|Nickname(s)||Les Lions de l'Atlas ( The Lions )|
|UNAF (North Africa)|
|Head coach||Vahid Halilhod?i?|
|Most caps||Noureddine Naybet (115)|
|Top scorer||Ahmed Faras (36)|
|Current||43 (17 September 2020)|
|Highest||10 (April 1998 )|
|Lowest||95 (September 2010)|
|Current||47 3 (16 September 2020)|
|Highest||17 (December 1998)|
|Lowest||81 (May 2013)|
| Morocco 3-3 Iraq |
(Beirut, Lebanon; 19 October 1957)
| Morocco 13-1 Saudi Arabia |
(Casablanca, Morocco; 6 September 1961)
| Hungary 6-0 Morocco |
(Tokyo, Japan; 11 October 1964)
|Appearances||5 (first in 1970)|
|Best result||Round of 16 (1986)|
|Africa Cup of Nations|
|Appearances||17 (first in 1972)|
|Best result||Champions (1976)|
|African Nations Championship|
|Appearances||3 (first in 2014)|
|Best result||Champions (2018)|
The Morocco national football team,(Arabic: ? . In Tamazight: ? . nicknamed Les Lions de l'Atlas ( The Atlas Lions ) (French: Équipe du Maroc de football) represents Morocco in international men's football and it is controlled by the Royal Moroccan Football Federation, also known as FRMF, or in French: Fédération Royale Marocaine de football. the governing body for football in Morocco, The team represents both FIFA and Confederation of African Football.
It was considered one of the best African and Arabs teams after they ranked 10th in the FIFA World Rankings in April 1998, and it is also the only African team to have been at the top of the African and Arabs teams ranking for three consecutive years from 1997 to 1999. Worldwide, they participated 5 times in the FIFA World Cup. The best result was the round of 16, which they reached in 1986 as the first African and Arab national team to reach this role, and then lost to Germany national football team Winners of the African Nations Cup in 1976, they were the first Africans and Arabs 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.
The selection of Morocco was created in 1928 and played its first game on 22 December of that year against the B team of France, from which it was defeated by 2-1. This team, formed by the best footballers of the LMFA or the Moroccan Football League (settlers or natives), was active in friendly matches against other North African selections such as those of the Football League of Algeria, the Football League of Oran, the Football League of Costantinia and the Tunisia Football League. These associations of settler clubs and local footballers, in addition to having their own championship, clashed with each other in a tournament that Morocco won several times, as in 1948-1949.
The LMFA also faced some club teams such as NK Lokomotiva Zagreb in January 1950, as well as France A and France B. Against France A the LMFA made a 1-1 draw in Casablanca in 1941.
On 9 September 1954, an earthquake struck the Algerian region of Orléansville (now Chlef) and caused the destruction of the city and the death of over 1,400 people. On 7 October 1954, the French Football Association and the Maghreb inhabitants organized a charity match to raise funds for the families of the victims of the catastrophic event. In the match a selection of Moroccans, Algerians and Tunisians challenged the national team of France at the Paris Princes Park. Led by star Larbi Benbarek, the Maghreb selection managed to win by 3-2, a month before the Toissant rouge attacks made in November 1954 by the Algerian National Liberation Front which marked the beginning of the Algerian war.
On 19 October 1957, at the 2nd edition of the Pan Arab Games in Lebanon, Morocco made its debut as the national of an independent country against Iraq, at the Camille Chamoun Sports City Stadium, and drew 3-3. In the tournament the Moroccan team obtained the first victory of its history against Libya, with the result of 5-1, to then beat Tunisia 3-1 and gain access to the semifinal. Morocco finished in first place the group 1 of the competition, in which the path of the North African formation ended just in the semifinals, against Syria, on 26 October 1957, despite the 1-1 draw, it was the Syrians who passed the round and qualified for the final.
From 1957 to 1958, Morocco held numerous friendly meetings against the National Liberation Front team, the representative of Algeria before its independence in 1958. In 1959, they took part for the first time in an international competition, the preliminary rounds of the Rome Olympics 1960. He finished second in a group of three teams, behind Tunisia, but only for an unfavorable goal difference. In the same year the football federation of Morocco joined the FIFA.
