• Transfers: International striker Khalid Boutaib signs for newly promoted Maltayaspor (TUR)

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  • Transfers: Ould-Chikh joins FC Utrecht

    (TheAtlasLions.com) 19-years old Bilal Ould-Chikh leaves Benfica and joins FC Utrecht on a 2-year deal.

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  • Transfers: Egypt's Ahly target Moroccan striker Walid Azaro

    (Ahram Online) Ahly coach Hossam El-Badry has announced the club is closing on to land Moroccan striker Walid Azaro who currently plays with Difaa El Jadida.

    "Azaro is most likely to be an Ahly player soon. He is an outstanding player. He is one of three Morocco-based players in his national team," the 57-year-old tactician stated to the club's TV channel on Tuesday.

    El-Badry needs to strengthen his frontline especially after the sudden departure of Souleymane Coulibaly and the serious injury of Marwan Mohsen.

    Azaro, 21, is also targeted by some French clubs, according to Moroccan reports.

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  • NT: The Atlas Lions arrive in Cameroon

    (TheAtlasLions.com) The Atlas Lions arrived this afternoon in Yaounde, Cameroon in full squad except injured Soufyan Amrabat, Karim el ahmadi and Marouane Da Costa.

    The Atlas Lions will play against Cameroon for the AFCON 2019 qualifiers on Saturday.

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  • AFCON 2019 qualifiers: Boufal out injured and will miss out clash with Cameroon

    (TheAtlasLions.com) FC Southampton forward Soufian Boufal is injured, he will not play the AFCON 2019 qualifier against Cameroon, he is replaced by Mohamed Nahiri and Mohamed Fouzir.

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  • NT: Munir El Haddadi Wants to Join Moroccan National Football Team

    By Morocco World News

    Rabat – Spanish-born Moroccan forward, Munir El Haddadi Mohamed has reportedly shown an interest in representing Morocco rather than Spain.

    The Royal Moroccan Federation of Soccer (FRMF) has allegedly been attempting to get El Haddadi, who is of Moroccan origin, to play for the country’s team.

    The International Federation of Football Association (FIFA), does allows footballers to switch national teams in certain cases.

    According to FIFA eligibility rules, any person holding a permanent nationality that is not dependent on residence in that particular country is eligible to play for the representative teams of the association of that country.

    FIFA only permits players to change national football teams if they are under the age of 23.

    FIFA also onlyauthorizes players to change their national team if the old and new teams are not part of the same football confederation.

    El Haddadi made a 15-minute appearance in a match between Spain and Macedonia in 2014.

    Back in 2014, El Haddadi told beIN Sports that if he was asked to play for Morocco’s national team in the future, he would do it.

    The forward is currently playing for FC Valencia as a striker. Valencia signed the dual nationality footballer from Barcelona for a season-long loan in 2016. He has also represented the Spanish national team, Spanish national under-19 football team and Spanish national under-21 football team.

    During his youth, the 21-year-old footballer also played for several Spanish clubs, including Atletico Madrid, and Rayo Majadahonda .

    Whether or not El Haddadi manages to represent Morocco’s national football team is something that only time will tell.

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  • Hervé Renard: I’ll Quit, If That’s What Ziyech Fans Want

    (Morocco World News) Hervé Renard, the coach of Morocco’s national football team, has expressed discontent over fans’ chanting of Moroccan-Dutch footballer Hakim Ziyech’s name during the friendly game against the Netherlands.

    On Wednesday Morocco was beaten 2-1 by the Netherlands. Ziyech fans chanted his name throughout the friendly, upsetting the French coach.

    After the game, Renard told Moroccan media that he did not want to spend his time hearing Ziyech’s name in every match and said that he is ready to resign to make the fans happy.

    “I am ready to resign so that fans of Ziyech could see their player wearing the national team jersey again”

    In a pre-match conference the Frenchman revealed to Moroccan media that he had called on Ziyech to support his national team and did not understand why the footballer did not show up.

