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Wydad Athletic Club
Wydad.gif
Full name Wydad de Casablanca
Nickname(s) Wydad Nation[citation needed], Wydad Al Oumma وداد الأمة
Founded 8 May 1937
Ground Stade Mohamed V,
Casablanca, Morocco
(Capacity: 67,000[1])
Chairman Morocco Abdelillah Akram
Head Coach Morocco Badou Zaki
League Botola
2008-2009 4th
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

Wydad Athletic Club (WAC) (Arabic: نادي الوداد الرياضي‎) is a Moroccan athletics club based in Casablanca, Morocco, best known for its football team.

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History

The swimming section was the first section of the Wydad Athletic Club "WAC" to be created and this was on May 8, 1937 . The members of the first management committee of Wydad were Haj Mohamed Benjelloun (President), Maitre Mohamed Zarouk, Mohamed Ben Lahsan, Haj Mohamed Ben Mohamed Ben Lahsan Benjelloun, Ralph Botbol and Charles Benchetrit.

Other sections were created for the club as time went by, like the tennis in 1938 and football in 1939, section which Haj Tounsi alias Père Jégo created, to reach today 14 sections including Basketball, Handball, Boxing, Wrestling, Cycling, Badminton, Track and field, Waterpolo, Hockey...

Several versions circulate according to the origin of the naming of the club. In Arabic, Wydad means Love. Each historian brings his explanation. But that brought back by Ahmed Lahrizi in his book on Wydad volume 1, is the most widespread and the most plausible. According to the book, during the frequent meetings which intervened before the creation of the club, one of the founder members arrived late, the reason was that he watched the latest film of the actress and Egyptian singer legend Oum Kaltoum, whose title is "Wydad". Thus came the idea to the founders to give the name to the club. In Summer 2009 was member of the Zayton-Cup 2009 in Wattenscheid, who played against Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Al Ahly and Galatasaray[2].

Honours

  • Botola (16)
    • Champion : 16 championship 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1954, 1957, 1966, 1969, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1993 & 2006
    • Runner-up : 1958, 1959, 1972, 1980, 1982, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2002
  • Moroccan Cup (9)
    • Winner : 1970, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1989, 1994, 1997, 1998, 2001
    • Runner-up : 1957, 1958, 1961, 1964, 2003, 2004
  • Mohamed V Cup (1)
    • Winner : 1979

Performance in CAF competitions

2007 - Second Round
1987: Second Round
1991: Quarter-Final
1992: Champion
1993: Second Round
1994: Second Round
2004 - Intermediate Round
2007 - Intermediate Round
1999 - Finalist
2000 - Second Round
2001 - Quarter-Final
1998 - Semi-Final
2002 - Champion
2003 - Semi-Final

Current squad

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Morocco GK Nadir Lamyaghri
2 Morocco MF Ayoub Skouma
3 Morocco DF Mourad Elmsen
4 Morocco DF Youssef Tourabi
5 Senegal DF Mahamadou Ndiaye
6 Morocco DF Mourad Rafai
7 Morocco MF Faouzi Abdelghni
8 Morocco MF Khalid Lebhij
9 Morocco FW Farid El Allagui
10 Morocco MF Ahmed Ajeddou
11 Mali MF Boubakar Coulibaly
12 Morocco GK Karim Fegrouch
13 Morocco MF Abdelhaq Ait Laarif
14 Morocco FW Mustapha Bidoudane
15 Morocco DF Hicham Louissi
No. Position Player
16 Morocco MF Houcine Zaidoune
17 Morocco DF Said Zaidi
18 Morocco FW Abdelghani Mouaoui
19 Morocco DF Ahmed Alami Elouali
20 Morocco MF Tarik Ajouadi
21 Republic of the Congo FW Lys Mouithys
22 Morocco GK Mohamed El Baz
23 Morocco DF Abderrahim Ibn Kajjane
24 Morocco MF Mohammed Berrabeh
25 Morocco FW Farid Talhaoui
26 Morocco DF Mohamed Barakat
27 Benin MF Pascal Angan
28 Morocco FW Mohamed Armoumen
29 Morocco GK Rafik Maatouf
30 Morocco DF Khalid Sekkat
31 Morocco FW Farid Allagui

Notable players

Argentina
  • Claudio Daniel Ortiz
Burkina Faso
  • Moussa Kabore
Côte d'Ivoire
Cameroon
  • Jeremie Njock
Mali
Morocco
Senegal

References

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