2019–20 Botola

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2019–20 Botola
Season2019–20
Dates14 September 2019 – 11 October 2020
ChampionsRaja CA
12th title
RelegatedOC Khouribga
R Beni Mellal
Champions LeagueRaja CA
Wydad AC
Confederation CupRS Berkane
Matches played240
Goals scored524 (2.18 per match)
Top goalscorerBrahim El Bahraoui
(16 goals)
Biggest home winRCA Zemamra 5–0 RS Berkane
(15 January 2020)
Biggest away winOC Khouribga 0–4 Wydad AC
(12 November 2019)
CAY Berrechid 0–4 RC Oued Zem
(29 December 2019)
Highest scoringRC Oued Zem 5–3 IR Tanger
(10 October 2020)
Longest winning run4 matches
DH Jadidi
RS Berkane
AS FAR
Fath US
Longest unbeaten run11 matches
RS Berkane
Longest winless run18 matches
R Beni Mellal
Longest losing run7 matches
R Beni Mellal
All statistics correct as of 11 October 2020.

The 2019–20 Botola, is the 63rd season of the Premier League and the 9th under its new format of Moroccan Pro League, the top Moroccan professional league for association football clubs, since its establishment in 1956.[1]

Wydad Casablanca came into the season as defending champions of the 2018–19 season. Nahdat Zemamra and Raja Beni Mellal entered as the two promoted teams from the 2018–19 Botola 2.

The season started on 14 September 2019, and was scheduled to end on 1 July 2020.[2] However, the season was suspended in March 2020, due to COVID-19 pandemic in Morocco, then resumed in July and ended in 11 October 2020.[3]

Teams[edit]

Stadium and locations[edit]

Locations of the 2019–20 Botola teams
Team Location Stadium Capacity
AS FAR Rabat Stade Moulay Abdellah 65,000
Difaâ El Jadidi El Jadida Stade El Abdi 15,000
Fath Union Sport Rabat Stade Moulay Hassan 12,000
Hassania Agadir Agadir Stade Adrar 45,480
Ittihad Tanger Tanger Stade Ibn Batouta 45,000
Moghreb Tétouan Tétouan Saniat Rmel 15,000
Mouloudia Oujda Oujda Honneur Stadium 35,000
Nahdat Berkane Berkane Stade Municipal 15,000
Nahdat Zemamra Zemamra Stade Municipal 5,000
Olympic Safi Safi Stade El Massira 15,000
Olympique Khouribga Khouribga Complexe OCP 10,000
Raja Beni Mellal Beni Mellal Honneur Stadium 15,000
Raja Casablanca Casablanca Stade Mohamed V 67,000
Rapide Oued Zem Oued Zem Stade Municipal 8,000
Wydad Athletic Club Casablanca Stade Mohamed V 67,000
Youssoufia Berrechid Berrechid Stade Municipal 8,000
Regions of Morocco Number of teams Teams
1 Casablanca-Settat 5 CAY Berrechid, DH Jadidi, Raja CA, RCA Zemamra and Wydad AC
2 Béni Mellal-Khénifra 3 OC Khouribga, R Beni Mellal and RC Oued Zem
3 Tanger-Tetouan-Al Hoceima 2 IR Tanger and MA Tétouan
Oriental MC Oujda and RS Berkane
Rabat-Salé-Kénitra AS FAR and Fath US
6 Marrakech-Safi 1 OC Safi
Souss-Massa HUS Agadir

Personnel and kits[edit]

