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The Tunisia national football team ( ), nicknamed Les Aigles de Carthage (The Eagles of Carthage), is the national team of Tunisiamarker and is controlled by the Fédération Tunisienne de Football. 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 Argentinamarker 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. It took them 20 years to return to the finals but they have since qualified for the past three tournaments in succession, in 1998, 2002 and 2006. They were the only African team to appear at 2002 and 2006–2002 qualifiers Senegal, Cameroon, Nigeria and South Africa were replaced by Ivory Coast, Angola, Ghana and Togo, who were all first-time qualifiers.

Tunisia also won the African Nations Cup in 2004, for the first time in their history, when they hosted the tournament.

World Cup record

Year Round Position GP W D L GS GA
1930 to 1958 Did not enter
1962 Did not qualify
1966 Withdrew
1970 to 1974 Did not qualify
1978 Round 1 9 3 1 1 1 3 2
1982 to 1994 Did not qualify
1998 Round 1 27 3 0 1 2 1 4
2002 Round 1 29 3 0 1 2 1 5
2006 Round 1 24 3 0 1 2 3 6
2010 Did not qualify
Total 4/19 12 1 4 7 8 17


FIFA World Cup History
Year Round Score Result
1978 Round 1 3 – 1 Win
Round 1 0 – 1 Loss
Round 1 0 – 0 Draw
1998 Round 1 0 – 2 Loss
Round 1 0 – 1 Loss
Round 1 1 – 1 Draw
2002 Round 1 0 – 2 Loss
Round 1 1 – 1 Draw
Round 1 0 – 2 Loss
2006 Round 1 2 – 2 Draw
Round 1 1 – 3 Loss
Round 1 0 – 1 Loss


FIFA Confederations Cup record

Year Round GP W D L GS GA
1992 to 2003 Did not qualify - - - - - -
2005 Round 1 3 1 0 2 3 5
2009 Did not qualify - - - - - -
Total 1/8 3 1 0 2 3 5


African Nations Cup record

African Cup of Nations
Titles: 1

Appearances: 13
Year Position Year Position Year Position
1957 Did not enter 1976 Did not qualify 1994 Round 1
1959 Did not enter 1978 Fourth place 1996 Runners up
1962 Third place 1980 Withdrew 1998 Quarter-finals
1963 Round 1 1982 Round 1 2000 Fourth place
1965 Runners up 1984 Did not qualify 2002 Round 1
1968 Did not qualify 1986 Did not qualify 2004 Champions
1970 Did not enter 1988 Did not qualify 2006 Quarter-finals
1972 Did not qualify 1990 Did not qualify 2008 Quarter-finals
1974 Did not enter 1992 Did not qualify 2010 Qualified


For 2010, see 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification
**Gold background color indicates that the tournament was won.


1978 World Cup

Tunisia's first World Cup was the 1978 competition held in Argentinamarker. They created history by becoming the 1st African team to win a World Cup game, defeating Mexico 3-1. An unlucky 1-0 defeat to Poland followed, but The Eagles Of Carthage then held European giants West Germany to a 0-0 draw. But that wasn't enough to send them through to the knockout rounds. Despite that tournament being one of Tunisia's finest, they failed to qualify for the World Cup again until 20 years later.

1998 World Cup

Prior to the 1998 World Cup, Tunisia had gained a 'minnow' reputation, and were going through possibly their worst era ever. However, Adel Selmi's team put in a good performance at the World Cup, but a 2-0 defeat to England and a 1-0 loss against Colombia sent them home at the group stage. Their only point was in a 1-1 draw with Romainia.

