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 38 Increase 4 (20 October 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 Champions, 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 Abdelalim
Fitness Coach Tunisia Jalel Herguli
Team Doctor Tunisia Souheil Chemli
Nutritionnist Tunisia Anis Yaacoubi
Equipment Tunisia Raouf Merghni
Tunisia Lazher Kdidi
Security Tunisia Mohamed Dallagi
Tunisia Mahmoud Trabelssi
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
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
4 September 2016 Stade Mustapha Ben Jannet, Monastir  Liberia 4–1 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
8 October 2016 Stade Mustapha Ben Jannet, Monastir  Guinea 2–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
11 November 2016 Omar Hammadi Stadium , Algiers  Libya 1–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
15 November 2016 Stade Municipal de Gabès ,Gabès  Mauritania 0-0 Friendly
15 January 2017 Stade de Franceville, Franceville  Senegal 2017 Africa Cup of Nations
19 January 2017 Stade de Franceville, Franceville  Algeria 2017 Africa Cup of Nations
23 January 2017 Stade de l'Amitié, Libreville  Zimbabwe 2017 Africa Cup of Nations
28 August 2017  DR Congo 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 September 2017  DR Congo 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 October 2017  Guinea 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
6 November 2017  Libya 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification group A against Libya in November 11, 2016.[6]
Caps and goals updated as November 11, after the match against Libya.[7]

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Aymen Mathlouthi (Captain) (1984-09-14) 14 September 1984 (age 32) 59 0 Tunisia Étoile du Sahel
1GK Moez Ben Cherifia (1991-06-24) 24 June 1991 (age 25) 17 0 Tunisia Espérance de Tunis
1GK Rami Jridi (1985-04-25) 25 April 1985 (age 31) 13 0 Tunisia CS Sfaxien

2DF Aymen Abdennour (1989-08-06) 6 August 1989 (age 27) 50 2 Spain Valencia
2DF Ali Maâloul (1990-01-01) 1 January 1990 (age 26) 30 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 26) 11 0 Turkey Çaykur Rizespor
2DF Bilel Mohsni (1987-07-21) 21 July 1987 (age 29) 9 0 France Paris FC
2DF Chamseddine Dhaouadi (1987-01-16) 16 January 1987 (age 29) 8 0 Tunisia Espérance de Tunis
2DF Hamdi Nagguez (1992-10-28) 28 October 1992 (age 24) 6 0 Tunisia Étoile du Sahel
2DF Oussama Haddadi (1991-01-28) 28 January 1991 (age 25) 2 0 Tunisia Club Africain

3MF Wahbi Khazri (1991-02-08) 8 February 1991 (age 25) 26 10 England Sunderland
3MF Ferjani Sassi (1992-03-18) 18 March 1992 (age 24) 25 2 Tunisia Espérance de Tunis
3MF Mohamed Amine Ben Amor (1992-01-01) 1 January 1992 (age 24) 12 1 Tunisia Étoile du Sahel
3MF Saad Bguir (1994-03-22) 22 March 1994 (age 22) 11 2 Tunisia Espérance de Tunis
3MF Änis Ben-Hatira (1988-08-18) 18 August 1988 (age 28) 11 1 Germany SV Darmstadt 98
3MF Abdelkader Oueslati (1991-10-07) 7 October 1991 (age 25) 7 0 Tunisia Club Africain
3MF Naïm Sliti (1992-07-27) 27 July 1992 (age 24) 2 1 France Lille
3MF Larry Azouni (1994-03-23) 23 March 1994 (age 22) 2 0 France Nîmes

4FW Fakhreddine Ben Youssef (1991-06-21) 21 June 1991 (age 25) 27 4 Tunisia Espérance de Tunis
4FW Hamdi Harbaoui (1985-01-05) 5 January 1985 (age 31) 14 4 Belgium Anderlecht
4FW Taha Yassine Khenissi (1992-01-06) 6 January 1992 (age 24) 10 1 Tunisia Espérance de Tunis
4FW Yoann Touzghar (1986-11-28) 28 November 1986 (age 30) 2 1 Tunisia Club Africain

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

DF Zied Boughattas (1990-12-05) 5 December 1990 (age 25) 7 0 Tunisia Étoile du Sahel v.  Guinea, 9 October 2016
DF Syam Ben Youssef (1989-03-31) 31 March 1989 (age 27) 26 1 France Caen v.  Liberia, 4 September 2016
DF Maher Hannachi (1984-08-31) 31 August 1984 (age 32) 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 32) 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

MF Saber Khalifa (1986-10-14) 14 October 1986 (age 30) 38 7 Tunisia Club Africain v.  Guinea, 9 October 2016
MF Hamza Lahmar (1990-05-28) 28 May 1990 (age 26) 7 1 Tunisia Étoile du Sahel v.  Guinea, 9 October 2016
MF Fabien Camus (1985-02-28) 28 February 1985 (age 31) 3 1 Belgium Royal Antwerp v.  Guinea, 9 October 2016
MF Issam Ben Khémis (1996-01-10) 10 January 1996 (age 20) 1 0 France Lorient v.  Guinea, 9 October 2016
MF Issam Jebali (1991-12-25) 25 December 1991 (age 24) 0 0 Sweden IF Elfsborg v.  Liberia, 4 September 2016
MF Mohammad Mothnani (1992-03-03) 3 March 1992 (age 24) 2 0 Qatar El Jaish SC v.  Liberia, 4 September 2016
MF Mohamed Larbi (1987-09-11) 11 September 1987 (age 29) 2 0 France Gazélec Ajaccio v.  Liberia, 4 September 2016
MF Youssef Msakni (1990-10-28) 28 October 1990 (age 26) 36 5 Qatar Lekhwiya v.  Djibouti, 3 June 2016 INJ
MF Jamel Saihi (1987-01-27) 27 January 1987 (age 29) 19 2 France Angers 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 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 Ahmed Hosni (1988-12-14) 14 December 1988 (age 27) 0 0 Tunisia Stade Gabèsien 2016 African Nations Championship

FW Ahmed Akaïchi (1989-02-23) 23 February 1989 (age 27) 21 9 Saudi Arabia Ittihad v.  Guinea, 9 October 2016
FW Nejmeddin Daghfous (1986-10-01) 1 October 1986 (age 30) 0 0 Germany Würzburger Kickers v.  Guinea, 9 October 2016
FW Anice Badri (1990-09-18) 18 September 1990 (age 26) 1 0 Belgium Mouscron-Péruwelz v.  Djibouti, 3 June 2016 INJ
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
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 2016
Germany Uhlsport 2016 present

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. ^ "Tunisie vs Guinea : Liste des convoqués" (in French). Fédération Tunisienne de Football. 29 September 2016. 
  7. ^ "Tunisia". 
  8. ^ a b Imed Kilani. "Tunisia – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 2013-08-16. 

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