Espérance Sportive de Tunis

Espérance Sportive de Tunis (French pronunciation: [ɛspeʁɑ̃s spɔʁtiv tynis]; Arabic: الترجي الرياضي التونسي, romanizedAttarajī ar-Riyāḍi Attūnisī), known as ES Tunis or simply EST for short, is a Tunisian professional sports club based in Bab Souika neighbourhood of Tunis, Tunisia. The club was founded in 1919 and its traditional colours are red and yellow. Their home stadium, Stade Hammadi Agrebi, has a capacity of 60,000 spectators. The club is currently playing in the Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1. The club is mostly known for its football team.[4]

Espérance de Tunis
Full nameEspérance Sportive de Tunis
Nickname(s)المكشخة (The Smiling One)
الأحمر و الأصفر (Red and Yellow)
الدم و الذهب (Blood and Gold)
غول إفريقيا (The Ghoul of Africa)[1]
شيخ الأندية التونسية (The Elder of Tunisan Clubs)[2]
الدولة (The State of its own)[3]
Short nameES Tunis
Founded15 January 1919; 105 years ago (1919-01-15)
GroundStade Hammadi Agrebi
ChairmanHamdi Meddeb
Head coachMiguel Cardoso
LeagueTunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1
2022–232nd of 16
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Espérance domestically have won 32 Tunisian Professional League 1 titles, 15 Tunisian Cup titles, and 6 Tunisian Super Cup titles. Espérance has won a total of 53 domestic trophies.

At international level, Espérance has won a total of 13 titles, with 8 organized by Confederation of African Football, including 4 CAF Champions League titles, 1 CAF Cup title, 1 CAF Cup Winners' Cup title, 1 CAF Super Cup title[5] and one Afro-Asian Cup.

History edit

Founding and early years edit

The club was founded at the Café de L'Espérance (Arabic: مقهى الترجي) in the Bab Souika neighborhood of Tunis, by Mohamed Zouaoui (of Kabyle heritage)[6] and Hédi Kallel.[7] They appealed to Louis Montassier, a member of the French colonial administration, to obtain authorization, as according to the regulations of the time, all such clubs and societies had to be legally chaired by a French national. EST was officially registered on 15 January 1919, its first colours being green and white.[8][9]

Their first colours were green and white. In 1920, the club recruited a young high school student, Chedly Zouiten, who provided a set of jersey with vertical red and yellow bands, which became the club's new colors.[10] Zouiten became a member of the club's management committee in 1923 before becoming president in 1931. .,

Under Zouiten's tenure, which lasts more than three decades, Espérance was nearly on the verge of abandonment until promotion to the honorary division of the League of Tunisia in 1936. Espérance also managed to reach the final of the Tunisian Cup, but were beaten by Stade Gaulois. Three years after its failure against the Stade Gaulois, Espérance won the Tunisian Cup (1939) against the Etoile Sportive du Sahel (3–1), its first ever triumph and title. It was in 1955 that Espérance qualified to represent the Tunisian League in the North African championship. In the knockout match, two of the five teams were drawn at random to compete against each other and the winner immediately qualifies for the semi-finals. Wydad of the Moroccan League and the Espérance Sportive de Tunis faced each other; the meeting took place in Tunis on 15 May 1955, the Tunisian club losing on the score of 2 goals to 1.

Between the start of the Second World War and independence (1956), the squad quality improved.

Mohamed Zouaoui, the co-founder of Espérance

Post independence edit

The titles (champion in 1958 and 1960 and winner of the cup in 1957) but also the style of play explain the popular enthusiasm. Attacking football was abandoned in 1963 following the passage of Ben Azzedine as coach. The latter opts for Italian-style defensive principles.

In 1971, violent riots occurred in Stade El Menzah by Espérance supporters following the final lost against the Club Sportive Sfaxien (historic goal of Abdelwahed Trabelsi in the first minute of the game). The authorities then sanctioned Espérance and withdrew the right to play in the first division. The football section of the Espérance was dissolved while the team was one day away from being crowned as champions.

