Tunisia national football team

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Tunisia
Nickname(s)نسور قرطاج
Aigles de Carthage
(Eagles of Carthage)
AssociationTunisian Football Federation
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationUNAF (North Africa)
Head coachvacant
CaptainAymen Mathlouthi
Most capsSadok Sassi (116)
Top scorerIssam Jemâa (36)
Home stadiumStade 7 November
FIFA codeTUN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current22 Increase 1 (25 October 2018)[1]
Highest14 (April 2018)
Lowest65 (July 2010)
Elo ranking
Current46 Increase 7 (16 November 2018)[2]
Highest24 (June 1978)
Lowest103 (July 1988)
First international
 Tunisia 1–2 Algeria 
(Tunisia; 25 June 1957)
Biggest win
 Tunisia 8–1 Chinese Taipei 
(Rome, Italy; 18 August 1960)
 Tunisia 7–0 Togo 
(Tunis, Tunisia; 7 January 2000)
 Tunisia 7–0 Malawi 
(Radès, Tunisia; 26 March 2005)
 Tunisia 8–1 Djibouti 
(Radès, Tunisia; 12 June 2015)
Biggest defeat
 Hungary 10–1 Tunisia Tunisia
(Budapest, Hungary; 24 July 1960)
World Cup
Appearances5 (first in 1978)
Best result9th (Group stage) (1978)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances18 (first in 1962)
Best resultChampions (2004)
Confederations Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2005)
Best resultGroup stage (2005)

The Tunisia national football team (Arabic: منتخب تونس لكرة القدم‎, French: Équipe de Tunisie de football), is the national team representing Tunisia in association football since their maiden match in 1957. The squad is under the global jurisdiction of FIFA and is governed in Africa by CAF. It is governed by the Tunisian Football Federation , founded in 1957 after the Tunisian independence in 1956. Tunisia are colloquially known as Les Aigles de Carthage (The Eagles of Carthage). The team's colours are red and white, and the Bald eagle its symbol. Periods of regular Tunisian representation at the highest international level, from 1962 to 1978, from 1994 to 2008 and again from 2014 onwards. Most of Tunisia's home matches are played at the Stade 7 November in Radès since 2001.

Tunisia's national team have participated in three quadrennial major football competitions. It appeared in the end stages of five FIFA World Cups and eighteen Africa Cup of Nations, and featured at four Olympic football tournaments. 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 three tournaments in succession, in 1998, 2002 and 2006 before returning in the last edition held in Russia in 2018. Tunisia has long-standing football rivalries with North African teams: Egypt, Morocco and Algeria. In fact, the Tunisian team has always met with them, whether through friendly matches or World Cup qualifiers and the African Cup of Nations . Tunisia is one of the most successful African national teams in competitions, having won one African Cup of Nations, as tournament hosts in 2004. They have also been runners-up twice in 1965 as hosts and 1996 held in South Africa.

History[edit]

Beginning (1928–1956)[edit]

The Tunisian football team in 1939.

Before independence, an unofficial team was formed in 1928, comprising the best Tunisian players from the Tunisian League. The team's first match was on 11 March 1928, against the France national football B team; Tunisia lost 8-2. Their next friendlies, against the same team on 23 March 1930 and 26 March 1933, also resulted in heavy defeats: 0-5 and 1-6 respectively. Tunisia had to wait until 1939 for their first match win: a 4-1 victory over a team of amateur footballers of Paris.

The most capped players of this period are :

Post independence (1957–1962)[edit]

Tunisia gained independence from France on 20 March 1956. The Tunisian Football Federation was founded on 29 March 1957 and became affiliated to FIFA and the Confederation of African Football in 1960. The independent Tunisia played their first match against Algeria on 1 June 1957, in the midst of the Algerian War; Tunisia lost 2-1.They played their first official match at the 1957 Pan Arab Games where they won the silver medal. Tunisia qualified for 1960 Summer Olympics which was their first international event; on 24 July 1960, the team experienced its biggest-ever defeat, losing 10-1 against Hungary. However, less than a month later, on 18 August 1960, Tunisia recorded their biggest-ever win: an 8-1 thumping of Taiwan.

Golden generation (1962–1978)[edit]

Habib Bourguiba, President of the Republic, amid the Tunisian side that won the Palestine Cup in 1973.

In 1962, Tunisia entered the African Cup of Nations qualifiers for the first time: the team successfully qualified for the tournament and went on to finish third. Three years later, Tunisia hosted the 1965 African Cup of Nations and reached the final, where they lost 3-2 to Ghana in extra-time. Despite this early success, Tunisia did not enter the Cup of Nations again until 1976, and did not qualify for one until 1978. In 1973, however, the team entered the Palestine Cup of Nations and won in dominant fashion, winning all six of their matches, scoring 19 goals, and conceding only three.

Tunisia in 1978 World Cup.

