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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
Sub-confederation UNAF (North Africa)
Confederation CAF (Africa)
Head coach 23x15px Georges Leekens
Captain Yassine Chikhaoui
Most caps Radhi Jaïdi (105)
Top scorer Issam Jemâa (36)
Home stadium Stade Olympique de Radès
FIFA code TUN
FIFA ranking Template:Nft rank
Highest FIFA ranking 19 (February 1998)
Lowest FIFA ranking 65 (July 2010)
Elo ranking 63
Highest Elo ranking 24 (June 1978)
Lowest Elo ranking 103 (July 1988)
First international
23x15px Tunisia 1–2 Algeria 23x15px
(Tunisia; 25 June 1957)
Biggest win
23x15px Tunisia 7–0 Togo 23x15px
(Tunis, Tunisia; 7 January 2000)
23x15px Tunisia 7–0 Malawi 23x15px
(Tunis, Tunisia; 26 March 2005)
Biggest defeat
23x15px Hungary 10–1 Tunisia 23x15px
(Hungary; 24 July 1960)
World Cup
Appearances 4 (First in 1978)
Best result Group Stage: 1978 9th place
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances 16 (First in 1962)
Best result Winners: 2004
Confederations Cup
Appearances 1 (First in 2005)
Best result Round 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

Personnel

Coaching Staff

Position Name
Head coach 23x15px Georges Leekens
Assistant Coach 23x15px Hatem Misaoui
Goalkeeping Coach 23x15px Adel Zouita
Fitness Coach 23x15px Irad Zaafouri
23x15px Jalel Herguli
Doctor 23x15px Souhail Chamli
Masseurs 23x15px Hbiri Akrem
23x15px Majdi Turki
23x15px Fathi Naoui
Nutritionist 23x15px Anis Yaacoubi

Managers

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Recent results and forthcoming fixtures

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

Date Location Opponent Score Competition
5 March 2014 Estadi Cornellà-El Prat, Barcelona 23x15px Colombia 1–1 Friendly
28 May 2014 Seoul World Cup Stadium, Seoul Template:Country data KOR 1–0 Friendly
7 June 2014 King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels 23x15px Belgium 0–1 Friendly
6 September 2014 Stade Mustapha Ben Jannet, Monastir 23x15px Botswana 2–1 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
10 September 2014 30 June Stadium, Cairo 23x15px Egypt 1–0 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
10 October 2014 Stade Léopold Sédar Senghor, Dakar 23x15px Senegal 0–0 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
15 October 2014 Stade Mustapha Ben Jannet, Monastir 23x15px Senegal 1–0 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
14 November 2014 Botswana National Stadium, Gaborone 23x15px Botswana 0–0 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
19 November 2014 Stade Mustapha Ben Jannet, Monastir 23x15px Egypt 2–1 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
11 January 2015 Stade Olympique de Radès, Radès 23x15px Algeria 1–1 Friendly
18 January 2015 Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyín, Ebebiyín 23x15px Cape Verde 1–1 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
22 January 2015 Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyín, Ebebiyín 23x15px Zambia 2–1 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
26 January 2015 Nuevo Estadio de Ebebiyín, Ebebiyín 23x15px DR Congo 1–1 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
31 January 2015 Estadio de Bata, Bata 23x15px Equatorial Guinea 1–2 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
27 March 2015 Ōita Bank Dome, Ōita Template:Country data JPN 0–2 Friendly
31 March 2015 Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre, China 23x15px China PR 1–1 Friendly


