FIFA World Cup™ finals history
Tunisia have appeared in four separate editions of the FIFA World Cup, performing on the global stage in 1978, 1998, 2002 and 2006, but they have never advanced beyond the group stage. Indeed, they have posted just one victory at the finals to date, overcoming Mexico 3-1 at Argentina 1978. Despite that record, Tunisia have done much to make Africa proud, not least by becoming the first team from the continent to secure a World Cup win. Their landmark victory also helped increase Africa's quota of World Cup places, which rose from one to two for Spain 1982.
Standards have slipped in the last few years, with Tunisia missing out on South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014, and managing to progress just one round in the 2015 CAF Africa Cup of Nations. The new generation of talents such as Wahbi Khazri, Anis Ben-Hatira, Aymen Abdennour and Ahmed Akaichi will thus be keen to get the Carthage Eagles back on track by sealing a spot at the nation's fifth World Cup.
Former Poland international Henryk Kasperczak took the reins in mid-2015 for a second time, after a successful first spell which included a CAF Africa Cup of Nations final in 1996. The Pole has plenty of experience in African football, with his near 40-year coaching odyssey including spells in charge of Côte d'Ivoire, Morocco, Senegal and, most recently, Mali.
7 – The number of matches Tunisia have lost in their four World Cup campaigns, compared to four draws and their solitary success.
The former stars
Tarak Dhiab, Nabil Maaloul, Hammadi Agrebi, Hedi Berrekhissa, Chokri El Ouaer, Hatem Trabelsi, Ayadi Hamrouni, Zoubaier Baya, Adel Sellimi, Issam Jemaa