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 Belgium Georges Leekens
Captain Yassine Chikhaoui
Most caps Radhi Jaïdi (105)
Top scorer Issam Jemâa (36)
Home stadium Stade Olympique de Radès
FIFA code TUN
FIFA ranking 22 Steady (8 January 2015)
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 Maher Kanzari
2nd Assistant Coach Tunisia Hatem Missaoui
Goalkeeping Coach Tunisia Adel Zouita
Fitness coach Tunisia Boubaker Hannechi
Team Doctor Tunisia Souhail Chamli
Tunisia Abdelkrim Jazri

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
10 October 2014 Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor, Dakar  Senegal 0–0 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
15 October 2014 Stade Mustapha Ben Jannet, Monastir  Senegal 1–0 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
14 November 2014 Botswana National Stadium, Gaborone  Botswana 0–0 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
19 November 2014 Stade Mustapha Ben Jannet, Monastir  Egypt 2–1 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
11 January 2015 Stade Olympique de Radès, Radès  Algeria 1–1 Friendly
18 January 2015 Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyín, Ebebiyín  Cape Verde 1–1 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
22 January 2015 Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyín, Ebebiyín  Zambia 2–1 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
26 January 2015 Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyín, Ebebiyín  DR Congo 1–1 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
31 January 2015 Estadio de Bata, Bata  Equatorial Guinea 2015 Africa Cup of Nations


Players[edit]

Current Squad[edit]

The following 23 players were called up to the squad for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations on January 7, 2015.[7]
Caps and goals updated as 26 January 2015 after the match against Zambia.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Farouk Ben Mustapha (1989-07-01) 1 July 1989 (age 25) 10 0 Tunisia Club Africain
16 1GK Aymen Mathlouthi (1984-09-14) 14 September 1984 (age 30) 46 0 Tunisia Étoile du Sahel
22 1GK Moez Ben Cherifia (1991-06-24) 24 June 1991 (age 23) 12 0 Tunisia Espérance
2 2DF Syam Ben Youssef (1989-03-31) 31 March 1989 (age 25) 15 0 Romania Astra Giurgiu
3 2DF Aymen Abdennour (1989-08-06) 6 August 1989 (age 25) 39 1 France Monaco
4 2DF Bilel Mohsni (1987-07-21) 21 July 1987 (age 27) 4 0 Scotland Rangers
5 2DF Rami Bedoui (1990-01-19) 19 January 1990 (age 25) 5 0 Tunisia Étoile du Sahel
12 2DF Ali Maâloul (1990-01-01) 1 January 1990 (age 25) 12 0 Tunisia Sfaxien
17 2DF Hamza Mathlouthi (1992-05-25) 25 May 1992 (age 22) 11 0 Tunisia Bizertin
20 2DF Mohamed Ali Yacoubi (1990-10-05) 5 October 1990 (age 24) 4 0 Tunisia Club Africain
23 2DF Selim Ben Djemia (1989-01-29) 29 January 1989 (age 25) 2 0 France Laval
6 3MF Hocine Ragued (1983-02-11) 11 February 1983 (age 31) 50 0 Tunisia Espérance
7 3MF Youssef Msakni (1990-10-28) 28 October 1990 (age 24) 30 4 Qatar Lekhwiya
9 3MF Yassine Chikhaoui (Captain) (1986-09-22) 22 September 1986 (age 28) 36 6 Switzerland Zürich
13 3MF Ferjani Sassi (1992-03-18) 18 March 1992 (age 22) 13 1 France Football Club de Metz
14 3MF Stéphane Houcine Nater (1984-01-20) 20 January 1984 (age 31) 11 0 Tunisia Club Africain
15 3MF Mohamed Ali Manser (1991-04-28) 28 April 1991 (age 23) 4 1 Tunisia Sfaxien
18 3MF Wahbi Khazri (1991-02-08) 8 February 1991 (age 23) 16 6 France Bordeaux
21 3MF Jamel Saihi (1987-01-27) 27 January 1987 (age 28) 18 2 France Montpellier
8 4FW Edem Rjaïbi (1990-04-05) 5 April 1990 (age 24) 1 0 Tunisia Bizertin
10 4FW Hamza Younés (1986-04-16) 16 April 1986 (age 28) 9 0 Bulgaria Ludogorets Razgrad
11 4FW Amine Chermiti (1987-12-26) 26 December 1987 (age 27) 36 6 Switzerland Zürich
19 3MF Ahmed Akaïchi (1989-02-23) 23 February 1989 (age 25) 10 4 Tunisia Espérance

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 32) 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
DF Yassin Mikari (1983-01-09) 9 January 1983 (age 32) 32 1 Tunisia Club Africain 2015 Africa Cup of Nations preliminary squad
DF Alaeddine Yahia (1981-09-26) 26 September 1981 (age 33) 24 1 France Caen v.  Egypt, 19 November 2014
DF Bilel Ifa (1990-03-09) 9 March 1990 (age 24) 21 0 Tunisia Club Africain v.  Senegal, 15 October 2014
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 21) 0 0 Tunisia Espérance v.  Egypt, 10 September 2014
DF Ammar Jemal (1987-04-20) 20 April 1987 (age 27) 28 6 Saudi Arabia Al-Fateh v.  Belgium, 7 June 2014
MF Änis Ben-Hatira (1988-07-18) 18 July 1988 (age 26) 6 0 Germany Hertha Berlin 2015 Africa Cup of Nations preliminary squad
MF Wissem Ben Yahia (1984-09-09) 9 September 1984 (age 30) 37 3 Turkey Gaziantep BB v.  Egypt, 19 November 2014
MF Nidhal Said (1991-01-15) 15 January 1991 (age 24) 1 0 Tunisia Étoile du Sahel v.  Egypt, 19 November 2014
MF Khaled Korbi (1985-12-16) 16 December 1985 (age 29) 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 27) 34 4 Tunisia Club Africain v.  Belgium, 7 June 2014
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 24) 0 0 Tunisia Club Africain v.  Colombia, 5 March 2014
FW Saber Khalifa (1986-10-14) 14 October 1986 (age 28) 28 5 Tunisia Club Africain 2015 Africa Cup of Nations preliminary squad
FW Fakhreddine Ben Youssef (1991-06-21) 21 June 1991 (age 23) 22 3 France Metz 2015 Africa Cup of Nations preliminary squad
FW Yoann Touzghar (1986-11-28) 28 November 1986 (age 28) 0 0 France Lens 2015 Africa Cup of Nations preliminary squad
FW Haythem Jouini (1993-05-07) 7 May 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Tunisia Espérance v.  Egypt, 19 November 2014
FW Issam Jemâa (1984-01-28) 28 January 1984 (age 30) 84 36 Qatar Al-Sailiya v.  Senegal, 15 October 2014
FW Sami Allagui INJ (1986-01-06) 6 January 1986 (age 29) 27 5 Germany Hertha Berlin v.  Senegal, 10 October 2014
FW Chedly Ghrab (1993-05-15) 15 May 1993 (age 21) 0 0 Tunisia Gabès v.  Belgium, 7 June 2014
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 To Be Countinued

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. ^ "CAN 2015 : CAN 2015 : La liste des 26 joueurs convoqués pour la préparation de la CAN" (in French). Fédération Tunisienne de Football. 2014-12-27. 
  8. ^ a b Imed Kilani. "Tunisia - Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 2013-08-16. 

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