In 1977, under new coach Abdelmajid Chetali, Tunisia qualified for the 1978 African Cup of Nations and, at the same time, their first-ever World Cup. Tunisia made the semi-finals at the Cup of Nations, beating holders Morocco along the way, but lost to Ghana in the semi-finals. In the third-place match against Nigeria, Tunisia initially took the lead, but when Nigeria scored a controversial equalizer in the 42nd minute, the Tunisians walked off the pitch in protest and Nigeria were awarded a 2-0 victory by default.

At the World Cup in Argentina, Tunisia made an immediate impact by coming from behind to beat Mexico 3-1, becoming the first African team to win a World Cup finals match. A few days later, the team held reigning champions West Germany to a 0-0 draw. Despite these impressive results, however, a 0-1 defeat to Poland in their final group match meant they were eliminated in the group stages.

Decline (1978–1994)[edit]

Following their first experience of World Cup football, Tunisia experienced a sudden decline. Between 1980 and 1992, the team managed to qualify for only two tournaments - the 1982 African Cup of Nations and the 1988 Summer Olympics - and in both they were knocked out in the first round. In fact, Tunisia qualified for the African Cup hosted by neighbor Libya and achieved negative results: drawed with Cameroon in the first game before being defeated against Libya and Ghana to withdraw by only one point. They qualified also for the Olympic Games after surpassing Morocco and Egypt in the qualifiers with coach Taoufik Ben Othman but he was sacked days before the start of the competition and was replaced by Antoni Piechniczek. The results were not good after drawing with China and Sweden and a heavy defeat from West Germany 1-4.

Tunisia managed to break the streak in 1994 by hosting that year's African Cup of Nations replacing original hosts Zaire, but the result was catastrophic and unexpected with a defeat by Mali 2-0 in the opening game at El Menzah Stadium, which contributed to the dismissal of Youssef Zouaoui after the opening match and compensated by Faouzi Benzarti, who drawed with Zaire in the second game finishing bottom of the group.

Beginning of Resurgence (1994–2002)[edit]

Henryk Kasperczak who guided the team to qualify for the 1998 World Cup after 20 years.

After the team's poor performance at the 1994 African Cup of Nations, a new coach was appointed: Henryk Kasperczak. Under him, Tunisia qualified for 1996 African Cup of Nations and finished second in their group, putting them through to the quarter-finals. Tunisia went on to beat Gabon in the quarter-finals and Zambia in the semi-finals to reach their first major final in 31 years, but lost to host country South Africa 2-0.

Still under the leadership of Kasperczak, Tunisia reached the quarter-finals of the 1998 African Cup of Nations, where they were eliminated in a penalty shootout by host country Burkina Faso. The team also qualified for that year's World Cup after a 20-year absence: they again failed to advance from the group stages, losing 2-0 to England and 1-0 to Colombia, and drawing 1-1 with Romania. Kasperczak was sacked and replaced with Francesco Scoglio, who guided the team to the 2000 African Cup of Nations, where they finished in fourth place after losing to Cameroon in the semi-finals.

The following year, Scoglio departed to rejoin Genoa CFC, sparking a period of severe instability. Eckhard Krautzun initially took over and guided the team to a second successive World Cup qualification, but then resigned, citing interference from the Tunisian FA with his coaching. Henri Michel replaced him, but was sacked when Tunisia crashed out of the 2002 African Cup of Nations without scoring a single goal. Finally, Ammar Souayah took over in time for the 2002 World Cup; Tunisia could not better their 1998 performance, drawing 1-1 with Belgium but losing 2-0 to Russia and co-hosts Japan.

The Lemerre era (2002–2008)[edit]

Roger Lemerre, the most successful manager in Tunisia. He guided his team to win the AFCON 2004.

After the 2002 World Cup, former France manager Roger Lemerre took over, becoming Tunisia's fifth manager in less than two years. As well as steadying the ship, Lemerre was tasking with winning the 2004 African Cup of Nations, which Tunisia would be hosting. During the build-up to the tournament, the team established themselves as favourites with several impressive friendly results, holding France and Portugal to 1-1 draws and beating Sweden 2-1.

Tunisia-Ukraine match during 2006 FIFA World Cup.

Tunisia advanced unbeaten from the group stage, beating Rwanda 2-1 and DR Congo 3-0, and drawing 1-1 with Guinea. The team then beat Senegal 1-0 and Nigeria on penalties to face Morocco in the final, where goals from Francileudo Santos and Ziad Jaziri gave Tunisia a 2-1 win. Lemerre became the first coach to win two different continental tournaments, having previously won Euro 2000 with France. The victory gave birth to the Tunisian team's present nickname, the "Eagles of Carthage", and accordingly, the team's badge was changed to its current design, which incorporates an eagle.

African Cup of Nations win qualified them for the 2005 Confederations Cup, where they were eliminated in the group stage despite beating Australia, having already lost 2-1 to Argentina and 3-0 to hosts Germany. The following year, they failed to defend their Cup of Nations title, losing to Nigeria in the quarter-finals, but did at least qualify for a third successive World Cup. Once again, however, they could not progress from their group, drawing 2-2 with Saudi Arabia but losing 3-1 to Spain and 1-0 to Ukraine.

