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Ancelotti hails a devastating Real Madrid

Rabat- Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has said following the outstanding 8-2 victory on Saturday at the Riazor stadium against Deportivo La Coruna that his players have responded well to the critics, urging them to keep on improving and produce the same performance they had managed to demonstrate over the past seven days. "We played with a lot of energy and we tried to play well across the park. We've ...

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“Benatia is not fit,” says Guardiola

Rabat - Pep Guardiola is reportedly fed up with Benatia's lack of readiness especially that the former Barcelona manager is in desperate need of the Moroccan defender following the long-term injuries of Javi Martinez and Holger Badstuber.  "He is not fit," Bayern Munich coach pep Guardiola told German newspaper BILD. Since his arrival to the Allianz Arena side in the last stages of the summer transfer windo ...

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2014 IAAF Continental Cup: 2nd edition opens in Marrakech

Marrakech - The second edition of the 2014 Athletics Continental Cup by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) kicked off on Saturday in Marrakech Grand Stadium. The international track and field sporting event, worth 3 mln dollars, comprises 40 competitions in two days (Sept.13-14) and brings together 230 athletes worldwide. The event includes mainly competitions in hammer throw, pol ...

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New Scandal: FIFA Admits Receiving Luxury Watch Gifts From Brazilian Federation

Rabat - FIFA is amid a new crisis dubbed by the media as one of the biggest crises in the organization's history. After the Qatar 2022 World Cup bribery scandal, FIFA president and 26 top executives at the world football governing body are accused of receiving watches worth around €20,000 each as commemorative gifts from the Brazil FA (CBF) upon their arrival to attend the World Cup during the summer. Accor ...

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Raja Store, first concept of sports merchandising in Morocco

Rabat - Moroccan football club Raja de Casablanca, last edition's runners-up of the FIFA club world cup and crowned domestic champions on eleven occasions, have announced the launching of "Raja Store," the club's first official store and Morocco's first concept of sports merchandising. Raja de Casablanca said the opening of its first official store will take place next week in the Derb Soltane neighborhood. ...

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Karim Bellarabi confirms readiness to defend the Moroccan jersey

Rabat - Bayer Leverkusen winger Karim Bellarabi has reportedly agreed to defend the colors of the Moroccan national team following a meeting with Coach Badou Zaki who flew specifically to Germany to meet the 24-year-old.  According to media reports, Bellarabi, who played for Germany's under-21 team, had a meeting with the Atlas Lions coach Badou Ezzaki in a café in the Castrop-Rauxel area where the winger h ...

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Adel Taarabt will be a surprise for many this season, says QPR chairman

Rabat - Queens Park Rangers owner Tony Fernandes has told the London Evening Standard that Moroccan international Adel Taarabt has "the attributes to become a Premiere League star." "I think Adel will be a surprise for many this season. He's focused and wants to stay at QPR. He can turn games around in a few minutes, so it's important to have him," said the 50-year-old Malaysian boss of Air Asia. "People ha ...

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Argentina: Law to Ban Rosario Residents From Naming Their Newborns ‘Messi’

Rabat- According to Spanish sports newspaper El Mundo Deportivo, Lionel Messi’s hometown Rosario in Argentina, may be banned from naming their newborns “Messi”. Official in the town that saw the birth of the four times world best player of the year are insisting that a law be voted to ban people from naming their babies “Messi”. The goal behind their endeavor is to "avoid confusion," according to the same s ...

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AS Roma President: “Benatia was sold for being liar”

Rabat - AS Roma President James Pallota has voiced his criticism against former defender Mehdi Benatia, accusing him of lying about wanting to remain with the Stadio Olimpico side, according to media reports. Benatia, who left Roma to join Bavarian giants Bayern Munich last month, said on Monday that big clubs including Real Madrid and Barcelona also wanted to sign him but his preference was to stay with th ...

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Munir El Haddadi’s father: “Munir would have played for Morocco if they had called first”

Agadir- Munir El Haddadi's father has said that his son would have played for Morocco if they had called first. Talking to Spanish Primer Toque programme, Mohammed El Haddadi said that Mounir would have represented whichever country had contacted him first. “My son said to me ‘father I don’t know what I’m going to do’. I told him to go with whoever calls you first." El Haddadi senior said. Munir made his de ...

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Munir El Haddadi: Playing for Spain is a Dream Come True

Taroudant, Morocco - Munir El Haddadi, Barcelona forward, said Monday evening after their 5-1 win over Macedonia that his Spain debut was a "dream come true". The 19-year-old Barcelona forward has been harshly criticised for not choosing to represent Morocco, the country of his parents, but the striker prefers to play for the country of his birth, insisting that he always intended to represent la Roja. "To ...

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MARCA Survey: 63, 3% of Spaniards don’t want Mounir El Haddadi to Play for Spain

Agadir- Mounir El Haddadi, FC Barcelona's 19-year-old forward, has expressed his delight following his surprising call-up by Del Bosque to join the Spanish squad, which will face Macedonia in a Euro 2016 qualifying match on Monday, and as a result aborting any chances for Morocco who was also interested in securing his services. But the recent La Masia graduate and son to Moroccan parents will feel a bit di ...

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