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
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Sub-confederation UNAF (North Africa)
Head coach Henryk Kasperczak
Captain Yassine Chikhaoui
Most caps Radhi Jaïdi (105)
Top scorer Issam Jemâa (36)
Home stadium Stade Olympique de Radès
FIFA code TUN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 45 Steady (11 August 2016)
Highest 19 (February 1998)
Lowest 65 (July 2010)
Elo ranking
Current 67 (29 June 2016)
Highest 24 (June 1978)
Lowest 103 (July 1988)
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)
 Tunisia 8–1 Djibouti 
(Radès, Tunisia; 12 June 2015)
Biggest defeat
 Hungary 10–1 Tunisia Tunisia
(Hungary; 24 July 1960)
World Cup
Appearances 4 (First in 1978)
Best result Group stage, 1978, 1998, 2002 and 2006
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances 16 (First in 1962)
Best result Winners, 2004
Confederations Cup
Appearances 1 (First in 2005)
Best result Group stage, 2005

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 Poland Henryk Kasperczak
Assistant Coach France Patrick Hesse
Tunisia Hatem Missaoui
Goalkeeping Coach Egypt Tarek Abdel Alim
Fitness Coach Tunisia Jalel Herguli
Tunisia Irad Zaafouri
Team Doctor Tunisia Montassar Chéour
Nutritionnist Tunisia Anis Yaacoubi
Equipment Tunisia Raouf Merghni
Tunisia Lazher Kdidi
Security Tunisia Mohamed Dallagi
Director of National Teams Tunisia Mohamed Gharbi
Press Tunisia Kais Reguez
Tunisia Zouheir Ward
Tunisia Jouda Khnissi

Managers[edit]

Henryk Kasperczak, who is currently the manager of Tunisia.
Name Nationality Years as Manager Best Results
Rachid Turki Tunisia Tunisia 1956-1957
Hechmi Cherif
Larbi Soudani
Habib Draoua
Tunisia Tunisia
Tunisia Tunisia
Algeria Algeria
1957-1960
Milan Kristić Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia 1960-1961 Qualification to 1960 Summer Olympics
Frane Matošić Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia 1961-1962 1962 African Cup of Nations Third Place
André Gérard France France 1963-1965 1963 Arab Nations Cup Champions
Mokhtar Ben Nacef Tunisia Tunisia 1965-1968 1965 African Cup of Nations Runner-Up
Radojica Radojičić Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia 1968-1970
Sereta Begovic Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia 1969
Ameur Hizem Tunisia Tunisia 1970-1974
André Nagy Hungary Hungary 1974-1975
Abdelmajid Chetali Tunisia Tunisia 1975-1978 1978 African Cup of Nations Fourth Place
Qualification to 1978 FIFA World Cup
Ameur Hizem Tunisia Tunisia 1978-1979
Hmid Dhib Tunisia Tunisia 1979-1980
Ryszard Kulesza Poland Poland 1981-1983
Youssef Zouaoui Tunisia Tunisia 1984-1986
Jean Vincent France France 1986-1987
Taoufik Ben Othman Tunisia Tunisia 1987-1988 Qualification to 1988 Summer Olympics
Antoni Piechniczek Poland Poland 1988
Mokhtar Tlili Tunisia Tunisia 1988-1989
Antoni Piechniczek Poland Poland 1989
Mrad Mahjoub Tunisia Tunisia 1990-1993
Youssef Zouaoui Tunisia Tunisia 1994
Henryk Kasperczak Poland Poland 1994-1998 1996 African Cup of Nations Runner-Up
Qualification to 1996 Summer Olympics
Qualification to 1998 FIFA World Cup
Francesco Scoglio Italy Italy 1998-2001 2000 African Cup of Nations Fourth Place
Eckhard Krautzun Germany Germany 2001 Qualification to 2002 FIFA World Cup
Henri Michel France France 2001-2002
Ammar Souayah Tunisia Tunisia 2002
Roger Lemerre France France 2002-2008 2004 African Cup of Nations Champions
Qualification to 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup
Qualification to 2006 FIFA World Cup
Humberto Coelho Portugal Portugal 2008-2009
Faouzi Benzarti Tunisia Tunisia 2009-2010
Bertrand Marchand France France 2010
Sami Trabelsi Tunisia Tunisia 2010-2013 2011 African Nations Championship Champions
Nabil Maâloul Tunisia Tunisia 2013
Ruud Krol Netherlands Netherlands 2013-2014
Georges Leekens Belgium Belgium 2014-2015
Henryk Kasperczak Poland Poland 2015-

