Tunisia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)نسور قرطاج
Aigles de Carthage
(Eagles of Carthage)
AssociationTunisian Football Federation
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationUNAF (North Africa)
Head coachJalel Kadri[1]
CaptainYoussef Msakni
Most capsRadhi Jaïdi (105)
Top scorerIssam Jemâa (36)
Home stadiumStade Hammadi Agrebi
FIFA codeTUN
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 35 Increase 1 (31 March 2022)[2]
Highest14 (April – May 2018)
Lowest65 (July 2010)
First international
 Tunisia 4–2 Libya 
(Tunis, Tunisia; 2 June 1957)[3]
Biggest win
 Tunisia 8–1 Republic of China 
(Rome, Italy; 18 August 1960)
 Tunisia 7–0 Togo 
(Tunis, Tunisia; 7 January 2000)
 Tunisia 7–0 Malawi 
(Tunis, Tunisia; 26 March 2005)
 Tunisia 8–1 Djibouti 
(Tunis, Tunisia; 12 June 2015)
Biggest defeat
 Hungary 10–1 Tunisia 
(Budapest, Hungary; 24 July 1960)
World Cup
Appearances6 (first in 1978)
Best resultGroup stage (1978, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2018)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances20 (first in 1962)
Best resultChampions (2004)
African Nations Championship
Appearances2 (first in 2011)
Best resultChampions (2011)
Arab Cup
Appearances3 (first in 1963)
Best resultChampions (1963)
FIFA Confederations Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2005)
Best resultGroup stage (2005)
WebsiteFTF.org.tn (in French)

The Tunisia national football team (Arabic: منتخب تونس لكرة القدم; French: Équipe de Tunisie de football) is the national team that represents Tunisia in men's international football, since it played its first match on 2 June 1957 against Libya, which ended with Tunisia winning 4–2. It is a member team of the FIFA internationally and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) on the continent. It is supervised by the Tunisian Football Federation, which was established on 29 March 1957, after Tunisia's independence. Jalel Kadri has been coaching the team since 30 January 2022,[4] accompanied by his assistants Ali Boumnijel and Selim Benachour.[5] The Tunisian national team is nicknamed the Eagles of Carthage,[6] The team's colors are red and white, similar to the colors of the Tunisian flag, and its symbol is the Bald eagle. There have been 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 its matches have been played since 2001 at the Stade Hammadi Agrebi which is located in the city of Radès, in the southern suburbs of the capital, Tunis. It has a capacity of 60,000 spectators.[7]

The Tunisian national team participated in three major football competitions every four years, appeared in the final stages of five FIFA World Cups and twenty participations in the Africa Cup of Nations, and participated in four editions of the Olympic football tournaments. Nevertheless, Tunisia created history in the 1978 World Cup in Argentina, when it became the first African and Arab team to win a World Cup match by defeating Mexico 3–1 in Tunisia's first match in the competition,[8] and a negative tie with defending champions West Germany,[9] before being eliminated from the group stage, which led finally to an addition of a second team from Africa in the world Cup.

After that, the team has qualified for three consecutive tournaments, in 1998 in France, 2002 in South Korea and Japan and 2006 in Germany, before returning to the 2018 edition in Russia. But despite this historical record, Tunisia has never succeeded in qualifying for the second round of the World Cup or the Summer Olympics.

In terms of rivalry, the Tunisian national football team plays against North African teams such as Egypt, Morocco, and Algeria. In fact, the Tunisian national team played with them many matches, whether through friendly matches, World Cup qualifiers, Africa Cup of Nations, African Nations Championship and African Nations Cup qualifiers. Tunisia is one of the most successful national teams in African competitions, having won the Africa Cup of Nations at home in 2004,[10] after defeating Morocco in the final.[11] It also achieved the final in 1965 as hosts and 1996 in South Africa. And it achieved third place in the 1962 edition. The Tunisian team also won the African Nations Championship its first participation in the 2011 edition that was held in Sudan.[12]

The Tunisian national team is fully recognized by all international sports organizations. In 1960, Tunisia joined the FIFA and the CAF, and joined the UAFA in 1978 and the UNAF in 2005. The biggest loss for the Tunisian team was on 24 July 1960 against Hungary, with a score of 10–1, While the biggest victory was on 12 June 2015 against Djibouti with a score of 8–1.[13] Radhi Jaïdi, with 105 international matches, holds the record for the number of matches played by the Tunisian national team.[14] while Issam Jemâa, with 36 goals, is the top scorer in the history of the selection.[15] The highest rank achieved by the team in the FIFA World Rankings was 14th place in April and May 2018,[16] while the 65th lowest rank was in July 2010.[17] On 17 November 2020, after securing qualification for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, the Tunisian team has become the most successful African team to qualify for consecutive times in the history of the competition with 15 consecutive participations as it did not miss the tournament since 1994, breaking the Egyptian team’s record of 14 consecutive participations.[18]

History

Beginning (1928–1956)

The Tunisian football team in 1939.
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.[19] 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 1932 for their first match win: a 1–0 victory over French Algeria.[20]

Most of the matches that Tunisia played in the 30s and 40s were against French teams, whether it was French Algeria, the French military team or the France B team, in addition to a match against the French national team in 1941. Most of these matches were played at the Stade Vélodrome in Tunis.

The most capped players of this period are :

Post independence (1956–1962)

Stade Chedly Zouiten, the home of the Tunisian national team in the 1960s.
Stade Chedly Zouiten, the home of the Tunisian national team in the 1960s.

As soon as independence was proclaimed in 1956, Tunisian football leaders took the necessary steps to create an exclusively national body to replace the Tunisian Football League (an offshoot of the French Football Federation). These steps led to the creation of the Tunisian Football Federation (FTF) headed by Chedly Zouiten, which was approved on 29 March 1957. Recognized as a public utility, the FTF has since invested in its dual mission of promoting football and managing the national competition as well as the different teams representing Tunisia in international competitions. In spite of that, Tunisia's national team has been set up before independence.

Tunisian coach Rachid Turki has been appointed as Tunisia's first coach. A friendly match was held two days before independence, and this was in front of the Southwest French team. Tunisia succeeded in winning the match thanks to the goal of Ghariani. The Tunisian squad was the following: Zine el-Abidine Chennoufi, Sadok Dhaou (then Mohieddine Zeghir), Azaiez Jaballah, Driss Messaoud, Hassen Tasco, Abdou Béji, Ali Hannachi « Haj Ali », Amedée Scorsone, Hédi Braïek, Noureddine Diwa, Khemais Ghariani.

Abdelmajid Chetali, one of the best players in the history of Tunisia.
Abdelmajid Chetali, one of the best players in the history of Tunisia.

The Tunisian team also played a match with the Austrian team FC Admira Wacker Mödling on 30 December of the same year and managed to win 4–1 thanks to two goals from both Diwa and Braïek and the Tunisian squad was as follows : Mohamed Bennour (then Houcine El Bez), Youssef Sehili, Azaiez Jaballah, Mokhtar Ben Nacef, Mehrez Jelassi, Abdou Béji, Ali Hannachi « Haj Ali », Abderrahman Ben Ezzedine, Hédi Braïek, Noureddine Diwa (then Khemais Ghariani), Hammadi Henia

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 Libya 4–3 after scoring the first Tunisian goal in an official competition by Farzit. They also managed to get through Iraq and Lebanon before losing in the final against Syria 3–1.

In 1960, the Yugoslavian Milan Kristić to be the first foreigner to coach the national team so Tunisia qualified for 1960 Summer Olympics which was their first international event after beating Malta, Morocco and Sudan; 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. As for the Olympic Games, the results were very poor in the first game and despite the opening of the scoring by Kerrit in the third minute, but the Polish team returned in the game and won 6–1. They also lost to Argentina 2–1 before being defeated again, this time against Denmark 3–1.

Golden generation (1962–1978)

President Habib Bourguiba amid the Tunisian team in 1973.
President Habib Bourguiba amid the Tunisian team in 1973.

Frane Matošić was appointed to coach the team as the second Yugoslav coach of the Tunisian team after Kristić led Tunisia to qualify for the Olympics. In 1962, Tunisia entered the African Cup of Nations qualifiers for the first time: the team qualified for the tournament after overcoming Morocco and Nigeria and went on to finish third after beating Uganda in the third-place match. Tunisian federation has appointed French coach André Gérard to train the team to continue contracting with foreign coaches. The team succeeded in crowning the 1963 Arab Cup to be the first championship for the team, after achieving impressive results, including winning over Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Kuwait.

Tunisia also qualified for the 1963 Africa Cup of Nations despite the exit from the first round. CAF decided that Tunisia would host the 1965 Africa Cup of Nations, despite the fact that only 9 years have passed since the independence of the country, in addition to a distinguished generation of players, most notably Abdelmajid Chetali and Attouga who reached the final after beating Ethiopia 4–0 in the opening match in Stade Chedly Zouiten,[21] but they lost 3–2 to Ghana in extra-time of the final.[22] Despite this early success, Tunisia did not enter the Cup of Nations again until 1976 in Ethiopia, 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 overcoming Syria, Egypt, Palestine, Yemen and Iraq, scoring 19 goals, and conceding only three with the Tunisian coach Ameur Hizem.

Tunisia at the 1978 FIFA World Cup qualification against Egypt.
Tunisia at the 1978 FIFA World Cup qualification against Egypt.

