The Tunisia national football team, nicknamed Les Aigles de Carthage, 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, 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 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. Tunisias first World Cup was the 1978 competition held in Argentina and they became the first African team to win a World Cup game, defeating Mexico 3–1 in Rosario. 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, Tunisia failed to qualify for the World Cup again until twenty years later. Adel Sellimis team were beaten 2–0 by England, and 1–0 by Colombia to eliminate them at the group stage and their only point was in a 1–1 draw with Romania. Tunisia reached their second successive World Cup, co-hosted by South Korea and 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, tunisias 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 and that was followed by a 3–0 win against DR Congo and a 1–1 draw with Guinea. Ali Boumnijel saved Peter Odemwingies strike, and Karim Haggui scored the spot kick to send the host nation through to their third Nations Cup final. Tunisia drew their game against Saudi Arabia 2–2, but lost their second match to Spain 3–1. This is a list of matches from the last twelve months, the following players have been called up to the squad within the last 12 months. Notes INJ Player withdrew from the due to an injury. As of 3 June 2016 Tunisian FA official site Tunisia World Cup Team Blog
Tunisian team in 1939
Habib Bourguiba, President of the Republic, amid the Tunisian side that won the Palestine Cup in 1973.