Morocco

Coach:

Herve Renard

Nickname:

Atlas Lions

Titles: One in 1976

Previous participations: 16

FIFA world ranking June 2019: 47

Road to AFCON 2019 (Top of Group B):

Cameroon 1–0 Morocco
Morocco 3–0 Malawi
Morocco 1–0 Comoros
Comoros 2–2 Morocco
Morocco 2–0 Cameroon
Malawi 0–0 Morocco
 

Coach: Herve Renard

The 50-year-old Frenchman has won two of the last four Nations Cup titles and seeks an unprecedented third with three different countries. He returned for a second spell as Zambia coach and took them to a surprise title in 2012 and was at the helm of the winners again in 2015, this time with Ivory Coast whose captain Yaya Toure praised him for his leadership ability.

Renard’s Morocco reached the quarter-finals at the 2017 Cup of Nations and he took them to last year’s World Cup in Russia, where they left a favourable impression despite exiting in the first round.

 

 

Key player: Hakim Ziyech. Age: 26. Midfielder.

The Dutch-born Ziyech fell out with Renard ahead of the last Cup of Nations finals and was left out of the squad before being brought back a few months later after a rapprochement between coach and player.

Ziyech has since become the creative force for Morocco as they qualified for the World Cup and a second successive Cup of Nations finals appearance.

He comes into the tournament on the back of helping Ajax Amsterdam to the league and cup double in the Netherlands plus an unexpected run to the semi-final of the Champions League.

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Group A W D L P
Uruguay
3 0 0 9
Russia
2 0 1 6
Saudi Arabia
1 0 2 3
Egypt
0 0 3 0
Group B W D L P
Spain
1 2 0 5
Portugal
1 2 0 5
Iran
1 1 1 4
Morocco
0 1 2 1
Group C W D L P
France
2 1 0 7
Denmark
1 2 0 5
Peru
1 0 2 3
Australia
0 1 2 1
Group D W D L P
Croatia
3 0 0 9
Argentina
1 1 1 4
Nigeria
1 0 2 3
Iceland
0 1 2 1
Group E W D L P
Brazil
2 1 0 7
Switzerland
1 2 0 5
Serbia
1 0 2 3
Costa Rica
0 1 2 1
Group F W D L P
Sweden
2 0 1 6
Mexico
2 0 1 6
Korea Republic
1 0 2 3
Germany
1 0 2 3
Group G W D L P
Belgium
3 0 0 9
England
2 0 1 6
Tunisia
1 0 2 3
Panama
0 0 3 0
Group H W D L P
Colombia
2 0 1 6
Senegal
1 1 1 4
Japan
1 1 1 4
Poland
1 0 2 3