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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.

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Nawal El Moutawakel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Athletes from Morocco
Nawal El Moutawakel is a former Moroccan hurdler, who won the inaugural women's 400 metres hurdles event at the 1984 Summer Olympics, thereby becoming the first female Muslim born on the ...more

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Hasna Benhassi is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Athletes from Morocco
Hasna Benhassi is a Moroccan middle-distance runner. She first came to international prominence at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, winning a surprise silver medal behind Kelly ...more

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Bouchra Ghezielle is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Athletes from Morocco
Bouchra Ghézielle, née Ben Thami is a Moroccan-French track and field athlete, now competing for France. She competes mainly on the 1500 m distance but also on 800 m and 3000 m ...more

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Hicham El Guerrouj is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Athletes from Morocco
Hicham El Guerrouj is a Moroccan former middle distance runner. He is the current holder of the 1500 metres, mile and outdoor 2000 metres world records, as well as a double Olympic gold ...more

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Nezha Bidouane is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Athletes from Morocco
Nezha Bidouane is a retired Moroccan track and field hurdler who specialised in the 400 metres hurdles. She won the 400 m hurdles gold medal at the 1997 World Championships in Athens. In 1999 ...more

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Adel Taarabt is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Athletes from Morocco
Tottenham Hotspur F.C. Adel Taarabt is a Moroccan professional footballer who plays for Queens Park Rangers as an attacking midfielder and can also be used as a winger. He began his playing career in France at Lens ...more

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Jaouad Zairi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Athletes from Morocco
Olympiacos Jaouad Zairi is a Moroccan footballer currently playing for Monts d'Or Azergues Foot in the Championnat de France amateur.

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Tarik Elyounoussi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Athletes from Morocco
Norway national football team Tarik Elyounoussi is a Norwegian footballer who plays for German Bundesliga club 1899 Hoffenheim, as a forward or winger.

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Faouzi Aaish is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Athletes from Morocco
Al-Siliya Faouzi Mubarak Aaish is a Bahraini professional football player who plays for Al-Sailiya and the Bahrain national football team.

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Hassan El Fakiri is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Athletes from Morocco
S.K. Brann Hassan El Fakiri is a former Norwegian professional footballer, and the current head coach of 3. Divisjon club Os TF. His last playing spell was for SK Brann.

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Mimoun Azaouagh is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Athletes from Morocco
1. FSV Mainz 05 Mimoun Azaouagh is a Moroccan-born German footballer, who is currently a free agent.

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Nadir Lamyaghri is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Athletes from Morocco
Morocco national football team Nadir Lamyaghri is a Moroccan footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Wydad Casablanca.

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Asmae Leghzaoui is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Athletes from Morocco
Asmae Leghzaoui is a Moroccan athletics middle distance runner. She is a two-time Olympian for Morocco. In 1999, Leghzaoui made a running breakthrough by improving her 3000 metres personal best ...more

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Nadia Lalami is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Athletes from Morocco
Nadia Lalami Nadia Lalami Laaroussi is a Moroccan tennis player. Lalami has won two singles and two doubles titles on the ITF tour in her career. On 19 September 2011, she reached her best singles ranking of ...more

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Just Fontaine is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Athletes from Morocco
Just "Justo" Fontaine is a retired French football player best known for being the record holder for most goals scored in a single edition of the FIFA World Cup, with 13 in 1958. In ...more

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Monsef Zerka is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Athletes from Morocco
Monsef Zerka AS Nancy Monsef Zerka is a French-born Moroccan professional footballer. He originally played as a striker, but throughout his career he has also played as a fullback and as a midfielder. He is currently ...more

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Noureddine Naybet is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Athletes from Morocco
Noureddine Naybet is a retired Moroccan international football player and captain. His position was central defender. Naybet played a record 115 matches for the Morocco national football team ...more

