Morocco national football team

Morocco
Nickname(s) أُسُود الأطلس / Igrzamn n Atlasi
(Atlas Lions)
Association Fédération royale marocaine de football (FRMF)
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Sub-confederation UNAF (North Africa)
Head coach Hervé Renard
Captain Medhi Benatia
Most caps Noureddine Naybet (115)
Top scorer Ahmed Faras (42)
Home stadium Stade de Marrakech, Marrakech
Stade Adrar, Agadir
Stade Moulay Abdellah, Rabat
Stade Mohamed V, Casablanca
FIFA code MAR
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 46 5 (16 August 2018)
Highest 10 (April 1998)
Lowest 95 (September 2010)
Elo ranking
Current 39 (11 July 2018)
Highest 17 (December 1998)
Lowest 81 (May 2013)
First international
 Morocco 3–3 Iraq 
(Beirut, Lebanon; 19 October 1957)
Biggest win
 Morocco 13–1 Saudi Arabia 
(Casablanca, Morocco; 6 September 1961)
Biggest defeat
 Hungary 6–0 Morocco 
(Tokyo, Japan; 11 October 1964)
World Cup
Appearances 5 (first in 1970)
Best result Round of 16 (1986)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances 16 (first in 1972)
Best result Champions (1976)
African Nations Championship
Appearances 3 (first in 2014)
Best result Champions (2018)

The Morocco national football team,[lower-alpha 1] nicknamed "Lions of the Atlas" (Arabic: أسود الأطلس / Irzem n Atlasi), is the national team of Morocco. It is currently managed by Hervé Renard.

Winners of the African Nations Cup in 1976, they were the first African team to win a group at the World Cup, which they did in 1986, finishing ahead of Portugal, Poland, and England. They were also the first African team to make it to the second round, barely losing to eventual runners-up West Germany 1–0 in 1986. They also came within two minutes of moving out of the group stage of the 1998 World Cup, Kjetil Rekdal's late winning goal for Norway against Brazil eliminating them.

Morocco qualified for the 2018 World Cup, making it their first time in 20 years.

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures

2017

2018

2019

Current team status

2018 FIFA World Cup

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Spain 3 1 2 0 6 5 +1 5 Advance to knockout stage
2  Portugal 3 1 2 0 5 4 +1 5
3  Iran 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4
4  Morocco 3 0 1 2 2 4 2 1
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Cameroon[lower-alpha 2] (Q) 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3 Final tournament 8–16 Oct '18 18–26 Mar '19 1–0
1  Malawi 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 3 8–16 Oct '18 1–0 18–26 Mar '19
3  Comoros 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 8 Sep '18 12–20 Nov '18 8–16 Oct '18
3  Morocco 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 12–20 Nov '18 8 Sep '18 8–16 Oct '18
Updated to match(es) played on 10 June 2017. Source: CAF
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers
(Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.
Notes:
  1. In Arabic: منتخب المغرب لكرة القدم. In Tamaziǧt: Tarabbut anamur n Maghrib.
  2. Cameroon qualified automatically as hosts.

Players and Technical staff

Current squad

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
12 1GK Munir El-Kajoui (1989-05-10) 10 May 1989 31 0 Málaga
1 1GK Yassine Bounou (1991-04-05) 5 April 1991 11 0 Girona
22 1GK Ahmed Reda Tagnaouti (1996-04-05) 5 April 1996 2 0 Wydad Casablanca

17 2DF Nabil Dirar (1986-02-25) 25 February 1986 36 3 Fenerbahçe
4 2DF Manuel da Costa (1986-05-06) 6 May 1986 31 1 İstanbul Başakşehir
6 2DF Romain Saïss (1990-03-26) 26 March 1990 28 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
3 2DF Hamza Mendyl (1997-10-21) 21 October 1997 14 0 Schalke 04
2 2DF Achraf Hakimi (1998-11-04) 4 November 1998 13 1 Borussia Dortmund
20 2DF Oualid El Hajjam (1991-02-19) 19 February 1991 1 0 Amiens
5 2DF Nayef Aguerd (1996-03-30) 30 March 1996 1 0 Dijon
24 2DF Noussair Mazraoui (1997-11-14) 14 November 1997 0 0 Ajax

