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Morocco - National Football Team, World Cup 2018

Sports by Published on Updated on 05 Jun, 2018

Synopsis

The Morocco National Football Team is the national team of Morocco. The team won the African Nations Cup in 1976 and were the first African team to win a group at the World Cup in 1986, finishing ahead of Portugal, Poland, and England.

The team has participated five times in the FIFA World Cup and their best performance was in 1986, when they advance to the second round, being the first nation to do so. FIFA has ranked the team in 40th position.

The team used the Prince Moulay Abdellah Stadium in Rabat and the Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca as their main stadiums.

The team recently started using the new Stade de Marrakech in Marrakech, Stade Adrar in Agadir, Stade Ibn Batouta in Tangier and Fez Stadium in Fez.

Hervé Renard

The Morocco national football team is currently managed by Hervé Renard. Renar is a former professional football player.

CAPTION: Hervé Renard, Head Coach SOURCE: fifa

He has worked as the manager of the Zambian national team and has won titles such as the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations,  becoming the first coach to win two Africa Cup of Nations with different countries.

Medhi Benatia, The Star

Medhi Benatia currently plays as a center back for the Italian Club, Juventus. Juventus signed Benatia in 2016on a season-long loan for €3 million, with an option to buy for an extra €17 million at the end of the season.

CAPTION: Hervé Renard, Star player SOURCE: The Sportsman

Benatia was signed by Bayern Munich for €26 million in 2014, winning the Bundesliga in both of his seasons. He made his international debut representing Morocco on November 19, 2008, in a 3-0 victory over Zambia at the Stade Mohammed V, Casablanca.

Here's the final list of Morocco's 23-man squad who will play at the 2018 World Cup.

Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards
Mounir Mohamedi (Numancia), Yassine Bounou (Girona), Ahmad Reda Tagnaouti (Ittihad Tanger) Mehdi Benatia (Juventus), Romain Saiss (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Manuel Da Costa (Basaksehir), Nabil Dirar (Fenerbahce), Achraf Hakimi (Real Madrid), Hamza Mendyl (Lille) Mbark Boussoufa (Al Jazira), Karim El Ahmadi (Feyenoord), Youssef Ait Bennasser (Caen), Sofyan Amrabat (Feyenoord), Younes Belhanda (Galatasaray), Faycal Fajr (Getafe), Amine Harit (Schalke) Khalid Boutaib (Malatyaspor), Aziz Bouhaddouz (St. Pauli), Ayoub El Kaabi (Renaissance Berkane), Nordin Amrabat (Leganes), Mehdi Carcela (Standard Liege), Hakim Ziyech (Ajax), Youssef En Nesyri (Malaga)

FIFA World Cup 2018

Morocco made their return to the 2018 FIFA World Cup after 20 years of absence. Morocco has made four FIFA appearances to date.

Morocco will be having first matches against the countries like IR Iran, Portugal, and Spain in the World Cup 2018.

For more details regarding the matches have a look at this schedule of World Cup.