• U23 vs Egypt: Kick off times and venues

    (TheAtlasLions.com) Morocco U23 as mentioned before will play Egypt in two friendlies at Grand Stade de Fes in Fes on September 2nd and 6th.

    Kick off is set at 20h00 local time (GMT+1)

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  • NT: Bounou called up as replacement for injured Fegrouch

    (TheAtlasLions.com) Morocco national coach Badou Zaki has called up Yassine Bounou as replacement for injured Karim Fegrouch for borh friendly matches of the Atlas Lions against Qatar and Libya.

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  • NT: 23 players selected for double friendlies of the Atlas Lions vs Qatar and Libya

    (TheAtlasLions.com) Morocco national coach Badou Zaki has selected 23 players for the upcoming friendlies of the Atlas Lions with Qatar and Libya on September 3rd and 7th respectively.

    Here is the squad list:

    1-KHALID EL ASKRI - RCA

    2-KARIM FEGROUCH - AEL LIMASSOL (Cyprus)

    3-ZNITI ANAS - AS FAR

    4-MEHDI BENATIA - BAYERN MUNICH (Germany)

    5-DA COSTA MAROUANE - SIVASSPOR (Turkey)

    6-ZOUHAIR FEDDAL - PALERMO (Italy)

    7-OULHAJ MOHAMMED - RCA

    8-ABERHOUNE MOHAMED - MAT

    9-HACHIMI ZAKARIA - RCA

    10-LAZAAR ACHRAF - PALERMO (Italy)

    11-ZAKARYA BERGDICH - REAL VALLADOLID (Spain)

    12-EL AHMADI KARIM - ASTON VILLA (England)

    13-BERRABEH MOHAMED - WAC

    14-OBBADI MOUNIR - HELLAS VERONA (Italy)

    15-EL ADOUA ISSAM - LEVANTE (Spain)

    16-NABIL DIRAR - AS MONACO (France)

    17-NORDIN AMRABAT - GALATASARAY (Turkey)

    18-EL KADDOURI OMAR - TORINO (Italy)

    19-BARRADA ABDELAZIZ - OLYMPIQUE DE MARSEILLE (France)

    20-BELHANDA YOUNES - DYNAMO KIEV (Ukraine)

    21-LABYAD ZAKARIA - VITESSE ARNHEM (Netherlands)

    22-CHAMAKH MAROUANE - CRYSTAL PALACE (England)

    23-EL ARABI YOUSSEF - GRANADA (Spain).

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  • Benatia: Bayern the best

    By Football Italia staff

    Mehdi Benatia has been presented as a Bayern Munich player today, explaining that he has joined ‘the best team in the world’.

    The Morocco international this week completed a transfer from Roma for an initial fee of €26m and today was officially unveiled to the German media.

    “I am very happy to be here, Bayern are the best team in the world,” Benatia commented to reporters.

    “I cannot wait to play in the Bundesliga, for the fans and the full stadiums.

    “I want to make this team even stronger than it is, and do the best that I can in this shirt.”

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  • Benatia: Bayern a dream

    By Football Italia staff

    Mehdi Benatia is today in Germany to complete formalities on a ‘dream’ transfer from Roma to Bayern Munich.

    A summer of speculation surrounding the 27-year-old’s future at Trigoria was ended yesterday with confirmation of an agreement between the Bundesliga champions and the Giallorossi for his transfer.

    Today the player has flown out from the Italian capital to Germany, to undergo a medical and put pen to paper on a believed five-year contract paying a €4m salary.

    “I am happy that finally the move to Bayern Munich has been worked out,” Benatia has told Sport1 in a first interview.

    “It has been a bit drawn out and during this time I thought the move may break down.

    “I had a great time in Rome, but now I am looking forward to a new chapter in my life.

    “In Bavaria there are many great players, the squad is excellent. This is a dream, as from now I will be a part of it.

    “Pep Guardiola strongly wanted me. I am looking forward to working with him. He is a great Coach.

    “I am ready to help Bayern become even stronger and will do my best to ensure that we have a successful season and that the fans are happy.”

    Bayern are reportedly paying Roma an initial fee of €26m for Benatia, to be followed by a possible further €4m, tied to various bonuses.

    The Giallorossi yesterday signed Kostas Manolas from Olympiacos, as a first replacement for the Morocco international.

