By The Atlas Lions, Sep 26 2014 7:43PM
Zurich - The Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA) confirmed, here Friday, Rabat as a second host city to the 2014 FIFA Club World Cup, slated forDecember 10- 20 in Morocco.
This decision was made at a meeting of the Executive Committee in the headquarters of the governing body of world football.
Preparations for this global event, which will take place in Marrakech and Rabat, were the focus of a meeting of the Organizing Committee of the 2014 FIFA Club World Cup, held last Tuesday at the FIFA headquarters.
During this meeting, FIFA said it is satisfied with the way Morocco is making its preparations for the 2014 FIFA Club World Cup.
The Moroccan delegation briefed the committee on the various actions taken by the kingdom to host the 2014 FIFA Club World Cup, including the renovation of the Prince Moulay Abdellah Sports Complex.
A FIFA delegation visited, early September, the Prince Moulay Abdellah complex in Rabat, which has been undergoing for over five months extensive renovation works.
Five clubs have so far qualified for this year’s edition of the Club World Cup: Moroccan champions Moghreb Tetouan, Real Madrid (UEFA), Auckland City (OFC), San Lorenzo (CONMEBOL) and Cruz Azul (CONCACAF).
Two more teams are still to be determined: the champions of Africa, who will be crowned on November 2nd, and the champions of Asia, who will seal their place on November 1st.
By The Atlas Lions, Sep 26 2014 4:25PM
(TheAtlasLions.com) Morocco coach Badou Zaki has added Lokomotiv Moscow midfielder, Mbark Boussoufa to the pre-selection for the two friendlies of the Atlas Lions against Kenya and CAR.
By The Atlas Lions, Sep 26 2014 4:22PM
(TheAtlasLions.com) Moroccan football federation has confirmed today the two friendlies of the Atlas Lions with CAR and Kenya on Oct. 9th and 13th respectively.
Both friendlies will be held in Marrakech and the kick off is 20h00 local time.
By The Atlas Lions, Sep 24 2014 9:19AM
Rwanda will face Morocco in a Fifa international friendly match in November, according to Vincent Nzamwita, the Rwanda Football Federation (Ferwafa) chairman.
Nzamwita told Times Sport early this week that they are in talks with Morocco football federation to find suitable dates for the warm-up matches.
“We are still in negotiations with Morocco. They have expressed interest to play against Rwanda but we are still in talks to determine the exact dates and a possibility of even having Rwanda play against them twice,” Nzamwita said.
Nzamwita said the national team is prepared to play a series of friendly matches in bid to have a well prepared team which will be ready to challenge strong African teams for the Chan title which Rwanda is hosting in 2016.
Rwanda has not been in competition since August when it knocked out Congo Brazzaville to snatch a ticket to the group stage campaign.
But their dreams of qualifying for Morocco 2015 were cut short as Caf banned Rwanda for fielding an ineligible player- Dady Birori, who had dual identity.
Despite the ban, Rwanda moved eight places from 101st to 93rd in the Fifa rankings.
The last time Rwanda was ranked in the top 100 was in 2008—at 78th, the highest ever ranking for the country to date. Rwanda was ranked 99 in 2007 and 89th in 2005 and 99th in 2004 respectively.
By The Atlas Lions, Sep 21 2014 3:32PM
Mounir El Hamdaoui FiorentinaFiorentina striker Mounir El Hamdaoui could now be set for a move to Tunisian outfit Club Africain in January.
The 30 year old Moroccan international is surplus to requirements at the Viola, but could not find a suitable team to move to before the close of the transfer window.
Last week the striker was reported to be close to a move back to his homeland with Wydad Casablanca, but Club Africain’s sporting director confirmed negotiations to bring El Hamdaoui to the Tunisian outfit.
“There have been negotiations to bring El Hamdaoui to Club Africain, but we’ll talk again in December,” Montassar Louhichi told Firenzeviola.it.
The striker spent last season on loan at Spanish side Malaga, but failed to make an impact only netting three times.
By The Atlas Lions, Sep 20 2014 11:23AM
(TheAtlasLions.com) Morocco coach Badou Zaki has made a pre-selection of 33 players for the friendlies of the Atlas Lions with CAR and Kenya on Oct. 9th and 13th respectively.
Here is the squad list:
1-ZNITI ANAS - AS FAR
2-BOUNOU YASSINE - REAL Zaragoza (Spain)
3-EL ASKRI KHALID - RCA
4-EL YOUSSFI MOHAMED - MAT
5-EL MOUTAQUI MEHDI - FC BAYERN MUNICH (Germany)
6-FEDDAL ZOUHAIR - PALERMO (Italy)
7-MANUEL DACOSTA - SIVASSPOR (Turkey)
8-OULHAJ MOHAMED - RCA
9-KANTARI AHMED - RC LENS (France)
10-ABERARHOUNE MOHAMED - MAT
11-DIRAR NABIL - AS MONACO (France)
12-EL HACHIMI ZAKARIA - RCA
13-EL KHALIQI AYOUB - AS FAR
14-OBBADI MOUNIR - HELLAS VERONA (Italy)
15-BELHANDA YOUNESS - DYNAMO KIEV (Ukraine)
16-HERMACH ADIL - AL WAHDA (UAE)
17-ERRAKI ISSAM - EMIRATS CLUB (UAE)
18-EL AHMADI KARIM - FEYENOORD (NL)
19-BERRABAH MOHAMED - WAC
20-LAZAAR ACHRAF - PALERMO (Italy)
21-EL KARROUCHY ADIL - RCA
22-BARRADA ABDELAZIZ - OLYMPIQUE DE MARSEILLE (France)
23-AMRABAT NOUREDDINE - MALAGA FC (Spain)
24-LABYED ZAKARIA - VITESSE ARNHEM (NL)
25-EL KADDOURI OMAR - TORINO (Italy)
26-BELARABI KARIM - BAYERN LEVERKUSEN (Germany)
27-KARNASS EL MAHDI - AALESUNDS FK (Norway)
28-METAOUALI MOHSINE - AL WAKRA (Qatar)
29-EL GNAOUI YOUSSEF - RCA
30-HADRAF ZAKARIA - DHJ
31-HAMED-ALLAH ABDERRAZZAQ - GUANGZHOU FC (China)
32-IAJOUR MOUHSSINE - MAT
33-CHAHECHOUH ATIF - SIVASSPOR (Turkey).
