• U21: Morocco and England in stalemate 3-3

    (TheAtlasLions.com) Morocco U21 played a 3-3 draw against England in their opening match of the Toulon Tournament in France. Morocco goals were scored by Hajhouj and Bencharki (x2)

    Morocco's second match is against China on May 30th.

    LINE UPS:

    ENGLAND: Walton, Iorfa, Stephens, Cargill (Odubajo 41 mins), Hause; Watmore (Akpom 63), Grimes, Hanson (Reed 63), Baker, Gray; Wilson

    Goals: Gray 8, Watmore 24, Akpom 77

    Booked: Iorfa

    Sent off: Iorfa

    MOROCCO: Tagnaouti; Benoun, Jamaaoui, Moussadak, Ait Khorsa; Al Asbahi, El Karti, Bencharki, El Hassouni, Sabbar; 15 Hajhouj.

    Goals: Hause (og) 13, Bencharki 14, 39

    See Morocco goals:

    1-1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kyHOSr3aNQU

    2-1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ql-5E77XCDo

    3-2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tkwq1xNPnII

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  • U20: Squad list for UNAF Tournament

    (TheAtlasLions.com) Morocco U20 team will take part in the UNAF tournament to be held in Tunisia and will see the participation of Libya, Mali and host Tunisia. The tournament will take place between June 9th and June 14th.

    Coach Abdellah El Idrissi has selected 20 players for this tournament.

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  • BENATIA: 'IT'S BEEN A GOOD SEASON'

    Munich - A spate of niggling injuries contributed to a rather stop-start debut campaign in FC Bayern München colours for Moroccan international captain Medhi Benatia, but he has nevertheless enjoyed some tangible success, namely winning the league title.After getting his hands on the Meisterschale last weekend, the 28-year-old defender caught up with bundesliga.com to discuss his first season in the Bavarian capital...

    bundesliga.com: Medhi Benatia, are you glad the summer holidays are now upon you?

    Mehdi Benatia: In recent weeks we've been playing once every three days and now we're just happy to be able to spend time with our families. I've got a game with the Moroccan national team before I can go on holiday, though.

    bundesliga.com: What would you say Bayern were lacking in your first season at the club?

    Benatia: We tried to give it everything to reach our goals. We've won the Bundesliga title and reached the semi-finals of the [UEFA] Champions League and DFB Cup but we've had unbelievably bad luck with injuries, we've been without world-class players for months on end. There's no team in the world that can compensate for that. They're simply irreplaceable. In spite of that, I still think it's been a good season, though. I'm happy.

    bundesliga.com: And on a personal note?

    Benatia: I was always having to contend with injuries. More than anything, that made it hard to find my rhythm and that was definitely disappointing. I didn't have any time to prepare during the summer either because I arrived in Munich at the end of August when the season had already started. And during the winter break I had muscular problems, so couldn't fully take part in training. When I was fit, I played to the best of my abilities and fulfilled expectations.

    bundesliga.com: You won the first trophy of your career. What does it feel like to be champions?

    Benatia: When we became official champions [on Matchday 30], we were at home [not playing that day], so it felt a bit strange. But looking back, it was a fantastic Bundesliga season because we won the title with room to spare without any real wobbles. And the title party - both in the stadium and at Marienplatz - was fantastic.

    bundesliga.com: Was going out of the Champions League to Barcelona the biggest disappointment of the season?

    Benatia: I came to Munich almost a year ago now to also win the Champions League. Unfortunately we couldn't do that this season. But we came away from the games against Barcelona with our heads held high. We gave everything, but when you're missing four top-class players it's really tough to beat a team like that, not that it should be an excuse. Imagine Barca playing without Neymar, [Lionel] Messi and [Luis] Suarez or Real Madrid without Cristiano Ronaldo - they'd look completely different. But that's normal and it's part and parcel of the game.

    bundesliga.com: How would you describe the season: ordinary, good or really good?