14 3MF Mbark Boussoufa (Vice-captain) (1984-08-15) 15 August 1984 64 7 Al-Jazira
8 3MF Karim El Ahmadi (1985-01-27) 27 January 1985 55 1 Al-Ittihad
10 3MF Younès Belhanda (1990-02-25) 25 February 1990 50 5 Galatasaray
16 3MF Nordin Amrabat (1987-03-31) 31 March 1987 47 4 Al-Nassr
11 3MF Fayçal Fajr (1988-08-01) 1 August 1988 25 2 Caen
7 3MF Hakim Ziyech (1993-03-19) 19 March 1993 21 9 Ajax
15 3MF Youssef Aït Bennasser (1996-07-07) 7 July 1996 14 0 Monaco
18 3MF Amine Harit (1997-06-18) 18 June 1997 7 0 Schalke 04
21 3MF Sofyan Amrabat (1996-08-21) 21 August 1996 7 0 Club Brugge

13 4FW Khalid Boutaïb (1987-04-24) 24 April 1987 20 8 Yeni Malatyaspor
19 4FW Youssef En-Nesyri (1997-06-01) 1 June 1997 17 3 Leganés
9 4FW Ayoub El Kaabi (1993-06-26) 26 June 1993 12 11 Hebei China Fortune
23 4FW Achraf Bencharki (1994-09-24) 24 September 1994 8 1 Lens
25 4FW Yacine Bammou (1991-09-11) 11 September 1991 7 1 Caen

Recent call-ups

The following players have been called up for the team in the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Yassine El Kharroubi (1990-03-29) 29 March 1990 2 0 Wydad Casablanca v.  Mali, 5 September 2017

DF Medhi Benatia (Captain) (1987-04-17) 17 April 1987 59 2 Juventus 2018 FIFA World Cup
DF Badr Banoun (1993-09-30) 30 September 1993 9 1 Raja Casablanca 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
DF Mohamed Nahiri (1990-10-29) 29 October 1990 11 0 Wydad Casablanca v.  Uzbekistan, 27 March 2018
DF Fouad Chafik (1986-10-16) 16 October 1986 10 0 Dijon v.  Ivory Coast, 11 November 2017
DF Jawad El Yamiq (1992-02-29) 29 February 1992 13 4 Perugia v.  Ivory Coast, 11 November 2017 PRE
DF Sofiane Alakouch (1998-07-29) 29 July 1998 0 0 Nîmes v.  Mali, 5 September 2017
DF Amine Khammas (1999-04-06) 6 April 1999 0 0 Den Bosch v.  Mali, 5 September 2017

MF Mehdi Carcela-González (1989-07-01) 1 July 1989 22 1 Standard Liège 2018 FIFA World Cup
MF Sofiane Boufal (1993-09-17) 17 September 1993 6 0 Celta v.  Uzbekistan, 27 March 2018
MF Salaheddine Saidi (1987-02-06) 6 February 1987 6 0 Wydad Casablanca v.  Uzbekistan, 27 March 2018
MF Zakaria Labyad (1993-03-09) 9 March 1993 4 0 Ajax v.  Uzbekistan, 27 March 2018
MF Yassin Ayoub (1994-03-06) 6 March 1994 0 0 Feyenoord v.  Uzbekistan, 27 March 2018
MF Ismail Haddad (1990-08-03) 3 August 1990 12 2 Wydad Casablanca v.  Ivory Coast, 11 November 2017 PRE
MF Oussama Tannane (1994-03-23) 23 March 1994 9 2 Utrecht v.  South Korea, 10 October 2017
MF Badr Boulahroud (1993-04-21) 21 April 1993 8 1 Malaga v.  South Korea, 10 October 2017
MF Mohamed Ounajem (1992-01-04) 4 January 1992 1 0 Wydad Casablanca v.  South Korea, 10 October 2017
MF Mohamed Fouzair (1991-12-24) 24 December 1991 0 0 Al-Nassr v.  Mali, 5 September 2017