Players

Current Squad

The following players were called up to the squad for the international friendlies against Japan on 27 March and China on 31 March 2015.[7]
Caps and goals updated as 31 March 2015 after the match against China.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Moez Ben Cherifia (1991-06-24) 24 June 1991 (age 24) 13 0 23x15px Espérance de Tunis
1GK Farouk Ben Mustapha (1989-07-01) 1 July 1989 (age 26) 11 0 23x15px Club Africain
1GK Achraf Krir 0 0 23x15px ES Zarzis
2DF Aymen Abdennour (1989-08-06) 6 August 1989 (age 26) 42 1 23x15px Monaco
2DF Syam Ben Youssef (1989-03-31) 31 March 1989 (age 26) 18 0 23x15px Astra Giurgiu
2DF Ali Maâloul (1990-01-01) 1 January 1990 (age 26) 15 0 23x15px CS Sfaxien
2DF Hamza Mathlouthi (1992-05-25) 25 May 1992 (age 23) 14 0 23x15px CA Bizertin
2DF Mohamed Ali Yacoubi (1990-10-05) 5 October 1990 (age 25) 6 0 23x15px Espérance de Tunis
2DF Chamseddine Dhaouadi (1987-01-16) 16 January 1987 (age 29) 4 0 23x15px Espérance de Tunis
2DF Maher Hannachi (1984-08-31) 31 August 1984 (age 31) 2 0 23x15px CS Sfaxien
2DF Hatem Bejaoui (1986-05-10) 10 May 1986 (age 29) 1 0 23x15px Espérance de Tunis
1GK Oussama Haddadi (1992-01-28) 28 January 1992 (age 24) 1 0 23x15px Club Africain
3MF Hocine Ragued (1983-02-11) 11 February 1983 (age 33) 53 0 23x15px Espérance de Tunis
3MF Yassine Chikhaoui (1986-09-22) 22 September 1986 (age 29) 37 6 23x16px Zürich
3MF Wahbi Khazri (1991-02-08) 8 February 1991 (age 25) 17 6 23x15px Bordeaux
3MF Ferjani Sassi (1992-03-18) 18 March 1992 (age 23) 16 1 23x15px Metz
3MF Stéphane Nater (1984-01-20) 20 January 1984 (age 32) 12 0 23x15px Club Africain
3MF Änis Ben-Hatira (1988-07-18) 18 July 1988 (age 27) 8 0 23x15px Hertha Berlin
3MF Mohamed Ali Manser (1991-04-28) 28 April 1991 (age 24) 7 2 23x15px CS Sfaxien
3MF Mohamed Gouaida (1993-05-15) 15 May 1993 (age 22) 2 0 23x15px Hamburger SV
3MF Mohamed Larbi (1987-02-09) 9 February 1987 (age 29) 2 0 23x15px Gazélec Ajaccio
4FW Saber Khalifa (1986-10-14) 14 October 1986 (age 29) 30 5 23x15px Club Africain
4FW Ahmed Akaïchi (1989-02-23) 23 February 1989 (age 27) 12 5 23x15px Espérance de Tunis
4FW Taha Yassine Khenissi (1992-01-06) 6 January 1992 (age 24) 2 0 23x15px CS Sfaxien
4FW Yoann Touzghar (1986-11-28) 28 November 1986 (age 29) 0 0 23x15px Lens