In February 1975, after a short experience of the Hungarian coach André Nagy, the coach of ES Sahel, Abdelmajid Chetali was hired. This coincided with the return of the team to the competition in the African Cup of Nations before going out against Sudan before it succeeded to qualify after the absence of 13 years in 1978 after overcoming Egypt and Guinea in qualifying. At the same time, the team was able to qualify for the first time in the FIFA World Cup in 1978 after a remarkable performance in the qualifiers led by a distinguished generation such as Mokhtar Dhouib, Néjib Ghommidh, Raouf Ben Aziza and Tarak Dhiab. They have reserved the only African seat by going to teams such as Morocco, Algeria, Nigeria[23] and Egypt.[24][25] Before the World Cup, Tunisia competed in the African Cup and won Uganda to find themselves in the semi-finals before losing to hosts Ghana to play third place match with Nigeria.[26] 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.[27] At the World Cup in Argentina, Tunisia made an immediate impact by coming from behind after preparations were not at the desired level after a draw with Hungary 2–2 and a defeat from France 2–0 and another big defeat against Netherlands 4–0.

Ali Kaabi, Tunisia's first-ever World Cup goalscorer.
Ali Kaabi, Tunisia's first-ever World Cup goalscorer.

In the first game, Mexico managed to advance through a penalty in the first half to end the break 1–0 for the Mexican team. And before the start of the second half, Tunisian coach Chetali threw the Tunisian flag in front of the players and left the changing room. Tunisia managed to return to the game after Ali Kaabi scored the equalizer for Tunisia to enter history as the first Tunisian player to score a World Cup goal in the 55th minute before adding two goals to finish the game 3–1.[28]

In the second match, they made a good performance against Poland before the team lost 1–0,[29] but in the last game it was just around the corner to win the defending champion West Germany before the game ended 0–0. This performance has been admired by most analysts who did not expect it, and that has contributed to increasing the number of African teams qualified for the World Cup to become two. The team was received at Tunis–Carthage International Airport by Tunisians, provided by Tunisian President Habib Bourguiba, telling the players that they had accomplished the task of 50 ambassadors, because they contributed to the known of Tunisia internationally.

After this impressive performance, coach Abdelmajid Chetali decided to resign after a remarkable period in which he managed to reach the Tunisian national team to the international level. However, the period that will come after his resignation will be filled with several disturbances that have lasted for years.

Decline (1978–1994)

Following their first experience of World Cup football, Tunisia experienced a sudden decline after the passage of Tunisian coaches such as Ameur Hizem and Hmid Dhib who withdrew the team in the World Cup qualifiers in 1982 against Nigeria despite the participation of dozens of players who played the previous edition. 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 with Polish coach Ryszard Kulesza after being banned in 1980 African Cup but achieved negative results: drew with Cameroon 1–1 in the first game before being defeated against Libya 2–0 and Ghana 1–0 to withdraw by only one point. Kulesza failed also to qualify for the 1984 African Cup after the defeat against Egypt, which precipitated his departure. Coach Youssef Zouaoui was appointed to oversee the team and had a good start by winning friendly matches against Nigeria 5–0 and Canada 2–0 and also surpassed Benin and Guinea in the first rounds of the World Cup qualifiers in 1986. However, he failed to qualify for the 1986 African Cup of Nations after the defeat to the Libyan team, which was strong in that period. But that did not prevent them from reaching the last round of the World Cup qualifiers by beating Nigeria before being defeated in front of Algeria, which qualified for the second time.

Tarak Dhiab scored Tunisia's qualification goal for the 1988 Olympic Games.
Tarak Dhiab scored Tunisia's qualification goal for the 1988 Olympic Games.

The former Cameroon coach Jean Vincent was hired but failed to qualify for the 1988 African Cup in Morocco after defeat against Algeria. He also achieved catastrophic results in the Football at the African Games with defeats against Cameroon, Madagascar and Kenya. He was immediately sacked.

Taoufik Ben Othman was appointed who was the former assistant coach of Chetali in the team of 1978 team. The results improved relatively as they qualified for the Olympic Games after surpassing Morocco (thanks to the goal of Tarak Dhiab in the last minute) and Egypt in the qualifiers but Ben Othman was sacked days before the start of the competition after the poor results in the 1988 Arab Cup and the failure to win in their matches against Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Egypt and Iraq, as well as the bad results in friendly matches against Malta, Finland and East Germany. The Polish coach Antoni Piechniczek was temporarily appointed and supervised the team in the first round of World Cup qualifiers 1990 and also in the finals of the Olympic Games where results were not good after drawing with China 0–0 and Sweden 2–2 and a heavy defeat from West Germany 1–4.

Benzarti took over the team after Zouaoui's failure in the AFCON 1994 opening match.
Benzarti took over the team after Zouaoui's failure in the AFCON 1994 opening match.

Mokhtar Tlili was appointed coach but the results did not improve by not qualifying for the African Cup in Algeria 1990 after the heavy defeat to Senegal, which precipitated his departure and the arrival of Antoni Piechniczek again and did not succeed in the World Cup qualifiers in 1990 after the defeat in the last round against Cameroon to be contracted with coach Mrad Mahjoub.

Although he was unable to qualify for the 1992 African Cup again, the federation renewed confidence in him because of the respectable performance he had given in the qualifiers because the team was eliminated with goal difference to Egypt, in addition to winning Belgium in a friendly match but the early exit from the World Cup qualifiers in 1994 contributed to his dismissal after a draw with Morocco to be replaced by coach Youssef Zouaoui before the 1994 African Cup to be hosted in Tunisia so the team 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 in front of 45,000, which contributed to the dismissal of Zouaoui after the opening match and compensated by Faouzi Benzarti, who drew with Zaire in the second game finishing bottom of the group.

Beginning of Resurgence (1994–2002)

Kasperczak guided the team to qualify for the 1998 World Cup after 20 years.
Kasperczak guided the team to qualify for the 1998 World Cup after 20 years.

After confirming the decline of the Tunisian football, it was decided to hire a coach who knows the African football well. The former coach of Côte d'Ivoire Henryk Kasperczak was appointed, and the team's results were gradually improved. They managed to qualify for the African Cup for the first time in 14 years through the qualification after overcoming Liberia and Senegal. At the finals of 1996 African Cup of Nations, Tunisia began badly after a draw against Mozambique and a defeat from Ghana, but they finished second in their group, putting them through to the quarter-finals surpassing the first round for the first time since 1978 after winning Côte d'Ivoire 3–1. Tunisia went on to beat Gabon in the quarter-finals and Zambia in the semi-finals 4–2 to reach their first major final in 31 years, but lost to host country South Africa 2–0. This performance was appreciated by the Tunisian fans who did not expect this development in the team led by a new generation, most notably Chokri El Ouaer, Zoubeir Baya and Adel Sellimi. They were also received by President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali at the airport. In that period Tunisia qualified to the 1996 Olympic Games after surpassing Guinea. The team did not rise to what was expected after the defeat from Portugal and the United States with the same result 2–0 in addition to the draw with Argentina 1-1 which eliminated them from the group stage. Still under the leadership of Kasperczak, They qualified for the 1998 Africa Cup of Nations after defeating Guinea and Sierra Leone and qualified for the final quarter in the lead of the group with a win over DR Congo, Togo and defeat from Ghana. In the quarter-final, where they were eliminated in a penalty shootout by host country Burkina Faso. In that period, the team qualified for the second round of World Cup qualifiers after beating Rwanda. Tunisia was placed in the group 2 with Egypt, which was a strong candidate for the qualification, but Tunisia managed to qualify for the 1998 FIFA World Cup for the second time in its history and the first since 20 years after winning Egypt, Liberia and Namibia.

Krautzun qualified Tunisia for the 2002 World Cup.
Krautzun qualified Tunisia for the 2002 World Cup.

The team played some friendly matches before the World Cup with Wales (won 4–0), Austria (lost 1–2) and Chile (lost 2–3). In the finals, they 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 the Italian coach Francesco Scoglio, who qualified the team for the 2000 Africa Cup of Nations ideally after winning over Algeria, Uganda and Liberia. Tunisia qualified for the quarter-finals of the competition for the third consecutive time with difficulty after the defeat in the first round of Nigeria and the victory over Congo and draw with Morocco as the team managed to qualify for the semi-final by overcoming Egypt before they lost three to Cameroon and finish the competition in fourth place with a loss from South Africa on penalty shootout.

Trabelsi was part of Tunisia's squad for the 1998, 2002 and 2006 World Cups.
Trabelsi was part of Tunisia's squad for the 1998, 2002 and 2006 World Cups.

The following year, Scoglio departed to rejoin Genoa CFC, sparking a period of severe instability. The German coach Eckhard Krautzun, was appointed and qualified the team to the 2000 Africa Cup of Nations with difficulty with a group that includes Morocco, Gabon and Kenya, he Succeeded to lead the team to the World Cup in South Korea and Japan for the third time in its history with a difficult group, including Côte d'Ivoire and the DR Congo. Krautsen was sacked surprisingly despite the good results after a sharp dispute with the Tunisian Football Federation officials.

Henri Michel replaced him, but was sacked when Tunisia crashed out of the 2002 African Cup of Nations without scoring a single goal after a draw with Senegal and Zambia and defeat from Egypt. Finally, Ammar Souayah took over in time for the 2002 World Cup; The team drew in friendly matches with Norway and South Korea and were defeated by Denmark and Slovenia. In the finals, Tunisia could not do better than 1998 performance, drawing 1–1 with Belgium but losing 2–0 to Russia and co-hosts Japan making the federation look for a big coach before the start of the 2004 African Cup hosted by Tunisia.