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  • Transfers: Benatia moves from Roma to Bayern

    (ANSA) - Rome, August 26 - Bayern Munich on Tuesday announced a deal to bring AS Roma's Morocco central defender Mehdi Benatia to the Bundesliga giants.

    Benatia, 27, will have a medical and sign a five-year contract later this week, it said.

    The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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  • Transfers: Bayern reach Benatia agreement

    (Football Italia) Bayern Munich are reported to have now reached an agreement with Roma for the signing of Mehdi Benatia.

    The two clubs were seen as in continued talks this week over a proposed deal for the 27-year-old, who has otherwise been linked with Barcelona and several clubs from the Premier League.

    Sky Sport Italia are now reporting that an agreement has been reached, which will see Pep Guardiola’s team pay an initial figure of €26m for the centre-back, with a further €4m potentially due on bonuses.

    For Benatia it is understood that there is a five-year contract set, paying an annual salary of €4m.

    The player is expected to fly out to Germany tomorrow to undergo medical tests and to complete formalities on the transfer, to end only a 12-month stay in the capital.

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  • Transfers: Bayern-Roma close on Benatia

    (Football Italia) Roma and Bayern Munich are reportedly edging ever closer to a agreeing a deal for the transfer of Mehdi Benatia.

    It has been widely reported that in recent days the German champions have come in with a substantial offer for the 27-year-old centre-back.

    Whilst initial talks suggested a frugal Bayern was struggling to agree terms with both player and club, indications are of improved talks and progress towards the deal’s completion.

    The Gazzetta dello Sport today reiterate that Bayern have tabled a €24m bid for Benatia, with a further €4m due in bonuses.

    Whilst this is seen as likely to be enough to close the deal, Gianluca Di Marzio’s website suggests that there remains one delay further in who takes on payment of a five per cent clause due on the transfer fee to each of Benatia’s past clubs.

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  • NT: Munir Haddadi says it’s possible to play for Morocco

    (Morocco World News) Rabat – In an interview with beIN SPORTS network, Moroccan young talent Munir Haddadi who plays for the Catalan club said he does not rule out the possibility of wearing the Moroccan jersey in the future.

    Born and raised in Spain, The 18-year-old player is making headlines throughout the world thanks to his brilliant performance with star-studded side of Barcelona.

    Asked about the Moroccan football federation being interested in him to defend the colors of the Moroccan national team, Haddadi said that “it’s very possible.”

    The Barcelona promising young player also said that he knows very little about football in Morocco but added that Morocco has good players and a good team.

    Haddadi scored in Sunday’s game against Elche.

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  • Moroccans abroad: Munir El-Haddadi hails 'dream' debut

    (ESPN) Barcelona's latest attacking talent Munir El-Haddadi says it was a "dream come to true" to score at the Camp Nou on his full La Liga debut as Elche were beaten 3-0 in Sunday's opener.

    Munir, 19 next week, got his chance on the left wing due to Luis Suarez's suspension and Neymar's knee injury, and looked unfazed throughout, capping an excellent performance with a well-taken goal just after half-time to put his side 2-0 up.

    The Madrid-born youngster, who was on Atletico Madrid's books for a time before ending up at Barca's La Masia academy, told Barca TV after the game that he is proud to have played alongside such stars as Lionel Messi, who scored the side's two other goals.

    "I am so proud to have scored at the Camp Nou with Messi and so many other great players around me," Munir said. "I'm very happy. It was a dream come true to play with them."

    Munir's goal came when he raced onto a clever through ball by Ivan Rakitic, before calmly side-footing first time past Elche keeper Przemyslaw Tyton. The strike eased nerves at the Camp Nou after the home side had been reduced to 10 men when Javier Mascherano was sent off just before the break.

    "[The goal] came because if you keep losing your marker, sometimes you get there," Munir said. "I saw the goalkeeper was off his line and just chipped the ball."

    Munir added that new Blaugrana coach Luis Enrique -- who after the game said the Spain under-19 international had a lot of potential but had to keep improving -- has been a positive influence.

    "Luis Enrique has told me to keep doing what I do, and so I'll keep working for more chances," he said. "He tells us to work hard and get better every day. He's a great manager."

    Barca full-back Dani Alves told reporters after the game that Munir was showing the right attitude to succeed in the first team.

    "We have to look after Munir because he's got a great future ahead of him." Alves said. "He's humble, but hard work is getting him what he deserves. It's a pleasure to have him in the team."

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