FIFA 2018 World Cup: A brief look at Morocco – THE ATLAS LIONS

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The Atlas Lions of Morocco lineup for a team photo before an engagement recently

How they qualified: In a group that had Cote d’Ivoire, Pierre Emerick Aubemayang’s Gabon and the talented Mali side, Morocco qualified with 12 points.

They won 3 and drawn as many conceding no goal and scored a whopping eleven.

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Medhi Benatia in action against Ivory Coast’s Seydou Doumbia

Key Player: The player is none other than defender Medhi Benatia. The Juventus man has more than 50 caps to his name and featured in five qualification games where the Atlas Lions didn’t concede a goal.

He also scored in the 2-0 win over the Elephants to seal the place in Russia.

 

Pedigree: The Atlas Lions qualified for their 5th World Cup finals after appearances in 1970, 1986, 1990, 1994 and 1998.

They have had to wait for 20 years to reach the finals. Their best performance came in in Mexico in 1986 when they reached the last 16, where they lost 1-0 West Germany.

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Morocco coach Herve Renard

Coach: His name is Herve Renard, the French man that has made a name on the continent.

He guided Zambia to their first Afcon success in 2012, won the Afcon with Ivory Coast in 2015 and has now guided the Atlas Lions to their first World Cup since 1998.