Tunisia national football team

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Tunisia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Les Aigles de Carthage
(Eagles of Carthage)
Association Tunisian Football Federation
Sub-confederation UNAF (North Africa)
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Head coach Georges Leekens
Captain Aymen Mathlouthi
Most caps Radhi Jaïdi (105)
Top scorer Issam Jemâa (36)
Home stadium Stade Olympique de Radès
FIFA code TUN
FIFA ranking 31 Increase 11 (18 September 2014)
Highest FIFA ranking 19 (February 1998)
Lowest FIFA ranking 65 (July 2010)
Elo ranking 75
Highest Elo ranking 24 (June 1978)
Lowest Elo ranking 103 (July 1988)
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Tunisia 1–2 Algeria 
(Tunisia; 25 June 1957)
Biggest win
 Tunisia 7–0 Togo 
(Tunis, Tunisia; 7 January 2000)
 Tunisia 7–0 Malawi 
(Tunis, Tunisia; 26 March 2005)
Biggest defeat
 Hungary 10–1 Tunisia Tunisia
(Hungary; 24 July 1960)
World Cup
Appearances 4 (First in 1978)
Best result Round 1: 1978, 1998, 2002, 2006
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances 16 (First in 1962)
Best result Winners: 2004
Confederations Cup
Appearances 1 (First in 2005)
Best result Round 1

The Tunisia national football team (Arabic: منتخب تونس لكرة القدم‎), nicknamed Les Aigles de Carthage (The Eagles of Carthage or The Carthage Eagles), is the national team of Tunisia and is controlled by the Tunisian Football Federation. They have qualified for four FIFA World Cups, the first one in 1978, but have yet to make it out of the first round. Nevertheless, they created history in that 1978 tournament in Argentina by becoming the first African side to win a World Cup match, beating Mexico 3–1. They also held defending champions West Germany to a goalless draw before bowing out. They have since qualified for the three tournaments in succession, in 1998, 2002 and 2006: they were the only African team to appear at both the 2002 and 2006 tournaments.

Tunisia also won the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations, when they hosted the tournament.

1978 World Cup[edit]

Tunisia's first World Cup was the 1978 competition held in Argentina. They became the first African team to win a World Cup game, defeating Mexico 3–1 in Rosario.[1] A 1–0 defeat to 1974 semi-finalists Poland followed, but although The Eagles Of Carthage then held reigning champions West Germany to a 0–0 draw, they failed to reach the next stage. Tunisia failed to qualify for the World Cup again until twenty years later.

1998 World Cup[edit]

Adel Sellimi's team were beaten 2–0 by England,[2][3] and 1–0 by Colombia[4] to eliminate them at the group stage. Their only point was in a 1–1 draw with Romania.[5]

2002 World Cup[edit]

Tunisia reached their second successive World Cup, co-hosted by South Korea and Japan. They started with a 2–0 loss against Russia, but a Raouf Bouzaiene free kick gave them a 1–1 draw against Belgium. Their final game resulted in a 2–0 defeat to co-hosts Japan, meaning they were knocked out in the group stages.

2004 Africa Cup of Nations[edit]

Tunisia's first major honour was the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations, which they hosted. The tournament started with a 2–1 win over Rwanda in Rades. That was followed by a 3–0 win against DR Congo and a 1–1 draw with Guinea. The quarter-finals saw them beat Senegal 1–0, and the semi-final against favourites Nigeria went to penalties after both Jay-Jay Okocha and Tunisia captain Khaled Badra scored from the spot during normal time. Ali Boumnijel saved Peter Odemwingie's strike, and Karim Haggui scored the winning spot kick to send the host nation through to their third Nations Cup final. The final was against local rivals Morocco, and Brazilian-born striker Francileudo Santos put The Eagles Of Carthage 1–0 ahead on 4 minutes, Morocco equalised just before half-time, but Ziad Jaziri made the score 2–1 on 51 minutes to win the tournament for Tunisia.

2006 World Cup[edit]

Tunisia drew their opening game against Saudi Arabia 2–2, but lost their second match to Spain 3–1 and lost their last group match to Ukraine with a 1–0 defeat ending their 2006 World Cup.

Competition records[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Coaching Staff[edit]

Position Name
Head coach Belgium Georges Leekens
1st Assistant Coach Tunisia Ghazi Ghrairi
2nd Assistant Coach Tunisia Hatem Missaoui
Goalkeeping Coach Tunisia Adel Zouita
Fitness coach Tunisia Boubaker Hannechi
Other Staff Tunisia Radhi Jaïdi
Tunisia Nabil Trabelsi
Head Doctor Tunisia Souhail Chamli

Managers[edit]

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Recent results and forthcoming fixtures[edit]

This is a list of matches from the last six months and any future scheduled matches.

