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By The Atlas Lions, Feb 23 2019 05:56PM

AZ Alkmaar winger Oussama Idrissi has explained his decision to chose an international future with Morocco over Netherlands.


By Football-Oranje


Last week the Dutch press confirmed that Idrissi, who is a Netherlands U21 international, had decided to represent Morocco.


Speaking to De Volkskrant, Idrissi said on the decision, “The Moroccan football association reported and I was asked whether I saw myself playing in the Moroccan shirt, but I did not hear from the KNVB anymore, and Morocco came my way.


“I do not choose Morocco because I am against the Netherlands, I was born here and grew up with the standards and values ​​of this beautiful country.


“I am a footballer who had to make a choice, I discussed the best for my career with my parents, and I want to get the most out of myself.”


The 22-year-old has scored 13 goals and added seven assists in 28 games this season.

By The Atlas Lions, Feb 17 2019 11:17AM

It is yet to be unannounced whether Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi will play in the friendly Argentina vs. Morocco match next month.


By Morocco World News -


Rabat – President of the Argentinian Football Association (AFA), Claudio Tapia said that he is not questioning Messi’s presence in the friendly game between Morocco and Argentina, which will take place on March 26 in Tangier.


“I have no doubt that he will be there, I know how he feels about this shirt, without talking to him, I know he wants to go back, he never left,” Tapisa said as he was quoted by Spanish media.


There has been speculation that Messi will finish his national team sabbatical for the first time since the 2018 World Cup in Russia.


Goal.com quoted J former Argentina striker Javier Saviola, who said that Messi is still angry and hurt as he did not manage to clinch the World Cup trophy with his national team.


Tapia argued that “football is a collective game, if we think that only one player will win the World Cup, is not right.”


While some Moroccans expressed excitement to attend the friendly match, others expressed their discontent for the alleged amount Morocco would need to pay Messi to attending the match.


Some Moroccans started a boycott campaign on Facebook recently, calling for the match to be suspended and the money to be used to improve the lives of needy people.


Morocco and Argentina last played each other in a friendly game in April 2004. They also faced off in the 1994 World Cup, when Argentina won 3-1.

By The Atlas Lions, Feb 6 2019 02:49PM

By Morocco World News -


Rabat – The Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) has decided to change the location for the upcoming Morocco-Argentina friendly football game.


FRMF announced on Facebook that Tangier’s grand stadium will host the game instead of Rabat for logistical reasons.


The game, which will take place on March 26, is part of Morocco’s preparation for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) which is set to take place in Egypt in June.



In January, FRMF confirmed that the Atlas Lions would face Argentina.


The head coach of the national football team, Herve Renard, expressed excitement on his Instagram.


Renard said that he and his team are preparing for CAN and focusing on “the last game in Malawi in our qualifiers group on March 23rd & a great prestige match in Rabat on March 26th vs Argentina of Leo Messi.”


Messi played at the Tangier stadium in August last year when his club Barcelona played Sevilla the Spanish Supercopa championship there, winning 2-1.


Morocco and Argentina previously last played each other in a friendly game in April 2004. They also faced off in the 1994 World Cup, when Argentina won 3-1.

By The Atlas Lions, Feb 2 2019 08:18PM

(Kingfut.com)Morocco’s national team head coach, Herve Renard, discussed the Atlas Lions chances in the upcoming 2019 African Cup of Nations in Egypt.


Rumors are circulating that the Frenchman is on the verge of leaving his position with Morocco after his statements concerning the Atlas Lions chances in the 2019 African Cup of Nations.


Renard stated that the Moroccan national team is not a strong candidate to win the title, claiming, “It seems that my realism is not liked by many people. We should look back at the history and recall Egypt hosting the tournament in 2006. It is very hard for Egypt not to win the title.”


He added, “The Senegalese national team also includes the best individual talents in the content. We also have a very strong team, but Egypt and Senegal will always be the strongest candidates.”


Egypt is set to host the 2019 African Cup of Nations starting from June 21st. This will be the fifth time Egypt will be hosting the AFCON after 1959, 1974, 1986 and 2006, with the Pharaohs winning three of the four versions.

By The Atlas Lions, Jan 28 2019 05:07PM

(BBC Sport) The Argentina Football Association has confirmed a friendly against Morocco on 26 March in Rabat.


Morocco travel to face Malawi in their final Africa Cup of Nations qualifier just days before the friendly.


The Atlas Lions have already secured a place at the Nations Cup finals, while Malawi have been eliminated.


Argentina for their part will face fellow South Americans Venezuela in another friendly in Madrid ahead of the Morocco fixture.


The two-time World Cup winners have won both their previous matches, both friendlies, against Morocco.


In 1994 Diego Maradona was among the scorers as the Argentines beat the visiting Moroccans 3-1.


The only other meeting was 10 years later in Casablanca with the South Americans winning 1-0.

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