• 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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  • Moroccans Abroad: Boussoufa Cup winner for Lokomotiv Moscow

    (AFP) Two-time former champions Lokomotiv Moscow battled back from a goal down to win the Russian Cup as they defeated Kuban Krasnodar 3-1 in the final at the southern city of Astrakhan.

    The extra time goals by Moubark Boussoufa and Alexei Miranchuk sealed the sixth national Cup for the railway-backed side and a place in next season's UEFA Europa League competition.

    Midfielder Vladislav Ignatiev put Kuban 1-0 up in the 28th minute when he sent the ball into the net between goalkeeper Marinato Guilherme's legs from the edge of the six-yard box after Lokomotiv were guilty of a defensive blunder.

    But Boussoufa set up Lokomotiv's equaliser as he found the unmarked second-half substitute Senegalese forward Baye Oumar Niasse in the area and he fired home from seven metres to level with 17 minutes to go.

    In the 104th minute Russian international Alan Kasayev helped the ball on to Boussoufa in the box and the Moroccan steered the ball into the back of the net with an eight-metre header to send Lokomotiv supporters into raptures.

    Miranchuk added his goal seven minutes later when he picked up the ball in the centre of the pitch and worked his way into the area to sidefoot the ball past helpless keeper Alexander Belenov which secured the Muscovites a well-deserved win.

    See goal video Boussoufa

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4BfyrfcqQI

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  • UNAF U16: Tournament to be held in Morocco

    (TheAtlasLions.com) UNAF U16 tournament will be hosted by Morocco and will be held in Rabat between June 6th and June 12th with the participation of Tunisia and Mauritania.

    Here are the fixtures:

    Sunday, June 7th: Morocco vs Mauritania

    Tuesday June 9th: Tunisia vs Mauritania

    Thursday June 11th: Morocco vs Tunisia.

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  • Moroccans Abroad: Celtic Chase Parma Defender Zouhair Feddal

    Scottish champions Celtic are chasing Parma defender Zouhair Feddal.

    Bhoys boss Ronny Deila is working hard to identify targets ahead of the opening of the summer transfer window and the Morocco international has appeared on his radar, with the Norwegian having been impressed with what he has seen.

    Due to Parma's financial problems, which resulted in bankruptcy earlier this season, Feddal will be on the move in the summer.

    According to Italian outlet Tutto Mercato, Celtic, along with two clubs from England, are making the running for the defender.

    The 26-year-old spent the first half of this season on loan at Palermo before returning to Parma in the new year.

    http://www.insidefutbol.com/2015/05/20/celtic-chase-parma-defender-zouhair-feddal/209105/?

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  • Moroccans Abroad: Adel Taarabt and Armand Traore look set to leave QPR this summer.

    According to the Mirror, QPR are set to offload Taarabt and Traore this summer as they prepare for a major squad revamp under newly appointed permanent manager Chris Ramsey.

    Taarabt has made eight appearances for the R’s this season, but has come under much criticism for his lack of work rate and fitness on many occasions.

    25-year-old full-back Traore has made 17 appearances this term, but has done little to impress.

    Both players have contracts until the end of next season, but Ramsey is keen to build a squad in his own image for the upcoming Championship season, and he does not see either Traore or Taarabt as being part of that image.

    Whilst that is no surprise for Traore, it is surprising to see Ramsey planning to get rid of Moroccan international Taarabt, who, at 25-years-old, has exceptional talent in the Premier League.

    There have been issues with his fitness in the past, but a good manager should be able to get the best out of him, and only last month Ramsey told Get West London that the attacking midfielder is one of the best players in the Premier League.

    The coach said: “Let’s be honest, he should be playing for a top team in a top country like he showed at AC Milan when on loan. At the moment, I don’t think I’ve got the time to spend when I’ve got to get the rest of the squad where I want them to be, and it's frustrating because he’s one of the best players in the Premiership.”

    Ramsey’s comments show that he was unwilling to put the hours in to train Taarabt this season due to having to focus upon the whole squad.

    But with an entire pre-season to go under the new manager, Ramsey could have worked with the outcast star, got him to the required level, and then let him loose on a Championship division that he has far too much talent for.

    However, the report claims that Taarabt is set to be pushed out of the club, and it looks as if Ramsey has no desire to work with him this summer.

    http://hereisthecity.com/en-gb/2015/05/21/report-qpr-set-to-offload-adel-taarabt-and-armand-traore-this-su/

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