Date Location Opponent Score Competition
5 March 2014 Estadi Cornellà-El Prat, Barcelona  Colombia 1–1 Friendly
28 May 2014 Seoul World Cup Stadium, Seoul  South Korea 1–0 Friendly
7 June 2014 King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels  Belgium 0–1 Friendly
6 September 2014 Stade Mustapha Ben Jannet, Monastir  Botswana 2–1 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
10 September 2014 30 June Stadium, Cairo  Egypt 1–0 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification


Players[edit]

Current Squad[edit]

The following players were called up to the squad for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification matches against Senegal on 10 and 15 Octoner, 2014.[7]
Caps and goals updated as 15 October 2014 after the match against Senegal.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Aymen Mathlouthi (1984-09-14) 14 September 1984 (age 30) 43 0 Tunisia Étoile du Sahel
1GK Moez Ben Cherifia (1991-06-24) 24 June 1991 (age 23) 13 0 Tunisia Espérance
1GK Farouk Ben Mustapha (1989-07-01) 1 July 1989 (age 25) 10 0 Tunisia Club Africain
2DF Aymen Abdennour (Captain) (1989-08-06) 6 August 1989 (age 25) 35 1 France AS Monaco
2DF Yassin Mikari (1983-01-09) 9 January 1983 (age 31) 31 1 Tunisia Club Africain
2DF Bilel Ifa (1990-03-09) 9 March 1990 (age 24) 21 0 Tunisia Club Africain
2DF Syam Ben Youssef (1989-03-31) 31 March 1989 (age 25) 11 0 Romania Astra Giurgiu
2DF Ali Maâloul (1990-01-01) 1 January 1990 (age 24) 6 0 Tunisia Sfaxien
2DF Hamza Mathlouthi (1992-05-25) 25 May 1992 (age 22) 6 0 Tunisia Bizertin
2DF Rami Bedoui (1990-01-19) 19 January 1990 (age 24) 4 0 Tunisia Étoile du Sahel
2DF Bilel Mohsni (1987-07-21) 21 July 1987 (age 27) 4 0 Scotland Rangers
2DF Mohamed Ali Yacoubi (1990-10-05) 5 October 1990 (age 24) 3 0 Tunisia Club Africain
3MF Hocine Ragued (1983-02-11) 11 February 1983 (age 31) 45 0 Tunisia Espérance
3MF Yassine Chikhaoui (1986-09-22) 22 September 1986 (age 28) 30 4 Switzerland Zürich
3MF Youssef Msakni (1990-10-28) 28 October 1990 (age 23) 28 4 Qatar Lekhwiya
3MF Wahbi Khazri (1991-02-08) 8 February 1991 (age 23) 11 4 France Bordeaux
3MF Ferjani Sassi (1992-03-18) 18 March 1992 (age 22) 8 1 Tunisia Sfaxien
3MF Stéphane Houcine Nater (1984-01-20) 20 January 1984 (age 30) 6 0 Tunisia Club Africain
3MF Nidhal Said (1991-01-15) 15 January 1991 (age 23) 1 0 Tunisia Étoile du Sahel
3MF Mohamed Ali Moncer (1991-04-28) 28 April 1991 (age 23) 0 0 Tunisia Sfaxien
4FW Issam Jemâa (1984-01-28) 28 January 1984 (age 30) 84 36 Qatar Al-Sailiya
4FW Amine Chermiti (1987-12-26) 26 December 1987 (age 26) 34 6 Switzerland Zürich
4FW Saber Khalifa (1986-10-14) 14 October 1986 (age 28) 28 5 Tunisia Club Africain
4FW Fakhreddine Ben Youssef (1991-06-21) 21 June 1991 (age 23) 19 3 Tunisia Sfaxien
4FW Hamza Younés (1986-04-16) 16 April 1986 (age 28) 4 0 Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up to the squad within the last 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Hamdi Kasraoui (1983-01-18) 18 January 1983 (age 31) 38 0 Tunisia Tunis v.  Belgium, 7 June 2014
GK Atef Dekhili (1990-04-04) 4 April 1990 (age 24) 0 0 Tunisia Club Africain v.  Belgium, 7 June 2014
GK Rami Jridi (1985-04-25) 25 April 1985 (age 29) 3 0 Tunisia Sfaxien v.  Cameroon, 17 November 2013
DF Mahmoud Ben Salah (1988-05-06) 6 May 1988 (age 26) 1 0 Tunisia Sfaxien v.  Egypt, 10 September 2014
DF Ali Abdi (1993-12-20) 20 December 1993 (age 20) 0 0 Tunisia Espérance v.  Egypt, 10 September 2014
DF Selim Ben Djemia (1989-01-29) 29 January 1989 (age 25) 2 0 France Laval v.  Belgium, 7 June 2014
DF Ammar Jemal (1987-04-20) 20 April 1987 (age 27) 28 6 Saudi Arabia Al-Fateh v.  Belgium, 7 June 2014
DF Alaeddine Yahia (1981-09-26) 26 September 1981 (age 33) 23 1 France Caen v.  Colombia, 5 March 2014
DF Karim Haggui (1984-01-20) 20 January 1984 (age 30) 82 6 Germany Stuttgart v.  Cameroon, 17 November 2013
DF Khalil Chemmam (1987-07-24) 24 July 1987 (age 27) 25 0 Tunisia Espérance v.  Cameroon, 17 November 2013
DF Sameh Derbali (1986-11-23) 23 November 1986 (age 27) 11 0 Tunisia Espérance v.  Cameroon, 17 November 2013
DF Chamseddine Dhaouadi (1987-01-16) 16 January 1987 (age 27) 4 0 Tunisia Espérance v.  Cameroon, 17 November 2013
DF Bassem Boulaâbi (1984-01-11) 11 January 1984 (age 30) 3 0 Tunisia Sfaxien v.  Cameroon, 17 November 2013
DF Ahmed Guilouzi (1987-03-06) 6 March 1987 (age 27) 0 0 Croatia Zagreb v.  Cameroon, 17 November 2013
DF Alaya Brigui (1992-01-01) 1 January 1992 (age 22) 1 0 Tunisia Étoile du Sahel v.  Cameroon, 17 November 2013 (Preliminary)
DF Mohamed Ben Mansour (1988-07-19) 19 July 1988 (age 26) 1 0 Tunisia Espérance v.  Cameroon, 17 November 2013 (Preliminary)
MF Jamel Saihi INJ (1987-01-27) 27 January 1987 (age 27) 16 2 France Montpellier v.  Senegal, 10 October 2014
MF Khaled Korbi (1985-12-16) 16 December 1985 (age 28) 26 2 Tunisia Club Africain v.  Belgium, 7 June 2014
MF Saâd Bguir (1994-03-22) 22 March 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Tunisia Gabès v.  Belgium, 7 June 2014
MF Chadi Hammami (1986-06-14) 14 June 1986 (age 28) 28 1 Kuwait Al-Kuwait v.  Belgium, 7 June 2014
MF Zouheir Dhaouadi (1988-01-01) 1 January 1988 (age 26) 34 4 Tunisia Club Africain v.  Belgium, 7 June 2014
MF Wissem Ben Yahia (1984-09-09) 9 September 1984 (age 30) 36 3 Turkey Mersin İdmanyurdu v.  Belgium, 7 June 2014 (Injured)
MF Änis Ben-Hatira (1988-07-18) 18 July 1988 (age 26) 8 0 Germany Hertha Berlin v.  South Korea, 28 May 2014 (Withdrew)
MF Fabien Camus (1985-02-28) 28 February 1985 (age 29) 2 0 France Évian v.  South Korea, 28 May 2014 (Injured)
MF Oussama Darragi (1987-04-03) 3 April 1987 (age 27) 44 9 Tunisia Espérance v.  Colombia, 5 March 2014
MF Hatten Baratli (1991-01-09) 9 January 1991 (age 23) 0 0 Tunisia Club Africain v.  Colombia, 5 March 2014
FW Sami Allagui INJ (1986-01-06) 6 January 1986 (age 28) 27 5 Germany Hertha Berlin v.  Senegal, 10 October 2014
FW Edem Rjaïbi (1994-04-05) 5 April 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Tunisia Bizertin v.  Belgium, 7 June 2014
FW Chedly Ghrab (1993-05-15) 15 May 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Tunisia Gabès v.  Belgium, 7 June 2014
FW Ahmed Akaïchi (1989-02-23) 23 February 1989 (age 25) 7 2 Tunisia Espérance v.  Cameroon, 17 November 2013
Notes

INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.

Records[edit]

As of 10 September 2014

Historic Kits[edit]

Kit Providers[edit]

Name Start End
Germany Adidas 1970's 1992
Italy Lotto 1994 1998
Germany Uhlsport 2000 2001
Germany Puma 2002 November 2010
Switzerland/Qatar Burrda November 2010 Current

Kit history[edit]

1978 World Cup
1998 World Cup Home
1998 World Cup Away
2002 World Cup Home
2006 World Cup Home
2006 World Cup Away

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tunisia 3 – 1 Mexico". FIFA.com. Retrieved 31 May 2010. 
  2. ^ "England beat Tunisia". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 15 June 1998. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Moore, Glenn (16 June 1998). "England arrive at party in style". The Independent (Independent Print Limited). Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "World Cup – Colombia 1 Tunisia 0". The Independent (Independent Print Limited). 23 June 1998. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "World Cup – Romania 1 Tunisia 1". The Independent (Independent Print Limited). 27 June 1998. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "LISTE DES ENTRAÎNEURS NATIONAUX (1956–2008)". Fédrération Tunisienne de Football. Retrieved 2008-06-24. 
  7. ^ "Liste des Joueurs retenus pour le match Corée du Sud Vs Tunisie du 28 Mai 2014" (in French). Fédération Tunisienne de Football. 2014-05-15. 
  8. ^ a b Imed Kilani. "Tunisia - Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 2013-08-16. 

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