Tunisia

FIFA ranking: 14

How they qualified: Finished top of CAF qualifying group A

World Cup appearances: 4

Best result: Group stages

Background

Tunisia will be attending their fifth World Cup, and their first one since 2006. They have never reached the knockout stages, but The Eagles of Carthage will be hoping to change that this time around. Tunisia reached Russia 2018 by beating Mauritania 4-2 on aggregate in the African qualifying second round, before finishing top of their third-round group.

The Coach

Nabil Maâloul

Tunisian coach Nabil Maaloul has been the assistant manager of Tunisia on two occasions before getting the job on a permanent basis in 2013. He was appointed again in April 2017 and helped Tunisia reach their first World Cup since 2006.

Star Man

Wahbi Khazri

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Wahbi Khazri is one of the most creative players in the Tunisia squad. 27-year-old Khazri is currently playing his football back in France for Rennes, on loan from English club Sunderland.

Starting XI

World Cup Chances

In a group with Belgium, England and Panama, Tunisia’s chances of finally reaching the knockout stages of a World Cup are very slim in Russia. With a squad containing very few players playing in the major European leagues, it seems that Tunisia will be battling it out with Panama over who will avoid finishing bottom of group G.

Transfer Watch

Wahbi Khazri

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Khazri has been converted to a more natural number 9 while on loan at Rennes and has since scored 9 goals in 17 games for the Ligue 1 side. While his parent club Sunderland will be playing League One football next season, it is unlikely the Tunisian will be returning to the club. With Marseille looking for a striker in the summer, Le 10 Sports are reporting that they could swoop for the 27-year-old.