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World Cup 2018: Group B Team Profile – Morocco

Profile Nickname: Lions of the Atlas Group: B Best World Cup: Round of 16, 1986 Last World Cup: Group Stage, 1998 Odds to win: 500/1 (Bet365) How did they reach the World Cup? Moroccan national team will be playing in their fifth World Cup when they make the near 5000-mile trip to Russia for the 21st instalment of football’s greatest trophy. As the 22nd highest ranked African side in the FIFA World Rankings, Morocco earned a bye through to the second round of the CAF qualifying stage, where they narrowly defeated Equatorial Guinea…

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Malaga starlet En-Nesyri earns surprise World Cup call-up

It may not have been the domestic campaign he was hoping for, but young Malaga forward Youssef En-Nesyri is now headed for the World Cup after being called up for Morocco as a late replacement for defender Badr Banoun. Despite being Morocco’s captain for the African Nations Championship, Banoun lost his place in the final 23-man squad for Russia as coach Herve Renard opted to accommodate an extra attacker. The Fez-born striker, who became Malaga’s first-choice forward at the turn of the year, scored a total of four goals in…

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Munir suffers blow as FIFA reject Morocco switch

Munir El Haddadi will not feature for Morocco at this summer’s World Cup in Russia, after FIFA denied the Alavés forward’s permission to change his international allegiance from Spain. Born and raised in Spain, the La Liga star requested the move on the grounds that his father was born in the North African country, but the appeal was turned down because of the striker’s previous involvement in a competitive qualifying match for the Iberian nation against Macedonia in 2014. FIFA regulations state that players who have already represented one country…

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Spain international Munir El Haddadi wants Morocco switch

Alaves striker Munir El Haddadi is hopeful that FIFA will allow him to switch from Spain to Morocco. The former Barcelona forward has made the decision to make a formal request to football’s governing, given that his father’s country of birth have qualified for next summer’s World Cup in Russia. Born in Madrid and having played for Spain at various youth levels, the 22-year-old made one appearance for the senior side in a September 2014 Euro 2016 qualifier. The youngster has not been called up since, having left Barcelona for…

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Valencia complete the signing of Moroccan jewel Tawfik Benhammou

The striker has scored 27 goals last season and is a current international in the Moroccan Youth teams. Valencia are yet to make a signing for the first team this season, but have decided to make a move for its youth team. The scouts of Valencia’s academy of closed the signing of Tawfik Benhammou from the Juvinile A squad of Alboraya. The  striker has scored 27 goals in 33 appearances last season and has attracted the attention of Valencia who have been searching for replacements for Fran Toro and Marco Farisato who…

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