• Moroccans abroad: Chamakh out for a month

    Chamakh has picked up a hamstring injury. The Moroccan limped out of the action against Newcastle at the weekend, and it has now been suggested he is facing a month on the sidelines with the problem.

    Read more at: https://www.clubcall.com/crystal-palace/eagles-wait-on-chamakh-1738720.html?

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  • Transfers: Reds confirm Assaidi loan deal

    Liverpool have confirmed Oussama Assaidi has joined Stoke City on a season-long loan deal.

    The winger will spend the 2014-15 campaign at the Britannia Stadium, re-joining the Potters after a similar spell there last term during which he made 19 league appearances and netted four goals.

    Assaidi moved to Anfield from Heerenveen in August 2012 and has clocked up a total of 12 run outs for the Reds.

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  • Transfers: Moroccans on the move

    (TheAtlasLions.com) This is a summary of some of the transfers of our Europe based pros

    -Yassine Bounou joined Real Zaragoza on loan coming from Atletico Madrid

    -Nordin Amrabat will play another season on loan with Spanish outfit Malaga

    -Karim El Ahmadi re-joined his former club Feyenoord on a three-year deal

    -Mehdi Benatia leaves AS Rome and joins German giants Bayern Munich

    -Oussama Assaidi is on the verge to join Stoke City on another loan deal

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  • Morocco v Qatar Preview: Zaki´s plans hit by injuries

    (Soccerway.com) Injuries have ravaged Morocco's preparations for Wednesday's friendly against Qatar to leave coach Badou Zaki firmly in the spotlight.

    A solitary victory against Mozambique is all Morocco have to show for their last five matches, meaning the upcoming international at the Stade Mohamed V in Casablanca is a chance for Zaki to show he is the right man to take the hosts through to the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

    Zaki's appointment in May came as a surprise as several big names were linked with the position, including former Zambia boss Herve Renard, Giovanni Trapattoni and Dick Advocaat.

    This is Zaki's second stint in charge of the national team after the former goalkeeper led Morocco to the final of the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations, where they lost 2-1 in the final to then-hosts Tunisia.

    But any hopes that Zaki has of grinding out a crucial win are hampered.

    Zaki will be disappointed he is unable to call on the services of injured defender Mehdi Benatia who has just completed a move to German champions Bayern Munich from Roma for a reported fee of €25million euros (£19.9m).

    "When you get an offer from Bayern then you cannot really say no," Benatia said of his move.

    "This is a great chance for me and I will be playing for one of the greatest clubs in the world."

    Another Moroccan on the move this week, midfielder Karim El Ahmadi, who re-joined Feyenoord from Aston Villa on a three-year deal, will be available for selection.

    That will be a relief to the Moroccan coach as Benatia, goalkeeper Karim Fegrouch, midfielder Zakaria Labyad, defender Achraf Lazaar and forward Marouane Chamakh all withdrew from his squad through injury this week.

    Qatar, winless in their last four outings, have no major injury concerns.

    Djamel Belmadi's men have played Macedonia, Indonesia, a Swiss League Select XI and La Liga side Malaga in preparation for the Gulf Cup of Nations, to be held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in November, and the 2015 AFC Asian Cup in Australia in January.

    Following the friendly against Morocco, Qatar will head back to Doha to prepare for three more friendlies against Peru, Uzbekistan and Australia.

    Belmadi will be looking for a response from his players after they were comprehensively out-played during their last friendly outing in August, a 4-1 defeat by Malaga in Switzerland.

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  • Transfers: Stoke eyeing Oussama Assaidi as Moroccan is told he has no future with Reds

    The winger spent last season on loan at the Britannia and had been linked with a return earlier this summer but Stoke failed to agree personal terms

    Stoke are back in for Liverpool winger Oussama Assaidi, who has been told he has no future at Anfield this season.

    Stoke's move for Assaidi fell through earlier this summer when they agreed a fee with Liverpool, but could not agree personal terms with the Moroccan.

    Brendan Rodgers has told Assaidi, who spent last season on loan, that he will not figure this season and is keen for him to move.

    Stoke believe they can land Assaidi for around £5million, if he is prepared to lower his wage demands.

    The 26-year-old isn't expected to be the only player to depart Anfield today with Sebastian Coates heading for Sunderland until the end of the season.

