- Tunisia national football team
Infobox National football team
Name = Tunisia
Badge = Tunisian_FA_2006.gif
Nickname = Les Aigles de Carthage
("The Eagles of Carthage")
Fédération Tunisienne de Football
Confederation = CAF (
Coach = Flagicon|Portugal
Most caps = Sadok Sassi "Attouga" (110)
Top scorer =
Home Stadium =
Stade 7 November
FIFA Trigramme = TUN
FIFA Rank = 47
FIFA max = 19
FIFA max date = February 1998
FIFA min = 56
FIFA min date = March 2008
Elo Rank = 49
Elo max = 24
Elo max date = June 1978
Elo min = 103
Elo min date = July 1988
First game =flagicon|Tunisia|old Tunisia 2 - 1 Algeria flagicon|Algeria (
Tunisia; 25 June, 1957)
Largest win =flagicon|Tunisia Tunisia 7 - 0 Togo flagicon|Togo (
Tunis, Tunisia; 7 January, 2000)
flagicon|Tunisia Tunisia 7 - 0 Malawi flagicon|Malawi (
Tunis, Tunisia; 26 March, 2005)
Largest loss =flagicon|Hungary|1957 Hungary 10 - 1 Tunisia flagicon|Tunisia|old (
Hungary; 24 July, 1960)
World cup apps = 4
World cup first = 1978
World cup best = Round 1, 1978, 1998, 2002, 2006
Regional name =
African Nations Cup
Regional cup apps = 13
Regional cup first = 1962
Regional cup best = First place, 2004
Confederations cup apps = 1
Confederations cup first = 2005
Confederations cup best = 1st round, 2005
The Tunisia national football team ( _ar. منتخب تونس لكرة القدم), nicknamed "Les Aigles de Carthage (The Eagles of Carthage)", is the national team of
Tunisiaand 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 Argentinaby 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 Cupin 2004, for the first time in their history, when they hosted the tournament.
World Cup record
African Nations Cup record
*1957 - "Did not enter"
*1959 - "Did not enter"
*1962 - Third place
*1963 - Round 1
*1965 - Second place
*1968 - "Did not qualify"
*1970 to 1974 - "Did not enter"
*1976 - "Did not qualify"
*1978 - Fourth place
*1980 - "Withdrew"
*1982 - Round 1
*1984 to 1992 - "Did not qualify"
*1994 - Round 1
*1996 - Second place
*1998 - Quarterfinals
*2000 - Fourth place
*2002 - Round 1
*2004 - Champions
*2006 - Quarterfinals
*2008 - Quarterfinals
Famous and Retired Players
Mohamed Ali Akid
Chokri El Ouaer
Mehdi Ben Slimane
Imed Ben Younes
2006 World Cup
At first many Tunisians criticized the coach for not putting in
Selim Benachourwho 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-Jabercame on and scored with 4 minutes to go to put the Saudi's 2-1 up, but in added time Bolton defender Radhi Jaidiheaded in an equalizer.
Tunisia lost their second match to Spain.
Jaouhar Mnariput 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 effectively ending their 2006 World Cup.
Andriy Shevchenko(70') scored the only goal from a penalty kick.
Squad for the
2010 FIFA World Cup qualificationagainst Burkina Faso on September 6 2008.
Mokhtar Ben Nacef1965-68
* André Nagy 1974-75
* Jean Vincent 1986-87
Taoufik Ben Othman1987-88
Humberto Coelho2008- [cite news
title= LISTE DES ENTRAÎNEURS NATIONAUX (1956 - 2008)
publisher= Fédrération Tunisienne de Football
* [http://www.ftf.org.tn/ Tunisian FA] official site
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