• NT: Oussama Tannane will be out for at least six weeks

    (TheAtlasLions.com) Las Palmas forward Oussama Tannane will be out for at least six weeks through injury confirmed his club yesterday.

    Tannane suffers from an injury on the right adductor.

    The Morocco international visited a clinic in La Coruña where he had an MRI scan that confirmed the injury he sustained last Sunday during the game between UD Las Palmas against Villarreal.

    Tannane will miss out the final World Cup 2018 qualifier against Cote d' Ivoire on Nov. 11th.

  • NT: Adel Taarabt Hopes to Re-Join Moroccan Football Team

    (Morocco World News) Rabat – After long-range efforts to regain his football skills, Moroccan international midfielder Adel Taarabt scored a fabulous goal on Wednesday for his Italian team, Genoa, in a Serie A game against Napoli.

    Despite their loss, Genoa showed great skill in terms of defense, especially in the second half of the match. The 28-year-old Moroccan opened the game with the stunning strike in fourth minute of the match. Ten minutes later, the opponent’s forward and midfielder Dries Mertens scored an equalizer.

    Napoli’s second goal came at the 30-minute mark, again by Mertens. Ervin Zukanovic, Genoa’s defender, scored a goal in his own net, giving the opponent a 3-1 lead. However, Armado Izzo trimmed the deficit to one point, when he scored a goal for his team in the 60 minute of the match.

    In a post-match interview with beIN Sports, Taarabt expressed his happiness in Moroccan Arabic to score his goal against “one of the best teams in the world after Barcelona or Real Madrid.”

    The footballer said that he played two games against Wednesday’s opponent. “I scored two goals against them so far. I am happy. […] We hoped for more in order to achieve more points. Unfortunately, we could not, but I am happy that I have scored against them.”

    The footballer expressed hope over his future, explaining that he was working hard to get back in shape after gaining weight during a two-year absence. “I worked for more than three months to get back to my level. I am happy and Inshallah [God willing] I have to keep going like this.”

    After being asked by the beIN Sports reporter about if he was expecting an invitation from Morocco’s football coach Herve Renard to participate in the upcoming World Cup Qualifier game against Ivory Coast, the footballer answered the question with sparkling eyes. “I did well with Genoa to be able to re-join the Moroccan team.”

    “The Moroccan squad played good matches. There is still a solo match to be qualified for the World Cup and I hope to be invited by Herve.”

    The midfielder added that he “needs to keep working on himself like now. I am now more grown up, and I hope we can make it to the World Cup.” Taarabt concluded his message by wishing to receive a call from Renard “in order to travel to Ivory Coast and achieve a good result.”


  • CAF CL: Al Ahly, Wydad Casablanca face off in CAF CL final

    (Gulf Today) Moroccan Champions Wydad Casablanca prepare to face Egyptian legends Al Ahly SC, as the first leg of the CAF Champions League final kicks off on Saturday at the Borg El Arab Stadium in Egypt.

    The winner of the final will secure a coveted spot at the world’s biggest club football competition, the FIFA Club World 0Cup UAE 2017, where they’ll face CONCACAF champions, CF Pachuca, in the quarter-final round of the tournament.

    The 14th edition of the FIFA Club World Cup will be held in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain from Dec.6-16.

    A total of eight matches will be contested, between seven regional champions for the ultimate club accolade.

    Having previously competed in the tournament five times in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012, and 2013, Al Ahly SC are no strangers to the FIFA Club World Cup.

    Wydad Casablanca arrive at the CAF Champions League final with the hopes of qualifying for the FIFA Club World Cup for the first time in their history.

    Their city rivals, Raja Casablanca, became the first Moroccan and Arab team to reach a FIFA Club World Cup final in 2013.

    Al Ahly SC will head into the final in high hopes, following a sensational semi-final win against Etoile du Sahel with an aggregate score of 7-4.

  • WC2018: Egypt assistant coach hopes to avoid Germany, Morocco in 2018 World Cup finals

    (Ahram Online) Egypt's assistant coach Osama Nabih said that he hopes his team will not face Germany or Morocco in the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia, while also expressing his confidence in the Pharaohs' ability to reach the second round of the tournament.

    The Pharaohs are awaiting December's 2018 World Cup draw which will determine their scheduled opponents.

    "I don't want to face Germany," Nabih told a television programme.

    "Among the Arab teams, I hope to not face Morocco if they qualify alongside Saudi Arabia and Tunisia," he added.

    The Pharaohs sealed their World Cup ticket with one match to spare in Group E after beating Congo 2-1 in a dramatic clash in Alexandria on 8 October, thanks to a brace from star winger Salah, which included a stoppage-time penalty.

    "Whomever we will face in the groups stage, I am confident of the players' ability to reach the second round of the World Cup in Russia," Nabih said.

    Early this month, Nabih revealed that he prefers to play Brazil in the group stage of the finals in Russia.

  • Serie A: Adel Taarabt scores against Napoli!

    Serie A: Adel Taarabt goal against Napoli! Game underway (1-2). #genoa #taarabt


  • Transfers: Sofiane Boufal's agent reveals Southampton man had Fiorentina and Inter Milan after him in the summer

    The agent of Southampton star Sofiane Boufal has claimed that both Fiorentina and Inter Milan wanted to sign him during the summer.

