Vahid Halilhodzic Takes Over in Morocco

August 19, 2019 by

Coach Vahid Halilhodzic, former Algeria, Ivory Coast and Japanese captain, has taken over as Morocco’s new boss. A three-year agreement has been awarded to the Bosnian, who left French side FC Nantes previously this month. The Football Federation of Morocco said its goals included bringing Morocco to the 2022 World Cup and the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals. He replaces Herve Renard, who left three years after he took the national squad to Russia in 2018.

The Frenchman has now taken over the domestic team of Saudi Arabia. In 2019, Morocco had a deceptive Africa Cup of Nations, running out in the last 16, but their worldwide rating under Renard increased from 81 to 41. Halilhodzic has many years of expertise in international affairs. Talking about his new role, the coach told reporters at a news conference announcing his arrival that it would be the fourth time that he will be trying to take a team all the way to the beginning of a World Cup tournament.

He managed to take Algeria in 2014 to the last 16 of the contest in Brazil, where in the last semi finals they lost their games only on penalties to Germany, who were ultimately the winners of the event. For 2010, Ivory Coast and Japan both qualified under his charge for the global showpiece in 2018 but he lost the jobs just before the start of the finals. Halilhodzic has also prior knowledge operating in Morocco, taking Raja Casablanca

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