In 1960, Morocco made their debut in the 1962 FIFA World Cup qualification, to be held in Chile. Inserted in group 2 of the African qualifications, it saw itself again against Tunisia. After two games ended with a win per side (2-1 for the Moroccans and 2-1 for the Tunisians), on 22 January 1961 a play-off match was played in Palermo, which ended in a tie (1-1). Morocco proceeded with the winning of a coin toss. Having defeated Ghana in the CAF Final Round, the Moroccan players gained access to the last qualifying round, against Spain, which eliminated Morocco with two victories (1-0 and 3-2).
In 1961, Morocco faced for the first time two European national teams, Yugoslavia and East Germany, and played the Pan-Arab Games in Casablanca, participating in the group of six teams and winning it. On 6 September 1961, Morocco won the largest victory in his history against Saudi Arabia (13-1). They also had two wins against a European team, an unprecedented event, beating East Germany 2-1 and 2-0.
In 1963, the Moroccan team came close to qualifying for the African Cup. In the decisive play-off against Tunisia, they were defeated 4-1 in Tunis and won 4-2 at home, they were therefore eliminated. At the Mediterranean Games in Naples 1963, they finished fourth after a 2-1 defeat in the final for third place against Spain's reserve team.
Morocco participated for the first time in the final phase of an international competition at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Having obtained the qualification under the leadership of the selector Mohamed Massoun, the Moroccans were included in a group of three teams due to the renunciation of North Korea and they recorded two consecutive defeats, against Hungary (6-0, the worst defeat ever of Morocco) and Yugoslavia (3-1, despite the initial advantage, scored in the second minute of play by Ali Bouachra).
In 1966, the Moroccan Football Association joined the Confederation of African Football and was able to participate in the competitions organized by the CAF.
In the two-year period 1968-1969, the team was engaged in qualifying for the Mexican World Championship in 1970. Their debut was positive, they eliminated Senegal (1-0) and Tunisia after a draw, which at the time was necessary after three draws (of which last in Marseille, by 2-2). In the final round of the preliminaries, against Sudan and Nigeria, Morocco obtained five points, finishing ahead of Nigeria and qualifying for the first time for the final round of a world championship. Shortly after, Morocco lost the decisive play-off against Algeria to enter the final stage of the 1970 Africa Cup of Nations.
Morocco thus became the first African national team to qualify for a world championship after having played in an elimination tournament (at 1934 FIFA World Cup in Italy, Egypt was the first African national team to take part in the World Cup, but without having played the qualifications before). The Moroccan team, coached by the Yugoslav Blagoje Vidini?, consisted exclusively of players in the Moroccan league, including Driss Bamous and Ahmed Faras.
On 3 June 1970, against West Germany in front of 12,942 spectators, Morocco surprisingly opened the scoring with a goal in the twenty-first game of Houmane Jarir. In the second half, however, the West Germans scored with Uwe Seeler and Gerd Müller and won by 2-1. The Lions of the Atlas then played against Peru in front of 13,537 spectators. This time the Moroccans conceded three goals in ten minutes to lose 3-0. On 11 June 1970, the eliminated Moroccans drew with Bulgaria 1-1, with a comeback goal in the sixtieth game of Maouhoub Ghazouani. It was the first point obtained by an African national team at the World Cup.
In the 1972 Africa Cup of Nations qualification, the Lions of the Atlas ousted Algeria, then they faced Egypt, beating them 3-0 in the first leg and suffering a 3-2 defeat on the way back, yet they qualified for the first time for the final phase of the continental tournament. In the group stage, they had three 1-1 draws against Congo, Sudan and Zaire and were eliminated in the first round. All three Moroccan goals brought the signature of Ahmed Faras.
Qualifying for the 1972 Olympics with two wins and two draws, Morocco debuted in Group A with a white-neat draw 0-0 with the United States, then lost 3-0 against West Germany and defeated Malaysia 6-0 with an Ahmed Faras hat-trick, qualifying for the second round. Due to defeats against USSR (3-0), Denmark (3-1) and Poland (5-0), they were then eliminated.