Lemerre era: African domination (2002–2008)

Roger Lemerre is widely regarded as one of the greatest managers of all time in Tunisia.
Roger Lemerre is widely regarded as one of the greatest managers of all time in Tunisia.

Before the arrival of a new coach preparing the team for the upcoming African Cup, which will be held in Tunisia, the team drew 1–1 against France at Stade 7 November.

The list of Tunisia's new coaches included Artur Jorge, Vahid Halilhodžić, Gilbert Gress, and Philippe Troussier. In September 2002, the Tunisian Football Federation announced that it was finalizing a contract with Roger Lemerre, the former coach of France. On 25 September 2002, the Tunisian Football Federation confirmed Lemerre as the country's new head coach. Lemerre coached his first match against Egypt on 20 November 2002.

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Tunisia starting line-up against Morocco at the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations Final, a match they won 2–1.

Aa a host country, Tunisia did not have to qualify for the 2004 African Cup of Nations, where it faced the DR Congo, Rwanda and Guina in the group stage. The team won the opening match against Rwanda 2–1[30] and its second match against the DR Congo 3–0.[31] Tunisia finished at the top of the group after a 1–1 draw against Guinea.[32] In the quarterfinals, they faced Senegal, quarter-finalist of 2002 FIFA World Cup, they won the match 1–0, with Jawhar Mnari scoring in the second half.[33] In the semi-finals, Tunisia faced Nigeria, who eliminated Cameroon but they qualified on penalties which Tunisia won 5–3.[34] With the victory, Tunisia survived the final, where it faced Morocco. At Stade 7 November, Tunisia got off to a good start, taking a 1–0 lead after four minutes with Mehdi Nafti's concentration pushed by Francileudo Santos, who made their fourth hit in the tournament. At the end of the first half, Morocco came to the level of Youssouf Hadji’s goal from a lift that Youssef Mokhtari pushed into the goal. The second half had been played for seven minutes when another Tunisian striker Ziad Jaziri took Tunisia 2–1,[35] giving Tunisia its first African Cup of Nations title. The national team also won the African National Team of the Year award from the Confederation of African Football. The victory gives rise to the team's nickname, the "Eagles of Carthage" and, as a result, the team badge is changed to incorporate an eagle.[36] Lemerre became the first coach to win two different continental tournaments, having previously won Euro 2000 with France.

The warm-up preceding the Germany-Tunisia match during the 2005 Confederations Cup.
The warm-up preceding the Germany-Tunisia match during the 2005 Confederations Cup.

The Tunisian team, winning their first African Cup of Nations title, enabled them to qualify for the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup in Germany, where they participated in a tough group including hosts Germany, Argentina and Australia. The opening match of this tournament was between Tunisia and Argentina, Tunisia lost by a narrow margin 1–2.[37] In the second match, the Tunisians resisted until the 74th minute, where they conceded three goals from the German team to end the match,[38] while in the third match they managed to beat Australia 2–0,[39] to leave good impressions. In the same year, the Tunisian national team played the World Cup qualifiers in 2006, and succeeded in overcoming Guinea (lost 2–1,[40] win 2–0),[41] Kenya (win 1–0,[42] win 0–2),[43] Malawi (draw 2–2,[44] win 7–0),[45] Botswana (win 4–1,[46] win 1–3)[47] and finally Morocco, which attracted them to a 2–2 draw in the last round at the Stade 7 November in front of 60,000 spectators,[48] which enabled the Tunisian team to qualify for the fourth World in its history and the third in a row. This confirmed the Tunisian domination of the continent, after the absence of all the big African teams, and Tunisia became the only African team qualified for the 2006 World Cup, and which it had previously been in.

The following year, they failed to defend their title, losing to Nigeria in the quarter-finals on penalties,[49] despite a perfect start in the group stage after beating Zambia 4–1[50] and South Africa 2–0.

Preparations for the World Cup began as early as the team lost against Serbia and Montenegro on 1 March 2006.

Tunisia's match against Ukraine at the Olympiastadion in Berlin during the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
Tunisia's match against Ukraine at the Olympiastadion in Berlin during the 2006 FIFA World Cup.

The Federation also announced at the end of this month that it will hold a small tournament before the World Cup, an edition of the LG Cup, which will be attended by Belarus,[51] Libya and Uruguay.[52] In May, Lemerre took his team to a training camp in Switzerland, where they played international friendlies against Swiss clubs.

The 2006 FIFA World Cup kicked off, the first match being on 14 June against Saudi Arabia. While Tunisia advanced with a goal by Ziad Jaziri, Saudi Arabia managed to return and scored two goals, but in the last moments of the match, Tunisia managed to end the match with a 2–2 draw with a fatal goal by Radhi Jaïdi,[53] Lemerre was disappointed with the result.

In the second match, Tunisia faced Spain led by Raul Gonzalez, Iker Casillas, Carles Puyol and Sergio Ramos. Tunisia started the match strongly and scored the first goal, signed by Jawhar Mnari. However, Spain made offensive changes in the second half, and Raul Gonzalez and his colleagues counterattacked goalkeeper Ali Boumnijel, who scored the equalizer five minutes later, Fernando Torres scored the second goal for Spain, and finally in the 90th minute, a penalty kick ended the match with a score of 3–1.

Lemerre also emphasized that Tunisia must win the last match against Ukraine to qualify to the Round of 16. Against Ukraine. In the match, the referee announced a suspected penalty kick scored by Andriy Shevchenko. The match eventually ended with a score of 1–0,[54] Tunisia were again eliminated from the group stage.

Board of the stadium showing Tunisia's leading against Senegal in AFCON 2008.
Board of the stadium showing Tunisia's leading against Senegal in AFCON 2008.

Tunisian media and supporters criticized Lemerre's performance during the tournament. At that time, Hatem Trabelsi announced his retirement from international football after 8 years,[55][56] Lemerre carried on his contract until the end, as he led Tunisia to qualify for the 2008 African Cup of Nations. In the qualification Tunisia faced Mauritius, Sudan, and Seychelles.

After 4 wins and 1 draw, Tunisia suffered a 3–2 loss against Sudan and finished second in the qualifying round.

Despite this, Tunisia were among the favorite teams to win the cup after its outstanding performance in recent years in addition to the presence of 7 players from Étoile du Sahel, champions of CAF Champions League, and Tunisia was able to qualify for the quarter-finals. Tunisia finished at the top of the group after a draw in the opening match against Senegal 2–2,[57] a 3–1 victory over South Africa,[58] In the third match, it faced Angola and the match ended 0–0.[59] They lost against Cameroon 3–2 in extra time.[60] After the competition, it was announced that Lemerre would continue as Tunisia's coach until the end of June. Preparations for the qualifying matches began in March by winning a against Ivory Coast 2–0.[61] Before the start of the qualifiers, the Tunisian Football Federation negotiated with Bertrand Marchand and Jacques Santini, but neither of them was able to reach the agreement they wanted with the Tunisian Football Federation. Instead, Portuguese Humberto Coelho was appointed as the new coach on 3 June 2008. Prior to his appointment, Lemerre led Tunisia for the last time in the fourth World Cup qualifier match against Burundi, which ended in a 2–1 win.[62] On 30 June 2008, Roger Lemerre leaves Tunisia Six years later, the longest training period in the history of the Tunisian national team.[63]

Disappointments (2008–2014)

Tunisia against Mozambique at the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification.

Coelho took charge of coaching after Roger Lemerre left the national team on 30 June 2008. The qualifiers continued in September under Coelho's 0–0 draw against Burkina Faso and a large victory against Seychelles 5–0.[64] The match paved the way for Tunisia to the third qualifying round in Group B. In the draw, Tunisia faces Nigeria, Mozambique and Kenya. Before the start of the qualifiers, Tunisia lost in a friendly match against France 1–3, and achieved a surprising 1–1 draw against the Netherlands.[65]

On 28 March 2009, Tunisia opened the qualifiers with a 1–2 victory in their opening match against Kenya.[66] With the next qualifying match in June, Coelho played a friendly match against Sudan ended with winning 4–0 at home.[67] Tunisia played its second qualifying match against Mozambique. The match ended with a second 2–0 victory.[68] The third match was played on 20 June 2009 against Nigeria. Tunisia topped its group after two rounds with a full score, while Nigeria collected only four points. The match ended 0–0.[69] The second leg of the qualifiers continued after in September. In the meantime, Tunisia played a friendly match against Ivory Coast ended 0–0.[70] After that, the fourth qualifier match was played in Abuja. In the last minute, Darragi scored the equalizer and the match ended 2–2.[71]

Tunisia vs Gabon match in the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations on 17 January 2010. It ended in a 0–0 draw.
Tunisia vs Gabon match in the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations on 17 January 2010. It ended in a 0–0 draw.

