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Inter_Mirifica

Wow Chaim El Djebali (2004) is here. Completely unexpected, even with his huge injury that delayed his progress I thought he would wait for France (as he played for France with the U16s at the time). It'll be interesting to see him play at that level and against adults. I hope he'll be happy with that choice.


BuzzBuzz01

Ye they announced his commitment to Tunisia around 3 hours ago https://www.instagram.com/p/CicMflsqMNU/?hl=en


Inter_Mirifica

Thank you, I missed that ! If he gets back to his form and level before his injury, you're in for a treat. He's been overshadowed by El Arouch who is also from the 2004 generation and was more precocious, but he had almost caught up last season before his injury. Our 2nd best player of that 2004 generation, that just won the Gambardella (without him, as he was out for the 2nd half of the season). A very elegant player to watch, able to play both CM and CAM, great vision and passing ability while also being good at 1v1s and with a good shooting ability. Adding to this, grinta and lots of pressing and defensive efforts that aren't usual for players as technically gifted as he is. Seems a bit early for him to already be called up, especially after just coming back from a huge injury (allegedly a torn ACL, but it was weirdly never really communicated as such). But his potential and talent are enough to explain why. [Here are some highlights](https://youtu.be/xJJpinIJJSM)


zaljghoerhfozehfedze

Thanks for the information! I honestly haven't heard about him at all before today (while I've heard of El Arouch so you were correct 😅). I am excited at the idea of a good OL academy product playing for the NT, I hope it turns out better than Rafia though, totally tanked his value.


BuzzBuzz01

**GK** Ben Said (US Monastir) Dahmen (CS Sfaxien) Debchi (Espérance de Tunis) **Defenders** D. Bronn (Salernitana) N. Ghandri (Club Africain) B. Iffa (Kuwait SC) O. Rekik (Sparta Rotterdam (loan from Arsenal)) M. Talbi (Lorient) M. Dräger (Luzern (loan from Nottingham Forest)) H. Mathlouthi (Zamalek) A. Abdi (Caen) R. Kaeieb (Heerenveen) A. Maâloul (Al-Ahly) **Midfielders** M. Ben Ouannes (Kasımpaşa) G. Chaalali (Espérance de Tunis) C. El Djebali (Lyon) S. Khaoui (Clermont Foot) A. Laïdouni (Ferencváros) H. Mejbri (Birmingham City (on loan from Manchester United)) F. Sassi (Al Duhail) E. Skhiri (FC Köln) **Attackers** A. Ben Slimane (Brøndby) W. Khazri (Montpellier) S. Ltaeif (Basel) Y. Msakni (Al Arabi (on loan from Al-Duhail)) N. Sliti (Al-Ettifaq) S. Jaziri (Zamalek) I. Jebali (Odense Boldklub) T. Yessine Khenissi (Kuwait SC)


zaljghoerhfozehfedze

I can't believe it, going with Khenissi and Jaziri to face Brazil, just try something new take anyone else try some young players idk, those 2 are some of the worst players that I've ever seen play for the NT.


raminho11

I thought Jaziri was playing well for Zamalek? But yea I’m not a fan of Khenissi despite how hard he works for the team while defending. Our midfield looks decent but a lack of a good striker continues to be a problem.


zaljghoerhfozehfedze

Maybe, the last footage I've seen of him was few months ago when he had a fallout with the fans and he was benched thus quite unhappy, idk whether things have changed again since I don't follow Egyptian football. Regardless he's been utter shit for Tunisia, one of the worst strikers ever, he'd rather dive than take a clear chance at goal, spends the majority of his time rolling on ground even before any contact is initiated, and misses every 1v1 with the keeper unless he's playing against Mauritania. I know we've had issues with strikers for so many years now but the only reliable option is still Khazri, it's hard for him as a sole number 9 but he has enough experience (and more now after enduring Dupraz for half a season) playing for shitty teams and getting decent stats, he's also the only one capable of not losing the ball while waiting for support on counters, while Jaziri and Khenissi don't know what a first touch is.


kk_thatsit

looking forward to it. Hopefully Mejbri gets some game time.


hamiltonricard4ever

Is F Ben Youssef not in the squads these days?


Mruc3yk

How did this team even qualify? There are only like 5 players that are somewhat well known.


BuzzBuzz01

damn that's crazy I didn't know the only qualification to having of being a good national team is the number of players who play for popular sides in the top 5 leagues --- Tunisia have always been well coached, drilled, and organised in midfield and defensive areas. Imo probably the most disciplined and organised side tactically among the African nations And they have a couple of difference makers up top like Msakni, Khazri and several others who can make the difference and take chances when needed, especially against African opposition They properly grinded it out in the playoff vs Mali. Won 1-0 over two legs thanks to an own goal. Only had two shots on target over 180 minutes but also only allowed one shot on goal over the two legs They're actually still yet to concede under manager Jalel Kadri (6 matches, 4 wins, 2 draws)


Mruc3yk

Well then I guess you don’t need to have a lot of good players to get good results. Interesting


BuzzBuzz01

don't try to be smart back to me please sir. Popularity =/= how good a player is lmfao > "The recognizability of a team has no effect on how good they are. This is especially true for African and Asian teams." just copying and pasting what from u/AlGamaty so you can actually get it through yourself


AlGamaty

The recognizability of a team has no effect on how good they are. This is especially true for African and Asian teams. The Egyptian golden generation that won 3 consecutive AFCONs was 95% local league players you wouldn't recognize, but they were destroying other African teams that had most of their players in the top leagues of Europe.


zaljghoerhfozehfedze

You know when they tell you that trying to play good fast paced and modern football in Africa doesn't get you anywhere? Well Tunisia is kinda the perfect example of that, they absolutely frustrated the shit out of Mali over 2 games, a team with individually superior players like Mo Camara and Yves Bissouma just to name a few, they took advantage of a young CB's mistake, scored and forced a red, and held on for the remaining 150 or so minutes of play over the legs. It's absolutely not pretty, it's frustrating, especially the dives and time wasting bs, but the real improvement to me is the much improved defensive qualities of the team that allows them to embrace this style of play, Talbi and Bronn are 2 great CBs, Ifa played very well for the NT, decent choice between all available full-backs, and the 2 defensive midfielders Skhiri and Laaidouni dominated in many games, the one against Nigeria in the last AFCON comes to mind. It's not that the team is bad going forward, they played well in the last friendly tournament in Japan, but they'll mostly punish you in counter attacks. Basically this is why Tunisia is in the World Cup and always in the African top 5.


FujitaMp3

So popularity is what it takes to qualify? this sub really has all the experts


hambodpm

Think to qualify for WC you need to win qualifying matches. Not sure popularity matters.