Botola
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Organising bodyRoyal Moroccan Football Federation
Founded1956; 66 years ago (1956)
CountryMorocco
ConfederationCAF
Number of teams16
Level on pyramid1
Relegation toBotola 2
Domestic cup(s)Moroccan Throne Cup
Moroccan Super Cup
International cup(s)CAF Champions League
CAF Confederation Cup
Current championsWydad AC (21st title)
(2021–22)
Most championshipsWydad AC (21 titles)
TV partnersAl Aoula, Arryadiya
Current: 2021–22 Botola

The Botola Pro (Arabic: البطولة الاحترافية, romanizedal-buṭūla l-iḥtirāfiyya), is a Moroccan professional league for men's association football clubs. At the top of the Moroccan football league system, it is the country's primary football competition.

The Botola Pro is a corporation in which the 16 member clubs act as shareholders, Seasons run from August to May, with teams playing 30 matches each (playing each team in the league twice, home and away) totalling 240 matches in the season. Most games are played in the afternoons of Saturdays and Sundays, the other games during weekday evenings. It is sponsored by Inwi[1] and thus known as the Botola Pro Inwi. From 2015 to 2019, the league was called Botola Maroc Telecom for sponsorship reasons.

The competition formed as the FRFM on 20 February 1992 following the decision of clubs in the Botola Pro to break away from the UNAF, which had been founded in 1911, and take advantage of a lucrative television rights deal. This deal is worth 55 million MAD a year domestically as of 2015–16, with Arryadia securing the domestic rights to broadcast games respectively. The league generates 123 million MAD per year in domestic and international television rights.

The current champions are Wydad AC who won the title in 2020–21 season.[2]

History

Botola trophy
Botola trophy

The first edition of the Moroccan Football League under the Royal Moroccan Football Federation took place in 1956–57, soon after Morocco became an independent country.

Competition

Each year 16 teams compete for the championship. The two lowest-placed teams are relegated to Botola Elite 2 and the top two teams from Botola Elite 2 are promoted in their place to Botola Pro.

Champion and runner-up participate in the African Champions League. The third-place team and Coupe du Trône winner qualify to participate in the African Confederation Cup.

Sponsorship

Since 2020, inwi has been the official sponsor of the Botola for a 15 million dirham per year contract.

Broadcasting rights

In September 2007, the SNRT Group (Al Aoula, 2M TV and Arryadia) paid 225 million dirhams for the rights to broadcast the following three seasons of the Botola.[3]

Throughout the week, every game played in the Botola is broadcast live by at least one TV channel.

BeIN Sports network also broadcasts a few matches every week.

Clubs

The most popular Moroccan clubs are Wydad Casablanca, AS FAR, and Raja Casablanca. Other historically established sides include CODM Meknes, KAC Kenitra, Maghreb Fès, Moghreb Tétouan, Fath Rabat, Kawkab Marrakech, Hassania Agadir, and Ittihad Tanger


Qualification for African competitions

Association ranking for 2021–22 CAF competitions

Association ranking for 2021–22 CAF Champions League and 2021–22 CAF Confederation Cup will be based on results from each CAF tournament (Champions League and Confederation Cup) from 2017 to 2020–21.

Legend
Rank Association 2017
(× 1)
2018
(× 3)
2018–19
(× 3)
2019–20
(× 4)
2020–21
(× 5)
Total
2021 2020 Mvt CL CC CL CC CL CC CL CC CL CC
1 1 0  Morocco 6 3 5 7 5 7 8 8 4 6 183
2 2 0  Egypt 7 0.5 5 3 4 5 11 6 8 3 173.5
3 3 0  Tunisia 7 5 9 0 8 6 6 0 4 3 131
4 5 1 +1  Algeria 4 2 5 2 5 1 3 1 6 5 109
5 6 1 +1  South Africa 3 4.5 2 0 6 0 3 0.5 8 2 93.5
6 4 -2 –2  DR Congo 1 5 3 4 5 0 4 1 4 0 75
7 9 2 +2  Guinea 0 1 3 0 3 0 0 3 2 0 38
8 8 0  Nigeria 0 0.5 0 3 2 1 0 3 0 2 37.5
9 7 -2 –2  Zambia 2 2 2 0 0 2.5 1 2 0 1.5 35
10 10 0  Angola 0 1 4 0 0 0.5 4 0 1 0 31.5