On 11 October 2009, Tunisia faced Kenya and scored after one minute at the Stade 7 November.[72] A few days later, Tunisia lost to Saudi Arabia surprisingly.[73] The final round of qualifying took place in November. For Tunisia, at least a draw was enough to qualify for the World Cup. but they lost the last and decisive match in the 83rd minute.[74] So, Tunisia failed to be in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, but qualified for the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations. Four days later, the Tunisian Football Federation sacked coach Humberto Coelho and at the same time appointed Faouzi Benzarti as the new coach in order to oversee the national team in the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations. He was also eliminated after Tunisia were eliminated from the group stage, where all three matches were tied against Zambia, Gabon[75] and Cameroon. Ending the session at the bottom of the group. In June 2010, Bertrand Marchand was appointed coach for a two-year contract, with the aim of reaching the semi-finals of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, especially after the excellent results he achieved with Étoile Sportive du Sahel at the African and international levels. However, qualifying started poorly, losing two defeats to Botswana and a 2–2 draw against Malawi[76] after beating Togo 1–2,[77] stunning again against Botswana 1–0[78] which put the Tunisian team 65th in the FIFA World Rankings, the worst in its history . On 15 December 2010, after a meeting of the Federal Bureau, Bertrand Marchand was removed from his post.

Tunisia's match against Ivory Coast in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
Tunisia's match against Ivory Coast in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

In 2011, Tunisia was marked by political events and a new coach, Sami Trabelsi, was appointed. At the same time, CAF created a new tournament, especially for local national teams. Tunisia played the qualification against Morocco and qualified.[79] Without preparation, the team is flying for the 2011 African Nations Championship.[80] and finished at the top of the group after a 1–1 draw against Angola,[81] a 3–1 victory against Rwanda[82] and another 2–0 victory against Senegal,[83] In the quarter-finals, they won the defending champions DR Congo [84] and in the semi-finals,[85] Tunisia won Algeria on penalties.[86] In the final match, they won Angola easily 3–0.[87]

But the Eagles of Carthage lost to Oman on 29 March, 2–1 in a friendly match.[88] On 8 October, the team qualified for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations by defeating Togo 2–0.[89] After a good start, with wins against Morocco 2–1[90] and Niger,[91] two goals from Youssef Msakni, and a 0–1 fall against host country Gabon. Tunisia is eliminated in the quarter-finals after extra games against Ghana 1–2.[92] On 29 February 2012, they tied against Peru 1–1,[93] then on 29 May, they won against Rwanda 5–1.[94] In the 2014 World Cup qualifications, Tunisia fall into a group comprising Cape Verde, Equatorial Guinea and Sierra Leone; 3–1[95] to beat Equatorial Guinea 3–1[95] and Cape Verde 2–1.[96]

Tunisia-Cameroon match at the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification.

And then qualified on 13 October 2013 Africa Cup of Nations despite two draws against Sierra Leone 2–2[97] and 0–0.[98] In the first match, Tunisia snatched victory in the last moments 1–0 against Algeria,[99] the best goal in the 2013 edition by Youssef Msakni. Then Tunisia were crushed by Ivory Coast 3–0.[100] The last match ended with a 1–1 draw against Togo.[101] In February 2013, Nabil Maâloul replaced Sami Trabelsi. In their first two 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifications, Tunisia beat Sierra Leone 2–1[102] and clinched a 2–2 draw in Freetown.[103] On 16 June, during the fifth round of the group stage, Tunisia tied 1–1 against Equatorial Guinea. On 7 September, the team was defeated at home by Cape Verde 0–2 and loses all hope of being qualified for the World Cup. Nabil Maâloul announces his resignation. On 12 September, however, FIFA qualifies Tunisia after Cape Verde is disqualified for cheating. In the wake of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, the Eagles of Carthage face Cameroon, Tunisia give a 0–0 draw at home[104] and fail at home to Cameroon 4–1,[105] thus losing their qualifications. Coach Ruud Krol leaves after only two games.

Back to improvement (2014–present)

Belgian coach Georges Leekens was appointed in early 2014 to try and revive the team's fortunes. Early results were positive, including a 1–1[106] draw against Colombia and a 1–0 win over South Korea,[107] 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 after the emergence of a new generation of players. Tunisia qualified for the 2015 African Cup of Nations and finished top of their strong group including Senegal,[108][109] Egypt[110][111] and Botswana.[112][113]

Tunisia–Algeria at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.
Tunisia squad at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Tunisia squad at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

At the finals of the tournament, Tunisia finished top of their group for the first time since 2008 winning Zambia 2–1[114] and drawing with Cape Verde[115] and DR Congo[116] with the same result 1–1 but were eliminated in the quarter-finals after a controversial 2–1[117] defeat to the host Equatorial Guinea making CAF banned the referee Rajindraparsad Seechurn for six months for his "poor performance" at the tournament. In June 2015, Leekens resigned surprisingly for security reasons after he restored the glamor of the team. In July 2015, Henryk Kasperczak returned as coach after 17 years. He managed to qualify the team for the 2017 African Cup in the lead with victory over Liberia,[118][119] Togo[120][121] and Djibouti.[122][123] He reached also the quarter-finals of the competition after beating Algeria[124] and Zimbabwe[125] 4–2 before losing again in this round, this time against Burkina Faso 2–0.[126] The defeats in friendly matches against Cameroon[127] and Morocco[128] with the same result 1–0 led to the dismissal of Kasperczak. On 27 April 2017, Nabil Maâloul returned as coach despite the disapproval of the Tunisian supporters following the failure at the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, but this time he qualified Tunisia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia for the fifth time in the history of Tunisia and the first since 12 years after winning against DR Congo,[129][130] Guinea[131][132] and Libya[133][134] in the qualification.

Tunisia's qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and its positive results in the friendlies against Iran[135] and Costa Rica[136] 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. The team also continued its good results before the World Cup, with a draw with Turkey[137] and Portugal,[138] with the same score 2–2, in addition to a difficult defeat against Spain 1–0 in the 85th minute.[139] Despite this, in the World Cup, the performance of the team did not rise to the expected level, and was once again eliminated from the group stage. The first match against England,[140] the two teams had met at the 1998 FIFA World Cup.[141] England scored by Harry Kane.[142] After 10 minutes, Tunisia equalized from a penalty kick.[143][144] In the additional time, Kane scored the second goal of his team.[142][145] The second match against Belgium,[146] the two teams had faced each other at the 2002 FIFA World Cup.[147][148][149] The match ended 5–2 for Belgium and Tunisia has registered their worst defeat ever in their World Cup history.

The last game against Panama,[150] the two teams had never met before.[151] Tunisia won 2–1,[152][153] which was the first victory after 40 years, since their 3–1 victory over Mexico in 1978.[154]

Because of this dismal performance, Tunisian squad was heavily criticized for its unpromising performance and the team's dubious record in World Cup, and fell out of top 20 teams on FIFA ranking. The team went through a short experience with Faouzi Benzarti, who managed to qualify for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations surpassing Egypt,[155][156] Niger[157][158] and Eswatini[159][160] before being fired due to problems between him and the president of the Tunisian Football Federation Wadie Jary.

In December 2018, French coach Alain Giresse was hired to oversee the team at the 2019 AFCON finals due to his experience in African football and his outstanding record as a player with the French national team. Despite the good results in friendly matches by defeating World Cup finalist Croatia 2–1, the start of the competition was poor after three draws in the group stage against Angola,[161] Mali,[162] and Mauritania[163] to qualify for the Round 16 with great difficulty in second place. In the next round, the results improved by beating Ghana,[164] and Madagascar 3–0[165] to qualify for the semi-finals for the first time in 15 years when Tunisia won the AFCON in 2004 before they narrowly lost to Senegal 1–0[166] in extra time after a referee dispute of Bamlak Tessema because of not giving a clear penalty to Tunisia 4 minutes before the end of the game to complete the competition in fourth place behind Nigeria.[167] Nonetheless, it stands as the best performance of Tunisia since winning 2004 AFCON at home.

After the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, Alain Giresse gives up and the Tunisian Mondher Kebaier is called on 27 August 2019 to supervise the team.[168] Preparations for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification begin, with several friendlies being played, a victory 1–0 against Mauritania,[169] a loss 2–1 against Ivory Coast[170] and a draw against Cameroon.[171] Meanwhile, Tunisia plays the for 2020 African Nations Championship qualification against Libya and won 1–0[169] then 2–1.[172] But, the Tunisian Football Federation withdrew due to schedule pressure. The 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification are drawn, with Tunisia facing Libya, Equatorial Guinea and Tanzania. The first match against Libya ended with a large victory 4–1,[173] and another away victory against Equatorial Guinea with a goal of Khazri.[174] Meanwhile, the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification draw takes place and Tunisia draws again with Equatorial Guinea, Mauritania and Zambia.

After almost a year of hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the national team resumes and plays two friendlies in order to prepare for the remainder of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualification against Sudan 3–0 victory[175] and Nigeria 1–1 draw.[176] During the qualifiers, the Tunisian team plays four games to play, against Tanzania, 1–0 victory[177] then 1–1 draw,[178] in addition to a large victory over Libya in Benghazi 5–2[179] and a victory over Equatorial Guinea 2–1;[180] the team ended at the top of the group with five wins and one draw. After two months, the team plays three more friendlies, with a victory 1–0 over the DR Congo,[181] a home loss against Algeria 0–2[182] and a victory over Mali 1– 0.[183]

In September 2021, the national team began its matches during the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification with three consecutive victories against Equatorial Guinea 3–0,[184] against Zambia in Ndola 2–0[185] and against Mauritania 3–0, followed by a draw against Mauritania in Nouakchott 0–0[186] and a loss against Equatorial Guinea in Malabo 0–1,[187] which leads to strong criticism from the supporters, the qualification for the play-offs is obtained after a victory against Zambia 3–1,[188] concluding with four wins, a draw and a loss.[189]

In the meantime, Qatar hosted the 2021 FIFA Arab Cup. Tunisia qualified directly, due to the FIFA World Rankings. Tunisia started with a large victory 5–1 against Mauritania.[190] Then, the team suffered an unexpected defeat to Syria,[191] before beating the United Arab Emirates 1–0.[192] In the quarter-finals, the team improved and beat Oman 2–1.[193] In the semi-final, Tunisia collided with their rival Egypt, after a close match, Tunisia managed to score a goal in the 95th minute.[194] The victory allows Tunisia to reach its first FIFA final in the country's history.[195] In the final match, the Tunisian national team faced Algeria, but were beaten 0–2 in overtime.[196][197] Despite the loss of the title, the team's performance has restored confidence to the supporters.[198] In this context, they are congratulated by FIFA and named as the best supporters of the tournament.[199]

Home stadium

Main article: Stade Olympique Hammadi Agrebi

Tunisia against the Netherlands at Stade Hammadi Agrebi in Radès.
Tunisia against the Netherlands at Stade Hammadi Agrebi in Radès.

