• Transfers: Rennes eye El Arabi

    (TheAtlasLions.com) Morocco international and Granada striker Youssef El Arabi is eyed by French outfit Rennes reported France Football.

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  • U23: No CAF U23 championship and no Olympic Games for Morocco

    (TheAtlasLions.com) Morocco U23 failed to qualify to the CAF U23 Championship as they lost 2-0 against Tunisia in the second leg match played in Tunis on Saturday.

    Tunisia qualified by aggregate result 2-1.

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  • Lyon interest is flattering - Dynamo Kiev's Younes Belhanda

    Dynamo Kiev's Younes Belhanda has told RMC he would welcome a move to Lyon with the ambitious French club seeking to do "great things."

    Belhanda, 25, has spent the last two years in Kiev having moved to Ukraine after helping Montpellier to their surprise 2011-12 Ligue 1 title triumph and featuring in the Champions League.

    After completing a domestic double last season, Belhanda feels it is time to move on and admitted he would happily return to his native France should OL follow up their reported interest in him.

    http://www.espnfc.co.uk/story/2543542/lyon-interest-is-flattering-dynamo-kiev-younes-belhanda?

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  • Transfers: Watford battling Monaco for the signing of Palermo defender Achraf Lazaar

    It is being reported that Watford have not forgotten about attempting to bring in yet another new left-back this summer.

    They have already signed the Greek international Jose Holebas from AS Roma and now want another to supplement the position.

    According to Tutto Mercato Web, Palermo defender Achraf Lazaar fits the bill.

    The Moroccan international, who can also play on the left-wing, signed for the club in 2014 from Varese and has gone on to impress at the club.

    He is also wanted by AS Monaco, who are fretting over the future of their current left-back Layvin Kurzawa. Any troubles over a work permit would be unlikely. Lazaar has lived in Italy since 2003 so would be free to play in England.

    http://www.hitc.com/en-gb/2015/07/31/report-watford-battling-monaco-for-the-signing-of-palermo-defend/?

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  • Transfers: Ould-Chikh completes Benfica move

    Benfica have had an agreement with FC Twente for the young winger since earlier this month, but they had to wait until Ould-Chikh turned 18 to confirm the deal. With his birthday two days ago, Ould-Chikh has now officially signed his five-year-deal.

    Ould-Chikh made 16 Eredivisie appearances for Twente since his debut in 2014, scoring once. The Netherlands U19 international will join up with his new teammates at training on Monday.

    http://www.football-oranje.com/ould-chikh-completes-benfica-move/?

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  • U23: Morocco confident of reaching U-23 Championship finals

    Morocco will face Tunisia in Radès on Saturday, in the return leg of their 2015 CAF U-23 Championships final qualifying tie.

    The young Atlas Lions are taking a one-goal advantage into the game after securing a narrow 1-0 victory in the first leg in Rabat, thanks to a successful attempt from Achraf Bencherki from the penalty spot on the stroke of half-time.

    And the Moroccans are adamant that it will be enough to finish the job on the road and send their fellow North-Africans packing.

    “The most important was to keep a cleansheet and we managed to reach our objective,” Morocco U-23 boss Hassan Benabicha said.

    “We also managed to secure a victory with a single goal. We missed several clear-cut chances, but the most important was to win.

    “We are determined to qualify. This generation of players really deserve it.”

    Meanwhile, Tunisia will be aiming for an early goal to revive their chances of progressing, knowing that conceding another goal would make it very difficult for them.

    To host Morocco, coach Maher Kanzari called-up Amor Zakri as a replacement for injured forward Rafik Boujedra.

    The aggregate winners will book their spot at the tournament’s finals, which will take place in Senegal between 28 November and 12 December with the top three teams to represent Africa at the 2016 Summer Olympics men’s football tournament.

    The game will kick off at Stade Olympique de Radès at 19h00 CAT on Saturday 1 August 2015.

    http://africanfootball.com//news/555348/Morocco-confident-of-reaching-U-23-Championship-finals?

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  • Transfers: Lyon make offer for Younes Belhanda

    According to our colleagues at BeIN Sports, Lyon have made a surprising move to sign former Montpellier winger Younes Belhanda from Dynamo Kiev.

    OL are understood to have presented the Ukrainian side with a formal offer, to which they are awaiting a response. The French media outfit is confident in the player’s desire to return to Ligue 1 and make the move happen. It is unclear whether this would be a loan or not at the time of writing.

    http://www.getfootballnewsfrance.com/2015/lyon-make-offer-for-younes-belhanda/?

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  • Transfers: Palermo Sign El Kaoutari From Montpellier

    (Forza Italian Football) Palermo have made another addition to their squad ahead of the 2015-16 Serie A season after signing central defender Abdelhamid El Kaoutari from Ligue 1 side Montpellier.

    The Morocco international is the 15th summer arrival at the Stadio Renzo Barbera after the Rosanero paid a €2 million transfer fee to secure his signature.

    Sky Sport Italia reports that the 25-year-old has agreed on a four-year contract with the Sicilian side and will join up with his new team-mates at their pre-season camp at Ponte di Legno in the northern province of Lombardy.

    The defender has spent his entire career at Montpellier and was part of the side that won the Ligue 1 title in 2011-12.

    El Kaoutari was almost an ever-present for the southern French side after missing only one league match in the entire 2014-15 season.

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  • Press review: Zaki braced for E/Guinea hurdle

    Morocco head coach, Badou Ezzaki popularly known as Badou Zaki, believes that the 2018 Fifa World Cup qualification draw against Equatorial Guinea is not bad for his team.

    The 2018 Fifa World Cup qualification draw put the Atlas Lions face to face with Equatorial Guinea in the second round.

    Ezzaki is threading cautiously about the Equatorial Guineans following their achievement at the last edition of the Africa Cup of Nations which they played hosts to.

    Despite recognising the threat that the Equatorial Guineans can pose to their reaching the group stage of the 2018 Mundial in Russia, the Moroccan manager is confident his men can progress beyond the second round.

    "I respect Equatorial Guinea so much. They are a very good team and the draw is not bad for us. We respect them especially after what they did at the last version of Africa Cup of Nations when they reached the semifinals," Ezzaki said.

    "We will have enough time to prepare and study about them. I am sure we will take the ticket to the next stage. I think this is the right time for Morocco to reach World Cup finals."

    http://www.supersport.com/football/fifa-world-cup-2018/news/150727/Zaki_braced_for_EGuinea_hurdle

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  • Transfers: Hamda Allah joins El Jaish Qatari

    (TheAtlasLions.com) Morocco international Abdelrazak Hamdallah has signed a two year deal with El Jaish Qatari from Qatar reported the club on their official website on Monday.

    Hamdallah played for Guangzhou R&F in the Chinese Super League, Aalesunds Fotballklubb in Norway and Olympic Safi in Morocco.

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