World Cup 2018 FIFA Unveils Official Portraits of the Moroccan Team

Rabat – The Atlas Lions and Hervé Renard are striking a pose (or several). Training aside, the national team players have taken some time to shoot their official portraits for FIFA.Mehdi Benatia VORONEZH, RUSSIA – JUNE 10: Mehdi Benatia of Morocco poses for a portrait during the official FIFA World Cup 2018 portrait session at on June 10, 2018 in Voronezh, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)Mbarek Boussoufa  VORONEZH, RUSSIA – JUNE 10: Mbark Boussoufa of Morocco poses for a portrait during the official FIFA World Cup 2018 portrait session at on June 10, 2018 in Voronezh, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)Mehdi Carcela-Gonzales VORONEZH, RUSSIA – JUNE 10: Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez of Morocco poses for a portrait during the official FIFA World Cup 2018 portrait session at on June 10, 2018 in Voronezh, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)Three days away from the most important football competition of the year, the Atlas Lions, who landed yesterday in Russia, agreed to do a photo series with British sports photographer Dan Mullan in the city of Voronezh, 446 km south of Moscow, where the team’s current training camp is based.Amine Harit VORONEZH, RUSSIA – JUNE 10: Amine Harit of Morocco poses for a portrait during the official FIFA World Cup 2018 portrait session at on June 10, 2018 in Voronezh, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)Nordin Amrabat VORONEZH, RUSSIA – JUNE 10: Nordin Amrabat of Morocco poses for a portrait during the official FIFA World Cup 2018 portrait session at on June 10, 2018 in Voronezh, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)Nabil Dirar VORONEZH, RUSSIA – JUNE 10: Nabil Dirar of Morocco poses for a portrait during the official FIFA World Cup 2018 portrait session at on June 10, 2018 in Voronezh, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)Hamza Mendyl VORONEZH, RUSSIA – JUNE 10: Hamza Mendyl of Morocco poses for a portrait during the official FIFA World Cup 2018 portrait session at on June 10, 2018 in Voronezh, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)In the shots, taken on a green background, Ziyech, Harit, Ahmadi and the others are wearing the white and red official jersey designed by Adidas. The jersey was harshly criticized by Moroccan fans, disappointed by the sportswear brand.Manuel Da Costa VORONEZH, RUSSIA – JUNE 10: Manuel Da Costa of Morocco poses for a portrait during the official FIFA World Cup 2018 portrait session at on June 10, 2018 in Voronezh, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)Hakim Ziyech VORONEZH, RUSSIA – JUNE 10: Hakim Ziyech of Morocco poses for a portrait during the official FIFA World Cup 2018 portrait session at on June 10, 2018 in Voronezh, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)VORONEZH, RUSSIA – JUNE 10: Achraf Hakimi of Morocco poses for a portrait during the official FIFA World Cup 2018 portrait session at on June 10, 2018 in Voronezh, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)After doing solo pictures, Benatia teammates posed side by side with their coach and the staff for the official picture published by FIFA.  Sofyan Amrabat VORONEZH, RUSSIA – JUNE 10: Sofyan Amrabat of Morocco poses for a portrait during the official FIFA World Cup 2018 portrait session at on June 10, 2018 in Voronezh, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)Karim El Ahmadi VORONEZH, RUSSIA – JUNE 10: Karim El Ahmadi of Morocco poses for a portrait during the official FIFA World Cup 2018 portrait session at on June 10, 2018 in Voronezh, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)Faycal Fajr VORONEZH, RUSSIA – JUNE 10: Faycal Fajr of Morocco poses for a portrait during the official FIFA World Cup 2018 portrait session at on June 10, 2018 in Voronezh, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)VORONEZH, RUSSIA – JUNE 10: Romain Saiss of Morocco poses for a portrait during the official FIFA World Cup 2018 portrait session at on June 10, 2018 in Voronezh, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)The national team will leave the training camp in Voronezh to go to Saint Petersburg, where their first match, against the Iran team, will take place on June 15.Youssef Ait Bennasser VORONEZH, RUSSIA – JUNE 10: Youssef Ait Bennasser of Morocco poses for a portrait during the official FIFA World Cup 2018 portrait session at on June 10, 2018 in Voronezh, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)Khalid Boutaib VORONEZH, RUSSIA – JUNE 10: Khalid Boutaib of Morocco poses for a portrait during the official FIFA World Cup 2018 portrait session at on June 10, 2018 in Voronezh, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)Yassine Bounou VORONEZH, RUSSIA – JUNE 10: Yassine Bounou of Morocco poses for a portrait during the official FIFA World Cup 2018 portrait session at on June 10, 2018 in Voronezh, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)Younès Belhanda VORONEZH, RUSSIA – JUNE 10: Younes Belhanda of Morocco poses for a portrait during the official FIFA World Cup 2018 portrait session at on June 10, 2018 in Voronezh, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)Mohand Mohamedi Munir VORONEZH, RUSSIA – JUNE 10: Munir of Morocco poses for a portrait during the official FIFA World Cup 2018 portrait session at on June 10, 2018 in Voronezh, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)After the match against Iran, Morocco, placed in Group B, will meet the Portugal team June 20 at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, and will play Spain on June 25 at the Kaliningrad Stadium.Aziz Bouhaddouz VORONEZH, RUSSIA – JUNE 10: Aziz Bouhaddouz of Morocco poses for a portrait during the official FIFA World Cup 2018 portrait session at on June 10, 2018 in Voronezh, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)Ahmed Reda Tagnaouti VORONEZH, RUSSIA – JUNE 10: Ahmed Reda Tagnaouti of Morocco poses for a portrait during the official FIFA World Cup 2018 portrait session at on June 10, 2018 in Voronezh, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)Yousseff En-NesyriVORONEZH, RUSSIA – JUNE 10: Yousseff En-Nesyri of Morocco poses for a portrait during the official FIFA World Cup 2018 portrait session at on June 10, 2018 in Voronezh, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)VORONEZH, RUSSIA – JUNE 10: Ayoub El Kaabi of Morocco poses for a portrait during the official FIFA World Cup 2018 portrait session at on June 10, 2018 in Voronezh, Russia. (Photo by Dan Mullan – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images) read more

