WC 2018: Morocco

Group B

Despite Morocco being a traditionally strong football team with 4 previous WC appearances, it has taken this national team 2 decades to get back to competing in WC events. The Northern African team, which ranks at 42nd place, showcases plenty of young talent, including star players Younes Belhanda and midfielder Hakim Ziyech. Ziyech left the team for a period, but returned after resolving his former issues with Morocco’s coach, Hervé Renard. Under Renard’s leadership, Morocco has become a disciplined and performance-driven squad with solid defence and attack rates.

Team Members

  • Mounir El Kajoui - GK
  • Yassine Bounou - GK
  • Ahmad Reda Tagnaouti - GK
  • Mehdi Benatia - Defender
  • Romain Saiss - Defender
  • Manuel Da Costa - Defender
  • Badr Benoun - Defender
  • Nabil Dirar - Defender
  • Achraf Hakimi - Defender
  • Hamza Mendyl - Defender
  • M’barek Boussoufa - Midfielder
  • Karim El Ahmadi - Midfielder
  • Youssef Ait Bennasser - Midfielder
  • Sofyan Amrabat - Midfielder
  • Younes Belhanda - Midfielder
  • Faycal Fajr - Midfielder
  • Amine Harit - Midfielder
  • Khalid Boutaib - Forward
  • Aziz Bouhaddouz - Forward
  • Ayoub El Kaabi - Forward
  • Nordin Amrabat - Forward
  • Mehdi Carcela - Forward
  • Hakim Ziyech - Forward

Coach

Hervé Renard

Renard is a French national and former professional football player who has led many other African teams successfully. The coach led Zambia to victory in the African Cup of Nations back in 2012, and again won the same event with the Ivory Coast team in 2015. He is the first coach to win 2 Africa Cup of Nations with different country’s teams, and he is hoping for a good result for Morocco in the world’s greatest football tournament too.

Past WC History

Morocco participated in their first WC event in 1970, and has qualified only a few times since. The team’s last appearance in the WC was in 1998 in France, making 2018 their first appearance in the Cup for 20 years. Morocco’s team, also know as the Lions of the Atlas has qualified for the group stages of the WC on no less than 5 separate occasions.

Stats

  • First appeared in 1970
  • 4 successful qualifying campaigns
  • Last appearance in 1998
  • No semi-finals
  • No championships
  • Best achievement: Round 16, WC 1986

Kit

The Moroccan team’s kit is designed and made by Adidas. The 2018 WC home kit consists of a red shirt with a white collar and stripe detailing, and forest green shorts. The shirts have three white stripes on the shoulders and a white collar and cuffs, based on the Adidas Tabela 18 template. The team’s away kit consists of white shirts and shorts with red stripe detailing and a red colour block on the shoulders and upper back. White socks round off the kit.