By The Atlas Lions, Sep 13 2014 7:31AM
THE Warriors will play Morocco in an international friendly match on November 16 in Agadir, Zifa announced last night.
The national football team will be under the tutelage of Kalisto Pasuwa and will basically be made of Under-23 players in preparation for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and possible hosting of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.
In a statement, Zifa said: “Zifa is pleased to announce that they have received a formal invitation from the Federation Royale Marocaine de Football for an international friendly match to be played at the Grand Stade de Agadir on the 16th of November 2014.”
In a letter dated September 9 2014 and addressed to Zifa chief executive officer Jonathan Mashingaidze, the Football Association of Morocco general secretary Tarik Najem wrote: “The Federation Royale Marocaine de Football is pleased to invite Zimbabwe for an International friendly between the two teams to be played at the Grand Stade de Agadir on the 16th of November 2014. We hope that we will conclude this opportunity with you with a transmission of the Fifa form as soon as possible,” Najem added.
By The Atlas Lions, Sep 12 2014 4:39PM
Sept 12 (Reuters) - Morocco are bidding to entice Bayer Leverkusen's exciting winger Karim Bellarabi to their cause as they prepare to host next year's African Nations Cup, according to German media reports.
Coach Badou Ezaki met with the 24-year-old, who has played for Germany at under-21 level but can still switch his allegiance if he applies to soccer's world governing body FIFA.
Berlin-born Bellarabi has a Moroccan father, giving him dual nationality, and has not been capped in a competitive senior match which means he can change his international allegiance.
He had a meeting with Ezaki on Thursday, the Bild newspaper reported on Friday.
Morocco have long had a policy of seeking out players with Moroccan roots, born and based in Europe, for their national team and their current squad has players born in Belgium, Canada, France and the Netherlands.
Last month, Bellarabi scored the fastest goal in the Bundesliga's 52-year history after nine seconds in Leverkusen's 2-0 win at Borussia Dortmund on the opening weekend of the season.
Bellarabi returned to Leverkusen this term after a loan spell at Eintracht Braunschweig.
Morocco host the Nations Cup finals from Jan. 17-Feb. 8.
By The Atlas Lions, Sep 12 2014 2:10PM
Rabat – Bayer Leverkusen winger Karim Bellarabi has reportedly agreed to defend the colors of the Moroccan national team following a meeting with Coach Badou Zaki who flew specifically to Germany to meet the 24-year-old.
According to media reports, Bellarabi, who played for Germany’s under-21 team, had a meeting with the Atlas Lions coach Badou Ezzaki in a café in the Castrop-Rauxel area where the winger has confirmed his readiness to represent Morocco.
Bellarabi’s name was suddenly on everybody’s lips when he scored last August the fastest goal in the history of German Bundesliga against Borussia Dortmund just 9 seconds after the starting whistle. He scored three goals in all competitions so far, including a goal in the UEFA champions League play-offs.
Morocco, Germany and Ghana all wanted Bellarabi to pledge his international future for them. He was born to a German mother and a Moroccan father, and his step-father is from Ghana.
According to German Sports newspaper BILD, Badou Zaki will be in the BayArena stadium on Friday to watch the pacey winger in action when hosts Bayer Leverkusen play against Werder Bremen.
Following the meeting with Zaki, the winger is now expected to be named in the Moroccan squad in October ahead of Central African Republic and Mauritania friendlies.
By The Atlas Lions, Sep 12 2014 7:36AM
24-year-old Bayer Leverkusen winger Karim Ballarabi has reportedly agreed to pledge his international future to Morocco.
Bellarabi is the son of a German mother and a Moroccan father, but also has a Ghanaian step-father, making him eligible to play for the Black Stars as well.
Bellarabi grabbed global attention last August when he scored the fastest ever goal in Bundesliga history after netting against Borussia Dortmund after just nine seconds on the opening day of the 2014/2015 season. He has since scored three goal in all competitions so far.
With such an explosive early season, the former German under-21 international has attracted high interests from all three countries for his international future but it is the North African nation who appear to have won the race.
Reports say Bellarabi recently had a fruitful meeting with the coach of the Atlas Lions Badou Zaki where he confirmed his readiness to join the side.
The winger is expected to be named in the next Moroccan squad in October ahead of friendly games with Central African Republic and Kenya as the Atlas Lions seek to bolster their squad ahead of the 2015 African Cup of Nations.
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