In the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations, the team were again knocked out in the quarter-finals, this time losing 3-2 to Cameroon. On 30 June 2008, Roger Lemerre left Tunisia after six years, the longest reign of any of the team's coaches. He was replaced by Portuguese coach Humberto Coelho.

Disappointments (2008–2014)[edit]

Tunisia-Mozambique on 6 June 2009 for 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification.

Under Coelho, Tunisia failed to qualify for the World Cup and ended the country's streak of three consecutive presences in the tournament, after losing their final qualifying match to Mozambique. Coelho was sacked immediately after this defeat and Faouzi Benzarti took over; he too was sacked after Tunisia were eliminated from the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in the group stage, drawing all three of their matches against Gabon, Cameroon, and Zambia finishing in the bottom of the group.

Tunisian fans supporting the national team.

In June 2010, Bertrand Marchand was appointed manager on a two-year contract, with the goal of reaching the semifinals of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations. However, qualification started badly, with two defeats against Botswana and a 2-2 draw against Malawi. Marchand was sacked in December, only six months into his two-year term.

The beginning of 2011 saw the Tunisian Revolution. Against this turbulent backdrop, and with little preparation under new coach Sami Trabelsi, the team surprisingly won the 2011 African Nations Championship, defeating Angola 3-0 in the final. Tunisia went on to qualify for the 2012 African Cup of Nations, but an extra-time defeat to Ghana knocked them out in the quarter-finals yet again. Tunisia fared even worse in the following tournament, falling in the group stages despite a 1-0 win over Algeria in which Youssef Msakni scored what was later voted the goal of the tournament.

In February 2013, Sami Trabelsi was replaced by Nabil Maâloul. Under Maâloul, Tunisia initially failed to make the World Cup qualification playoffs after a 2-0 defeat to Cape Verde national football team, but Cape Verde were found to have fielded an ineligible player and Tunisia were awarded a 3-0 victory, putting them through to the playoffs. With Maâloul having already resigned, Ruud Krol took over for the two-leg playoff, but Tunisia lost 4-1 to Cameroon and Krol himself then resigned.

Revival (2014–)[edit]

Tunisia national team at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Georges Leekens was appointed coach in early 2014 to try and revive the team's fortunes. Early results were positive, including a (1-1) draw against Colombia and a 1-0 win over South Korea, both in friendly matches. Under Leekens, the team climbed from 49th to 22nd in few months in the FIFA rankings so the team regained its continental luster. Tunisia qualified for the 2015 African Cup of Nations and finished top of their group, but were eliminated in the quarter-finals after a controversial 2-1 defeat to Equatorial Guinea. In July 2015, Henryk Kasperczak returned as coach after 17 years, but was sacked after yet another quarter-final defeat at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, this time 2-0 against Burkina Faso despite the good start in the World Cup qualification. On 27 April 2017, Nabil Maâloul returned as coach and succeeded in bringing his team back to the 2018 FIFA World Cup for the first time since 2006. Tunisia's qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and its positive results in the friendlies against Iran and Costa Rica led to its rise to 14th place in the FIFA World Rankings for the first time ever, after being first in African teams and surpassing teams like Italy and Netherlands. In the World Cup, the team was eliminated from the group stage after losing 2-1 against England and 5-2 against Belgium, before winning the last game 2-1 against Panama, the first World Cup win for Tunisia since beating Mexico 3-1 in 1978.

Home stadium[edit]

The Stade 7 November in Radès the home stadium of Tunisia national team.

After the independence of Tunisia in 1956, the Tunisian national stadium was Stade Chedly Zouiten which has a capacity of 18,000 and hosted all the matches of the Tunisian team, it hosted also the 1965, 1994 African Cup of Nations and the 1977 FIFA World Youth Championship before it was replaced after the construction of Stade El Menzah (45,000) in 1967 for the 1967 Mediterranean Games. Tunisia's first match at the stadium was played on 8 September 1967 against Libya. Tunisia won the match 3–0. This stadium became the new stronghold of the Eagles of Carthage. It hosted the 1977 FIFA World Youth Championship and was completely renovated for the 1994 African Cup of Nations. It hosted also the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations. In 2001, the Stade Olympique de Radès was inaugurated as Tunisia's national stadium ahead of the 2001 Mediterranean Games. Located in Radès, the stadium has an all-seater capacity of 60,000. The first match at the stadium was played on 7 July 2001 against between Étoile du Sahel and CS Hammam-Lif for the Tunisian Cup final. CS Hammam-Lif won the match 1–0, with Anis Ben Chouikha scoring the lone goal. Since that match, Tunisia has used the stadium for almost every major home game, including the 2004 African Cup of Nations Final. The Tunisians often hosts their matches in Stade Mustapha Ben Jannet in Monastir which has a capacity of 20,000 for its excellent ground, whether in the African Cup of Nations qualification, World Cup qualification or friendly matches.

