Tarak Dhiab

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Tarak Dhiab
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Personal information
Full name Tarak Dhiab
Date of birth (1954-01-15) January 15, 1954 (age 65)
Place of birth Tunis, Tunisia
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1972–1978 ES Tunis 155 (43)
1978–1980 Al-Ahli SC
1980–1990 ES Tunis 272 (84)
National team
1978–1989 Tunisia 101 (17)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Tarak Dhiab (Arabic: طارق ذياب‎, born January 15, 1954) is a former footballer from Tunisia. The African Footballer of the Year in 1977, he is listed by the Tunisian Football Federation as having 107 caps for the Tunisian national football team,[1] although this number has not been ratified by FIFA. At the 1978 FIFA World Cup, he was a member of the Tunisian national team that was the first national team from African to win a World Cup match. Tarak Dhiab was chosen The Tunisian footballer of the 20th century.

He has served as Minister of Youth and Sports under Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali since December 24, 2011.


Early life[edit]

Dhiab's football talent was discovered by his uncle, Hedi Dhiab.

Soccer career[edit]

Dhiab assumed the midfield role with superb passing skills and an excellent scoring record from midfield.[citation needed] He formed a sound understanding with winger Témime Lahzami both at Espérance and on the Tunisian national team.[citation needed]

Dhiab was awarded the African Footballer of the Year title in 1977 and played a pivotal role in helping Tunisia qualifying for the 1978 FIFA World Cup. At the World Cup, Tunisia won a group stage match 3–1 against Mexico, becoming the first national team from Africa to win a match at the World Cup.[2] In coverage relating to the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Dhiab was mentioned as Tunisia's "World Cup legend" by the BBC[3] and as one of Tunisia's greatest World Cup players by the CBC.[4]

He is widely regarded as one of Tunisia's all-time greats, and arguably the greatest midfield playmaker the country has produced.[citation needed] Though he never played in a major European league, many believe he was able to hold his own among international playmakers in this period.[citation needed] Dhiab's international career spanned 15 years; his final international match came against England in 1990.

Personal life[edit]

Dhiab's younger brother Lassad Dhiab also followed his footsteps and joined Esperance, having a productive career.[citation needed]

Dhiab is now a television football analyst, he is also a businessman,[2] and Tunisian magazine Réalités reported in 2004 that he was trying to start his own satellite sports channel.[5]




National team[edit]


  1. ^ "Players with 100+ Caps and 30+ International Goals". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. March 19, 2008. Retrieved March 24, 2008.
  2. ^ a b Huesu, Emmanuel (May 24, 2002). "1978: Tunisia break the jinx". BBC Sport Online. Retrieved March 24, 2008.
  3. ^ "Tunisia team guide". BBC Sport Online. May 22, 2006. Retrieved March 24, 2008.
  4. ^ "World Cup 2006 – Teams – Tunisia". CBC Sports. Retrieved March 24, 2008.
  5. ^ "4 New TV Stations for Tunisia". February 25, 2004. Retrieved March 24, 2008.

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