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
27 March 2015 Ōita Bank Dome, Ōita  Japan 0–2 Friendly
31 March 2015 Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre, China  China PR 1–1 Friendly
12 June 2015 Stade Olympique de Radès, Radès  Djibouti 8–1 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
5 September 2015 Antoinette Tubman Stadium, Monrovia  Liberia 0-1 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
9 October 2015 Stade Olympique de Radès, Radès  Gabon 3–3 Friendly
13 November 2015 Stade Olympique (Nouakchott), Nouakchott  Mauritania 2–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
17 November 2015 Stade Olympique de Radès, Radès  Mauritania 2–1 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
25 March 2016 Stade Mustapha Ben Jannet, Monastir  Togo 1–0 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
29 March 2016 Stade de Kégué, Lomé  Togo 0–0 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
3 June 2016 Stade du Ville, Djibouti  Djibouti 3–0 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up to the squad for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification game against Liberia in september 2016.[6][7]
Caps and goals updated as of 3 Jun 2016 after the match against Djibouti.[8]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Moez Ben Cherifia (1991-06-24) 24 June 1991 (age 25) 12 0 Tunisia Espérance de Tunis
1GK Aymen Mathlouthi (Captain) (1984-09-14) 14 September 1984 (age 31) 35 0 Tunisia Étoile du Sahel
1GK Rami Jridi (1990-06-09) 9 June 1990 (age 26) 0 0 Tunisia Espérance de Tunis

2DF Ali Maâloul (1990-01-01) 1 January 1990 (age 26) 26 0 Egypt Al Ahly
2DF Hamza Mathlouthi (1992-05-25) 25 May 1992 (age 24) 24 0 Tunisia CS Sfaxien
2DF Mohamed Ali Yacoubi (1990-10-05) 5 October 1990 (age 25) 9 0 Turkey Çaykur Rizespor
2DF Zied Boughattas (1990-12-05) 5 December 1990 (age 25) 6 0 Tunisia Étoile du Sahel
2DF Syam Ben Youssef (1989-03-31) 31 March 1989 (age 27) 25 1 France Stade Malherbe Caen
2DF Bilel Mohsni (1987-07-21) 21 July 1987 (age 29) 5 0 France Paris FC
2DF Hamdi Nagguez (1992-10-28) 28 October 1992 (age 23) 2 0 Tunisia Étoile du Sahel
2DF Aymen Abdennour (1989-08-06) 6 August 1989 (age 27) 47 1 Spain Valencia CF
2DF Oussama Haddadi (1991-01-28) 28 January 1991 (age 25) 0 0 Tunisia Club Africain

3MF Saad Bguir (1994-03-22) 22 March 1994 (age 22) 10 2 Tunisia Espérance de Tunis
3MF Ferjani Sassi (1992-03-18) 18 March 1992 (age 24) 17 1 Tunisia Espérance de Tunis
3MF Wahbi Khazri (1991-02-08) 8 February 1991 (age 25) 21 8 England Sunderland
3MF Issam Jebali (1991-12-25) 25 December 1991 (age 24) 0 0 Sweden IF Elfsborg
3MF Mohamed Amine Ben Amor (1992-01-01) 1 January 1992 (age 24) 8 1 Tunisia Étoile du Sahel
3MF Hamza Lahmar (1990-05-28) 28 May 1990 (age 26) 4 0 Tunisia Étoile du Sahel
3MF Larry Azouni (1994-03-23) 23 March 1994 (age 22) 2 0 France Nîmes
3MF Mohammad Mothnani (1992-03-03) 3 March 1992 (age 24) 2 0 Qatar El Jaish SC
3MF Mohamed Larbi (1987-09-11) 11 September 1987 (age 28) 2 0 France Gazélec Ajaccio
3MF Saber Khalifa (1986-10-14) 14 October 1986 (age 29) 35 6 Tunisia Club Africain

