• Moroccans Abroad: Bel Hassani on target for Heracles

    Heracles Almelo have temporarily risen above Feyenoord into third place after a 2-0 win over PEC Zwolle.

    The home side created the better chances in the first half with Wout Weghorst seeing a lob claimed by Mickey van der Hart, before missing the target with a header. At the other end PEC Zwolle failed to create any clear cut chances, but Ron Jans was furious that a penalty wasn’t awarded after Bart Schenkeveld went to ground.

    Nine minutes into the second half the deadlock was broken by Heracles, with Illias Bel Hassani latching onto Rick Decker’s ball before firing low into the bottom corner.

    PEC Zwolle failed to respond to the opener and the home side sealed victory with ten minutes left as Jaroslav Navrátil raced through one-on-one with van der Hart before calmly lifting the ball over the goalkeeper.

    The victory puts Heracles two points above Feyenoord, while PEC Zwolle drop to 10th.


  • Moroccans abroad: Ziyech on target for Twente

    Two goals in the final minute saw FC Twente down 10-man Heerenveen 3-1 in the Abe Lenstra Stadion.

    Twente hadn’t won away from home all season, and it seemed that run was set to continue as Heerenveen dominated the early stages, and they took the lead on 13 minutes as Henk Veerman capitalised on Nick Marsman’s error to prod the ball in from close range. Sam Larsson then struck the woodwork with an excellent strike before Kenny Otigba saw a goal disallowed.

    As the first half wore on Twente started to come into the game, and after Hakim Ziyech saw a strike hit the post, Bruno Uvini equalised five minutes before the break. The tall defender converted Ziyech’s free kick.

    After the break Twente began to dominate and with twenty minutes to go they were handed a big advantage as Joost van Aken saw his second yellow card to reduce Heerenveen to ten men.

    Despite the numerical advantage Twente didn’t look like finding a winner, until the 89th minute when Jerson Cabral fired a bouncing strike into the net. A minute later Twente sealed the win through Ziyech, who raced in on goal, rounded Erwin Mulder and slotted into the empty net.

    The win sees Twente rise to 14th, while Heerenveen stay 11th.


  • Transfers: Mokhtar returns to PEC Zwolle

    PEC Zwolle have welcomed Youness Mokhtar back to the club on a two-and-a-half year deal.

    The winger was a free agent after leaving Al-Nassr last month and returned to Netherlands to regain fitness. However after training with former club PEC Zwolle for a few days, both parties came to an agreement on a contract until 2018.

    After leaving PSV Eindhoven, Mokhtar joined PEC Zwolle in 2012, but only played one season for the club before leaving to sign for FC Twente. Speaking to the club’s official website, Mokhtar said he was looking forward to his return.

    He said, “On my first period in Zwolle, I have good memories. It feels familiar to be back, I know the people of the club and have a fine relationship with the coach.”

    Due to regulations where a player is unable to play for three clubs in one year, Mokhtar may have to wait until next season to make his debut again for PEC Zwolle. The club’s director Gerard Nijkamp said on this, “There is a small chance that Youness could play this season. If this fails, then we have now at least our first summer acquisition early. ”

    The 24-year-old made 34 appearances for PEC Zwolle during his first spell with the club, scoring seven times.


  • Match-fixing: FIFA, Interpol to Monitor Moroccan League Matches

    Morocco World News

    Fez- The International Federation of Football (FIFA) and INTERPOL assigned 120 observers to follow up cases of match-fixing in various global tournaments, including the Moroccan League.

    According to Moroccan TV channel Medi1 TV, FIFA asked Mustafa Haddaoui, the head of the Players’ Association, to carry out awareness campaigns and fight fraud between players in the Moroccan League, after suspicions of manipulation in professional league matches were raised.

    An official source revealed that Haddaoui met with players from Tangier Union, Barkane Renaissance, and FUS Rabat. During the meetings, they showed players videos of other players whose careers ended because of match-fixing.

    The same source explained that Haddaoui will hold meetings with all players of the Moroccan football league. In addition, famous players will contribute in this global campaign to fight fraud in the games.

    After meeting all players, he will present a report on his campaign to evaluate and develop a comprehensive plan to prevent bookmaker’s gangs from influencing the results of tournaments.

    A number of Moroccan teams officials have confirmed that there is manipulation in the Moroccan league matches, and that teams resort to buy some games or bribe some of the referees for the sake of the title, putting the Moroccan League square in the sights of both FIFA and Interpol.

  • Transfers: Adel Taarabt linked with MLS move

    (TheAtlasLions.com) Morocco international and Benfica midfielder Adel Taarabt has been linked with a move to the Major League Soccer reported O Jogo on Monday.

    The pre-season window in the US is open between Feb 18th and May 12th.


  • Transfers: Mbark Boussoufa joins KAA Gent on loan until end of season

    (TheAtlasLions.com) Morocco international and Lokomotiv Moscow player Mbark Boussoufa has joined his former Belgian club KAA Gent on loan until end of the season.


  • Moroccans Abroad: Fajr scores impressive equaliser

    Deportivo La Coruna's Faycal Fajr scores an impressive equaliser against Rayo Vallecano.

    See goal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mALrYN5uLs

  • Transfers: Mbark Boussoufa on his way to re-join AA Gent

    (TheAtlasLions.com) Morocco international and Lokomotiv Moscow player Mbark Boussoufa is on his way to re-join his former Belgian club AA Gent reported Belgian media on Monday.


  • Transfers: Raja Casablanca striker Yassine Salhi joins Kuwait SC on loan until end of the season

    (TheAtlasLions.com) Raja Casablanca striker Yassine Salhi joins Kuwait SC on loan until end of the season


  • Transfers: Update!

    (TheAtlasLions.com) Here are the latest updates from the transfers deadline

    - QPR sign Abdenasser El Khayati from Burton Albion.

    - Reims sign Abdelhamid El Kaoutari on loan from Palermo.

    - Ismail H'Maidat signs for Roma on 4 a year deal. He will be loaned out to Ascoli.

    - Juventus loans Mehdi Serroukh from Modena. He will join Juventus primavera team.

    - Fulham confirms Zakaria Labyad's arrival on loan.


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