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 49 Decrease -5
Highest FIFA ranking 19 (February 1998)
Lowest FIFA ranking 65 (July 2010)
Elo ranking 77
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.

2010 World Cup Qualifications[edit]

Tunisia failed to qualify for the 2010 World Cup, gaining two draws against Nigeria and two wins over Kenya, but lost their final game in the group 1–0 to Mozambique, while Nigeria beat Kenya 3–2 to top the group by a single point.

Competition records[edit]

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
26 May 2014 Seoul World Cup Stadium, Seoul  South Korea Friendly
7 June 2014 King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels  Belgium Friendly

Players[edit]

Current Squad[edit]

The following players were called up to the squad for the match vs. Colombia on 5 March 2014.

Caps and goals updated as 5 March 2014 after the match against Colombia.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Hamdi Kasraoui (1983-01-18) 18 January 1983 (age 31) 38 0 Tunisia Stade Tunisien
1GK Farouk Ben Mustapha (1989-07-01) 1 July 1989 (age 24) 6 0 Tunisia Bizertin
1GK Atef Dekhili (1990-04-04) 4 April 1990 (age 24) 0 0 Tunisia Club Africain
2DF Yassin Mikari (1983-01-09) 9 January 1983 (age 31) 29 1 Switzerland Luzern
2DF Ammar Jemal (1987-04-20) 20 April 1987 (age 26) 27 6 Saudi Arabia Al-Fateh
2DF Alaeddine Yahia (1981-09-26) 26 September 1981 (age 32) 23 1 France Lens
2DF Syam Ben Youssef (1989-03-31) 31 March 1989 (age 25) 5 0 Romania Astra Giurgiu
2DF Ali Maâloul (1990-01-01) 1 January 1990 (age 24) 2 0 Tunisia Sfaxien
2DF Hamza Mathlouthi (1992-05-25) 25 May 1992 (age 21) 1 0 Tunisia Bizertin
2DF Mohamed Ali Yacoubi (1990-10-05) 5 October 1990 (age 23) 1 0 Tunisia Club Africain
3MF Oussama Darragi (1987-04-03) 3 April 1987 (age 27) 44 9 Tunisia Espérance
3MF Hocine Ragued (1983-02-11) 11 February 1983 (age 31) 41 0 Tunisia Espérance
3MF Zouheir Dhaouadi (1988-01-01) 1 January 1988 (age 26) 32 3 Tunisia Club Africain
3MF Fakhreddine Ben Youssef (1991-06-21) 21 June 1991 (age 22) 14 2 Tunisia Sfaxien
3MF Wahbi Khazri (1991-02-08) 8 February 1991 (age 23) 7 3 France Bastia
3MF Ferjani Sassi (1992-03-18) 18 March 1992 (age 22) 5 0 Tunisia Sfaxien
3MF Houcine Nater (1984-01-20) 20 January 1984 (age 30) 1 0 Switzerland St. Gallen
3MF Hatten Baratli (1991-01-09) 9 January 1991 (age 23) 0 0 Tunisia Club Africain
4FW Issam Jemâa (1984-01-28) 28 January 1984 (age 30) 81 36 Kuwait Al-Kuwait
4FW Saber Khelifa (1986-10-14) 14 October 1986 (age 27) 25 5 France Marseille
4FW Hamza Younés (1986-04-16) 16 April 1986 (age 28) 0 0 Bulgaria Botev Plovdiv
4FW Edem Rjaibi (1994-04-05) 5 April 1994 (age 20) 0 0 Tunisia Bizertin

