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By The Atlas Lions, Oct 5 2019 08:48PM

Real Madrid ace Achraf Hakimi is continuing to impress for loan club Borussia Dortmund, the youngster scored a sensational goal vs Freiburg earlier today.

Full-back Achraf Hakimi scored his third goal in two games for German giants Borussia Dortmund against Freiburg this afternoon.

This comes after the ace bagged brace for Lucien Favre’s side in the Champions League during midweek, take a look at Hakimi’s strikes here.

In the 67th minute of today’s clash, England sensation Jadon Sancho picked out the marauding right-back with an inch-perfect pass.

Hakimi showed sensational skill to effortlessly glide past his man before unleashing a shot on goal. The 20-year-old’s effort was deflected into the back of the net.

By The Atlas Lions, Oct 5 2019 08:42PM

Achraf Hakimi believes he is now a better player than the one who arrived at Borussia Dortmund on a two-year loan from Real Madrid in summer 2018.

The 20-year-old underlined his budding reputation as one of the most exciting full-backs in world football with a match-winning display away to Slavia Prague in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday, contributing both goals in a 2-0 win.

In fact, calling Hakimi a full-back is to do the Morocco international a disservice; he excelled in a new role in Prague, playing in front of Raphael Guerreiro on the left flank.

"I was a bit surprised that the coach started me in such an attacking position," Hakimi said after the game. "I know I can play there, and I'm just happy that I could help the team to victory."

That he certainly did. His first goal came at the end of a 100-metre sprint from the edge of his own penalty area, at which point he still had the energy and composure to cut inside, wait patiently for an opening and fire Dortmund in front.

His second was no less impressive, again romping forward on the counter, this time in the 88th minute, before finishing from a tight angle, becoming the first Moroccan to score a Champions League brace in the process.

At full time, Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc did not hold back in his assessment of the BVB No.5's display: "He had a superb match as an attacking winger and he decided the game for us."

While it was Hakimi's first outing on the left side of midfield, he did briefly play on the opposite flank earlier this season, replacing Jadon Sancho in the 74th minute of Dortmund's DFB Cup first-round victory away to KFC Uerdingen.

Such versatility is nothing new for the youngster, who has also made 16 appearances in all competitions at right-back for Lucien Favre's side, and another 20 at left-back.

Understandably, such a wealth and variety of top-level experience has had a positive effect on Hakimi, who had found his path to first-team football blocked at Real Madrid.

"Sometimes you have to have experiences like this, you have to go somewhere else so that you can get to where you want to be," he told Spanish publication AS. "In my case that meant coming to Germany and I have to say it's been great. I'm really grateful for the opportunity I've been given to keep on growing as a player and as a person.

"I've kicked on, which is something I needed to do, and I'm a better player and am getting regular football, playing week in, week out and really enjoying myself. All in all, it has a real impact on your confidence and I'm grateful to the club, the coaches and the players. That confidence is what allows you to really just express yourself and go out there and play with freedom. I'm now a different Achraf."

So much so that despite being schooled as a right-back in the Spanish capital he now feels capable of doing a job anywhere: "I wouldn't be able to tell you which side I'm more comfortable on. I've learned a lot playing on both flanks and I'm going to keep on doing so. I think it's a real string to my bow: any coach who has a player able to play on both wings, someone versatile, knows that this benefits the team."

Hakimi's rapid rise and top-level consistency have inevitably led to calls for him to return to Spain when his loan spell in Dortmund ends.

The player himself, however, is content to keep his head down and let his football do the talking: "There'll be time to talk to [Real coach] Zinedine Zidane later. He is focused on his own work right now and I’m very focused here. It wouldn’t be a disappointment or failure not to return to Madrid in the summer; what I want is to continue growing."

By The Atlas Lions, Oct 2 2019 07:14PM

Two Achraf Hakimi goals gave Borussia Dortmund a 2-0 win over Slavia Prague in Champions League Group F on Wednesday, a fast-paced match in which both sides spurned chances.

Defender Hakimi broke the deadlock in the 35th minute following a counter-attack, cutting inside the penalty area before firing past the Slavia keeper.

