By The Atlas Lions, Oct 2 2015 7:50PM
Málaga CF player, Nordin Amrabat has undergone successful surgery in Amsterdam to repair the torn meniscus in his right knee.
The Blue and Whites’ striker was operated on without any problems for the torn meniscus in his right knee, at Amsterdam’s OLVG Clinic in Holland, by Doctor Mutsaerts.
The Club’s Head of Medical Services, Juan Carlos Pérez Frías, was present during Amrabat’s operation. The player will return to Málaga next week to begin his recovery from injury.
By The Atlas Lions, Oct 1 2015 3:42PM
Côte d’Ivoire boss Michel Dussuyer on Thursday announced his 21-man squad to face Morocco in a friendly in Agadir on 9 October.
The match will serve as preparation for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers for the two sides, with the Elephants set to launch their campaign against Liberia or Guinea-Bissau in November.
Still to take a decision on his international future, skipper Yaya Touré made himself unavailable for selection, while his Manchester City teammate Wilfried Bony will be missing out due to an ankle problem.
ADO Den Haag centre-back Wilfried Kanon and Bournemouth attacking midfielder Max Gradel are also sidelined with injuries, but Dussuyer will be able to count on experienced Serge Aurier, Eric Bailly, Geoffroy Serey Die, Salomon Kalou, Seydou Doumbia and Gervinho.
In addition, the former Guinea head coach took this opportunity to recall centre-back Lamine Koné, left-back Constant Djakpa and striker Cyriac Gohi Bi, while handing a maiden call-up to Sint-Truiden, on loan from Chelsea, 19-year-old winger Victorian Angban and Inter Milan 18-year-old midfielder Assane Gnoukouri.
CÔTE D’IVOIRE 21-PLAYER SQUAD
GBOHOUO Sylvain (TP Mazembe – DR Congo)
SAYOUBA Mande (Stabaek – Norway)
AURIER Serge (Paris SG – France)
BAGAYOKO Mamadou (KV St Trond – Belgium)
BAILLY Eric (Villareal – Spain)
DELI Simon (Slavia Prague – Czech Republic)
DJAKPA Constant (Eintracht Francfort – Germany)
KONE Lamine (FC Lorient – France)
VIERA Ousmane (Rizespor – Turkey)
ANGBAN Victorien (St Trond VV – Belgium)
AKPA AKPRO Jean Daniel (Toulouse FC – France)
DIOMANDE Ismaël (AS St Etienne – France)
GNOUKOURI Assane (Inter Milan – Italy)
SEREY DIE Geoffrey (VFB Stuttgart - Germany)
SERI Jean Michaël (OGC Nice – France)
ASSALE Roger (TP Mazembe – DR Congo)
DOUMBIA Seydou (CSKA Moscow – Russia)
GERVINHO (AS Rome – Italy)
GOHI BI Cyriac (KV Ostende – Belgium)
KALOU Salomon (Hertha Berlin – Germany)
SIO Giovanni (Stade Rennais – France)
By The Atlas Lions, Oct 1 2015 12:51PM
By The Atlas Lions, Sep 30 2015 3:22PM
(TheAtlasLions.com) Morocco national coach Badou Zaki has selected 26 players for the friendlies of the Atlas Lions against Ivory Coast (Oct 9) and Guinea (Oct 12).
Here is the squad list:
1-BOUNOU YASSINE - REAL ZARAGOZA
2-EL KAJOUI MUNIR ( MOHAMADI ) - CD NUMANCIA
3-BOURKADI AMINE - OCK
4-ACHCHAKIR ABDERRAHIM - AS FAR
5-OULHAJ MOHAMED - RCA
6-ABARHOUNE MOHAMED - MAT
7-DIRAR NABIL - AS MONACO
8-EL ADOUA ISSAM - CHONGQING LIFAN
9-LAZAAR ACHRAF - PALERMO
10-CHAFIK FOUAD - LAVAL
11-EL AHMADI KARIM - FEYENOORD ROTTERDAM
12-ACHENTEH ROCHDI - VITESSE ARNHEM
13-OBBADI MOUNIR - LOSC LILE
14-FEDDAL ZOUHAIR - LEVANTE
15-BELHANDA YOUNES - DYNAMO DE KIEV
16-KHARJA HOUSSINE - STEAUA BUCURESTI
17-EL KADOURI OMAR - NAPOLI
18-SAADANE MARWANE - FUS
19-METAOUALI MOHSINE - AL WAKRA
20-HAMED-ALLAH ABDERRAZZAQ - ALJAICH
21-CHAHECHOUHE AATIF - SIVASSPOR
22-IAJOUR MOUHSSINE - QATAR
23-ELARABI YOUSSEF - GRANADA CF
24-BARRADA ABDELAZIZ - OLYMPIQUE DE MARSEILLE
25-MESTOUR HACHIM - MALAGA FC
26-ZIYECH HAKIM - FC TWENTE.
By The Atlas Lions, Sep 29 2015 4:00PM
Controversial playmaker has again been accused of being too fat to play, as he was at QPR, and was allegedly out on the town in the early hours of a match-day
Adel Taarabt could be sold by Benfica in January - just four months after joining the Portuguese champions on a free transfer.
The 26-year-old Moroccan playmaker signed a five-year deal in June after having his contract with Queens Park Rangers terminated following their relegation from the Premier League.
His future in Lisbon is now in doubt, however, after he allegedly broke a club curfew ahead of last Saturday’s 3-0 win over Pacos de Ferreira.
Taarabt is understood to have been seen “sampling the nightlife” in the early hours, even though his Benfica’s players are meant to be home by 11pm the night before a match.
The club are now examining all options — including putting the player up for sale when the transfer window reopens in January.