4FW Hamdi Harbaoui (1985-01-05) 5 January 1985 (age 31) 10 3 Italy Udinese Calcio
4FW Taha Yassine Khenissi (1992-01-06) 6 January 1992 (age 24) 9 1 Tunisia Espérance de Tunis
4FW Ahmed Akaïchi (1989-02-23) 23 February 1989 (age 27) 14 5 Saudi Arabia Ittihad

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 Atef Dkhili (1990-04-04) 4 April 1990 (age 26) 3 0 Tunisia Club Africain v.  Togo, 29 March 2016
GK Zied Jebali (1990-06-28) 28 June 1990 (age 26) 1 0 Tunisia Étoile du Sahel 2016 African Nations Championship
GK Farouk Ben Mustapha (1989-07-01) 1 July 1989 (age 27) 12 0 Tunisia Club Africain v.  Mauritania, 17 November 2015
GK Achraf Krir (1989-03-03) 3 March 1989 (age 27) 0 0 Tunisia ES Zarzis v.  Morocco, 25 October 2015
GK Moez Ben Cherifia (1991-06-24) 24 June 1991 (age 25) 16 0 Tunisia Espérance de Tunis v.  Liberia, 5 September 2015

DF Maher Hannachi (1984-08-31) 31 August 1984 (age 31) 7 1 Tunisia CS Sfaxien v.  Togo, 29 March 2016
DF Yassine Meriah (1993-07-02) 2 July 1993 (age 23) 6 0 Tunisia CS Sfaxien v.  Togo, 29 March 2016
DF Zied Derbali (1984-10-11) 11 October 1984 (age 31) 5 0 Tunisia CS Sfaxien 2016 African Nations Championship
DF Marouane Tej (1988-04-28) 28 April 1988 (age 28) 4 0 Tunisia Étoile du Sahel 2016 African Nations Championship
DF Ali Machani (1993-07-12) 12 July 1993 (age 23) 2 1 Tunisia Espérance de Tunis 2016 African Nations Championship
DF Iheb Mbarki (1992-02-12) 12 February 1992 (age 24) 2 0 Tunisia Espérance de Tunis 2016 African Nations Championship
DF Sliman Kchouk (1994-05-07) 7 May 1994 (age 22) 0 0 Tunisia CA Bizertin 2016 African Nations Championship
DF Ammar Jemal (1987-04-20) 20 April 1987 (age 29) 31 6 Tunisia Étoile du Sahel v.  Mauritania, 17 November 2015
DF Selim Ben Djemia (1989-01-29) 29 January 1989 (age 27) 4 0 Tunisia CS Sfaxien v.  Mauritania, 17 November 2015
DF Chamseddine Dhaouadi (1987-01-16) 16 January 1987 (age 29) 5 0 Tunisia Espérance de Tunis v.  Morocco, 25 October 2015
DF Ghazi Abderrazek (1986-10-16) 16 October 1986 (age 29) 0 0 Tunisia Étoile du Sahel v.  Liberia, 5 September 2015

