Ali Boumnijel

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Ali Boumnijel
Personal information
Date of birth (1966-04-13) 13 April 1966 (age 52)
Place of birth Menzel Jemil, Tunisia
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Étoile du Sahel (assistant)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1997 Gueugnon 166 (0)
1991–1992 Nancy (loan) 7 (0)
1998–2003 Bastia 15 (0)
2003–2004 Rouen 23 (0)
2004–2007 Club Africain 84 (0)
Total 289 (0)
National team
1991–2007 Tunisia 51 (0)
Teams managed
2011–2012 Tunisia (goalkeeper coach)
2012–2013 Umm Salal (goalkeeper coach)
2014–2016 China (assistant)
2017– Étoile du Sahel (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Ali Boumnijel (Arabic: علي بومنيجل‎, born 13 April 1966 in Menzel Jemil) is a Tunisian football goalkeeper currently working for Étoile du Sahel as assistant coach.

The Tunisian international began his career in FC Gueugnon in France, however without playing any games. His first game as a professional footballer came on October 20, 1991 for AS Nancy in a 1:3 loss to AJ Auxerre. Afterwards he returned to his previous team, where he played five seasons, until changing to SC Bastia. He played for Bastia for six years, and then one season at FC Rouen.[1] In 2004, he moved back to Tunisia to play for Club Africain.

In the national team he debuted on November 27, 1991 against Côte d'Ivoire. Having established himself as a competitive goalkeeper he went on to play for Tunisia in the 1998 FIFA World Cup, 2002 FIFA World Cup and 2006 FIFA World Cup . Boumnijel was Tunisia's first choice goalkeeper, and played at the 2004 African Nations Cup where the Tunisia team won. In the semifinals he saved a crucial penalty from Peter Odemwingie to help Tunisia beat Nigeria in a penalty shootout.[2]

Aged 40, he was the oldest player at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Boumnijel has been praised for his great leadership and goalkeeping skills during the World Cup.


  1. ^ Ali Boumnijel – French league stats at LFP
  2. ^ "Tunisia make African final". BBC. 11 February 2004. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 

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