Tunisia national football team

The Tunisia national football team (Arabic: منتخب تونس لكرة القدم‎, French: Équipe de Tunisie de football), is the national team representing Tunisia in association football since their maiden match in 1957. The squad is under the global jurisdiction of FIFA and is governed in Africa by CAF. It is governed by the Tunisian Football Federation , founded in 1957 after the Tunisian independence in 1956. Tunisia are colloquially known as Les Aigles de Carthage (The Eagles of Carthage). The team's colours are red and white, and the Bald eagle its symbol. Periods of regular Tunisian representation at the highest international level, from 1962 to 1978, from 1994 to 2008 and again from 2014 onwards. Most of Tunisia's home matches are played at the Stade Olympique de Radès in Radès since 2001.

Tunisia's national team have participated in three quadrennial major football competitions. It appeared in the end stages of five FIFA World Cups and eighteen Africa Cup of Nations, and featured at four Olympic football tournaments. 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 and 2006 before returning in the last edition held in Russia in 2018; however in spite of this rich record, Tunisia had never been able to progress out the group stage in any FIFA World Cup or Summer Olympics tournaments. Tunisia has long-standing football rivalries with North African teams: Egypt, Morocco and Algeria. In fact, the Tunisian team has always met with them, whether through friendly matches or World Cup qualifiers and the African Cup of Nations. Tunisia is one of the most successful African national teams in competitions, having won one African Cup of Nations, as tournament hosts in 2004. They have also been runners-up twice in 1965 as hosts and 1996 held in South Africa.

Tunisia
Nickname(s)نسور قرطاج
Aigles de Carthage
(Eagles of Carthage)
AssociationTunisian Football Federation
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationUNAF (North Africa)
Head coachAlain Giresse
CaptainAymen Mathlouthi
Most capsSadok Sassi (116)
Top scorerIssam Jemâa (36)
Home stadiumStade Olympique de Radès
FIFA codeTUN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 28 Steady (4 April 2019)[1]
Highest14 (April 2018)
Lowest65 (July 2010)
Elo ranking
Current 49 Increase 2 (27 March 2019)[2]
Highest24 (June 1978)
Lowest103 (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 
(Radès, 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
Appearances5 (first in 1978)
Best result9th (Group stage) (1978)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances19 (first in 1962)
Best resultChampions (2004)
African Nations Championship
Appearances2 (first in 2011)
Best resultChampions (2011)
Confederations Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2005)
Best resultGroup stage (2005)

History

Beginning (1928–1956)

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The Tunisian football 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)

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)

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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.

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Tunisia in 1978 World Cup.

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)

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. In fact, Tunisia qualified for the African Cup hosted by neighbor Libya and achieved negative results: drawed with Cameroon in the first game before being defeated against Libya and Ghana to withdraw by only one point. They qualified also for the Olympic Games after surpassing Morocco and Egypt in the qualifiers with coach Taoufik Ben Othman but he was sacked days before the start of the competition and was replaced by Antoni Piechniczek. The results were not good after drawing with China and Sweden and a heavy defeat from West Germany 1-4.

Tunisia managed to break the streak in 1994 by hosting that year's African Cup of Nations replacing original hosts Zaire, but the result was catastrophic and unexpected with a defeat by Mali 2-0 in the opening game at El Menzah Stadium, which contributed to the dismissal of Youssef Zouaoui after the opening match and compensated by Faouzi Benzarti, who drawed with Zaire in the second game finishing bottom of the group.

Beginning of Resurgence (1994–2002)

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Henryk Kasperczak who guided the team to qualify for the 1998 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: African domination (2002–2008)

Morocco vs Gabon, Roger Lemerre, March 28 2009
Roger Lemerre, the most successful manager in Tunisia. He guided his team to win the AFCON 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.

Tunesien gegen Ukraine im WM 2006
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)

Mozambique-Tunisia match 2009
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 against Gabon, Cameroon, and Zambia finishing in the bottom of the group.

WM 2006 - Tunisia
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–)

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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

Tunisia - Netherlands (Stade de Radès)
The Stade 7 November 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 Étoile du 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 of Nations 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.

Supporters

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Fans watching the Tunisia-Ukraine match at the 2006 World Cup in Stuttgart.

Fans of the Tunisian national team display the country's national flag, usually with an emphasis on the red element .One of the greatest moments for the Tunisian team when the Tunisian delegation at the Tunis–Carthage International Airport received a warm "welcome home" after the 1978 epic that delighted the Tunisians, who still remember the details, and the brilliant performance of the team was credited with adding a new seat to Africa in the World Cup. The team's popularity also appeared in the 2004 African Cup of Nations in Tunisia, where the crowds were heavily attended during that period. The Stade Olympique de Radès of Radès was filled with 60,000 spectators in the six matches of the tournament. The team's deterioration after the 2006 World Cup lead to their absence from the end stages of the next two world cups, and strained their popularity. In fact, the stadiums were almost empty with the national team's matches in that period. Between 2008 and 2014, local journalists accused the Tunisian team for their poor performance.

