The Most Famous

SOCCER PLAYERS from Tunisia

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This page contains a list of the greatest Soccer Players. The pantheon dataset contains 16,880 Soccer Players, 63 of which were born in Tunisia. This makes Tunisia the birth place of the 46th most number of Soccer Players behind Slovenia and Senegal.

Top 10

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Soccer Players of all time. This list of famous Soccer Players is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Soccer Players.

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1. Sadok Sassi (1945 - )

With an HPI of 49.03, Sadok Sassi is the most famous Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 17 different languages on wikipedia.

Sadok Sassi (Arabic: الصادق ساسي), nicknamed "Attouga" (born 15 November 1945 in Tunis) is a Tunisian former footballer who played as a goalkeeper for Club Africain and the Tunisia national team.He played both matches for the Tunisia national team at the 1963 African Cup of Nations.In a sixteen-years career, Sassi earned an impressive five league titles, eight cups, including three for Tunisia and the Maghreb. In 1972, he was goalkeeper for the African team at the mini-World Cup, hosted by Brazil.The national team's undisputed first-choice goalkeeper for many years, he missed Tunisia's first World Cup appearance in 1978 through injury, and was replaced by Mokhtar Naili. Sassi earned a total of 116 international caps; however, only 87 matches were considered as A-international by FIFA. He was awarded the African Football's Silver Order of Merit by CAF. After retiring he has worked as a General Manager for Club Africain.

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2. Abdelmajid Chetali (1939 - )

With an HPI of 47.82, Abdelmajid Chetali is the 2nd most famous Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

Abdelmajid Al-Chetali (Arabic: عبد المجيد الشتالي; born 4 July 1939) is a Tunisian football coach and former player who played a total of 70 games with the national team and scored four goals. He also participated in the 1960 Summer Olympics.He is considered one of the characters who shaped and prolonged the legend of the Étoile Sportive du Sahel (nicknamed Majda). He received only one yellow card during his career. As a manager, he led them in their first ever World Cup appearance in 1978, where Tunisia became the first African team to win a World Cup match, beating Mexico by 3–1 making FIFA increase the number of seats in the African continent from one place to two places. During his managerial career, he was in charge of two national teams: the Tunisian and Bahraini national football teams. He also managed his home club Étoile du Sahel and achieved good results with it.

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3. Mohamed Akid (1949 - 1979)

With an HPI of 47.61, Mohamed Akid is the 3rd most famous Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 20 different languages.

Mohamed Ali Akid (5 July 1949 – 11 April 1979) was a Tunisian football forward who played for Tunisia in the 1978 FIFA World Cup. He also played for CS Sfaxien and Al-Riyadh. The official version was that Akid was struck by lightning during a training session at his Saudi Arabian club Al-Riyadh on 11 April 1979.The circumstances surrounding the death have fuelled a controversy between his surviving family and the authorities. After revolution, his family has requested for an autopsy to determine the cause of his death. The autopsy on 18 July 2012 confirmed the presence of two shots in his body and the son of Akid confirmed the implication of the Crown prince Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

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4. Tarak Dhiab (1954 - )

With an HPI of 45.53, Tarak Dhiab is the 4th most famous Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 18 different languages.

Tarak Dhiab (Arabic: طارق ذياب, born January 15, 1954) is a former footballer from Tunisia. The African Footballer of the Year in 1977, he is listed by the Tunisian Football Federation as having 107 caps for the Tunisian national football team, although this number has not been ratified by FIFA. At the 1978 FIFA World Cup, he was a member of the Tunisian national team that was the first national team from African to win a World Cup match. Tarak Dhiab was chosen The Tunisian footballer of the 20th century. He has served as Minister of Youth and Sports under Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali since December 24, 2011.

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5. Nabil Maâloul (1962 - )

With an HPI of 44.38, Nabil Maâloul is the 5th most famous Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 21 different languages.

Nabil Maâloul (Arabic: نبيل معلول; born 25 December 1962) is a Tunisian football coach and former player who is currently managing Espérance de Tunis. Maâloul was capped 74 times for his country, and participated in 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. He spent most of his playing career with his home club, ES Tunis and won it a historic treble as a coach in 2011 (league, cup and CAF Champions League). During his managerial career, he was in charge of three national teams: Tunisia, Kuwait, and Syria, but he also managed clubs in Tunisia and Qatar.

