Officially inaugurated on 6 March 1955, Casablanca's Stade Mohamed V has firmly established itself as the principal home stadium of the Moroccan national side. But the Atlas Lions are not the only team to enjoy a venue that has legendary status across the whole of Africa. Casablanca club giants Raja and Wydad also share these spectacular surroundings while battling each other for local and national supremacy, as well as for the hearts and minds of the city's football-crazed population.

The stadium's name is a tribute to a man considered by many as the father of the modern Moroccan state: Sultan-turned-King Mohamed V Ben Youssef.

At the outset, however, the arena was dubbed the "Stade Marcel-Cerdan", in honour of the legendary French boxer who grew up and subsequently began his pugilistic career in Casablanca. The stadium, which originally had a capacity of 30,000, was renamed the "Stade d'honneur" just one year later in 1956 following Moroccan independence.

The mythical stadium really began to take shape in the late 1970s, when work was carried out in preparation for the city's hosting of the 1983 Mediterranean Games. Its capacity was increased to a massive 90,000 and the venue's sports complex, located in the heart of Casablanca, was furnished with an indoor multi-sports hall and swimming pool. The hosting of this major international event led to the stadium being officially inaugurated for a second time, whereupon it was given its current name: the "Stade Mohammed V".

Derby dramatics
As part of Morocco's bid to host the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, the Mohammed V was given another extensive overhaul in 2000. The lateral stands, which had traditionally housed Raja's famous magana and enjoys a similar status among Raja fans as the Kop to Liverpool supporters, were turned into seated areas in order to comply with safety regulations. This reduced the overall capacity to 67,000.

The aforementioned sports complex, meanwhile, can hold 12,000 spectators in its multi-sports hall, has an Olympic-sized swimming pool, a 650m2 media centre, a conference room, a treatment centre and an anti-doping facility.

The stadium was once again temporarily closed in 2006, which enabled work to be done on the pitch, the surface of the athletics' track to be re-laid and the modernisation of the toilet facilities and dressing rooms. It also meant that in the 2006/07 season, for the first time ever, the two league meetings between the city's two biggest clubs took place outside of Morocco's economic capital.

Raja Casablanca, who have been crowned domestic champions on nine occasions, were in 2000 placed third in CAF's ranking of African clubs of the last century, finishing behind Egyptian powerhouses Al Ahly and Zamalek.  Rivals Wydad, eleven times Moroccan champions, are Raja's greatest rivals and the often-decisive matches between the two teams at the Stade Mohamed V are inevitably colourful and passionate occasions.

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Hosted matches

OFT 1984 Prel. Comp. CAF

25 Sep 1983
25 Sep 1983
Match
Olympic Football Tournament Qualifier >1956
Second round
Stade Mohamed V
Casablanca
25Sep
Morocco
MoroccoMAR
Senegal
SenegalSEN
Full-time
FT
1-0

FIFA WC 1986 Prel. Comp. CAF

28 Jul 1985
28 Jul 1985
Match
Third round
Stade Mohamed V
Casablanca
28Jul
Morocco
MoroccoMAR
Egypt
EgyptEGY
Full-time
FT
2-0

CAN 1986 Prel. Comp.

25 Aug 1985 - 20:00 Local time
25 Aug 1985
Match
Continental Qualifier
Stade Mohamed V
Casablanca
25Aug
Morocco
MoroccoMAR
Zaire
ZaireZAI
Full-time
FT
1-0

OFT 1988 Prel. Comp. CAF

15 Nov 1987 - 15:00 Local time
15 Nov 1987
Match
Olympic Football Tournament Qualifier >1956
Second round
Stade Mohamed V
Casablanca
15Nov
Morocco
MoroccoMAR
Côte d'Ivoire
Côte d'IvoireCIV
Full-time
FT
2-1

FIFA WC 1990 Prel. Comp. CAF

13 Aug 1989
13 Aug 1989
Match
Group D
Stade Mohamed V
Casablanca
13Aug
Morocco
MoroccoMAR
Tunisia
TunisiaTUN
Full-time
FT
0-0

CAN 1992 Prel. Comp.

19 Aug 1990 - 16:30 Local time
19 Aug 1990
Match
Continental Qualifier
Group 3
Stade Mohamed V
Casablanca
19Aug
Morocco
MoroccoMAR
Niger
NigerNIG
Full-time
FT
2-0
02 Sep 1990 - 16:30 Local time
02 Sep 1990
Match
Continental Qualifier
Group 3
Stade Mohamed V
Casablanca
02Sep
Morocco
MoroccoMAR
Mauritania
MauritaniaMTN
Full-time
FT
4-0

