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The Morocco national football team, nicknamed "the Atlas Lions", represents Morocco in men's international football competitions. It is controlled by the Royal Moroccan Football Federation, also known as FRMF. The team's colours are red and green. The team is a member of both FIFA and the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

Internationally, Morocco won the 1976 African Cup of Nations, two African Nations Championships and FIFA Arab Cup once. They have participated in the FIFA World Cup six times. Their best result came in 1986, when they were the first and the only African national team to finish top of a group at the FIFA World Cup. In that 1986 FIFA World Cup Group F, Morocco finished ahead of England, Portugal and Poland after holding both Poland and England to goalless draws, and beating Portugal 3–1. Thus they became the first African national football team, and only the second national football teams from outside Europe and the Americas (after North Korea in 1966 World Cup), to reach the second round at the World Cup. In the subsequent round of 16 knockout, they narrowly lost to eventual runners-up West Germany 1–0.

The traditional rivals of Morocco are mainly Algeria, Tunisia and Egypt. Morocco has also had very competitive matches against Gabon and Ivory Coast, due to their frequent meetings in recent years. Morocco has many talented players born in Europe and active in the top European leagues (Premier League, LaLiga, Serie A, Bundesliga, Ligue 1 and Eredivisie, and is considered one of the best teams in African football history.