Morocco World Cup 2018 squad and team guide

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Morocco face a tough task having been drawn in the same group as Portugal and Spain - AFP

Here we take a look at Morocco's World Cup squad and the other things it will be handy to know about the Group B challengers.

Morocco's World Cup squad - the 23 names

Goalkeepers: Mounir Mohamedi (Numancia), Yassine Bounou (Girona), Ahmad Reda Tagnaouti (Ittihad Tanger)

Defenders: Mehdi Benatia (Juventus), Romain Saiss (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Manuel Da Costa (Basaksehir), Nabil Dirar (Fenerbahce), Achraf Hakimi (Real Madrid), Hamza Mendyl (Lille)

Midfielders: Mbark Boussoufa (Al Jazira), Karim El Ahmadi (Feyenoord), Youssef Ait Bennasser (Caen), Sofyan Amrabat (Feyenoord), Younes Belhanda (Galatasaray), Faycal Fajr (Getafe), Amine Harit (Schalke)

Forwards: Khalid Boutaib (Malatyaspor), Aziz Bouhaddouz (St. Pauli), Ayoub El Kaabi (Renaissance Berkane), Nordin Amrabat (Leganes), Mehdi Carcela (Standard Liege), Hakim Ziyech (Ajax), Youssef En Nesyri (Malaga)

Morocco's World Cup 2018 fixtures

  • Iran: Friday, June 15 at 4pm
  • Portugal: Wednesday, June 20 at 1pm
  • Spain: Monday, June 25 at 7pm

What odds are Morocco to win the World Cup?

500/1

The kits

See where Morocco's shirts ends up in our ranking of all 64 World Cup shirts below:

World Cup kits ranked

Who's the coach?

Herve Renard, French protege of Claude le Roy. He was sacked by Cambridge Utd after 25 games in charge in 2004 and took over in 2016 after stints with Zambia, Angola and Ivory Coast.

Who's the star?

Hakim Ziyech, Dutch Footballer of the Year, a mobile, streetwise playmaker who shares some of the qualities of his Ajax predecessor at No. 10, Christian Eriksen.

Hakim Ziyech - one to watch Credit: Getty Images

Best thing about them

A very well-drilled and tough defence - they qualified without conceding a goal and have let in only 11 in 23 matches over two years.

Worst thing about them

They’ve been given a horrible draw and their strong back four and patient approach will not mitigate their chronic weaknesses up front.

You may recognise…

Nordin Amrabat - slippery if erratic Watford winger and subject of the Vicarage Road ‘Baby Give It Up’ tribute song who was sent to Leganes on loan last season .

Cameramen will be picking out...  

More sanguine fans than the rabid ultras of the domestic sides, the focus will be on the poor souls who dress as Lions of the Atlas in threadbare Wizard of Oz mufti.

Fans' favourite chant

Allez Allez Maroc for the French speakers.

On-field prediction

May beat Iran in the opener but they won’t repeat 1986 and get out of the group.

Off-field prediction

Well supported and ready to give Iceland competition for best choreographed clapping routines.

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