• 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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  • Moroccans Abroad: MAN UTD IN FC TWENTE CONTACT FOR CONTRACT REBEL BILAL OULD-CHIKH

    Tribal Football

    Manchester United are moving for exciting FC Twente talent Bilal Ould-Chikh.

    The youngster has rejected a new contract offer from Twente and is expected to leave this summer with his current deal expiring in 2016.

    Twente president Aldo van der Laan has confirmed contract negotiations are over after Ould-Chikh's camp "demanded too high a salary".

    TC Tubantia says the youngster's situation has alerted major clubs abroad, including Louis van Gaal's United.

    Tottenham and Benfica are also monitoring the situation, though United are currently regarded favourites for Ould-Chikh's signature.

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  • Moroccans Abroad: REAL MADRID AHEAD OF CHELSEA FOR ANWAR EL GHAZI THANKS TO RONALDO

    Tribal Football

    Real Madrid have moved a step ahead of Chelsea in the battle for Ajax attacker Anwar El Ghazi.

    The 20 year-old has been linked with both European giants this week after being scouted in a recent international tournament.

    El Ghazi was able to make a personal visit to Real training after receiving an invitation from actor Mimoun Ouled Radi.

    "As a little boy I practiced Ronaldo's moves in the living room. Mimoun therefore asked via the club if I could be allowed to attend a training session and meet Ronaldo," the striker told De Telegraaf.

    "Real Madrid seemed to know me, and I was immediately put on the list.

    "It was fantastic to get tips from Ronaldo. He gave me advice about training, diet and my career."

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  • U23: Squad list for Toulon Tournament and second training camp in June

    (TheAtlasLions.com) As warming up for the CAN U23 championship qualifiers Morocco will play in Toulon Tournament in France and will hold a training camp with players from Europe in June between 8 and 16 June.

    In Toulon Tournament (May 27th till June 7th) Morocco will play England, China, Cote d'Ivoire and Mexico.

    The training camp will start in Rabat as of May 24th.

    Here are the fixtures of Toulon tournament:

    - England Vs Morocco : 28 May 2015 – 19h00 (Local Time)

    - China Vs Morocco : 30 Mayi 2015 – 15h00 (Local Time)

    - Morocco Vs Cote d’ivoire : 1 Juin 2015 – 17h00 (Local time)

    - Morocco Vs Mexico : 5 Juin 2015- 17h00 (Local time)

    21 players, all playing in Moroccan league, were called up to take part in this tournament.

    1-BENACHOUR BADREDINE - WAC

    2-TAGNAOUTI REDA - RSB

    3-JAMAAOUI YOUSSEF - OCK

    4-MOUFADDAL MEHDI - CRA

    5-AITKHORSA SAAD - OCS

    6-BANOUN BADR - RSB

    7-MOUSSADAK HAMZA - CAYB

    8-AGUERD NAIF - FUS

    9-ASBAHI ANAS - WAC

    10-DAHMANI HABIB ALLAH - MAS

    11-KARTI WALID - WAC

    12-HAJHOUJ REDA - WAC

    13-BENCHARKI ACHRAF - MAS

    14-ENNAFFATI ADAM - FUS

    15-ESSAYDY YOUSSEF - RSB

    16-BOULHROUD BADR - FUS

    17-SABBAR WALID - RCA

    18-HASSOUNI AYMANE - WAC

    19-BAHJA SOUFIANE - KACM

    20-SAIDI MOHAMED - CRA

    21-QASMI AYOUB - WAC.

    To note that a second training camp will be held in Morocco including some Europe based players between June 8th and June 16th. The training camp will be sealed with two friendlies.

    1-EL OURIACHI MOHAMED - BARCELONA

    2-JAADI NABIL - LATINA

    3-BNOUMARZOUK YOUNES - JUVENTUS

    4-ACHAHBAR ANAS - FEYENOORD

    5-AMRABAT SOUFIANE - FC TWENTE

    6-KHALOUA HICHAM - ALMERIA

    7-OUAAMAR FAOUZI - ARLES-AVIGNON

    8-HMAIDAT ISMAIL - BRESCIA

    9-BENKARIT SAID - HAMBURG

    10-QASMI FAYCAL - LIERSE

    11- CHAKLA SOUFIANE - Videoton FC

    12-EL OUARDY ADNANE - RSB

    13-ELASSIMI ADNANE - MAT

    14-BOUTAYEB OMAR - CAYB

    15-JAAOUANI MOHAMED - AS FAR.

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  • NT: I am Happy to Play for Morocco: Hachim Mastour

    Morocco World News

    Rabat- Hachim Mastour, a Moroccan players who plays with AC Milan, expressed his happiness to be called up by the Badou Ezzaki, head coach of Morocco’s national team, ahead of of the African Cup of Nations first qualifying match against Libya next June 12 in Agadir.

    “I am happy to join the Moroccan national team and it is something wonderful, even if I Played for Italy’s U-16 team,” he was quoted by Egypt’s Al Far Riaid as saying.

    The Moroccan wonderkid came under the spotlight in recent years thanks to his dribbling ability, drawing the attention of European heavy weights, such as Real Madrid, Ajax Amsterdam and FC Barcelona.

    A survey conducted by a British website in 2013 voted Mastour the world’s “most promising rising star.”

    According to Tribal Football, Real Madrid have been in touch with Mastour’s agent since last January, while Ajax and Barcelona have been reportedly monitoring his development.

    The player, who was included in AC Milan first squad in May 2014 at the age of 15, has been facing knee problems this season.

    The Moroccan player appeared in a commercial with Red Bull and Nike where showed off his skills with Brazilian star Neymar.

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