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By The Atlas Lions, Apr 19 2019 02:25PM

(BBC Sport) Morocco's Abderrazak Hamdallah has broken the record for league goals in a season in Saudi Arabia, since it became professional in 2007.


He struck twice for Al Nassr as they beat Al Fateh 5-0 on Thursday to take his tally to 29 goals for the season.


The 28-year-old overtakes Al Ahli's Syrian striker Omar Al Somah who scored 27 in the 2015-16 season.


Only Saudi striker Hamzah Idris has scored more in a season with 33 in 1999-2000, before the professional era.


There are two more games left this season for Hamdallah to clinch the all-time record.


He was called up by Herve Renard for Morocco's internationals in March after a three-year absence but he was unable to accept the invitations due to family reasons.


He joins Baghdad Bounedjah in breaking a record in the middle east after the Algeria striker grabbed 39 league goals to help Al Sadd win the Qatari title.

By The Atlas Lions, Apr 18 2019 10:44AM

By Africanfootball.com


Former AFC Ajax midfielder Steven Pienaar says Moroccan star Hakim Ziyech is one of the most underrated players, and would be more highly regarded if he were European.


The 26-year-old Moroccan has been in consistently excellent form for the Eredivisie club through the 2018/19 season, racking up 19 goals and 20 assists in 42 games across all competitions.


Yet it is the likes of Dusan Tadic, Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt which have earned most of the plaudits for the Amsterdam giants, particularly in their run to the UEFA Champions League semifinals which has seen them come through a group featuring Bayern Munich before eliminating two of the tournament favourites, Real Madrid and Juventus.


"Ziyech is one of the players that has been playing really well all season, he's the type of player that when you watch him in action, he makes you happy," Pienaar said at a Heineken UEFA Champions League event.


"He's a complete footballer, but underrated, you know if you're not European, you are always underrated."


Ziyech will look to continue his superb form for Ajax as they chase a treble of Eredivisie title, KNVB Cup and Champions League, before turning out for Morocco’s Atlas Lions at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.


By The Atlas Lions, Apr 16 2019 06:17PM

By Morocco World News -


Rabat – French-Moroccan footballer Soufiane Boufal has surpassed Lionel Messi as the player with the most successful dribbles in Spain’s La Liga football league for the 2018/2019 season.


With 131 successful dribblings, Celta de Vigo’s Boufal is ahead of Messi (117) and Eibar’s Fabian Orellana (75).


Although Boufal made the most dribbles this year, he only scored two goals, one against Girona and one against Sevilla, according to the Spanish sports daily, Marca.


The 25-year-old attacking midfielder, who was born in Paris, joined the Celta de Vigo football club in western Spain on a loan for the from Southampton in the UK.


In order for Celta de Vigo to keep Boufal, they will have to negotiate a fee of €15 million as the club agreed with Southampton last summer.


Celta de Vigo is currently in 17th place out of 20 teams in La Liga’s standings.


The club is having a difficult season, struggling to stay in La Liga with only six matches left in the season.


Boufal made his debut with the Moroccan national team in March 2016 in a 1-0 Africa Cup of Nations qualification victory over Cape Verde. He also made two appearances with the Moroccan team in 2017 in friendly matches against Tunisia and Burkina Faso.

By The Atlas Lions, Mar 31 2019 03:30PM

(BBC Sport) Taarabt (centre) managed 16 touches in his first competitive outing for Benfica's first team


Former Tottenham midfielder Adel Taarabt has finally made his Benfica first-team debut - nearly four years after signing for the Portuguese club.


The 29-year-old Morocco international came on as a 71st-minute substitute in a 1-0 win against Tondela on Saturday.


It was Taarabt's first outing for Benfica since joining them in June 2015 after his Queens Park Rangers deal was terminated by mutual consent.


Taarabt did not have any shots or create any chances and had 16 touches.


But his breakthrough came after Benfica manager Bruno Lage, who took over the team in early January, recently described him as "a player who always trained well, with the intensity I like".


Under Lage, Taarabt returned to Benfica first-team training in February after a seven-month spell with the reserves followed an 18-month loan period at Italian club Genoa.


Taarabt has previously played for Tottenham Hotspur, Fulham and AC Milan.


A creative midfielder, his career has been blighted by criticism from managers and former QPR boss Neil Warnock opted for "talented, exciting and frustrating" when asked to describe his then captain in three words.


Taarabt was criticised by then-QPR manager Harry Redknapp in October 2014 for being "about three stone overweight" but he played five times after Redknapp was replaced as boss by Chris Ramsey in February 2015.


At international level, he has been embroiled in controversy - he walked out on the Morocco side in mid-2011 when then coach Eric Gerets benched him for a key Nations Cup qualifier.


He has four goals in 17 appearances for the Atlas Lions, but his last appearance for the North Africans was in a friendly against Gabon in March 2014.

By The Atlas Lions, Mar 1 2019 05:58PM

On February 10, the Moroccan international footballer secured the first hat trick in the Leganes club’s history.

By Morocco World News -


Rabat – Good news for Moroccan football fans: La Liga has listed Moroccan footballer Youssef En-Nesyri as one of three nominees for the best player of the month in February.


The two other candidates are Getafe striker Jaime Mata and FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi.


After scoring a hat trick last month, the footballer expressed satisfaction at being the first in his football club, Leganes, to achieve the feat.

By The Atlas Lions, Feb 25 2019 02:00PM

The father clarified that his son did not disappear on purpose, mentioning that the club neglected an injury that Mastour sustained in a match.


By Morocco World News -


Rabat – Abderrahim Mastour has denied media reports stating his son, Moroccan international football player Hachim Mastour, had disappeared, leaving his family and relatives in a worrying situation.


Reports claimed Hachim Mastour had been missing since the beginning of the winter transfer season. Mastour’s father explained that his son sustained an injury in a championship match with his club Greek PAS Lamia on December 12.


According to the father, the club neglected the player’s injury and refrained from assuming responsibility for covering medical care and pressured Mastour into playing other games, despite the pain.


On December 22, the Atlas Lion had to travel to Italy to undergo a medical examination, paid for with his own money, indicated the father.


However, Mastour’s father denied that his son was missing.

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