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 Aymen Mathlouthi (1984-09-14) 14 September 1984 (age 29) 41 0 Tunisia Étoile du Sahel v.  Cameroon, 17 November 2013
GK Moez Ben Cherifia (1991-06-24) 24 June 1991 (age 22) 13 0 Tunisia Espérance v.  Cameroon, 17 November 2013
GK Rami Jridi (1985-04-25) 25 April 1985 (age 28) 3 0 Tunisia Sfaxien v.  Cameroon, 17 November 2013
GK Zied Jebali (1990-06-28) 28 June 1990 (age 23) 0 0 Tunisia Marsa v.  Cape Verde, 7 September 2013
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 26) 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 25) 1 0 Tunisia Espérance v.  Cameroon, 17 November 2013 (Preliminary)
DF Aymen Abdennour (1989-08-06) 6 August 1989 (age 24) 31 1 Monaco Monaco v.  Cape Verde, 7 September 2013
DF Bilel Ifa (1990-03-09) 9 March 1990 (age 24) 22 0 Tunisia Club Africain v.  Cape Verde, 7 September 2013
DF Radhouène Felhi (1984-03-25) 25 March 1984 (age 30) 20 2 Tunisia Étoile du Sahel v.  Cape Verde, 7 September 2013
DF Wael Bellakhal (1985-03-20) 20 March 1985 (age 29) 1 0 Tunisia Étoile du Sahel v.  Morocco, 13 July 2013
DF Sofian Chahed (1983-04-18) 18 April 1983 (age 31) 5 0 Unattached v.  Equatorial Guinea, 16 June 2013
DF Fakhreddine Jaziri (1989-01-25) 25 January 1989 (age 25) 0 0 Tunisia Bizertin v.  Sierra Leone, 8 June 2013
MF Änis Ben-Hatira (1988-07-18) 18 July 1988 (age 25) 8 0 Germany Hertha Berlin v.  Colombia, 5 March 2014
MF Wissem Ben Yahia (1984-09-09) 9 September 1984 (age 29) 35 3 Turkey Mersin İdmanyurdu v.  Cameroon, 17 November 2013
MF Yassine Chikhaoui (1986-09-22) 22 September 1986 (age 27) 27 3 Switzerland Zürich v.  Cameroon, 17 November 2013
MF Jamel Saihi (1987-01-27) 27 January 1987 (age 27) 16 2 France Montpellier v.  Cameroon, 17 November 2013
MF Fabien Camus (1985-02-28) 28 February 1985 (age 29) 2 0 Belgium Racing Genk v.  Cameroon, 17 November 2013
MF Khaled Mouelhi (1981-02-13) 13 February 1981 (age 33) 14 1 Tunisia Espérance v.  Cameroon, 11 October 2013
MF Ahmed Harrane (1985-06-09) 9 June 1985 (age 28) 2 0 Tunisia Bizertin v.  Cameroon, 11 October 2013
MF Maher Hannachi (1984-08-31) 31 August 1984 (age 29) 1 0 Tunisia Sfaxien v.  Cameroon, 11 October 2013
MF Mejdi Traoui (1983-12-13) 13 December 1983 (age 30) 41 1 Tunisia Espérance v.  Cape Verde, 7 September 2013
MF Youssef Msakni (1990-10-28) 28 October 1990 (age 23) 25 4 Qatar Lekhwiya v.  Cape Verde, 7 September 2013
MF Mossaâb Sassi (1990-03-12) 12 March 1990 (age 24) 2 0 Tunisia Étoile du Sahel v.  Morocco, 13 July 2013
MF Kamel Zaiem (1983-05-25) 25 May 1983 (age 30) 14 2 Tunisia Bizertin v.  Morocco, 6 July 2013
MF Chadi Hammami (1986-06-14) 14 June 1986 (age 27) 27 1 Kuwait Al-Kuwait v.  Equatorial Guinea, 16 June 2013
MF Ghazi Challouf (1990-06-15) 15 June 1990 (age 23) 0 0 Tunisia Sfaxien v.  Equatorial Guinea, 16 June 2013
FW Amine Chermiti (1987-12-26) 26 December 1987 (age 26) 33 6 Switzerland Zürich v.  Cameroon, 17 November 2013
FW Sami Allagui (1986-01-06) 6 January 1986 (age 28) 26 5 Germany Hertha Berlin v.  Cameroon, 17 November 2013
FW Ahmed Akaïchi (1989-02-23) 23 February 1989 (age 25) 7 2 Tunisia Espérance v.  Cameroon, 17 November 2013
FW Idriss Mhirsi (1994-02-21) 21 February 1994 (age 20) 2 0 Tunisia Espérance v.  Cape Verde, 7 September 2013
FW Khaled Ayari (1990-01-17) 17 January 1990 (age 24) 0 0 France Angers v.  Cape Verde, 7 September 2013
FW Lassad Jaziri (1990-02-01) 1 February 1990 (age 24) 1 0 Tunisia Étoile du Sahel v.  Morocco, 13 July 2013
FW Salema Kasdaoui (1984-11-25) 25 November 1984 (age 29) 5 0 Tunisia Club Africain v.  Morocco, 6 July 2013
FW Taha Yassine Khenissi (1992-01-06) 6 January 1992 (age 22) 1 0 Tunisia Sfaxien v.  Sierra Leone, 5 June 2013 (Preliminary)

Records[edit]

As of 5 March 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 1 January 2014
United Kingdom Umbro 1 January 2014 Current

Kit history[edit]

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

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. ^ a b Imed Kilani. "Tunisia - Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 2013-08-16. 

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