Will Morocco become the first African nation to lift the World Cup when they compete at Qatar 2022?
Morocco will be competing in their sixth World Cup, having made it out of the group stages just once in their history, in 1986. They finished bottom of Gr0up B in 2018, securing a solitary point from their 2-2 draw with Spain.
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Latest Morocco odds to win the World Cup
|Morocco to win the World Cup||200/1|
|Morocco to reach semi-final odds||16/1|
|Morocco to reach quarter-final odds||7/1|
|Morocco odds to win Group F||10/1|
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The odds appear to be against Morocco this winter so the best bet may be for one of their matches. The game against Canada is perhaps their best opportunity to get something at the World Cup, and could even play some part in who goes through depending on how the opening two games go.
Morocco route to the World Cup 2022 Final in Qatar
Group stage fixtures
|Morocco vs Croatia||Al Bayt Stadium||23 November, 10am|
|Belgium vs Morocco||Al Thumama Stadium||27 November, 1pm|
|Canada vs Morocco||Al Thumama Stadium||1 December, 3pm|
*All times GMT
Morocco face a tough group at the World Cup, with Croatia, Belgium and Canada all drawn alongside them into Group F. Games against the two European will be tough to get results from and, whilst Canada are an unknown entity at this level, Morocco certainly won’t be favourites to emerge from this group.
Who could Morocco meet in the knockout rounds?
If Morocco were to win Group F they would face the runners-up of Group E, expected to be either Germany or Spain. After that, the winners of Group H and runners-up of Group G will be the potential opponent, opening up the likes of Portugal, Uruguay, Brazil or Serbia. There are no easy semi-finals in the World Cup and even if they win their group Morocco will have to face someone from the likes of England, France, Argentina or Netherlands.
|If Morocco win Group F||Potential opponent|
|Round of 16||Spain|
If Morocco don’t win Group F but still qualify, they’ll go to the other side of the bracket and take on Group C winners, likely to be either Germany or Spain. From there they will face either the Group G winner or Group H runners up, which again brings Brazil, Serbia, Portugal and Uruguay into play. And again there is no hiding in the semi-finals. Neither route looks like an easy ride for Morocco.
|If Morocco come runners up in Group F||Potential opponent|
|Round of 16||Germany|
Confirmed Morocco World Cup 2022 squad
|Munir Mohamedi||Goalkeeper||33||Al Wehda|
|Ahmed Reda Tagnaouti||Goalkeeper||26||Wydad AC|
|Noussair Mazraoui||Defender||25||Bayern Munich|
|Nayef Aguerd||Defender||26||West Ham United|
|Jawad El Yamiq||Defender||30||Valladolid|
|Badr Benoun||Defender||29||Qatar SC|
|Yahia Attiyat Allah||Defender||27||Wydad AC|
|Selim Amallah||Midfielder||25||Standard Liege|
|Bilal El Khannous||Midfielder||18||Genk|
|Yahya Jabrane||Midfielder||31||Wydad AC|
Morocco players to watch at this year’s World Cup 2022
Morocco top World Cup Golden Boot contender – Youssef En-Nesyri
The 25 year old En-Nesyri has cemented his place at Sevilla, a club that is consistently near the top of La Liga and playing European football. Primarily played in a wide position, he’s likely to play a little more centrally for his country and this could lead to an increase in goals for the forward. He’s certainly creative enough to make an impression in Qatar this winter, although it would take a monumental effort for him to win the Golden Boot.
Morocco player to watch – Hakim Ziyech
Ziyech hasn’t had the best of times at Stamford Bridge, failing to establish himself as a starter each week, although the huge amount of attacking talent at Chelsea certainly hasn’t helped his cause. He’s, without doubt, the most influential player for the Atlas Lions and this could be his chance to really make his mark on the biggest stage. There’s no doubting his talent and an impressive World Cup could be enough to force his way further into Graham Potter’s plans in west London.
Morocco emerging player to look out for – Ilias Chair
The diminutive Chair more than makes up for his small stature with his ability to hold onto the ball. Reminiscent of Adel Taarabt, Chair is skilful, powerful and not afraid to take on his man. Fans of the Championship will be familiar with his ability, and goalscoring threat, and this could be a breakout tournament for him ahead of a potential big move in the January transfer window.
Morocco tactical analysis & likely formation at the World Cup
Morocco line up with plenty of bodies in midfield, allowing their flair players plenty of room to get up the pitch and have an impact in the final third. The formation most closely resembles a 4-1-4-1 but things will be very fluid for the likes of Ziyech, Boufal and En-Nesyri in attack.
Amrabat offers a stable presence in the defensive midfield position and this could be crucial to Morocco’s success in Qatar. Two attacking full backs, on the books at PSG and Bayern Munich, certainly don’t lack pedigree and they will provide plenty of width for the side, with the likes of Ziyech and Boufal given the freedom to move inside into more dangerous areas.
Where are Morocco in the Fifa world rankings?
Denmark are currently 22nd in the world rankings, moving up from 23rd in October following a decent run in the African Cup of Nations.
Who is the Morocco manager?
Walid Regragui is the Morocco manager and has been since replacing Vahid Halilhodžić in August 2022. He’s only taken charge of two matches so far, securing a 2-0 win over Chile followed by a 0-0 draw with Paraguay. The match with Croatia on November 23 will be Regragui’s first competitive game in charge.
Who is the current Morocco captain?
Romain Saïss is the Morocco captain and Premier League fans will be familiar with the centre back following his 176 appearances for Wolverhampton Wanderers before his move to Besiktas in June 2022.
How many times have Morocco won the World Cup?
Morocco have won the African Cup of Nations on on occasion but they have never won the World Cup. Their best ever finish came in 1986 when they reached the round of 16, winning their group ahead of England, Poland and Portugal.
How many times have Morocco competed in the World Cup?
This will be Morocco’s sixth appearance at the World Cup, and just the second time they have been in back-to-back tournaments after 1994 and 1998.
Who has scored Morocco most goals in World Cup tournaments?
Three players have scored two goals for Morocco at the World Cup; Abderrazak Khairi (1986), Salaheddine Bassir and Abdeljalil Haada (both 1998)
Which player from Morocco has the most World Cup appearances?
Mustapha Hadji has made more appearances than any other Moroccan player, playing 6 times across two tournaments.