    Benatia: It's been a good season, and with a bit more luck on the injury front, I think it would have been a very, very good season.

    bundesliga.com: Pep Guardiola has always put his trust in you. What has it been like working under him this past year?

    Benatia: I've learnt a lot and furthered my development. Pep Guardiola is a coach who's obsessed with details, works meticulously and always gives 100 per cent. I'm happy and proud to be able to work under a coach like him.

    Medhi Benatia was talking to Alexis Menage

    http://www.bundesliga.com/en/liga/news/2014/0000321237.php?

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  • FIFA scandal; If found guilty, SA will have to pay back the money

    By Sowetan LIVE

    Morocco‚ which lost the rigged bid to SA‚ may be able to demand compensation from the South African government.

    Government’s many pronouncements about the billions that the World Cup brought in to the country could be used to arrive at a total that Morocco could use to make such a demand.

    According to Washingtontimes.com news website, FIFA said it spent $1.298 billion on the World Cup in South Africa and also gave $100 million to the World Cup Legacy Trust, a fund that supports grassroots soccer projects.

    So if found guilty of any wrong doing; the country would be required to pay the combined amounts or more to Morocco as compensation.

    Meanwhile, South African Minister of Sports and Recreation, Fikile Mbalula, is expected to brief the media today regarding the FIFA World Cup 2010 bribery allegations brought against FIFA by the US Attorney’s office.

    "The Minister of Sport and Recreation South Africa, Fikile Mbalula has noted statements by the US Department of Justice that allege bribes were paid to FIFA Officials for the selection of the 2010 World Cup host,” said the Official Twitter Account of the Department of Sport and Recreation South Africa on Wednesday evening.

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  • World Cup: South Africa Paid $10 Million Bribe to Take 2010 World Cup Away from Morocco

    Morocco World News

    Rabat- US Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Wednesday that Corrupt FIFA officials took bribes during the process that awarded the 2010 edition of the World Cup to South Africa.

    “Around 2004, bidding began for the opportunity to host the 2010 World Cup, which was ultimately awarded to South Africa, the first time the tournament would be held on the African continent,” she was quoted by AFP as saying.

    “But even for this historic event, FIFA executives and others corrupted the process by using bribes to influence the hosting decision,” she added.

    Jack Warner, former FIFA Vice-President and former President of CONCACAF was the mastermind of the scheme that allowed South Africa to be named host of the 2010 World Cup.

    During the voting that was held in May 2004, South Africa won the right to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup after they beat Morocco 14-10 in the final vote, thus becoming the first African country to host the tournament.

    Ever since, Morocco has always alleged that the voting process was marred by fraud.

    Morocco was the first African country to present its bid to host the World Cup. Morocco made its first bid in the early 1990’s to host the 1994 edition of the football’s showpiece, which was eventually organized in the United States.

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  • NT: Ziyech chooses Netherlands over Morocco

    FC Twente midfielder Hakim Ziyech has confirmed his choice to play for Netherlands national team over Morocco.

    The 22-year-old could earn his first Netherlands cap next month after being named by Guus Hiddink for a training camp in preparation for the ties with USA and Latvia next month.

    Ziyech, who has represented Netherlands at U19,U20 and U21 level, could have switched his allegiances to Morocco, but confirmed to De Telegraaf that the Oranje are his first choice because he wants to play at a World Cup or European Championships.

    He said, “For every player it is a difficult choice, but what has given me the decisive factor is that the Netherlands often leads to big tournaments.”

    Ziyech was in great form for FC Twente this season, ending the season top of the assist charts with 16, whilst also scoring 13 goals.

    http://www.football-oranje.com/ziyech-chooses-netherlands-over-morocco/?

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  • AFCON 2017 Qualifiers: Morocco squad list vs Libya

    (TheAtlasLions.com) Morocco coach Badou Zaki has selected 28 players for the AFCON 2017 qualifier against Libya in Agadir on June 12th.

