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FilGoal | News | World Cup – Tunisia .. An eagle suffers from schizophrenia

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An intelligent eagle that knows where to eat the shoulder to hunt its opponents, well experienced in the jungles of Africa, but with the global migration every four years it strays and falls.

In short, this is the story of the Carthage Eagle, or more precisely the story of the Tunisian national team between Africa and the World Cup.

A story in the beginning of radiance and optimism and its conclusion is not caught.

The continent of Africa includes 54 countries, only 13 of them had the honor of qualifying and participating in the World Cup.

Among the 13 countries that have participated in the prestigious World Cup more than four times, they are Cameroon, Morocco, Nigeria and Tunisia.

Cameroon alone has seven posts, and the rest four.

Among those countries mentioned, each of them has participated in the second round of the World Cup at least once.

On the other hand, Tunisia is the only team that does not have any appearance in the second round of the World Cup at all.

Ghana, in three participations, qualified for the second round twice, Nigeria qualified three times out of five.

What proves the existence of a real problem for Tunisia in the World Cup is that the North African team has achieved only two victories in its history in the tournament.

Between the first and second victory, the Tunisian team had to wait 40 years to achieve a new victory in the World Cup.

Is it because of the quality of the players? Certainly not. Otherwise, how can Tunisia always qualify for the World Cup, and in the current century, it has only missed it twice, in 2010 and 2014? Otherwise, are they lucky in the playoffs?

Is it a preparation crisis? Is it administrative confusion and frequent change in technical devices?

Perhaps, I am not sure that this is the correct answer. There is no good right planning. How?

If we look at the list of Tunisia’s coaches since the beginning of the current millennium, the Carthage Eagles during 22 years have rotated 16 different coaches, yes 16.

That is, the coach is not in his position for more than a year and a few months only.

The only coach who has lasted for more than three years is Frenchman Roger Lemerre, and the result was a leadership for the Tunisian national team to win the 2004 African Nations Cup for the first time in its history.

As for the rest, they are between one and two years, perhaps, except for Sami Trabelsi, who was present from 2010 to 2013.

On the other hand, Tunisia’s players are Esperance, Etoile du Sahel, Sfaxien, etc. who know how to excel in Africa and are very experienced within the continent.

Perhaps they will have a crisis in the World Cup for not having contact with their peers, perhaps because many of them are not professional outside Africa.

In Tunisia’s list in the last international break last September, only 10 players were present in Europe, and the rest were either local or in Arab countries.

All of these may be the reasons for the Tunisian team’s wandering on the world level. Of course, you need to research to find out the cause of the problem and solve it to achieve better results. Otherwise, exit from the group stage and the honor of qualifying for the World Cup will only be the result of each participation of Tunisia.

The road to Qatar was by mistake after a sudden crisis

Tunisia topped the African qualifiers after beating its rivals Equatorial Guinea, Zambia and Mauritania.

Tunisia collected 13 points, followed by Equatorial Guinea with 11 points, then Zambia with seven points, and finally two points for Mauritania.

Tunisia was progressing strongly in the qualifiers, until the fourth and fifth rounds came, and they drew 0-0 with Mauritania, before suddenly losing to Equatorial Guinea.

Here, Tunisia beat Equatorial Guinea by goal difference only.

Things got complicated before the final round, as coach Munther El-Kabeer’s men at the time had to beat Zambia, hoping that there would be no surprise from Equatorial Guinea with a big victory over Mauritania.

However, Tunisia won 3-1 and Equatorial Guinea drew 0-0 with Mauritania, to cut the Carthage Eagles ticket to qualify for the final and decisive stage of the qualifiers.

Here, Tunisia faced its stubborn rival Mali.

The Tunisian team had changed its coach following the farewell of the 2021 African Nations Cup, after the defeat by Burkina Faso in the quarter-finals, and the appointment of his assistant Jalal Al-Qadri in his place.

Here was the most difficult test. The new coach’s first two matches will be against Mali.

But an own goal from Moussa Sissako in the first leg in Mali against his country in the 36th minute before he himself was sent off four minutes later gave Tunisia an exciting and expensive victory away from their stadium.

In the second leg at the Rades stadium, Tunisia settled for a goalless draw to cut the ticket to qualify for Qatar.

Bright start and dim

The story of the 78 World Cup .. Tunisia achieves the first Arab victory in the World Cup, and Argentina is a champion - CNN Arabic

As mentioned above, Tunisia won the World Cup only twice.

The first victory came in his first participation in the 1978 edition, but also in his first match, when he defeated Mexico by three goals to one.

However, the narrow defeat by Poland with a goal without a reply and a goalless draw with Germany gave qualification to the European teams.

A team missed the World Cup and returned in 1998, followed by another participation in 2002 and 2006, and did not win any of them, and the best thing it achieved was a draw in a match in each of them.

