In 2018 Tunisia will making a return to the greatest football tournament on earth after having been absent for 12 years. Overall, this will be their 5th year of participation in the WC. According to forward Anice Badri, this may very well be the year for the Eagles of Carthage to excel at what they believe they do best: play football. They are currently ranked at number 14 in the world.
Naabil Maloul is no stranger to playing football. Which is probably why he has turned out to be an exceptional coach. He was capped 74 times playing for his native country and played for his home club ES Tunis for most of his career. He officially became coach of Tunisia on 14 February 2013. He resigned as head coach shortly after failing to coach Tunisia towards a place in the 2014 WC in Brazil, but in 2017 he signed up again and this time it’s an altogether different story.
1978 saw Tunisia playing their very first football Cup in Argentina. During that year, they finished in 9th overall position. Between the years 1998 and 2006 they had a lucky streak of 3 WC qualifications, and their 5th appearance will be this year in Russia.
White and red are the official colours of Tunisia’s WC jersey. The home jerseys are predominantly white with red crew collars. The away jerseys are similar, only this time the colours have been inverted – the shirt being red and the collar white. An eagle watermark appears on the bottom of the shirts.