Sunday, January 15, 2012
Africa Cup of Nations - Group C - Tunisia
Colours: All white with red trim
Country population 11,245,284
Tunisia have qualified for 4 World Cup Finals, but have never got past the first round before. In 1978 they did become the first African team to win a game in the World Cup Finals by beating Mexico 3-1, they also held the reigning champions West Germany to a draw before getting the plane home. They were the only African team to be present both in the 2002 and 2006 World Cup Finals and came close to being there in 2010, but results went against them on the last day and Nigeria made it instead.
In 2004 they hosted the tournament for the third time and won the tournament, previously when they were hosts in 1965 they were runners up and in 1994 didn't get past the group stages.
Star player: Karim Haggui
The 6 foot 3 defender and captain of Tunisia currently plays in the Bundesliga for Hannover 96. In 2004 he was one of the youngest players in the squad that won the tournament and played in every game. He scored the decisive penalty that won the quarter final against Nigeria. In 2008 he was ever present again. Tunisia reached the quarter finals before losing to Cameroon after Haggui had gone off injured on 38 minutes.