Supporters[edit]

Fans watching the Tunisia-Ukraine match at the 2006 World Cup in Stuttgart.

Fans of the Tunisian national team display the country's national flag, usually with an emphasis on the red element .One of the greatest moments for the Tunisian team when the Tunisian delegation at the Tunis–Carthage International Airport received a warm "welcome home" after the 1978 epic that delighted the Tunisians, who still remember the details, and the brilliant performance of the team was credited with adding a new seat to Africa in the World Cup. The team's popularity also appeared in the 2004 African Cup of Nations in Tunisia, where the crowds were heavily attended during that period. The Stade 7 November of Radès was filled with 60,000 spectators in the six matches of the tournament. The team's deterioration after the 2006 World Cup lead to their absence from the end stages of the next two world cups, and strained their popularity. In fact, the stadiums were almost empty with the national team's matches in that period. Between 2008 and 2014, local journalists accused the Tunisian team for their poor performance.

Tunisian fans in Saransk at the 2018 World Cup

Of the fans that kept supporting the squad in bad times, Bechir Manoubi was one of the most loyal. He attended the team's matches worldwide since 1960, he was famous for wearing the Mexican hat and his suit with thousands of slogans and cards for the various events he covered. The 2006 World Cup qualifying match on 6 October 2005 between Tunisia and Morocco, which was just days before his death, was the last event he attended

The emergence of skilled players and the rise of a new promising generation in addition to good results in the second tirm of Henryk Kasperczak, increased fans' enthusiasm and belief in a successful World Cup campaign.Because of this popularity peak, the FIFA has named the Tunisian fans among the best in the 2018 World Cup.

This choice comes after the great attendance of the Tunisian masses, which turned to Russia in large numbers between 15 and 20 thousand fans, attended and supported the Tunisian team in the three matches of the World Cup.

Rivalries[edit]

Tunisia's main football rivals are its neighbours Algeria, Morocco and Egypt, with which it shares close cultural and political relations.

Algeria[edit]

Tunisia-Algeria match in the 2013 African Cup won by Tunisia 1–0.

Tunisia played until today 43 games against Algeria.

The first match took place on 1 June 1957 in a friendly match against the FLN football team when Algeria was a French colony. It was at this time that the matches were the most regular. Indeed, the two teams met six times, between June 1957 and May 1958, with eight victories for the Algerians.

After the independence of Algeria, the first official match took place on 15 December 1963, in a friendly match at the Stade Chedly Zouiten in Tunisia. The teams also met three times in the qualifying phase of the World Cup in 1970, 1978 and 1986. The overall record is slightly favorable to the Algerians with fifteen wins, fourteen draws and fourteen losses. The last defeat of Algeria against their neighbors dated back to 20 January 2017 during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations which was hosted by Gabon. Before this match, the two teams had met once in the African Cup of Nations finals in 2013, which was also dominated by the Tunisians.

Morocco[edit]

Tunisia-Morocco in a friendly match on 5 June 2010 in Casablanca.

Tunisians and Moroccans have played 50 games since their independence from France in 1956.

Their first match was for the 1962 World Cup qualification, took place on 30 October 1960 in Casablanca. Most of the matches were played in the FIFA World Cup qualification as they met in the qualifiers of 1962, 1970, 1978, 1990, 1994 and 2006. They also met 4 times in the African Cup of Nations. Two of them ended in a draw in 1978 and 2000 and the other two matches with the victory of the Tunisian team in 2004 and 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.

In fact, their most important match was the 2004 African Cup of Nations Final in Stade 7 November in Tunisia, where the Tunisians won their first African title. The overall record is favorable to the Moroccans with 13 wins, 28 draws and 9 losses. The last match between the Maghrebian teams dated back to 28 March 2017 during a friendly match won by Morocco in Marrakech which contributed to the dismissal of the Tunisian coach Henryk Kasperczak.

The two teams are similar in terms of both having a single African Cup and the two teams have also qualified for five World Cups, despite their numerous World Cup qualifying matches. They qualified for the same tournament in 1998 in France and 2018 in Russia.

Egypt[edit]

The match between the Egyptian and the Tunisian team are one of Africa's best and most exciting matches for their long continental history. The two teams have met 39 times in both official and friendly matches. Tunisian and Egyptian teams have collected 25 official matches and 14 friendly matches. The overall record is clearly favorable to the Tunisians as they won 16 matches and Egypt won 12 matches and ended 11 matches with a draw.

Tunisia-Egypt in a friendly match in October 2012 in Abu Dhabi.

The Eagles scored 42 goals in the Pharaohs' goal, while Egypt scored only 35 goals against Tunisia. The largest goal scoring match was on 11 December 1977 for the 1978 FIFA World Cup qualification (CAF) after the great win of the Tunisians 4–1 which contributed in their qualification for the World Cup.

