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Hachim Mastour to choose Morocco over Italy


The Moroccan Royal Football Federation (FRMF) has confirmed that AC Milan wonder-kid Hachim Mastour has agreed to play for the Moroccan National team.

, who already represented Italy’s U-16s, is set to reject a senior call-up for Italy to play for .

The Moroccan youngster has expressed his eagerness to help his country of origin, despite pressure from the Italian media to choose Italy instead.

The 17-year-old winger will be included in Morocco’s squad list for the African Cup of Nations qualifying match against Libya on the 12th of June in Aghadir, Morocco. If he features in this match, he’ll become the youngest player ever to represent Morocco.

It’s well worth mentioning that Mastour is already a star name, having made an advertising campaign with Brazilian star Neymar.

Mohammed Salama is a 21-year-old who fell in love with football since Egypt's AFCON final match against Ivory Coast! Strangely enough an Al Ahly and Al Masry fan locally. In addition, he's a hardcore Bayern Munich supporter.



  1. james pinkett

    June 2, 2015 at 8:08 AM

    Wow! Born and raised in italia you make your 1st big paycheque in the primavera with milan and play for italy under 16 and u turn your back on 4 time campioni del monde on a amateur nation at best why don’t u go and play in the moroccan league u traitor see how much u make there your an embarassment u piece of garbage!

    • Soccer For Real

      June 3, 2015 at 12:15 AM

      A player has to freedom to choose where he wants to play. He defiantly benefited from playing for Milan and will still play for them because they are also benefiting from him. You calling him a traitor is nothing but pure ignorant and hatred.

      • james pinkett

        June 4, 2015 at 8:22 AM

        I agree players choice u tell all your friends in ghana the same thing when they said balo was a traitor for. Chosing italy meanwhile he was born in italy palermo and raised in italy is that not the same freedom I would say those people were even more ignorant

      • Roman

        July 23, 2015 at 7:06 PM

        He has the rights to choose, yes, but it’s not too much to call him a traitor. the guy got benefits from being an Italian by birth. he went to Italian school, used Italian health care, etc. His Italian citizenship should be revoked.

    • Abdel

      June 3, 2015 at 12:51 PM

      Shut the f*** up looser. He’s moroccan and will play only for Morocco and will be a big star in Milan and will see him someday in Real madrid

      • james pinkett

        June 4, 2015 at 8:09 AM

        Born and raised in italy u jackass with an italian mother educate yourself

        • g

          June 4, 2015 at 10:34 PM

          Actually both his parents are morocco.

          • james pinkett

            June 5, 2015 at 2:46 AM

            I stand corrected on that but I can’t back down that he was born and raised and trained in italy and he turned his back on his homeland kind of like how giuseppe rossi was called a traitor for choosing italy over his country of birth the usa because it was his dream to play for italy his country of ancestry what’s the difference between him and mastour but nobody thought he was right hypocritical

    • Ahmad , Aswan

      June 3, 2015 at 8:07 PM

      A bigger traitor is El Shaarawy, who never plays for Italy. In Egypt he would at least play every game

      • james pinkett

        June 4, 2015 at 8:15 AM

        El shaarawy born in italy mother italian at least with italy he has a chance to win a world cup egypt hasn’t qualified since seinfeld was in primetime obamas dad was born in kenya and his ancestry is there but he’s american 1st

      • james pinkett

        June 4, 2015 at 8:33 AM

        And if you actually watched soccer you’d realize el shaarawy was getting his opps until a string of injuries he was just added to italy prelim squad for euro qualifier in june and I’m sure if he’s healthy hell continue getting called ps scored in shootout vs uruguay in confeds cup in 2013 and missed italys dissappointing 2014 world cup cause of injury

    • izri1

      June 5, 2015 at 5:09 AM

      You really have the intellectual acumen of a donkey. Were you raised in the jungle you little vermin? jealousy with beings like you often leads to heart attacks. He is Moroccan, you braindead freak! Why would a Moroccan player play for another country than Morocco?!
      Get back into the gutter and stay there.

  2. Forza italia

    June 5, 2015 at 3:58 PM

    I agree it’s his choice to play for morocco but he should at least leave italy and give a chance to a italian youngster!

    • Max

      June 6, 2015 at 7:45 PM

      Hey there, you should know that mastour and his parents gave too much things to your country, now it is the time to give something to his country of origin. do not be egoist and you want everything. Mastour has Moroccan blood, Morocccan color, Moroccan beauty, Moroccan smile. he is not italian. there are alot of immigrants in your country. none of them you want to be Italian, but it comes to Mastour and you said he is Italian, all others are not

  3. MLIE

    June 9, 2015 at 12:01 AM

    Hachim Mastour is NOT italian , doesnt look italian , doesnt have an italian name he moroccan send him and his family back where they belong

  4. jay

    June 9, 2015 at 1:08 PM

    I wonder if he didn’t become a football star if u all be upset like this for choosing Morocco even tho he was born in Italy, because he is u all call him Italian ,if he wasn’t u all will call him marocain .
    Make up ur minds people
    Everyone of us has the right to choose whatever we want with our lives, why deny him that cuz of jaleousy and hate.
    Recommend the song ( be happy) lol

  5. Jassim, Saudia

    June 9, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    He should have played for Italy… how many times did morocco qualify to the World Cup before? They even didn’t qualify for the African cup the last years! Shame on you!

  6. Juve1234

    June 13, 2015 at 1:36 PM

    Traitor, agree with james pinkett, he is a traitor

  7. Cuore Granata

    June 28, 2015 at 2:39 AM

    I am an Italian fanatic and am disappointed he did not chose Italy, but i also had a feeling he would chose Morocco. its the Italian media that made it seem like he would choose Italy. Hope we can produce real Italian blood soon enough.

  8. Cosmos

    June 28, 2015 at 9:01 PM

    Does ESPN show the African or Arab cups? Otherwise we will never see this kid play on a large scale internationally like The World Cup. only 5 teams out of 52 or so in their region qualify. Morocco isn’t good enough. They will never have the talent to surround him with. Sure he’ll play for Real Madrid but nothing compares to playing internationally. Very Stupid move on a professional level!

    • Cuore Granata

      June 28, 2015 at 9:21 PM

      Could not agree more with you. I respect his decision but at the same time how does a player grow up in a Italy, play in Italy, and then want to represent Morocco. I get it is his option, but no offense…its Morocco. Could have been a really promising trequartista for Italy some day.

  9. A Fan

    July 16, 2016 at 10:55 PM

    Depends how he grew up, the community around him, his family life. Moroccans & Africans in other European countries go 50-50 in their choices.

    Only thing that is surprising is saying no to such a strong team as Italy. Many choose on chances of starting and team success.

    He is not a traitor, his blood is 100% Moroccan, but a citizen of Italy.

  10. Amine

    January 16, 2017 at 4:05 AM

    Lets look it this way .he was born and raised in italy .the italians made him a good player .spent time and money on him morocco never was there for him .now cause he is a shining star in europe .he is 100 % moroccan blood .ask your self the question if he was born in morocco he will be as good as he is now .hell no .the whole concept of recruting players of moroccan roots it stupid and silly .they should get on their asses and spend money and give attention to the local players not waiting for europ to make players for them .i m moroccan by the way and i never encourage these youth to leave their mother land that gave them everything from day one to a country that just want to collect a trophies over the stupidity and nativity.

  11. camesior

    January 16, 2017 at 6:31 PM

    very good choice. All binationals should make this choice and choose the country of their parents, of their ancestors. Helping African countries grow.

    In europe, france, italy, if an Arab is talented they said , he is French, he is italian….but if it is just normal,average, then , they call him “the foreigner”.
    I do not want to polemic but I just give my opinion from my experience.

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