2018 FIFA World Cup: Morocco is the team with most players born outside its borders

2018 FIFA World Cup: Morocco is the team with most players born outside its borders
Morocco national football team

Morocco is the team with the largest group of players born outside the country, according to the International Football Observatory (CIES).

CIES has released a detailed report with an overview of the number of players in each World Cup qualifying team that have been born outside of their country of origin.

According to the report, Morocco is the country with most “foreign” players, with 61.5% of Moroccan squad born outside the country.

French nationality remains the most represented in Morocco’s national team, with players like Benatia, Fajr, Boufal and Belhanda (among others) all born in France. The squad also contains players of Dutch-Moroccan origin, such as Ziyech, Amrabat and Boussoufa. Spain also contributes to the current squad, since Achraf Hakimi was born in Madrid.

Seven countries, including Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Brazil, did not field any player born outside of their national borders.

CIES Football Observatory Monthly Report – December 2017

 

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