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Morocco World Cup squad: Introducing the Atlas Lions

3:50 AM WAT 23/11/2022
En-Nesyri, Hakimi, Ziyech
Who are the 26 players set to be representing Morocco at the 2022 World Cup?
  • Yassine Bounou Morocco 2022

    Yassine Bounou

    Belongs alongside Edouard Mendy and Andre Onana as Africa’s finest goalkeeper, Bono has impressed in both La Liga and continental competition with Sevilla.

    He won the Europa League in 2020—a decade after winning the Moroccan title with Wydad Casablanca—and represents a major asset for the Atlas Lions.

  • Nayef Aguerd Rennes 2021-22

    Nayef Aguerd

    Star centre-back who is a well-rounded defensive talent, assertive, intelligent, and comfortable in possession.

    Tasted life in the Champions League with Stade Rennais, but his start to life at West Ham United following a £30 million summer transfer has been hampered by injury.

  • Romain Saiss

    Romain Saiss

    Perhaps not the player he was a year or two ago while on the books of Wolverhampton Wanderers, but Saiss still has a key role as an aggressive and imposing defensive leader.

    The captain often looks more comfortable in a back three than a back four.

  • Achraf Hakimi

    Achraf Hakimi

    The team’s outstanding individual, and a potential to be one of the breakout stars of the tournament, Hakimi ought to be considered among the world’s finest in his position.

    He’s already achieved success in Spain, Germany and Italy, and was a French champion with Paris Saint-Germain last term.

  • Noussair Mazraoui FC Bayern 2022

    Noussair Mazraoui

    Full-back who has returned to the squad under Walid Regragui after being axed from the side for disciplinary reasons under Vahid Halilhodzic.

    Mazraoui recently made the move from Ajax to Bayern Munich, and while versatile, will likely start for Morocco at left-back with Hakimi operating on the right.

  • Malik Tillman #17 of the United States and Sofyan Amrabat #4 of Morocco

    Sofyan Amrabat

    Dutch-born midfielder whose elder brother—Nordin—represented Morocco and Watford.

    Sofyan has been tipped for a move to England as well, but currently remains at Fiorentina, where he’s honed his craft to become one of Africa’s finest central midfielders.

  • 230922 Azzedine Ounahi Arturo Vidal Marruecos Chile

    Azzedine Ounahi

    Stepped into the team under Halilhodzic during the Nations Cup and immediately looked the part in midfield.

    Ounahi was particularly impressive in the playoff against the Democratic Republic of Congo, netting twice to secure the Atlas Lions’ progression to Qatar.

  • Hakim Ziyech Morocco

    Hakim Ziyech

    Potential star player who has returned to the squad under Regragui after being ostracised under Halilhodzic. Ziyech only announced his international retirement earlier this year, but is now a key man in the starting XI again.

    He’s been out of form—and favour—with Chelsea.

  • Morocco's forward Sofiane Boufal

    Sofiane Boufal

    Fantasy playmaker who is a master with the ball at his feet but struggled to impose himself in English football with Southampton.

    Flashes of brilliance were more common in France with Angers and LOSC Lille, while Boufal—in Ziyech’s absence—stepped up to the plate with some star turns during the Nations Cup.

  • Youssef En-Nesyri of Morocco.

    Youssef En-Nesyri

    Striker once linked with a move to Arsenal, who has gone completely off the boil this year after devastating injury problems in 2021.

    The Sevilla man appears to have retained the trust of Regragui, but will he rediscover his scoring touch in Qatar?

  • Munir Mohand 12112017

    Munir Mohand

    Former No. 1, with over 40 caps, but has been surpassed by Bono in the pecking order since the last World Cup.

  • Ahmed Reda Tagnaouti - morocco 2018

    Ahmed Reda Tagnaouti

    Former third choice who had been usurped by Anas Zniti in recent years. However, the Raja Casablanca keeper’s misfortune with appendicitis has opened the door for Wydad’s Tagnaouti to return to the fold.

  • Jawad El Yamiq Marocco

    Jawad El Yamiq

    Secured a move to European football midway through Morocco’s African Nations Championship campaign on home soil in 2018.

