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Morocco were 2-1 ahead in their final group game against already-qualified Iraq thanks to goals scored by Bouabid Bouden and Salaheddine Aqqal. However, in the other game, Costa Rica's Pablo Brenes scored the fourth goal in added time to seal a 4-2 win over Portugal and qualification at Morocco's expense. During the inaugural 2011 CAF U-23 Championship held in Morocco. They were eventually replaced by Ghana which lost 2-3 on aggregate to Morocco in the last qualifying round. In the 1972 edition in Munich, Morocco reached the second round as runners-up in their group with 3 points following a goalless draw against the United States, a resounding 6-0 win against Malaysia and a 0-3 loss to hosts West Germany. In the second round, The Atlas Lions lost all three games against Denmark, Poland and the Soviet Union. However, it remains the best performance of the Atlas Lions at the Olympic football tournament to date. Morocco came extremely close to reaching the quarter-finals in the 2004 Summer Olympics, narrowly missing out on goals scored that favored Costa Rica. Morocco national under-23 football team - WikipediaFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Morocco Olympic football team (U-23)Nickname(s)Lions de l'Atlas(Atlas Lions)AssociationRoyal Moroccan Football FederationOther affiliationMoroccan National Olympic CommitteeConfederationCAF (Africa)Sub-confederationUNAF (North Africa)Head coachIssame CharaïCaptainAbde EzzalzouliHome stadiumVariousFIFA codeMAR First colours Second colours First international Morocco 2 – 0 Tunisia (Rabat, Morocco; September 6, 1960)Biggest win Morocco 6 – 0 Malaysia (Ingolstadt, Germany; August 31, 1972)Biggest defeat Hungary 6 – 0 Morocco (Tokyo, Japan; October 11, 1964)Records for competitive matches only. Olympic GamesAppearances8 (first in 1964)Best resultSecond Round (1972)U-23 Africa Cup of NationsAppearances2 (first in 2011)Best resultChampions (2023) The Morocco Olympic football team represents Morocco in international football competitions in the Olympic Games. The host nation coached by Pim Verbeek, recorded narrow victories against heavy favourites Nigeria and Algeria before losing to Senegal. In the semi-finals, Morocco successfully secured a spot in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London by defeating Egypt 3-2 in a tense game which also saw Abdelaziz Barrada scoring the fastest goal in the history of the tournament (as of 2023) after 30 seconds. This marked the return of the Atlas Lions to the Olympic football tournament having missed out on qualifying in 2008. However, they faced a setback when they suffered a 2-1 defeat against the surprising contender, Gabon, in the final held at the Marrakech Stadium. First continental title On 7th July 2022, Morocco were awarded the hosting rights of the 2023 U-23 Africa Cup of Nations, marking the return of the U-23 team to the competition for the first time in 12 years.  Their campaign kicked off on a positive note with a hard-fought 2-1 victory against Guinea,  followed by a resounding 5-1 triumph over Ghana, emerging as group winners and securing a place in the semifinals with one game to spare. The selection is limited to players under the age of 23, except during the Olympic Games where up to three overage players is allowed. The team is controlled by the Fédération Royale Marocaine de Football (FRMF). History Morocco's first appearance was in the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. In a group that consisted of three teams following North Korea's withdrawal. They suffered a heavy 0-6 defeat to Hungary - Morocco's all-time heaviest defeat to date -, then lost 1-3 to Yugoslavia and were eliminated. Their second appearance was supposed to be during the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico but Morocco refused to allow its team to play against Israel in Group C due to political issues.  They went on to win the semi-final against Mali and qualify for the 2024 Olympic Games.  They defeated Egypt 2-1 in the final to win their first ever continental title.  The team was congratulated by King Mohammed VI for their achievement.  Results and fixtures Legend Win Draw Lose Voided or Postponed Fixture 2023 Competitive record Olympic Games record Olympic Games Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA Until 1988 See Morocco national football team 1992 Round 1 15 3 0 1 2 8 1996 did not qualify 2000 16 7 2004 10 2008 2012 11 2016 2020 2024 Qualified 2028 to be determined 2032 Total 5/9 12 21 Prior to the Barcelona 1992 campaign, the Football at the Summer Olympics was open to full senior national teams. U-23 Africa Cup of Nations U-23 Africa Cup of Nations Appearances: 2 2011 Runners-up 5 6 2015 2019 2023 Champions 4 2/4 18 UNAF U-23 Tournament UNAF U-23 Tournament Appearances: 3 / 4 2006 - 2007 3rd Place 2010 Postponed Islamic Solidarity Games Football at the Islamic Solidarity Games record Pld GF 2005 Silver Medal 2nd Cancelled 2013 Gold Medal 1st 2017 Group stage 5th 2021 2025 TBD 1 title 4/4 17 Coaching staff Name Head coach Issame Charaï Assistant coach Youssouf Hadji Fahd El Ouarga Goalkeeping coach Laurent Deraedt Fitness coach Grégory Delhomel Video Analyst Damien Januel Technical director Chris Van Puyvelde Players Current squad The following players were called up for the 2023 U-23 Africa Cup of Nations from 24 June to 8 July 2023 in Morocco. INT FRL Morocco U23 vs USA U23: 2023/11/21 Football FootballAnt also offers an intelligent way to watch the match (live digital streaming), keeping an eye on the action, live scores, and other data. With live ... 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