• WC 2018: Excitement high for debutants and returning heroes


    The Atlas Lions are back at the World Cup for the first time in two decades, having topped and emerged unbeaten from a group that included Côte d'Ivoire, Gabon and Mali.

    The star

    In captain Medhi Benatia, a powerful and composed centre-half, Morocco possess one of the best defenders in Africa.

    The stat

    The Moroccans have registered two victories and four draws at the World Cup, and all six of these have come against European opposition.

    The quote

    "We don't fear anyone. I want my side to be drawn in the same group as France. It would be a great honour for me to face France in the World Cup."

    Herve Renard, Morocco coach

    From FIFA.com

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