Stadiums

Current stadiums

Casablanca Rabat Agadir Tanger
Stade Mohamed V Stade Moulay Abdellah Stade Adrar Stade de Tanger
Capacity: 67,000 Capacity: 53,000 Capacity: 45,000 Capacity: 45,000
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Complexe Sportif Prince Moulay Abdellah.jpg
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Stade Ibn Batuta, Tanger.jpg
Fes Oujda El Jadida Tétouan
Fez Stadium Honneur Stadium Stade El Abdi Stade Saniat Rmel
Capacity: 45,000 Capacity: 35,000 Capacity: 15,000 Capacity: 15,000
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Safi Berkane Rabat Berrechid
Stade El Massira Stade Municipal de Berkane Stade Moulay Hassan Stade Municipal de Berrechid
Capacity: 15,000 Capacity: 15,000 Capacity: 12,000 Capacity: 10,000
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Other stadiums

Marrakech El Aaiún Meknes Kénitra
Stade de Marrakech Stade Cheikh Laaghdef Stade d'Honneur Stade Municipal de Kénitra
Capacity: 45,000 Capacity: 30,000 Capacity: 20,000 Capacity: 15,000
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Stade Muncipal (Kenitra).jpg
Al Hoceima Khouribga
Stade Mimoun Al Arsi Complexe OCP
Capacity: 12,000 Capacity: 10,000
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List of champions

Season Champion Runner-up
1956–57 Wydad AC Kawkab Marrakech
1957–58 Kawkab Marrakech Wydad AC
1958–59 Étoile de Casablanca Wydad AC
1959–60 KAC Kenitra AS FAR
1960–61 AS FAR Maghreb Fez
1961–62 AS FAR Racing de Casablanca
1962–63 AS FAR Kawkab Marrakech
1963–64 AS FAR Stade Marocain
1964–65 Maghreb Fez Racing de Casablanca
1965–66 Wydad AC Raja CA
1966–67 AS FAR Renaissance de Settat
1967–68 AS FAR Renaissance de Settat
1968–69 Wydad AC Maghreb Fez
1969–70 AS FAR Union Sidi Kacem
1970–71 Renaissance de Settat AS FAR
1971–72 Racing de Casablanca Wydad AC
1972–73 KAC Kenitra FUS Rabat
1973–74 Raja de Beni Mellal Raja CA
1974–75 Mouloudia Oujda Maghreb Fez
1975–76 Wydad AC Difaa El Jadida
1976–77 Wydad AC Mouloudia Oujda
1977–78 Wydad AC Maghreb Fez
1978–79 Maghreb Fez KAC Kenitra
1979–80 Chabab Mohammédia Wydad AC
1980–81 KAC Kenitra FUS Rabat
1981–82 KAC Kenitra Wydad AC
1982–83 Maghreb Fez Renaissance de Berkane
1983–84 AS FAR Olympique Khouribga
1984–85 Maghreb Fez KAC Kenitra
1985–86 Wydad AC Raja CA
1986–87 AS FAR Kawkab Marrakech
1987–88 Raja CA Kawkab Marrakech
1988–89 AS FAR Maghreb Fez
1989–90 Wydad AC IR Tanger
1990–91 Wydad AC AS FAR
1991–92 Kawkab Marrakech Raja CA
1992–93 Wydad AC Raja CA
1993–94 Olympique de Casablanca Wydad AC
1994–95 CODM de Meknès Olympique de Casablanca
1995–96 Raja CA Olympique Khouribga
1996–97 Raja CA Wydad AC
1997–98 Raja CA Kawkab Marrakech
1998–99 Raja CA Kawkab Marrakech
1999–00 Raja CA Wydad AC
2000–01 Raja CA FUS Rabat
2001–02 Hassania Agadir Wydad AC
2002–03 Hassania Agadir Raja CA
2003–04 Raja CA AS FAR
2004–05 AS FAR Raja CA
2005–06 Wydad AC AS FAR
2006–07 Olympique Khouribga AS FAR
2007–08 AS FAR IZK Khemisset
2008–09 Raja CA Difaa El Jadida
2009–10 Wydad AC Raja CA
2010–11 Raja CA Maghreb Fez
2011–12 Moghreb Tétouan FUS Rabat
2012–13 Raja CA AS FAR
2013–14 Moghreb Tétouan Raja CA
2014–15 Wydad AC Olympique Khouribga
2015–16 FUS Rabat Wydad AC
2016–17 Wydad AC Difaa El Jadida
2017–18 IR Tanger Wydad AC
2018–19 Wydad AC Raja CA
2019–20 Raja CA Wydad AC
2020–21 Wydad AC Raja CA

