Date of birth
January 15, 1954
Place of birth
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only. † Appearances (Goals).
Tarak Dhiab ( Arabic: طارق ذياب, born July 15, 1954 in Tunis) is a former footballer from Tunisia. The African Footballer of the Year in 1977, he is listed by the Fédération Tunisienne de Football as having 107 caps for the Tunisian national football team, although this number has not been ratified by [1 ] FIFA. At the 1978 FIFA World Cup, he was a member of the Tunisian national team that was the first national team from African to win a World Cup match. Tarak Dhiab was chosen The Tunisian footballer of the 20th century.
He has served as Minister of Youth and Sports under
Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali since December 24, 2011.
Biography [ edit ]
Early life [ edit ]
Dhiab's football talent was discovered by his uncle, Hedi Dhiab, who developed Tarak's
ambidextrousness. Dhiab joined the Tunisian club team Espérance Sportive de Tunis.
Soccer career [ edit ]
Dhiab assumed the midfield role with superb passing skills and an excellent scoring record from midfield.
winger Témime Lahzami both at Espérance and on the Tunisian national team.
He formed a sound understanding with
Dhiab was awarded the
African Footballer of the Year title in 1977 and played a pivotal role in helping Tunisia qualifying for the 1978 FIFA World Cup. At the World Cup, Tunisia won a group stage match 3–1 against Mexico, becoming the first national team from Africa to win a match at the World Cup. In coverage relating to the [2 ] 2006 FIFA World Cup, Dhiab was mentioned as Tunisia's "World Cup legend" by the BBC and as one of Tunisia's greatest World Cup players by the [3 ] CBC. [4 ]
He is widely regarded as one of Tunisia's all-time greats, and arguably the greatest midfield playmaker the country has produced.
England in 1990.
Though he never played in a major European league, many believe he was able to hold his own among international playmakers in this period. Dhiab's international career spanned 15 years; his final international match came against
Personal life [ edit ]
Dhiab's younger brother
Lassad Dhiab also followed his footsteps and joined Esperance, having a productive career.
Dhiab is now a television football analyst. He is also a businessman,
and Tunisian magazine Réalités reported in 2004 that he was trying to start his own satellite sports channel. [2 ] [5 ]
Honours [ edit ]
Personal [ edit ]
National team [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ "Players with 100+ Caps and 30+ International Goals". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. March 19, 2008 . Retrieved March 24, 2008.
^ a b Huesu, Emmanuel (May 24, 2002). "1978: Tunisia break the jinx". BBC Sport Online . Retrieved March 24, 2008.
^ "Tunisia team guide". BBC Sport Online. May 22, 2006 . Retrieved March 24, 2008.
^ "World Cup 2006 – Teams – Tunisia". CBC Sports . Retrieved March 24, 2008.
^ "4 New TV Stations for Tunisia". February 25, 2004 . Retrieved March 24, 2008.
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