After the independence of Tunisia in 1956, the Tunisian national stadium was Chedly Zouiten Stadium,[200] which has a capacity of 18,000,[201] and hosted all the matches of the Tunisian team. It hosted also the 1965 and 1994 African Cup of Nations and the 1977 FIFA U-20 World Cup before it was replaced after the construction of El Menzah Stadium (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 AFCON.

In 2001, the 7 November Stadium 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.[202] 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 host their matches at the Stade Mustapha Ben Jannet in Monastir which has a capacity of 20,000.

In addition, there are many other venues that host the Tunisian team, such as the Olympic Stadium of Sousse, which hosted a friendly match between Tunisia and Switzerland in November 2012 and also hosted a match in the 2012 AFCON qualification between Tunisia and Chad which was won by Tunisia 5–0. Municipal Stadium of Gabès was also chosen to host a friendly match between Tunisia and Mauritania which ended with a draw in October 2016.

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Supporters

Tunisian fans in Moscow at the 2018 World Cup.
Tunisian fans in Moscow at the 2018 World Cup.
Tunisian fans in Berlin at the 2006 World Cup.
Tunisian fans in Berlin at the 2006 World Cup.

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 was 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 berth of qualification to Africa for 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 7 November 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.

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 ever attended.

The emergence of skilled players and the rise of a new promising generation in addition to good results in the second term of Henryk Kasperczak, increased fans' enthusiasm and belief in a successful World Cup campaign. Because of this popularity peak, FIFA 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 their three group matches of the World Cup. However, fan support fell as Tunisia once again failed to live up the heavy expectation, with the Tunisians unable to progress from the group stage in its fifth World Cup participation.

Kits and crest

Shirt of AFCON 2004 winning team.
Shirt of AFCON 2004 winning team.

In the history of the Tunisia national football team, 6 companies supplied sports uniforms to the Tunisian national team, starting in 1970, when the famous German company Adidas began to adopt the Tunisian national team's uniforms for 24 years and also provided it, in his first appearance in the 1978 FIFA World Cup, with a first set of red jerseys and white socks with white Adidas posters. For the second kit, it's all white with red Adidas labels.

Starting in 1994, the Italian company Lotto increased the Tunisian team with sports uniforms until 1998 in Tunisia's second participation in the 1998 FIFA World Cup. The first set is white decorated with curved red shapes on the shoulders and chest, while the second set is decorated in red. with curved red shapes on the shoulders, chest and abdomen. The German company Uhlsport supplied the Tunisian team with sports uniforms for two periods, the first for a single 2000–2001 season, where the company designed a white shirt with a line on the chest that extends to the hands and the second set consists of a red shirt with the same line on the chest and extended to the hands in white.

From 2002 to 2011, the German company Puma started providing the Tunisian national football team kits since the 2002 FIFA World Cup. In fact, the company supplied 6 designs of the Tunisian national team kits, all of which are similar in the wording of the logo and the company's signs, where the main kit is white with Puma red marks, The spare kit is red with white Puma markings. In 2012, the Tunisian Football Federation entered into a contract with the Swiss company Burrda Sport for a period of four years until 2016, and supplied the Tunisian national team crews in the 2012, 2013, and 2015 African Nations Cups. In 2016, the German company Uhlsport returned to supply the Tunisian national team with sports kits with a contract It has a duration of three years, and indeed the company presented the Tunisian national team kit at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but it was not according to expectations.

In 2019, the Italian company Kappa began manufacturing the Tunisian national football team kits. The third kit has been described as the best kit in the history of the Tunisian national team. It is black and has gray trims forming an eagle, which is the title of the Tunisian national team, "Eagles of Carthage".

Kit manufacturer

Period Kit supplier Ref
1956–1970 Local equipment [203]
1970–1994 Germany Adidas [204]
1994–1995 Tunisia Guidas [205]
1995–1998 Italy Kappa [206]
1998–2000 Italy Lotto [207]
2000–2002 Germany Uhlsport [208]
2002–2010 Germany Puma [209]
2010–2016 Switzerland Burrda Sport [210]
2016–2018 Germany Uhlsport [211]
2018– Italy Kappa [212]

Rivalries

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

Algeria

Main article: Algeria–Tunisia football rivalry

Tunisia played until today 45 games against Algeria.

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

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 sixteen 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. Currently, the Algerians dominate the head-to-head record and international achievement, nonetheless, in direct official competitions, Tunisia proves to be more dominant than Algeria. The last Algerian victory against Tunisia in an official game dates back to 1988 when the Algerians won by 1–0 in the 1988 Afcon qualifiers. Since then, Tunisia either won or drew against their neighbors in official games.

Egypt

Main article: Egypt–Tunisia football rivalry

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 slightly favorable to the Tunisians as they won 16 matches and Egypt won 12 matches and ended 11 matches with a draw; however Egypt has achieved more successes in Africa than Tunisia.

Tunisia-Egypt in a friendly match in October 2012 in Abu Dhabi.
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 qualifications 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 drawing 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 of Egyptian players participating in the games of the Pharaohs against the Eagles of Carthage with 12 games, while Wahbi Khazri comes as the most of Tunisian players to participate in their matches against Egypt by 3 games.

Both Egypt and Tunisia also share a similar dubious record in the FIFA World Cup, with both teams being unable to progress beyond the group stage despite Tunisia qualifying for the World Cup five times, while Egypt qualified only three times.

Morocco

Tunisia-Morocco match on 5 June 2010 in Casablanca.
Tunisia-Morocco 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; but Tunisia has managed to dominate majority of official encounters in major competitions. 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 and 2022 in Qatar.

Current team status

2022 FIFA World Cup

Main article: 2022 FIFA World Cup Group D

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  France 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2 AFC–CONMEBOL winners 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Denmark 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4  Tunisia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 22 November 2022. Source: FIFA

2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualification

Main article: 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualification Group J

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Tunisia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Final tournament
2  Equatorial Guinea 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3  Libya 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4  Botswana 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Source: CAF

Results and fixtures

Main article: Tunisia national football team results (2020–present)

  Win   Draw   Loss   Postponed

2021

25 March 2021 (2021-03-25) 2021 AFCON Q Libya  2–5 Tunisia Benghazi, Libya
21:00 UTC+2
  • Ellafi 21', 54'
Report
Stadium: Martyrs of February Stadium
Referee: Daouda Guèye (Senegal)
28 March 2021 (2021-03-28) 2021 AFCON Q Tunisia 2–1  Equatorial Guinea Tunis, Tunisia
14:00 UTC+1
Report
Stadium: Stade Hammadi Agrebi
Referee: Jean-Jacques Ndala (Congo DR)
5 June 2021 (2021-06-05) Friendly Tunisia 1–0  DR Congo Tunis, Tunisia
20:30 UTC+1
Report Stadium: Stade Hammadi Agrebi
Attendance: 0
Referee: Ibrahim Mutaz (Libya)
11 June 2021 (2021-06-11) Friendly Tunisia 0–2  Algeria Tunis, Tunisia
20:30 UTC+1 Report
Stadium: Stade Hammadi Agrebi
Attendance: 0
Referee: Mohamed Maarouf Eid Mansour (Egypt)
15 June 2021 (2021-06-15) Friendly Tunisia 1–0  Mali Tunis, Tunisia
20:30 UTC+1 Report Stadium: Stade Hammadi Agrebi
Attendance: 0
Referee: Ibrahim Nour El Din (Egypt)
3 September 2021 (2021-09-03) 2022 World Cup Q Tunisia 3–0  Equatorial Guinea Tunis, Tunisia
20:00 UTC+1
Report Stadium: Stade Hammadi Agrebi
Attendance: 0
Referee: Daniel Laryea Nii Ayi (Ghana)
7 September 2021 (2021-09-07) 2022 World Cup Q Zambia  0–2 Tunisia Ndola, Zambia
15:00 UTC+2 Report
Stadium: Levy Mwanawasa Stadium
Attendance: 5,000
Referee: Eric Otogo-Castane (Gabon)
7 October 2021 (2021-10-07) 2022 World Cup Q Tunisia 3–0  Mauritania Tunis, Tunisia
20:00 UTC+1
Report Stadium: Stade Hammadi Agrebi
Attendance: 0
Referee: Bamlak Tessema Weyesa (Ethiopia)
10 October 2021 (2021-10-10) 2022 World Cup Q Mauritania  0–0 Tunisia Nouakchott, Mauritania
19:00 UTC±0 Report Stadium: Stade Olympique de Nouakchott
Attendance: 500
Referee: Mehdi Abid Charef (Algeria)
13 November 2021 (2021-11-13) 2022 World Cup Q Equatorial Guinea  1–0 Tunisia Malabo, Equatorial Guinea
17:00 UTC+1
Report Stadium: Estadio de Malabo
Attendance: 500
Referee: Boubou Traoré (Mali)
16 November 2021 (2021-11-16) 2022 World Cup Q Tunisia 3–1  Zambia Tunis, Tunisia
20:00 UTC+1 Report Stadium: Stade Hammadi Agrebi
Attendance: 0
Referee: Pacifique Ndabihawenimana (Burundi)
30 November 2021 (2021-11-30) 2021 Arab Cup GS Tunisia 5–1  Mauritania Al Rayyan, Qatar
13:00 UTC+3
Report
Stadium: Ahmed bin Ali Stadium
Attendance: 2,494
Referee: Alireza Faghani (Iran)
3 December 2021 (2021-12-03) 2021 Arab Cup GS Syria  2–0 Tunisia Al Khor, Qatar
22:00 UTC+3
Report Stadium: Al Bayt Stadium
Attendance: 15,913
Referee: Fernando Hernández Gómez (Mexico)
6 December 2021 (2021-12-06) 2021 Arab Cup GS Tunisia 1–0  United Arab Emirates Doha, Qatar
18:00 UTC+3
Report Stadium: Al Thumama Stadium
Attendance: 14,272
Referee: Daniel Siebert (Germany)
10 December 2021 (2021-12-10) 2021 Arab Cup QF Tunisia 2–1  Oman Al Rayyan, Qatar
18:00 UTC+3
Report Stadium: Education City Stadium
Attendance: 21,329
Referee: Daniel Siebert (Germany)
15 December 2021 (2021-12-15) 2021 Arab Cup SF Tunisia 1–0  Egypt Doha, Qatar
18:00 UTC+3
Report Stadium: Stadium 974
Attendance: 36,427
Referee: Alireza Faghani (Iran)
18 December 2021 (2021-12-18) 2021 Arab Cup Final Tunisia 0–2 (a.e.t.)  Algeria Al Khor, Qatar
18:00 UTC+3 Report
Stadium: Al Bayt Stadium
Attendance: 60,456
Referee: Daniel Siebert (Germany)

