• Globe Soccer Awards 2017: Morocco Nominated for Best Team in Arab World

    (Morocco World News) Rabat – The Moroccan squad’ performances has been fruitful this year. The Atlas Lions are nominated for the prize of the “Best Arab Team” at the Globe Soccer Awards Koora.

    The nomination of the Moroccan team is well-deserved as the squad showed a great performance during the World Cup Qualifiers. The Atlas Lions finished unbeaten during the first round of the competition. They defeated some of the best teams in Africa, including Cote d’Ivoire, Mali and Gabon.

    The football meeting will take place on December 27-28 in Dubai, UAE.

    The list of the Arab teams to compete over the award’s trophy are: Morocco, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, according to international sports outlet Goal.com.

    Four coaches of different origins will also compete for the prize of the “Best Arab National Team Coach.” The list of the nominees includes: Herve Renard, Morocco’s coach, Nabil Maaloul, Tunisian football coach, Hector Cuper, manager of the Egyptian national football team, and Bert Van Marwijk, former coach of Saudi Arabia’s football team.

    Renard has been making the news headlines internationally after he helped his team to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

    The jury committee of the 8th edition of the Globe Soccer Awards Koora is made up of 21 international members, including club presidents and international managers. During the awards ceremony, several trophies will be handed to best clubs, best managers, best international managers, best player, best referee, best team manager for Arab teams, and the best Arab national team.

    On November 11, the Moroccan squad made an unforgettable win against the Ivorian team in a decisive game. Morocco is determined to reach more achievements during the next round of the tournament, which will take place next summer in Russia.

    During the final draw of the competition,which took place on December 1 in Moscow, Morocco was placed in Group B with Portugal, Spain and Iran.

    The first battle for the Moroccan team will be against Iran on June 15, while the second game will be against Portugal on June 20. Five days later Morocco will play against Spain.

  • Moroccans aboad: Amazing Goal Romain Saiss

    Amazing Goal Romain Saiss | FC Millwall vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers 2:2 | 26th December 2017


  • EPL: Soufiane Boufal on target again for Soton

    (TheAtlasLions.com) Morocco international and FC Southampton forward Soufiane Boufal has scored again for Soton as they lost 5-2 against Spurs

    See the goal: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opfQq6WTapM

  • Transfers: Arsenal offer described as a ‘monster’ one, big bucks are ‘ready’ for January signing

    By Sport Witness Team

    Sky Italia have kicked up something of a fuss with a claim Arsenal want to sign Mehdi Benatia from Juventus.

    Benatia has repeatedly been linked with a move to the Premier League during his career, and it’s certainly not the first time Arsenal have been thrown into the mix.

    Arsenal have a €40m offer for Benatia, according to the Sky Italia claims, and it’s added that Juventus have flatly refused the approach. Not only that, the Turin club aren’t interested in selling at all, they don’t want to negotiate a deal.

    That’s led to various other claims in Italy, where it’s clearly felt Arsenal’s €40m is a good amount.

    Calciomercato call it a ‘monster’ offer and say the club have changed their attention from Daniele Rugani to his Juventus teammate.

    ITA Sport Press say Arsenal are ‘ready’ to make the signing with the big offer, ahead of the January transfer window.

    TMW call Arsenal’s €40m an ‘important offer’, but rule out a move, saying Benatia is simply not for sale.


  • Serie A: Medhi Benatia scores against AS Roma

    (TheAtlasLions.com) Morocco international and Juventus defender Medhi Benatia has scored tonight against AS Roma.

    Watch his goal:



    (Goal.com) Herve Renard has made an attempt to bring the Malaga-born forward on board for next summer's tournament, where he would be able to play against Spain

    Morocco’s attempts to persuade Manchester City youngster Brahim Diaz to represent the country at next summer’s World Cup are doomed to failure, Goal can reveal.

    Morocco boss Herve Renard has held talks with the 18-year-old's representatives in recent weeks in a bid to convince the youngster he should turn his back on Spain and play for the country of his grandmother.

    Renard has offered assurances that the youngster, who made his full City debut on Tuesday, would be part of his World Cup squad.

  • NT: Morocco want Brahim Diaz

    Morocco coach Herve Renard is hoping to persuade Manchester City striker Brahim Diaz to play for the Atlas Lions for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

    The Malaga-born player has already featured for the Spain’s under-21 side but could switch allegiance under Fifa rules because he has not played for the senior side yet.

    “We know Diaz has played for the Spain youth side but we are hoping that we can make him change his mind,” a source close to the coach told soka25east.

    Fifa rules state that a footballer capped at junior level can represent another country at senior level as long as he possesses dual nationality.

    “Maybe he took that decision (to play for Spain) at a very tough moment and at a young age,” the source at Moroccan Federation added.

    “He’s a great midfielder who has proved that he can score goals.”

    Born in Spain to a Moroccan father and a Spanish mother, Diaz, 18, started his football career with Malaga CF from 2010 to 2014 before he moved to Manchester City for an initial GBP 200,000 deal. He then made his first debut for the city in September 2016 as a substitute against Swansea City.

    Diaz made his Champions League debut for Manchester City against Feyenoord last month, playing 28 minutes.

    Moroccan officials have paid several visits to the player’s family, following an intensive naturalization process that began in 2014 and meant to ‘bring back talents belonging to the soil’ to help rebuild the national team.


  • CAF: Aiteo CAF Awards 2017: Top three unveiled

    (CAF Online) The top three (3) for all the categories of the Aiteo CAF Awards 2017 was unveiled on Monday, 18 December 2017 in Accra, Ghana.

    The Awards Gala will take place on Thursday, 4 January 2018 in Accra, Ghana.

    Below are the top three (Nominees are listed in alphabetical order:

    Coach of the Year

    · Gernot Rohr (Nigeria)

    · Hector Cuper (Egypt)

    · L'Hussein Amoutta (Wydad Athletic Club)

    Club of the Year

    · Al Ahly

    · TP Mazembe

    · Wydad Athletic Club


    (Goal.com) The Morocco striker got the decisive goal that saw the visitors surrender their lead at the top of the table

    Khalid Boutaib was on target as Yeni Malatyaspor handed a 2-1 defeat to Galatasaray, to deny them a return to the summit of the Turkish Super Lig log.

    Prior to the matchday 16 encounters, Igor Tudor's men were top of the table, but contenders, Istanbul Basaksehir, again, replaced them after they won 4-1 against Antalyaspor in an early kickoff.

    A win for the Türk Telekom Stadium would have seen them retake their lead but Boutaib and his teammates had other plans.

  • WC 2018: RFEF rubbishes Spain-WC talk

    By Football Espana

    The RFEF has rubbished talk that Spain could be expelled from the World Cup but confirmed it will meet FIFA after Christmas.

    El Pais reported on Friday that FIFA had sent the Federation a threatening letter in response to the Spanish government’s wishes to elect a new RFEF President, but Juan Larrea assured “no-one is going to take Spain out of the World Cup.”

    “The meeting will be informative and, in no case, punitive,” the interim chief told AS.

    “No-one is going to take Spain out of the World Cup. It’s impossible and never been talked about. It’s the final straw when people say things like that.

    “It won’t happen. What do these people want? That Spain are withdrawn from the tournament so Italy can get in?

    “The Federation is functioning normally, the national team earned their place [at the World Cup] on the pitch, and FIFA agree with us on that.”

    The RFEF has been without a permanent President since the summer after Angel Maria Villar stepped down on corruption charges.


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