Tunisia has almost the same faces in their national football team men that they had in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The African nation first participated in the competition in 1978. Their next entry would be after 20 years in 1998. After that, they again took a long break before appearing successively in 2002 and 2006. 2018 in Russia was their most recent involvement and including that, in all editions, they have just existed in the group stages.
But this time, the 2022 African Cup of Nations quarterfinalist is quite in good shape except for the recent defeat to Brazil. Concerning recent results, it should be noted that they clinched the 2022 Kirin Cup by beating a South American heavyweight, Chile by 2-0, and the host, Japan, one of the Asian big names by 3-0.
Now it’s the main event itself. So let’s discuss what players have they been preferring in their recent ties and whether will they also make it to FIFA 2022 in Qatar.
Tunisia 26-Men Roster for World Cup 2022
|Goalkeeper||Mouez Hassan||Club Africain|
|Goalkeeper||Aymen Mathlouthi||Etoile du Sahel|
|Defender||Yassine Meriah||Esperance de Tunis|
|Defender||Nader Ghandri||Club Africain|
|Defender||Ali Maaloul||Al Ahly|
|Midfielder||Hannibal Mejbri||Manchester United|
|Midfielder||Ghailene Chaalali||ES Tunis|
|Midfielder||Anis Ben Slimane||Brondby|
|Midfielder||Mohamed Ali Ben Romdhane||Esperance de Tunis|
|Forward||Naim Sliti||Al Ettifaq|
Tunisia Group Fixtures
|Tue, Nov. 22||Denmark vs. Tunisia||8 a.m.||Education City Stadium|
|Sat, Nov. 26||Tunisia vs. Australia||5 a.m.||Al Janoub Stadium|
|Wed, Nov. 30||Tunisia vs. France||10 a.m.||Education City Stadium|
Like most of the teams outside the favorites, Tunisia is also quite robust when they sit down which they usually do.
Over the qualifiers game, they seem to have to know how to absorb pressure quite decently. They have also become equally adept in giving very few chances though that is when they are up against teams that resemble their own squad strength.
They have also quite a battle-Esque spirit which they can show throughout the 90 minutes and even further.
The attacking players as well as some others due to their age have as many experiences as one could have to be in a competition of this scale.
Montpelier’s forward Wahbi Khazri’s presence would be of huge importance. He is among the few players from his nation that has the capacity to trouble the defense line of even world-class teams.
Worth mentioning is coach Kadri’s impressive clean sheets record and his confidence when he vowed to leave if his team didn’t make it to the knockouts.
They might be still recovering from the 5-1 fresh defeat at the hands of 5-time world champion Brazil in the international friendlies. The team is likely to enter Qatar with lower self-confidence than what they used to have during the qualifiers. Prior to this, they hadn’t conceded a single goal in their previous seven games. In fact, before Brazil, the Eagles of Carthage had only allowed three goals in 12 matches all of which took place in the year 2022.
The aging attackers, who are all over 30, look doubtful to keep up with the pace of top performers’ defensive armies. This will be tested especially when Tunisia is up against France and Denmark in the group stages.
It may take still some years before most of their players reach quality on par with teams playing in the big European leagues.
Expectations On Tunisia
As long as the preview sessions are going, for Tunisia, Australia remains a fair battle and a bit opportunistic too in the group stages. To compete against France and Denmark, they have to gain confidence in their not-so-long-ago defensive solidity. While their 100% might neutralize the Danes, against France they will have to show never seen before hard work.
If they make it past their group stage, Tunisia definitely will be one of this world cup’s highlights.
The numbers on the paper and so far records nonetheless don’t favor Tunisia to have a longer stay in this event.