Tunisia have faced the Egyptian team 7 times in qualifying for either the World Cup or the African Nations Cup. The three World Cup qualification were in 1974, 1978 and 1998 where Tunisia qualified in the last two editions against Egypt. The four qualifiers for the African Nations Cup were in 1978 (Tunisia won 3–2 after drawed in 2–2), 1984 (0–0 draw in Tunis and the Pharaohs won in Cairo 1–0), 1992 (the teams drew 2–2 twice) and 2015 (Tunisia won 1–0 and 2–1 respectively), in addition to the current 2019 qualifiers for the fifth time, which Tunisia won the first game 1–0 in Radès and lost the second game in Alexandria 2–3.

The two teams met twice in the African Nations Cup finals in 2000 in Nigeria when Tunisia won 1-0 and in the next edition in 2002 in Mali when Egypt won with the same result. Hossam Hassan is the most Egyptian player participating in the games of the Pharaohs against the Eagles of Carthage with 12 games, while Wahbi Khazri comes as the most Tunisian players to participate in their matches against Egypt by 3 games.

Competition records[edit]

World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Uruguay 1930 Part of  France Part of  France
Italy 1934
France 1938
Brazil 1950
Switzerland 1954
Sweden 1958 Did not enter Did not enter
Chile 1962 Did not qualify 3 1 1 1 4 4
England 1966 Withdrew Withdrew
Mexico 1970 Did not qualify 5 1 4 0 4 3
West Germany 1974 4 1 1 2 5 5
Argentina 1978 Group stage 9th 3 1 1 1 3 2 10 4 4 2 15 9
Spain 1982 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 2 2
Mexico 1986 8 4 0 4 11 9
Italy 1990 10 4 1 5 10 11
United States 1994 6 3 3 0 14 2
France 1998 Group stage 26th 3 0 1 2 1 4 8 7 1 0 15 2
South Korea Japan 2002 Group stage 29th 3 0 1 2 1 5 10 8 2 0 28 5
Germany 2006 Group stage 24th 3 0 1 2 3 6 10 6 3 1 25 9
South Africa 2010 Did not qualify 12 7 3 2 18 7
Brazil 2014 8 4 3 1 14 10
Russia 2018 Group stage 24th 3 1 0 2 5 8 8 6 2 0 15 6
Qatar 2022 To be determined To be determined
United States Canada Mexico 2026
Total Group stage 5/21 15 2 4 9 13 25 104 57 28 19 180 84
A Tunisair plane supporting the Eagles in the 2006 World Cup.

FIFA Confederations Cup[edit]

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Appearances : 1
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad
Saudi Arabia 1992 Did not qualify
Saudi Arabia 1995
Saudi Arabia 1997
Mexico 1999
South Korea Japan 2001
France 2003
Germany 2005 Group stage 6th 3 1 0 2 3 5 Squad
South Africa 2009 Did not qualify
Brazil 2013
Russia 2017
Total Group stage 1/10 3 1 0 2 3 5

Africa Cup of Nations record[edit]

Africa Cup of Nations record Africa Cup of Nations qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Sudan 1957 Did not enter Did not enter
United Arab Republic 1959
Ethiopia 1962 Third place 3rd 2 1 0 1 5 4 4 3 0 1 7 2
Ghana 1963 Group stage 5th 2 0 1 1 3 5 2 1 0 1 6 5
Tunisia 1965 Runners-up 2nd 3 1 1 1 6 3 Qualified as hosts
Ethiopia 1968 Did not qualify 4 1 1 2 5 5
Sudan 1970 Did not enter Did not enter
Cameroon 1972
Egypt 1974
Ethiopia 1976 Did not qualify 6 3 1 2 8 7
Ghana 1978 Fourth place 4th 5 1 3 1 5 4 4 2 1 1 10 7
Nigeria 1980 Withdrew Withdrew
Libya 1982 Group stage 7th 3 0 1 2 1 4 2 1 1 0 1 0
Ivory Coast 1984 Did not qualify 4 2 1 1 6 1
Egypt 1986 2 1 0 1 1 2
Morocco 1988 2 0 1 1 1 2
Algeria 1990 2 0 0 2 0 4
Senegal 1992 6 3 3 0 10 5
Tunisia 1994 Group stage 9th 2 0 1 1 1 3 Qualified as hosts
South Africa 1996 Runners-up 2nd 6 2 2 2 10 9 8 3 4 1 7 2
Burkina Faso 1998 Quarter-finals 5th 4 2 1 1 6 5 3 2 0 1 3 1
Ghana Nigeria 2000 Fourth place 4th 6 2 2 2 6 9 6 5 0 1 13 3
Mali 2002 Group stage 11th 3 0 2 1 0 1 6 2 2 2 9 7
Tunisia 2004 Champions 1st 6 4 2 0 10 4 Qualified as hosts
Egypt 2006 Quarter-finals 6th 4 2 1 1 7 5 10 6 3 1 25 9
Ghana 2008 Quarter-finals 5th 4 1 2 1 7 6 6 4 1 1 12 3
Angola 2010 Group stage 12th 3 0 3 0 3 3 12 7 3 2 18 7
GabonEquatorial Guinea 2012 Quarter-finals 6th 4 2 0 2 5 5 8 4 2 2 14 6
South Africa 2013 Group stage 12th 3 1 1 1 2 4 2 0 2 0 2 2
Equatorial Guinea 2015 Quarter-finals 7th 4 1 2 1 5 5 6 4 2 0 6 2
Gabon 2017 Quarter-finals 8th 4 2 0 2 6 7 6 4 1 1 16 3
Cameroon 2019 Qualified 4 4 0 0 6 1
Ivory Coast 2021 To be determined To be determined
Guinea 2023
Total 1 Title 19/32 68 22 25 21 88 86 115 62 29 24 186 86

