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Afcon
Can Renard, Ziyech take Morocco to AFCON glory?
09:00 Saturday 22nd June 2019

Morocco's burning desire for a second Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) trophy lingers in Egypt. The Atlas Lions last achieved success in 1976. Optimism is high this time. Two-time winner Herve Renard could conjure his usual magic. Hakim Ziyech…

Afcon
Ranking the top 10 AFCON stars
12:01 Friday 21st June 2019

The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations commences later today. Twenty-four countries battle it out for the prestigious trophy. Two years ago in the previous tournament, Cameroon engineered a minor upset to be crowned champions under Belgian…

Opinion
Guendouzi: Arsenal's new Frenchman? Hold that thought
09:00 Sunday 23rd September 2018

Few in North London, let alone England, knew of Matteo Guendouzi before his summer transfer to Arsenal. Unai Emery plugged him straight into the lineup. After playing all five Premier League fixtures in 2018/19, he appears completely at…

International
Why Matteo Guendouzi should choose to represent Morocco
15:00 Friday 14th September 2018

The career tangent of every footballer is sandwiched between the choices they make. Whether players make the decisions solely themselves or are influenced by others, they're forced to either enjoy or endure the outcome.   For…

World Cup
African teams at the World Cup: a tale of knockouts
15:30 Sunday 1st July 2018

FIFA hosted its first major tournament in 1930. No African nation was willing to fund a Football Federation let alone the long-distance trip to Uruguay. Many weren’t even interested in football at the time. That notion changed…

World Cup
Concussions at the World Cup: Where is FIFA's head at?
12:00 Thursday 28th June 2018

Here’s an embarrassing story about me.  When I was 11, I tried to emulate David Beckham by cutting stylish slits into my eyebrows. My effort was unsuccessful. The end result of my ill-fated attempt to mimic Mr Spice was, in…

World Cup
World Cup Group B: Can Spain afford to treat Morocco like a walkover?
12:30 Monday 25th June 2018

After late disappointment in their opening game, Spain just about managed to brush themselves down and beat Iran. Team Melli's bubble, which had swelled after victory in their opening game against Morocco, was cruelly burst. That defeat…

World Cup
Morocco's exit from the World Cup reveals football's cruelty
18:02 Friday 22nd June 2018

Morocco has suffered this week. The Atlas Lions lost World Cup bids both present and future.  First, FIFA announced the combined effort from CONCACAF, involving Canada, Mexico and the United States had been awarded 2026 World Cup…

World Cup
Would these CAF nations have represented Africa better at the World Cup?
12:00 Friday 22nd June 2018

If you’re an African watching the World Cup, you're wondering why CAF representatives, bar Senegal, have performed so poorly. Don’t blame talent, you’d be well off the mark. Skill and strength can’t be faulted…

World Cup
World Cup Group B: Does Portugal need a Rock of Gibraltar to stop Morocco or will Ronaldo be sufficient?
08:30 Wednesday 20th June 2018

Just a point separates Morocco and Portugal as the second round of matches get underway. Having met only once before in head-to-head competition, Morocco comes off the better when looking at the history. The North-African side won that clash…

World Cup
African teams must do better at the World Cup to maintain credibility
12:00 Monday 18th June 2018

Much was expected from African teams coming to Russia. Historically, they have achieved limited success in the World Cup. Cameroon, Senegal, and Ghana have set the bar with quarterfinal finishes. Others, like Nigeria and Algeria, have put up…

World Cup
World Cup Group B: Morocco v Iran is not the start of a beautiful friendship
09:30 Friday 15th June 2018

Group B of the FIFA 2018 World Cup gets underway on Friday afternoon. Morocco and Iran meet in the Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg. This is a must-win for both sides. An unkind draw has pitted them against European giants Portugal…

World Cup
Russia 2018 World Cup Preview: Who will be the tournament's best young player?
09:30 Thursday 14th June 2018

The FIFA World Cup is the biggest stage of them all. Sucess doesn’t come on a silver platter. Being a quadrennial event, players only get the chance to feature once when they're regarded as toddlers. Certain youngsters have used this…

World Cup
Russia 2018 World Cup Preview: Group B
12:30 Monday 11th June 2018

In housing former world champions Spain and current European champions Portugal, most would consider Group B something of a foregone conclusion. That would be foolish. Spain may have formidable strength in depth across their squad, so…

World Cup
World Cup: Ranking the 32 nations based on squad strength
08:00 Sunday 10th June 2018

The FIFA World Cup is upon us. All participating nations have revealed their contingents. Squad strength doesn't guarantee success but what if it did? Who would be the world champion. Who would be the first to bow out? Here’s…