Morocco Starting Lineup vs Belgium: World Cup Starting 11 Announced

They fell to Egypt in the AFCON quarterfinals, giving us an overtime thriller that many will remember as one of the best matches of the whole tournament. This time out, Morocco will be looking to secure knockout round qualification for just the second time in their sixth World Cup appearance as an independent nation. Let’s take a look at their potential lineup as they prepare to tackle Croatia on Nov 23.

Morocco Starting 11 Vs. Belgium

  • GK- Yassine Bounou
  • LB- Noussair Mazraoui
  • CB- Romain Saiss
  • CB- Achraf Dari
  • RB- Achraf Hakimi
  • MF- Sofyan Amrabat
  • MF- Abdelhamid Sabiri
  • MF- Ilias Chair
  • LW- Sofiane Boufal
  • RW- Hakim Ziyech
  • ST- Youssef En-Nesyri

The big story for what was already one of Africa’s most talented sides will be the return of star winger Hakim Ziyech, who did not participate in AFCON 2020 largely due to conflict with the old manager, but is now un-retiring for his country and will play in this tournament. He will be an enormous boost for a team that was relatively thin in regards to attacking talent without him there. One of the other biggest stars on the team will be on the other end of the pitch, goalkeeper Yassine Bounou, who promised the people of Morocco World Cup qualification, and surely he delivered.

His time at Sevilla will also surely be valuable, as he has more experience against the World’s best competition than many of his teammates do. Similarly, speedy wingback Achraf Hakimi of PSG will bring more big-match pedigree than the typical Moroccan defender. Regarding the midfield, it’s hard to peg down a lineup because manager Walid Regragui will sometimes play a traditional 3-man group, or as many as 5 in the middle. That being said, Fiorentina’s Sofyan Amrabat will be at the center of it no matter how many teammates he’s joined by. This team has more veterans with European experience than you might have first thought; look for them to make some noise in a fascinating group.

Morocco Starting Lineup History

Vs. Croatia

  • GK- Yassine Bounou
  • LB- Noussair Mazraoui
  • CB- Romain Saiss
  • CB- Nayef Aguerd
  • RB- Achraf Hakimi
  • MF- Sofyan Amrabat
  • MF- Selim Amallah
  • MF- Azzedine Ounahi
  • LW- Sofiane Boufal
  • RW- Hakim Ziyech
  • ST- Youssef En-Nesyri

Morocco Starting 11 FAQ

Who Is Morocco’s Starting Goalkeeper?

Sevilla’s starting keeper, Yassine Bounou, will also be minding the net for his country in this tournament. He’s highly motivated to perform, and could put on a memorable display in any one of the group games against more attacking opponents.

Who Is Morocco’s Starting Striker?

Another Sevilla man, Youssef En-Nesyri, is going to most likely be up top for Morocco, although Hakim Ziyech’s sheer talent could see him landing in that spot, even if he’s more comfortable as a winger.

Who Is Morocco’s Best Player?

I’d lean towards Hakimi; Ziyech could be hugely important for this team, but he’s a bit hot and cold. Hakimi has a very unique skill set, and will be a joy to watch as he represents his nation this fall.

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