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Tunisia national basketball team

The Tunisian national basketball team (Arabic: منتخب تونس لكرة السلة‎), nicknamed Les Aigles de Carthage (The Eagles of Carthage or The Carthage Eagles), is the national basketball team of Tunisia.

 Tunisia
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FIBA ranking51 Increase 1 (18 September 2018)[1]
Joined FIBA1956
FIBA zoneFIBA Africa
National federationFTBB
Coach Mário Palma
Nickname(s)The Eagles of Carthage
( نسور قرطاج )
Olympic Games
Appearances1
MedalsNone
FIBA World Cup
Appearances2
MedalsNone
AfroBasket
Appearances22
MedalsChampions Gold: (2011, 2017)
Silver Silver: (1965)
Bronze Bronze: (1970, 1974, 2009, 2015)
All Africa Games
Appearances4
MedalsGold Gold: (1973)
Bronze Bronze: (1978)
Arab Championship
Appearances8
MedalsGold Gold: (1981, 1983, 2008, 2009)
Silver Silver: (2002)
Bronze Bronze: (1991, 1992, 2007)
Uniforms
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Light jersey
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Team colours
Light
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Dark jersey
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Team colours
Dark


First international
 Tunisia n / a Morocco 
Beirut, Lebanon – 1957
Biggest win
 Tunisia 101–40 Chad 
Yaoundé, Cameroon – November 25, 2017
Biggest defeat
 Tunisia 63–110 United States 
London, United Kingdom – July 31, 2012

The team is governed by the Tunisia Basketball Federation (FTBB). (Arabic: الجامعة التونسية لكرة السلة‎)

When Tunisia became the 2011 African Basketball Champion, it was the first North African country to do so in almost 30 years. To date, they have 19 appearances at the FIBA Africa Championship, ranking them behind only traditional African powers Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire, and Egypt, in total appearances.

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HistoryEdit

In 2011, they won their first ever FIBA Africa Championship, after beating Angola in the final. Their previous best finish was at the FIBA Africa Championship 1965, when they won the silver medal as the host country.[2] They also won a bronze medal at the FIBA Africa Championship 1970 and FIBA Africa Championship 1974.[3][4]

Although the Tunisians never finished worse than eighth in any of their succeeding appearances, they were not able to break onto the podium again until a surprise bronze medal run at the FIBA Africa Championship 2009. Led by All-Tournament First Team forward Amine Rzig,[5] the Tunisians went 4–2 in the preliminary rounds, winning three games by two points or less. They reached the semifinals for only the second time since 1974, by another slim margin – this time a one-point victory over Mali. Although they were defeated by Angola in the semifinals, the Tunisians topped Cameroon in the bronze medal game, to claim Africa's third and final automatic berth in the 2010 FIBA World Championship – its first ever FIBA World Cup berth. The Tunisians struggled to compete in the World Championship, losing all five of their games, and finishing last in Group B, and 24th overall. Yet, after almost forty years of mediocrity in Africa, Tunisia has become one of the continent's prime competitors again. Its appearances at the global stage have become a new milestone in the team's history.

Competitive recordEdit

Summer OlympicsEdit

Summer Olympics
Appearances : 1
Year Position Tournament Host
  2012 11th 2012 Summer Olympics London, United Kingdom
  2016 Did not qualify 2016 Summer Olympics Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  2020 To be determined 2020 Summer Olympics Tokyo, Japan

FIBA Basketball World CupEdit

FIBA World Championship
Appearances : 1
Year Position Host
  2010 24th Istanbul Turkey
  2019 Qualified Beijing China
 / /  2023 To be determined Bocaue Philippines, Okinawa Japan and Jakarta Indonesia

