Anice Badri's presence at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ is close to a miracle. Aged 16, the former Lyon academy prospect suffered a herniated disc that kept him out of the game for two years, and when he returned it was for Lille's reserve side in the fifth tier of French football. From there, he joined second-division Belgian outfit Mouscron-Peruwelz, his dreams of football at the highest level still appearing distant.
Nevertheless, he helped his club achieve promotion and impressed over three seasons before catching the eye of Tunisian giants Esperance. The forward also received his first Tunisia call-up during the qualifiers for the 2016 CAF Africa Cup of Nations, before scoring the equaliser in a 2-2 draw away to Congo DR that sent the Carthage Eagles top of their Russia 2018 qualifying group and virtually secured their finals spot.