In the 1974 world championship qualifiers, Morocco passed three CAF qualifying rounds, entering the final round with Zambia and Zaire. Badly beaten 4-0 at home by Zaire, who then won two consecutive matches against Zambia, the Moroccans went to Zaire for the return match and lost there 3-0, conceding three goals in the second half, after Faras leaving the field due to injury. Morocco filed an appeal, trying to get the match to play again, and did not appear at the final challenge against Zambia. Protesting against FIFA in protest, he also decided not to take part in the 1974 Africa Cup of Nations.
In 1974, Morocco played only two games, both against Algeria, achieving a 2-0 win and a 0-0 draw. After 1974, Morocco resumed its regular FIFA and CAF competitions. They managed to get the qualification for the 1976 Africa Cup of Nations by eliminating Ghana at the last round, but failed to qualify for the 1976 Olympics, as eliminated by Nigeria.
Morocco, coached by the Romanian Virgil M?rd?rescu and captained by Ahmed Faras, took the continental throne, finishing in first place the final round of the 1976 African Cup of Nations, in his second participation in the final phase of the competition.
The final phase, in Ethiopia, foresaw a novelty, the first two classified of each of the two groups of four teams would have met in a final round from four teams, contending the title of Champion of Africa. The elimination rounds were cancelled, and replaced by a mini-championship. On 29 February 1976, the tournament started with the first matches of group A, but Morocco, entered in group B, started on 1 March 1976. Inserted in a group with Sudan, Zaire and Nigeria, M?rd?rescu's team equalized 2-2 with Sudan (Mustapha Fetoui's Moroccan goals on the 5th and Ahmed Abouali on the 58th minute), then, thanks to Abdel Ali Zahraoui's goal on the eightieth minute of play, they beat Zaire. In the last game they won a comeback 3-1 against Nigeria (Nigerian goal on the 5th with a penalty and Moroccan trio with Ahmed Faras on the 8th, Abdallah Tazi on 19th and Larbi Chebbak on the 81st), obtaining so the first place in the group and qualifying for the final round (a group stage of four teams) together with the Nigerians, second in the standings in the group B. The final round put Morocco against Egypt. The Moroccans, had an advantage with a goal by Faras, suffered a draw, but took the lead two minutes before the end of the match again with Zahraoui and won 2-1. The next match against the Nigerians ended with a success, thanks to two goals from Ahmed Faras and Redouane Guezzar scored in the last eight minutes of play to overturn the provisional opponent advantage (2-1). The final match, against Guinea, would have decided the African Champion team. On 14 March 1976, in Addis Ababa, the Guineans, aimed to victory, took the lead in the first half, but four minutes to the end of the match Ahmed Makrouh scored the goal of the final draw (1-1), which gave to Morocco the first cup of its history.
Morocco then failed to qualify for the 1974 FIFA World Cup, the 1978 FIFA World Cup and the 1982 FIFA World Cup. At the 1978 Africa Cup of Nations, they were eliminated in the first round, while at the 1980 Africa Cup of Nations they won the third place, beating in the consolation final Egypt 2-0. They then won the 1983 Mediterranean Games, played at home, thanks to a 3-0 success in the final against Turkey B.
Morocco did not qualify for either the 1982 Africa Cup of Nations or that of 1984 Africa Cup of Nations. At the 1986 Africa Cup of Nations, they finished fourth, beaten 3-2 in the consolation final by the Ivory Coast (Moroccan goals by Abdelfettah Rhiati and Mohammed Sahil).
The subsequent participation in the 1986 FIFA World Cup which took place in Mexico. Morocco, coached by the Brazilian José Faria, had a valid team at their disposal, with Aziz Bouderbala, Salahdine Hmied, Merry Krimau and Mohamed Timoumi.
