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Tunisia - World Cup 2018

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Tunisia is probably happy to be in their first World Cup in 12 years. It will be their fourth appearance in the World Cup Odds in the last 20 years and the fifth in their footballing history.

While some might argue the days of the golden generation are behind (That team qualified for every World Cup between 1998 and 2006), Tunisia heads into Russia 2018 with a young squad that has its sights on a better future.

Since qualifying, Tunisia has won all their friendly matches and earned a 7-game unbeaten streak. While their competition hasn't been tough over that stretch, it is still good to have that momentum coming into the most important tournament of them all.

Tunisia’s World Cup History

Tunisia first formed a National team in the late 1920's, when the country was still under French control. After gaining their independence in 1956, the Tunisia Football Federation officially became a FIFA member and within a few years was competing in the Olympic games and the Africa Cup of Nations.

Over a decade later, Tunisia would qualify for its first World Cup in 1978 but bowed out in the group stage. A resurgence began in the mid 90's and by 1998 they were back in the World Cup again and they were fixtures in the tournament for three straight World Cups (1998, 2002, 2006). However, they have still yet to ever win a game or advance past the group stage.

Tunisia’s Road To The 2018 World Cup

Tunisia is back after a 12-year absence. The group of players that got them there are young and mostly play in the region with a few having contracts with clubs in France and Belgium.

Yohan Benalouane, a 31- year old Center back is under contract with Leicester City but usually plays on the reserve squad. Ali Maâloul, who has the second most caps on the team at 43 and is an offensively- minded defenseman, plays left back and will likely log a lot of minutes, as nobody else on the team has over 40 caps.

Youssef Msakni is usually the focus on the offensive side of the ball, but he injured his knee just recently and is highly questionable for the World Cup. Tunisia will likely try to replace his scoring presence with Wahbi Khazri and Naïm Sliti.

Tunisia Odds To Win World Cup 2018

Sadly, Tunisia is still not expected to win any World Cup games at Russia 2018. They are 500/1 odds to win it all, but if they go in with the mentality that this year is a learning experience for a group of young, hungry players, they may be able to build something down the road and nab their first ever match victory in the World Cup.

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Tunisia World Cup 2018

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