Slim Chiboub era and national dominance (1989–2004) edit

Slim Chiboub took charge of the club in 1989. Quickly, he kept one of his promises with a double in 1990–1991. In 1993, he won international and local titles. Espérance also won its first regional cup, the Arab Club Champions Cup, becoming the first Tunisian team to do so in 1993. The following year, the club won its first CAF Champions League at the expense of defending champion Zamalek. In 1995, EST won the CAF Super Cup as well as the Afro-Asian Cup, becoming the first Tunisian club to win all possible continental titles. Espérance Sportive de Tunis won ten Tunisian league titles, including seven successive titles between 1998 and 2004 and set a new national record.[11]

Hamdi Meddeb era and sustained success (2007–present) edit

Espérance Sportive de Tunis, CAF Champions League Champions in 2011
Espérance Sportive de Tunis, CAF Champions League Champions in 2018

Between 2005 and 2007, Aziz Zouhir led the club, which won the double (championship and cup) in 2006. In 2007, Hamdi Meddeb took charge of the club. He focused on boosting Espérance financially and recruiting African and Tunisian talents.

The 2010–2011 season Espérance completed a historical treble by winning the League, National Cup and the African Champions League, under coach Nabil Maâloul.[12] Following this success, a new committee chaired by Hamdi Meddeb was elected on 25 September 2011 for a three-year term. However, Maâloul resigned after a sixth place in the FIFA Club World Cup. However, the team lost the 2012 CAF Champions League final to Al Ahly, and the team star Youssef Msakni was sold to Qatari club Lekhwiya for 23 million Tunisian dinars.[13]

On 6 August 2017, the club won their fourth Arab title and third Arab club championship by beating the Jordanian side Al Faisaly (3–2) after extra time.[14] After winning its 28 league title on 8 April, Espérance won its third CAF Champions League against Al Ahly despite a defeat (3–1) on the home soil of the eight-time African champions in the first leg. In the second match, the Tunisians won with a score of 3–0, in front of a crowd of 60,000 people, with goals from Saad Bguir and Anice Badri. With the help of the young coach Moïne Chaâbani the club clinched the third Champions League in its history, a few months before its centenary on 15 January 2019.[15] The club ended the 2018–2019 season as African champions for the fourth time after winning the CAF Champions League against Wydad (1–1 away and 1–0 at home), due to Wydad refusing to play in protest of VAR decision.[16][17]

Colors and symbols edit

Logos throughout history edit

Red & Yellow edit

During the first year of its establishment, Espérance played in white and green, their uniform green with the elegance of the shirt and hands and black veil. Chadli Zouiten’s share was the red and yellow sports uniforms, which were better than Esperance’s uniforms. He gifted them to Esperance, and since then red and yellow become their official colors.

Kit manufacturers and shirt sponsors edit

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor Ref
1993-94   Uhlsport   Boga/Noumêm [18]
1994-95   Lotto   Coca-Cola
1996-97   Coca-Cola/  Opel
1997-98   Coca-Cola/  Danone
1998-99   Uhlsport
1999-00   Esperance
2000-01   Lotto
2002-03   Adidas
2003-04   Danone/  Boga
2004-05   Atletica   Danone/  Virgin
2005-06   Nike
2006-10   Groupe Délice [fr]/  Danone
2010-11   Groupe Délice [fr]/  Danone/  KIA
2011-16   Groupe Délice [fr]/  Danone
2017-2022   Umbro
2022-   Kappa

Popular culture edit

Support edit

The club is supported throughout the country and in the Tunisian diaspora in Europe, Middle East and North America.

