Rabat - The national football team won a place, ranking 41st in the International Football Federation (FIFA) ranking of June 2018, published on Thursday.
Rabat – The national football team won a place, ranking 41st in the International Football Federation (FIFA) ranking of June 2018, published on Thursday.
Qualifying for the final phase of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the Atlas Lions are fourth in Africa with 686 points behind Tunisia, 21st (910); Senegal, 27th (838); and Congo, 38th (706).
Morocco is followed by Egypt, 45th (649); Ghana, 47th (624); Nigeria, 48th (618); Cameroon, 49th (614); and Burkina Faso, 52nd (604).
The world ranking is still dominated by Germany (1558), ahead of Brazil (1431), Belgium (1298), Portugal (1274), and Argentina (1241).
Last month, FIFA published a list of the teams that boasted the best records in the qualifying games for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The Atlas Lions made the list of the “defensive heroes hoping for [a] Russian repeat.”
FIFA commended the Moroccan team’s near-miraculous defensive record that secured its ticket for the much-awaited World Cup tournament, which will kick off June 14.
The Moroccan squad will play in Group B and will faceoff with Iran on June 15, Portugal on June 20, and Spain on June 25.
This is the fifth time that the Atlas Lions have qualified for the World Cup; previously the Lions played in 1970 and 1986 in Mexico, 1994 in USA, and 1998 in France.