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Morocco National Football Team

Morocco
Governing bodyFédération Royale Marocaine de Football
Affiliated1960
StadiumStade Mohamed V (55,000 seats)
ManagerH. Renard

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Players

#NameAgeA
Goalkeepers
12Munir 292703300000100
1Y. Bounou 2700000300000
22A. Tagnaouti 2200000200000
Defenders
5M. Benatia 311802200100100
3H. Mendyl 2000000300000
2A. Hakimi 192703300000100
4M. da Costa 321883210100100
Midfielders
6R. Saïss 281802200100000
23M. Carcela 29151010300000
18A. Harit 21821101200000
10Y. Belhanda 282283302000000
11F. Fajr 29312020301000
8K. El Ahmadi 332663301000200
15Y. Aït Bennasser 2200000100000
7H. Ziyech 252653301000000
21S. Amrabat 21141010300000
14M. Boussoufa 332703300000100
17N. Dirar 321802200100000
Attackers
20A. Bouhaddouz 31182020300000
19Y. En-Nesyri 21181010310000
13K. Boutaïb 311412202110000
16N. Amrabat 312563301000100
9A. El Kaabi 25982111200000

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Morocco's FIFA World Cup squad and players to watch

Morocco secured a spot at Russia 2018 by topping Group C of the African zone ahead of the Ivory Coast, Gabon, and Mali. Their campaign at the upcoming summer's tournament also poses to be a tough one considering they will find themselves alongside Spain, Portugal, and Iran in Group B.

Coach's Objective

Herve Renard, the man responsible for Morocco's first World Cup appearance in 20 years, has carved a positive résumé for himself as far as international football on the African continent is concerned. Bar his latest achievement, the Frenchman led both Zambia and the Ivory Coast to two separate African Cup of Nations glory. Naturally, his side has been dubbed as underdogs in the midst of favorites Spain and Portugal but his remarkable track record could come in handy in staging an upset in Group B. Progression to the Round of 16 ahead of the aforementioned pair could be really monumental.

New Faces

Top scorer of the African Nations Championship (CHAN), Ayoub El Kaabi once again finds himself in the list after making the cut for March's World Cup warm-up matches against Serbia and Uzbekistan. The 24-year-old who played for Renaissance Berkane – a second-tier side in Morocco - scored a record nine goals to aid his country host and win the CHAN. Sofyan Amrabat and Ahmad Reda Tagnaouti are also among the new additions

Veterans

The skipper of the side Mehdi Benatia, Nordin Amrabat, Romain Saiss, and Younès Belhanda will be at Russia to provide the needed experience for the Atlas Lions.

Absentees

The most notable omission is, of course, Sofian Boufal. It is believed that 24-year-old forward fallout at Southampton has cost him a World Cup spot as Herve Renard is not a fan of players with disciplinary issues. Achraf Bencharki, Oussama Tannane, and Youssef El-Arabi were also not featured in the final list.

Morocco's 23-man final World Cup squad:

GOALKEEPERS: Mounir El Kajoui (Numancia), Yassine Bounou (Girona), Ahmad Reda Tagnaouti (Ittihad Tanger)

DEFENDERS: Mehdi Benatia (Juventus), Romain Saiss (Wolves), Manuel Da Costa (Basaksehir), Badr Benoun (Raja Casablanca), Nabil Dirar (Fenerbahce), Achraf Hakimi (Real Madrid), Hamza Mendyl (LOSC)

MIDFIELDERS: M'barek Boussoufa (Al Jazira), Karim El Ahmadi (Feyenoord), Youssef Ait Bennasser (Caen), Sofyan Amrabat (Feyenoord), Younes Belhanda (Galatasaray), Faycal Fajr (Getafe), Amine Harit (Schalke 04)

FORWARDS: Khalid Boutaib (Malatyaspor), Aziz Bouhaddouz (Saint Pauli), Ayoub El Kaabi (Renaissance Berkane), Nordin Amrabat (Leganes), Mehdi Carcela (Standard de Liege), Hakim Ziyech (Ajax).

Morocco Football Association Info & Statistics

History Founded: 1955, Affiliated: 1960
Uniform Jerseys: Green, Shorts: Green, Stockings: Green
Website www.frmf.ma
World Cup Appearances 5: 1970, 1986, 1994, 1998, 2018
Continental Titles First: CAN (1976)
Second: CAN (2004)
Best Results Fourth: FIFA U-20 World Cup Final 2005

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