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Saïd Aouita is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Athletes from Morocco
Saïd Aouita is a former Moroccan track and field athlete. He won the 5000 meters at the 1984 Summer Olympics and the 1987 World Championships in Athletics, as well as the 3000 meters at the ...more

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Jean-Paul Bertrand-Demanes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Athletes from Morocco
Jean-Paul Bertrand-Demanes Jean-Paul Bertrand-Demanes is a former football goalkeeper from France, who earned eleven international caps for the French national team during the 1970s and was part of the French team in the ...more

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Khalid Chalqi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Athletes from Morocco
Khalid Chalqi Khalid Chalqi is a French professional football midfielder. Chalqi was born in Oujda, Morocco and played for Aubervillers, Olympique Noisy-le-Sec, Vincennes and Le Havre before joining ...more

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Larbi Benbarek is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Athletes from Morocco
Larbi Benbarek or Larbi Ben Mbarek was a Moroccan football player recognized as the first successful African player in Europe. He was the first player to bear the nickname of Black Pearl. Larbi ...more

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Jamal Fakir is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Athletes from Morocco
Jamal Fakir Jamal Fakir is a Moroccan-Frenchrugby league player for the Bradford Bulls club in the European Super League competition. A fiery, strong-running second-rower. Fakir caught the attention of ...more

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Mustapha Oussalah is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Athletes from Morocco
Mustapha Oussalah Mustapha Oussalah is a Belgian-Moroccan football midfielder who currently plays for Gent in the Belgian Pro League.

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Abdelhali Chaiat is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Athletes from Morocco
De Graafschap Abdelhali "Appie" Chaiat is a Moroccan footballer who last played for Dutch second division side AGOVV Apeldoorn as a striker.

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Otmane El Assas is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Athletes from Morocco
Al-Gharrafa Otmane El Assas is a Moroccan footballer who is a midfielder for Qatar Stars League outfit Umm Salal on loan from Al Gharrafa. He was part of the Moroccan 2004 Olympic football team, who exited ...more

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Mariem Alaoui Selsouli is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Athletes from Morocco
Mariem Alaoui Selsouli Mariem Alaoui Selsouli is a Moroccan middle- and long-distance runner. She was born in Marrakech. At the 2009 World Athletics Final in Berlin, Selsouli withdrew from the 1500m final after ...more

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Samir Azzimani is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Athletes from Morocco
Bojan Kosić (born on December 14, 1990) is an Olympic Alpine Skier.

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Jaouad Gharib is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Athletes from Morocco
Jaouad Gharib is a Moroccan long-distance runner who competes in the marathon. Winner of the 2003 World Championships and 2005 World Championships over the distance, he is also notable because ...more

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Amin Erbati is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Athletes from Morocco
Olympique de Marseille Elamine Erbate is a Moroccan footballer. He currently plays as a defender. He was part of the Moroccan 2004 Olympic football team, who exited in the first round, finishing third in group D, ...more

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Mehdi Carcela-González is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Athletes from Morocco
Mehdi Carcela-González FC Anzhi Makhachkala Mehdi Carcela-González is a Moroccan footballer born in Belgium to a Moroccan mother and a Spanish father, currently playing for the Belgian club Standard Liège.

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Farid Talhaoui is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Athletes from Morocco
Wydad Casablanca Farid Talhaoui is a Moroccan football player who is playing for Olympique Khouribga.

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Youssef Safri is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Athletes from Morocco
Qatar Sports Club Youssef Safri is a Moroccan former footballer who currently is an assistant coach for Raja Casablanca.

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Abdeslam Ouaddou is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Athletes from Morocco
AS Nancy Abdeslam Ouaddou is a Moroccan footballer. He last played for AS Nancy-Lorraine as a central defender or defensive midfielder.

