Aymen Mathlouthi

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Aymen Mathlouthi
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Mathlouthi with Tunisia at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full name Aymen Mathlouthi
Date of birth (1984-09-14) 14 September 1984 (age 33)
Place of birth Tunis, Tunisia
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Al-Batin
Number 42
Youth career
1995–2001 Club Africain
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2003 Club Africain (0)
2003–2018 Étoile du Sahel 278 (0)
2018– Al-Batin 3 (0)
National team
2007– Tunisia 66 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 June 2007
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 June 2018

Aymen Mathlouthi (born 14 September 1984) is a Tunisian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Saudi club Al-Batin and captains Tunisian national team.

Regarded by pundits as the best goalkeeper in Tunisia and one of the best in Africa of all-time, he is famous for controlling the ball with his feet and dribbling inside the penalty area. Mathlouthi won the 2011 African Nations Championship held in Sudan. The Confederation of African Football (CAF) chose Mathlouthi as the best goalkeeper in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations held in Equatorial Guinea so he was in the CAF Team of the Tournament. He is known for his impressive performance during the 2007 CAF Champions League by holding many clean sheets during this competition despite being 23 years old.

Club career[edit]

From his earliest years, Mathlouthi joined the team's training center in his hometown (Djebel Lahmar in El Omrane), at the "Jeunesse Sportive d'El Omrane", where he trained as a goalkeeper.

In 1995, he decided to leave his training club to join Club Africain. In 2001, he joined the senior team of the team and stayed with him for 2 years. Later, he joined Étoile du Sahel based in Sousse in 2003 and played with them until this moment. He has achieved all possible titles with them, whether at the national or African competitions, he participated also at the 2007 FIFA Club World Cup held in Japan and reached the fourth place after winning the Mexican team CF Pachuca in the quarter-finals (1–0).

Despite the many offers from the Gulf or Europe, he preferred to remain in Étoile du Sahel, which he considered his home club.

International career[edit]

Mathlouthi received his first call-up with the Tunisia national football team for the first time to replace Adel Nefzi to play the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations qualification (Tunisia 3–0 Seychelles on 23 March 2007). Since then, he is playing constantly .[2] He participated in all the editions of Africa Cup of Nations since 2010 and 2011 African Nations Championship.

In May 2018 he was named in Tunisia's preliminary 29-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[3] He was selected in the final 23.[4]

Career statistics[edit]

International[edit]

As of 28 June 2018[5]
Tunisia
Year Apps Goals
2007 1 0
2008 7 0
2009 3 0
2010 7 0
2011 6 0
2012 11 0
2013 1 0
2014 4 0
2015 9 0
2016 5 0
2017 10 0
2018 2 0
Total 66 0

Personal life[edit]

Mathlouthi married on Friday 13 May 2016. The player celebrated his wedding in Sousse surrounded by his family and friends from Eoile du Sahel and the Tunisian team.

Honours[edit]

ES Sahel[edit]

National competitions
African competitions

Tunisia[edit]

Personal[edit]

Mathlouthi was named in the substitutes of the 2016 CAF Team of The Year, but was the First-Choice Goalkeeper in 2017.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia – List of Players" (PDF). FIFA.com. Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 4 June 2018. Retrieved 19 June 2018. 
  2. ^ Aymen MathlouthiFIFA competition record
  3. ^ "Revealed: Every World Cup 2018 squad – 23-man & preliminary lists & when will they be announced? | Goal.com". Retrieved 23 May 2018. 
  4. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/amp/football/44342860
  5. ^ "Aymen Mathlouthi". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 14 July 2018. 
  6. ^ "Award Winners" (PDF). CAF. 4 January 2018. Retrieved 4 January 2018. 

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