Performances

Performance by club

Club Winners Runners-up Winning Seasons
Wydad AC
21
12
1956–57, 1965–66, 1968–69, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1985–86, 1989–90, 1990–91, 1992–93, 2005–06, 2009–10, 2014–15, 2016–17, 2018–19, 2020-21
Raja CA
12
10
1987–88, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2003–04, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2012–13, 2019-20
ASFAR
12
7
1960–61, 1961–62, 1962–63, 1963–64, 1966–67, 1967–68, 1969–70, 1983–84, 1986–87, 1988–89, 2004–05, 2007–08
Maghreb Fez
4
7
1964–65, 1978–79, 1982–83, 1984–85
KAC Kenitra
4
2
1959–60, 1972–73, 1980–81, 1981–82
Kawkab Marrakech
2
6
1957–58, 1991–92
Hassania Agadir
2
1
2001–02, 2002–03
Moghreb Tétouan
2
2011–12, 2013–14
FUS Rabat
1
5
2015–16
Olympique Khouribga
1
3
2006–07
Racing de Casablanca
1
2
1971–72
Renaissance de Settat
1
2
1970–71
IR Tanger
1
1
2017–18
Olympique de Casablanca
1
1
1993–94
Mouloudia Oujda
1
1
1974–75
CODM de Meknès
1
1994–95
Chabab Mohammédia
1
1979–80
Raja de Beni Mellal
1
1973–74
Étoile de Casablanca
1
1958–59

Performance comparison since 2011

Performance comparison of top teams since 2011.

Teams 11–12 12–13 13–14 14–15 15–16 16–17 17–18 18–19 19–20 20–21
WAC 3 4 6 1 2 1[a] 2 1[a] 2 1
RCA 4 1 2 8 5 3[a] 6 2[a] 1 2
FUS 2 6 3 5 1[a] 7 4 9 4 10
MAT 1 5 1 4 6 12 11 13 7 16
DHJ 5 9 5 7 13 2 5 8 11 11
IRT - - - - 3 5 1 5 14 8
MAS 6 3 14 10 16[b] - - - - 7
FAR 7 2 7 11 4 6 8 14 6 3
HUSA 12 10 8 6 8 8 3 3 8 6
RSB - 7 9 9 7 4 9 7 3 4
  League champions
  Champions League
  Confederation Cup
  Arab Championship
  Relegation
  1. ^ a b c d e Participated also in the Arab Championship.
  2. ^ Despite relegation, MAS qualified for the Confederation Cup as Throne Cup winners.

