Country Report – Tunisia

    A look at the country’s demographics, football history and its squad status prior to the Qatar World Cup 2022.

    Number of inhabitants: approx. 12 million.

    Continent: Africa

    Confederation: CAF

    National Football Association: FTF

    Number of members: unknown. (?% of total population)

    International trophies won: 1x Africa Cup, 1x African Nations Championship

    Best World Cup result: 5x qualification (group stage)

    Key Players

    In the past: Radhi Jaïdi, Chokro El Ouaer, Issam Jemâa, Adel Sellimi.

    Key current players: Khazri, Bronn, Skhiri, Laïdouni, Slimane.

    Coach, formation and possible lineup

    Coach: Jalel Kadri. (since 2022)

    Typical formation: 4-5-1 or 4-3-3

    Possible lineup:

    • GK: Aymen Dahmen (Club Sportif Sfaxien) 25
    • LB: Mortadha Ben Ouanes (Kasimpasa) 28
    • RB: Mohamed Dräger (Luzern) 26
    • LCB: Dylan Bronn (Salernitana) 27
    • RCB: Montassar Talbi (Lorient) 24
    • RM: Anis Slimane (Bröndby) 21
    • LM: Youssef Msakni (Al-Arabi) 31
    • CM: Ellyes Skhiri (Köln) 27
    • CM: Aïssa Laïdouni (Ferencvaros) 25
    • CM: Ghaylen Chaaleli (Esperance Tunis) 28
    • ST: Wahbi Khazri (Montpellier) 31

    Age Report

    Players aged 25 or under in the current lineup: 4

    Players aged 32 or over in the current lineup: 0

    There are no players in this lineup that will (most likely) be playing their last World Cup this year.

    There are 4 players in this lineup that can play (at least) two more: Slimane, Dahmen, Talbi and Laïdouni.

    The remaining 7 players could play in one or two more World Cups.

    Youngest player: Anis Slimane, born 16 March 2001 (21)

    Oldest player: Youssef Msakni, born 28 October 1990 (31)

    Average squad age: 26.6

    World Cup Qatar – Group D


    Tuesday 22 November Tunisia vs Denmark

    Saturday 26 November Australia vs Tunisia

    Wednesday 30 November Tunisia vs France

    Our view:

    The Qatar World Cup will be a real challenge for Tunisia. With the numbers 4 and 10 of the FIFA ranking in their group, in order to progress to the next round Tunisia will need to have three good days. Australia could be seen as more or less on the same level as Tunisia, but is not to be underestimated. As said before, it will be a real challenge. But then again it is the World Cup, so it should be challenging. Stranger things have happened in football than the two clear favorites in a group not finishing first and second, so who knows. The circumstances in Qatar could benefit them more than it would a Scandinavian country like Denmark, for example.

    Prediction: Group stage exit

    Image by jorono through Pixabay

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