Suppoters Groups edit

Scene from a 2007 Tunis derby at the Radès Stadium

Officially, the club's fans and supporters are framed by the Espérance Sportive de Tunis, but many ultras groups have appeared alongside it that organize the club's income during major interviews. The oldest group of them is the Ultras L'Emkachkhines, which belong to the ultras movement but do not have any legal system as is the case for the European bands' lovers groups. We also find the Supras, which appeared in 2004, the Blood & Gold group appeared in 2005, Zapatista Esperanza in 2007 and Torcida in 2008, and in the same year the Matadors group appeared. In 2009 the Fedayn, Ayounos Algres and Strano Boys group appeared, and in 2010 the Los guerreros group, the Resista Armada group and others... All of these groups share the southern runways behind a guard the goal under the banner of Curva Sud. Among the acronics that some of these groups raise is A.C.A.B, which is also raised by other groups in Europe and even in Tunisia. The elderly Ultras made many incomes and carcasses and created more than 35 for them at the local level only, without counting the years of repression from 2009 to 2011 when Ultras in Tunisia were prevented from entering.

Ultras L'Emkachkhines edit

Ultras L'Emkachkhines, and its symbol (ULE02), is an ultras group established in 2002 by a group of fans of Espérance Sportive de Tunis. Ultras was established in the summer of 2002, and it was the result of the idea of a group of Esperance fans who love the team and were influenced by the activity of long-standing ultras groups in Europe, such as Ultras Romani and Fossa Dei Leoni.

After many consultations and discussions via the Internet, they decided to organize Their first meeting was in the Tunisian capital, where it was agreed to establish the group under the name Ultras Giallorosso, but soon the name was changed through a proposal by one of the members to replace the word Galloroso with L'Emkachkhines for the symbolism of this word among the supporters of Esperance and to impart a spirit of belonging and identity More for the group, and the image of the warrior leader Geranimo was chosen as the group's emblem. Ultras L'Emkachkhines had the first match and the initiation of creativity in the Esperance match against the Egyptian Zamalek in 2002.

Zapatista Esperanza edit

Zapatista Esperanza, the ultras group that supports Espérance Sportive de Tunis, was founded in 2007 and its symbol is (ZE07) and with its word (siamo solo noi). The name comes from the Zapatista National Liberation Army (Ejército Zapatista de Liberación Nacional, EZLN) is an armed revolutionary group from the state of Chiapas in southern Mexico. The movement takes the name Emiliano Zapata - one of the leaders of the Mexican Revolution of 1910.

Accidents edit

Tragedy of 13 June 1971 edit

The tragedy of 13 June 1971, when the red and yellow lost the Tunisian Cup final against CS Sfaxien at Stade El Menzah, and from it a spark of a conflict with the security erupted behind several human and material losses to order the Minister of Interior and Sports at that time to dissolve the team until President Habib Bourguiba returned to bring him back to the sports arena.

The events of 8 April 2010 edit

Espérance lived several stations that its sons considered as a struggle, such as the events of 8 April 2010 against the security, which witnessed several wounded and arrested as a result of unprecedented clashes with the security in a famous match in which the lights of El Menzah stadium went out in a match between Espérance and CS Hammam-Lif that ended in a 3–3 draw.

Infrastructure edit

Stadiums edit

Stade Hammadi Agrebi edit

Stade Olympique Hamadi Agrebi, opened as Stade 7 November, is a multi-purpose stadium in Radès, Tunis, Tunisia about 10 kilometers south-east of downtown Tunis, in the center of the Olympic City. It is currently used mostly for football matches and it also has facilities for athletics. The stadium has a capacity of up to 60,000 spectators and was built in 2001 for the 2001 Mediterranean Games.

The exterior of Radès stadium

It was inaugurated in July 2001 for the final of the Tunisian Cup between CS Hammam-Lif and Étoile du Sahel (1–0).

Stade El Menzah edit

Stade El Menzah is a multi-purpose stadium, located in the north of Tunis, Tunisia.

El Menzah Stadium

It is built to host the 1967 Mediterranean Games at the same time as the Olympic swimming pool and gymnasium. Since then, it is an integral part of Tunisia's main sports complex. Tunisia's three major football teams, Espérance de Tunis, Club Africain and Stade Tunisien played their games there.