All-time Botola Pro table (since 2011)

The all-time Botola Pro table is an overall record of all match results, points, and goals of every team that has played in Botola Pro since its new format inception in 2011. The table is accurate as of the end of the 2020–21 season. Teams in bold are part of the 2021–22 Botola season.

All-time Botola Pro table
Pos Team S Pts GP W D L GF GA GD 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th T Debut Since/
Last App
Best
1 Wydad AC 10 559 300 155 94 51 439 243 +196 4 3 1 1 9 2011–12 2011–12 1
2 Raja CA 10 536 300 148 92 60 449 262 +187 2 3 1 1 1 8 2011–12 2011–12 1
3 Fath US 10 460 300 119 103 78 330 262 +68 1 1 1 2 1 6 2011–12 2011–12 1
4 AS FAR 10 439 300 111 106 83 360 306 +54 1 1 1 3 2011–12 2011–12 2
5 MA Tétouan 10 429 300 110 99 91 336 312 +24 2 1 1 4 2011–12 2020–21 1
6 DH Jadida 10 418 300 104 105 91 327 287 +40 1 3 4 2011–12 2011–12 2
7 HUS Agadir 10 393[a] 300 97 104 99 327 338 −11 2 2 2011–12 2011–12 3
8 RS Berkane 9 387 270 93 108 69 275 239 +36 1 2 3 2012–13 2012–13 3
9 OC Safi 10 364 300 86 106 108 290 356 −66 1 1 2011–12 2011–12 4
10 OC Khouribga 9 319[b] 270 79 84 107 262 319 −57 1 1 2011–12 2019–20 2
11 CR Al Hoceima 8 265[c] 240 64 72 104 215 295 −80 2011–12 2018–19 8
12 IR Tanger 6 255 180 66 57 57 179 173 +6 1 1 2 4 2015–16 2015–16 1
13 KAC Marrakech 6 220 180 55 55 70 183 204 −21 1 1 2 2013–14 2018–19 3
14 Maghreb AS 6 211 180 48 77 55 186 189 −3 1 1 2011–12 2020–21 3
15 Kenitra AC 6 185 180 41 62 77 151 222 −71 2011–12 2016–17 11
16 MC Oujda 4 154 120 39 37 44 130 142 −12 2 2 2015–16 2018–19 5
17 RC Oued Zem 4 143 120 33 44 43 113 128 −15 2017–18 2017–18 9
18 CAY Berrechid 3 108 90 27 27 36 92 114 −22 2018–19 2018–19 6
19 CA Khénifra 3 95 90 21 32 37 78 102 −24 2014–15 2017–18 10
20 WA Fes 3 89 90 19 32 39 77 112 −35 2011–12 2013–14 11
21 RCA Zemamra 2 64 60 15 19 26 71 81 −10 2019–20 2020–21 12
22 COD Meknès 2 60[d] 60 15 16 29 44 66 −22 2011–12 2012–13 10
23 IZ Khemisset 2 51 60 10 21 29 38 72 −34 2011–12 2014–15 16
24 R Beni Mellal 2 36 60 5 21 34 35 84 −49 2012–13 2019–20 16
25 SCC Mohammédia 1 35 30 7 14 9 26 25 +1 2020–21 2020–21 9
26 AS Sale 1 29 30 6 11 13 25 33 −8 2013–14 2013–14 15
27 JS Massira 1 28 30 7 7 16 24 42 −18 2011–12 2011–12 15
28 JS Kasbah Tadla 1 28 30 7 7 16 25 47 −22 2016–17 2016–17 15
29 Racing AC 1 17 30 3 8 19 22 54 −32 2017–18 2017–18 16
30 JS Soualem 2021–22
League or status for 202122 season
2021–22 Botola
2021–22 Botola 2
2021-22 Amateur National
2021–22 Amateur Division I
  1. ^ HUSA deducted 2 points due to the involvement of 4 foreign players against CRA in 2011/12 Season
  2. ^ OCK deducted 2 points because of two matches being awarded against them in 2013/14 season
  3. ^ 2 points were added to CRA in 2011/12 season because of HUSA's inclusion of 4 foreign players against them. And in 2013/14 season 1 point deducted because of one match being awarded against them
  4. ^ CODM deducted 1 point after the masses rioted in front of MAS 2011/12 season