2022

12 January 2022 (2022-01-12) 2021 AFCON GS Tunisia  0–1  Mali Limbe, Cameroon
14:00 UTC+1 Report Koné 48' (pen.) Stadium: Limbe Stadium
Referee: Janny Sikazwe (Zambia)
16 January 2022 (2022-01-16) 2021 AFCON GS Tunisia  4–0  Mauritania Limbe, Cameroon
17:00 UTC+1
Report Stadium: Limbe Stadium
Referee: Mahmoud El Banna (Egypt)
20 January 2022 (2022-01-20) 2021 AFCON GS Gambia  1–0  Tunisia Limbe, Cameroon
20:00 UTC+1 A. Jallow 90+3' Report Stadium: Limbe Stadium
Referee: Fernando Guerrero (Mexico)
23 January 2022 (2022-01-23) AFCON R16 Nigeria  0–1  Tunisia Garoua, Cameroon
20:00 UTC+1 Report
Stadium: Roumdé Adjia Stadium
Referee: Maguette N'Diaye (Senegal)
29 January 2022 (2022-01-29) AFCON QF Burkina Faso  1–0  Tunisia Garoua, Cameroon
20:00 UTC+1 Report Stadium: Roumdé Adjia Stadium
Referee: Joshua Bondo (Botswana)
25 March 2022 (2022-03-25) 2022 World Cup Q Mali  0–1  Tunisia Bamako, Mali
17:00 UTC±0 Report
Stadium: Stade du 26 Mars
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Bamlak Tessema Weyesa (Ethiopia)
29 March 2022 (2022-03-29) 2022 World Cup Q Tunisia  0–0
(1–0 agg.)
 Mali Tunis, Tunisia
20:30 UTC+1 Report Stadium: Stade Hammadi Agrebi, Tunis
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Maguette Ndiaye (Senegal)
2 June 2022 2023 AFCON Q Tunisia v  Equatorial Guinea Tunis, Tunisia
20:00 UTC+1 Stadium: Stade Hammadi Agrebi
Referee: Pacifique Ndabihawenimana (Burundi)
5 June 2022 2023 AFCON Q Botswana  v Tunisia Francistown, Botswana
15:00 UTC+2 Stadium: Francistown Stadium
Referee: Mohamed Athoumani (Comoros)
10 June 2022 2022 Kirin Cup Soccer Chile  v Tunisia Kobe, Japan
15:15 UTC+9 Stadium: Noevir Stadium Kobe
14 June 2022 2022 Kirin Cup Soccer Japan  or Ghana  v Tunisia Osaka, Japan
15:15 UTC+9 Stadium: Panasonic Stadium Suita
September 2022 2023 AFCON Q Tunisia v  Libya Tunis, Tunisia
TBD
September 2022 2023 AFCON Q Libya  v Tunisia Libya
TBD
22 November 2022 2022 World Cup GS Denmark  v Tunisia Al Rayyan, Qatar
16:00 Report Stadium: Education City Stadium
26 November 2022 2022 World Cup GS Tunisia v  Australia/ United Arab Emirates or  Peru Al Wakrah, Qatar
13:00 Report Stadium: Al Janoub Stadium
30 November 2022 2022 World Cup GS Tunisia v  France Al Rayyan, Qatar
18:00 Report Stadium: Education City Stadium

Current staff

Main article: List of Tunisia national football team managers

Ali Boumnijel and Selim Benachour, assistant coaches of Tunisia national team and players of AFCON 2004 winning team.
Position Name
Head Coach Tunisia Jalel Kadri
Assistant Coach Tunisia Ali Boumnijel
Tunisia Selim Benachour
Goalkeeping coach Tunisia Chedly Mabrouki
Sporting Director Tunisia Slim Ben Othman
Team Administrator Tunisia Hussein Jenayah
Physiotherapist Tunisia Akram Hbiri
Tunisia Majdi Turki
Tunisia Fethi Naoui
Tunisia Mohamed Gharbi
Fitness Coach Tunisia Aymen Jdidi
Tunisia Hichem Ghozia
Tunisia Mohamed Tounsi
Team Doctor Tunisia Souheil Chemli
Osteopath Tunisia Tarek Chamseddine
Nutritionist Tunisia Anis Yacoubi
Video Analyst Tunisia Walid Ben Tamansourt
Team Manager Tunisia Mohamed Gharbi
Media Officer Tunisia Kais Reguez
Tunisia Jouda Khenissi
Security Officer Tunisia Mohamed Dellagi
Tunisia Mahmoud Trabelsi

Players

Current squad

The following players were called up for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification fixtures against Mali on 25 and 29 March 2022.

Information correct as of 29 March 2022, after the match against Mali.

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Ali Jemal (1990-06-09) 9 June 1990 (age 31) 0 0 Tunisia Étoile du Sahel
16 1GK Aymen Dahmen (1997-01-28) 28 January 1997 (age 25) 1 0 Tunisia CS Sfaxien
22 1GK Bechir Ben Saïd (1994-11-29) 29 November 1994 (age 27) 7 0 Tunisia US Monastir
1GK Mouez Hassen (1995-03-05) 5 March 1995 (age 27) 20 0 Tunisia Club Africain

2 2DF Bilel Ifa (1990-03-09) 9 March 1990 (age 32) 32 0 Saudi Arabia Abha
3 2DF Montassar Talbi (1998-05-26) 26 May 1998 (age 23) 16 0 Russia Rubin Kazan
4 2DF Nader Ghandri (1995-02-18) 18 February 1995 (age 27) 3 0 Tunisia Club Africain
5 2DF Oussama Haddadi (1992-01-28) 28 January 1992 (age 30) 29 0 Turkey Yeni Malatyaspor
9 2DF Mortadha Ben Ouanes (1994-07-02) 2 July 1994 (age 27) 3 0 Turkey Kasımpaşa
12 2DF Ali Maâloul (1990-01-01) 1 January 1990 (age 32) 79 2 Egypt Al Ahly
20 2DF Mohamed Dräger (1996-06-25) 25 June 1996 (age 25) 29 3 Switzerland Luzern
21 2DF Hamza Mathlouthi (1992-07-25) 25 July 1992 (age 29) 36 1 Egypt Zamalek
2DF Ali Abdi (1993-12-20) 20 December 1993 (age 28) 5 0 France Caen
2DF Dylan Bronn (1995-06-19) 19 June 1995 (age 26) 35 2 France Metz

6 3MF Anis Ben Slimane (2001-03-16) 16 March 2001 (age 21) 20 4 Denmark Brøndby
8 3MF Ghailene Chaalali (1994-02-28) 28 February 1994 (age 28) 30 1 Tunisia Espérance de Tunis
10 3MF Hannibal Mejbri (2003-01-21) 21 January 2003 (age 19) 12 0 England Manchester United
13 3MF Ferjani Sassi (1992-03-18) 18 March 1992 (age 30) 72 5 Qatar Al-Duhail
14 3MF Aïssa Laïdouni (1996-12-13) 13 December 1996 (age 25) 18 1 Hungary Ferencváros
15 3MF Mohamed Ali Ben Romdhane (1999-09-06) 6 September 1999 (age 22) 18 0 Tunisia Espérance de Tunis
17 3MF Ellyes Skhiri (1995-05-10) 10 May 1995 (age 27) 45 3 Germany 1. FC Köln
18 3MF Saad Bguir (1994-03-22) 22 March 1994 (age 28) 20 5 Saudi Arabia Abha

7 4FW Youssef Msakni (captain) (1990-10-28) 28 October 1990 (age 31) 83 15 Qatar Al-Arabi
11 4FW Taha Yassine Khenissi (1992-01-06) 6 January 1992 (age 30) 43 8 Kuwait Kuwait SC
19 4FW Seifeddine Jaziri (1993-02-12) 12 February 1993 (age 29) 25 9 Egypt Zamalek
23 4FW Naïm Sliti (1992-07-27) 27 July 1992 (age 29) 64 12 Saudi Arabia Al-Ettifaq
4FW Issam Jebali (1996-05-27) 27 May 1996 (age 25) 5 0 Denmark OB
4FW Wahbi Khazri (1991-02-08) 8 February 1991 (age 31) 69 24 France Saint-Étienne

Player records

Main article: Tunisia national football team records and statistics

As of 29 March 2022
Players in bold are still active with Tunisia.