FIFA WC 1994 Prel. Comp. CAF

28 Feb 1993
28 Feb 1993
Match
Group F
Stade Mohamed V
Casablanca
28Feb
Morocco
MoroccoMAR
Tunisia
TunisiaTUN
Full-time
FT
0-0
18 Apr 1993
18 Apr 1993
Match
Group B
Stade Mohamed V
Casablanca
18Apr
Morocco
MoroccoMAR
Senegal
SenegalSEN
Full-time
FT
1-0
10 Oct 1993
10 Oct 1993
Match
Group B
Stade Mohamed V
Casablanca
10Oct
Morocco
MoroccoMAR
Zambia
ZambiaZAM
Full-time
FT
1-0

FIFA WC 1998 Prel. Comp. CAF

07 Jun 1997 - 01:00 Local time
07 Jun 1997
Match 97
FIFA World Cup™ Qualifier
Group 5
Stade Mohamed V
Casablanca
07Jun
Morocco
MoroccoMAR
Ghana
GhanaGHA
Full-time
FT
1-0
16 Aug 1997 - 01:00 Local time
16 Aug 1997
Match 59
FIFA World Cup™ Qualifier
Group 5
Stade Mohamed V
Casablanca
16Aug
Morocco
MoroccoMAR
Gabon
GabonGAB
Full-time
FT
2-0

FIFA WC 2002 Prel. Comp. CAF

22 Apr 2000 - 19:30 Local time
22 Apr 2000
Match
First stage
Stade Mohamed V
Casablanca
22Apr
Morocco
MoroccoMAR
Gambia
GambiaGAM
Full-time
FT
2-0

CAN 2002 Prel. Comp.

08 Oct 2000 - 19:00 Local time
08 Oct 2000
Match
Continental Qualifier
Group 3
Stade Mohamed V
Casablanca
08Oct
Morocco
MoroccoMAR
Kenya
KenyaKEN
Full-time
FT
1-0

CAN 2004 Prel. Comp.

08 Jun 2003 - 16:00 Local time
08 Jun 2003
Match
Continental Qualifier
Group 7
Stade Mohamed V
Casablanca
08Jun
Morocco
MoroccoMAR
Sierra Leone
Sierra LeoneSLE
Full-time
FT
1-0

CAN 2008 Prel. Comp.

02 Jun 2007
02 Jun 2007
Match 0
Continental Qualifier
Group matches
Stade Mohamed V
Casablanca
02Jun
Morocco
MoroccoMAR
Zimbabwe
ZimbabweZIM
Full-time
FT
2-0

FIFA WC 2010 Prel. Comp. African Zone

31 May 2008 - 19:00 Local time
31 May 2008
Match 0
Group 8
Stade Mohamed V
Casablanca
31May
Morocco
MoroccoMAR
Ethiopia
EthiopiaETH
Full-time
FT
3-0
21 Jun 2008 - 19:00 Local time
21 Jun 2008
Match 0
Group 8
Stade Mohamed V
Casablanca
21Jun
Morocco
MoroccoMAR
Rwanda
RwandaRWA
Full-time
FT
2-0
28 Mar 2009 - 20:00 Local time
28 Mar 2009
Match 0
Group A
Stade Mohamed V
Casablanca
28Mar
Morocco
MoroccoMAR
Gabon
GabonGAB
Full-time
FT
1-2

CAN 2013 Prel. Comp.

09 Sep 2012
09 Sep 2012
Match 0
Continental Qualifier
Final round
Stade Mohamed V
Casablanca
09Sep
Libya
LibyaLBY
Algeria
AlgeriaALG
Full-time
FT
0-1

FIFA WC 2014 Prel. Comp. African Zone

16 Nov 2013 - 19:00 Local time
16 Nov 2013
Match 0
Round 3
Stade Mohamed V
Casablanca
16Nov
Senegal
SenegalSEN
Côte d'Ivoire
Côte d'IvoireCIV
Full-time
FT
1-1
Win on aggregate after regular time (2 - 4)
Win on agg.

CAN 2015 Prel. Comp.

05 Sep 2014 - 17:00 Local time
05 Sep 2014
Match 56
Final round
Stade Mohamed V
Casablanca
05Sep
Guinea
GuineaGUI
Togo
TogoTOG
Full-time
FT
2-1
11 Oct 2014 - 20:00 Local time
11 Oct 2014
Match 83
Final round
Stade Mohamed V
Casablanca
11Oct
Guinea
GuineaGUI
Ghana
GhanaGHA
Full-time
FT
1-1
19 Nov 2014 - 16:00 Local time
19 Nov 2014
Match 126
Continental Qualifier
Final round
Stade Mohamed V
Casablanca
19Nov
Guinea
GuineaGUI
Uganda
UgandaUGA
Full-time
FT
2-0

CAN 2017 Prel. Comp.

12 Jun 2015 - 19:00 Local time
12 Jun 2015
Match 0
Continental Qualifier
Stade Mohamed V
Casablanca
12Jun
Guinea
GuineaGUI
Swaziland
SwazilandSWZ
1-2