MF Youssef Msakni (1990-10-28) 28 October 1990 (age 25) 35 5 Qatar Lekhwiya v.  Djibouti, 3 June 2016 INJ
MF Jamel Saihi (1987-01-27) 27 January 1987 (age 29) 19 2 France Montpellier v.  Togo, 29 March 2016
MF Mohamed Larbi (1987-02-09) 9 February 1987 (age 29) 4 0 France Gazélec Ajaccio v.  Togo, 29 March 2016
MF Mortadha Ben Ouaness (1994-07-02) 2 July 1994 (age 22) 0 0 Tunisia CA Bizertin v.  Togo, 29 March 2016
MF Fabien Camus (1985-02-28) 28 February 1985 (age 31) 3 1 France Troyes v.  Togo, 25 March 2016 INJ
MF Karim Aouadhi (1986-05-02) 2 May 1986 (age 30) 8 1 Tunisia CS Sfaxien 2016 African Nations Championship
MF Saad Bguir (1994-03-22) 22 March 1994 (age 22) 7 5 Tunisia Espérance de Tunis 2016 African Nations Championship
MF Abdelkader Oueslati (1991-10-07) 7 October 1991 (age 24) 5 0 Tunisia Club Africain 2016 African Nations Championship
MF Ahmed Hosni (1988-12-14) 14 December 1988 (age 27) 0 0 Tunisia Stade Gabèsien 2016 African Nations Championship
MF Yassine Chikhaoui (1986-09-22) 22 September 1986 (age 29) 40 10 Qatar Al-Gharafa v.  Mauritania, 17 November 2015
MF Alaya Brigui (1992-01-01) 1 January 1992 (age 24) 4 0 Tunisia Étoile du Sahel v.  Mauritania, 17 November 2015
MF Khaled Yahia (1991-08-10) 10 August 1991 (age 25) 1 0 Tunisia La Marsa v.  Morocco, 25 October 2015
MF Mehdi Ouedherfi (1995-05-07) 7 May 1995 (age 21) 1 0 Tunisia Club Africain v.  Gabon, 9 October 2015
MF Hocine Ragued (1983-02-11) 11 February 1983 (age 33) 54 0 Tunisia Espérance de Tunis v.  Liberia, 5 September 2015

FW Anice Badri (1990-09-18) 18 September 1990 (age 25) 1 0 Belgium Mouscron-Péruwelz v.  Djibouti, 3 June 2016 INJ
FW Ahmed Akaïchi (1989-02-23) 23 February 1989 (age 27) 20 9 Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad v.  Togo, 29 March 2016
FW Hichem Essifi (1987-02-27) 27 February 1987 (age 29) 8 3 Tunisia Stade Gabèsien 2016 African Nations Championship
FW Iheb Msakni (1987-07-18) 18 July 1987 (age 29) 7 0 Tunisia Étoile du Sahel 2016 African Nations Championship
FW Edem Rjaïbi (1994-04-05) 5 April 1994 (age 22) 2 0 Tunisia Espérance de Tunis 2016 African Nations Championship
FW Seifeddine Jaziri (1993-03-12) 12 March 1993 (age 23) 1 0 Tunisia Club Africain 2016 African Nations Championship
FW Fakhreddine Ben Youssef (1991-06-21) 21 June 1991 (age 25) 27 4 Tunisia Espérance de Tunis v.  Mauritania, 17 November 2015
FW Yoann Touzghar (1986-11-28) 28 November 1986 (age 29) 2 1 Tunisia Club Africain v.  Mauritania, 17 November 2015
FW Saber Khalifa (1986-10-14) 14 October 1986 (age 29) 35 6 Tunisia Club Africain v.  Morocco, 25 October 2015
FW Alaa Marzouki (1990-01-03) 3 January 1990 (age 26) 0 0 Tunisia CS Sfaxien v.  Morocco, 25 October 2015
FW Amine Chermiti (1987-12-26) 26 December 1987 (age 28) 38 6 France Gazélec Ajaccio v.  Liberia, 5 September 2015
Notes

INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.

Records[edit]

As of 3 June 2016

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 2010
Switzerland Burrda 2010

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. ^ "CAN Gabon 2017 Equipe Nationale : Première Liste des Joueurs convoqués" (in French). Fédération Tunisienne de Football. 18 May 2016. 
  7. ^ "Liste des joueurs locaux convoqués pour le match de Djibouti" (in French). Fédération Tunisienne de Football. 26 May 2016. 
  8. ^ "Tunisia". 
  9. ^ a b Imed Kilani. "Tunisia - Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 2013-08-16. 

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