• Transfes: Italian Football Club Inter Milan Eyes Morocco’s Hakim Ziyech

    (Morocco World News) Rabat – Inter Milan has reportedly been monitoring performances of Moroccan-Dutch Ajax star Hakim Ziyech, considering to sign him during this winter.

    According to Italian sports news outlet Calcio News 24, Ziyech, who plays also for Morocco’s national football team might leave his Dutch team Ajax for Inter Milan this winter. The Moroccan footballer has been mesmerizing international football clubs, including Liverpool and FC Barcelona with his professional skills and great performances in the football field.

    Inter Milan is ready to make a EUR 15 million deal with Ajax to hire its key midfielder. Ziyech’s contract with his current Dutch team, however, will not be expired until 2021. The footballer has signed Ajax in August 2016.

    The footballer joined the football academy school of SC Heerenveen in 2003 and was able to made his senior debut for the team on August 2, 2012 during the third qualification round for the UEFA Europa League against FC Rapid Bucuresti.

    In 2014, Ziyech left Heerenveen for FC Twente, with whom he signed a four years contract. The footballer also played for Netherlands Under 19, Under 20 and Under 21 teams between 2012 and 2014.

    Born and raised in Netherlands, Ziyekh chose to represent Morocco instead. On October 9, 2015, the footballer then made his debut for Morocco in a friendly with Ivory Coast, which ended with a 0-1 victory for Cote d’IVoire.

    The attacking midfielder has been delivering great performances with both the Moroccan national football squad and Ajax. In the previous months, Ziyech helped the Moroccan team qualify for the 2018 World Cup. Morocco finished unbeaten during the qualifiers phase, defeating some of the most important teams in Africa, including Gabon, Mali and Cote d’Ivoire.

    Moscow’s final draw of the tournament placed Morocco in Group B with Spain, Portugal and Iran. Ziyech is expected to play in the tournament, which will take place in Russia next summer. The Moroccan team will play its first game against Iran on June 15, while its second battle will be against Portugal on June 20. Five days later, Morocco will face Spain.

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  • Juve, Benatia: ‘No training needed to face Napoli, Inter and Roma’

    (Calciomercato.com) Juventus Moroccan international defender spoek to the club's official channel, JTV, about a wide variety of issues.

    The former Roma defender spoke of the title race this seaosn stating that "we must continue the way we are playing, because if you don't concede goals the team grows in confidence, and at 0-0 with the players we have we can score at any moment. With regards to our adversaries I think that Napoli will be with us until the end, I think that Roma has something more to give and Inter are a solid team. There will be three or four of us all battling for the title, but I am convinced that come March or April, when the games that count will arrive, Juventus will be ahead."

    Then Benatia shifted attention to Morocco qualifying for the FIFA World Cup: "Going to the World Cup in Russia is a dream for me, and it's something that we hadn't been able to achieve for 20 years until now. Being the captain of the national team, I felt an extra responsibility and it's great to be able to qualify. I cannot wait to go to Russia, I will bring the family with me and hope to do well. I remember the last time Morocco were at the World Cup in France 1998. In our group we had Brazil, Scotland and Norway and we were eliminated at the first hurdle. This time we hope to make it at least past the group stages."

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  • Benatia: Juve will be top

    By Football Italia staff

    Medhi Benatia says he is confident that Juventus “will be top of Serie A when the big games come up.”

    Benatia scored Juve’s winner in their 1-0 victory over Roma before Christmas to stay within a point of leaders Napoli, and the defender warned the Bianconeri would do everything possible to lift their seventh Scudetto in succession.

    “Qualifying for the World Cup was a dream and we managed to do it 20 years later,” the defender told JTV.

    “As [Morocco] captain, I felt responsibility and it’s even more beautiful like this. Scudetto? We need to stay on this path.

    “If no goals are conceded, we have forwards who can score at any moment. Napoli will be there until the end and I’ve also seen Roma in a good way.

    “They have something more than Inter, but they’re still a solid team. In March-April, when the big games come up, I’m certain and convinced that Juventus will be top.

    “I didn’t play much last season, but now the Coach he is giving me plenty of game time and I hope to repay his faith by always doing better.

    “You have to work hard here, and if you want to play on Sunday, you have to train well.

    “The Coach doesn’t just look at names but follows through with his ideas, so if he needs to make a change, he does so without thinking twice.

    “We all know we have to give 100 percent. Therefore in training, there’s always great intensity.”

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  • Moroccans abroad: Taarabt ‘reborn’ at Genoa

    By Football Italia staff

    Adel Taarabt claims “I feel reborn” at Genoa as “I’ve worked hard like never before” to attain “an athlete’s body”.

    Taarabt has played a key role in Genoa’s recent resurgence under the returning Davide Ballardini, and the former Queens Park Rangers and Milan winger believes he has finally found stability in his career.

    “I feel reborn, I’ve found my football,” the 28-year-old told Premium Sport.

    “I know I’m important for the team, and that makes me very happy. Football has changed, and if you don’t have an athlete’s body, you’ll struggle: technique isn’t enough.

    “Because of that, I worked hard like never before, and I found my love for football. Ballardini? He has a different style to Juric.

    “We wait for our opponents a bit more and we try to do damage on the counterattack.

    “We’ve been picking up points by playing like this, and that’s important.”

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  • Transfers: Valencia, Villarreal & Sevilla are all chasing Adel #Taarabt

    (TheAtlasLions.com) Valencia, Villarreal & Sevilla are all chasing Adel #Taarabt

    Taarabt is on loan from Benfica to Genoa & he is free to talk to clubs as his contract expires in June.

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  • 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.

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  • Moroccans aboad: Amazing Goal Romain Saiss

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

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INxwePWf6Is

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  • 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

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  • 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.

    http://sportwitness.co.uk/arsenal-offer-described-monster-one-big-bucks-ready-january-signing/

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  • 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:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQ-cJ8fYcY8

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