Country Report – Morocco

    A look at the country’s demographics, football history and its squad status prior to the Qatar World Cup 2022.

    Number of inhabitants: approx. 37 million.

    Continent: Africa

    Confederation: CAF

    National Football Association: FMFA

    Number of members: approx. 80.000 (0.2% of total population)

    International trophies won: 1x Africa Cup, 2x African Nations Championship

    Best World Cup result: Round of 16 in 1986.

    Key Players

    In the past: Ahmed Faras, Nourredine Naybet, Mbark Boussoufa, Youssouf Hadji.

    Key current players: Mazraoui, Hakimi, Ziyech, En-Nesyri.

    Coach, formation and possible lineup

    Coach: Walid Regragui. (since 2022)

    Typical formation: 4-3-3

    Possible lineup:

    • GK: Yassine “Bono” Bounou (Sevilla)
    • LB: Noussair Mazraoui (Bayern)
    • RB: Ashraf Hakimi (PSG)
    • LCB: Romain Saïss (Besiktas)
    • RCB: Achraf Dari (Stade Brestois)
    • DM: Sofian Amrabat (Fiorentina)
    • CM: Azzedine Ounahi (Angers)
    • CM: Selim Amallah (Standard Liège)
    • RW: Hakim Ziyech (Chelsea)
    • LW: Sofiane Boufal (Angers)
    • ST: Youssef En-Nesyri (Sevilla)

    Age Report

    Players aged 25 or under in the current lineup: 6

    Players aged 32 or over in the current lineup: 1

    There is 1 player in this lineup that will (most likely) be playing their last World Cup this year: Saïss.

    There are 6 players in this lineup that can play at least two more: Mazraoui, Hakimi, Dari, Ounahi, Amallah and En-Nesyri.

    The remaining 4 players could play in one or two more World Cups.

    Youngest player: Azzedine Ounahi, born 19 April 2000 (22)

    Oldest player: Romain Saïss, born 26 March 1990 (32)

    Average squad age: 26.2

    World Cup Qatar – Group F


    Wednesday 23 November Morocco vs Croatia

    Sunday 27 November Belgium vs Morocco

    Thursday 1 December Canada vs Morocco

    Our view:

    A relatively young team, Morocco, that performed exceptionally well in their qualification for the World Cup in Qatar. Sadly enough they lost a major asset in front of goal through the injury of Tarik Tissoudali. Even with Tarik present it would have been a tough battle, now it seems almost insurmountable. Almost, because Belgium is dependant on their stars, Croatia is transitioning to a new squad, and Canada does not have a lot of depth in their selection. So, while chances are slim, not all hope is lost for Morocco.

    Prediction: Group stage exit

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