• Serie A: Genoa coach impressed by Adel #Taarabt

    Serie A: Genoa coach impressed by Adel #Taarabt during pre-season camp as the midfielder lost 10kg during vacation.

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  • UCL: CARCELA ON TARGET AS OLYMPIACOS QUALIFY FOR CHAMPIONS LEAGUE PLAY-OFF

    (Goal.com) The 28-year old’s effort helped the Legend survive a late surge from the Black-Whites in Wednesday's encounter

    Morocco international Medhi Carcela was on target for Olympiacos as they settled for a 2-2 draw with Serbian Superliga side Partizan Belgrade, which was enough to qualify them on 5-3 aggregate for the playoff of the Uefa Champions league.

    The winger’s left-footed shot from the centre of the box in the 21st minutes unsettled Miroslav Dukic’s men and caught Filip Kljajic napping.

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  • Transfers: Moroccan midfielder Anouar Kali has re-joined FC Utrecht on a 2 year deal

    Transfers: Moroccan midfielder Anouar Kali has re-joined FC Utrecht on a 2 year deal

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  • U20: Morocco U-20 Football Team Wins Gold Medal at Francophonie Games

    Rabat – Moroccan football team has won the Jeux de la Francophonie in Abidjan, Ivory Coast on Sunday after beating the local team in penalties.

    The two teams could not get the business done during the first and second half. The game ended with a 1-1.

    Morocco was the first to score early in the game at 8 minute of the first half thanks to Soufiane Kiyine .

    In the second half Kassi netted the equalizer for Ivory Coast.

    With both teams unable to score another winning goal, they had to go to penalties.

    The Moroccan squad was very successful, scoring the five penalties. One missed penalty by Ivory Coast team secured an important win for both the young players and Moroccan football.

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  • Morocco: Moroccan Football Legend Abdelamjid Dolmy Dies

    (Morocco World News) Rabat – Moroccan football legend Abdelmajid Dolmy died on Thursday in Casablanca. He was 64 years old.

    The cause of his sudden death is still unclear, but according to media reports, Dolmy succumbed to a heart attack.

    The news of his death spread quickly on social media with several thousands of Moroccans sharing it on their walls and expressing their sorrow for the death of one of the most cherished football players in the history of Morocco.

    Dolmy holds special place in the heart of the Moroccan people for the key role he played in making Morocco one of the greatest football nations in the 1980’s.

    He was part of the Moroccan team that participated in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, helping the Moroccan squad qualify to the second round of the tournament. At the time, Morocco became the first African and Arab nation to qualify to the second round of the World Cup.

    Dolmy was known and respected for his fair-play, class and good manners. Throughout his career, he was never given a red card.

    In 2006, the African Football Confederation selected Dolmy among the best 200 African players of the last 50 years.

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  • Press review: Nouri out of coma, but brain damage unchanged

    (AFP) Stricken Ajax midfielder Abdelhak Nouri, who suffered serious, lasting brain damage after collapsing during a friendly, has been transferred out of intensive care, and can breathe on his own, the club said Tuesday.

    The 20-year-old is being cared for at the Academic Medical Centre in Amsterdam, where he was brought on July 14 from a hospital in Austria.

    "He is no longer in an induced coma and has full respiratory functions," the club said, in a statement issued in the name of Nouri's family.

    But it added soberly that "his condition further remains unchanged from previous updates and is stable, but with serious and permanent brain damage."

    Tributes have poured in from across The Netherlands and from abroad for the youngster, affectionately known as Appie, who joined the Amsterdam club at age seven and was a promising prospect.

    Nouri suffered irregular heart problems in a pre-season friendly against German side Werder Bremen in Austria on July 8 and collapsed. He was resuscitated and flown to an Innsbruck hospital by helicopter.

    At first the news seemed positive, but hopes for a quick recovery were shattered when Ajax later announced he had suffered massive brain damage, most due to a lack of oxygen.

    Dozens of visitors have flocked to the Amsterdam hospital grounds to pay tribute to Nouri since he arrived back in the country on July 14.