AfroBasketEdit

     Champions       Runners-up       Third place       Fourth place

  • Red border color indicates tournament was held on home soil.
AfroBasket
Appearances : 22
Year Position Tournament Host
  1962 FIBA Africa Championship 1962 Cairo, Egypt
  1964 4 FIBA Africa Championship 1964 Casablanca, Morocco
  1965   FIBA Africa Championship 1965 Tunis, Tunisia
  1968 FIBA Africa Championship 1968 Casablanca, Morocco
  1970   FIBA Africa Championship 1970 Alexandria, Egypt
  1972 5 FIBA Africa Championship 1972 Dakar, Senegal
  1974   FIBA Africa Championship 1974 Bangui, Central African Republic
  1975 5 FIBA Africa Championship 1975 Alexandria, Egypt
  1978 FIBA Africa Championship 1978 Dakar, Senegal
  1980 FIBA Africa Championship 1980 Rabat, Morocco
  1981 6 FIBA Africa Championship 1981 Mogadishu, Somalia
  1983 FIBA Africa Championship 1983 Alexandria, Egypt
  1985 8 FIBA Africa Championship 1985 Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
  1987 5 FIBA Africa Championship 1987 Tunis, Tunisia
  1989 8 FIBA Africa Championship 1989 Luanda, Angola
  1992 7 FIBA Africa Championship 1992 Cairo, Egypt
  1993 8 FIBA Africa Championship 1993 Nairobi, Kenya
  1995 FIBA Africa Championship 1995 Algiers, Algeria
  1997 FIBA Africa Championship 1997 Dakar, Senegal
  1999 5 FIBA Africa Championship 1999 Luanda, Angola
  2001 4 FIBA Africa Championship 2001 Casablanca, Morocco
  2003 6 FIBA Africa Championship 2003 Alexandria, Egypt
  2005 8 FIBA Africa Championship 2005 Algiers, Algeria
  2007 6 FIBA Africa Championship 2007 Luanda, Angola
  2009   FIBA Africa Championship 2009 Tripoli Libya
  2011   FIBA Africa Championship 2011 Antananarivo, Madagascar
  2013 9 2013 FIBA Africa Championship Abidjan Côte d'Ivoire
  2015   2015 FIBA Africa Championship Radès, Tunisia
 /  2017   2017 FIBA Africa Championship Radès, Tunisia & Dakar,Senegal

African GamesEdit

African Games
Appearances : 3
Year Position Tournament Host
  1965 1965 African Games Brazzaville, Congo
  1973   1973 African Games Lagos, Nigeria
  1978   1978 African Games Algiers, Algeria
  1991 1991 African Games Cairo, Egypt
  1995 1995 African Games Harare, Zimbabwe
  1999 1999 African Games Johannesburg, South Africa
  2003 2003 African Games Abuja, Nigeria
  2007 10 2007 African Games Algiers, Algeria
  2011 2011 African Games Maputo, Mozambique
  2015 2015 African Games Brazzaville, Congo

Arab ChampionshipEdit

Arab Championship
Appearances : 8
Year Position Tournament Host
  1981   1981 Arab Championship Tunis, Tunisia
  1983   1983 Arab Championship Amman, Jordan
  1985 Not held 1985 Arab Championship Cairo, Egypt
  1991   1991 Arab Championship Cairo, Egypt
  1992   1992 Arab Championship Damascus, Syria
  2002   2002 Arab Championship Cairo, Egypt
  2007   2007 Arab Championship Cairo, Egypt
  2008   2008 Arab Championship Tunis, Tunisia
  2009   2009 Arab Championship Rabat, Morocco

Pan Arab GamesEdit

Pan Arab Games
Appearances : 4
Year Position Tournament Host
  1957   1957 Pan Arab Games Beirut, Lebanon
  1985   1985 Pan Arab Games Rabat, Morocco
  1992   1992 Pan Arab Games Damascus, Syria
  2011 4 2011 Pan Arab Games Doha, Qatar

Mediterranean GamesEdit

Mediterranean Games
Appearances : 5
Year Position Tournament Host
  1975 7 1975 Mediterranean Games Algiers, Algeria
  1983 7 1983 Mediterranean Games Casablanca, Morocco
  1987 4 1987 Mediterranean Games Latakia, Syria
  2001 5 2001 Mediterranean Games Tunis, Tunisia
  2013   2013 Mediterranean Games Mersin, Turkey

Islamic Solidarity GamesEdit

Islamic Solidarity Games
Appearances : 1
Year Position Tournament Host
  2005 4 2005 Islamic Solidarity Games Mecca, Saudi Arabia

OthersEdit

FIBA Stanković CupEdit

FIBA Stanković Cup
Appearances : 2
Year Position Tournament Host
  2012   2012 Stanković Cup Guangzhou, China
  2018   2018 Stanković Cup Shenzhen, China

TeamEdit

Current rosterEdit

 
Salah Mejri is the country's most recognized player

This is the 2018-2019 roster.

