2015 Nations Cup: Hosts Morocco beat Libya in friendly

BBC Sport reports on Morocco’s play leading up to the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, which Morocco will host: The hosts of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, Morocco, easily beat visiting Libya in a friendly on Sunday in Marrakesh. Younes Belhanda opened the scoring from the penalty spot just before half-time for Badou Zaki’s side. Marseille’s Abdelaziz Barrada doubled the lead 10 minutes after the break and Raja Casablanca’s ...

Bayern Munich Reach Deal with Roma to Sign Moroccan Defender

Fox Soccer reports on German championship side Bayern Munich’s signing of Moroccan Defender Mehdi Benatia from Italy’s Roma. The highly-sought after central defender was part of Roma’s return to Champions League play:   German champions Bayern Munich have won the race to sign highly-rated defender Mehdi Benatia from Roma. The 27-year-old Morocco international had reportedly been a target for both Arsenal and Manchester United after excelling at the Stadio Olimpico ...

Bayern Munich Pursues Moroccan Defender Mehdi Benatia

Sports news outlets are reporting that Germany’s Bayern Munich is set on recruiting Moroccan defender Mehdi Benatia for the next club season. L’Equipe writes: In addition to Diego Godin, Michael Reschke, technical director of the club, is currently in the Italian capital in pursuit of Roma defender Mehdi Benatia. The transfer of the Moroccan international, aged 27, could be finalized soon for an estimated 30 million euros, according to the ...

Algeria vs. Germany Revives a Bitter Rivalry – Al Jazeera America

.  * “Memories of 1982 remain central for Les Fennecs, but Germany is an old soccer enemy to all of the Maghreb… In 1986, when Morocco set a new benchmark for Africa at World Cup by reaching the second round, their success was celebrated across North Africa. Their bad luck was to meet—once again—West Germany, at the last-16 stage.” *  . Al Jazeera America, by Ian Hawkey (June 29, 2014) ...

In Pictures: Morocco’s Teen Spirit – Middle East Eye

. * “Rabat is very cool for young people, there are places to have fun,” says 15-year-old Adnane Chehoini. “All that’s missing is a skatepark.” Already, a skatepark is being constructed nearby. Government-funded skateparks remain rare in North Africa. Many youths in the region often express frustration at the lack of government support for their leisure. There is one in Casablanca and several in Egypt, but these are still exceptions. ...
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