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Tunisian fans in Saransk at the 2018 World Cup

Of the fans that kept supporting the squad in bad times, Bechir Manoubi was one of the most loyal. He attended the team's matches worldwide since 1960, he was famous for wearing the Mexican hat and his suit with thousands of slogans and cards for the various events he covered. The 2006 World Cup qualifying match on 6 October 2005 between Tunisia and Morocco, which was just days before his death, was the last event he attended

The emergence of skilled players and the rise of a new promising generation in addition to good results in the second tirm of Henryk Kasperczak, increased fans' enthusiasm and belief in a successful World Cup campaign.Because of this popularity peak, the FIFA has named the Tunisian fans among the best in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

This choice comes after the great attendance of the Tunisian masses, which turned to Russia in large numbers between 15 and 20 thousand fans, attended and supported the Tunisian team in the three matches of the World Cup.

Rivalries

Tunisia's main football rivals are its neighbours Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Egypt, with which it shares close cultural and political relations.

Algeria

Tunisia vs Algeria 2013 AFCON
Tunisia-Algeria match in the 2013 African Cup won by Tunisia 1–0.

Tunisia played until today 43 games against Algeria.

The first match took place on 1 June 1957 in a friendly match against the FLN football team when Algeria was a French colony. It was at this time that the matches were the most regular. Indeed, the two teams met six times, between June 1957 and May 1958, with eight victories for the Algerians.

After the independence of Algeria, the first official match took place on 15 December 1963, in a friendly match at the Stade Chedly Zouiten in Tunisia. The teams also met three times in the qualifying phase of the World Cup in 1970, 1978 and 1986. The overall record is slightly favorable to the Algerians with fifteen wins, fourteen draws and fourteen losses. The last defeat of Algeria against their neighbors dated back to 20 January 2017 during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations which was hosted by Gabon. Before this match, the two teams had met once in the African Cup of Nations finals in 2013, which was also dominated by the Tunisians.

Morocco

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Tunisia-Morocco in a friendly match on 5 June 2010 in Casablanca.

Tunisians and Moroccans have played 50 games since their independence from France in 1956.

Their first match was for the 1962 World Cup qualification, took place on 30 October 1960 in Casablanca. Most of the matches were played in the FIFA World Cup qualification as they met in the qualifiers of 1962, 1970, 1978, 1990, 1994 and 2006. They also met 4 times in the African Cup of Nations. Two of them ended in a draw in 1978 and 2000 and the other two matches with the victory of the Tunisian team in 2004 and 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.

In fact, their most important match was the 2004 African Cup of Nations Final in Stade 7 November in Tunisia, where the Tunisians won their first African title. The overall record is favorable to the Moroccans with 13 wins, 28 draws and 9 losses. The last match between the Maghrebian teams dated back to 28 March 2017 during a friendly match won by Morocco in Marrakech which contributed to the dismissal of the Tunisian coach Henryk Kasperczak.

The two teams are similar in terms of both having a single African Cup and the two teams have also qualified for five World Cups, despite their numerous World Cup qualifying matches. They qualified for the same tournament in 1998 in France and 2018 in Russia.

Egypt

The match between the Egyptian and the Tunisian team are one of Africa's best and most exciting matches for their long continental history. The two teams have met 39 times in both official and friendly matches. Tunisian and Egyptian teams have collected 25 official matches and 14 friendly matches. The overall record is clearly favorable to the Tunisians as they won 16 matches and Egypt won 12 matches and ended 11 matches with a draw.

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Tunisia-Egypt in a friendly match in October 2012 in Abu Dhabi.

The Eagles scored 42 goals in the Pharaohs' goal, while Egypt scored only 35 goals against Tunisia. The largest goal scoring match was on 11 December 1977 for the 1978 FIFA World Cup qualification (CAF) after the great win of the Tunisians 4–1 which contributed in their qualification for the World Cup.

Tunisia have faced the Egyptian team 7 times in qualifying for either the World Cup or the African Nations Cup. The three World Cup qualification were in 1974, 1978 and 1998 where Tunisia qualified in the last two editions against Egypt. The four qualifiers for the African Nations Cup were in 1978 (Tunisia won 3–2 after drawed in 2–2), 1984 (0–0 draw in Tunis and the Pharaohs won in Cairo 1–0), 1992 (the teams drew 2–2 twice) and 2015 (Tunisia won 1–0 and 2–1 respectively), in addition to the current 2019 qualifiers for the fifth time, which Tunisia won the first game 1–0 in Radès and lost the second game in Alexandria 2–3.

The two teams met twice in the African Nations Cup finals in 2000 in Nigeria when Tunisia won 1-0 and in the next edition in 2002 in Mali when Egypt won with the same result. Hossam Hassan is the most Egyptian player participating in the games of the Pharaohs against the Eagles of Carthage with 12 games, while Wahbi Khazri comes as the most Tunisian players to participate in their matches against Egypt by 3 games.

