Morocco improved remarkably through the African qualifiers to emerge as the form team from the continent heading to the World Cup but their chances of making an impact in Russia were dealt a heavy blow at december’s draw.. They have been put up against firm favourites Portugal and Spain in Group B along with Iran..
MOROCCO FIFA Ranking : 42
Coach : Herve Renard
Key Players : Mehdi Benatia
French born centre back Mehdi Benatia, whose career looked stuck in Ligue 2 before he moved to italy and made a quick impression with Udinese.. His fortune is surging as he was signed by Roma, Bayern Munich and then Juventus.. The 31 year old won two Bundesliga titles at Bayern Munich and now two in a row with Juventus..
Just over a decade ago, Herve Renard was running an office cleaning business.. He took up a post as assistant to Claude Le Roy(French football Manager) and has not looked back since..
Previous Tournaments :
Morocco are appearing in their fifth World Cup, but their first since the 1998 edition in France.. In 1986 they became the first African country to get past the opening round when they topped a group ahead of Emgland, Poland and Portugal.. They were narrowly beaten by West Germany in last 16..
Morocco have been handed a tough draw after being grouped with Portugal, Spain and Iran.. They must get their Group B Campaign off to a winning start against Iran on June 15th in St. Petersburg and then hope for results against the reigning European champions (Portugal) and 2010 World Cup winners (Spain)..
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