Most appearances

Main article: List of Tunisia international footballers

Radhi Jaïdi is the most capped player in the history of Tunisia with 105 caps.
Radhi Jaïdi is the most capped player in the history of Tunisia with 105 caps.
Rank Player Caps Goals Position Career
1 Radhi Jaïdi 105 7 DF 1996–2009
2 Chokri El Ouaer 97 0 GK 1990–2002
3 Khaled Badra 96 10 DF 1995–2006
4 Khaled Ben Yahia[a] 95 5 DF 1979–1993
Kaies Ghodhbane 95 6 MF 1995–2006
6 Riadh Bouazizi 92 3 MF 1995–2006
7 Tarak Dhiab[a] 89 12 FW 1974–1990
8 Sadok Sassi[a] 87 0 GK 1963–1978
9 Mohamed Ali Mahjoubi[a] 86 17 MF 1985–1995
Sirajeddine Chihi 86 4 MF 1991–2001

Top goalscorers

Main article: List of leading goalscorers for the Tunisia national football team

Wahbi Khazri is the top scorer among active players of Tunisia with 24 goals.
Wahbi Khazri is the top scorer among active players of Tunisia with 24 goals.
Rank Player Goals Caps Ratio Career
1 Issam Jemâa 36 84 0.43 2005–2014
2 Wahbi Khazri 24 69 0.35 2013–present
3 Francileudo Santos 21 41 0.51 2004–2008
4 Adel Sellimi 20 80 0.25 1990–2002
5 Faouzi Rouissi 18 42 0.43 1989–2001
6 Zoubeir Baya 17 83 0.2 1994–2002
Mohamed Ali Mahjoubi 17 86 0.2 1985–1995
8 Mohamed Salah Jedidi 15 32 0.47 1962–1965
Youssef Msakni 15 83 0.19 2010–present
10 Hassen Gabsi 14 50 0.28 1997–2002
Zied Jaziri 14 63 0.22 1999–2007
  1. ^ a b c d Matches in the Olympic Games and against Amateur sides are not considered full 'A' internationals by FIFA


Competitive record

Overview
Event 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
Africa Cup of Nations 1 2 1
African Nations Championship 1 0 0
FIFA Arab Cup 1 1 0
Total 3 3 1

FIFA World Cup

Main article: Tunisia at the FIFA World Cup

Tunisia have appeared in the finals of the FIFA World Cup on five occasions, the first being at the 1978 FIFA World Cup where they finished in ninth position. Between 1998 and 2006 they had a streak of three World Cup qualifications. They have made their fifth appearance at the finals in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[213] However, Tunisia has never been able to progress from the group stage in all occasions.

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA Ref.
Uruguay 1930 Part of  France Part of  France [214]
Italy 1934 [215]
France 1938 [216]
Brazil 1950 [217]
Switzerland 1954 [218]
Sweden 1958 Did not enter Did not enter [219]
Chile 1962 Did not qualify 3 1 1 1 4 4 [220]
England 1966 Withdrew Withdrew [221]
Mexico 1970 Did not qualify 5 1 4 0 4 3 [222]
West Germany 1974 4 1 1 2 5 5 [223]
Argentina 1978 Group stage 9th 3 1 1 1 3 2 Squad 10 4 4 2 15 9 [224]
Spain 1982 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 2 2 [225]
Mexico 1986 8 4 0 4 11 9 [226]
Italy 1990 10 4 1 5 10 11 [227]
United States 1994 6 3 3 0 14 2 [228]
France 1998 Group stage 26th 3 0 1 2 1 4 Squad 8 7 1 0 15 2 [229]
South Korea Japan 2002 29th 3 0 1 2 1 5 Squad 10 8 2 0 28 5 [230]
Germany 2006 24th 3 0 1 2 3 6 Squad 10 6 3 1 25 9 [231]
South Africa 2010 Did not qualify 12 7 3 2 18 7 [232]
Brazil 2014 8 4 3 1 14 10 [233]
Russia 2018 Group stage 24th 3 1 0 2 5 8 Squad 8 6 2 0 15 6 [234]
Qatar 2022 Qualified 8 5 2 1 12 2
Canada Mexico United States 2026 To be determined To be determined
Total Group stage 6/22 15 2 4 9 13 25 112 62 30 20 192 86

FIFA Confederations Cup

Main article: Tunisia at the FIFA Confederations Cup

The Tunisia national football team represented Tunisia at the FIFA Confederations Cup on one occasion, a sole appearance in 2005. Tunisia qualified for the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup as the CAF representative after winning 2004 Africa Cup of Nations.

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad Ref
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 [235]
South Africa 2009 Did not qualify
Brazil 2013
Russia 2017
Total Group stage 1/10 3 1 0 2 3 5

Africa Cup of Nations

See also: Tunisia at the Africa Cup of Nations

Tunisia participated in the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in 1962. In that year the country came in third by defeating Uganda in the third place match 3–0. That tournament, however, only four countries took part. In 1965 Tunisia was allowed to act as host country and made it to the final, where they lost 2–3 against Ghana.

Tunisia did not reach the final again until 1996, and again finished as runners-up, this time losing 0–2 to hosts South Africa. Tunisia's biggest success in the tournament came 8 years later, when as hosts they reached the final for the third time and were victorious, defeating Morocco 2–1. Francileudo Santos and Ziad Jaziri scored the goals for Tunisia.

Africa Cup of Nations record Africa Cup of Nations qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA Ref
Sudan 1957 Not affiliated to CAF Not affiliated to CAF [236]
United Arab Republic 1959 [237]
Ethiopia 1962 Third place 3rd 2 1 0 1 5 4 Squad 4 3 0 1 7 2 [238]
Ghana 1963 Group stage 5th 2 0 1 1 3 5 Squad 2 1 0 1 6 5 [239]
Tunisia 1965 Runners-up 2nd 3 1 1 1 6 3 Squad Qualified as hosts [240]
Ethiopia 1968 Did not qualify 4 1 1 2 5 5 [241]
Sudan 1970 Did not enter Did not enter [242]
Cameroon 1972 [243]
Egypt 1974 [244]
Ethiopia 1976 Did not qualify 6 3 1 2 8 7 [245]
Ghana 1978 Fourth place 4th 5 1 3 1 5 4 Squad 4 2 1 1 10 7 [246]
Nigeria 1980 Withdrew Banned [247]
Libya 1982 Group stage 7th 3 0 1 2 1 4 Squad 2 1 1 0 1 0 [248]
Ivory Coast 1984 Did not qualify 4 2 1 1 6 1 [249]
Egypt 1986 2 1 0 1 1 2 [250]
Morocco 1988 2 0 1 1 1 2 [251]
Algeria 1990 2 0 0 2 0 4 [252]
Senegal 1992 6 3 3 0 10 5 [253]
Tunisia 1994 Group stage 9th 2 0 1 1 1 3 Squad Qualified as hosts [254]
South Africa 1996 Runners-up 2nd 6 2 2 2 10 9 Squad 8 3 4 1 7 2 [255]
Burkina Faso 1998 Quarter-finals 5th 4 2 1 1 6 5 Squad 3 2 0 1 3 1 [256]
Ghana Nigeria 2000 Fourth place 4th 6 2 2 2 6 9 Squad 6 5 0 1 13 3 [257]
Mali 2002 Group stage 11th 3 0 2 1 0 1 Squad 6 2 2 2 9 7 [258]
Tunisia 2004 Champions 1st 6 4 2 0 10 4 Squad Qualified as hosts [259]
Egypt 2006 Quarter-finals 6th 4 2 1 1 7 5 Squad 10 6 3 1 25 9 [260]
Ghana 2008 Quarter-finals 5th 4 1 2 1 7 6 Squad 6 4 1 1 12 3 [261]
Angola 2010 Group stage 12th 3 0 3 0 3 3 Squad 12 7 3 2 18 7 [262]
Gabon Equatorial Guinea 2012 Quarter-finals 6th 4 2 0 2 5 5 Squad 8 4 2 2 14 6 [263]
South Africa 2013 Group stage 12th 3 1 1 1 2 4 Squad 2 0 2 0 2 2 [264]
Equatorial Guinea 2015 Quarter-finals 7th 4 1 2 1 5 5 Squad 6 4 2 0 6 2 [265]
Gabon 2017 Quarter-finals 8th 4 2 0 2 6 7 Squad 6 4 1 1 16 3 [266]
Egypt 2019 Fourth place 4th 7 1 4 2 6 5 Squad 6 4 1 1 16 3 [267]
Cameroon 2021 Quarter-finals 8th 5 2 0 3 5 3 Squad 6 5 1 0 14 5
Ivory Coast 2023 To be determined To be determined
Guinea 2025
Total 1 Title 20/33 80 25 29 26 99 94 121 67 30 24 200 91

