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Morocco have a proud history in World Cup and continental competition, but fans will perhaps feel they have failed to live up to expectations in recent years.
The Atlas Lions were the first African team to win a group at the World Cup finals when they topped England, Portugal and Poland at the 1986 tournament in Mexico.
They went on to lose 1-0 to finalists West Germany in the second round, but they had done enough to make many people sit up and take notice of the ability of north African football.
They also looked poised to move out fo the group stages at the 1998 finals in France, but a later winner for Norway over Brazil saw them dumped out of the competition. That was also their fourth and last appearance at the global showpiece.
Morocco have also reached an impressive 13 Nations Cup finals, winning the competition in Ethiopia in 1976, their only success.
They were runners-up in 2004, losing to hosts Tunisia in the final, but otherwise they have a poor recent record in the competition following first round exits in 2000, 2002, 2006 and 2008.
The current side is led by the coach of that Tunisian team, Frenchman Roger Lemerre, who is also the former coach of the French national side, having also been assistant to Aimé Jacquet when they won the World Cup in 1998.
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