2002 World Cup

Tunisia made it to their 2nd successive World Cup, co-hosted by South Korea and Japan. They started with a 2-0 loss against Russia, but a superb Raouf Bouazine 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 African Nations Cup

Tunisia's first major honour was the 2004 African Cup of Nations, which they hosted. Manager Roger Lemerre became a Tunisian legend after the victory, but it wasn't easy. The tournament started with a 2-1 win over minnows Rwanda in Rades. That was followed by a comfortable 3-0 win against DR Congo and a 1-1 draw with Guinea. The quarter-finals saw them beat much fancied Senegal 1-0, and that was the moment where Tunisia seriously believed they win the competition. The semi-final was a memorable affair - it came against favourites Nigeria. Jay-Jay Okocha scored a penalty for the Super Eagles, but with less than 10 minutes remaining, Tunisia captain Khaled Badra also scored from the spot. The game finished 1-1 and went to penalties. Veteran keeper Ali Boumnijel saved Peter Odemwingie's strike to put Tunisia in a commanding position, allowing a 20-year-old Karim Haggui to score the winning spot kick and send the host nation through to their 3rd Nations Cup final. The final was against their fierce local rivals Morrocco,and Brazilian-born striker Francileudo Santos put The Eagles Of Carthage 1-0 ahead on just 4 minutes. Morrocco equalised just before half-time, but Ziad Jaziri made it 2-1 on 51 minutes to win it for Tunisia

2006 World Cup

At first many Tunisians criticized Roger Lemerre for not putting in Selim Benachour who many considered the best player for the country who currently plays for Vitoria SC

Tunisia managed to draw their opening game against Saudi Arabia. They took the lead at half time thanks to Ziad Jaziri, but Tunisia didn't start well in the second half and Saudi Arabia equalized from Yasser Al-Qahtani. Substitute Sami Al-Jaber came on and scored with 4 minutes to go to put the Saudi's 2–1 up, but in added time Bolton defender Radhi Jaidi headed in an equalizer.

Tunisia lost their second match to Spain. Jaouhar Mnari put Tunisia in the lead with a goal in the eighth minute that kept them up until halftime. However, Spain came back in the second half scoring an equalizer that came from Raúl (72') and two additional goals from Fernando Torres (76', pen 90') that defeated Tunisia with a final score of 3–1.

Tunisia lost their last group match to Ukraine with a 1–0 defeat ending their 2006 World Cup. Andriy Shevchenko(70') scored the only goal from a dubious penalty kick.

Current Squad

The following players have been called up for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification match against Mozambique on November 14, 2009.









Recent Call Ups

The following players have also been called up to the Tunisia squad within the last twelve months.