Olympic Games record[edit]

Olympic Games
Appearances: 4
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Greece 1896 Part of  France
France 1900
United States 1904
United Kingdom 1908
Sweden 1912
Belgium 1920
France 1924
Netherlands 1928
Germany 1936
United Kingdom 1948
Finland 1952
Australia 1956 Did not enter
Italy 1960 Group Stage 15th 3 0 0 3 3 11
Japan 1964 Did not qualify
Mexico 1968
Germany 1972
Canada 1976
Soviet Union 1980
United States 1984
South Korea 1988 Group Stage 13th 3 0 2 1 3 6
Spain 1992 Did not qualify
United States 1996 Group Stage 14th 3 0 1 2 1 5
Australia 2000 Did not qualify
Greece 2004 Group Stage 12th 3 1 1 1 4 5
China 2008 Did not qualify
United Kingdom 2012
Brazil 2016
Japan 2020 To be determined
Total Group Stage 4/15 12 1 4 7 11 27

African Nations Championship record[edit]

African Nations Championship
Appearances: 2
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Ivory Coast 2009 Did not qualify
Sudan 2011 Champions 1 6 4 2 0 11 3
South Africa 2014 Did not qualify
Rwanda 2016 Quarter-finals 8th 4 1 2 1 9 5
Morocco 2018 Did not compete
Ethiopia 2020 To be determined
Total Champion 1/2 10 5 4 1 20 8

Arab Nations Cup record[edit]

Arab Nations Cup
Appearances: 2
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Lebanon 1963 Champions 1st 4 4 0 0 11 1
Kuwait 1964 Did not enter
Iraq 1966
Saudi Arabia 1985
Jordan 1988 Group Stage 7th 4 0 3 1 3 4
Syria 1992 Did not enter
Qatar 1998
Kuwait 2002
Saudi Arabia 2012
Total Champions 2/9 8 4 3 1 14 5

Honours[edit]

This is a list of honours for the senior Tunisia national team

African Competitions[edit]

Coppa Africa.svg Africa Cup of Nations

African Nations Championship

African Games

Arabic Competitions[edit]

Arab Cup of Nations

Palestine Cup of Nations

Pan Arab Games

Mediterranean Competitions[edit]

Mediterranean Games

Coaching staff[edit]

Faouzi Benzarti, the current manager of the Tunisia national team.
Position Name
Head Coach Tunisia Faouzi Benzarti
Assistant Coach Tunisia Mourad Okbi
Tunisia Maher Kanzari
Goalkeeping Coach Tunisia Hamdi Kasraoui
Fitness Coach Tunisia Jalel Herguli
Tunisia Firas Bali
Technical Advisor Tunisia Mbarek Zattal
Team Doctor Tunisia Souheil Chemli

Managers[edit]