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/stoke-eyeing-liverpools-oussama-assaidi-4143394#ixzz3C4MfLt86

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  • NT: Labyad, Benatia and Lazaar out

    (TheAtlasLions.com) Morocco coach Badou Zaki has called up three players: El Khaliqi, Jbira and Chahchouhe as replacement for injured Labyad, Benatia and Lazaar ahead of the two friendlies of the Atlas Lions against Qatar and Libya on Sep. 3rd and 7th respectively.

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  • QPR boss: Taarabt will be sold and not loaned if he's going

    Adel Taarabt looks set to make his first QPR Premier League start since May 2013 against Sunderland today - while his boss insists he will not be allowed to go out on loan.

    The Moroccan international was all but cast into the wilderness a second time pre-season, but was the one bright spark as the lights went out on a Rangers Capital Cup bid midweek.

    Harry Redknapp reckoned not a lot on his team-mates as they exited 1-0 to League Two Burton, but thought Taarabt’s performance was the best of a bad bunch.

    With a season-long injury to Alejandro Faurlin and the distinct possibility Armand Traore is on his way to Crystal Palace, Rangers find themselves short in midfield.

    However, the manager insists the player will not be allowed to leave on loan to AC Milan a second time before the transfer window closes on Monday.

    Instead, the Italian giants, will have to cough up the £5million buy-out clause if they want him.

    Harry said: “He did ever so well to get though 90 minutes at Burton, and he’ll be involved in this game.

    “He’s probably waiting until the last moment for Milan to come and take him on loan. The owners have said that’s not going to happen. He’s got a buy-out clause, but if he finally gets his head right after 26 years, or however old he is, then he’s going to be a great asset to us.”

    http://www.getwestlondon.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/qpr-boss-taarabt-sold-not-7690347?

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  • Transfers: Taarabt still holding out for Milan move

    By Football Italia staff

    Adel Taarabt has conceded that he is still holding out for a move to Milan this summer.

    The Morocco international was on loan at San Siro for the second half of last term, but has so far failed to attract the attentions of the Rossoneri this time around.

    Pippo Inzaghi’s side have completed the signing of Fernando Torres on a two-year loan deal, with the Queens Park Rangers trequartista now thought to be surplus to Milan’s requirements.

    But the 25-year-old has insisted that he would still ‘love’ to represent the club again.

    “I love Milan, and I was really happy there. I hope to return as long as there is a chance of it happening,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

    “I will always support Milan even if the transfer doesn't happen.

    “I hope that Milan can return where they belong: playing and maybe winning Champions League.”

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  • Transfers: Amrabat rejoins Malaga on loan again

    (TheAtlasLions.com) Morocco international and Galatasaray striker will join Malaga on another loan spell with option to stay permanently.

    Amrabat had interest from Greek outfit Panathinaikos but opted to return to Malaga.

    Amrabat played for VVV and Almere City.

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  • Locals NT: 23 players selected for friendly with Chad

    (TheAtlasLions.com) Morocco Locals team coach Mhamed Fakhir has selected 23 players for the upcoming friendly against Chad at El Jadida on Sep. 5th.

    Kick off at 17h00 (GMT+1)

    Here is the squad list:

    1-MHAMDI ABDELALI - KACM

    2-EL YOUSSFI MOHAMED - MAT

    3-BOURKADI AMIN - OCK

    4-BAKRE EL HILALI - DHJ

    5-MELHAOUI ZAKARIA - KACM

    6-BELAMALEM ISMAIL - RCA

    7-EL YAMIQ JAWAD - OCK

    8-AGERDOUME YOUSSEF - DHJ

    9-JBIRA ABDELJALIL - RCA

    10-KARROUCHY ADIL - RCA

    11-NEKKACH BRAHIM - WAC

    12-SAIDI SALAHEDDINE - WAC

    13-FATAH SAID - RCA

    14-ACHCHAKIR ABDERAHIM - AS FAR

    15-GADOUM SOUFIANE - DHJ

    16-KROUCH ZAID - MAT

    17-BATNA MOURAD - FUS

    18-BENNAY OTHMAN - RSB

    19-HADRAF ZAKARIA - DHJ

    20-AQQAL SALAHEDDINE - RCA

    21-ZOUHEIR NAIM - MAT

    22-ABOURAZOUK HAMZA - RCA

    23-MANSOURI OMAR - KACM.

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