Tunisia men's national basketball team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club Ctr.
G 4 Abada, Omar 22 – (1993-04-20)20 April 1993 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) Saint-Chamond Basket  
C 5 Abbassi, Mohamed 29 – (1986-04-22)22 April 1986 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) Étoile Sportive de Radès  
G 6 Knioua, Nizar 32 – (1983-06-08)8 June 1983 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) Stade Nabeulien  
G 7 El Mabrouk, Mourad 28 – (1986-10-19)19 October 1986 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) Club Africain  
PG 8 Mathnani, Wassef 24 – (1990-09-04)4 September 1990 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) Fairfield Stags men's basketball  
F 9 Hdidane, Mohamed 29 – (1986-04-27)27 April 1986 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Stade Nabeulien  
C 11 Ghyaza, Mokhtar 28 – (1986-11-15)15 November 1986 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) Étoile Sportive de Radès  
C 12 Ben Romdhane, Makrem 26 – (1989-03-27)27 March 1989 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Saint-Chamond Basket  
F 13 Rzig, Amine 34 – (1980-08-25)25 August 1980 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Al Ahly SC  
PF 14 Debache, Yassine 28 – (1986-09-07)7 September 1986 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Dresden Titans  
C 15 Mejri, Salah 29 – (1986-06-15)15 June 1986 2.17 m (7 ft 1 in) Dallas Mavericks  
Head coach
Assistant coaches

Legend
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 20 August 2015

Depth chartEdit

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Salah Mejri Mokhtar Ghayaza Mohamed Abbassi
PF Makram Ben Romdhane Amine Rzig Hamdi Braa
SF Mohamed Hadidane Nizar Knioua
SG Mourad El Mabrouk
PG Michael Roll Omar Abada Mehdi Sayeh

All Time Head coachesEdit

Period Head Coach
1957–1959   Hammadi Driss
1960–1961   Griffith
1961–1962   Borhane Errais
1962–1963   Miodrag Stefanović
1963–1965   Borhane Errais
1965–1966   Valensky
1966–1967   Faherty
1967–1968   Katarinsky
1968–1971   Igor Tocigl
1971   Václav Krása
1971–1972   Bill Sweek
1972–1978   Mohamed Senoussi
1978–1979   Khaled Senoussi
1979–1981   Mohamed Senoussi
1981   Khaled Senoussi
Period Head Coach
1982–1983   Mohamed Zaouali
1983–1987   Youri Velligoura
1988–1990   Ridha Laabidi
1990–1991   Mohamed Senoussi
1991–1992   Khaled Senoussi
1992–1994   Mohamed Zaouali
1994–1996   Igor Tocigl
1997–1998   Juan Manuel Monsalve
1998–1999   Mustapha Bouchenak
1999–2000   Zoran Zupecevic
2000–2001   Francis Jordane &
  Mounir Ben Sliman
2001–2002   Adel Tlatli
2002–2003   Marijan Novović
2004   Walid Gharbi
Period Head Coach
2004–2016   Adel Tlatli
2016–Present   Mário Palma

KitEdit

ManufacturerEdit

2015: Nike [6]

Edit

2015: Ooredoo, SEAT [6]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FIBA Ranking Presented by Nike". FIBA. 18 September 2018. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  2. ^ 1965 African Championship at FIBA archive
  3. ^ 1970 African Championship at FIBA Archive
  4. ^ 1974 African Championship at FIBA.com
  5. ^ LBA – Gomes Leads All-Star Team
  6. ^ a b 2015 FIBA Africa Championship - Tunisia, FIBA.com, Retrieved 27 January 2016.

External linksEdit