Sport in Tunisia
Located in the northernmost part of the Africa, Tunisia has a varied geography containing the eastern part of the Atlas Mountains and the northern part of the Sahara. However, with most of the country being very fertile land, the Tunisian people have come to enjoy many things and one of their greatest passions is of course sports.
And when it comes to sports in Tunisia, football is king. Their national team, The Eagles of Carthage, took the 2004 African Cup of Nations which they hosted. They have also played in the FIFA World Cup four times.
If football is the king in the hearts of Tunisia, handball is undoubtedly the prince. Their national team has participated in many Handball World Championships and they even hosted the 2005 Handball World Championship where they finished in fourth place. They have also won the African Cup a staggering 9 times. The last time they took the top place was in 2018.
Basketball is also experiencing quite a revival in Tunisia mostly fueled by their win in the 2011 FIBA Africa Championship which is rarely won by a North African country.
Below are details of sports, sporting events and sports people related to Tunisia. Is there something missing? If you know of something that should be listed here, please let us know.
Popular sports of Tunisia
- Football (Soccer), handball, basketball, volleyball, tennis, and rugby union
Tunisia Sporting Success
- Winner of 2004 African Cup of Nations (football)
- winner 2011 FIBA Africa Championship (basketball)
Athletes from Tunisia
- Ons Jabeur (tennis)
- Mohammed Gammoudi - Long-distance runner who was Tunisia's first gold medal winner, winning the men's 5,000m at the 1968 Mexico Olympics.
- Issam Jemaa (football)
- Wissem Hmam (handball)
- Salah Mejri (basketball)
Tunisia Sports trivia
- The National Football team is known as "The Eagles of Carthage"
- Tunisia competed for the first three days of the 1976 Olympic Games before withdrawing in support of the boycott by most other African nations.
Tunisia at major events
Past sporting events hosted in Tunisia
- 1977 - FIFA World Youth Championship
- 2001 - Mediterranean Games
- 2005 - Handball World Championship
Upcoming sporting events in Tunisia
Annual sporting events held in Tunisia
- Tunis Open (tennis)
- Tour de Tunisia (cycling)
- Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1 - the Premier Football League in Tunisia.
Sporting Facilities in Tunisia
- Stade Olympique de Radès - the national stadium located in Rades.
- Stade El Menzah