Tunisia national football team

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Tunisia
Nickname(s) نسور قرطاج
(Eagles of Carthage)
Association Tunisian Football Federation
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Sub-confederation UNAF (North Africa)
Head coach Faouzi Benzarti
Captain Aymen Mathlouthi
Most caps Sadok Sassi (116)
Top scorer Issam Jemâa (36)
Home stadium Stade Olympique de Radès
FIFA code TUN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 23 Increase 1 (20 September 2018)
Highest 14 (April 2018)
Lowest 65 (July 2010)
Elo ranking
Current 47 Increase 4 (11 July 2018)
Highest 24 (June 1978)
Lowest 103 (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 
(Tunis, 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
Appearances 5 (first in 1978)
Best result 9th (Group stage) (1978)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances 18 (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 five 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 three tournaments in succession, in 1998, 2002, 2006, as well as the 2018 finals.

Tunisia also won the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations, as tournament hosts.

History[edit]

Beginning (1928–1956)[edit]

Tunisian 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.

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. Tunisia managed to break the streak in 1994, qualifying for that year's African Cup of Nations, but were eliminated in the first round yet again, finishing bottom of a group containing the likes of Mali and Zaire.

Beginning of Resurgence (1994–2002)[edit]

Henryk Kasperczak guided his team to qualify for the 1998 FIFA 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 CAN 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.

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 Olympique de Radès 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 ES 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 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.

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
United States Canada Mexico 2026 To be determined
Total Group stage 5/21 15 2 4 9 13 25 104 57 28 19 180 84

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
Appearances : 18
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Sudan 1957 Did not enter
United Arab Republic 1959
Ethiopia 1962 Third place 3rd 2 1 0 1 5 4
Ghana 1963 Group stage 5th 2 0 1 1 3 5
Tunisia 1965 Runners-up 2nd 3 1 1 1 6 3
Ethiopia 1968 Did not qualify
Sudan 1970 Did not enter
Cameroon 1972
Egypt 1974
Ethiopia 1976 Did not qualify
Ghana 1978 Fourth place 4th 5 1 3 1 5 4
Nigeria 1980 Withdrew
Libya 1982 Group stage 7th 3 0 1 2 1 4
Ivory Coast 1984 Did not qualify
Egypt 1986
Morocco 1988
Algeria 1990
Senegal 1992
Tunisia 1994 Group stage 9th 2 0 1 1 1 3
South Africa 1996 Runners-up 2nd 6 2 2 2 10 9
Burkina Faso 1998 Quarter-finals 5th 4 2 1 1 6 5
Ghana Nigeria 2000 Fourth place 4th 6 2 2 2 6 9
Mali 2002 Group stage 11th 3 0 2 1 0 1
Tunisia 2004 Champions 1st 6 4 2 0 10 4
Egypt 2006 Quarter-finals 6th 4 2 1 1 7 5
Ghana 2008 Quarter-finals 5th 4 1 2 1 7 6
Angola 2010 Group stage 12th 3 0 3 0 3 3
GabonEquatorial Guinea 2012 Quarter-finals 6th 4 2 0 2 5 5
South Africa 2013 Group stage 12th 3 1 1 1 2 4
Equatorial Guinea 2015 Quarter-finals 7th 4 1 2 1 5 5
Gabon 2017 Quarter-finals 8th 4 2 0 2 6 7
Cameroon 2019 To be determined
Ivory Coast 2021
Guinea 2023
Total 1 Title 18/31 68 22 25 21 88 86

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 football team.
Position Name
Head Coach Tunisia Faouzi Benzarti
Assistant Coach Tunisia Mourad Okbi
Tunisia Maher Kanzari
Goalkeeping Coach Tunisia Hamdi Kasraoui
Fitness Coach Tunisia Jalal 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 Begovic 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– 1 1 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 Swaziland in September 2018.[1]
Caps and goals updated as 16 September 2018 after the match against Swaziland. Only official FIFA matches are included.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Farouk Ben Mustapha (1989-07-01) 1 July 1989 (age 29) 17 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab
16 1GK Moez Ben Cherifia (1991-06-24) 24 June 1991 (age 27) 17 0 Tunisia Espérance
1GK Ghaith Yeferni (1998-05-20) 20 May 1998 (age 20) 0 0 Tunisia Ben Guerdane

