• Moroccans Abroad: Morocco’s Hachim Mastour Among Europe’s Most Talented Players

    Rabat – 17-year-old Morocco international Hachim Mastour has been chosen among the most talented young football players in Europe.

    Nicknamed the “Moroccan Messi”, the AC Milan player, who was signed for 500,000 euros from Reggiana, is incredibly skillful. The youngster made his international debut for Morocco on June 12th against Libya for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying fixture.

    Mastour’s outstanding performance has caught the attention of the continent’s heavyweights, including Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United. French sides Paris Saint-Germain and AS Monaco are also reported to be interested in Moroccan star Hachim Mastour.

    Other players who made it to the list:

    Youri Tielemans is a Belgian footballer who plays as a midfielder for Anderlecht in the Belgian top flight. The 18-year-old has always been linked with a move to one of Europe’s top clubs. On 2 October 2013, Tielemans became the youngest Belgian player to play in the UEFA Champions League.

    John Stones, 21, is an English footballer who plays for Everton. He began his career with Barnsley. He moved to Everton in 2013 for around £3 million. He is mainly a central defender but can also play as a right back. Stones made his international debut for England in 2014.

    Pierre Højbjerg, 19, is a Danish footballer who plays as a midfielder for Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga. At the age of 17 and 251 days, he made his professional debut on 13 April 2013 in the Bundesliga against FC. Nurnberg and thus became the youngest player ever to play for the Bayern Munich first team in the Bundesliga.

    Jordon Ibe, 19, is an English professional footballer who plays for Liverpool as a winger. He spent time on loan at Birmingham City and Derby County. He is expected to replace Raheem Sterling who joined Manchester City.

    Breel-Donald Embolo, 18, is a Swiss professional footballer, who plays for Swiss side FC Basel. He plays as striker and midfielder. He scored 16 and made 12 assists in 37 games for Basel last season. Embolo is in the radar of the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool.

    Patrick Bamford, 21, plays for Crystal Palace on loan from Chelsea. He joined Chelsea from Nottingham Forest for a fee of £1.5 million.

    Anwar El Ghazi, 19, is one of Ajax’s best players, scoring against the likes of Barcelona in the Champions League. El Ghazi has the skill, the ability and the speed that one day will help him become one of the future stars of European football.

    Bernardo Silva, 20, is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for French side AS Monaco as a midfielder. He scored ten goals in 45 appearances for the French club last season and played a key role in helping Monaco advance to the Champions League quarter finals.

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  • Transfers: Deportivo La Coruna bring in Faycal Fajr from Elche

    Deportivo La Coruna have signed Moroccan midfielder Faycal Fajr on a three-year contract.

    The 26-year-old represented Elche during the 2014-15 season, but has become the latest player to leave the club after their relegation from La Liga was confirmed.

    According to Le Matin, Fajr turned down "several offers" to join Deportivo, with Granada also believed to be strongly interested in the midfielder.

    Fajr, who represented Caen for three seasons before moving to Spain, could make his Depor debut in Wednesday's friendly away to Real Oviedo.

    The newly-promoted outfit will begin their La Liga campaign at home to David Moyes's Real Sociedad on August 22.

    http://www.sportsmole.co.uk/football/deportivo-la-coruna/transfer-talk/news/deportivo-bring-in-fajr_237113.html

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  • Transfers: Feyenoord eye Assaidi and Labyad

    (TheAtlasLions.com) Feyenoord Rotterdam are looking for a replacement for departing winger Jean-Paul Boetius and they see in either Oussama Assaidi or Zakaria Labyad a good alternative for this position.

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  • 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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