Tunisia national football team
Les Aigles de Carthage |
(Eagles of Carthage)
|Association||Tunisian Football Federation|
|Sub-confederation||UNAF (North Africa)|
|Head coach||Henryk Kasperczak|
|Most caps||Radhi Jaïdi (105)|
|Top scorer||Issam Jemâa (36)|
|Home stadium||Stade Olympique de Radès|
|Current||38 4 (20 October 2016)|
|Highest||19 (February 1998)|
|Lowest||65 (July 2010)|
|Current||67 (29 June 2016)|
|Highest||24 (June 1978)|
|Lowest||103 (July 1988)|
Tunisia 1–2 Algeria |
(Tunisia; 25 June 1957)
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)
Hungary 10–1 Tunisia |
(Hungary; 24 July 1960)
|Appearances||4 (first in 1978)|
|Best result||Group stage, 1978, 1998, 2002 and 2006|
|Africa Cup of Nations|
|Appearances||16 (first in 1962)|
|Best result||Champions, 2004|
|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 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. 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
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
World Cup record
Main article: Tunisia at the FIFA World Cup
FIFA Confederations Cup
Africa Cup of Nations record
Arab Nations Cup record
|Head coach||Henryk Kasperczak|
|Assistant Coach|| Patrick Hesse|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Tarek Abdelalim|
|Fitness Coach||Jalel Herguli|
|Team Doctor||Souheil Chemli|
|Equipment|| Raouf Merghni|
|Security|| Mohamed Dallagi|
|Director of National Teams||Mohamed Gharbi|
|Press|| Kais Reguez|
Recent results and forthcoming fixtures
This is a list of matches from the last six months and any future scheduled matches.
The following players have been called up to the squad within the last 12 months.
INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
- As of 3 June 2016
1978 World Cup
1998 World Cup Home
1998 World Cup Away
2002 World Cup Home
2006 World Cup Home
2006 World Cup Away
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