Top scorers

Season Player Team Goals
1956-57 Morocco Abdelkarim Zidani KAC Marrakech 18
1957-58 Morocco Mohamed Chtaini Fejjar Difaâ El Jadida 22
1958-59 Morocco Mohamed Khalfi Wydad AC 21
1959-60 Morocco Moussa Hanoune Raja CA 22
1960-61 Morocco Harchaoui Étoile de Casablanca 19
1961-62 Morocco M'jidou
Morocco Abdelkarim Zidani
Morocco Harchaoui
Chabab Mohammédia
KAC Marrakech
Étoile de Casablanca
13
1962-63 Morocco Kébir Mezzour FUS Rabat 17
1963-64 France Robert Traba Chabab Mohammédia 13
1964-65 Morocco Fettah Filali FUS Rabat 16
1965-66 Morocco Hmida Azzaoui Mouloudia d'Oujda 14
1966-67 Morocco Houmane Jarir
Morocco Abdelatif Chiadmi
Raja CA
Difaâ El Jadida
18
1967–68 Morocco Hassan Chicha Difaa El Jadida 19
1968–69 Morocco Ahmed Faras Chabab Mohammédia 16
1969–70 Morocco Abdallah Bendriss Union Sidi Kacem 17
1970–71 Morocco Abdallah Bendriss Union Sidi Kacem 19
1971–72 Morocco Miloud Ouazir Difaâ El Jadida 18
1972–73 Morocco Ahmed Faras Chabab Mohammédia 16
1973–74 Morocco Abdelhay
Morocco Ahmed
AS Salé
TAS Casablanca
11
1974–75 Morocco Hassan Chicha Difaa El Jadida 12
1975–76 Morocco Hassan Amcharrat Chabab Mohammédia 17
1976–77 Morocco Mohamed Boussati KAC Kenitra 17
1977–78 Morocco Mustapha Chahid Wydad AC 16
1978–79 Morocco Achibat Renaissance Berkane 17
1979–80 Morocco Idriss Ouadich AS FAR 15
1980–81 Morocco Mohamed Boussati KAC Kenitra 17
1981–82 Morocco Mohamed Boussati KAC Kenitra 25
1982–83 Morocco Abdeslam Laghrissi AS FAR 14
1983–84 Morocco Mjidou
Morocco Alaeddine Tmimi
Wydad AC
Mouloudia d'Oujda
11
1984–85 Morocco Hmida Boushaba Renaissance Berkane 13
1985–86 Morocco Hassan Nader
Morocco Mohammed Chaouch
Wydad AC
Kawkab Marrakech
13
1986–87 Morocco Abderrazak Khairi
Morocco Hassan Nader
AS FAR
Wydad AC
12
1987–88 Morocco Lahcen Anaflous AS FAR 17
1988–89 Morocco Hassan Nader Wydad AC 18
1989–90 Morocco Abdeslam Laghrissi AS FAR 22
1990–91 Morocco Lahcen Anaflous AS FAR 15
1991–92 Morocco Lahcen Anaflous AS FAR 11
1992–93 Morocco Youssef Fertout Wydad AC 18
1993–94 Morocco Ahmed Bahja Kawkab Marrakech 14
1994–95 Morocco Abdeslam Laghrissi AS FAR 15
1995–96 Morocco Soufir Jeunesse El Massira 16
1996–97 Morocco Anane AS Salé 17
1997–98 Morocco Rachid Rokki Chabab Mohammédia 15
1998–99 Morocco Abdelaziz Zouine Olympique Khouribga 16
1999–00 Morocco Mustapha Bidoudane FUS Rabat 17
2000–01 Morocco Samir Sarsar Kawkab Marrakech 12
2001–02 Morocco Omar Zaouit Tihad Sportif Casablanca 14
2002–03 Morocco Mustapha Bidoudane Raja CA 14
2003–04 Morocco Mustapha Bidoudane Raja CA 13
2004–05 Morocco Mohamed Armoumen AS FAR 12
2005–06 Guinea Mamadou Ba Camara Olympique Khouribga 9
2006–07 Morocco Jawad Ouaddouch AS FAR 12
2007–08 Morocco Abderrazak Lamnasfi AS FAR 13
2008–09 Morocco Mustapha Allaoui AS FAR 14
2009–10 Morocco Omar Hassi Widad Fez 12
2010–11 Morocco Jawad Ouaddouch AS FAR 11
2011–12 Chad Karl Max Barthelemy Difaa El Jadida 17
2012–13 Morocco Abderazak Hamdallah Olympic Safi 15
2013–14 Morocco Zouhaur Naim
Ivory Coast Zoumana Kone
Moghreb Tétouan
Hassania Agadir
11
2014–15 Gabon Malick Evouna Wydad AC 16
2015–16 Morocco Mahdi Naghmi AS FAR 12[4]
2016–17 Liberia William Jebor Wydad AC 19
2017–18 Morocco Mouhssine Iajour Raja Casablanca 17
2018-19 Morocco Mouhssine Iajour
Togo Kodjo Fo-Doh Laba
Raja CA
RS Berkane
19
2019-20 Morocco Brahim El Bahraoui Rapide Oued Zem 16
2020-21 Morocco Ayoub El Kaabi Wydad Casablanca 18