Teams Managers Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Association sportive des FAR Morocco Abderrahim Talib Joma
Difaâ El Jadidi Morocco Jamal Amanallah Jako innjoo, Radio Mars, TGCC[4]
FUS Rabat Morocco Mustapha El Khalfi Uhlsport Emaar, Novec1, LafargeHolcim2
Hassania Agadir Morocco Mustapha Ouchrif Legea Afriquia, Skoda, Souss-Massa[5]
IR Tanger Spain Juan Pedro Benali Gloria sport Renault, APM Terminals, Tanger-Med, ONDA, STG telecom2, RCI Finance Maroc3
Moghreb Tétouan Morocco Jamal Drideb Bang Sports Halib Titawen, Al Omrane1, Radio Mars2[6]
Mouloudia Oujda Algeria Abdelhak Benchikha Bang Sports[7]
Nahdat Berkane Morocco Tarik Sektioui Bang Sports Souiri, Gold Vision1, Afriquia1
Nahdat Zemamra Morocco Otmane El Assas Bang Sports Itqan, Igaser, Sté. du Sahel et Sahara1, SomaSteel2
OC Khouribga Morocco Abdelaziz Kerkache Bang Sports OCP
Olympic Safi Morocco Abdelhadi Sektioui Bang Sports Fitco
Raja Beni Mellal Morocco Mohamed Madihi Bang Sports
Raja Casablanca Morocco Jamal Sellami Legea Siera, OLA Energy, Nor'Dar, MarsaMaroc1, Atlanta Assurances23[8]
Rapide Oued Zem Tunisia Mounir Chebil Bang Sports Morih
Wydad Casablanca Spain Juan Carlos Garrido Macron Ingelec, Or Blanc1, Hyundai23, Alitkane3[9]
Youssoufia Berrechid Morocco Abderrahim Nejjar Bang Sports Dalaa, Ould Bouazza, Itqan, Tiger1, Samir2
1. ^ On the back of shirt.
2. ^ On the sleeves.
3. ^ On the shorts.
Additionally, referee kits are made by Adidas.

Managerial changes[edit]

Teams Outgoing manager Manner of departure Date of vacancy Incoming manager Date of appointment
Nahdat Zemamra Morocco Mohamed Borji End of contract 5 May 2019 Morocco Youssef Fertout 5 May 2019
AS FAR Spain Carlos Alós Ferrer Contract termination 10 June 2019 Morocco Abderrahim Talib 18 June 2019
Mouloudia Oujda Morocco Abdelaziz Kerkache Contract termination 11 June 2019 Algeria Abdelhak Benchikha 12 June 2019
Ittihad Tanger Morocco Abdelouahed Belqassem Contract termination 26 June 2019 Algeria Nabil Neghiz 26 June 2019
Wydad Casablanca Tunisia Faouzi Benzarti Contract termination 4 July 2019 Serbia Zoran Manojlovic 16 July 2019
Moghreb Tétouan Morocco Tarik Sektioui Sacked 23 July 2019 Spain Ángel Viadero 1 August 2019
Olympic Safi Morocco Hicham Dmii Resigned 29 July 2019 Morocco Mohamed Guisser 31 July 2019
Nahdat Berkane Morocco Mounir Jaouani Sacked 2 September 2019 Morocco Tarik Sektioui 19 September 2019
Rapide Oued Zem Morocco Hassan Benabicha Contract termination 26 October 2019 Tunisia Mounir Chebil 14 November 2019
Ittihad Tanger Algeria Nabil Neghiz Contract termination 26 October 2019 Morocco Abdelouahed Belqassem (interim) 26 October 2019
Raja Casablanca France Patrice Carteron Sacked 11 November 2019 Morocco Jamal Sellami 11 November 2019
Ittihad Tanger Morocco Abdelouahed Belqassem (interim) End of tenure as caretaker 19 November 2019 Morocco Hicham Dmii 19 November 2019
Hassania Agadir Argentina Miguel Ángel Gamondi Sacked 20 November 2019 Morocco Mohamed Fakhir 20 November 2019
Raja Beni Mellal Morocco Mourad Fellah Contract termination 26 November 2019 Morocco Aziz El Amri 30 November 2019
OC Khouribga Morocco Rachid Taoussi Resigned 29 November 2019 Tunisia Ahmad Al-Ajlani 19 December 2019
Nahdat Zemamra Morocco Youssef Fertout Sacked 16 December 2019 Morocco Mohamed Borji (interim) 16 December 2019
Difaâ El Jadidi Morocco Ezzaki Badou Contract termination 23 December 2019 Algeria Abdelkader Amrani 28 December 2019
Youssoufia Berrechid Morocco Said Sediki Contract termination 31 December 2019 Tunisia Ferid Chouchane 3 January 2020
Nahdat Zemamra Morocco Mohamed Borji (interim) End of tenure as caretaker 1 January 2020 Morocco Saïd Chiba 1 January 2020
Raja Beni Mellal Morocco Aziz El Amri Contract termination 10 January 2020 Morocco Mohamed Madihi 10 January 2020
Wydad Casablanca Serbia Zoran Manojlovic Contract termination 13 January 2020 France Sébastien Desabre 21 January 2020
Hassania Agadir Morocco Mohamed Fakhir Sacked 21 January 2020 Morocco Mustapha Ouchrif 31 January 2020
FUS Rabat Morocco Walid Regragui Contract termination 22 January 2020 Morocco Mustapha El Khalfi 22 January 2020
Ittihad Tanger Morocco Hicham Dmii Contract termination 26 January 2020 Spain Juan Pedro Benali 26 January 2020
Wydad Casablanca France Sébastien Desabre Contract termination 25 February 2020 Spain Juan Carlos Garrido 25 February 2020
Moghreb Tétouan Spain Ángel Viadero Sacked 27 February 2020 Morocco Jamal Drideb 28 February 2020
Olympic Safi Morocco Mohamed Guisser Contract termination 3 March 2020 Morocco Abdelhadi Sektioui 7 March 2020
Youssoufia Berrechid Tunisia Ferid Chouchane Resigned 6 March 2020 Morocco Omar Azmani 6 March 2020
Difaâ El Jadidi Algeria Abdelkader Amrani Contract termination 19 May 2020 Morocco Jamal Amanallah 19 May 2020
Youssoufia Berrechid Morocco Omar Azmani Sacked 20 August 2020 Morocco Abderrahim Nejjar 20 August 2020
OC Khouribga Tunisia Ahmad Al-Ajlani Resigned 27 August 2020 Morocco Abdelaziz Kerkache 27 August 2020
Nahdat Zemamra Morocco Saïd Chiba Sacked 22 September 2020 Morocco Otmane El Assas (interim) 23 September 2020

