El Ahmadi - Feyenoord Rotterdam
16-Mounir Obbadi - Lille
17-Omar El Kaddouri - Napoli
18-Faycal Fajr - Deportivo La Coruna
19-Hakim Ziyech - FC Twente
20-Atif Chehechouh - Fenerbahce
21-Oussama Tannane - St Etienne
22-Mohammed Fouzair - FUS Rabat
23-Mourad Batna - FUS Rabat
24-Nordin Amrabat - Watford
25-Youssef Nassiri - Malaga
26-Aziz Bouhaddouz - Sankt Pauli
27-Rayan Mmaee A Nwambeben - Standard de Liege.
By The Atlas Lions, Aug 21 2016 10:48PM
(TheAtlasLions.com) Morocco U17 were eliminated by Guinea after penalty shoot-outs for the CAF U17 Championship qualifiers, regular time ended with 1-1 draw (aggregate 2-2)
By The Atlas Lions, Aug 20 2016 8:44PM
By The Atlas Lions, Aug 17 2016 12:13PM
West Ham United are closing in on the £2.5m signing of Palermo left-back Achraf Lazaar, according to the Evening Standard.
The 24-year-old is set to join the Hammers, who have seen off competition from French side Monaco to put themselves at the front of the queue to sign him.
Lazaar is a Morocco international. He was born in Casablanca, but moved to Italy as a child and joined Varese’s youth setup.
He was signed by Palermo in January 2014 and has since clocked up 73 appearances for the Rosanero.
Lazaar can also operate as a left winger, which will give Hammers boss Slaven Bilic options down that flank.
By The Atlas Lions, Aug 16 2016 7:57PM
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