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Badr El Kaddouri is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Athletes from Morocco
FC Dynamo Kyiv Badr El Kaddouri is a Moroccan footballer, who played for Ukrainian Premier League side Dynamo Kyiv and currently a free agent. He is also a Moroccan international. El Kaddouri is a left back ...more

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Zahra Ouaziz is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Athletes from Morocco
Zahra Ouaziz Zahra Ouaziz is a retired Moroccan long-distance runner. She was the African record holder at 3000 metres and 5000 metres.

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Merouane Zemmama is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Athletes from Morocco
Al Shaab Club Merouane Zemmama, Arabic: مروان زمامة‎, in Salé is a Moroccan footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder. Zemmama represented Morocco at the 2004 Summer Olympics and was first capped ...more

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Zhor El Kamch is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Athletes from Morocco
Zhor El Kamch Zhor El Kamch is a Moroccan female long-distance runner who competes in distance from 3000 metres up to the marathon. She represented her country at the 2000 Summer Olympics.

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Salaheddine Bassir is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Athletes from Morocco
Salaheddine Bassir is a former Moroccan football player. He played for a few clubs, including Raja Casablanca, Al-Hilal and Deportivo La Coruña in Spain. He then played for OSC Lille and ...more

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Amina Aït Hammou is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Athletes from Morocco
Amina Aït Hammou Amina Aït Hammou is a Moroccan runner who specializes in the 800 metres. Her personal best time is 1:57.82 minutes, achieved in July 2003 in Rome. She received a year-long ban from ...more

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Youssef El-Arabi is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Athletes from Morocco
Youssef El-Arabi Morocco national football team Youssef El-Arabi is a Moroccan footballer who plays for Spanish club Granada CF as a striker.

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Fatima El Allami is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Athletes from Morocco
Fatima-Zahra El Allami is a Moroccan professional tennis player. On 1 November 2010 she reached her highest singles ranking of world number 433.

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Rachid Azzouzi is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Athletes from Morocco
Rachid Azzouzi MSV Duisburg Rachid Azzouzi is a Moroccan footballer. He played for several clubs, including MSV Duisburg, Fortuna Köln and Greuther Fürth, all in Germany. He played for the Morocco national ...more

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Lina Bennani is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Athletes from Morocco

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Mehdi Ballouchy is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Athletes from Morocco
Colorado Rapids Mehdi Ballouchy is a Moroccan footballer who currently plays for the New York City FC in Major League Soccer.

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Bouchra Chaâbi is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Athletes from Morocco
Bouchra Chaâbi Bouchra Chaabi is a Moroccan long-distance runner who specializes in the 3000 metres steeplechase. She made her Olympic debut at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, running in the 10,000 metres. That year ...more

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Mustafa Merry is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Athletes from Morocco
Mustafa Merry, also spelled Mustapha Merry is a Moroccan former professional football player. He spent his most of his professional career in France and was also part of the Moroccan squad at ...more

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Zakaria Labyad is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Athletes from Morocco
Zakaria Labyad PSV Eindhoven Zakaria Labyad is a Dutch-Moroccan footballer playing for Eredivisie side Vitesse, on loan from Sporting Clube de Portugal, as an attacking midfielder in the Portuguese Primeira Liga. The player ...more

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Abdalaati Iguider is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Athletes from Morocco
Abdalaati Iguider is a Moroccan runner who specializes in the 1500 metres. Over 1500 metres, he is the bronze medalist from the London Olympic Games and the 2012 World Indoor Champion.

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Salaheddine Aqqal is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Athletes from Morocco
Salaheddine Aqqal is a Moroccan football midfielder. He currently plays in Morocco for raja Casablanca. Aqqal played for the Moroccan team in the Under-20 African Nations Cup in 2003. In 2004 he ...more

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Ahmed Ajeddou is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Athletes from Morocco
Ahmed Ajeddou Al-Ahly Ahmed Ajeddou is a Moroccan football midfielder. He currently plays for FAR Rabat in Morocco. Ajeddou played for FAR in the 2007 CAF Champions League group stages. Ajeddou became the most ...more