LTTE influenced the west

The Defence Secretary said that some countries had even placed restrictions on the sale of weapons to Sri Lanka and these issues had to be overcome through the skillful building up of diplomatic relationships with key regional allies as well as countries such as China and Russia. During the war the LTTE was able to influence the political leadership of many western states to be critical of the Government’s success on the war front Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa said.Speaking at an event in Galle today, Rajapaksa said that the government had to face the challenge of resisting international pressure to stop the war. “In this regard, ensuring that the problems that led to the conflict in the first place do not arise again is critically important. Keeping some degree of security measures in place is essential. At the same time, the Government was very keen to remove whatever restrictions had to be in place during the war so that the people could feel the benefit of peace as fast as possible,” he said. (Colombo Gazette) “Without doubt, the most important country that had to be managed was India. Because of the political pressures in Tamil Nadu, the Sri Lankan situation has always been a very sensitive one in that country. In 1987, when the LTTE was on the brink of defeat during the Vadamarachchi Operation, India intervened and effectively forced the Government to stop its military campaign. In order to maintain the relationship with India and to prevent any such problem occurring this time around, the President went out of his way to keep New Delhi briefed on developments at all times. In addition, a special bilateral committee was set up at the highest level, including then Senior Presidential Advisor Basil Rajapaksa, Secretary to the President LalithWeeratunga and myself as Defence Secretary from the Sri Lankan side, and former National Security Advisor M. K. Narayan, then Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon and then Defence Secretary Vijay Singh on the Indian side. This troika had continuous discussions and ensured that any sensitive issues were dealt with as soon as they arose,” he said.He also said that in the long term, the primary challenge and responsibility of the Government is to restore stability to Sri Lanka. “I would like to remind the audience of the last minute visits of the Foreign Ministers of the United Kingdom and France, as well as the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General to pressurize the Government to stop the Humanitarian Operation. As a result of its vast international network, its extremely effective propaganda machine, and the large number of expatriate Tamils in many powerful foreign capitals, the LTTE was able to influence the political leadership of many western states to be critical of the Government’s success on the warfront,” he said. read more