Making their first look since 1998, Morocco did not lose a sport throughout qualification.
Morocco World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Information
Morocco have lengthy been underachievers on the African footballing stage, given the depth of their squad and the expertise they’ve at their disposal, however lately they’ve ramped up their ambition they usually now return to the 2018 World Cup stage. They final performed within the finals in France in 1998, however are again after hiring Herve Renard to information their fortunes. A inventive midfield is complimented by a robust defence however, though they gained one among their qualifying video games 6-Zero, putting continues to be an issue.
Key Moments in Qualifying
Held to a goalless draw at residence in Marrakech by group favourites Ivory Coast, Morocco have simply two factors from their opening two Group C video games and are already trailing within the standings.
Renard travels to satisfy Hakim Ziyech in Amsterdam and persuades the Ajax participant to rejoin the fold after the midfielder mentioned he would not play for Morocco following the coach’s choice to depart him out of the squad for the African Nations Cup.
Six objectives, together with two from Ziyech on his return, towards Mali give Morocco an injection of self-belief.
A Zero-Zero draw with Mali takes them to 5 factors. However Ivory Coast, who may have gone 5 factors clear, lose at residence to a weak Gabon facet, who’re with out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Needing solely a draw away to Ivory Coast, two objectives in as many minutes halfway by way of the primary half seal victory.
Morocco World Cup Group
Morocco will do properly to get out a tricky group with Portugal, Spain and Iran making up the remainder of the group.
Morocco World Cup Friendlies
On the 23rd of March Morocco will play towards Serbia, after which Uzbekistan 4 days later.
- 23rd March – Serbia
- 27th March – Uzbekistan
Morocco World Cup Fixtures
Morocco will play towards Iran first within the opening sport of Group B on the 15th of June. Portugal after which Spain will comply with on the 20th and 25th of June.
- 15th June – Iran
- 20th June – Portugal
- 25th June – Spain
Herve Renard, age 49 (30.09.68)
After a restricted enjoying profession, he obtained his break as Claude le Roy’s assistant with Ghana in 2008 and went on to win African Nations Cup titles with Zambia (2012) and Ivory Coast (2015).
Juventus defender Mehdi Benatia enjoys the very best profile of the Moroccan exports, whereas the midfield duo of Mbark Boussoufa and Younes Belhanda have a star high quality that energises the workforce.
Dutch-born Karim El Ahmadi is the anchor of the facet. Sofiane Boufal has established himself as the highest attacker and Hakim Ziyech on theright is a inventive pressure.
Harm noticed defender Manuel Da Costa miss a lot of the qualifying and he may lose his place within the squad. Striker Youssef El Arabi additionally appears to be like to have been forged apart.
Feyenoord’s Sofyan Amrabat has chosen to play for Morocco over Holland, simply as Ziyech did two years earlier.
Morocco World Cup Squad
Morocco are but to announce their 2018 World Cup squad.
Morocco World Cup Accidents
We are going to replace you with accidents frequently.
The Unanswered Questions
Will Morocco handle to retain their new-found unity?
There are a lot of disparate parts to a squad that has a French-born contingent, a Dutch-born colony and some born in Morocco itself. It has not at all times been harmonious however a return to the World Cup has been constructed on workforce spirit.
Is Karim El Ahmadi previous his promote by date at worldwide stage?
The previous Aston Villa midfielder, who’s now 32, performed a significant function within the World Cup qualifying marketing campaign and was additionally integral to Feyenoord profitable the Dutch title final season. Nevertheless, his legs look to be rising slightly weary and he may wrestle this summer season.
Might Herve Renard’s facet be slightly gentle in assault?
On the African Nations Cup in January, the gangly Aziz Bouhaddouz – who performs for St Pauli within the German second division – was the workforce’s goal man. He has since misplaced his beginning place – and ever since then Morocco have little bodily presence in assault.
Will Renard make extra modifications to maintain the regulars on their toes?
Most likely! He’s a person who likes to have an edgy camp, maintaining gamers on their toes, and he’ll more than likely spring a shock with some new choices when the workforce play their subsequent friendlies in March.
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