• “Qualifying for World Cup Won’t Be Easy Task” Says Morocco’s National Football Coach

    (Morocco World News) Rabat – Morocco’s national team coach Hervé Renard states why he thinks Morocco have a big challenge ahead of them.

    The FIFA Russia 2018 World Cup draw took place last month in Cairo where we witnessed Morocco drawn into Group C alongside Ivory Coast, Gabon and Mali. Hervé Renard spoke to sport channel AlRyadiya shortly after explaining how he thinks qualifying for the World Cup won’t be an easy task and that the obstacle now is to build up a strong team in order to defeat opponents.

    Renard said “we have very good players when it comes to individual skills, but now we need to be a good team when taking on the qualification phase.”

    “We need to be very strong when encountering our opponents. When you have to play strong teams like Mali, Gabon, and Ivory Coast, any laxity or looseness from our side at any moment of the game will yield crucial results.”

    “We need to be strong mentally and confident in ourselves, but at the same time we need to understand that qualifying for the world cup won’t be an easy task,” Hervé added.

    “And Inchallah the best team will qualify for the world cup.”

  • Transfers: Mohammed Rharsalla joins Gimnastic de Tarragona on loan.

    (TheAtlasLions.com) Morocco U-23 forward Mohammed Rharsalla joins Liga 2 side Gimnastic de Tarragona on loan.

  • Transfers: Championship trio eyeing up move for Yacine Bammou

    Leeds United, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Brighton & Hove Albion are interested in signing Moroccan international forward Yacine Bammou from Ligue 1 side Nantes, according to France Football.

    The 24-year-old appeared 33 times last season for the French top division side, and scored four goals to help the club to 14th in the league, nine points clear of relegation.

    And now, after a decent season in France, Bammou is being linked with a move to England’s second tier, with Leeds, Wolves and Brighton all chasing the young forward’s signature.

    However, the Championship trio will have to fend off interest from French outfit Toulouse to get their man – a side that finished three places and eight points below Nantes.

    The Moroccan, who has been capped three times by his country, has never played club football outside of France, and it remains to be seen whether the 24-year-old would consider a move to England over one to Toulouse.

    However, what seems clear is that Nantes are willing to listen to offers for their striker, which would alert the three aforementioned Championship sides, who are all seeking to bolster their attacking options ahead of the new season, which begins on August 5.

    Brighton, under the stewardship of Chris Hughton, will look to go one better than last season’s failed play-off campaign, while Leeds and Wolves will seek to build on their mid-table finishes by pushing for promotion this time around.


  • Transfers: Lille reject insulting offer from Watford for Sofiane Boufal

    Lille have rejected a proposal from Premier League side Watford for attacker Sofiane Boufal worth around €10m, Get French Football News can confirm.

    Lille’s asking price is €20m plus bonuses and the offer from Watford comes nowhere near that.

    According to sources contacted by GFFN, Chelsea and Arsenal remain in touch with the player’s entourage, but neither side appear set to make an offer imminently for the Moroccan international.

    Boufal is out injured until September.


  • Transfers: Moestafa El Kabir signs for Japanese side Sagan Tosu

    Sagan Tosu have agreed a deal in principle to sign Moroccan forward Moestafa El Kabir, the J. League first-division club announced Friday.

    The 27-year-old, who holds a Dutch passport and began his career at NEC Nijmegen in 2008, had stints at Italian side Cagliari and Al Ahli in Saudi Arabia before spending the last year and a half with Genclerbirligi in Turkey.

    Sagan, currently 13th in this year’s overall J. League standings with second-lowest goals scored, let midfielder Jumpei Kusukami move to Western Sydney Wanderers on Monday.


  • Transfers: Watford edge closer to deal for Sofiane Boufal

    Watford are understood to be progressing well in their ambitious attempt to sign Sofiane Boufal, the hot prospect from Lille.

    A senior representative from the club, believed to be chief executive Scott Duxbury, sat down with the player this week after the Hornets met the French club’s asking price of €20m. Personal details are thought to have been agreed with the Moroccan playmaker, 22, who has emerged as Lille’s successor to Eden Hazard.

    Walter Mazzarri will be given the final say on the transfer after assessing this week in Austria if this group of Watford players are best suited to 3-5-2 or a 3-4-1-2. The word from Vicarage Road is that Boufal, who scored 12 goals last season, is being lined up to play behind two strikers in a 3-4-1-2. There is an equally exciting alternative target lined up to play in the more advanced midfield role of a 3-5-2 system.

    Watford signalled their intent to add a high-class playmaker to their ranks early in the summer by moving for Roberto Pereyra who looks to be on his way out of Juventus. However, the Hornets pulled out of the running for the Argentine.

    Boufal is of similar ilk and is thought to be attracting interest from Tottenham, Southampton, Sevilla, Arsenal, Chelsea and Bundesliga German clubs. He is recovering from knee surgery and amid the Premier League’s disciplinary crackdown this week, Boufal will need to clean up an act that saw him sent off twice and booked 11 times in 34 appearances.


  • Transfers: Mohamed El Bouazzati joins VFL Osnabrück on loan from Dortmund

    (TheAtlasLions.,com) Mohamed El Bouazzati has joined VFL Osnabrück on loan from Dortmund.


  • Transfers: Al Jazira set to sign Morocco winger Mbark Boussoufa

    Abu Dhabi: Al Jazira are in talks to sign the Morocco left-winger Mubarak Boussoufa, Gulf News understands, a move which is likely to end the Brazilian schemer Thiago Neves’s one-year spell at the Abu Dhabi club.

    The 31-year-old is contracted to Russia’s Lokomotiv Moscow, but spent the latter part of last season on loan at Ghent.

    The Amsterdam-born Boussoufa started his career at the Belgian club in 2004 and has scored six times in 40 appearances for Morocco.

    According to an Al Jazira source, Boussoufa is set to pen a two-year deal with the Pride of Abu Dhabi and will shortly join their pre-season tour of the Netherlands and Germany.

    The source added that Neves, who moved to Al Jazira from Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal only last summer and who scored seven times in 21 appearances in 2015-16, is expected to make way for Boussoufa.


  • Transfers: Hicham Khaloua joins Celta Vigo B from Almeria B

    (TheAtlasLions.com) Hicham Khaloua has joined Celta Vigo B from Almeria B.


  • Transfers: Moestafa El Kabir terminates his contract with Genclerbirligi

    (TheAtlasLions.com) Moestafa El Kabir terminated his contract with Genclerbirligi. He is free to join a new club.

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