Goalkeepers


Defenders


Midfielders


Forwards


Coaches



Former Players



References

External links



Goalkeeper
Defender
Midfielder
Forward
Player DoB/Age Caps Goals Team Most Recent Call up
Nadim Thabet 0 0 Jendouba Sport Friendly match v. Ghana, November 19, 2008
Farouk Ben Mustapha 0 0 Club Athlétique Bizertin 2010 FIFA World Cup qual. v. Kenya, October 11, 2009
Player DoB/Age Caps Goals Team Most Recent Call up
Saber Ben Frej 19 5 Le Mans UC72 Friendly match v. France, October 14, 2008
Anis Boussaidi 3 0 FC Red Bull Salzburg Friendly match v. Ghana, November 19, 2008
Abdelmonem Derbali 0 0 Club Africain Friendly match v. Ghana, November 19, 2008
Khaled Zeïri 0 0 Stade Tunisien Friendly match v. Ghana, November 19, 2008
Souheïl Ben Radhia 1 0 Étoile du Sahel Friendly match v. Netherlands, February 1, 2009
Radhi Jaïdi 101 7 Southampton F.C. Friendly match v. Netherlands, February 1, 2009
Mehdi Meriah 9 0 Étoile du Sahel Friendly match v. Côte d'Ivoire, March 26, 2009
Yamen Ben Zekri 4 0 free agent Friendly match v. Côte d'Ivoire, August 12, 2009
Bilel Iffa 0 0 Club Africain 2010 FIFA World Cup qual. v. Nigeria, September 6, 2009
Zied Derbali 0 0 Espérance de Tunis 2010 FIFA World Cup qual. v. Kenya, October 11, 2009
Player DoB/Age Caps Goals Team Most Recent Call up
Wissem Ben Yahia 7 0 Club Africain Unknown
Anis Boujelbene 20 2 Club Africain Friendly match v. France, October 14, 2008
Mejdi Mosrati 2 0 Étoile du Sahel Friendly match v. France, October 14, 2008
Mohamed Ali Nafkha 11 1 Étoile du Sahel Friendly match v. Ghana, November 19, 2008
Mejdi Traoui 2 0 FC Red Bull Salzburg Friendly match v. Ghana, November 19, 2008
Fabien Camus 1 0 K.R.C. Genk Friendly match v. Netherlands, February 1, 2009
Aïmen Demai 1 0 Alemannia Aachen Friendly match v. Netherlands, February 1, 2009
Mehdi Nafti 41 1 Aris Thessaloniki F.C. Friendly match v. Côte d'Ivoire, March 26, 2009
Kamel Zaiem 8 2 Al-Khor Friendly match v. Côte d'Ivoire, March 26, 2009
Chadi Hammami 3 0 CS Sfaxien 2010 FIFA World Cup qual. v. Nigeria, September 6, 2009
Nabil Taïder 8 2 Skoda Xanthi F.C. 2010 FIFA World Cup qual. v. Kenya, October 11, 2009
Tijani Belaid 23 3 Slavia Prague 2010 FIFA World Cup qual. v. Kenya, October 11, 2009
Player DoB/Age Caps Goals Team Most Recent Call up
Mohamed Ali Ghariani 5 0 Tours FC Unknown
Hichem Essifi 4 2 US Monastir Friendly match v. France, October 14, 2008
Francileudo Santos 40 22 free agent Friendly match v. Ghana, November 19, 2008
Mohamed Selliti 22 0 Ismaily SC Friendly match v. Netherlands, February 1, 2009
Walid Tayeb 1 0 Espérance de Tunis Friendly match v. Netherlands, February 1, 2009
Yassine Chikhaoui 18 8 FC Zürich Friendly match v. Côte d'Ivoire, March 26, 2009
Ziad Jaziri 64 14 free agent Friendly match v. Côte d'Ivoire, March 26, 2009
Lassad Nouioui 16 3 Deportivo de La Coruña 2010 FIFA World Cup qual. v. Kenya, October 11, 2009
  • Hammadi Agrebi (Midfielder)
  • Habib Akid (Striker)
  • Mohamed Ali Akid (Striker)
  • Khaled Badra (Defender)
  • Zoubeir Baya (Midfielder)
  • Kamel Ben Arfa (Midfielder)
  • Taoufik Ben Othman (Midfielder)
  • Amor Ben Tahar (Striker)
  • Khaled Ben Yahya (Defender)
  • Hédi Berrekhissa (Defender)
  • Riadh Bouazizi (Midfielder)
  • Mounir Boukadida (Defender)
  • Ali Boumnijel (Goalkeeper)
  • Tahar Chaïbi (Striker)
  • Ezzedine Chakroun (Striker)
  • Abdelmajid Chetali (Midfielder)
  • Sirajeddine Chihi(Midfielder)
  • José Clayton (Defender)
  • Tarak Dhiab (Midfielder)
  • Mokhtar Dhouib (Defender)
  • Chokri El Ouaer (Goalkeeper)
  • Boubaker Ezzitouni (Goalkeeper)
  • Hassen Gabsi (Midfielder)
  • Kaies Ghodhbane (Midfielder)
  • Nejib Gommidh (Midfielder)
  • Mohieddine Habita (Striker)
  • Ezzeddine Hadj Sassi (Striker)
  • Abdelhamid Hergal (Striker)
  • Lotfi Hsoumi (Midfielder)
  • Riadh Jlassi (Striker)
  • Mohsen Jendoubi (Defender)
  • Ali Kaabi (Defender)
  • Temime Lahzami (Striker)
  • Jameleddine Limam (Striker)
  • Nabil Maaloul (Striker)
  • Mohamed Ali Mahjoubi (Midfielder)
  • Taoufik Mhedhebi (Defender/Midfielder)

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