Competition records

World Cup record

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 To be determined
United States Canada Mexico 2026
Total Group stage 5/21 15 2 4 9 13 25 104 57 28 19 180 84
Tunis air foot 2006 fondflou
A Tunisair plane supporting the Eagles in the 2006 World Cup.
Tunesische-WM-Platzierungen
Map showing participations of Tunisia in the World Cup:

FIFA Confederations Cup

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
2021 To be determined
Total Group stage 1/10 3 1 0 2 3 5

Africa Cup of Nations record

Africa Cup of Nations record Africa Cup of Nations qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
Sudan 1957 Did not enter Did not enter
United Arab Republic 1959
Ethiopia 1962 Third place 3rd 2 1 0 1 5 4 4 3 0 1 7 2
Ghana 1963 Group stage 5th 2 0 1 1 3 5 2 1 0 1 6 5
Tunisia 1965 Runners-up 2nd 3 1 1 1 6 3 Qualified as hosts
Ethiopia 1968 Did not qualify 4 1 1 2 5 5
Sudan 1970 Did not enter Did not enter
Cameroon 1972
Egypt 1974
Ethiopia 1976 Did not qualify 6 3 1 2 8 7
Ghana 1978 Fourth place 4th 5 1 3 1 5 4 4 2 1 1 10 7
Nigeria 1980 Withdrew Withdrew
Libya 1982 Group stage 7th 3 0 1 2 1 4 2 1 1 0 1 0
Ivory Coast 1984 Did not qualify 4 2 1 1 6 1
Egypt 1986 2 1 0 1 1 2
Morocco 1988 2 0 1 1 1 2
Algeria 1990 2 0 0 2 0 4
Senegal 1992 6 3 3 0 10 5
Tunisia 1994 Group stage 9th 2 0 1 1 1 3 Qualified as hosts
South Africa 1996 Runners-up 2nd 6 2 2 2 10 9 8 3 4 1 7 2
Burkina Faso 1998 Quarter-finals 5th 4 2 1 1 6 5 3 2 0 1 3 1
Ghana Nigeria 2000 Fourth place 4th 6 2 2 2 6 9 6 5 0 1 13 3
Mali 2002 Group stage 11th 3 0 2 1 0 1 6 2 2 2 9 7
Tunisia 2004 Champions 1st 6 4 2 0 10 4 Qualified as hosts
Egypt 2006 Quarter-finals 6th 4 2 1 1 7 5 10 6 3 1 25 9
Ghana 2008 Quarter-finals 5th 4 1 2 1 7 6 6 4 1 1 12 3
Angola 2010 Group stage 12th 3 0 3 0 3 3 12 7 3 2 18 7
GabonEquatorial Guinea 2012 Quarter-finals 6th 4 2 0 2 5 5 8 4 2 2 14 6
South Africa 2013 Group stage 12th 3 1 1 1 2 4 2 0 2 0 2 2
Equatorial Guinea 2015 Quarter-finals 7th 4 1 2 1 5 5 6 4 2 0 6 2
Gabon 2017 Quarter-finals 8th 4 2 0 2 6 7 6 4 1 1 16 3
Egypt 2019 Qualified 4 4 0 0 6 1
Cameroon 2021 To be determined To be determined
Ivory Coast 2023
Guinea 2025
Total 1 Title 19/32 68 22 25 21 88 86 115 62 29 24 186 86

Olympic Games record

Olympic Games
Appearances: 4
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
Greece 1896 Part of  France
France 1900
United States 1904
United Kingdom 1908
Sweden 1912
Belgium 1920
France 1924
Netherlands 1928
Germany 1936
United Kingdom 1948
Finland 1952
Australia 1956 Did not enter
Italy 1960 Group Stage 15th 3 0 0 3 3 11
Japan 1964 Did not qualify
Mexico 1968
Germany 1972
Canada 1976
Soviet Union 1980
United States 1984
South Korea 1988 Group Stage 13th 3 0 2 1 3 6
Spain 1992 Did not qualify
United States 1996 Group Stage 14th 3 0 1 2 1 5
Australia 2000 Did not qualify
Greece 2004 Group Stage 12th 3 1 1 1 4 5
China 2008 Did not qualify
United Kingdom 2012
Brazil 2016
Japan 2020 To be determined
Total Group Stage 4/15 12 1 4 7 11 27

African Nations Championship record

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
Algeria 2022
Total Champion 1/2 10 5 4 1 20 8

Arab Nations Cup record

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

This is a list of honours for the senior Tunisia national team

African Competitions

Coppa Africa.svg Africa Cup of Nations

African Nations Championship

African Games

Arabic Competitions

Arab Cup of Nations

Palestine Cup of Nations

Pan Arab Games

Mediterranean Competitions

Mediterranean Games

Coaching staff

Alain Giresse
Alain Giresse, the current manager of the Tunisia national team.
Position Name
Head Coach France Alain Giresse
Assistant Coach Tunisia Maher Kanzari
Goalkeeping Coach Tunisia Hamdi Kasraoui
Fitness Coach Tunisia Jalel Herguli
Tunisia Firas Bali
Technical Advisor Tunisia Mbarek Zattal
Team Doctor Tunisia Souheil Chemli

Managers

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 Begović 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 3 3 0 0 100.00%
France Alain Giresse 2018– 2 1 0 1 50.00 %

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures

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

2019

11 June 2019 FriendlyCroatia v TunisiaZagreb, Croatia

Players

Current squad

The following players were called up for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification match against Eswatini on 22 March and the friendly match against Algeria on 26 March 2019.
Caps and goals updated as of 26 March 2019 after the match against Algeria. Only official FIFA matches are included.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 GK Farouk Ben Mustapha 1 July 1989 (age 29) 22 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Shabab
16 GK Aymen Mathlouthi (Captain) 14 September 1984 (age 34) 67 0 Tunisia Club Africain
22 GK Mouez Hassen 5 March 1995 (age 24) 4 0 France Nice

