Morocco national football team


Morocco national football team
 Morocco
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) اسودالأطلس
(Lions of the Atlas)
Association Royal Moroccan Football Federation
Sub-confederation UNAF (North Africa)
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Head coach Eric Gerets
Captain Houssine Kharja
Most caps Noureddine Naybet (115)
Top scorer Ahmed Faras (42)[citation needed]
Home stadium Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium
FIFA code MAR
FIFA ranking 56
Highest FIFA ranking 10 (April 1998)
Lowest FIFA ranking 95 (September 2010)
Elo ranking 59
Highest Elo ranking 17 (December 1998)
Lowest Elo ranking 70 (September 2010)
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours
First international
Morocco Morocco 3–3 Iraq 
(Lebanon; 19 October 1957)
Biggest win
Morocco Morocco 13–1 Saudi Arabia 
(Morocco; 6 September 1961)
Biggest defeat
 Hungary 6–0 Morocco Morocco
(Japan; 11 October 1964)
World Cup
Appearances 4 (First in 1970)
Best result Round of 16, 1986
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances 13 (First in 1972)
Best result Winners, 1976

The Morocco national football team (Arabic: منتخب المغرب لكرة القدم‎), nicknamed أسود الأطلس (Lions of the Atlas), is the national team of Morocco and is managed by Eric Gerets. 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 second round barely losing to eventual runner-ups 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.

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Home stadium

The Moroccan National team traditionally used the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium (Rabat) and the Stade Mohamed V (Casablanca) as their main stadiums, but recently started using the new Marrakech stadium, as the last four home games were held there.

World Cup record

Morocco's national football team participated four 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
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Did Not Enter
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958
Chile 1962 Did Not Qualify
England 1966 Withdrew
Mexico 1970 Group Stage 14th 3 0 1 2 2 6
West Germany 1974 Did Not Qualify
Argentina 1978
Spain 1982
Mexico 1986 Round of 16 11th 4 1 2 1 3 2
Italy 1990 Did Not Qualify
United States 1994 Group Stage 23rd 3 0 0 3 2 5
France 1998 Group Stage 18th 3 1 1 1 5 5
South Korea Japan 2002 Did Not Qualify
Germany 2006
South Africa 2010
Brazil 2014 To Be Determined
Russia 2018
Qatar 2022
Total Round of 16 4/19 13 2 4 7 12 18

African Cup of Nations Record

Morocco vs Germany in the 1986 FIFA World Cup
  • 1957 – Did not enter
  • 1959 – Did not enter
  • 1962 – Withdrew
  • 1963 – Did not qualify
  • 1965 – Did not enter
  • 1968 – Did not enter
  • 1970 – Did not qualify
  • 1972 – Round 1
  • 1974 – Did not enter
  • 1976 – Gold medal icon.svg Champions
  • 1978 – Round 1
  • 1980 – Bronze medal icon.svg Third place
  • 1982 – Did not qualify
  • 1984 – Did not qualify
  • 1986 – Fourth place
 
  • 1988 – Fourth place
  • 1990 – Did not qualify
  • 1992 – Round 1
  • 1994 – Did not qualify
  • 1996 – Did not qualify
  • 1998 – Quarterfinals
  • 2000 – Round 1
  • 2002 – Round 1
  • 2004 – Silver medal icon.svg Second place
  • 2006 – Round 1
  • 2008 – Round 1
  • 2010 – Did not qualify
  • 2012 – Qualified
  • 2013 – To be determined
  • 2015 – Qualified (Host)

