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FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualified Team: Tunisia


Tunisia played their first World Cup game at Argentina 1978 and they went out at the group stage. Since then they haven’t done any better despite appearing at four more World Cups. Sadok Sassi was goalkeeper for Tunisia from 1963 until 1978 and is the most capped player with 87 appearances. Tunisia will be hoping their best player Wahbi Khazri has an outstanding tournament at Qatar 2022. This midfielder/forward plays for Ligue 1 side Metz. He has scored 24 times in 69 appearances for his country.

Tunisian football player
Wahbi Khazri

Touring Tunisia

Most natives in Tunisia speak Tunisian Arabic. The best time to visit Tunisia is springtime when the temperatures are hot but bearable.

The amphitheater at El Djem is an amazing site to see and it is often compared to the Roman Colosseum. This imposing structure is over 2,000 years old. Its walls tower above the modern constructions of the city and are visible from far away.

ancient amphitheater
The amphitheater at El Djem

Inside the amphitheater you can explore the many underground passages, or climb the spectator rows to imagine the spectacles the public witnessed in the past.

The beautiful Sidi Bou Said is a town coloured in white and blue. From the cliffs one can see into the distance the Atlas Mountains and the ancient Carthage. The town has all of its buildings painted white and its windows, fences, and grills are sky blue.

small street with white and blue buildings
Street in Sidi Bou Said

A French baron bought a house and he suggested to the residents to paint their houses in white and blue colours, so that they wouldn’t become so hot from the sun.

Houmt Souk is the main town of Djerba island and comes topped with the adobe domes of the Bordj el Kabir fort. They were erected in the 1400s and 1500s to protect the harbor on the Gulf of Gabes below. There are the traditional fondouks which were once the homes of traders and their animals. There are colorful pottery bazaars, whitewashed synagogues, Turkic mosques, and lively marketplaces selling olive oils and chickpea broths.

Couscous is a staple of Tunisian cuisine. It is made from semolina wheat that is rolled into extremely tiny pieces. If you haven’t had one (or twenty) tagines filled to the brim with couscous then you should!

couscous with almonds and dates
A stable Tunisian dish: couscous

It is the country’s national dish after all. Tunisian couscous is typically served with chicken, fish, beef, or lamb, with vegetables and peppers mixed in.

Merguez is a spicy sausage that’s made from mutton or beef (or a mixture of both). You can eat it straight off the grill, in a sandwich or Ojja. The reddish color comes from the harissa spice.

Native to Tunisia is the Deglet Nour date. This is considered the queen of dates and exported to countries worldwide.

Platter of dates

Tea in Tunisia is made on a charcoal stove. The mint helps keep the tea from tasting bitter, plus the tones of sugar Tunisians add. The tea will be red or green. If you take your tea in the evening then it will be served with pine nuts, almonds, or even peanuts.

How far do you think Tunisia will go in the World Cup?

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