This blogger Artur Yanturin of Russia copied many of my blog teams. This blog was one of them. It was my Russia All-Time Team here. His team was written in 2020, but mine was uploaded in 2014. I also updated mine periodically. I made mistakes. He is from Russia. He should know the topic much more than I do, but he still kept my mistakes. He will copy this Belarus All-Time Team. Please look at my other teams from the former Soviet Union. He copied all of them.
Please also see my All-Time World Cup Team Index.
Africa All-Time Team , African Born
|Morocco World Cup 2022
Before 1950's, Morocco was playing under France. A large number of talented Moroccans were playing in the French league. Larbi Benbarek was a star with the French national team. As an independent country, Morocco qualified for the 1970 World Cup Finals, where they managed a draw with Bulgaria. In 1986, they beat Portugal 3-1 in the group stage before narrowly lost to eventual finalist West Germany 1-0 at the round of 16. They became the first African country to advance to the second round of the WC Finals. In 1998, Morocco was on pace to reach the second round, but Norway pulled an upset against Brazil in the Final match, where Brazil had already qualified for the second round and treated the match as a meaningless one. Norway progressed at the expense of Morocco. However, despite, their performance at the World Cup Finals, they did not do as well in African Cup of Nations. They only won the Cup once in 1976.
GK: Badou Ezzaki الزاكي بادو
Better known as Zaki, Badou Ezzaki was the African Player of the Year in 1986 after leading Morocco to the second round of the World Cup Finals in Mexico. He also enjoyed a successful career with Mallorca in Spain. He also played for Association Salé, Wydad Casablanca and Fath Union Sport during a 17-year professional career. In 2006, Zaki was selected by the Confederation of African Football as one of the best 200 African footballers of the last 50 years.
Allal Ben Kassou was born in 1971. He played for the Morocco at the 1964 Summer Olympics and at the 1970 World Cup finals, where Morocco had a fantastic game against West Germany. He played 116 times for the Morocco football team. In 2006, he was selected by CAF as one of the best 200 African football players of the last 50 years. For club career, he played club football for his hometown team FAR Rabat in the Botola (Moroccan league).
|Allal Ben Kassou
Born in 1954, Larbi Aherdane is considered one of Morocco's greatest defenders. He played for Wydad Casablanca in the 1970's, where he won the league title in 1976, 1977 and 1978. For the national team, he won the African Cup of Nations in 1976 and the Pan Arab Games the same year. He also went to the Olympic Games in 1972 for Morocco.
CB: Noureddine Naybet نور الدين نيبت
Naybet was one of the best African defender ever. He played a record 115 matches for the Moroccan national team, representing the country in two World Cups and six Africa Cup of Nations tournaments. He spent most successful period of his career with Deportivo La Coruña in Spain. He won the 1999-2000 league title with them. He was one of the best center-back in La Liga. He also played with Wydad AC, FC Nantes, Sporting Clube de Portugal and Tottenham Hotspurs.
Mustapha Bettache was born in 1931. He started his career with Wydad Casablanca in 1952. In 1955, he moved to France. He played as a defender for eight years under the direction of Kader Firoud at Nîmes Olympique in France. For the national team of Morocco, Bettache earned 8 caps between 1960 and 1963.
In 2006, Mustapha Yaghcha was selected by CAF as one of the best 200 African football players of the last 50 years. He played club football for Difaa El Jadida. From 1975 to 1983, he played abroad in Switzerland. He started with CS Chênois in 1975 and moved to Servette FC in 1980. For the national team, he went to the 1972 Olympics, playing for Morocco.
CB: Medhi Benatia المهدي بنعطية
At the time of writing, Medhi Benatia is considered one of the top center-backs in Africa. He began his career at Marseille. He first made a name with Udinese and then, Roma, where he was a top defender in the Serie A. In the summer of 2014, he joined Bayern Munich, but he saw limited action in Germany. In 2016, he was sent on loan to Juventus and later signed a permanent move. He serves as the captain of the national team.
El Khalej started at Kawkab Marrakech in 1990. He headed to Europe in 1994. In Europe, he played for several clubs, including UD Leiria and Benfica in Portugal, and for Southampton and Charlton Athletic in England. He played 49 times for the Morocco and was a participant at the 1994 World Cup and at the 1998 World Cup.
Born in Morocco, he represented France at the World Cup Finals in 1954. He captained Morocco at the 1962 World Cup. Known as Prince du Parc (Prince of the Park) in his playing days for his dominant control of the midfield, was one of the best Arab players of his generation, and one of the few who graced the sports fields of Europe in the 1950s and 1960s. He was a long time member of Racing Club of Paris.
