A little swagger and understated talent highlight the North African team who have some upset ability in the 2018 World Cup. Despite their could-catch-you-off-guard team, their pool contains Spain and Portugal so it will be an uphill battle for the Moroccans to escape the group stage.
Here are some names to watch for from Morocco in Russia:
Medhi Benatia – The towering 6’2″ centre back from Juventus is the star on this team for Morocco. He is extremely physical and has worked in Italy’s top team as a shut down defender beside terrific defenders like Chiellini, Howedes, and Barzagli. If he is on his game he has Champions League quality skills that can keep his team alive.
Hakim Ziyech – A midfield playmaker, Ziyech has been instrumental for AFC Ajax’s constant bid for top of Eredivisie (Dutch Professional Football League). He has tremendous offensive vision to make plays, but also has the ability to do it himself and will be the offensive sparkplug for team Morocco.
Amine Harit – A young prospect turned Bundesliga (Top Flight German Football League) one-to-watch, Harit provides attacking option and has proved his offensive talents at Schalke with 3 goals and 7 assists in his first season. He is only 20 years old, so safe to say Morocco has an exciting prospect for World Cups and African Nations Cups, too.
Overall, it should be a short tournament for Morocco who will be victims of pool draws. Drawing the “group of death” with Portugal and Spain is nothing short of a death sentence as far as World Cup teams go. As well, the manager of Morocco, Hervé Renard has overlooked Premier League Goal of the Year winner for 2018 Sofiane Boufal. The winger could have added speed and attacking threat from the outside to the team. Regardless, Morocco face an uphill battle to get out amongst Spain and Portugal.