• OT: Morocco to play friendly with Cameroon in Marrakech on May 29th

    (TheAtlasLions.com) Morocco olympic team will play a friendly with Cameroon in Marrakech on May 29th. Only Moroccan players who play in Europe will take part in this friendly match.

    The match will kick off at 20:00 Moroccan time (GMT+1).

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  • NT: Morocco to play friendly with Congo in Tangier on May 28th

    (TheAtlasLions.com) The Atlas Lions will play a friendly against Congo in Tangier on May 28th confirmed Moroccan football federation on Monday.

    The friendly is a warming up for the AFCON 2017 qualifier against Libya in Tunis, Tunisia on June 3rd.

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  • Moroccans Abroad: Season over for Lille star Boufal

    Morocco midfielder Sofiane Boufal is set to undergo surgery and will miss Lille's final two games of the season after injuring his knee in Saturday's 1-0 victory at Lorient.

    The 22-year-old was hurt during the first half at the Stade du Moustoir, with Lille confirming Boufal had damaged his meniscus.

    Lille, who lost last month's League Cup final to Paris Saint-Germain, are sixth in Ligue 1 after winning seven of their last eight matches.

    However, they will be without leading scorer Boufal, who has netted 11 times this season, for games against Guingamp and Saint-Etienne as they try and clinch a Europa League berth.

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  • Transfers: Arsenal to swoop for Benatia

    Arsenal will look to sign Moroccan defender Mehdi Benatia from Bayern Munich in the European summer, according to the Daily Star.

    The Gunners are on the hunt for a top class defender to partner Laurent Koscielny, with Gabriel and Per Mertesacker having endured disappointing campaigns.

    Morocco international Benatia has himself had his struggles at Bayern this season, particularly with injury, but remains highly regarded.

    However, with the Bavaria giants looking likely to sign Mats Hummels from rivals Borussia Dortmund, Benatia is set to be pushed down the pecking order.

    He openly criticised the club for their pursuit of the German international defender.

    “I have no problem, if I have to leave Bayern Munich, then I’ll leave, but first I want to end this season well,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

    “I am experiencing a very important moment of my career and I won’t be like the club who decided to talk about the transfer market before a Champions League semifinal.”

    This has opened speculation over his future at the Bundesliga club, with Juventus last week named as possible suitors.

    The Daily Star now believe that Arsenal will rival the Italian champions for Benatia’s signature, with the Gunners looking to beef up a squad which missed out on the chance to win the Premier League.

    http://africanfootball.com//news/626923/Arsenal-to-swoop-for-Benatia?

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  • Transfers: Benatia considering summer Bayern Munich exit

    (Sky Sports) The 29-year-old defender has been linked with a summer move to Juventus and says he has not ruled out the possibility of leaving Allianz Arena at the end of the season.

    Medhi Benatia is open to the possibility of leaving Bayern Munich at the end of the season amid the club's interest in Mats Hummels.

    Chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed the club's interest in the Germany international, although the defender has subsequently denied claims he has asked to join Bayern.

    Talk of Hummels' return to Bayern has sparked speculation over Benatia's future at the Allianz Arena amid interest from Italian champion Juventus.

    Former Roma center back Benatia left the door open to a Bayern exit following Saturday's 1-1 draw against Borussia Monchengladbach, with the Morocco international criticizing the club's public pursuit of Hummels.

    "Hummels? He is a great player and would be welcomed here," Benatia was quoted as tellingSky Sport Italia. "In my case, if I have to leave Bayern at the end of this season, then I will leave.

    "I will not do it like the managerial staff, who spoke about transfer rumors before an important game like the semifinals of the Champions league [against Atletico Madrid]. I am only thinking on finishing the season well and I want to live great emotions. I am talking about the Champions League, the Bundesliga title and the German Cup. In a player's career, it is important to live these moments."

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  • Eredivisie: Moroccans on target

    (TheAtlasLions.com) Moroccan players in the Dutch Eredivisie were on target this weekend.

    Nacer Barazite scored for Fc Utrecht against Vitesse, Oussama Idrissi scored for FC Groningen against SC Heerenveen while Anass Achahbar was on target for Feyenoord against Willem II.

    See goal Nacer Barazite: https://www.facebook.com/TheAtlasLions/videos/1141628249192972/

    See goal Oussama Idrissi: https://www.facebook.com/TheAtlasLions/videos/1141637395858724/

    See goal Anass Achahbar: https://www.facebook.com/TheAtlasLions/videos/1141633569192440/

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  • Ligue 1: Nabil Dirar scores for AS Monaco

    Monaco strengthened their grip on a Champions League place with an entertaining 3-2 win against Guingamp.

    First-half goals from Lacina Traore and Nabil Dirar helped Monaco on their way to only a second league win in five but one that keeps them in the top three for another week.

    Mevlut Erding and Brou Angoua scored two late goals either side of Bernardo Silva's strike to ensure a nervy ending but Leonardo Jardim's side held on for victory.

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  • La Liga: El Arabi on target for Granada

    Granada climbed out of the relegation zone with a spirited fightback to win 3-2 against Las Palmas in a hugely entertaining encounter at the Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes.

    Two goals from Jonathan Viera quickly put Las Palmas in control but Ruben Rochina and Youssef El-Arabi struck to bring the hosts back on level terms at the midway point of the first half.

    Ricardo Costa's second-half header completed the turnaround, extending Granada's unbeaten home run to six matches and moving them above Sporting Gijon and Rayo Vallecano in the Primera Division standings.

    See highlghts with goal El Arabi: https://www.facebook.com/TheAtlasLions/videos/1141291345893329/

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  • Qatar Cup: Hamdallah helps Al-Jaish win Qatar Cup

    El Jaish won the Qatar Cup yesterday, in the process avenging their heartbreaking defeat to Lekhwiya in last year’s final.

    The final played at the Al Sadd stadium was a keenly contested affair with the Armymen clinching a deserved 2-1 win after Abderrazzak Hamedallah converted a penalty in the 89th minute to score what turned out to be the winning goal.

    See highlights: https://www.facebook.com/TheAtlasLions/videos/1140683322620798/

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  • Transfers: Juventus to offer Benatia Bayern exit plan

    (Africanfootball.com) Juventus are ready to offer Moroccan defender Mehdi Benatia an exit from Bayern Munich.

    The former Roma centre-back has struggled for game time in Bavaria this season and is said to be keen on a return to Italian football.

    With Bayern chasing the signature of Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels, Benatia is set to fall even further down the pecking order at the German champions.

    However, Juve are monitoring the Moroccan’s situation and will reportedly offer him a way out of the Bundesliga.

    The Italian champions will seek an initial 12-month loan deal for €2 million, with a fixed price of €22 million to sign him permanently.

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