In Mexico, Morocco surprisingly won a group with Portugal, England and Poland, thanks to two draws against the English and Polish teams and a 3-1 win against the Portuguese (Abderrazak Khairi scored twice and goals from Abdelkrim Merry Krimau). However, they were narrowly eliminated by West Germany in the first knockout round, thanks to a goal from Lothar Matthäus one minute from the end of regulation time. Morocco became the first African and Arab national team to have passed the first round of a world championship.
Two years later, the Moroccan team presented itself at the 1988 African Cup of Nations as a host country with high expectations. After winning the first round, they were eliminated in the semifinals by Cameroon and finished in fourth place after losing the consolation final against Algeria (1-1 after extra time and 4-3 after the penalty shots).
Failure to qualify for the 1990 FIFA World Cup opened a period of crisis. In the 1992 African Cup of Nations, the team was eliminated in the first round. They did not participate, then, either in the 1994 Africa Cup or in the 1996 African Cup.
At the end of the millennium, the North African team took part in two consecutive world championships: in the United States in 1994 and in France in 1998. On both occasions they were eliminated in the first round, although in the second case it came close to qualifying.
In 1994, Morocco were knocked out after three defeats against Belgium (1-0), Saudi Arabia (2-1, Moroccan goal of Mohammed Chaouch) and Netherlands (2-1, Moroccan goal of Hassan Nader), while in 1998 they left in a controversial way. Having drawn in the first match with Norway 2-2 (goals from star Mustapha Hadji and Abdeljalil Hadda) and lost 3-0 against Brazil, Morocco coached by the French Henri Michel clearly beat (3-0) the Scotland (goal by Abdeljalil Hadda and two goals by Salaheddine Bassir) in Saint-Étienne, but by the time the qualifying seemed to have been achieved, they were overtaken in the standings by Norway, who was incredibly strong on Brazil (2-1) scoring the decisive goal in the last minutes of the game, thanks to a much discussed penalty.
In 2012, the national team won the 2012 Arab Nations Cup, a tournament reserved for Arab national teams with a team made up only of players playing in the Moroccan championship.
The national team won the championship of African nations in 2018, a tournament reserved for African national teams with a team formed only by players playing in the Moroccan championship. Back to participate in the final phase of a World Cup after 20 years, in 2018 FIFA World Cup, Morocco went out in the first round, after two 0-1 defeats against Iran and Portugal. In the last match against Spain they took the lead 2-1 but was unable to keep it, and drew 2-2, ultimately managed to eliminate Iran as well. Morocco entered the 2019 AFCON with high confidence, having played the previous World Cup. However, in spite of three straight group stage wins, Morocco was shockingly knocked out by less known Benin in the round of sixteen.
The following is a list of match results in the last 12 months, as well as any future matches that have been scheduled.
|1||Morocco||2||1||1||0||3||0||+3||4||Qualify for final tournament||—||0-0||9 Nov||30 Mar 21'|
|2||Mauritania||2||1||1||0||2||0||+2||4||22 Mar 21'||—||2-0||9 Nov|
|3||Central African Republic||2||1||0||1||2||2||0||3||17 Nov||30 Mar 21'||—||2-0|
|4||Burundi||2||0||0||2||0||5||−5||0||0-3||17 Nov||22 Mar 21'||—|
|1||Morocco||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||Advance to third round||—||TBD||TBD||TBD|
The following players were called up for the Africa Cup of Nations qualification matches against Mauritania and Burundi on 15 and 19 November 2019.
Caps and goals are correct as of 19 November 2019, after the match against Burundi.