    A large hedge 100 metres (yards) from the entrance is decked with Ajax scarves, flowers, poems, children's drawings and Ajax shirts bearing Nouri's number 34, all accompanied by the slogan '#StayStrongAppie'.

    "The whole country is affected, not just Amsterdam. It was like it happened to our son," said Connie, a mother of four who went to the hospital to lay roses.

    The youngster, who broke into the first team last season and had made nine appearances in the Dutch top flight, will not be forgotten at the Amsterdam Arena, despite not being able to play again.

    - 'Pray for Abdelhak' -

    Whiteboards are hung on the walls so fans can write messages of support, alongside the words '#Forevernumber34', and '#PrayforAppie'.

    A group of young Real Madrid fans from Spain also stopped at the stadium.

    "It's impossible not to be touched by his story. He's only 20 years old," one of them said.

    In the opening match of the women's 2017 Euro in the Netherlands, where Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima were present, a minute's applause was held in the 34th minute.

    Ajax's rivals PSV Eindhoven posted a photo of their players holding up papers bearing the words '#StayStrongAppie' on Instagram, while Nice also voiced support before the match in France on Wednesday.

    Many other clubs including Manchester United, who beat Ajax in May's Europa League final, did the same on social media.

    And Nouri's team-mates will be hoping to pay a fitting tribute of their own, as they go into this season looking to capture the Dutch league title for the 34th time.

    In their statement, his family again thanked fans for their support and asked everyone "to pray for Abdelhak".

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  • Transfers: Betis Sevilla complete the signing of Zouhair Feddal

    (TheAtlasLions.com) Spanish outfit Betis Sevilla have completed the signing of Moroccan defender Zouhair Feddal from Alaves. Feddal has signed a four year deal till June 2021.

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  • Press review: Manuel da Costa signs for Istanbul Basaksehir

    (ESPN) Morocco international Manuel da Costa has returned to Turkish football, signing for Istanbul Basaksehir after ending his stay with Olympiakos.

    The versatile defender has put pen to paper on a two-year deal with the Super Lig side, as confirmed on Basaksehir's official website.

    Da Costa previously spent two seasons with Sivasspor, and will be looking to help his new club reach the playoff round of Champions League qualification, after being drawn against Club Brugge in the third qualifying round.

    It remains to be seen whether the centre-back will be in contention to feature in the first leg in Belgium on Wednesday evening.

    Da Costa, who was named in Morocco's squad for the Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year, began his career with Nancy in France before moving onto PSV Eindhoven in 2006, where he would win two Dutch titles.

    His performances in the Netherlands caught the eye of Fiorentina, but he struggled to establish himself in Tuscany and moved onto West Ham United after a brief loan at Sampdoria.

    The defender subsequently spent time with Lokomotiv Moscow and Nacional, while he won two Greek titles with Olmypiakos.

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  • Transfers: Zouhir Feddal to join Betis from Alaves.

    Zouhir Feddal is set to join Betis from Alaves.

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  • Press review: CAF Appoints Fouzi Lekjaa as 3rd Vice President

    (Morocco World News) Rabat – The Confederation of African Football appointed Fouzi Lekjaa as its third vice president during CAF Extraordinary General Assembly, held on Friday in Skhirat, near Rabat.

    During the meeting, CAF also appointed the members of its Emergency Committee for the 2017-2021 period: Kwesi Nyantakyi (Ghana) , Omari Constant (Congo), Fouzi Lekjaa (Morocco) , Amaju Pinnick (Nigeria), Hassan Waberi (Djibouti), and Musa Bility (Liberia). The committee will be chaired by Ahmad Ahmad, president of the CAF.

    Lekjaa, who is the president of Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) and the president of the CAF Finance Committee, will become one of the three CAF’s president deputies, alongside Kwesi Nyantakyi of Ghana and Omari Constant Selemani of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

    Morocco has recently hosted two prominent football events: namely the African Football Symposium and CAF Extraordinary General Assembly, during which the future of African football was discussed in the attendance of national and international football figures.

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