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 25) 19 0 Egypt Zamalek
4 2DF Yassine Meriah (1993-07-02) 2 July 1993 (age 25) 21 1 Greece Olympiacos
5 2DF Oussama Haddadi (1992-01-28) 28 January 1992 (age 26) 10 0 France Dijon
6 2DF Rami Bedoui (1990-01-19) 19 January 1990 (age 28) 10 0 Tunisia Étoile du Sahel
12 2DF Ali Maâloul (1990-01-01) 1 January 1990 (age 28) 50 0 Egypt Al Ahly
2DF Hamza Mathlouthi (1992-07-25) 25 July 1992 (age 26) 4 0 Tunisia CS Sfaxien
2DF Jasser Khemiri (1997-11-13) 13 November 1997 (age 20) 0 0 Tunisia Stade Tunisien

7 3MF Naïm Sliti (1992-07-27) 27 July 1992 (age 26) 23 3 France Dijon
10 3MF Wahbi Khazri (Captain) (1991-02-08) 8 February 1991 (age 27) 39 14 France Saint-Étienne
14 3MF Mohamed Amine Ben Amor (1992-01-01) 1 January 1992 (age 26) 28 2 Tunisia Étoile du Sahel
15 3MF Larry Azouni (1994-03-23) 23 March 1994 (age 24) 9 0 France Nîmes
17 3MF Ellyes Skhiri (1995-05-10) 10 May 1995 (age 23) 9 0 France Montpellier
18 3MF Bassem Srarfi (1997-06-25) 25 June 1997 (age 21) 7 0 France Nice
3MF Zied Ounalli (1994-04-13) 13 April 1994 (age 24) 0 0 Tunisia CA Bizertin
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) 43 6 Saudi Arabia Al-Ettifaq
9 4FW Anice Badri (1990-08-18) 18 August 1990 (age 28) 14 3 Tunisia Espérance
11 4FW Taha Yassine Khenissi (1992-01-06) 6 January 1992 (age 26) 21 5 Tunisia Espérance
13 4FW Issam Jebali (1991-12-25) 25 December 1991 (age 26) 1 0 Norway Rosenborg

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 Mohamed Gaaloul (1989-04-30) 30 April 1989 (age 29) 0 0 Tunisia CS Sfaxien v.  Libya, 11 November 2017 PRE

DF Khalil Chemmam (1987-07-24) 24 July 1987 (age 31) 21 0 Tunisia Espérance v.  Portugal, 28 May 2018
DF Bilel Mohsni (1987-07-21) 21 July 1987 (age 31) 6 0 Scotland Dundee United v.  Portugal, 28 May 2018
DF Walid Hichri (1986-03-05) 5 March 1986 (age 32) 14 1 Tunisia US Monastir v.  Guinea, 7 October 2017

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 CS Sfaxien 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 Hamza Jelassi (1991-09-29) 29 September 1991 (age 27) 0 0 Tunisia CA Bizertin v.  DR Congo, 5 September 2017

FW Ahmed Akaïchi (1989-02-23) 23 February 1989 (age 29) 29 9 Tunisia Étoile du Sahel v.  Portugal, 28 May 2018
FW Youssef Msakni INJ (1990-10-28) 28 October 1990 (age 27) 51 9 Qatar Al-Duhail v.  Costa Rica, 27 March 2018
FW Taha Yassine Khenissi (1992-01-06) 6 January 1992 (age 26) 23 5 Tunisia Espérance v.  Costa Rica, 27 March 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]

Most capped players[edit]

Sadok Sassi is the most capped player in the history of Tunisia with 116 caps.
Most Caps[2]
# 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]

Top Goalscorers[2]
# 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. ^ http://www.ftf.org.tn/fr/can-2019-swaziland-vs-tunisie-liste-des-23-joueurs-convoques/. Retrieved 28 Aout 2018. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help); Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ a b Imed Kilani. "Tunisia – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 16 August 2013.

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