Morocco (opens in a new tab) have more than enough talent in their ranks to get anyone in trouble at the World Cup.
As it stands, they are ranked 22nd in the world, higher than any African nation other than Senegal. (opens in a new tab)who were crowned continental champions in January.
Morocco won their group and beat Malawi to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations, where they lost to Egypt (opens in a new tab) in overtime.
A few months later, they secured their place at the World Cup by beating DR Congo 5-2 on aggregate.
This will be Morocco’s sixth appearance at the tournament and they will be looking to progress through the group stage for the first time since 1986.
They performed poorly in Russia four years ago, picking up just one point in their last game against Spain. (opens in a new tab).
Former defender Walid Regragui, who earned 45 caps for the Atlas Lions as a player, will be in charge after replacing Vahid Halilhodžić in August.
This is the third time the Bosnian coach has been sacked after leading his team to the World Cup, having suffered the same fate with Ivory Coast and Japan.
Doubts have long surrounded his future given his strained relationship with Hakim Ziyech, one of Morocco’s star players.
In addition to Chelsea (opens in a new tab) midfielder, Regragui also has Paris Saint-Germain (opens in a new tab)of Achraf Hakimi and Seville (opens in a new tab) duo Bono and Youssef En-Nesyri who to call on.
Old Southampton (opens in a new tab) winger Sofiane Boufal is a mercurial presence capable of sublime moments of victory in his day.
With a perfect record from his three attempts, the 29-year-old will likely be in charge of the penalty shootout for Morocco at the World Cup.
They are ready to face Canada (opens in a new tab)Belgium (opens in a new tab) and Croatia (opens in a new tab) in the group stage, with the top two teams advancing to the round of 16.