Morocco ranked 54th place in FIFA
Slowly but surely. Eight new seats were won by the team of Morocco in the ranking of July of FIFA.
The Atlas Lions are now ranked in the 54th place worldwide against the 62nd last month and 8th at the African level by winning five seats from the last ranking. This is the best ranking team since 2008 when they reached the 41st spot (13th in 1998).
Morocco coach Herve Renard had claimed that one of its objectives within the Atlas Lions were, among others, to win places in the FIFA rankings. Upon his arrival in February, Morocco was ranked 80th worldwide, and gained quickly 24 ranks in just months.
At the top of world ranking are: Argentina, followed by Belgium and Colombia, while Germany is ranked 4th in front of the Chili.
Morocco have qualified for the final stages of the FIFA World Cup on four occasions.
Winners of the African Nations Cup in 1976, they were the first African team to win a group at the World Cup, which they did in 1986, finishing ahead of Portugal, Poland, and England. They were also the first African team to make it to second round barely losing to eventual runner-ups West Germany 1–0 in 1986. They also came within two minutes of moving out of the group stage of the 1998 World Cup, Kjetil Rekdal’s late winning goal for Norway against Brazil eliminating them.
After a decade-long drought, glory came back in 2012 for the Moroccan national team when they were victorious in the 2012 Arab Nations Cup defeating Libya in the final. On 5 February 2015, The CAF Executive Committee decided to suspend the Morocco national football team from the next two editions of the Africa Cup of Nations, 2017 and 2019, and to impose on the Royal Moroccan Football Federation the regulatory fine of US$1 million, along with the sum of 8.05 million Euros in compensation for all material damage sustained by CAF, stakeholders and partners as a result of the decision not to host 2015 edition. However, the ban was overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, meaning Morocco may enter the tournaments.