Fifa Ranking: 40
Morocco In Fifa World Cup:
The Morocco national football team, nicknamed “Lions of the Atlas” (Arabic: أسود الأطلس / Irzem n Atlasi), is the national team of Morocco. It is currently managed by Hervé Renard.
Winners of the African Nations Cup in 1976, they were the first African 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 Germany1–0 in 1986. They also came within two minutes of moving out of the group stage of the 1998 World Cup, Kjetil Rekdal’s late winning goal for Norway against Brazil eliminating them.
Morocco qualified for the 2018 World Cup for the first time in 20 years.
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.
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 and Stade Adrar in Agadir
CIV – MAR (0-2) 11 NOV 2017:
Needing at least a draw in their final game, captain Medhi Benatia went one step further against Côte d’Ivoire and sealed three points for the Atlas Lions with a timely back-post finish from a corner kick.
Powerful, athletic and good on the ball, Benatia is one of the best defenders in Africa. The center- half’s talents have taken him to European superpowers Bayern Munich and Juventus in big-money moves.