    He’s currently in Spain with Real Valladolid, and represents a versatile backup option across the defence.

  • 230922 Achraf Dari Alexis Sánchez Marruecos Chile

    Achraf Dari

    Talented young defender who conquered Africa with Wydad Casablanca, working with Regragui, before moving to France with Brest.

    He deputised for Aguerd during recent friendlies, but is more likely to be the long-term successor to Saiss.

  • Badr Benoun Morocco 2018 CHAN

    Badr Benoun

    Characterful centre-back who was a darling at Raja Casablanca before moving to Egyptian giants Al-Ahly.

    He’s battled back to full fitness—and to contention—after taking a long time to recover from a coronavirus infection that overshadowed his Nations Cup.

  • Yahya Attiat-Allah

    Another Wydad star, Attiat-Allah will provide cover at full-back, although he’ll likely find himself behind Mazraoui in the pecking order in his natural position of left-back.

    The defender was an African champion with Wydad Casablanca earlier this year.

  • Ilias Chair of Morocco.

    Ilias Chair

    Technical wizard who holds his own in the Championship with Queens Park Rangers despite his slight stature.

    Chair learned his trade on the streets, and was eligible to represent both Belgium and Poland.

  • Zakaria Aboukhlal

    Promising, versatile wideman who was raised in the Netherlands but is currently playing in France with Toulouse.

    Sustained an injury in the weeks before the World Cup—threatening his participation—but was called up nonetheless.

  • Khuliso Mudau, Bafana Bafana, & Selim Amallah, Morocco, June 2022

    Selim Amallah

    Belgium-born midfielder who’s spent his entire career to date in the Pro League.

    He’s currently with domestic heavyweights Standard Liege, and chose to represent Morocco despite reported interest from the Red Devils.

  • Bilal El Khannouss Genk 2022-23

    Bilal El Khannouss

    A surprise inclusion in the squad ahead of other potential midfield options such as Aymen Barkok or Adel Taarabt, El Khannouss is yet to have been capped by the Atlas Lions, but has clearly won over Regragui.

    Just 18, he plays for Belgian heavyweights Genk.

  • Yahya Jabrane of Morocco vs Muhadjiri Hakizimana of Rwanda.

    Yahya Jabrane

    Ex-Futsal World Cup midfielder, who was also a member of the CHAN 2018-winning side under Jamal Sellami.

    Jabrane has enjoyed great success under Wydad, establishing himself as one of the most consistent players based in Africa, but will be a backup option in Qatar.

  • Abderrazak Hamdallah

    Abderrazak Hamdallah

    Nicknamed ‘The Executioner’ following his goalscoring exploits in Qatar and Saudi Arabia, Hamdallah has been handed a late, late recall to the squad by Regragui, having not featured since 2019.

    He’s broking goalscoring records aplenty in the Gulf, and should feel right at home back in Qatar.

  • Anass Zaroury

    Anass Zaroury

    Ex-Belgium youth international who arrived late in the camp after Amine Harit had been injured and ruled out in Olympique de Marseille’s last match before the tournament.

    Zaroury has impressed at Vincent Kompany’s Burnley in the Championship so far this term, having had a hand in eight goals so far, and made his Morocco debut in the pre-tournament friendly against Georgia.

  • Abdelhamid Sabri

    The 25-year-old forward has had a nomadic career so far, spending time in Germany, England and Italy, but now appears to be finding his feet at Sampdoria.

    Sabri finally appears free of the injury problems that affected his time at Huddersfield Town.

  • Ez Abde Ezzalzouli Barcelona

    Abde Ezzalzouli

    Wasn’t universally popular among Morocco fans after snubbing a call-up for the Nations Cup earlier this year to focus on his Barcelona career.

    Since them, however, Ezzalzouli has won supporters over, and makes the cut for the World Cup despite injury concerns ahead of the tournament.

  • Walid Cheddira Morocco

    Walid Cheddira

    The Italy-born striker has made a late run into the squad following his goalscoring form in Serie B, having only made his debut in September.