Abdelmajid Chetali

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Abdelmajid Chetali
عبد المجيد الشتالي
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Personal information
Full name Abdelmajid Al-Chetali
Date of birth (1939-07-04) 4 July 1939 (age 80)
Place of birth Sousse, Tunisia
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Playing position [1]
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1957–1968 Étoile du Sahel
National team
Tunisia 70 (4)
Teams managed
1970–1975 Étoile du Sahel
1975–1978 Tunisia
1988 Bahrain
2004–2005 Étoile du Sahel
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Abdelmajid Al-Chetali (Arabic: عبد المجيد الشتالي‎; born 4 July 1939) is a Tunisian football coach and former player who played a total of 70 games with the national team and scored four goals. He participated also in 1960 Summer Olympics.[2] He now enjoys a high profile in Tunisia but refuses to take over the selection. He is considered one of the characters who shaped and prolonged the legend of the Étoile Sportive du Sahel (nicknamed Majda). He received only one yellow card during his career.

As a manager, he led them in their first ever World Cup appearance in 1978, where Tunisia became the first African team to win a World Cup match, beating Mexico 3–1 making FIFA increase the number of seats in the African continent from one place to two places. During his managerial career, he was in charge of two national teams: the Tunisian and Bahraini [3] national football teams. He also managed his home club Étoile du Sahel [4] and achieved good results with it.

Player career[edit]

Born in Sousse and a son of a family of footballers, he began his career as a young player at the Corniche and joined in 1957 the Etoile Sportive du Sahel (ESS) to the position of midfielder and team captain. He started for the first time in the national team by Yugoslav coach Milan Kristić as a semi-offensive (between the attacking midfielder and the center forward) and he imposed himself in the Tunisian midfield game.

He competed in the 1960 Summer Olympics, but his team lost all of their games and did not score goals. In 1961, he participated in the 1962 African Cup of Nations qualification and qualified Tunisia against Nigeria by scoring away with a goal in the 65th minute, but he missed the finals of the competition because he was a victim as few of his teammates of a Malaria crisis. He nevertheless participated in the 1963 African Cup of Nations after having played and lost the final of the Friendship Games in Dakar against Senegal.

At the 1965 African Cup of Nations held in Tunisia, he was captain of the selection. His team did a great competition before reaching the final against Ghana on 21 November. He scored a goal, which allowed Tunisia to equalize, but Ghana finally won the competition after extra time.

Coach career[edit]

Chetali managing Étoile du Sahel in 1973

He left the Étoile du Sahel in 1968 and returned as a coach from 1970 to 1975. He made good results winning the Tunisian League and Maghreb Champions Cup in 1972 and two Tunisian Cups in 1974 and 1975.

He graduated from the Cologne Higher Institute (Germany) in 1974, so he was called in January 1975 to coach the national team. At the 1978 African Cup of Nations, he reached the semi-final but left the competition with a two-year exclusion from the African Cup of Nations for unsportsmanlike behavior.

However, the team qualified for the first time for the World Cup finals in 1978, becoming the first African team to win a match (against Mexico by 3 goals to 1). However, his team didn't pass the first round because, after this victory, the Tunisians lost their second match against Poland by 1 goal to 0. They then draw with Germany on a virgin score. But this relatively good performance allows the African continent to benefit from an additional place for the 1982 FIFA World Cup, with two places.

With this great achievement and despite the many offers, he preferred to stay away from this training, but he had a short experience in 1988 Gulf Cup of Nations with Bahrain national football team reaching the semi-finals.

He returned to Étoile du Sahel as a coach for a few months in 2004, replacing Mrad Mahjoub, who was forced to resign after the elimination of the team in the Tunisian Cup semi-final. He achieved the second place in 2004 CAF Champions League after losing against the Nigerian Side Enyimba with penalties


He has been a sports consultant for the American TV channel ESPN since 1998. Chetali succeeds in establishing himself as one of the best Arab consultants and a very popular columnist of Tunisian television. Indeed, he is one of the first Arab to analyze a football game on a television screen after introducing a model of land on which there are dolls players. He analyzed three World Cups, four African Cups of Nations, two Asian Cups, three Copa América as well as the Italian, Spanish and English Leagues and the UEFA Champions League in Aljazeera Sport.

In March 2007, he was appointed technical advisor to the Saudi Arabian Football Federation.

Managerial statistics[edit]

Team From To Record
G W D L Win % Ref
Tunisia 12 February 1975 20 December 1978 52 18 18 16 034.62
Total 52 18 18 16 034.62


As Player[edit]

Étoile du Sahel


As Manager[edit]

Étoile du Sahel




  1. ^ a b Abdelmajid Chetali at National-Football-Teams.com
  2. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Abdelmajid Chetali". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  3. ^ [1] Archived 2011-10-02 at the Wayback Machine Gulf cup of Nations Managers
  4. ^ Entraineurs Archived June 1, 2009, at the Wayback Machine Étoile du Sahel

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