Recent call-ups

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 31) 47 0 23x15px Étoile du Sahel 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
GK Hamdi Kasraoui (1983-01-18) 18 January 1983 (age 33) 38 0 23x15px Tunis v. 23x15px Belgium, 7 June 2014
GK Atef Dekhili (1990-04-04) 4 April 1990 (age 25) 0 0 23x15px Club Africain v. 23x15px Belgium, 7 June 2014
DF Rami Bedoui (1990-01-19) 19 January 1990 (age 26) 5 0 23x15px Étoile du Sahel 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
DF Bilel Mohsni (1987-07-21) 21 July 1987 (age 28) 4 0 23x15px Rangers 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
DF Selim Ben Djemia (1989-01-29) 29 January 1989 (age 27) 2 0 23x15px Laval 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
DF Yassin Mikari (1983-01-09) 9 January 1983 (age 33) 32 1 23x15px Club Africain 2015 Africa Cup of Nations preliminary squad
DF Alaeddine Yahia (1981-09-26) 26 September 1981 (age 34) 24 1 23x15px Caen v. 23x15px Egypt, 19 November 2014
DF Bilel Ifa (1990-03-09) 9 March 1990 (age 26) 21 0 23x15px Club Africain v. 23x15px Senegal, 15 October 2014
DF Mahmoud Ben Salah (1988-05-06) 6 May 1988 (age 27) 1 0 23x15px Sfaxien v. 23x15px Egypt, 10 September 2014
DF Ali Abdi (1993-12-20) 20 December 1993 (age 22) 0 0 23x15px Espérance v. 23x15px Egypt, 10 September 2014
DF Ammar Jemal (1987-04-20) 20 April 1987 (age 28) 28 6 23x15px Etoile du Sahel v. 23x15px Belgium, 7 June 2014
MF Youssef Msakni (1990-10-28) 28 October 1990 (age 25) 31 4 23x15px Lekhwiya 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
MF Jamel Saihi (1987-01-27) 27 January 1987 (age 29) 18 2 23x15px Montpellier 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
MF Wissem Ben Yahia (1984-09-09) 9 September 1984 (age 31) 37 3 23x15px Gaziantep BB v. 23x15px Egypt, 19 November 2014
MF Nidhal Said (1991-01-15) 15 January 1991 (age 25) 1 0 23x15px Étoile du Sahel v. 23x15px Egypt, 19 November 2014
MF Khaled Korbi (1985-12-16) 16 December 1985 (age 30) 26 2 23x15px Club Africain v. 23x15px Belgium, 7 June 2014
MF Saâd Bguir (1994-03-22) 22 March 1994 (age 21) 0 0 23x15px Gabès v. 23x15px Belgium, 7 June 2014
MF Chadi Hammami (1986-06-14) 14 June 1986 (age 29) 28 1
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v. 23x15px Belgium, 7 June 2014
MF Zouheir Dhaouadi (1988-01-01) 1 January 1988 (age 28) 34 4 23x15px Club Africain v. 23x15px Belgium, 7 June 2014
FW Amine Chermiti (1987-12-26) 26 December 1987 (age 28) 37 6 23x16px Zürich 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
FW Hamza Younés (1986-04-16) 16 April 1986 (age 29) 9 0 23x15px Ludogorets Razgrad 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
FW Edem Rjaïbi (1990-04-05) 5 April 1990 (age 25) 1 0 23x15px Bizertin 2015 Africa Cup of Nations
FW Fakhreddine Ben Youssef (1991-06-21) 21 June 1991 (age 24) 22 3 23x15px Metz 2015 Africa Cup of Nations preliminary squad
FW Haythem Jouini (1993-05-07) 7 May 1993 (age 22) 0 0 23x15px Espérance v. 23x15px Egypt, 19 November 2014
FW Issam Jemâa (1984-01-28) 28 January 1984 (age 32) 84 36 23x15px Al-Sailiya v. 23x15px Senegal, 15 October 2014
FW Sami Allagui INJ (1986-01-06) 6 January 1986 (age 30) 27 5 23x15px Mainz 05 v. 23x15px Senegal, 10 October 2014
FW Chedly Ghrab (1993-05-15) 15 May 1993 (age 22) 0 0 23x15px Gabès v. 23x15px Belgium, 7 June 2014
Notes

INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.

Records

As of 27 March 2015

Historic Kits

Kit Providers

Name Start End
23x15px Adidas 1970's 1992
23x15px Lotto 1994 1998
23x15px Uhlsport 2000 2001
23x15px Puma 2002 2010
23x16px Burrda 2010

Kit history

References

  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. ^ "LISTE DES ENTRAÎNEURS NATIONAUX (1956–2008)". Fédrération Tunisienne de Football. Retrieved 2008-06-24. 
  7. ^ "Liste des Joueurs convoqués pour les matchs amicaux Japon vs Tunisie (27/03) et Chine vs Tunisie (31/03)" (in French). Fédération Tunisienne de Football. 2014-12-27. 
  8. ^ a b Imed Kilani. "Tunisia - Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 2013-08-16. 

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