In Pictures: Best Performing Football Players Since January 1

Rabat - The CIES Football Observatory study released its study March 31, analyzing the performances of players in Europe’s leading leagues since January 1. Top forwards Lionel Messi (Barcelona) Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich) Bas Dost (Wolfsburg) Luis Suarez (Barcelona) Diego Costa (Chelsea)                                              Top attacking midfielders (Chelsea) Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) Jesus Navas (Man C ...

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Messi best forward in 2015, Ronaldo far behind

Rabat - Barcelona star Lionel Messi has been named the best forward in 2015 on a list of top attackers, according to a CIES Football Observatory study. The Dutch Arjen Robben, who plays for German Bundesliga club Bayern Munich, and his fellow striker, Bas Dost, who plays for Bundesliga club VfL Wolfsburg, came second and third respectively. The study, which listed the players according to their performance ...

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CAF Sanctions: CAS to Deliver its Verdict on April 30

Rabat - The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the sport's highest court, will decide on April 30th whether Morocco should or should not be suspended from participating in the 2017 and 2019 African Cup of Nations, Telquel reported. The Confederation of African Football (CAF)'s Executive Committee decided to ban Morocco from the next two African Nations Cup tournaments after asking to postpone the 2015 Af ...

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Club World Cup: Morocco Spent MAD 554 Million to Host the Two Editions

Rabat - The hosting of the two editions of the FIFA Club World Cup 2013-2014 in Morocco cost the country more than half a billion Dirhams, daily newspaper Les Eco reported. The estimated total costs of the 2013 and 2014 FIFA Club World Cup are estimated at around 554 million Dirhams. The initial budget was only estimated at around 16 million Dirhams. According to the same source, the money came mainly from ...

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King Mohammed VI Offers MAT Private Jet to Travel to Nigeria

Rabat - King Mohammed VI has put a private jet at the disposal of the players and administration staff of Football Club Moghreb Tetouan. The club can now travel to Nigeria to play their second leg match in the second round of the African Champions League against Kano Pillars. The Tetouan-based club had already tried to rent a Royal Air Maroc airplane. However, the MAD 1.2 million fees demanded by Morocco's ...

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Messi, the World’s Highest Paid Football Player

Rabat - Barcelona star Lionel Messi has been named the world's highest paid footballer. According to a survey conducted by French sports magazine France Football, Messi's total income for 2014 stood at $71.3 million. The income includes his wages at Barcelona and numerous sponsorship deals. Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo is the second-highest paid football player with $59.2 million, while Barcelona's strik ...

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Clasico: Barca Members Resell Their Tickets to Arab, Chinese Fans

Rabat- The economic crisis that has been affecting a large segment of the Spanish population since 2008 is pushing some members (socios) of FC Barcelona to resell their seats for high-demand matches, such as the much-anticipated Clasico, which will pit the Catalan club against its archrival, Real Madrid. According to Spanish sports newspaper El Mundo Deportivo, one out of every three Barcelona members, almo ...

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World Series of Boxing : Morocco Defeats UK in London

Rabat - Team Morocco Atlas Lions defeated British Lionhearts 3-2 in the World Series of Boxing (WSB) at London's York Hall on Thursday. The Atlas Lions won the first match of the evening at Flyweight (52 kg) when Achraf Kharroubi defeated Spain’s José Kelvin de la Nieve Linares by split decision. Moroccan Welterweight (69 kg) Mohammed Rabii defeated Britain’s Haizel Ekow Tabiri-Essuman on points (3-0) to ma ...

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CAS: a Moroccan Defends CAF Sanctions Against Morocco

Rabat - Members of the Moroccan delegation that went to Switzerland to plead its case before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) were surprised by the presence of Hicham Amrani, the Secretary General of the African Football Federation (CAF), a Moroccan, who defended the position CAF’s imposition of sanctions against Morocco. The Federation banned the North African country from participating in the 2017 ...

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Morocco Seeks to Host the 2026 FIFA World Cup

Rabat - Morocco is planning to submit its candidature to host the 2026 world cup. According to media reports, the President of the Moroccan Royal Football Federation (FRMF), Faouzi Lakjaa, discussed the matter with FIFA President Joseph Blatter in Zurich, Switzerland. The governing body of international football will award the competition to an African country following the principle of rotation of continen ...

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Danone Nations Cup to Take Place in Morocco in October

Rabat - The 16th edition of the football "Danone Nations Cup" will take place in October 2015 in Morocco, according to a statement released by the organizers of this sports event. Morocco will host 500 finalists representing 32 countries participating in this Cup, the biggest football competition in the world for children under 12 years. French footballer Zinedine Zidane, sponsor of the international tourna ...

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Real Madrid’ President Asks Ancelotti to Take Immediate Action

Rabat - The days of Carlo Ancelotti at Real Madrid are numbered unless the Italian gains back control over the team and snatch it from its recent free fall following the defeat against Schalke that almost see the Los Blancos crashed out of the Champions League's quarter finals. The job of the former PSG boss at Real Madrid is on the line, according to Spanish Sports magazine MARCA. The club's president Flor ...

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