The stadium was completely renovated for the 1994 African Cup of Nations. It has a capacity of 45,000 seats.[19] The VIP section consists of a grandstand and 2 salons that can accommodate 300 people in a "cocktail" configuration. The stadium hosted the matches of Tunisia national football team until the inauguration of the Stade 7 November in the south of Tunis in 2001.

Official Honours edit

Type Competition Titles Winning Seasons
Domestic Tunisian Ligue Professionnelle 1 32 1941–42, 1958–59, 1959–60, 1969–70, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1981–82, 1984–85, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1990–91, 1992–93, 1993–94, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2013–14, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19, 2019–20, 2020–21, 2021–22
Tunisian Cup 15 1938–39, 1956–57, 1963–64, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1985–86, 1988–89, 1990–91, 1996–97, 1998–99, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2010–11, 2015–16
Tunisian Super Cup 6 1960, 1993, 2001, 2018, 2019, 2021
Continental CAF Champions League 4 1994, 2011, 2018, 2019
African Cup Winners' Cup 1 1998
CAF Cup 1 1997
CAF Super Cup 1 1995
Regional Arab Club Champions Cup 3S 1993, 2009, 2017
Arab Super Cup 1 1996
North African Cup Winners Cup 1 2008
Intercontinental Afro-Asian Club Championship 1 1995
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Club prizes edit

Individual awards edit

Personnel edit

Management edit

Position Name
President   Hamdi Meddeb
Honorary President   Slim Chiboub
General Supervisor [20]   Tarek Thabet
Financial Director   Rafik Mrabet
Law Director   Farouk Kattou
President of Football Operations   Riadh Bennour
Spokesman   Welid Guerfala

Coaching Staff edit

Position Name
Head coach   Miguel Cardoso
Assistant coaches   Fábio Fernandes
  Chamseddine Dhaouadi
Goalkeeping coach   Wassim Naouara
Fitness coaches   Carlos Miguel Silva
  Mohamed Sabri Bouazizi
Analyst   Pedro Azevedo
Team doctor   Yassine Ben Ahmed

Players edit

Current squad edit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   TUN Amenallah Memmiche
2 DF   TUN Mohamed Ben Ali
4 MF   TUN Mohamed Wael Derbali
5 DF   TUN Yassine Meriah
8 MF   TUN Houssem Tka
9 FW   BRA Rodrigo Rodrigues
10 MF   BRA Yan Sasse
11 FW   TUN Oussama Bouguerra
12 GK   TUN Moez Ben Cherifia (captain)
13 DF   TUN Raed Bouchniba
15 DF   ALG Mohamed Amine Tougai
17 FW   TUN Zied Berrima
18 FW   ALG Houssam Ghacha
20 DF   TUN Mohamed Amine Ben Hamida
No. Pos. Nation Player
21 FW   TUN Aziz Abid
22 DF   TUN Hani Amamou
23 MF   TUN Ghaith Ouahabi
24 FW   TUN Bilel Sahli
25 MF   TUN Ghailene Chaalali (vice-captain)
26 GK   TUN Mohamed Sedki Debchi
27 FW   GAM Kebba Sowe
29 FW   TUN Mohamed Ali Ben Hammouda
30 DF   TUN Oussama Shili
31 MF   TUN Zakaria El Ayeb
32 MF   TUN Montassar Triki
36 MF   NGA Onuche Ogbelu
37 FW   COD André Bukia
38 MF   TOG Roger Aholou