|No.||Pos.||Player||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Goals||Club|
|12||GK||Munir Mohand Mohamedi||10 May 1989||38||0||Hatayspor|
|1||GK||Yassine Bounou||5 April 1991||20||0||Sevilla|
|GK||Anas Zniti||28 October 1988||11||0||Raja Casablanca|
|17||DF||Nabil Dirar||25 February 1986||48||3||Fenerbahçe|
|3||DF||Romain Saïss||26 March 1990||41||1||Wolverhampton Wanderers|
|5||DF||Achraf Hakimi||4 November 1998||28||2||Internazionale|
|4||DF||Zouhair Feddal||1 January 1989||20||1||Sporting CP|
|3||DF||Hamza Mendyl||21 October 1997||18||0||Schalke 04|
|5||DF||Badr Banoun||30 September 1993||12||1||Raja Casablanca|
|6||DF||Noussair Mazraoui||14 November 1997||10||1||Ajax|
|21||DF||Yunis Abdelhamid||28 September 1987||9||0||Reims|
|11||MF||Fayçal Fajr||1 August 1988||39||3||Sivasspor|
|10||MF||Hakim Ziyech||19 March 1993||33||14||Chelsea|
|MF||Omar El Kaddouri||21 August 1990||28||5||PAOK|
|8||MF||Adel Taarabt||24 May 1989||23||4||Benfica|
|9||MF||Sofiane Boufal||17 September 1993||17||0||Southampton|
|20||MF||Sofyan Amrabat||21 August 1996||14||0||Fiorentina|
|18||MF||Oussama Idrissi||26 February 1996||7||0||AZ|
|13||MF||Yahya Jabrane||18 June 1991||3||0||Wydad Casablanca|
|12||MF||Selim Amallah||15 November 1996||2||0||Standard Liège|
|19||FW||Youssef En-Nesyri||1 June 1997||31||9||Sevilla|
|23||FW||Rachid Alioui||18 June 1992||18||2||Angers|
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||Ahmed Reda Tagnaouti||5 April 1996||3||0||Wydad Casablanca||v. Gabon, 15 October 2019|
|DF||Jawad El Yamiq||29 February 1992||16||2||Genoa||v. Gabon, 15 October 2019|
|DF||Nayef Aguerd||30 March 1996||5||0||Rennes||v. Gabon, 15 October 2019|
|DF||Issam Chebake||12 October 1989||4||0||Yeni Malatyaspor||v. Gabon, 15 October 2019|
|MF||Younès Belhanda||25 February 1990||58||5||Galatasaray||v. Gabon, 15 October 2019|
|MF||Mehdi Carcela||1 July 1989||26||1||Standard Liège||v. Gabon, 15 October 2019|
|MF||Youssef Aït Bennasser||7 July 1996||25||0||Monaco||v. Gabon, 15 October 2019|
|MF||Amine Harit||18 June 1997||10||0||Schalke 04||v. Gabon, 15 October 2019|
|MF||Mehdi Bourabia||8 July 1991||7||0||Sassuolo||v. Gabon, 15 October 2019|
|MF||Ahmed El Messaoudi||3 August 1995||2||0||Groningen||v. Gabon, 15 October 2019|
|MF||Anuar Tuhami||15 January 1995||2||0||APOEL||v. Gabon, 15 October 2019|
RET Player retired from internationals
|Head coach||Vahid Halilhod?i?|
|Technical director||Osian Roberts|
|Assistant coach||Patrice Beaumelle|
|Assistant coach||Mustapha Hadji|
|Goalkeeping coach||Abdelkader Bouhaddouz|
|Fitness coach||Hakim El Saïd|
|Sporting director||Aziz Bouderbala|
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.
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|
|1930||Part of France||Part of France|
|1958||did not enter||did not enter|
|1962||Did not qualify||7||2||2||3||7||8|
|1974||Did not qualify||10||4||3||3||12||13|
|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|
|2002||Did not qualify||10||6||3||1||11||3|
|2022||To be determined|
|2026||To be determined|
|Total||Round of 16||5/21||16||2||5||9||14||22||116||53||41||22||159||80|
|Africa Cup of Nations record||Africa Cup of Nations Qualification record|
|1957||Not affiliated to CAF||Not affiliated to CAF|
|1963||Did not qualify||2||1||0||1||5||6|
|1965||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1970||Did not qualify||2||1||0||1||1||2|
|1974||Did not enter||Did not enter|
|1978||Group Stage||6th||3||1||1||1||2||4||Qualified as defending champions|
|1982||Did not qualify||4||3||0||1||8||4|
|1988||Fourth Place||4th||5||1||3||1||3||3||Qualified as hosts|
|1990||Did not qualify||2||0||2||0||1||1|
|1994||Did not qualify||6||2||2||2||5||4|
|2010||Did not qualify||10||3||3||4||14||13|
|2015||Disqualified||Originally qualifies as hosts, then disqualified|
|2019||Round of 16||9th||4||3||1||0||4||1||6||3||2||1||8||3|
|2021||To be determined||To be determined|
* Under-23 tournament since 1992.