Summer Olympics

Summer Olympics record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Ref
Kingdom of Greece 1896Finland 1952 Part of  France
Australia 1956 Did not enter
Italy 1960 Group stage 15th 3 0 0 3 3 11 [268]
Japan 1964 Did not qualify
Mexico 1968
West Germany 1972
Canada 1976
Soviet Union 1980
United States 1984
South Korea 1988 Group stage 13th 3 0 2 1 3 6 [269]
Since Spain 1992 See Tunisia national under-23 football team
Total Group stage 2/15 12 1 4 7 11 27

African Nations Championship

Main articles: Tunisia at the African Nations Championship and Tunisia A' national football team

Tunisia has participated in two editions of the African Nations Championship. In the 2009 edition, she is represented by the Olympic team, under the management of Mondher Kebaier. Tunisia is eliminated there in the qualification phase. In 2011, under the leadership of Sami Trabelsi, Tunisia qualified for the finals and won the championship by beating Angola in the final. In 2014, placed under the direction of Nabil Maâloul, she was eliminated in the qualification phase.

In the 2016 edition, under the leadership of Henryk Kasperczak, Tunisia qualified for the finals but it was Hatem Missaoui who led the team in Rwanda. Tunisia is eliminated in the quarterfinals by Mali. The Tunisian Football Federation announces that Tunisia is not participating in the 2018 edition.

African Nations Championship African Nations Championship qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad Pld W D L GF GA Ref
Ivory Coast 2009 Did not qualify 2 0 2 0 2 2 [270]
Sudan 2011 Champions 1st 6 4 2 0 11 3 Squad 2 0 2 0 3 3 [271]
South Africa 2014 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 0 1 [272]
Rwanda 2016 Quarter–finals 8th 4 1 2 1 9 5 Squad 4 1 1 2 4 5 [273]
Morocco 2018 Did not compete Did not compete [274]
Cameroon 2020 Withdrew after qualifying[note 1] 2 2 0 0 3 1 [276]
Algeria 2022 To be determined To be determined
Total Champions 1/2 10 5 4 1 20 8 10 1 6 3 9 11

FIFA Arab Cup

In 1963 Tunisia won the first edition of the Arab Nations Cup. That year only a group stage was played. In that group stage, 5 countries played. Tunisia won all four matches and therefore finished at the top. After that, it would participate one more time in this tournament, in 1988. That year it did not win a single match and the country stranded in the group stage.

In 2021, the Tunisian national team participated in the 2021 FIFA Arab Cup, which is the first edition under FIFA for the participation of 16 teams in the finals. The Tunisian team reached the final after defeating Mauritania, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Egypt, but lost the final to Algeria.

FIFA Arab Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squad Ref
Lebanon 1963 Champions 1st 4 4 0 0 11 1 Squad [277]
Kuwait 1964 Did not enter
Iraq 1966
Saudi Arabia 1985
Jordan 1988 Group stage 7th 4 0 3 1 3 4 Squad [278]
Syria 1992 Did not enter
Qatar 1998
Kuwait 2002
Saudi Arabia 2012
Qatar 2021 Runners-up 2nd 6 4 0 2 9 6 Squad [279]
Total 1 Title 3/10 14 8 3 3 23 11

Mediterranean Games

The Tunisian national team participated in the football tournament in the Mediterranean Games 12 times.[280] The first participation in the event was in the 1963 edition in Naples, Italy. Tunisia was satisfied with the sixth place at the time after being eliminated from the group stage.

The Tunisian team reached the final twice, the first in the 1971 edition in Izmir, Turkey and won the silver medal after defeating in the final by Yugoslavia 0−1 and the second time in the 2001 edition in Tunis, Tunisia. The Tunisian team then won the gold medal after defeating Italy 1–0. The Tunisian team also won the bronze medal twice, first in the 1975 edition in Algiers, Algeria and the second time in the 2013 edition in Mersin, Turkey.

Mediterranean Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Ref
Egypt 1951 Part of  France
Spain 1955 Did not enter
Lebanon 1959
Italy 1963 Group stage 6th 3 1 0 2 3 4 [281]
Tunisia 1967 Group stage 5th 3 1 1 1 4 3 [282]
Turkey 1971 Silver medal 2nd 4 2 1 1 3 2 [283]
Algeria 1975 Bronze medal 3rd 5 1 3 1 5 5 [284]
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1979 Group stage 7th 3 0 1 2 2 4 [285]
Morocco 1983 Group stage 7th 2 1 0 1 4 5 [286]
Syria 1987 Did not enter
Greece 1991 Group stage 7th 2 1 0 1 1 5 [287]
France 1993 Group stage 7th 3 1 0 2 2 5 [288]
Italy 1997 Did not enter
Tunisia 2001 Gold medal 1st 4 3 0 1 7 1 [289]
Spain 2005 Quarter-finals 7th 3 0 3 0 4 4 [290]
Italy 2009 Group stage 7th 4 2 1 1 6 5 [291]
Turkey 2013 Bronze medal 3rd 5 3 1 1 10 5 [292]
Spain 2018 Did not enter
Algeria 2021 To be determined
Total 1 Title 1/12 39 15 10 14 49 46

All-Africa Games

All-Africa Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Ref
Republic of the Congo 1965 Did not qualify
Nigeria 1973 Withdrew
Algeria 1978 Withdrew after qualifying
Kenya 1987 Group stage 8 4 0 0 4 1 8 [293]
Egypt 1991 Silver medal 2 5 3 1 1 7 2 [294]
Zimbabwe 1995 Did not qualify
South Africa 1999 Withdrew
Nigeria 2003 Did not enter
Algeria 2007 Bronze medal 3 5 2 2 1 4 3 [295]
Mozambique 2011 Did not enter
Republic of the Congo 2015 Withdrew
Morocco 2019 Did not enter
Ghana 2023 To be determined
Total Runners-up 2/10 14 5 3 6 12 13

Pan Arab Games

Pan Arab Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Ref
Egypt 1953 Did not enter
Lebanon 1957 Silver medal 2nd 5 3 0 2 14 13 [296]
Morocco 1961 Did not enter
United Arab Republic 1965
Syria 1976
Morocco 1985 Group stage 5th 3 2 1 0 7 2 [297]
Lebanon 1997 Did not enter
Jordan 1999
Egypt 2007
Qatar 2011
Total Runners-up 2/10 8 5 1 2 21 15

Other records

Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Ref
Libya 1962 Tripoli Fair Tournament Third place 3rd 3 1 0 2 6 9
Senegal 1963 Friendship Games Runners-up 2nd 6 4 1 0 4 9 [298]
Libya 1965 Tripoli Fair Tournament Champions 1st 3 2 1 0 4 2 [299]
Libya 1966 Tripoli Fair Tournament Fourth place 4th 3 0 1 2 0 3 [300]
Libya 1973 Palestine Cup of Nations Champions 1st 6 6 0 0 19 3 [301]
Iran 1974 Iran International Tournament Group stage 6th 2 0 1 1 0 2 [302]
Syria 1974 Kuneitra Cup Third place 3rd 7 4 0 3 10 9 [303]
Tunisia 1975 Palestine Cup of Nations Group stage 5th 2 1 1 0 4 1 [304]
Ivory Coast 1984–85 Friendship Games Third place 3rd 2 1 0 2 2 6 [305]
Malta 1988 Malta International Tournament Fourth place 4th 3 0 0 3 1 10 [306]
Tunisia 7th November Cup 1991 Champions 1st 2 2 0 0 11 3 [307]
Tunisia 7th November Cup 1993 Champions 1st 2 2 0 0 6 1 [308]
Malta 1994 Malta International Tournament Third place 3 3 0 2 1 2 5 [309]
Tunisia 7th November Cup 1995 Champions 1st 2 2 0 0 4 1 [310]
Tunisia 1997 LG Cup Champions 1st 2 2 0 0 5 1 [311]
Tunisia 2003 Tunis Four Nations Tournament Champions 1st 2 1 1 0 3 2 [312]
Tunisia 2006 LG Cup Runners-up 2nd 2 1 1 0 3 0 [313]
Spain 2011 Catalonia International Trophy Champions 1st 1 0 1 0 0 0 [314]
Japan 2015 Kirin Challenge Cup Runners-up 2nd 1 0 0 1 0 2 [315]
Spain 2016 Catalonia International Trophy Champions 1st 1 0 1 0 3 3 [316]
Japan 2022 Kirin Cup Soccer To be determined [317]
Total 9 Titles 1st 60 33 12 17 96 89

Head-to-head record

The list shown below shows the Tunisia national football team all−time international record against opposing nations.

As of 26 March 2022 after match against  Mali.

Key
  Positive balance (more wins than losses)
  Neutral balance (as many wins as losses)
  Negative balance (more losses than wins)
  1. ^ Includes matches against  Zaire
  2. ^ Includes matches against  West Germany.
  3. ^ Includes matches against  Serbia and Montenegro


FIFA rankings