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Raja Casablanca (C, Q) 30 17 9 4 43 23 +20 60 Qualification for Champions League
2 Wydad Casablanca (Q) 30 17 8 5 52 28 +24 59
3 RS Berkane (Q) 30 15 12 3 35 23 +12 57 Qualification for Confederation Cup
4 FUS Rabat 30 13 10 7 39 30 +9 49
5 Mouloudia Oujda 30 12 12 6 35 28 +7 48
6 AS FAR 30 12 9 9 45 34 +11 45
7 Moghreb Tétouan 30 10 10 10 30 27 +3 40
8 Hassania Agadir 30 9 9 12 34 38 −4 36[a]
9 Rapide Oued Zem 30 9 9 12 30 30 0 36[a]
10 Youssoufia Berrechid 30 10 6 14 33 44 −11 36[a]
11 Difaâ El Jadidi 30 8 11 11 26 28 −2 35
12 Nahdat Zemamra 30 8 10 12 40 41 −1 34
13 Olympic Safi 30 6 15 9 25 34 −9 33
14 IR Tanger 30 7 11 12 20 36 −16 32
15 Olympique Khouribga (R) 30 6 10 14 24 38 −14 28 Relegation to Botola 2
16 Raja Beni Mellal (R) 30 1 9 20 13 42 −29 12
Updated to match(es) played on 11 October 2020. Source: frmf.ma
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Head-to-head points; 3) Head-to-head goal difference; 4) Goal difference; 5) Goals scored; 6) Fair-play points; 7) Play-off.
(C) Champion; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated; (R) Relegated.
Notes:
  1. ^ a b c Head-to-head: Hassania Agadir: 8 points, Rapide Oued Zem 5 points, Youssoufia Berrechid 2 points.

Results[edit]