Hakimi doubled the lead in the 89th minute when he slotted home a pass from Julian Brandt following another break by the German side.

By The Atlas Lions, Apr 1 2019 11:18AM

( Borussia Dortmund full-back Achraf Hakimi has been ruled out for the remainder of the 2018/19 season with a broken metatarsal.

The Morocco international was a second-half substitute in BVB’s dramatic late win over Wolfsburg on Matchday 27 as they retook top spot in the Bundesliga table ahead of Bayern Munich.

Hakimi, however, lasted just 25 minutes before he himself had to be replaced after damaging his right foot.

The 20-year-old, who has made 21 Bundesliga appearances for Dortmund in the first season of his two-year loan from Real Madrid, has since undergone surgery on his damaged foot back in the Spanish capita. He will miss Borussia’s remaining seven league matches, including Saturday’s potential title-decider at Bayern.

As well as contributing two goals and four assists, Hakimi has proven a good-luck charm this season for his new club. Showing versatility to play at both right and left-back, he remained unbeaten in his first 17 Bundesliga appearances and has in fact lost just one of his 21 games in the German top flight.

It’s a blow to Lucien Favre’s side ahead of Der Klassiker after Hakimi himself came on for injured left-back Abdou Diallo. The Swiss coach already had issues in defence with right-back Lukasz Piszczek absent for several weeks with a heel injury. Former first-choice left-back Marcel Schmelzer has featured just 11 times this season, and may be needed at the Allianz Arena for his first league appearance since January.

By The Atlas Lions, Feb 12 2019 12:47PM

Morocco’s Achraf Hakimi market value has tripled since he joined Borussia Dortmund on a loan from Real Madrid.

By Morocco World News -

Rabat – Football website Transfermarkt has reported that Achraf Hakimi’s market value has jumped three times after a successful half-season with Borussia Dortmund.

Transfermarkt, specialized in defining the market value of players, has valued Achraf Hakimi’s at €25 million, after being esteemed at €7.5 million with Real Madrid when he left in July 2018.

When Hakimi played with Real Madrid, he rarely featured in matches. He was deemed surplus to requirement, pushing Real Madrid to loan him to Borussia Dortmund for two years.

According to many football reports, Hakimi does not want to return to Real Madrid to be a substitute again, especially after improving his footballistic skills and guaranteeing a permanent spot as an undoubted starter at his current German club.

With 49 points and 20 matches played, Borussia Dortmund is ranked first in Bundesliga, the top German football league.

By The Atlas Lions, Jan 26 2019 07:56PM

(Ahram online) Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund scored three times in seven minutes to demolish lowly Hanover 96 5-1 on Saturday and move nine points clear at the top of the table.

Dortmund captain Marco Reus hit the post and Raphael Guerreiro also went close in the first half before Achraf Hakimi thundered in to give the hosts the lead in the 24th minute.

The Morocco international set up Reus for his 12th league goal of the season in the 60th minute before Dortmund turned on the afterburners, scoring twice more through Goetze two minutes later and Guerreiro in the 67th to leave the Hanover defence in tatters.

Marvin Bakalorz snatched a consolation goal for the visitors in the 86th minute after a superb solo run and a deflected effort before Axel Witsel completed Dortmund's win in the 90th.

The Ruhr valley club, who take on Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League next month, are now on 48 points, nine ahead of second-placed Bayern Munich, who host VfB Stuttgart on Sunday.

Borussia Moenchengladbach joined them on 39 points after their 2-0 win over Augsburg.

By The Atlas Lions, Jan 3 2019 01:39PM

Weekly magazine «France Football» has selected three Atlas Lions, namely Manuel Da Costa, Achraf Hakimi, and Hakim Ziyech, for its African team of the year, reports MAP news agency.

The names of the three Moroccan internationals appear alongside other football stars in Africa, including Egypt’s Mohammed Salah, Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez, Senegal’s Kalidou Koulibaly, and Sadio Mané.

Yassine Bounou, a Moroccan footballer who plays currently for Girona FC, was also on the list.

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