The controversy comes months after we revealed Taarabt was one of the so-called ‘bad eggs’ at QPR last season, with the west Londoners unhappy with his attitude in training.
Taarabt hit the headlines in Portugal last month when he was told by his new club’s coaching staff that he “needed to lose 1.5kg” and that he would not get a game unless he did so.
Taarabt has yet to play in a competitive match for Benfica and coach Rui Vitoria revealed he is still not convinced by the ex-Tottenham and Fulham midfielder’s application in training.
He said: “My selection criterion is the quality of the player, whether young or old, Portuguese or foreign. When there is a change of country, some adapt more quickly than others, it is a normal process. When we hear that they are ready to join the team, they will come “
It is not the first time that Taarabt has had his weight questioned.
His then-QPR boss Harry Redknapp was involved in a furious public spat with the playmaker in October last year.
Redknapp said of a player he also managed at Spurs: “He’s not injured. He’s not fit. He’s not fit to play football unfortunately. He played in a reserve game the other day and I could have run about more than he did.
‘I pick people who want to try, who come in every day and work, train and show a good attitude.
“When he starts doing that, if he ever can, maybe he’ll get a game. I can’t protect people who don’t want to run and train, and are about three stone overweight.’
But Taarabt rejected the claim, hitting back: “I am a professional - this is not about retaliation, this is about protecting my reputation,’ said Taarabt.
“I played in that reserve game for 90 minutes and if he didn’t think I was running he could have taken me off. Maybe I didn’t perform like I could because it was a reserve team game and I was protecting myself.”
By The Atlas Lions, Sep 29 2015 3:51PM
Malaga will be without forward Nordin Amrabat for two months after it was confirmed he tore his meniscus in his right knee against Real Madrid.
AS notes Amrabat was hurt in a collision with Nacho during the goalless draw, and was dismissed with 13 minutes to go for raising a hand to Marcelo.
But tests have confirmed that the 28-year-old will miss the next eight weeks, following surgery to repair the damage.
The procedure is scheduled to take place in Amrabat’s native Netherlands on Friday.
By The Atlas Lions, Sep 28 2015 9:26PM
(TheAtlasLions.com) U19 team coach .Abdellah Idrissi has selected 32 players for a training camp to be held between Oct 6 and Oct 13.
Here is the squad list:
1-SIDKI ACHRAF - Malaga
2-ESSIUOUDY AISSA - MAT
3-AGADAY MEHDI - DHJ
4-HAKIMI ACHRAF - R. Madrid
5-ALAMA ALAE - FUS
6-BOUHABI NABIL - LOSC , Lille
7-LAMGHAYEZ YANIS - Bastia
8-AMRANI SOULIMANE - Malaga
9-NADRANI YAHIA - Saint Etienne
10-DARI ACHRAF - WAC
11-NOUADER ANAS - AMF
12-MENDYL HAMZA - AMF
13-BENJEDDI ADIL - O. Lyon
14-GHARIB AZIZ - ASS
15-REGRAGUI HAMZA - Malaga
16-BENKTIB ISMAIL - ELCHE
17-LOMMA MEHDI - Genk
18-MOURABIT MOHAMMED - OCS
19-MORSLI SAAD - HUSA
20-FADIZ OTMANE - FUS
21-MAZIANE SAAD - AMF
22-EL YOUSFI MEHDI - AMF
23-IJJAI MEHDI - OCK
24-TAMAYAZOU MAATI - RCA
25-HLAL MAROUANE - Real Madrid
26-DRISS KHALIL - FC TOULOUSE
27-EN NECYRI YOUSSEF - Malaga
28-EL BOUAZZATTI MOHAMED - DORTMUND
29-BENACER ISMAIL - Arsenal
30-HARIT AMINE - FC NANTES
31-MOUKHLISS AGMIR MOHAMED AIMAN - REAL MADRID
32-SIDDIKI OUSSAMA - R. Madrid.
By The Atlas Lions, Sep 28 2015 7:12PM
(TheAtlasLions.com) Heracles Almelo forward Oussama Tannane has been suspended for two matches following an incident in the Dutch Cup match against Vitesse Arnhem.
Furthermore Tannane will be out for at least four weeks through knee injury.
By The Atlas Lions, Sep 28 2015 12:02PM
A goal from Moroccan Nabil Dirar and an assist helped Monaco earn a share of the spoils as their French Ligue 1 game ended 3-3 against Guingamp at the Stade du Roudourou on Sunday.
By The Atlas Lions, Sep 25 2015 1:47PM
Ajax winger Anwar El Ghazi has revealed that Cristiano Ronaldo helped him make his decision to represent the Netherlands over Morocco.
El Ghazi was named in Netherlands pre-selection for the ties with Kazakhstan and the Czech Republic next month, and announced his decision to represent the Oranje over Morocco on Twitter.
Speaking to the Ajax official website the 20-year-old has revealed that Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was among those that persuaded him to pick Netherlands.
El Ghazi said, “I have thought about it for a long time. My parents, my family, my personal trainer and also Cristiano Ronaldo have advised me. I have included everything in my choice.”
“It came up with Ronaldo. He asked how i stood on the Netherlands. He said if he were me, he would opt for the Netherlands. He said I had to decide it myself and that people always have an opinion. Choose Netherlands and Moroccans will say I’m not a real Moroccan, opt for Morocco then the Dutch say ‘hey, you’re born and raised here, what the hell is that?”
He concluded by saying, “It has therefore become the Netherlands. I am really happy that I am selected for the shortlist. That’s an honor. I’ll do my best. Who knows if I’ll be in the final selection.”
“I’m going to do my best. I’m going to give everything for the country because I was born and raised here.”
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