The national team of Tunisia, which was a French colony until 1956, played its first qualifier in view of the 1962 World Cup in Chile. The Eagles of Carthage then took part in a final round for the first time in Argentina in June 1978. Here, after one win, one draw and one defeat, they failed to advance to the knockout stage.
Their second full success came against Panama at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Having lost twice before, the Tunisian side had to go home after the preliminary round for the fifth time in as many attempts. In between, Tunisia always took a point at the 1998 finals in France, 2002 finals in South Korea and Japan, and 2006 finals in Germany.
Tunisia coach Jalel Kadri
Jalel Kadri took over the Tunisian national team in January 2022 and during the Africa Cup. Prior to that, the 50-year-old served as co-coach to Mondher Kebaier since June of the previous year. He had already held the latter role in 2013. In addition, Kadri coached the Tunisian U20 team in the 2007 to 2008.
He has also worked for a number of clubs in his homeland since the turn of the millennium, starting with Stade Tunisien and CA Bizertin. He has also been on the sidelines of a number of teams from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Libya.
The stars of the Tunisian national team
Several Tunisian team players are gaining valuable experience at clubs in Europe’s top leagues. Central defender Montassar Talbi moved from Russian first division club Rubin Kazan to Lorient and thus to Ligue 1 in the summer of 2022.
There he will meet captain and attacking midfielder Wahbi Khazri, who joined HSC Montpellier after Saint-Etienne’s relegation. In addition, attacking midfielder Hannibal Mejbri enjoyed his training in France before the then 16-year-old signed for Manchester United in August 2019.
Tunisia’s qualification for the 2022 World Cup
Tunisia defeated Mali in the third round of African qualifying. In the process, the Eagles of Carthage recorded a 1-0 away win and a 0-0 home draw. Previously, the Tunisian national team left the field in Group B of the second phase four times as a winner, once with a draw and once as a loser. The point losses happened at the second-place Equatorial Guinea (0-1) and earlier at Mauritania (0-0), which took a total of two points.
Tunisia’s chances of success at the 2022 World Cup
The Tunisian team, ranked 30th in FIFA’s June 23 rankings, will face France, Australia and Denmark in Group D at the 2022 World Cup. These are the number four, the number 39 and the number ten in the world.
Therefore, it is clear that the European teams are the house favorites to advance. However, the Eagles of Carthage can have hopes of their third victory at a World Cup. After all, they defeated Japan, who performed better than the Socceroos in Asian qualifying, 3-0 in June 2022.
Tunisia’s statistical features ahead of the 2022 World Cup
Tunisia will first face Denmark at the 2022 World Cup. The two teams are meeting for the second time, with the Scandinavians winning a test match 2-1 in May 2022. In addition, the Eagles of Carthage previously experienced a 3-0 loss to Australia in October 2003 and a 2-0 loss at the 2005 Confederations Cup in Germany.
They also recorded two draws and two defeats against third group opponents and defending champions France. In this regard, the second draw was achieved in the most recent duel in May 2010 with a 1-1 draw in front of their home crowd.
The odds for betting on Tunisia at the 2022 World Cup
- Overall winner – 351.00
- Reach the final – 101.00
- Make it to the semifinals – 34.00
- Win the group – 15.00
- Group qualification – yes 3.50, no 1.28
- Reach the quarterfinals – 13.00
- Denmark – Tunisia – win 7.50, draw 3.75, defeat 1.50
At this point, we list the odds valid at Bet365. However, they always represent snapshots and can therefore change quickly. In addition, all betting odds are without guarantee.
Other teams in the World Cup Group D: