Raja Casablanca
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The past
One of Morocco’s leading clubs and the most popular side in the land, Raja Casablanca have won 11 league titles, seven national cups and three CAF Champions League crowns, secured in 1989, 1997 and 1999. On top of all that Raja were the first of Africa’s Arab teams to take part in the FIFA Club World Cup, appearing at the inaugural competition in Brazil in 2000.

The present
Raja Casablanca owe their place as the host team at this year FIFA Club World Cup thanks to their 2012/13 Moroccan league championship win. After failing to defend the title the previous season, they came back in style with 19 wins, nine draws and just two defeats over the course of the campaign, finishing four points clear of runners-up FAR Rabat and 18 of third-placed MAS Fez. The Green Eagles comfortably outscored their championship rivals in the process, racking up 56 goals over the course of the season, 16 more than second-highest scorers MA Tetouan.

The future
In their determination to atone for finishing last but one at Brazil 2000, their only previous appearance in the competition, the Moroccan champions are preparing for the FIFA Club World Cup with a number of high-profile friendlies.

Facts and figures
Former stars
Hicham Aboucherouane, Soufiane Alloudi, Salaheddine Bassir, Mustapha Chadili, Elamin Erbate, Abdelmajid Dolmy, Tala El Karkouri.

Key players
Yassine El Had (goalkeeper), Ahmed Rahmani (defender), Adel Chedli, Chem-Eddine Chtibi, Mouhcine Metouali (midfielders), Abdelmajid Jilani, Hamza Abourazzouk (forwards).

The numbers game
0 - The number of matches Raja have won at the FIFA Club World Cup, the Moroccan side losing all three of their games in finishing bottom of Group A at Brazil 2000. Their conquerors on that occasion were Brazil’s Corinthians, Al Nasr of Saudi Arabia and Spanish giants Real Madrid.