In 2018, he defeated Panama in the third and final round in a meeting that was a foregone conclusion to officially bid farewell to the competition, and England and Belgium qualified in return.

In total, Tunisia played in the World Cup 15 matches, winning twice, drawing four and losing nine times.

Tunisia scored nine goals and received 13.

The secret of the title of the Eagles of Carthage

Carthage, the capital of the ancient Tunisian state in the Phoenician era and the cradle of civilization.

As for the eagle, it symbolizes quick wit and courage.

But how were the two names combined? And when did the title of the Carthage Eagles begin to be called the Tunisian national team?

According to the “Tunis Gate” website, there is no reference documenting the reason for the name or who launched it, but sports journalist Tahar Sassi said that this title dates back to 2003, a year before his country hosted the African Nations Cup.

Sassi claimed that the Tunisian national team before 2004 did not have a title of its own, so everyone was satisfied with saying the national team or the national team.

This matter was not excluded by Tunisian sports historian Imad Al-Kilani, in his speech to the same site. He said: “We did not call the Tunisian team that played the 1996 African Nations final, the Eagles, so perhaps this name is due to the 2004 championship.”

On the other hand, the former player of the Tunisian national team in the seventies of the last century, Ali Al-Kaabi, told the same site that the name of the Carthage Eagles is old.

He said, “I remember when we defeated Nigeria in 1973, the press wrote that the Eagles are winning.”

Jalal Al-Qadri is on a difficult historical mission

Tunisia coach reveals the list of players for the matches between Comoros and Brazil - Al-Ahram Gate

This is arguably the biggest task for Tunisia coach Jalal Kadri during his career.

The 50-year-old coach led many clubs such as Saudi Al-Ansar, Al-Khaleej, Tunisian Club Bizerte, Tunisian Stadium, and Emirates Club of the United Arab Emirates.

Qadri did not last long in any of them and did not achieve titles.

With the Tunisian national team, he was previously assistant coach with coach Nabil Maaloul in 2013.

And he returned to the same position with Munther Al-Kabeer in 2021 until he took over the task and became the first man in 2022.

Tunisia played with Al-Qadir in four official matches, beating Mali in the first leg of the decisive stage of the World Cup qualifiers, and tied with it negatively in the second leg.

In the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, they defeated Equatorial Guinea 4-0 and drew 0-0 with Botswana.

Friendly Tunisia met with Chile, Japan and Comoros and won them all.

His first defeat was against Brazil, with a great result, with five goals for one.

In total, Tunisia played eight matches with him, winning five, drawing twice and losing in one match.

Under his leadership, Tunisia’s players scored 12 goals and conceded five.

Msakni, Maaloul, Sassi, and Khazri

The Tunisian national team includes many distinguished players, but there is no great stability in the formation so far, but if we talk about the most prominent, the captain nicknamed Al-Nams, Youssef Msakni will certainly lead.

There are also Wahbi Al-Khazri, Taha Yassin Al-Khenisi, Ali Maaloul, Ferjani Sassi and Seif Al-Jaziri.

Al-Masakni, the Qatari player, played with the Carthage Eagles 87 international matches, during which he scored 17 goals and assisted 20 others.

Msakni is the sixth historical scorer in Tunisia, 21 goals behind Issam Jomaa, the historical scorer.

As for Wahbi Khazri, the French player of Montpellier, he played 71 games, during which he scored 24 goals and assisted 14 others, and he is the second top scorer in Tunisia in history.

Al-Ahly left-back Ali Maaloul, who has 82 international matches, scored two goals and made 10, is also present.

As for Ferjani Sassi, the Qatari player of Al Duhail, he played 77 matches, during which he scored six goals and assisted four others.

Meanwhile, Al-Jaziri, the Zamalek striker, played 29 matches, in which he scored 10 goals and did not assist.

There is also the young player Hannibal Mejbri, the Manchester United player on loan to Birmingham, England.

The 19-year-old has played 18 matches and has not scored a single goal so far.

A tough group with the world champion

FIFA World Cup on Twitter:

The Tunisian national team fell into a difficult group in the World Cup, accompanied by the champions of the previous edition, France, the dark horse of Euro 2020, Denmark, and finally Australia.

Looking at the match schedule, Tunisia will start its campaign against Denmark, then Australia, and finally France, and here lies the opportunity.

A draw and perhaps a win, or more precisely, four points from the first two matches, may make the Tunisian team’s chances of qualifying for the second round before meeting France.

Therefore, if the Tunisian national team wants to write history and write it in a wonderful way, it must ensure that it reaches the meeting with France with the greatest possible hopes, and then leaves the other two sides fighting.

The dates of the Tunisia national team matches in the group will be as follows:

First round against Denmark on November 22.

Second round against Australia on November 26.

Third round against France on November 30.


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