2 DF Syam Ben Youssef (Vice captain) 31 March 1989 (age 30) 48 2 Turkey Kasımpaşa
4 DF Yassine Meriah 2 July 1993 (age 25) 27 3 Greece Olympiacos
5 DF Oussama Haddadi 28 January 1992 (age 27) 15 0 France Dijon
6 DF Rami Bedoui 19 January 1990 (age 29) 13 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Fayha
12 DF Ali Maâloul 1 January 1990 (age 29) 51 0 Egypt Al Ahly

8 MF Bilel Saidani 29 June 1993 (age 25) 1 0 Qatar Al-Sailiya
9 MF Houssem Habbassi 1 January 1996 (age 23) 0 0 Tunisia Bizertin
13 MF Ferjani Sassi 18 March 1992 (age 27) 46 4 Egypt Zamalek
14 MF Ghazi Ayadi 19 July 1996 (age 22) 1 0 Tunisia Club Africain
15 MF Larry Azouni 23 March 1994 (age 25) 10 0 Belgium Kortrijk
17 MF Mohamed Dräger 25 June 1996 (age 22) 3 0 Germany Paderborn 07
18 MF Bassem Srarfi 25 June 1997 (age 21) 11 0 France Nice
19 MF Saîf-Eddine Khaoui 27 April 1995 (age 23) 10 0 France Caen
23 MF Naïm Sliti 27 July 1992 (age 26) 29 6 France Dijon

7 FW Youssef Msakni 28 October 1990 (age 28) 53 14 Belgium Eupen
10 FW Yassine Chamakhi 27 February 1995 (age 24) 1 0 Tunisia Club Africain
21 FW Firas Chaouat 8 May 1996 (age 22) 4 2 Tunisia Sfaxien

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 Moez Ben Cherifia 24 June 1991 (age 27) 17 0 Tunisia Espérance v.  Morocco, 20 November 2018
GK Aymen Dahmen 28 January 1997 (age 22) 0 0 Tunisia Sfaxien v.  Morocco, 20 November 2018
GK Makram Bediri 9 January 1991 (age 28) 0 0 Tunisia Étoile du Sahel v.  Niger, 16 October 2018

DF Ayman Ben Mohamed 8 December 1994 (age 24) 4 0 Tunisia Espérance v. Eswatini, 22 March 2019
DF Hamdi Nagguez 28 October 1992 (age 26) 21 0 Egypt Zamalek v.  Morocco, 20 November 2018
DF Hamza Mathlouthi 25 July 1992 (age 26) 6 0 Tunisia Sfaxien v.  Morocco, 20 November 2018
DF Sliman Kchouk 7 May 1994 (age 24) 1 0 Switzerland St. Gallen v.  Morocco, 20 November 2018
DF Ali Abdi 20 December 1993 (age 25) 0 0 Tunisia Club Africain v.  Morocco, 20 November 2018
DF Nassim Hnid 12 March 1997 (age 22) 0 0 Tunisia Sfaxien v.  Morocco, 20 November 2018
DF Jasser Khmiri 27 July 1997 (age 21) 0 0 Canada Vancouver Whitecaps v.  Morocco, 20 November 2018
DF Dylan Bronn 19 June 1995 (age 23) 10 1 Belgium Gent v.  Egypt, 16 November 2018
DF Yohan Benalouane 28 March 1987 (age 32) 5 0 England Nottingham Forest 2018 FIFA World Cup
DF Khalil Chemmam 24 July 1987 (age 31) 21 0 Tunisia Espérance 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
DF Bilel Mohsni 21 July 1987 (age 31) 6 0 Greece Panachaiki 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE

MF Mohamed Amine Ben Amor 1 January 1992 (age 27) 30 2 Tunisia Étoile du Sahel v. Eswatini, 22 March 2019
MF Wajdi Kechrida 5 November 1995 (age 23) 1 0 Tunisia Étoile du Sahel v. Eswatini, 22 March 2019
MF Ellyes Skhiri 10 May 1995 (age 23) 13 0 France Montpellier v.  Morocco, 20 November 2018
MF Walid Karoui 25 March 1996 (age 23) 1 0 Tunisia Sfaxien v.  Morocco, 20 November 2018
MF Ahmed Khalil 21 December 1994 (age 24) 4 0 Tunisia Club Africain v.  Niger, 16 October 2018
MF Firas Ben Larbi 27 May 1996 (age 22) 0 0 Tunisia Étoile du Sahel v.  Niger, 16 October 2018
MF Ghailene Chaalali 28 February 1994 (age 25) 10 0 Tunisia Espérance v.  Niger, 13 October 2018
MF Mohamed Larbi 2 September 1987 (age 31) 4 0 Unattached 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE
MF Karim Laribi 20 April 1991 (age 27) 2 0 Italy Hellas Verona 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE

FW Taha Yassine Khenissi 6 January 1992 (age 27) 23 5 Tunisia Espérance v. Eswatini, 22 March 2019
FW Anice Badri 18 September 1990 (age 28) 16 5 Tunisia Espérance v. Eswatini, 22 March 2019
FW Wahbi Khazri 8 February 1991 (age 28) 40 14 France Saint-Étienne v.  Morocco, 20 November 2018
FW Fakhreddine Ben Youssef 21 June 1991 (age 27) 46 6 Saudi Arabia Al-Ettifaq v.  Egypt, 16 November 2018
FW Jassem Hamdouni 17 December 1996 (age 22) 0 0 Tunisia Sfaxien v.  Niger, 16 October 2018
FW Issam Jebali 25 December 1991 (age 27) 1 0 Saudi Arabia Al-Wehda v.  Eswatini, 9 September 2018 INJ
FW Saber Khalifa 14 October 1986 (age 32) 43 7 United Arab Emirates Emirates 2018 FIFA World Cup
FW Ahmed Akaïchi 23 February 1989 (age 30) 29 9 Saudi Arabia Al-Ettifaq 2018 FIFA World Cup PRE

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

Head to head records

File:Bilan Tunisie.svg.png
Map of teams played against Tunisia by number of matches:

Most capped players

Sadok Sassi 78
Sadok Sassi is the most capped player in the history of Tunisia with 116 caps.
Most Caps[3]
# 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

Wahbi Khazri
Wahbi Khazri is the top scorer among active players with 14 goals.
Top Goalscorers[3]
# 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 41 2013–
Mohieddine Habita 14 25 1972–1980
Hassen Gabsi 14 50 1997–2002

Players in bold are still active.

Historic kits

Kit providers

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 2018
Italy Kappa 2019

See also

Other football codes

References

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 4 April 2019. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  3. ^ a b Imed Kilani. "Tunisia – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 16 August 2013.

External links

2004 African Cup of Nations Final

The 2004 African Cup of Nations Final was a football match that took place on 14 February 2004 at the Stade 7 Novembre in Radès, Tunisia, to determine the winner of the 2004 African Cup of Nations, the football championship of Africa organized by the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

Tunisia won the title for the first time by beating Morocco 2–1.

Antoni Piechniczek

Antoni Piechniczek (born 3 May 1942 in Chorzów) is a retired Polish football player and a football manager. Since 2007 he is a Polish senator.

Bertrand Marchand

Bertrand Marchand (born 27 April 1953) is a French former football player and manager.

Eckhard Krautzun

Eckhard Krautzun (born 13 January 1941) is a German football coach and former football player.

Franco Scoglio

Francesco "Franco" Scoglio (Italian pronunciation: [ˈfraŋko ˈskɔʎʎo]; 2 May 1941 – 3 October 2005) was an Italian football manager who coached at both national and international level.

Hameur Hizem

Hameur Hizem (born 22 September 1937) is a former Tunisian football manager who coached the Tunisia national football team.

Henryk Kasperczak

Henryk Wojciech Kasperczak (born 10 July 1946 in Zabrze) is a Polish football manager and a former football player who most recently managed the Tunisia national football team.

As a player, Kasperczak took part in two FIFA World Cups with Poland, achieving third place in 1974, as well as a silver medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

As a manager, Kasperczak enjoyed most success in the African Cup of Nations, securing second place with Tunisia in 1996, third with Ivory Coast (1994) and fourth with Mali (2002). In September 2009, Kasperczak was briefly considered by PZPN for the open spot of manager of the Polish national team.

Jean Vincent

Jean Vincent (29 November 1930 – 13 August 2013) was a French international footballer and manager.

Milan Kristić

Milan Kristić was the a Yugoslav football coach who managed the Tunisia national football team from 1960 to 1961. He led the Tunisian side which competed in the 1960 Summer Olympics, where they suffered three defeats to Poland, Argentina and Denmark and exited the tournament in the group stage.Kristić was Tunisia's first ever foreign manager and was succeeded in that post by his compatriot Frane Matošić.

Mokhtar Tlili

Mokhtar Tlili (born on 8 October 1942) was a Tunisian football manager. He coached the Tunisia national football team.He was a defender at CS Cheminots, he interrupts his playing career at the age of 25 years to become a coach. He quickly builds a reputation, which allows him to lead the majority of the major Tunisian clubs, obtaining a rich track record and a career in the Gulf countries and Libya.

On October 2015, he was appointed as the Goodwill Ambassador of the International Mini-Football Federation.In October 2017, he guided the Tunisian team in 2017 WMF World Cup and reached the quarter-finals.

Rachid Turki

Rachid Turki (1918–2003) was a Tunisian football manager. He was the first manager of the Tunisia national football team. He also coached CA Bizerte.

Sami Trabelsi

Sami Trabelsi (Arabic: سامي طرابلسي‎) (born 4 February 1968) is a former Tunisian football player and the head coach of Al Sailiya in the Qatar Stars League.

He played for a few clubs, most notably CS Sfaxien.

He has 52 caps for the Tunisia national football team and was a participant at the 1998 FIFA World Cup.

After retirement as a player, he became an assistant coach for the Tunisia and coached national side for one match against France as a caretaker coach.

On March 11, 2011, Trabelsi was officially appointed as the manager of the Tunisian National Team. But following the failure of the national team to get past the first round at the African Nations Cup 2013, Tunisia accepted Trabelsi's resignation, and he was replaced by the Tunisian coach Nabil Maâloul.

On June 8, 2013, Trabelsi was named head coach of the Qatari side Al Sailiya.

Tunisia A' national football team

The Tunisia A' national football team (Arabic: منتخب تونس لكرة القدم للمحليين‎), nicknamed Les Aigles de Carthage (The Eagles of Carthage or The Carthage Eagles), is the local national football team of Tunisia and is open only to domestic league players. The team won the 2011 African Nations Championship in Sudan.

Tunisia national under-15 football team

The Tunisia national under-15 football team (Arabic: منتخب تونس تحت 15 سنة لكرة القدم‎), nicknamed Les Aigles de Carthage (The Eagles of Carthage or The Carthage Eagles), is the national under-15 football team of Tunisia and is controlled by the Tunisian Football Federation. The team competes in the UNAF U-15 Tournament.

Tunisia national under-17 football team

The Tunisia national under-17 football team (Arabic: منتخب تونس تحت 17 سنة لكرة القدم‎), nicknamed Les Aigles de Carthage (The Eagles of Carthage or The Carthage Eagles), is the national under-17 football team of Tunisia and is controlled by the Tunisian Football Federation. The team competes in the African U-17 Championship, UNAF U-17 Tournament and the FIFA U-17 World Cup, which is held every two years.

Tunisia national under-20 football team

The Tunisia national under-20 football team (Arabic: منتخب تونس تحت 20 سنة لكرة القدم‎), nicknamed Les Aigles de Carthage (The Eagles of Carthage or The Carthage Eagles), belongs to the Tunisian Football Federation. Since 1977 the team has played eight times in the African Youth Championship, UNAF U-20 Tournament and twice in the FIFA U-20 World Cup (then known as the "FIFA World Youth Championship").

Tunisia national under-23 football team

The Tunisia Olympic football team (Arabic: منتخب تونس الأولمبي لكرة القدم‎), nicknamed Les Aigles de Carthage (The Eagles of Carthage or The Carthage Eagles), is the national under-23 football team of Tunisia and is controlled by the Tunisian Football Federation, represents Tunisia in international football competitions and in the Olympic Games, Africa U-23 Cup of Nations and UNAF U-23 Tournament. The selection is limited to players under the age of 23, except during the Olympic Games where the use of three overage players is allowed.

Tunisian Football Federation

The Tunisian Football Federation (Arabic: الجامعة التونسية لكرة القدم‎, French: Fédération Tunisienne de Football, FTF) is the governing body of football in Tunisia. It was established in 1957. It became a member in the FIFA in 1960, and in the same year it also became a member in the CAF association. It organises the football league, the Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1, the Tunisia national football team and the Tunisia women's national football team. It is based in Tunis.

Youssef Zouaoui

Youssef Zouaoui (Arabic: يوسف الزواوي‎; born 11 September 1946) is a Tunisian footballer. Since 1983, he has played for major clubs and national teams. He was also a big player in the CA Bizerte (CAB), and remains the second leading scorer in the club's history.

Early attracted by football, he followed his elder brother Larbi Zouaoui by signing with CAB. His qualities of striker and scorer he can be part of the team of juniors and seniors to join the cabinet in 1963, continuing his career until 1977. He knows, however, no international career and played only during a few meetings with Tunisia national football team, due to the presence of major players such as Tahar Chaïbi, Ezzedine Chakroun or Mohamed Ali Akid.

His playing career ended, he chose that of coach. From his second season as head of the CAB team, he created a stir by winning the Tunisia championship football. It is then called upon the national team and, despite the veto cons of corporate players like Tarak Dhiab or Hedi Bayari, it gives excellent results. Dismissed in 1986, he joined the Federation of UAE football as national coach. Revenue Tunisia expand its ranking by national and continental titles, he resumed his place in the national team in 1993, with less success, as shown with the disastrous start of the team at the 1994 African Cup of Nations, which earned him a second dismissal.

Called to lead the Espérance Sportive de Tunis where Slim Chiboub it provides all conditions for success, winning numerous national titles but failed in the CAF Champions League. He leads the national team for the third time in 2002 instead of Ammar Souyah and Khemais Labidi, as technical director.