Results since 2010

Date Venue Home Team Result Away Team Scorers Competition
11 August 2010 Stade Moulay Abdellah, Rabat  Morocco 2–1  Equatorial Guinea Hadji Goal 64'Goal 77' Friendly
3 September 2010 Stade Moulay Abdellah, Rabat  Morocco 0–0  Central African Republic 2012 ACN Q
8 October 2010 Dar es Salaam  Tanzania 0–1  Morocco Hamdaoui Goal 43' 2012 ACN Q
17 November 2010 Windsor Park, Belfast  Northern Ireland 1–1  Morocco Chamakh Goal 56' Friendly
9 February 2011 Stade Mohamed V, Casablanca  Morocco 3–0  Niger Boussoufa Goal 16'Goal 82' Bakkali Goal 90' Friendly
27 March 2011 Stade 19 Mai 1956, Annaba  Algeria 1–0  Morocco 2012 ACN Q
6 June 2011 Marrakech Stadium  Morocco 4–0  Algeria Benatia Goal 25' Chamakh Goal 38' Hadji Goal 50' Assaidi Goal 68' 2012 ACN Q
10 August 2011 Dakar  Senegal 0–2  Morocco Kharja Goal 10' Arabi Goal 25' Friendly
4 September 2011  Central African Republic 0–0  Morocco 2012 ACN Q
9 October 2011 Marrakech Stadium  Morocco 3–1  Tanzania Chamakh Goal 20' Taarabt Goal 69'
Boussoufa Goal 90'
2012 ACN Q
11 November 2011 Marrakech Stadium  Morocco 0-1  Uganda Friendly
13 November 2011 Marrakech Stadium  Morocco 1–1
(PSO: 2–4)
 Cameroon Amrabt Goal 89' Friendly

Squad

Current squad

The following players participated in the LG Cup held on 11-13 November 2011.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of Birth (Age) Caps Goals Club
1 GK Ahmed Mohamadina March 10, 1984 (1984-03-10) (age 27) 2 0 Morocco Olympique Khouribga
12 GK Mohamed Amsif February 7, 1989 (1989-02-07) (age 22) 1 0 Germany FC Augsburg
22 GK Amine Lecomte April 26, 1990 (1990-04-26) (age 21) 0 0 Qatar Lekhwiya
DF Ahmed Chagou November 27, 1987 (1987-11-27) (age 23) 0 0 Morocco Difaa El Jadida
DF Abdelfettah Boukhriss October 22, 1986 (1986-10-22) (age 25) 2 0 Morocco FUS Rabat
23 DF Mustapha Lemrani March 2, 1978 (1978-03-02) (age 33) 1 0 Morocco MAS Fez
2 DF Michaël Chrétien Basser July 10, 1984 (1984-07-10) (age 27) 30 0 Turkey Bursaspor
16 DF Jamal Alioui June 2, 1982 (1982-06-02) (age 29) 14 0 Qatar Al-Kharitiyath
21 DF Rachid Soulaimani November 21, 1982 (1982-11-21) (age 29) 2 0 Morocco Raja Casablanca
DF Oussama Gharib January 15, 1987 (1987-01-15) (age 24) 1 0 Morocco FUS Rabat
13 MF Houssine Kharja (Captain) November 9, 1982 (1982-11-09) (age 29) 66 6 Italy Fiorentina
7 MF Adel Taarabt May 24, 1989 (1989-05-24) (age 22) 12 4 England Queens Park Rangers
14 MF Mbark Boussoufa August 15, 1984 (1984-08-15) (age 27) 26 6 Russia Anzhi Makhachkala
10 MF Younès Belhanda February 25, 1990 (1990-02-25) (age 21) 8 0 France Montpellier
MF Nabil Dirar February 25, 1986 (1986-02-25) (age 25) 7 0 Belgium Club Brugge
8 MF Karim El Ahmadi January 27, 1985 (1985-01-27) (age 26) 10 1 Netherlands Feyenoord
6 MF Adil Hermach June 27, 1986 (1986-06-27) (age 25) 9 0 Saudi Arabia Al Hilal Ryad
19 MF Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez July 1, 1989 (1989-07-01) (age 22) 3 0 Russia Anzhi Makhachkala
MF Nordin Amrabat March 31, 1987 (1987-03-31) (age 24) 2 1 Turkey Kayserispor
11 MF Oussama Assaidi August 15, 1988 (1988-08-15) (age 23) 6 1 Netherlands Heerenveen
20 FW Youssouf Hadji February 25, 1980 (1980-02-25) (age 31) 63 17 France Rennes
9 FW Youssef El-Arabi February 3, 1987 (1987-02-03) (age 24) 7 1 Saudi Arabia Al Hilal Ryad