Nationality Name Period Matches Won Drawn Lost Win% Achievements
Tunisia Rachid Turki 1956–1957 2 2 0 0 100.00%
Tunisia
Tunisia
Algeria
Hechmi Cherif
Larbi Soudani
Habib Draoua
1957–1960 15 7 2 6 46.67%
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Milan Kristić 1960–1961 23 5 4 14 21.74% Qualification to 1960 Summer Olympics
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Frane Matošić 1961–1962 6 1 2 3 16.67% Bronze medal africa.svg 1962 African Cup of Nations Third Place
France André Gérard 1963–1965 34 15 9 10 44.12% 1st, gold medalist(s) 1963 Arab Nations Cup Champions
Tunisia Mokhtar Ben Nacef 1965–1968 15 5 8 2 33.33% Silver medal africa.svg 1965 African Cup of Nations Runners-up
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Radojica Radojičić 1968–1970 9 2 3 4 22.22%
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Sereta Begović 1969 5 0 4 1 0.00%
Tunisia Ameur Hizem 1970–1974 33 16 6 11 48.48% 1st, gold medalist(s) 1973 Palestine Cup of Nations Champions
Hungary André Nagy 1974–1975 10 4 1 5 40.00%
Tunisia Abdelmajid Chetali 1975–1978 52 18 18 16 34.61% 1978 African Cup of Nations Fourth Place
Qualification to 1978 FIFA World Cup
Tunisia Ameur Hizem 1978–1979 3 1 1 1 33.33%
Tunisia Hmid Dhib 1979–1980 14 3 3 5 21.43%
Poland Ryszard Kulesza 1981–1983 25 10 5 10 40.00%
Tunisia Youssef Zouaoui 1984–1986 26 13 3 8 54.16%
France Jean Vincent 1986–1987 10 1 2 7 10.00%
Tunisia Taoufik Ben Othman 1987–1988 16 4 3 9 25.00% Qualification to 1988 Summer Olympics
Poland Antoni Piechniczek 1988 9 3 3 3 33.33%
Tunisia Mokhtar Tlili 1988–1989 14 3 4 7 21.43%
Poland Antoni Piechniczek 1989 8 2 2 4 25.00%
Tunisia Mrad Mahjoub 1990–1993 26 8 13 5 30.77%
Tunisia Youssef Zouaoui 1993-1994 13 4 6 3 30.77%
Poland Henryk Kasperczak 1994–1998 59 30 11 18 50.84% Silver medal africa.svg 1996 African Cup of Nations Runners-up
Qualification to 1996 Summer Olympics
Qualification to 1998 FIFA World Cup
Italy Francesco Scoglio 1998–2001 32 19 8 5 59.73% 2000 African Cup of Nations Fourth Place
Germany Eckhard Krautzun 2001 7 4 2 1 57.14% Qualification to 2002 FIFA World Cup
France Henri Michel 2001–2002 6 2 2 2 33.33%
Tunisia Ammar Souayah 2002 6 0 3 3 0.00%
France Roger Lemerre 2002–2008 67 40 15 12 59.70% Gold medal africa.svg 2004 African Cup of Nations Champions
Qualification to 2004 Summer Olympics
Qualification to 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup
Qualification to 2006 FIFA World Cup
Portugal Humberto Coelho 2008–2009 15 5 4 3 33.33%
Tunisia Faouzi Benzarti 2009–2010 4 0 3 1 0.00%
France Bertrand Marchand 2010 6 3 1 2 50.00%
Tunisia Sami Trabelsi 2010–2013 32 13 9 10 40.63% Gold medal africa.svg 2011 African Nations Championship Champions
Tunisia Nabil Maâloul 2013 7 2 3 2 28.57%
Netherlands Ruud Krol 2013 2 0 1 1 0.00%
Belgium Georges Leekens 2014–2015 19 7 8 4 36.84%
Poland Henryk Kasperczak 2015–2017 26 12 5 10 46.15%
Tunisia Nabil Maâloul 2017–2018 13 6 4 3 46.15% Qualification to 2018 FIFA World Cup
Tunisia Faouzi Benzarti 2018 3 3 0 0 100.00%

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures[edit]

This is a list of matches from the last twelve months and any future scheduled matches.

2017[edit]

2018[edit]

2019[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following 23 players were called up for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification match against Niger in October 2018.
Caps and goals updated as 16 October 2018 after the match against Niger. Only official FIFA matches are included.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Farouk Ben Mustapha (Captain) (1989-07-01) 1 July 1989 (age 29) 19 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab
16 1GK Moez Ben Cherifia (1991-06-24) 24 June 1991 (age 27) 17 0 Tunisia Espérance de Tunis
1GK Makrem Bdiri (1991-01-09) 9 January 1991 (age 27) 0 0 Tunisia Étoile du Sahel

2 2DF Syam Ben Youssef (Vice captain) (1989-03-31) 31 March 1989 (age 29) 45 1 Turkey Kasımpaşa
3 2DF Hamdi Nagguez (1992-10-28) 28 October 1992 (age 26) 20 0 Egypt Zamalek
4 2DF Yassine Meriah (1993-07-02) 2 July 1993 (age 25) 23 2 Greece Olympiacos
5 2DF Oussama Haddadi (1992-01-28) 28 January 1992 (age 26) 12 0 France Dijon
6 2DF Rami Bedoui (1990-01-19) 19 January 1990 (age 28) 10 0 Tunisia Étoile du Sahel
12 2DF Ayman Ben Mohamed (1994-12-08) 8 December 1994 (age 23) 1 0 Tunisia Espérance de Tunis
2DF Hamza Mathlouthi (1992-07-25) 25 July 1992 (age 26) 5 0 Tunisia CS Sfaxien
2DF Dylan Bronn (1995-06-19) 19 June 1995 (age 23) 9 1 Belgium Gent

7 3MF Naïm Sliti (1992-07-27) 27 July 1992 (age 26) 25 3 France Dijon
10 3MF Firas Belarbi (1996-05-27) 27 May 1996 (age 22) 0 0 Tunisia Étoile du Sahel
14 3MF Mohamed Amine Ben Amor (1992-01-01) 1 January 1992 (age 26) 29 2 Tunisia Étoile du Sahel
15 3MF Ghailene Chaalali (1994-02-28) 28 February 1994 (age 24) 10 0 Tunisia Espérance de Tunis
17 3MF Ellyes Skhiri (1995-05-10) 10 May 1995 (age 23) 11 0 France Montpellier
18 3MF Bassem Srarfi (1997-06-25) 25 June 1997 (age 21) 8 0 France Nice
3MF Saîf-Eddine Khaoui (1995-04-27) 27 April 1995 (age 23) 0 0 France Caen
3MF Ahmed Khalil (1994-12-21) 21 December 1994 (age 23) 4 0 Tunisia Club Africain