Tunisia's World Cup record
First Match  Tunisia 3–1 Mexico 
(Rosario, Argentina; 2 June 1978)
Biggest Win  Tunisia 3–1 Mexico 
(Rosario, Argentina; 2 June 1978)
Biggest Defeat  Belgium 5–2 Tunisia 
(Moscow, Russia; 23 June 2018)
Best Result Group Stage in 1978, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2018
Worst Result Group Stage in 1978, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2018
Tunisia's Confederations Cup record
First Match  Tunisia 1–2 Argentina 
(Cologne, Germany; 15 June 2005)
Biggest Win  Tunisia 2–0 Australia 
(Leipzig, Germany; 21 June 2005)
Biggest Defeat  Germany 3–0 Tunisia 
(Cologne, Germany; 18 June 2005)
Best Result Group Stage in 2005
Worst Result Group Stage in 2005
Tunisia's African Cup record
First Match  Tunisia 2–4 Ethiopia 
(Adis Ababa, Ethiopia; 14 January 1962)
Biggest Win  Tunisia 4–0 Ethiopia 
(Tunis, Tunisia; 12 November 1965)
Biggest Defeat  Cameroon 3–0 Tunisia 
(Accra, Ghana; 10 February 2000)
 Guinea 3–0 Tunisia 
(Alexandria, Egypt; 30 January 2006)
 Ivory Coast 3–0 Tunisia 
(Rustenburg, South Africa; 26 January 2013)
Best Result Champions in 2004
Worst Result Group stage in 1963, 1982, 1994, 2002, 2010, 2013
1 September 2017 2018 WCQTunisia 2–1 DR CongoRadès, Tunisia
21:00 CET
Report
Stadium: Stade Olympique de Radès
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Eric Otogo-Castane (Gabon)
5 September 2017 2018 WCQDR Congo 2–2 TunisiaKinshasa, DR Congo
18:30 CET
Report
Stadium: Stade des Martyrs
Attendance: 80,000
Referee: Daniel Bennett (South Africa)
7 October 2017 2018 WCQGuinea 1–4 TunisiaConakry, Guinea
17:00 GMT
Report
Stadium: Stade du 28 Septembre
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Janny Sikazwe (Zambia)
11 November 2017 2018 WCQTunisia 0–0 LibyaRadès, Tunisia
18:30 CET Report Stadium: Stade Olympique de Radès
Attendance: 60,000
Referee: Hamada Nampiandraza (Madagascar)
23 March 2018 FriendlyTunisia 1–0 IranRadès, Tunisia
19:15 CET Mohammadi Goal 71' (o.g.) Report Stadium: Stade Olympique de Radès
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Ibrahim Nour El Din (Egypt)
27 March 2018 FriendlyTunisia 1–0 Costa RicaNice, France
19:00 CEST Khazri Goal 36' Report Stadium: Allianz Riviera
Attendance: 7,000
Referee: Frank Schneider (France)
28 May 2018 FriendlyPortugal 2–2 TunisiaBraga, Portugal
19:45 WEST A. Silva Goal 22'
João Mário Goal 34'
Report Badri Goal 39'
Ben Youssef Goal 64'
Stadium: Estádio Municipal de Braga
Attendance: 17,220
Referee: Luca Banti (Italy)
1 June 2018 FriendlyTunisia 2–2 TurkeyGeneva, Switzerland
20:15 CEST Badri Goal 56'
Sassi Goal 79'
Report Tosun Goal 54' (pen.)
Söyüncü Goal 90'
Stadium: Stade de Genève
Attendance: 12,000
Referee: Fedayi San (Switzerland)
9 June 2018 FriendlyTunisia 0–1 SpainKrasnodar, Russia
21:45 MSK Report Aspas Goal 84' Stadium: Krasnodar Stadium
Attendance: 33,116
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (Netherlands)
18 June 2018 2018 World Cup GSTunisia 1–2 EnglandVolgograd, Russia
21:00 MSK Sassi Goal 35' (pen.) Report Kane Goal 11'90+1' Stadium: Volgograd Arena
Attendance: 41,064
Referee: Wilmar Roldán (Colombia)
23 June 2018 2018 World Cup GSBelgium 5–2 TunisiaMoscow, Russia
15:00 MSK E. Hazard Goal 6' (pen.)51'
R. Lukaku Goal 16'45+3'
Batshuayi Goal 90'
Report Bronn Goal 18'
Khazri Goal 90+3'
Stadium: Otkrytiye Arena
Attendance: 44,190
Referee: Jair Marrufo (United States)
28 June 2018 2018 World Cup GSPanama 1–2 TunisiaSaransk, Russia
21:00 MSK Meriah Goal 33' (o.g.) Report F. Ben Youssef Goal 51'
Khazri Goal 66'
Stadium: Mordovia Arena
Attendance: 37,168
Referee: Nawaf Shukralla (Bahrain)
9 September 2018 2019 AFCONQEswatini 0–2 TunisiaManzini, Eswatini
15:00 SAST Report Khenissi Goal 17'
N. Sliti Goal 37'
Stadium: Mavuso Sports Centre
Referee: Bamlak Tessema Weyesa (Ethiopia)
13 October 2018 2019 AFCONQTunisia 1–0 NigerRadès, Tunisia
19:15 CET Meriah Goal 17' Report Stadium: Stade Olympique de Radès
Referee: Eric Otogo-Castane (Gabon)
16 October 2018 2019 AFCONQNiger 1–2 TunisiaNiamey, Niger
16:00 WAT Oumarou Goal 36' Report Chaouat Goal 28'32' Stadium: Stade Général Seyni Kountché
Referee: Noureddine El Jaafari (Morocco)
16 November 2018 2019 AFCONQEgypt 3–2 TunisiaAlexandria, Egypt
18:00 EET Trézéguet Goal 32'
B. El Mohamady Goal 60'
M. Salah Goal 90'
Report N. Sliti Goal 14'72' Stadium: Borg El Arab Stadium
Referee: Victor Gomes (South Africa)
20 November 2018 FriendlyTunisia 0–1 MoroccoRadès, Tunisia
18:00 (UTC+1) Report Nesyri Goal 41' Stadium: Stade Olympique de Radès
Attendance: 8,000
Referee: Ibrahim Nour El Din (Egypt)
22 March 2019 2019 AFCONQTunisia 4–0 EswatiniRadès, Tunisia
19:15
Report Stadium: Stade Olympique de Radès
Referee: Georges Gatogato (Burundi)
26 March 2019 FriendlyAlgeria 1–0 TunisiaBlida, Algeria
20:45 (CET) Bounedjah Goal 70' (pen.) Report Stadium: Stade Mustapha Tchaker
Attendance: 15,000
Referee: Samir Guezzaz (Morocco)
7 June 2019 FriendlyTunisia v IraqRadès, Tunisia
Stadium: Stade 7 November
Opponent Pld W D L GF GA GD
 Algeria 43 14 14 15 39 44 –5
 Angola 6 3 3 0 14 4 +10
 Argentina 1 0 0 1 1 2 –1
 Australia 2 1 0 1 3 2 +1
 Austria 3 0 1 2 2 5 –3
 Bahrain 2 1 0 1 3 1 +2
 Belarus 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3
 Belgium 4 1 1 2 5 8 –3
 Benin 9 6 3 0 24 6 +18
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1
 Botswana 6 3 1 2 9 5 +4
 Brazil 1 0 0 1 1 4 –3
 Bulgaria 2 1 1 0 6 3 +3
 Burkina Faso 6 1 3 2 7 7 0
 Burundi 2 2 0 0 3 1 +2
 Cameroon 17 2 6 9 18 29 –11
 Canada 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2
 Cape Verde 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3
 Central African Republic 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3
 Chad 4 3 1 0 10 2 +8
 Chile 1 0 0 1 2 3 –1
 China PR 4 1 2 1 3 3 0
 Chinese Taipei 1 1 0 0 8 1 +7
 Colombia 2 0 1 1 1 2 –1
 Congo 9 6 2 1 17 6 +11
 Costa Rica 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1
 Denmark 2 0 0 2 2 5 –3
 Djibouti 2 2 0 0 11 1 +10
 DR Congo 13 6 4 3 24 13 +11
 East Germany 4 0 0 4 0 11 –11
 Egypt 39 16 11 13 44 38 +6
 England 3 0 1 2 2 5 –3
 Equatorial Guinea 3 1 1 1 5 4 +1
 Ethiopia 8 4 2 2 17 11 +6
 Finland 3 0 1 2 2 6 –4
 France 4 0 2 2 3 7 –4
 Gabon 11 4 6 1 21 12 +9
 Gambia 1 0 0 1 1 2 –1
 Georgia 2 0 1 1 1 3 –2
 Germany 3 0 2 1 1 4 –3
 Ghana 16 4 4 8 19 24 –5
 Guinea 20 9 4 7 31 19 +12
 Guinea-Bissau 1 0 0 0 3 1 +2
 Hungary 1 0 0 1 1 10 –9
 Iceland 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2
 India 1 0 1 0 2 2 0
 Iran 2 1 1 0 3 2 +1
 Iraq 10 6 3 1 17 10 +7
 Republic of Ireland 1 0 0 1 0 4 –4
 Italy 1 0 0 1 0 4 –4
 Ivory Coast 18 6 6 6 26 27 –1
 Japan 4 0 0 4 0 6 –6
 Jordan 3 2 1 0 12 3 +9
 Kenya 7 5 1 1 10 3 +7
 Kuwait 4 3 0 1 8 4 +4
 Latvia 1 1 0 0 3 0 +3
 Lebanon 5 3 1 1 9 5 +4
 Liberia 10 5 2 3 17 9 +8
 Libya 23 13 3 7 38 19 +9
 Madagascar 4 3 0 1 5 4 +1
 Malawi 7 2 3 2 16 8 +8
 Mali 9 5 0 4 11 8 +3
 Malta 12 4 4 4 13 9 +4
 Mauritania 11 9 2 0 22 5 +17
 Mauritius 2 1 1 0 2 0 +2
 Mexico 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2
 Morocco 50 9 28 13 46 53 –7
 Mozambique 3 1 1 1 3 2 +1
 Namibia 3 3 0 0 8 1 +7
 Netherlands 3 0 2 1 3 7 –4
 Niger 3 3 0 0 6 3 +3
 Nigeria 17 6 6 5 23 17 +6
 Norway 2 0 1 1 1 3 –2
 Oman 2 0 1 1 1 2 –1
 Palestine 2 1 1 0 7 3 +4
 Panama 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1
 Peru 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
 Poland 4 1 0 3 2 9 –7
 Portugal 2 0 2 0 3 3 0
 Qatar 3 1 0 2 5 3 +2
 Romania 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
 Russia 1 0 0 1 0 2 –2
 Rwanda 6 6 0 0 18 3 +15
 Saudi Arabia 7 3 2 2 7 6 +1
 Senegal 20 9 7 4 22 12 +10
 Serbia 1 0 0 1 0 1 –1
 Seychelles 4 4 0 0 14 0 +14
 Sierra Leone 7 3 3 1 10 6 +4
 Slovenia 2 0 1 1 2 3 –1
 Somalia 1 1 0 0 2 1 +1
 South Africa 6 3 1 2 9 7 +2
 South Korea 2 1 1 0 1 0 +1
 South Sudan 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2
 Soviet Union 1 0 0 1 0 3 –3
 Spain 2 0 0 2 1 4 –3
 Sudan 10 7 0 3 25 11 +14
 Sweden 4 1 1 2 2 3 –1
  Switzerland 3 0 1 2 2 4 –2
 Eswatini 1 1 0 0 2 0 +2
 Syria 10 5 1 4 16 12 +4
 Togo 10 7 3 0 19 4 +15
 Turkey 6 0 5 1 4 7 –3
 Uganda 5 5 0 0 16 1 +15
 Ukraine 1 0 0 1 0 1 –1
 United Arab Emirates 4 4 0 0 9 1 +8
 United States 1 0 1 0 1 1 0
 Uruguay 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
 Wales 1 1 0 0 4 0 +4
 West Germany 5 1 0 4 1 11 –10
 Yugoslavia 5 1 0 4 3 21 –18
 Zambia 12 7 2 3 19 12 +7
 Zimbabwe 2 1 1 0 5 3 +2
Tunisia national football team
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