Recent call-ups

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

0#0 Pos. Player Date of Birth (Age) Caps Goals Club
1 GK Nadir Lamyaghri February 13, 1976 (1976-02-13) (age 35) 38 0 Morocco Wydad Casablanca
22 GK Issam Badda May 10, 1983 (1983-05-10) (age 28) 0 0 Morocco FUS Rabat
5 DF Mehdi Benatia April 17, 1987 (1987-04-17) (age 24) 14 1 Italy Udinese
4 DF Abdelhamid El Kaoutari March 17, 1990 (1990-03-17) (age 21) 5 0 France Montpellier
22 DF Ahmed Kantari June 28, 1985 (1985-06-28) (age 26) 4 0 France Brest
DF Mohamed Oulhaj January 6, 1988 (1988-01-06) (age 23) 2 0 Morocco Raja Casablanca
19 DF Ayoub El Khaliqi December 12, 1986 (1986-12-12) (age 24) 0 0 Morocco Wydad Casablanca
DF Hicham Mahdoufi August 5, 1983 (1983-08-05) (age 28) 14 1 Morocco Raja Casablanca
18 MF Mohammed Berrabeh October 2, 1985 (1985-10-02) (age 26) 5 0 Morocco Wydad Casablanca
15 MF Mohammed Chihani September 13, 1982 (1982-09-13) (age 29) 4 0 Qatar Al-Arabi
MF Said Fettah January 15, 1986 (1986-01-15) (age 25) 1 0 Morocco Wydad Casablanca
23 MF Ismaïl Aissati August 16, 1988 (1988-08-16) (age 23) 1 0 Netherlands Ajax
MF Mohamed Amine El Bakkali May 18, 1984 (1984-05-18) (age 27) 1 1 Morocco FUS Rabat
17 FW Marouane Chamakh January 10, 1984 (1984-01-10) (age 27) 59 17 England Arsenal
10 FW Mounir El Hamdaoui July 14, 1984 (1984-07-14) (age 27) 7 2 Netherlands Ajax

African nations cup 2012 Qualification

Morocco finished 1st in their group and qualified for African nations cup automatically.

  • Group D
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Morocco 6 3 2 1 8 2 +6 11
 Central African Republic 6 2 2 2 5 5 0 8
 Algeria 6 2 2 2 5 8 −3 8
 Tanzania 6 1 2 3 6 9 −3 5


4 September 2010
21:00 UTC±0
Morocco  0–0  Central African Republic Stade Moulay Abdellah, Rabat
Referee: Koman Coulibaly (Mali)
Report

9 October 2010
16:00 UTC+3
Tanzania  0–1 (0–1)  Morocco Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium, Dar-es-Salaam
Referee: Seechurn Rajindraparsad (Mauritius)
Report El Hamdaoui Goal 43'

27 March 2011
20:30 UTC+1
Algeria  1–0 (1–0)  Morocco Stade 19 Mai 1956, Annaba
Referee: Seechurn Rajindraparsad (Mauritius)
Yebda Goal 5' (pen.)

4 June 2011
21:00 UTC+1
Morocco  4–0 (2–0)  Algeria Stade de Marrakech, Marrakech
Benatia Goal 25'
Chamakh Goal 38'
Hadji Goal 60'
Assaidi Goal 68'

4 September 2011
Central African Republic  0–0  Morocco Barthelemy Boganda Stadium, Bangui

9 October 2011
19:30 UTC+0
Morocco  3–1 (1–1)  Tanzania Stade de Marrakech, Marrakech
Chamakh Goal 20'
Taarabt Goal 69'
Boussoufa Goal 90'
Sadala Goal 41'

Coaches

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