African Nations Championship
Olympic games record
1951 to 1987 Senior teams, from 1991 youth teams.
Pan Arab Games
Arab Nations Cup
|1965 World Men's Military Cup||Third Place||3rd||3||1||1||1||3||5|
|1965 Tripoli Tournament||Third Place||3rd||3||1||1||1||2||1|
|1966 World Men's Military Cup||Runner-up||2nd||3||0||1||2||1||4|
|1966 Tripoli Exhibition Cup||Winner||1st||4||3||0||1||4||5|
|1967 World Men's Military Cup||Third Place||3rd||-||-||-||-||-||-|
|1974 Kuneitra Cup||Winner||1st||7||6||1||0||16||5|
|1980 Merdeka Tournament||Winner||1st||8||5||2||1||15||7|
|1988 Tournoi de France||Runner-up||2nd||2||1||0||1||4||3|
|1989 World Men's Military Cup||Runner-up||2nd||3||1||1||1||3||4|
|1993 World Men's Military Cup||Runner-up||2nd||5||4||0||1||16||5|
|1996 King Hassan II International Cup Tournament||Third Place||3rd||2||1||1||0||4||2|
|1998 King Hassan II International Cup Tournament||Third Place||3rd||2||0||1||1||2||3|
|1999 LG Cup||Runner-up||2nd||2||1||0||1||2||2|
|2000 King Hassan II International Cup Tournament||Runner-up||2nd||2||1||0||1||2||5|
|2002 LG Cup (Morocco)||Third Place||3rd||2||1||1||0||2||0|
|2002 LG Cup (Iran)||Third Place||3rd||2||0||2||0||1||1|
|2011 LG Cup (Morocco)||Third Place||3rd||2||0||1||1||1||2|
|Name||Nationality||Years as manager||Trophy won||World Cup||Africa Cup|
|Larbi Ben Barek||1957||-||-||-|
|Mohammed Khamirib & Abdelkader Lokhmiri||1959||-||-||-|
|Larbi Ben Barek||1960||-||-||-|
|Mohammed Massoun & Abderrahmane Mahjoub||1961-1967||-||-||-|
|Guy Cluzeau & Abdellah Settati||&||1968-1969||-||-||-|
|Blagoja Vidini?||1970||-||1970 (GS)||-|
|José Barinaga||1971-1972||-||-||1972 (GS)|
|Virgil M?rd?rescu||1974-1978||1976 African Cup of Nations||-||1976 (W) - 1978 (GS)|
|Jebrane & Yabram Hamidouch||1980-1981||-||-||1980 (3RD)|
|Mehdi Faria||1983-1988||-||1986 (R16)||1986 (4TH) - 1988 (4TH)|
|Abdellah Ajri Blinda||1990||-||-||-|
|Werner Olk||1990-1992||-||-||1992 (GS)|
|Abdellah Ajri Blinda||1993-1994||-||1994 (GN)||-|
|Henri Michel||1995-2000||-||1998 (GS)||1998 (QF) - 2000 (GS)|
|Humberto Coelho||2000-2002||-||-||2002 (GS)|
|Badou Ezzaki||2002-2005||-||-||2004 (F)|
|Mohamed Fakhir||2006-2007||-||-||2006 (GS)|
|Henri Michel||2007-2008||-||-||2008 (GS)|
|Hassan Moumen (caretaker)||2009-2010||-||-||-|
|Eric Gerets||2010-2012||-||-||2012 (GS)|
|Rachid Taoussi||2012-2013||-||-||2013 (GS)|
|Hassan Benabicha (caretaker)||2013-2014||-||-||-|
|Hervé Renard||2016-2019||-||2018 (GS)||2017 (QF) - 2019 (R16)|