FW Aziz Bouhaddouz (1987-01-29) 29 January 1987 17 3 Al-Batin 2018 FIFA World Cup
FW Walid Azaro (1995-10-06) 6 October 1995 5 0 Al Ahly v.  Uzbekistan, 27 March 2018
FW Rachid Alioui (1992-06-28) 28 June 1992 9 2 Nîmes v.  Ivory Coast, 11 November 2017
FW Mimoun Mahi (1994-03-13) 13 March 1994 2 1 Groningen v.  Ivory Coast, 11 November 2017

SUS Player is suspended
INJ Did not make it to the current squad due to injury
DEC Player declined the call-up to the squad
PRE Preliminary squad / standby

Previous squads

Current technical staff

Position Name
Head coach Hervé Renard
Assistant coach Patrice Beaumelle
Assistant coach Mustapha Hadji
Goalkeeping coach Abdelkader Bouhaddouz
Fitness coach Hakim El Saïd
Sporting director Aziz Bouderbala

Home stadium

The Moroccan National team traditionally used the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat and the Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca as their main stadiums, but they've recently started using the new Stade de Marrakech in Marrakech, Stade Adrar in Agadir, Stade Ibn Batouta in Tangier and Fez Stadium in Fez.

Competitive record

FIFA World Cup

Morocco's national football team has participated five times in the FIFA World Cup. Their best performance was the 1986 edition when they advanced to the second round, being the first African nation to do so. In 1998, the team narrowly missed repeating the same achievement.

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
1930Did not enter Did not enter
1934
1938
1950
1954
1958
1962 Did not qualify 7 2 2 3 7 8
1966 Withdrew Withdrew
1970 Group Stage 14th 3 0 1 2 2 6 10 4 4 2 11 7
1974Did not qualify 10 4 3 3 12 13
1978 2 0 2 0 2 2
1982 8 3 2 3 5 6
1986 Round of 16 11th 4 1 2 1 3 2 8 5 2 1 12 1
1990 Did not qualify 6 1 3 2 4 5
1994 Group Stage 23rd 3 0 0 3 2 5 10 7 2 1 19 4
1998 18th 3 1 1 1 5 5 6 5 1 0 14 2
2002Did not qualify 10 6 3 1 11 3
2006 10 5 5 0 17 7
2010 10 3 3 4 14 13
2014 6 2 3 1 9 8
2018 Group Stage 27th 3 0 1 2 2 4 8 4 3 1 13 1
2022To be determined
2026To be determined
Total Round of 16 5/21 16 2 5 9 14 22 116 53 41 22 159 80

Africa Cup of Nations

Africa Cup of Nations record Africa Cup of Nations Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
1957Did not enter Did not enter
1959
1962Withdrew Withdrew
1963Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 5 6
1965Did not enter Did not enter
1968
1970Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 1 2
1972Group Stage5th303033 4 2 0 2 9 6
1974Did not enter Did not enter
1976Winner1st6420116 6 4 0 2 13 4
1978Group Stage6th311124 Qualified as defending champions
1980Third Place3rd521243 4 2 1 1 14 5
1982Did not qualify 4 3 0 1 8 4
1984 4 1 2 1 4 2
1986Fourth Place4th512245 2 1 1 0 1 0
1988Fourth Place4th513133 Qualified as hosts
1990Did not qualify 2 0 2 0 1 1
1992Group Stage9th201112 6 4 0 2 11 4
1994Did not qualify 6 2 2 2 5 4
1996 4 1 1 2 2 4
1998Quarter-finals6th421163 6 4 2 0 10 1
2000Group Stage11th311112 4 2 2 0 6 4
2002Group Stage9th311134 6 3 1 2 5 4
2004Runner-up2nd6411144 6 5 1 0 10 0
2006Group Stage13th302101 10 5 5 0 17 7
2008Group Stage11th310276 4 3 1 0 6 1
2010Did not qualify 10 3 3 4 14 13
2012Group Stage12th310245 6 3 2 1 8 2
2013Group Stage10th303033 2 1 0 1 4 2
2015Disqualified Originally qualifies as hosts, then disqualified
2017Quarter-finals7th420243 6 5 1 0 10 1
2019To be determined 1 0 0 1 0 1
2021
2023
Total 1 Title 16/31 61 21 22 18 70 57 106 56 27 23 164 77

