Tunisia have made it through the qualifying rounds of the World Cup on six occasions, in 1978, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2018 and 2022. The team has never progressed past the group stage.
Tunisia won many admirers for African football in their first appearance at a World Cup finals in 1978, beating Mexico and holding world champions Germany to a draw, before exiting the tournament after the first round.
It was not until 20 years later that Tunisia returned to the finals where they were in a tough group with England, Colombia and Romania and not unexpectedly failed to survive the first stage.
They qualified again for the 2002 tournament but again put up a disappointing showing, earning a single point from a dour meeting with Belgium before heading home early.
The best result was at their first appearance in 1978, finishing in 9th place. In 1978 they won just one of their matches. The only time they have won another match was in 2018.
- Tunisia was the first team to win a qualifying match on penalty shootout when they won 4:2 on penalties over Morocco after a 1:1 tie at home on 9 Jan 1977.
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