    Here is the squad list:

    1-BOUNOU YASSINE - REAL ZARAGOZA

    2-M’HAMDI ABDELALI - KACM

    3-EL KAJOUI MONIR - CD NUMANCIA

    4-EL BOURKADI AMINE - OCK

    5-EL YOUSSFI MOHAMED - MAT

    6-EL MOUTAQUI MEHDI - FC BAYERN MUNICH

    7-ABARHOUNE MOHAMED - MAT

    8-ACHCHAKIR ABDERAHIM - AS FAR

    9-FEDDAL ZOUHAIR - PARMA

    10-CHAFIK FOUAD - LAVAL

    11-ACHENTEH ROCHDI - VITESSE ARNHEM

    12-KHARJA HOUSSINE - FC SOCHAUX

    13-EL ADOUA ISSAM - CHONGQING LIFAN

    14-LAZAAR ACHRAF - PALERMO

    15-EL AHMADI KARIM - FEYENOORD ROTTERDAM

    16-OBBADI MOUNIR - HELLAS VERONA

    17-AIT BEN IDER JAMAL - AJ AUXERRE

    18-EL MESSAOUDI AHMED - FC LIERSE

    19-AMRABAT NOUREDDINE - MALAGA FC

    20-MESTOUR HACHIM - AC MILAN

    21-EL KADDOURI OMAR - TORINO

    22-LABYAD ZAKARIA - VITESSE ARNHEM

    23-HAMED-ALLAH ABDERRAZZAQ - GUANGZOU FC

    24-CHAHECHOUHE AATIF - SIVASSPOR

    25-BOUFAL SOUFIANE - LOSC LILLE

    26-IAJOUR MOUHSSINE - MAT

    27-BATNA MOURAD - FUS

    28-ESSAYDI OUSSAMA - AL-AHLI EMIRATI.

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  • Moroccans Abroad: Chamakh scores in final day of EPL and gets injured

    CRYSTAL Palace came away with a 1-0 win against Swansea City on the final day of the Premier League season this afternoon.

    The three points ensured that the Eagles would finish in tenth position, after both Everton and West Ham lost in their games against Tottenham and Newcastle United.

    Marouane Chamakh grabbed the winner just shy of the hour-mark, but the striker was forced off with another hamstring injury soon after.

    It was a bright start to the game, as both sides looked to get a strong foothold, and it was the Eagles who had the edge going forward.

    See goal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNwpz0cqxkI

    Read more: http://www.croydonadvertiser.co.uk/Crystal-Palace-1-0-Swansea-City-Chamakh-Moroccan/story-26563759-detail/story.html#ixzz3b59trHIp

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  • Moroccans Abroad: Ould Chikh tracked by Valencia

    (TheAtlasLions.com) FC Twente striker Bilal Ould Chikh (17) is tracked by Valencia who showed interest in signing him same as Benfica and Sporting Lisbon.

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  • NT: Hachim Mastour to Play With Morocco Against Libya

    Morocco World News

    Rabat- The Moroccan Royal Football Federation (FRMF) said it has received guarantees that AC Milan’s wonderkid Hachim Mastour will join the Moroccan national team once his name is included in Badou Ezzaki’s official squad for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Libya on June 12 in Agadir, in southern Morocco.

    Mastour, who has already played for the Italian under-16s, has been included in a 30-man roster ahead of the Atlas Lions’ first match for the 2017 Afcon qualifiers.

    According to Hesport, the Moroccan young player expressed readiness to play for Morocco, his country of origin, despite pressure from the Italian media to choose Italy instead.

    A source from the FRMF quoted by Hesport has urged, however, not to jump to conclusions and to avoid making the same mistakes of the past, adding that the head coach and the football federation are expecting Mastour’s final decision in the next few days.

    In 2013, Mastour was named the world’s top rising stars by British sports website Footballbettingodds.co.uk. The Moroccan Messi, who will turn seventeen next June, drew the attention of European clubs such as Real Madrid, Ajax Amsterdam and FC Barcelona, thanks to his dribbling ability and skills. If he opts for the Atlas Lions instead of the Squadra Azzura, he will add his dribbling skills and pace to Badou Ezzaki’s team.

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