    When the Moroccan team was leaving the field at the end of the game’s first half, winger Nabil Dirar showed his anger at Moroccan spectators.

    “He did not want to show up,” said the FC Monaco player, angrily looking up at the audience. He cursed them on his way out.

    Herve Renard called on Ziyech in May to defend his Moroccan jersey in a friendly match against the Netherlands.

    The youngster however declined the invitation, claiming that as long as Herve is the coach, he will never play for the Moroccan national football team.

    Renard, had excluded AFC Ajax’s star, Ziyech from participating in the African Cup of Nations,which shocked his Moroccan fans, especially after being awarded best player in Holland in 2016.

    Several Moroccans have denounced this decision, finding it inconceivable that he was not summoned while other, far less competent players, were. The feud between the player and coach is still fresh.

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  • Friendly: Morocco lose 1-2 against Holland

    See all goals: https://www.facebook.com/TheAtlasLions/videos/1490422657646861/

    Final whistle!

    72' Boussoufa scores for Morocco from a free-kick 1-2

    See goal Boussoufa https://www.facebook.com/TheAtlasLions/videos/1490412434314550/

    70' Red card for De Ligt for tackeling Azarou

    68' Janssen made it 0-2 for Holland

    67' Fajr shoots in the hands of Zoet

    64' Youssef Ait Bennasser replaced Karim El Ahmadi

    59' Mehdi Carcela replaced Soufian Boufal

    52' Good chance for Boufal blocked by Zoet

    Second half underway!

    Oualid Azarou replaced Aziz Bouhaddouz

    21' Holland take the lead by Promes

    See goal: https://www.facebook.com/TheAtlasLions/videos/1490282934327500/

    Match is underway!

    Kickoff: 17h30 GMT, 19h30 CET

    Location: Adrar Stadium, Morocco

    Competition: Friendly

    Morocco starting line up:

    Munir-Dirar-Sais-Da Costa (C)-N.Amrabat-El Ahmadi-Boussoufa-Belhanda-Fajr-Boufal- Bouhaddouz

    Holland:

    Zoet-Ake-Hoedt-De Ligt-Veltman-Vilhena-Toornstra-Promes-Memphis-Berghuis-Janssen

    Live streaming video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVv6KIFdbP0

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  • Renard: Now it's up to Hakim Ziyech

    (TheAtlasLions.com) Morocco coach Herve Renard said in a press conference ahead of the friendly between the Atlas Lions and Dutch Oranje that the door is still open for Hakim Ziyech to return to the Atlas Lions and that it is now up to Ziyech to decide.

    "Hakim has played extremley well recently, that is the reason why I called him up" Renard said.

    "But he should not place himself above the rest of the group, because then he will be committing a big mistake, he should respect the rules" he added.

    "Despite our disagreement I think we are both intelligent enough to repare this situation, now It's up to him" he concluded.

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  • Transfers: Achraf Hakimi heads for Alaves

    (MARCA) One of the great young players at Real Madrid, Achraf Hakimi, looks likely to spend 2017/18 at Alaves.

    Interest in the player has come from all over Europe but Los Blancos believe that Vitoria is the best place for him to start his first-team career. The deal would be similar to the one that took place last summer with Marcos Llorente.

    A very offensive wide man, despite being just 18 years old Hakimi has already has been called up for the Moroccan national side. In addition, his quality has not gone unnoticed by Zinedine Zidane, having been used twice by the Frenchman in 2017, in the cup match against Celta and in LaLiga against Real Sociedad. A season at Alaves would guarantee him minutes and to be able to keep growing.

    This case also represents a continuation of the policy carried out by Real in recent years, that has seen the following players loaned for a season before returning; Dani Carvajal, Lucas Vazquez, Casemiro, Marco Asensio, Alvaro Morata, Vallejo and Marcos Llorente.

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