Player records

Most goals

The table shows the Botola Pro top scorers since its new format inception in 2011. The table is accurate as of the end of the 2020–21 season.

Boldface indicates a player still active in Botola Pro1. Italics indicates a player still active outside Botola Pro1.

Rank Player Club(s) Years active Goals
1 Morocco Mouhcine Iajour Wydad AC (5), Raja CA (53), MA Tétouan (12), RS Berkane (9) 2011–2015, 2017–2019, 2020– 79
2 Morocco Mehdi Naghmi AS FAR (40), IR Tanger (22), MC Oujda (3) 2011–2020 65
3 Morocco Zakaria Hadraf DH Jadidi (47), Raja CA (9), RS Berkane (5) 2011–2019, 2020– 61
4 Morocco Abdelilah Hafidi Raja CA (49) 2011– 49
5 Morocco Abdessamad El Mobarky CR Al Hoceima (35), RS Berkane (1), RCA Zemamra (12) 2011– 48
6 Morocco Jalal Daoudi DH Jadidi (2), Fath US (1), HUS Agadir (34), AS FAR (4) 2011–2019, 2021– 41
7 Morocco Karim El Berkaoui HUS Agadir (40) 2013–2020 40
8 Morocco Reda Hajhouj Wydad AC (15), OC Khouribga (21), Fath US (3) 2014–2017, 2017–2018, 2020– 39
9 Morocco Brahim El Bahraoui OC Safi (8), Fath US (7), RC Oued Zem (16), RS Berkane (6) 2011– 37
Morocco Mourad Batna HUS Agadir (5), Fath US (32) 2011–2016

See also

Notes

References

  1. ^ "Inwi nouveau sponsor de la Botola Pro".
  2. ^ "الوداد يحقق رسميا "درع البطولة" الـ21 في تاريخه بعد انتصار في قلب وجدة" [Wydad officially achieves the 21st "Championship Shield" in its history after a victory in the heart of Oujda]. www.elbotola.com (in Arabic). Retrieved 2021-07-14.
  3. ^ La SNRT décroche les droits TV du GNF Archived July 10, 2009, at the Wayback Machine www.lavieeco.com
  4. ^ "Mehdi Naghmi meilleur buteur".