Tunisia
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The past
Tunisia's first FIFA U-17 World Cup appearance was at Japan 1993, the fifth edition of the competition. The Carthage Eaglets went out in the first round after finishing third in Group D, although they did beat China PR 1-0 in their final group game. Their next finals appearance came 14 years later, at Korea 2007, where they topped Group E with victories over Belgium, USA and Tajikistan. They eventually went out in the Round of 16 after losing 3-1 to France.

The present
Tunisia came an impressive third at the 2013 African U-17 Championship, securing their best-ever finish in the competition. That fine showing also ensured they would compete at the U-17 world finals for a third time. The Carthage Eaglets started the African tournament with a 3-1 victory over Botswana, before beating Gabon 4-2 to reach the semi-finals and claim their spot at UAE 2013. Abdelhay Ben Soltan's men then lost 4-2 to Nigeria in the last four, but bounced back to beat hosts Morocco 11-10 on penalties in the match for third place.

The future
Several Tunisian players shone in Morocco and at the 2012 Arab U-17 Championship, which Tunisia won. Mohamed Ben Larbi and Hazem Haj Hassen were the stand-out performers at the recent continental competition, scoring more than half of Tunisia's goals. Indeed, the pair found the net four times each to finish joint third in the scoring charts. Nidhal Ben Salem and Mouez Aboud also caught the eye, but it was the overall team effort that really impressed coach Ben Soltan. "We gave everything we could to finish on the podium," he said.