Out on loan edit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF   TUN Ghassen Mahersi (at US Tataouine until 30 June 2024)
MF   TUN Wael Chaieb (at US Tataouine until 30 June 2024)
GK   TUN Wassim Karoui (at AS Soliman until 30 June 2024)
FW   TUN Rayen Hamrouni (at AS Soliman until 30 June 2024)
FW   TUN Achref Jebri (at Espérance de Zarzis until 30 June 2024)
MF   TUN Aziz Fellah (at AS Gabès until 30 June 2024)
No. Pos. Nation Player
FW   TUN Mouhib Selmi (at AS Gabès until 30 June 2024)
GK   TUN Hamza Ghanmi (at Union de Tatouine until 30 June 2024)
MF   TUN Mootez Zaddem (at Al Masry until 30 June 2024)
FW   ALG Riad Benayad (at Raja CA until 30 June 2024)
DF   TUN Zinedine Sassi (at Avenir de Soliman until 30 June 2024)
DF   TUN Amenallah Majhed (at Avenir de Soliman until 30 June 2024)
MF   TUN Khalil Guenichi (at Avenir de Soliman until 30 June 2025)

Other players under contract edit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF   TUN Zied Machmoum

International participations edit

IFFHS rankings edit

FIFA Club World Cup edit

Participation Record in the FIFA Club World Cup
Year Position Last opponent
2011 Sixth place   Monterrey
2018 Fifth place   Guadalajara
2019 Fifth place   Al-Sadd

African Cup of Champions Clubs and CAF Champions League edit

Participation Record in the African Cup of Champions Clubs and CAF Champions League
Year Final position / round Last opponent
1971 Second round   Ismaily
1986 Quarter-Finals   Africa Sports
1989 Second round   MC Oran
1990 Quarter-Finals   Iwuanyanwu Nationale
1994 Winners   Zamalek
1995 Quarter-Finals   Ismaily
1999 Runners–up   Raja Casablanca
2000 Runners–up   Hearts of Oak
2001 Semi-finals   Al Ahly
2002 Group stage   Zamalek
  ASEC Mimosas
  Costa do Sol
2003 Semi-finals   Ismaily
2004 Semi-finals   Enyimba
2005 Group stage   Étoile du Sahel
  ASEC Mimosas
2007 Group stage   Al Ahly
  Al Hilal
  ASEC Mimosas
2010 Runners–up   TP Mazembe
2011 Winners   Wydad AC
2012 Runners–up   Al Ahly
2013 Semi-finals   Orlando Pirates
2014 Group stage   Club Sfaxien
  ES Sétif
  Al Ahly Benghazi
2015 Second round   Al Merrikh
2017 Quarter-finals   Al Ahly
2018 Winners   Al Ahly
2019 Winners   Wydad AC
2020 Quarter-finals   Zamalek
2021 Semi-finals   Al Ahly
2022 Quarter-finals   ES Sétif
2023 Semi-finals   Al Ahly

CAF Confederation Cup edit

Participation Record in the CAF Confederation Cup
Year Position Last opponent
2006 Group stage   Étoile du Sahel
  Saint-Éloi Lupopo
2008 Play-off round   Étoile du Sahel
2015 Group stage   Al Ahly
  Étoile du Sahel
  Stade Malien
2016 Play-off round   MO Béjaïa

CAF Cup edit

Participation Record in the CAF Cup
Year Position Last opponent
1997 Winners   Petro de Luanda

African Cup Winners' Cup edit

Participation Record in the African Cup Winners' Cup
Year Position Last opponent
1980 Second round   Kadiogo
1981 First round   Zoundourma
1987 Runners–up   Gor Mahia
1998 Winners   1º de Agosto

CAF Super Cup edit

Participation Record in the CAF Super Cup
Year Position Last opponent
1995 Winners   Motema Pembe
1999 Runners–up   ASEC Mimosas
2012 Runners–up   Maghreb de Fès
2019 Runners–up   Raja Casablanca
2020 Runners–up   Zamalek

Afro-Asian Club Championship edit

Participation Record in the Afro-Asian Club Championship
Year Position Last opponent
1995 Winners   Thai Farmers Bank

Twinning edit

Rival clubs edit

Presidents edit


Managers edit


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