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Morocco National Football Team

World Cup Participation

1970, 1986, 1994, 1998, 2018, 2022



Team Information

Morocco National Football Team History

Morocco’s first match as an independent country was at the 1957 Pan Arab games. The Morocco National Football Team drew 3-3 with Iraq in their first match and made the semifinals of the tournament.

Early on, Morocco almost made the FIFA World Cup but lost an intercontinental playoff to Spain in 1960. The Atlas Lions first won a tournament in 1961 and won all of their matches at the Pan Arab games that year.

The first Morocco FIFA World Cup appearance was in 1970 and they became the first African team to qualify through the traditional route. Egypt was the first African participant in 1934 but as an invitee.

First Africa Cup of Nations Won

In their first World Cup match, Morocco National Football Team opened the scoring versus West Germany but fell 2-1. They lost their next match 3-0 to Peru but drew with Bulgaria 1-1 in the group stage finale. With the draw, Morocco became the first African team to get a point at the World Cup.

Morocco made their first Africa Cup of Nations appearance in 1972 but drew all three of their matches. Four years later, though, Morocco won the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time, their first major trophy. Ahmed Faras was named the tournament’s best player.

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The better part of 10 years were unremarkable for the Atlas Lions, apart from a third-place finish at AFCON, but things changed in 1986. Morocco made the semifinals at AFCON 1986 and became the first African team to win a FIFA World Cup group later that year.

Return to a World Cup After 8 Years

The Morocco National Football Team made the round of 16 for the first time but lost due to a late Lothar Matthaus goal. The Atlas Lions next returned to the World Cup eight years later at USA 1994.

It was a poor performance from Morocco as they lost all three of their group stage matches. The 24-team FIFA World Cup expanded to 32 teams in 1998 and the Atlas Lions qualified for consecutive World Cups for the first time.

Morocco National Football Team started off the tournament with a 2-2 draw against  Norway but lost to Brazil 3-0 in their next match.  The Atlas Lions beat Scotland 3-0 as Salaheddine Bassir scored a brace, but Norway scored a shock 2-1 win over Brazil.

Mokhtari: Joint-Top Scorer at the Africa Cup of Nations

In 2004, Morocco went on a run at the Africa Cup of Nations, winning Group B. They beat Algeria 3-1 in extra time in the quarterfinals and scored a huge 4-0 win over Mali in the semis. The Atlas Lions fell to Tunisia 2-1 in the final but Youssef Mokhtari was joint-top scorer at the tournament, with four goals.

Following a twenty-year absence, Morocco returned to the World Cup in 2018 with a new exciting generation of players. The Atlas Lions narrowly lost 1-0 to both Iran and Portugal but managed to draw with Spain 2-2 in the final match.

With a 5-2 aggregate win over DR Congo, Morocco booked their place at Qatar 2022.

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