Minor tournaments

Year Round Position GP W D* L GS GA
1965 World Men's Military CupThird Place3rd311135
1965 Tripoli TournamentThird Place3rd311121
1966 World Men's Military CupRunner-up2nd301214
1966 Tripoli Exhibition CupWinner1st430145
1967 World Men's Military CupThird Place3rd------
1974 Kuneitra CupWinner1st7610165
1980 Merdeka TournamentWinner1st8521157
1988 Tournoi de FranceRunner-up2nd210143
1989 World Men's Military CupRunner-up2nd311134
1993 World Men's Military CupRunner-up2nd5401165
1996 King Hassan II International Cup TournamentThird Place3rd211042
1998 King Hassan II International Cup TournamentThird Place3rd201123
1999 LG CupRunner-up2nd210122
2000 King Hassan II International Cup TournamentRunner-up2nd210125
2002 LG Cup (Morocco)Third Place3rd211020
2002 LG Cup (Iran)Third Place3rd202011
2011 LG Cup (Morocco)Third Place3rd201112
Total3 titles17/17522613137854

Honours

Senior team

Winner: 1976
Runners-up: 2004
Third place: 1980
Champions: 2012
Champions: 2018

Youth and Olympic teams

FIFA ranking history

1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
30 33 38 27 15 13 24 28 36 35 38 33 36 39 39 41 67 79 61 74 73 81 75 57 40

Coaches

Source:[1]

Managers
Name Nationality Years as manager Trophy won
Larbi Ben Barek 1957
Mohammed Khamiri 1959
Abdelkader Lokhmiri 1959
Larbi Ben Barek 1960
Kader Firoud 1961
Mohammed Massoun 1961–1963
Mohammed Massoun & Abderrahmane Mahjoub 1963–1967
Abderrahmane Mahjoub 1967
Guy Cluzeau & Abdellah Settati & 1968–1969
Abdellah Settati 1969
Blagoja Vidinić 1970
José Barinaga 1971–1972
Abdellah Settati 1972
Abderrahmane Mahjoub 1972–1973
Virgil Mărdărescu 1974–1978 1976 African Cup of Nations
Abdellah El-Ammari 1978
Guy Cluzeau 1979
Just Fontaine 1979–1980
Jebrane & Yabram Hamidouch 1980
Yabram Hamidouch 1981
Abdellah El-Ammari 1982
Jaime Valente 1983
Mehdi Faria 1983–1988
Jaime Valente 1988–1989
Antonio Valentín 1989–1990
Abdellah Ajri Blinda 1990
Abdelghani El-Naciri 1990
Werner Olk 1990–1992
Abdelkhalek Louzani 1992
Abdellah Ajri Blinda 1993–1994
Mohammed Lamari 1994
Gílson Nunes 1995
Henri Michel 1995–2000
Henryk Kasperczak 2000
Mustapha Madih (caretaker) 2000
Humberto Coelho 2000–2002
Badou Ezzaki 2002–2005
Philippe Troussier 2005
Mohamed Fakhir 2006–2007
Henri Michel 2007–2008
Fathi Jamal 2008
Roger Lemerre 2008–2009
Hassan Moumen (caretaker) 2009–2010
Eric Gerets 2010–2012 2012 Arab Nations Cup
Rachid Taoussi 2012–2013
Hassan Benabicha (caretaker) 2013–2014
Badou Ezzaki[2] 2014–2015
Hervé Renard[3] 2016–present

Kit suppliers

Kit provider Period
Adidas 1982–1993
Lotto 1994–1995
Umbro 1995
Lotto 1995–1997
Puma 1998–2001
Nike 2002–2006
Puma 2007–2011
Adidas 2012–present

See also

Other football codes

References

  1. Hassanin Mubarak. "Morocco National Team Coaches". rsssf.com. Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 15 February 2012.
  2. "Morocco name former player Badou Zaki as new coach". bbc.com. BBC Sport. 2 May 2014. Retrieved 2 May 2014.
  3. "Morocco unveil Frenchman Herve Renard as coach". bbc.com. BBC Sport. 16 February 2016. Retrieved 16 February 2016.
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