Analysis: ' Benatia, professional, and Moroccan-international at heart '

Scoring does our pruning hard man-not often, but when he shoots it right away they have important goals. A comprehensive analysis on the soul of this Moroccan team!

The international career of the captain of the national team is only a fraction of his eventful life as a football player, that's why we first uitgebreiden look back to the emergence of this Center Defender. As a son of a Moroccan father and an Algerian mother grew Medhi Benatia on in Courcouronnes, a village not far from Paris. The currently 53 x Moroccan international could choose for both Morocco, France as Algeria. That Benatia, particularly in his time at AS Roma, has a nose for the goal is not so crazy. The 30-year-old Juventus Defender started as a striker in youth, the first club where he was allowed to show his talents was Clairefontaine. In the youth team of his next team EAG Guingamp saw one of his trainers that he at ball loss was quick to intercept the ball.

Since then Benatia formed into a burly man at the age of 16 when he was picked up by Olympique Marseille also had the opportunity to play for France youth international games U17. This he did with Samir Nasri and Karim Benzema, then also foreign clubs like Chelsea and Manchester United to Benatia gave drew he is not at home, he preferred his youth training at Marseille over an early foreign adventure. He did it so well that he was allowed to make on his 18th officially part of the A-selection of Marseille, however, chose his then trainer sure to him not part of his plans.


Since that might be most crucial moment in his career built Benatia gradually on to end up at one of the biggest teams in the world. After Marseille, he played for Clermont Foot Tours FC, FC Lorient, successively, Udinese and AS Roma and coach Pep Guardiola (after the long-term injury of Javi Martinez) dropped his eye on the then stronghold of AS Roma. Benatia entered the books as the most expensive ever, allegedly transferred international made the Germans about 26 million euros over to Rome.

His employment at ' Der Rekordmeister ' has finally gotten the shine where one not so fervently on was hoping for. Injury was mainly a basic place in the elite of Guardiola in the road. Less than 2 seasons later Juventus offered lodgings, the Italians hired the captain of the national team and stipulated in the rental contract an option to buy. That was lifted in May this year, the amount involved went: 17 million euro. Up at the moment is the exact same obstacle when an absolute breakthrough at the ' old lady ' prevents, so played Benatia after the World Cup qualifier against Gabon hardly for Juventus. Luckily he was just in time to fit with Morocco last Saturday in Abidjan to steal the show.

A quote is significant for the role of Benatia within the national team. During the matches he likes, such as befits a good captain, everyone sharp. In particular the defensive line is partly due to his commitment and coaching not been passed during this World Cup qualifying series. The Moroccan goal got no hit to process, something that has no other country in the world is successful in the group stage of a World Cup qualifier. In the run-up to the African Nations Cup by 2017 one in the 6 matches that got the qualifying counts only one match in the own net. Of course the credits also go to goalkeeper Munir, however, be many balls also conquered on the field. The interceptions, shielding and neutralizing attacks are the tasks for the direct supporters.


Within a team you have a full-Pro needed, someone who by far has come and meet the highest stages of international football has smell and may participate. With Benatia you have such a international in house. It is a player who, how meaningless a poster of the Moroccan national football team may be, almost always at home. Last Saturday he stood at the base of the 0-2 victory over Ivory Coast. Scoring does Benatia not often, in fact, the goal he made in the Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny was only his second as international. The first goal in the colors of the Moroccan national football team he made against a very special opponent for him: the country where his mother was born and raised, Algeria.

Next summer, all selected players their current career crowning or an extra boost with a World Cup participation. Experience shows that when a team somewhat does well, this has its positive impact on the further development of the team. Since we have not been able to see Morocco 20 years on the global final round is just guessing at what impact it can go for this information have internationals. What we do know, and I am convinced, is that Africa is not the right continent football is for this country to flourish. Perhaps we have the talent this summer what we can better showcase and surprise the world go Incha'Allah go! For now it's wait until 1 december, then we know against who we have to align the long us for 3 group matches. But World Cup participation alone is an experience, for both international supporter, to never forget.