Home \ Away CAYB DHJ FAR FUS HUSA IRT MAT MCO OCK OCS RBM RCA RCAZ RCOZ RSB WAC
CAY Berrechid 1–0 2–4 1–1 3–1 3–0 1–1 1–1 1–0 1–0 2–0 3–2 1–2 0–4 0–0 3–2
DH Jadidi 2–1 1–1 1–2 1–2 1–1 2–0 0–0 1–0 1–1 1–0 0–0 2–1 1–1 0–0 0–1
AS FAR 0–1 1–3 1–2 1–1 4–1 2–1 1–1 1–1 0–0 1–0 1–0 5–2 2–0 0–1 1–1
Fath US 1–0 2–1 2–4 1–0 1–0 1–0 2–1 1–0 5–2 1–1 0–1 1–1 3–1 1–1 1–2
HUS Agadir 2–0 2–1 2–1 2–1 2–1 1–1 0–1 1–2 2–2 1–0 0–2 1–1 0–1 0–1 1–1
IR Tanger 2–0 0–0 1–1 2–1 0–0 1–0 0–0 1–1 1–2 1–0 1–4 0–0 0–0 1–1 0–2
MA Tétouan 2–0 2–1 2–0 1–0 1–2 0–0 4–0 2–1 1–1 0–0 0–0 1–0 1–0 0–0 1–1
MC Oujda 3–1 1–1 0–2 2–1 2–1 1–0 1–0 3–0 1–0 1–1 2–2 2–1 1–0 0–1 1–1
OC Khouribga 4–1 1–0 0–1 1–1 0–0 0–1 2–2 1–4 1–1 1–0 1–2 1–0 0–0 0–1 0–4
OC Safi 1–0 1–0 1–1 0–0 2–0 0–0 0–0 2–2 1–1 1–0 0–0 1–3 1–0 0–1 1–2
R Beni Mellal 0–2 0–0 0–3 2–2 1–3 0–1 0–2 1–2 0–0 0–0 1–2 2–2 1–0 0–1 1–2
Raja CA 2–0 3–1 2–1 0–2 2–1 0–1 1–0 1–1 2–1 2–0 2–0 3–1 1–0 2–2 1–0
RCA Zemamra 3–2 1–2 1–2 1–1 2–2 1–0 1–2 1–0 0–0 1–1 1–1 1–2 2–0 5–0 1–2
RC Oued Zem 0–0 1–0 2–2 0–0 2–1 5–3 2–1 0–0 0–1 3–1 3–1 0–0 2–1 0–0 1–2
RS Berkane 1–1 1–1 2–1 0–1 1–1 2–0 4–1 1–0 3–1 1–1 1–0 2–2 1–2 2–1 2–1
Wydad AC 3–1 0–1 1–0 1–1 3–2 4–0 2–1 1–1 3–2 4–1 3–0 0–0 1–1 2–1 0–1
Updated to match(es) played on 11 October 2020. Source: Goalzz
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For upcoming matches, an "a" indicates there is an article about the rivalry between the two participants.

Season statistics[edit]

Top goalscorers[edit]

As of 11 October 2020[10]
Rank Player Club Goals
1 Morocco Brahim El Bahraoui RC Oued Zem 16
2 Morocco Noah Sadaoui MC Oujda 12
Morocco Karim El Berkaoui HUS Agadir
4 Ivory Coast Joseph Guédé Gnadou AS FAR 10
Morocco Soufiane Rahimi Raja CA
Morocco Reda Hajhouj OC Khouribga
Morocco Mohamed Aziz RS Berkane
Morocco Abdessamad El Mobarky RCA Zemamra
9 Morocco Hamid Ahaddad Raja CA 9
Cameroon Jean Joseph Kombous Fath US

Top assists[edit]

As of 11 October 2020
Rank Player Club Assists
1 Morocco Abdessamad El Mobarky RCA Zemamra 9
2 Morocco Mouhcine Moutouali Raja CA 8
Mali Abdoulaye Diarra RC Oued Zem
4 Morocco Abdelkhalek Ait Ourehbi CAY Berrechid 7
5 Morocco Younes Houassi 6
Morocco Reda Jaadi Fath US
Morocco Omar Jerrari AS FAR
Morocco Omar Nemsaoui RS Berkane
9 Morocco Imad Errahouli AS FAR 5
Morocco Mehdi Oubila HUS Agadir
Morocco Adam Ennafati MC Oujda
Spain Martín Bengoa MA Tétouan
Morocco Badie Aouk Wydad A
Morocco Soufiane Rahimi Raja CA

Hat-tricks[edit]

Player For Against Result Date Round
Morocco Ismail Khafi MC Oujda OC Khouribga 4–1 (A) 29 November 2019 8
Morocco Reda Hajhouj OC Khouribga CAY Berrechid 4–1 (H) 21 December 2019 10
Morocco Mohamed Aziz RS Berkane OC Khouribga 3–1 (H) 2 January 2020 9
Morocco Brahim El Bahraoui4 RC Oued Zem IR Tanger 5–3 (H) 10 October 2020 30

(H) – Home ; (A) – Away
4 – Player scored four goals.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  9. ^ "Wydad Athletic Club". www.wac.ma. Retrieved 2019-08-22.
  10. ^ "Moroccan Pro League 2019/2020:Scorers". goalzz.

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