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This page contains a list of the greatest Tunisian Soccer Players. The pantheon dataset contains 16,923 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 Tunisian Soccer Players of all time. This list of famous Tunisian 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 Tunisian Soccer Players.

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1. Sadok Sassi (1945 - )

With an HPI of 59.86, Sadok Sassi is the most famous Tunisian Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 15 different languages on wikipedia.

Sadok Sassi (Arabic: الصادق ساسي), nicknamed "Attouga" (born 15 November 1945 in Tunis) is a former Tunisian footballer. He was a goalkeeper and played for Club Africain and the Tunisian national team.He played both matches for the Tunisian 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. Mohamed Akid (1949 - 1979)

With an HPI of 59.04, Mohamed Akid is the 2nd most famous Tunisian Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 16 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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3. Ziad Tlemçani (1963 - )

With an HPI of 57.18, Ziad Tlemçani is the 3rd most famous Tunisian Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 45 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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4. Hatem Trabelsi (1977 - )

With an HPI of 56.92, Hatem Trabelsi is the 4th most famous Tunisian 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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5. Tarak Dhiab (1954 - )

With an HPI of 56.81, Tarak Dhiab is the 5th most famous Tunisian Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 17 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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6. Nabil Maâloul (1962 - )

With an HPI of 55.85, Nabil Maâloul is the 6th most famous Tunisian 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 Kuwait SC. 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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7. Ali Boumnijel (1966 - )

With an HPI of 54.09, Ali Boumnijel is the 7th most famous Tunisian 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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8. Zoubeir Baya (1971 - )

With an HPI of 52.59, Zoubeir Baya is the 8th most famous Tunisian Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 20 different languages.

Zoubeir Baya (or Beya) (Arabic: زبير بية; born 15 May 1971) is a Tunisian former professional footballer with a distinguished career as one of his country's most accomplished football exports. Baya, an attacking midfielder, displayed considerable skill and enterprise on the international scene and provided the North African nation with vast international experience. Twice named Tunisian Footballer of the Year, Baya suited up for his country at the 1998 World Cup in France and at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. He was also a key member of Tunisian sides that competed at the 1998, 2000 and 2002 African Nations Cup finals. He made his international swansong at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, retiring shortly afterwards.

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9. Faouzi Mansouri (1956 - )

With an HPI of 52.22, Faouzi Mansouri is the 9th most famous Tunisian Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

Faouzi Mansouri (Arabic: فوزي منصوري; 17 January 1956 – 18 May 2022) was an Algerian professional footballer who played as a defender. He played mostly in France with Montpellier. For the Algeria national team he participated at two editions of FIFA World Cup, in 1982 and 1986.

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10. Chokri El Ouaer (1966 - )

With an HPI of 51.29, Chokri El Ouaer is the 10th most famous Tunisian Soccer Player.  His biography has been translated into 15 different languages.

Chokri El Ouaer (Arabic: شُكري الواعر) (born August 15, 1966) is a former Tunisian football goalkeeper. The Tunisian international began playing for Espérance Sportive de Tunis in 1986, spending his entire career there except for a six-month spell in Genoa in 2001, near the end of his career. He retired shortly before the 2002 FIFA World Cup due to back problems, having announced his retirement on two previous occasions but persuaded to continue each time. Although he missed the 2002 World Cup he played at the 1998 FIFA World Cup. Chokri El Ouaer allegedly amassed near 100 caps for his country, but as with other Tunisian players this number is disputed by FIFA. El Ouaer received attention in December 2000 when he was accused of faking an injury in the CAF Champions League final between Espérance and Hearts of Oak. During a lengthy stoppage towards the end of the game, Ouaer suddenly rushed towards the midfield with blood running down the side of his face. Claiming to be hit with a sharp object thrown by the spectators, the match referees had spotted the player inflicting the injury on himself. With Espérance on the verge of losing the match on away goals, it was believed that Ouaer attempted to get the game cancelled. When the match did continue, Espérance had to substitute him with an outfield player, resulting in a 1:3 loss.

Pantheon has 63 people classified as soccer players born between 1945 and 1997. Of these 63, 62 (98.41%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living soccer players include Sadok Sassi, Ziad Tlemçani, and Hatem Trabelsi. The most famous deceased soccer players include Mohamed Akid. As of October 2020, 15 new soccer players have been added to Pantheon including Sadok Sassi, Mohamed Akid, and Faouzi Mansouri.

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