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1970, 1986, 1998, 2014, 2018 and now 2022: the Moroccan nationwide group will play in lower than 24 hours the sixth World Cup in its historical past. It was additionally the primary African and Arab nation to emerge from the swimming pools for the ultimate section throughout its second World Cup in Mexico, earlier than yielding within the final moments towards the Federal Republic of Germany of Lothar Matthäus, unlucky finalist towards to Argentina of the everlasting Diego Armando Maradona. Since then, the Atlas Lions have by no means managed to extricate themselves from the group levels, the newest disappointment in Russia towards two European leaders, Spain and Portugal, and its executioner of its entry into the working , Iran. For its keep in Qatar, the number of the Cherifian Kingdom will even need to problem high-level groups: it is going to first face Croatia of Luka Modric, then Belgium of Kevin de Bruyne earlier than ending its course in pool F by Canada by Alphonso Davies. A journey simply as sophisticated as his journey to the opposite aspect of the Urals.

The context can be completely different: certainly, the Royal Moroccan Soccer Federation determined final August to separate from Vahid Halilhodzic to make method for Walid Regragui, winner of the Moroccan championship and the African Champions League with Wydad. Morocco due to this fact finds itself with a brand new coach a number of months earlier than the beginning of the Qatari World Cup, leaving little or no room for the native of Corbeil-Essonnes to breathe new life right into a group which notably finds Hakim Ziyech, who refused in any respect worth to evolve beneath the orders of the Bosnian predecessor. The brand new pack chief of the Atlas Lions can have had the chance to place in place some ideas of play throughout the two friendlies towards Chile (2-0 victory) and Paraguay (0-0) in September. For this flight of simply over 7 hours between Rabat and Doha, along with calling again ghosts (Ziyech, Hamdellah …), the 47-year-old coach additionally determined to combine new faces into his workforce, able to do something to hope to realize the most effective odyssey of their nation on this planetary assembly…

Bilal El Khannouss (18 years previous, KRC Genk)

He’s the fifth youngest participant of this World Cup in Qatar: Bilal El Khannouss made his strategy to Walid Regragui’s listing at the most effective of instances, lower than two weeks earlier than his choice entered the fray . Indeniable holder within the coronary heart of the sport of KRC Genk (17 TCC matches, 1 help), present chief of the Belgian championship, the attacking midfielder of 18 years (and 196 days) was thought of, earlier than his choice with the A of Morocco, as one of many best hopes of Belgian soccer.

That is evidenced by his alternatives within the youth classes of Belgium (U15, U16 and U18), earlier than changing to the Lion Cub of the Atlas among the many U20s and the Olympic choice throughout the September break. This playmaker, comfy in small areas, may due to this fact deliver a pinch of unpredictability to the Atlas Lions, the place the offensive recreation usually passes to the aspect of Ziyech and Hakimi. The native of Strombeek-Bever (northern suburb of Brussels) may destabilize the opponent by his studying of the sector, permitting him to play in a single contact and discover his teammates to interrupt strains or open the sport on the corridors.

Abdessamad Ezzalzouli (20 years previous, FC Barcelona/Osasuna)

The another generally referred to as Ez Abde in Spain is a bit of higher identified than the primary talked about. Certainly, if he’s loaned this season to Osasuna, the Moroccan, initially from Beni Mellal, had the chance to indicate himself final yr with the FC Barcelona first group, he who was recruited on the base to strengthen the reserve. With 12 matches performed with the A blaugranas, the previous Hercules was in a position to reveal his liveliness and his means to make a distinction, whether or not on the precise or on the left.

Writer of two choices in Pamplona in 8 league matches, the younger winger just isn’t a key aspect of his coach Jagoba Arrasate, however the latter is relying on him to dynamite the opposing flanks along with his percussion and his technical ease. It’s this function of substitute that he’ll be capable to occupy beneath the orders of Walid Regragui, who had already made him return in September towards Chile and Paraguay. The “nationwide earthquake” (in reference to his surname Ezzalzouli, which comes from zilzalearthquake in Arabic), will wish to seize each alternative on Qatari grounds to enter a bit of extra into the hearts of Moroccan supporters.

Anass Zaroury (22, Burnley)

Like Bilal El Khannouss, Anass Zaroury is among the new faces of this choice in search of a keep within the emirate longer than three group conferences. The opposite level in frequent between these two gamers is their hyperlink to Belgium, since they have been each born north of the capital Brussels (Malines for Zaroury) and have identified the youth alternatives of the Crimson Devils (U17, U18 and Espoirs ). However not like his new teammate, the Burnley winger entered the primary group of the Cherifian Kingdom on to make up for Amine Harit’s lengthy harm absence with OM.

Arrived on the relegated within the Championship this summer season towards 4 million euros, the previous Charleroi shortly grew beneath the wing of Vincent Kompany, former glory of the black-yellow-red choice and the Premier League. With 8 objectives and a pair of assists between Belgium and England, he’s a part of the wonderful begin to the season for the Clarets, leaders within the championship and on monitor to return to the PL subsequent yr. He has already made his first look within the colours of Morocco within the victory towards Georgia (3-0). Impacting on his left lane, Anass Zaroury shortly confirmed his qualities to his supporters and hopes to get the crowds of his folks up…

Abdelhamid Sabiri (25, Sampdoria)

Lastly, he’s the “oldest” of them but additionally probably the most skilled, having identified Germany, England and at the moment Italy with the jersey of Sampdoria. With out going by way of a coaching heart, Abdelhamid Sabiri shortly made a reputation for himself in soccer throughout the Rhine, till he performed 5 video games with the German U23 group on the finish of 2018 (1 objective) throughout his time at Huddersfield, on the time within the Premier League. Since then, he has established himself within the midfield of Sampdoria, turning into an essential participant within the Genoese group upon his arrival within the winter of 2022 (5 objectives and three assists in 27 matches).

In a position to evolve in a midfielder with an offensive vocation, the 25-year-old midfielder is distinguished by his ball affect on the foot to deliver hazard to the opposing camp. His objective towards Chile in a pleasant additionally demonstrates this high quality, which Amine Harit had additionally proven, unlucky absent for this World Cup, over the last worldwide break. If he isn’t anticipated to start out within the midfield of Walid Regragui for this competitors, the previous German U21 worldwide will, like his three different teammates, have a card to play to get enjoying time and hope to register in the long run with the Lions of the Atlas…

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