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Famous Athletes from Morocco

Updated June 14, 2019 19.8k views384 items

List of famous athletes from Morocco, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Morocco has seen some very talented athletes over the years, many of who have gone on to represent their country in the Olympics. These are some of the best Moroccan athletes of all time, so if you're a native of Morocco and are aspiring to compete in sports professionally then these are people you should look up to. If you're searching for a particular popular athlete from Morocco then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

This list includes Abdelaziz Souleimani, Houcine Anafal and more athletes.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest Moroccan athletes?" and "Which athletes are from Morocco?"

You can click on the names of these legendary athletes of Morocco in order to get more information about each one.
  • 1
    Nawal El Moutawakel
    Nawal El Moutawakel (Amazigh: Nawal Lmutawakkil; Arabic: نوال المتوكل‎; born on April 15, 1962... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Hasna Benhassi
    Hasna Benhassi (Arabic: حسنة بنحسي‎; born 1 June 1978) is a retired Moroccan middle-distance... more on Wikipedia
  • 3
    Bouchra Ghézielle, née Ben Thami (Arabic: بُشرا غزال‎; born 19 May 1979), is a Moroccan-French... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Hicham El Guerrouj
    Hicham El Guerrouj (Arabic: هشام الݣروج, Hishāmu l-Karrūj; Berber: Hicam El Gerruj, ⵀⵉⵛⴰⵎ ⴻⵍ... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Nezha Bidouane
    Nezha Bidouane (Arabic: نزهة بدوان‎; born 18 September 1969 in Rabat) is a retired Moroccan... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Adel Taarabt

    Adel Taarabt

    Tottenham Hotspur F.C.

    BirthplaceFes, Morocco

    NationalityFrance, Morocco

    PositionForward, Midfielder

    Adel Taarabt (Arabic: عادل تاعرابت‎ / Tamaziǧt: Adil Tǎrabt– born 24 May 1989) is a Moroccan... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Jaouad Zairi

    Jaouad Zairi


    BirthplaceTaza, Morocco

    NationalityMorocco, Iraq


    Jaouad Zairi (Arabic: جواد الزايري‎; born 17 April 1982) is a Moroccan footballer who last... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Tarik Elyounoussi

    Tarik Elyounoussi

    Norway national football team

    BirthplaceAl Hoceima, Morocco

    NationalityMorocco, Norway

    PositionWinger, Forward

    Tarik Elyounoussi (Arabic: طارق اليونسي‎ ṭāriq al-yūnusī, IPA: [tˤaːˈrɪq ælˈjuːnusiː]; born 23... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Faouzi Aaish

    Faouzi Aaish


    BirthplaceCasablanca, Morocco



    Faouzi Mubarak Aaish (Arabic: فوزي مبارك عايش‎; born 27 February 1985) is a Bahraini... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Hassan El Fakiri

    BirthplaceTemsaman, Morocco

    NationalityMorocco, Norway

    PositionDefender, Midfielder

    Hassan El Fakiri (Arabic: حسن الفكيري‎, born 18 April 1977) is a Norwegian former professional... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Mimoun Azaouagh

    Mimoun Azaouagh

    1. FSV Mainz 05


    NationalityMorocco, Germany


    Mimoun Azaouagh (born 17 November 1982 in Beni Sidel, Morocco) is a Moroccan-born German... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Nadir Lamyaghri

    Nadir Lamyaghri

    Morocco national football team

    BirthplaceCasablanca, Morocco



    Nadir Lamyaghri (born 13 February 1976) is a Moroccan footballer who played as a goalkeeper... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Asmae Leghzaoui (Arabic: أسماء الغزاوي‎; born August 30, 1976 in Fes) is a Moroccan... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Nadia Lalami

    Nadia Lalami

    Nadia Lalami Laaroussi (born 28 April 1990 in Casablanca) is a Moroccan former tennis... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Just Fontaine
    Just Louis Fontaine (pronounced [ʒyst fɔ̃.tɛn]; born 18 August 1933) is a retired French... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Monsef Zerka

    Monsef Zerka

    AS Nancy

    BirthplaceOrléans, France


    PositionWinger, Forward, Midfielder

    Monsef Zerka (Arabic: منصف زرقا‎, born 30 August 1981 in Orléans) is a French-born Moroccan... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Noureddine Naybet
    Noureddine Naybet (Arabic: نور الدين نيبت‎; born 10 February 1970) is a Moroccan retired... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Saïd Aouita
    Saïd Aouita (Arabic: سعيد عويطة‎; born November 2, 1959) is a former Moroccan track and field... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Jean-Paul Bertrand-Demanes

    Jean-Paul Bertrand-Demanes

    Jean-Paul Bertrand-Demanes (born 13 May 1952) is a former football goalkeeper, who earned... more on Wikipedia
  • 20

    Khalid Chalqi

    Khalid Chalqi (born 28 April 1971) is a French professional football midfielder. Chalqi was... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Larbi Benbarek
    Larbi Benbarek or Larbi Ben Mbarek (Arabic: العربي بن مبارك‎ – also known as the Black Pearl;... more on Wikipedia

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  • 22
    Jamal Fakir

    Jamal Fakir

    Jamal Fakir (born 30 August 1982) is a Moroccan rugby league footballer who plays as a prop or... more on Wikipedia
  • 23

    Mustapha Oussalah

    Mustapha Oussalah (born 19 February 1982) is a Belgian-Moroccan football midfielder who... more on Wikipedia
  • 24

    Abdelhali Chaiat

    De Graafschap



    Abdelhali "Appie" Chaiat (born 15 November 1983 in Saka, Taza Province) is a Dutch-Moroccan... more on Wikipedia
  • 25

    Otmane El Assas


    BirthplaceKhouribga, Morocco



    Otmane El Assas (born 30 January 1979) is a Moroccan footballer who is a midfielder for Qatar... more on Wikipedia