8 4FW Fakhreddine Ben Youssef (1991-06-21) 21 June 1991 (age 27) 45 6 Saudi Arabia Al-Ettifaq
9 4FW Firas Chaouat (1996-05-08) 8 May 1996 (age 22) 1 2 Tunisia CS Sfaxien
11 4FW Taha Yassine Khenissi (1992-01-06) 6 January 1992 (age 26) 22 5 Tunisia Espérance
13 4FW Jassem Hamdouni (1996-12-17) 17 December 1996 (age 21) 0 0 Tunisia CS Sfaxien

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 Aymen Mathlouthi (1984-09-14) 14 September 1984 (age 34) 66 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Batin 2018 FIFA World Cup
GK Mouez Hassen (1995-03-05) 5 March 1995 (age 23) 4 0 France Nice 2018 FIFA World Cup

DF Ali Maâloul (1990-01-01) 1 January 1990 (age 28) 49 0 Egypt Al-Ahly v.  Swaziland, 9 September 2018
DF Yohan Benalouane (1987-03-28) 28 March 1987 (age 31) 5 0 England Leicester City 2018 FIFA World Cup

MF Karim Laribi (1991-04-20) 20 April 1991 (age 27) 2 0 Italy Hellas Verona 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
MF Mohamed Larbi (1987-09-02) 2 September 1987 (age 31) 4 0 France Tours v.  Portugal, 28 May 2018
MF Karim Aouadhi (1986-05-02) 2 May 1986 (age 32) 9 1 Tunisia Étoile du Sahel v.  Costa Rica, 27 March 2018
MF Ghazi Ayadi (1996-07-19) 19 July 1996 (age 22) 1 0 Tunisia Club Africain v.  Costa Rica, 27 March 2018
MF Mohamed Ali Moncer (1991-04-28) 28 April 1991 (age 27) 17 3 Tunisia CS Sfaxien v.  Libya, 11 November 2017 PRE
MF Ferjani Sassi (1992-03-18) 18 March 1992 (age 26) 43 4 Egypt Zamalek 2018 FIFA World Cup

FW Ahmed Akaïchi (1989-02-23) 23 February 1989 (age 29) 29 9 Tunisia Étoile du Sahel v.  Portugal, 28 May 2018
FW Wahbi Khazri INJ (1991-02-08) 8 February 1991 (age 27) 38 14 France Saint-Étienne v.  Swaziland, 9 September 2018
FW Issam Jebali INJ (1991-12-25) 25 December 1991 (age 26) 1 0 Norway Rosenborg v.  Swaziland, 9 September 2018
FW Alaeddine Marzouki (1990-01-03) 3 January 1990 (age 28) 0 0 Tunisia CS Sfaxien v.  Costa Rica, 27 March 2018

INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
PRE Preliminary squad.
SUS Player is serving a suspension.
WD Player withdrew for personal reasons.

Records[edit]

Head to head records[edit]

Map of teams played against Tunisia by number of matches:

Most capped players[edit]

Sadok Sassi is the most capped player in the history of Tunisia with 116 caps.
Most Caps[3]
# Player Caps Goals Career
1 Sadok Sassi 116 0 1963–1978
2 Radhi Jaïdi 105 7 1996–2009
3 Khaled Badra 97 12 1995–2006
4 Khaled Ben Yahia 95 5 1979–1993
Kaies Ghodhbane 95 6 1995–2006
6 Chokri El Ouaer 93 0 1993–2002
7 Riadh Bouazizi 92 3 1995–2006
8 Tarak Dhiab 89 12 1974–1990
9 Mohamed Ali Mahjoubi 86 17 1985–1995
Sirajeddine Chihi 86 4 1991–2001

Players in bold are still active.

Top goalscorers[edit]

Wahbi Khazri is the top scorer among active players with 14 goals.
Top Goalscorers[3]
# Player Goals Caps Career
1 Issam Jemâa 36 83 2005–2014
2 Francileudo Santos 21 41 2004–2008
3 Adel Sellimi 20 78 1991–2002
4 Faouzi Rouissi 18 57 1989–2001
5 Mohamed Ali Mahjoubi 17 86 1985–1995
6 Zoubeir Baya 16 83 1994–2002
7 Mohamed Salah Jedidi 15 32 1962–1965
Ziad Jaziri 15 63 1999–2007
9 Wahbi Khazri 14 39 2013–
Mohieddine Habita 14 25 1972–1980
Hassen Gabsi 14 50 1997–2002

Players in bold are still active.

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 2016
Germany Uhlsport 2016 present

See also[edit]

Other football codes

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 25 October 2018. Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 16 November 2018. Retrieved 16 November 2018.
  3. ^ a b Imed Kilani. "Tunisia – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 16 August 2013.

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