CM/DM: Abdelmajid Dolmy عبد المجيد الظلمي
Abdelmajid Dolmy was nicknamed "Maestro" for his playmaking skills. He earned 140 caps for Morocco and went to the World Cup Finals in 1986, where he helped Morocco to reach the second round. He also went to the Olympics in 1984. He was chosen by CAF as one of the best 200 African footballers of the last 50 years. Dolmy played mainly for Raja Casablanca, but also with Olympique de Casablanca between 1987 and 1990.
Larbi Benbarek was born and raised in Morocco in the period when the country was under the French rule. He was the first Black player to reach stardom in Europe, earning the nick name "Black Pearl". He made his name with Stade Francasis Paris. In 1948, he moved to Atletico Madrid, where he reached the height of his career and won two La Liga title. He is considered one of the greatest ever French player. He was capped 19 times between 1938 and 1954.
He represented Morocco 46 times. The highlight of his international camera was the 1986 World Cup Finals in Mexico, where Morocco reached the second round. At the club level, Mohammed Timoumi won the CAF Champions League with FAR Rabat. He also played abroad in Spain and Belgium after 1986 World Cup Finals. In 2006, he was selected by CAF as one of the best 200 African football players of the last 50 years.
Mustapha Hadji grew up in France, but chose to represent Morocco in 1993. He went to the World Cup Finals in 1994 and 1998. After the World Cuo Finals in 1998, he won the African Player of the Year award that year. He was named the 50th greatest African player of all time by African football expert Ed Dove. Professionally, he played for many clubs mainly in Spain and England. He had stints with Nancy, Sporting SP, Deportivo La Coruna, Coventry, Aston Villa, etc.
Driss Joumad began playing football with Wydad Casablanca in the 1940s where he joined the senior side at age 18. Joumad won with the WAC triple in 1948-49 season (North African Championship, North Africa Cup and Morocco Championship), without losing a match all season.In 1954, he moved to France to play for FC Girondins de Bordeaux. He suffered a serious knee injury in match against Le Man, which ended his career after a single season.
Ahmed Faras is considered to be the greatest Moroccan player of all-time. He was named African Footballer of the Year in 1975. He was captain of Morocco for 8 years. He won the African Cup of Nations in 1976. He also played in the 1970 World Cup Finals. He also went to the Summer Olympics of 1972 in Munich. For his club career, he spent all of his playing career with his native Chabab Mohammédia from 1965 to 1982. He finished as the league's top-scorer in 1969 and 1973.
Hassan Akesbi started his career at home with Fath Union Sport. He went to play aboard in France during the 1950's. At home, he played for Fath Union Sport. He longest stint in France was with Nimes Olympique. He also played for AS Monaco and Reims. He was chosen by CAF as one of the best 200 African footballers of the last 50 years. He played for Morocco from 1960 to 1970.
ST: Salaheddine Bassirصلاح الدين بصر
Hamid Hazzaz, Zakaria Alaoui, Khalil Azmi, Nadir Lamyaghri and Munir Mohamedi, Chérif Fetoui, Abdelilah Saber Rachid Neqrouz, Mustapha El Biyaz, Talal El Karkouri, Abdelkrim El Hadrioui, Boujemaa Benkhrif, Mbark Boussoufa, Abdelkrim El Hadrioui, Azzedine Amanallah, Rachid Daoudi, Maouhoub Ghazouani, Mohamed Chtouki, Mustafa El Haddaoui, Houmane Jarir, Abdelkrim Merry, Abdelilah Saber, Mohammed Abderrazak, Marouane Chamakh, Mounir El Hamdaoui, Karim El Ahmadi.
-- The team was created in 2014. I did a full review of this team in August, 2022. But I again studied the team after the World Cup Finals in 2022 where Morocco reached the semifinal.
-- In 2018, Morocco selected 17 foreign-born players on its World Cup team. Madrid-born Achraf Hakimi has starred for Borussia Dortmund and Inter Milan. I added him alongside Yassine Bounou and Hakim Ziyech prior to the 2022 World Cup Finals. Romain Saïss made honorable mention. After Morocco reached semifinal of the 2022 World Cup Finals, I added Azzedine Ounahi, Sofiane Boufal, Noussair Mazraoui and Sofyan Amrabatd to honorable mention.
|African Cup of Nations winner 1976
-- Marouane Chamakh deserved to be on this squad, but I do not have the space for him. He was famous among the young fans because he played for Arsenal. He became the first player in Champions League history to score in six consecutive games. He also played well with Bordeaux. But the other forwards were more historical.I selected Driss Joumad over him. Joumad was a pioneer of Moroccan footballer playing in Europe. He played in the 1940's in France.