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Morocco World Cup 2018 Squad Dissected : Team List and Key Players + Confirmed Starting Line ups vs Iran

Morocco Vs Iran, FIFA World Cup 2018, Russia, morocco, Iran

Despite sitting 42nd in the FIFA world rankings, Morocco have a huge potential in their Squad for the fifa World Cup 2018 and could come off as one of the surprise packages in the tournament. [spacer height=”30px”]

The African team is managed by French coach Hervé Renard who is a highly respected coach on the African continent and since being appointed in 2016 has gone on to win the African Cup of Nations and qualifying the country for their first World Cup appearance in 20 years. [spacer height=”30px”]

[spacer height=”30px”]Full Squad :

GOALKEEPERS: Mounir El Kajoui (Numancia), Yassine Bounuo (Girona), Ahmed Reda Tagnouti (Ittighad Tangiers).[spacer height=”30px”]

DEFENDERS: Mehdi Benatia [Juventus], Romain Saiss [Wolves], Manuel Da Costa [Basaksehir], Nabil Dirar [Fenerbahce], Achraf Hakimi [Real Madrid], Hamza Mendyl [Lille].[spacer height=”30px”]

FORWARDS: Khalid Boutaib [Malatyaspor], Aziz Bouhaddouz [Saint Pauli], Ayoub El Kaabi [Renaissance Berkane], Nordin Amrabat [Leganes], Mehdi Carcela [Standard de Liege], and Hakim Ziyech [Ajax], Youssef En Nesyri [Malaga].[spacer height=”30px”]

STARS TO WATCH OUT FOR:[spacer height=”30px”]

Mehdi Benatia:[spacer height=”30px”]

The 31 year old is an experienced campaigner having played for top European teams like Bayern Munich, Roma and currently at Juventus. Don’t go by his age, he is a superb centre-back with great composure and pace, he is also has the reputation of being the best centre back in Serie A in recent years.[spacer height=”30px”]

 

Achraf Hakimi:[spacer height=”30px”]

The exciting Spanish-born right back is touted by none other than Zidane as the “next big thing”, he has stepped in the limited opportunity provided to him as an understudy to Dani Carvajal. A good show might improve his case for the next season.[spacer height=”30px”]

 

Hakim Ziyech:[spacer height=”30px”]

The Eredivise player is the major attacking threat in the team, known for his technique and ability from free-kicks. He is already linked to top teams in both premier league and Serie A, with Liverpool, Roma and Everton coveting for signing this exciting midfielder who is only 25 years old.[spacer height=”30px”]

 

Ayoub el Kaabi:[spacer height=”30px”]

He is the Moroccan dark horse, whose rags to riches story can be a rich addition to footballing folklore. The number 9 who can also be deployed as a winger, was working as a carpenter living in slums just four years ago. From the slums of Morocco to the billion dollar global competition, he has certainly come a long way.[spacer height=”30px”]

HOW FAR CAN THEY GO?[spacer height=”30px”]

Returning to the global stage after a long time, the team is full of talented Europe based players, and their recent form has been promising, yet according to my predictions a round of 16 finish must be their goal, realistically speaking.[spacer height=”30px”]

But as they say in football you never know, maybe I might have to eat my words who knows nevertheless hoping they go as far as possible and make history for their nation. [spacer height=”30px”]

Confirmed Starting Line up vs Iran [spacer height=”30px”]

Morocco starting XI:[spacer height=”30px”]
Munir | Hakimi, Benatia (c), Saiss, Ziyach, El Ahmadi, Belhanda, Boussoufa, Ambrabat, Harit, El Kaabi[spacer height=”30px”]

Substitutes from: rest of the squad[spacer height=”30px”]

Iran starting XI:[spacer height=”30px”]
Beiranvand | Hajisafi, Cheshmi, Pouraliganji, Rezaeain, Shojaei (c), Ebrahimi, Amiri, Ansarifard, Jahanbakhsh, Azmoun[spacer height=”30px”]

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