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Calendar in group F (in French time).

November 23: Morocco-Croatia at Al-Beit Stadium (11:00, BeIN Sports 1)

November 27: Belgium-Morocco at the Al-Thumama stadium (14:00, BeIN Sports 1, TF1)

1er December: Canada-Morocco at Al-Thumama Stadium (16:00, BeIN Sports 2)

Their nickname. Atlas Lions. It should be noted that the predator of the same name, which mainly lives in the Moroccan part of the Maghreb mountain range, is now extinct in the wild.

A group of 26 people.

Goalkeepers: Yassine Bounou, Munir El Kajoui, Reda Tagnaouti.

Defenders: Nayef Aguerd, Yahya Attiat-Allah, Badr Benoun, Achraf Dari, Achraf Hakimi, Noussair Mazraoui, Romain Saïss, Jawad El Yamiq.

Midfielders: Selim Amallah, Sofyan Amrabat, Yahya Jabrane, Bilal El Khanouss, Azzedine Ounahi, Abdelhamid Sabiri.

Strikers: Zakaria Abukhlal, Abderrazak Hamed-Allah, Sofiane Boufal, Ilias Chair, Walid Cheddira, Youssef En-Nesyri, Abdessamad Ezzalzouli, Anass Zaroury, Hakim Ziyech.

Better Qatar than ever. Morocco is participating in the final stage of the World Cup for the sixth time. In 1986, Mexico became the first African country to pass the first round of the competition. His trip will end with Germany in eighth place. Since then, he has never repeated this feat.

Picker. He was appointed to replace Vahid Halilhodzic at the end of August, that is, very late. Valid Regragui, 47, is no stranger to royalty. The former Franco-Moroccan right-back played for the national team 45 times during his football career, and is particularly remembered for his time at Ajaccio under Rolland Kurbis. Above all, it was on the Atlas Lions bench that he made his coaching debut between 2012 and 2013 as an assistant to Rachid Taoussi from Corbeil-Essonnes in the Paris suburbs.

Since then, he can boast of leading Fath Union Sport in Rabat to their first ever Moroccan championship title (2016), winning the Qatari title with Al-Duhail SC in 2021 and a title bid. African Champions League double with Wydad Athletic Club of Casablanca in 2022.

Summary note from Le Monde cabinet

Strong points. The Moroccan workforce is full of emerging talent among Europe’s top clubs. We can mention Achraf Hakimi (PSG) and Noussair Mazraoui (Bayern Munich), goalkeeper Yassine Bounou (FC Sevilla) or Chelsea striker Hakim Ziyech. The latter, who was angry with the former coach, also returned to the selection after the launch of Regraghi.

Weak points. The Atlas Lions are sorely lacking an impressive goalscorer in the form of Sevilla striker Youssef En-Nesyri, who has struggled to find the back of the net since the start of the year, a far cry from the 18 goals he scored in the 2020-2021 Andalusian campaign. Compared to the rest of the starting eleven, the central hinge is less flashy with Brestois Achraf Dari and former Ligue 1 Romain Saiss.

Rating of the Cabinet of Ministers (out of 5): 2.5

Walid Regraghi does not hide it: his priority is not the World Cup, but the African Cup of Nations, which will be held in Ivory Coast in 2023. ” Why would I lie to the people of Morocco? I’m here to return the title. I am preparing a group for the world championship there, it is true, but the goal is the CAN, we will be among the favorites. An honesty that honors him. The Atlas Lions will have plenty to do against the mighty Belgians and Croatians in a strong Group F.

Check it out. Real Madrid’s Belgian Thibaut Courtois could be the winner of the Yachine Trophy 2022, good Yassine Bounou, – says Bono, who was named the best goalkeeper in the Spanish league La Liga last season, thanks to a rate of 0.77 goals conceded per game (24 goals conceded in 31 games he played). Something to add to the aura of the Sevilla FC player who became the first goalkeeper to score in the league on March 21, 2021 and also turned the match against Valladolid into a rather unusual little event.

Born in Montreal, Quebec to Moroccan parents, Bono and his family moved to Casablanca when he was just 2 years old. The 31-year-old goalkeeper trained at “Wydad Casablanca”.

Quiz

Imagine Arsene… said that King Hassan II, the father of the current ruler Mohammed VI, was a football fanatic. So much so that he did not hesitate to get involved in the tactics of the national team. Former national Aziz Bouderbala He informed the Swiss newspaper about this Time he said he called the Atlas Lions before the final of the 1983 Mediterranean Games to explain his strategy against the Turks…with the help of little paper triangles. Hasan II would, among other things, install a telephone and a switchboard on the team bench when he had instructions to give during the match!

If you have decided to boycott… From June and until May 23, 2023, Rabat is the first African Capital of Culture, aiming to promote the richness and diversity of cultures on the continent. A series of events on reading, street art, theater or film and literature are organized throughout the city. Among them, the International Fashion Festival in Africa, 14e edition will be held from December 7 to 10 at the Chella Necropolis.

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