• Press review: Germany coach Loew calls up newcomer Bellarabi

    FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Germany coach Joachim Loew has called up newcomer Karim Bellarabi for the upcoming European Championship qualifying matches against Poland and Ireland.

    The Bayer Leverkusen attacking midfielder was born in Berlin but was also eligible to play for Morocco.

    Bellarabi is enjoying a breakthrough season, catching attention when he scored the quickest goal in Bundesliga history, nine seconds into a 2-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund in the opening round of the season.

    "Karim Bellarabi has earned the chance with outstanding performances for his club," Loew said Thursday. "He is incredibly strong one-on-one and is an excellent option in our attack."

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  • Locals NT: 23 players selected for Mauritania friendly

    (TheAtlasLions.com) Morocco locals national team coach Mhamed Fakher has selected 23 players for Moroccos friendly against Mauritania which will be held at Mohammed V complex in Casablanca on Oct. 12 at 19h00 local time.

    Here is the squad list:

    01-LAAROUBI ZOUHAIR - DHJ

    02-ELGHARIB OUSSAMA - DHJ

    03-AGUERDOUM EL IDRISSI YOUSSEF - DHJ

    04-HASSNAOUI ADIL - DHJ

    05-NANAH AYOUB - DHJ

    06-EL HACHIMI ZAKARIA - RCA

    07-JBIRA ABDELJALIL - RCA

    08-FATAH SAID - RCA

    09-AQQAL SALAHEDDINE - RCA

    10-AZIM ANASS - FAR

    11-ANOUAR YOUSSEF - FAR

    12-BENJELLOUBN ABDESSALAM - FAR

    13-KHADROUF ABDELADIM - MAT

    14-NAIM ZOUHEIR - MAT

    15-KROUCH ZAID - MAT

    16-M-HAMDI ABDELALI - KACM

    17-MELHAOUI ZAKARIA - KACM

    18-EL MANSOURI OMAR - KACM

    19-NAKACH BRAHIM - WAC

    20-RABAH YOUSSEF - WAC

    21-BALTHAM MAHDI - RSB

    22-BOURKADI MOHAMED AMINE - OCK

    23-OUNNAJEM MOHAMMED - CAK.

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  • Transfers: Fiorentina Looking To End Ties With El Hamdaoui

    Fiorentina are looking into terminating the contract of Moroccan striker Mounir El Hamdaoui.

    El Hamdaoui joined the Viola back in the summer of 2012 from Dutch giants Ajax but has been unable to crack the starting eleven since joining.

    According to La Nazione, Fiorentina are looking to terminate the strikers contract free of charge allowing El Hamdaoui to leave for Tunisia where there is said to be teams interested in signing the 30-year-old.

    Another sign pointing to the strikers exit is Fiorentina’s coach Vincenzo Montella constantly keeping El Hamdaoui out of the squad even with injuries to star strikers Giuseppe Rossi and Mario Gomez.

    The Moroccan has only featured in 19 matches for Fiorentina since joining while scoring three goals.

    http://forzaitalianfootball.com/2014/10/fiorentina-looking-to-end-ties-with-moroccan-striker/?

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  • U23: 24 players selected for friendlies against Tunisia

    (TheAtlasLions.com) Morocco U23 coach Hassan Benabicha has selected 24 players for the friendlies against Tunisia on Oct 10 and 13th respectively.

    Here is the squad list:

    1-EL ASSIMI ADNANE - MAT

    2-BENACHOUR BADREDDINE - WAC

    3-MOUATAMID HAMZA - OCK

    4-BOUTAYEB OMAR - CAYB

    5-EL OMARI YOUSSEF - ASFAR

    6-QASMI AYOUB - WAC

    7-MOUFADDAL MEHDI - HUSA

    8-SAIDI MOHAMED - WAC

    9-BANOUN BADR - RSB

    10-ELBOUAZZATI MOHAMED - B.DORTMUND (Germany)

    11-ASBAHI ANAS - WAC

    12-BOUSADRA HAMZA - CAYB

    13-HABIB ALLAH DAHMANI - MAS

    14-KARTI WALID - WAC

    15-TANNANE OUSSAMA - HERCULES (NL)

    16-BAHJA SOUFIANE - KACM

    17-ENNAFFATI ADAM - FUS

    18-ELOUADY ABDELKBIR - RCA

    19-BENCHARKI ACHRAF - MAS

    20-OURIACHI MOHAMED - FC BARCELONE (Spain)

    21-ESSAIDY YOUSSEF - RSB

    22-KHALOUA HICHAM - ALMERIA (Spain)

    23-HAJHOUJ REDA - WAC

    24-HAMDI MOHAMED - LIMOGES (France).

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  • NT: 25 players selected for Morocco friendlies against CAR and Kenya

    (TheAtlasLions.com) Morocco national coach Badou Zaki has selected 25 players for Morocco's friendlies against CAR and Kenya on Oct. 9th and 13th in Marrakech respectively.

    Here is the squad list:

    1-ZNITI ANAS - AS FAR

    2-BOUNOU YASSINE - REAL ZARAGOZA (Spain)

    3-EL YOUSSFI MOHAMED - MAT

    4-ACHACHKIR ABDERAHIM - AS FAR

    5-EL MOUTAQUI MEHDI - FC BAYERN MUNICH (Germany)

    6-MAROUANE DACOSTA - SIVASSPOR (Turkey)

    7-OULHAJ MOHAMED - RCA

    8-KANTARI AHMED - RC LENS (France)

    9-ABERARHOUNE MOHAMED - MAT

    10-DIRAR NABIL - AS MONACO (France)

    11-EL KHALIQI AYOUB - AS FAR

    12-BELHANDA YOUNESS - DYNAMO KIEV (Ukraine)

    13-HERMACH ADIL - AL WAHDA (UAE)

    14-EL AHMADI KARIM - FEYENOORD (NL)

    15-LAZAAR ACHRAF - PALERMO (Italy)

    16-EL KARROUCHY ADIL - RCA

    17-BARRADA ABDELAZIZ - OLYMPIQUE DE MARSEILLE (France)

    18-AMRABAT NOUREDDINE - MALAGA FC (Spain)

    19-MBARK BOUSSOUFA - LOKOMOTIV MOSCOW (Russia)

    20-EL KADDOURI OMAR - TORINO (Italy)

    21-KARNASS EL MAHDI - AALESUNDS FK (Norway)

    22-HADRAF ZAKARIA - DHJ

    23-HAMED-ALLAH ABDERRAZZAQ - GUANGZHOU FC (China)

    24-IAJOUR MOUHSSINE - MAT

    25-CHAHECHOUH ATIF - SIVASSPOR (Turkey).

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  • Press review: Rabat Confirmed as Second Host City to 2014 FIFA Club World Cup

    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.

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  • NT: Mbark Boussoufa added to pre-selection

    (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.

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  • NT: Moroccan fed confirms friendlies against CAR and Kenya

    (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.

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  • Press review: Rwanda, Morocco friendly for November

    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.

    http://www.newtimes.co.rw/section/article/2014-09-24/181230/

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  • Transfers: Fiorentina Striker El Hamdaoui Nears Club Africain Switch

    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.

    http://forzaitalianfootball.com/2014/09/fiorentina-striker-el-hamdaoui-nears-club-africain-switch/?

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