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6. Hatem Trabelsi (1977 - )

With an HPI of 44.21, Hatem Trabelsi is the 6th most famous Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 32 different languages.

Hatem Trabelsi (Arabic: حاتم الطرابلسي, romanized: Ḥātem Ṭrabelsī; born 25 January 1977) is a Tunisian former professional footballer who played as a right-back for CS Sfaxien, Ajax, Manchester City and Al-Hilal Riyadh. At international level, he represented the Tunisia national team in three World Cups, gaining a total of 66 caps before retiring from international football in 2006.

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7. Ziad Tlemçani (1963 - )

With an HPI of 44.12, Ziad Tlemçani is the 7th most famous Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 44 different languages.

Hamed Ziad Tlemçani (Arabic: زياد التلمساني, born 10 May 1963) is a retired Tunisian footballer who played for Espérance in Tunisia, Vitória S.C. in Portugal and Vissel Kobe in Japan. He was a member of the Tunisian national team and scored 2 goals at 1998 African Cup of Nations in Burkina Faso.

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8. Mohamed Ben Rehaiem (1951 - 2020)

With an HPI of 41.45, Mohamed Ben Rehaiem is the 8th most famous Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

Mohamed Ben Rehaiem (Arabic: محمد بن رحيّم), also known as Hamadi Agrebi (20 March 1951 – 21 August 2020) (حمادي العقربي), was a Tunisian football midfielder who played for Tunisia in the 1978 FIFA World Cup. He also played for CS Sfaxien. He also played for Al Ain and Al-Nassr. On 1st October 2020, the Stade Olympique de Rades (now known as Stade Olympique Hammadi-Agrebi) in Radès bears his name.

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9. Ali Boumnijel (1966 - )

With an HPI of 40.93, Ali Boumnijel is the 9th most famous Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 24 different languages.

Ali Boumnijel (Arabic: علي بومنيجل, born 13 April 1966) is a Tunisian former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper. He works for Sochaux as assistant coach. At international level, he represented the Tunisian national team. Born in Menzel Jemil, Boumnijel began his career in FC Gueugnon in France, however without playing any games. His first game as a professional footballer came on 20 October 1991 for AS Nancy in a 1–3 loss to AJ Auxerre. Afterwards he returned to his previous team, where he played five seasons, until changing to SC Bastia. He played for Bastia for six years, and then one season at FC Rouen. In 2004, he moved back to Tunisia to play for Club Africain. In the national team he debuted on 27 November 1991 against Côte d'Ivoire. Having established himself as a competitive goalkeeper he went on to play for Tunisia in the 1998 FIFA World Cup, 2002 FIFA World Cup and 2006 FIFA World Cup . Boumnijel was Tunisia's first choice goalkeeper, and played at the 2004 African Nations Cup where the Tunisia team won. In the semifinals he saved a crucial penalty from Peter Odemwingie to help Tunisia beat Nigeria in a penalty shootout.Aged 40, he was the oldest player at the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Boumnijel has been praised for his great leadership and goalkeeping skills during the World Cup.

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10. Radhi Jaïdi (1975 - )

With an HPI of 40.52, Radhi Jaïdi is the 10th most famous Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 29 different languages.

Radhi Ben Abdelmajid Jaïdi (Arabic: راضي بن عبد المجيد الجعايدي; born 30 August 1975) is a Tunisian former footballer who played as a centre back. He was previously head coach of the under-23 team at Southampton, head coach of USL Championship team Hartford Athletic, assistant coach at Belgian side Cercle Brugge and head coach at Espérance de Tunis.

Pantheon has 66 people classified as soccer players born between 1939 and 1997. Of these 66, 64 (96.97%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living soccer players include Sadok Sassi, Abdelmajid Chetali, and Tarak Dhiab. The most famous deceased soccer players include Mohamed Akid and Mohamed Ben Rehaiem. As of April 2022, 3 new soccer players have been added to Pantheon including Abdelmajid Chetali, Mohamed Ben Rehaiem, and Mokhtar Naili.

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