    The 24-year-old scored a stunning goal against West Bromwich Albion at the weekend, and his representative has revealed to SFR Sport 1 that Boufal had the option to leave St. Mary's during the summer window.

    "He feels good now, he's just waiting to play more," Yvan Le Mée said.

    "In August we had clubs like Inter, Fiorentina and Celta Vigo, who know what they're doing when it comes to buying players, who all wanted to buy him at any cost.

    "Southampton said no though, and now he's proving he's someone who can win points."

    Read more at https://talksport.com/football/sofiane-boufals-agent-reveals-southampton-man-had-fiorentina-and-inter-milan-after-him#9OsLTsR7q4hbGRrl.99

  • FIFA CWC 2018: Wydad and Al Ahly vie for Fifa Club World Cup spot

    (Gulf News) Alexandria: Moroccan champions Wydad Casablanca face Egyptian giants Al Ahly in the first leg of the Caf Champions League final at Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria, Egypt, on Saturday.

    The winner of the two-legged final (second leg in Casablanca, November 4) will play in the Fifa Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi, December 6-16, where they will face Concacaf champions Pachuca of Mexico, in the quarter-final.

    A total of eight matches will be played in the Club World Cup between seven regional champions, including Real Madrid, all contesting for the ultimate club accolade.

    Having previously competed in the tournament five times in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012, and 2013, Al Ahly are no strangers to the Club World Cup. They finished in third in 2006, defeating Concacaf champions Club America 2-1 in the third-place play-off.

    Wydad Casablanca arrive at the Caf Champions League final with the hopes of qualifying for the Club World Cup for the first time in their history. Their city rivals, Raja Casablanca, became the first Moroccan and Arab team to reach a Club World Cup final in 2013.

    Wydad Casablanca’s incredible run to the Caf Champions League final saw them defeat last year’s Caf Champions League winners, Mamelodi Sundowns in the quarter-final and last year’s Algerian league winners, USM Alger in the semi-final.

    Al Ahly head into the final in high hopes, following a sensational semi-final win against Etoile du Sahel with an aggregate score of 7-4.

    Their second-leg 6-2 home win against the Tunisian side was the highest score recorded in a Caf Champions League semi-final. If victorious in the final, Al Ahly will become the most decorated Caf Champions League side in history, with nine titles to their name.

    Elsewhere, Saudi Arabia’s Al-Hilal will take on Japan’s Urawa Red Diamonds in the first leg of the AFC Champions League final on November 18 in Riyadh.

    Four teams have qualified for the Club World Cup to date. They are; Spain’s Real Madrid, New Zealand’s Auckland City, Mexico’s Pachuca and the UAE’s Al Jazira.

    The winner of the Caf Champions League final will be the fifth qualifier for the tournament, with the remaining two teams — the AFC Champions League winner and the Copa Libertadores winner — set to be determined between November 25 and 29.

  • CHAN 2018: Egypt reject CAF invite to play in Morocco at reorganised 2018 CHAN finals

    October 25 – The Confederation of African Football (CAF) says it has yet to receive any official notification confirming Egypt’s withdrawal from the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN).

    Earlier this week, Egyptian officials said they were pulling out of the tournament for African players based in their domestic leagues because of a timing clash.

    “We sent an official reply to CAF that we will not be able to play CHAN,” said Egypt FA (EFA) executive director Tharwat Sweilam. “We cannot stop the (Egyptian) Premier League, especially as the tournament is being played outside the FIFA international calendar.”

    But CAF says it has not received any correspondence from the EFA ahead of January’s finals. “Nothing official (has been) received from the EFA in that regard,” a CAF spokeperson told the BBC.

    Egypt’s withdrawal would represent another blow to a tournament that has been plagued by organisational issues, not least stripping Kenya of hosting rights and handing them to Morocco who qualify automatically. As a result, Morocco’s original place was given to Egypt who were knocked out by the Moroccans in August, but CAF will now have to select yet another country to complete the 16-strong representation.

    Egypt has never played in CHAN, whose fifth edition is scheduled to take place in four Moroccan cities – Agadir, Casablanca, Marrakech and Tangier – from 12 January to 4 February 2018. By contrast, Egypt is the continent’s most successful country having won a record seven Africa Cup of Nations titles.


  • Press review: Amine Harit reveals Bayern Munich snub

    Schalke starlet Amine Harit has moved to reveal that he rejected a chance to join Bayern Munich in the summer.

    The 20-year-old became a hot commodity after the impressive debut campaign with Nantes, and he eventually secured a lucrative move to Veltins Arena.

    However, Harit has now revealed that he was also on the radar of Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.

    “It is true that Bayern wanted me. When a big club calls, you think about it, of course,” Harit told Sport Bild.

    “But, you also ask yourself: What is the best thing for my development? I came to the conclusion that Schalke and their project fitted me better.”

    Harit seems to have made an excellent choice as he went on to start first 9 Bundesliga matches for the Miners, producing 2 assists in the process.

    The youngster also decided to switch his allegiance to Morocco after representing various France youth sides, and he went on to earn two senior caps for the Atlas Lions.


  • NT: Oussama Tannane injured

    NT: Oussama Tannane injured and is doubtful for Morocco clash vs Ivory Coast on Nov 11th.


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