FINALS / QUALIFYING CAMPAIGNS
FIRST FWC: 1978 LAST FWC: 2006
BEST ACHIEVEMENT: Group stage 1978, 1998, 2002, 2006
A stalwart of Tunisia’s national team during the 1980s and ‘90s, Maâloul was appointed as coach in April 2017. The former midfielder had already made his name as a coach by leading Esperance to the 2011 CAF Champions League title and, under his guidance, Tunisia have qualified for their first World Cup in 12 years.
The attacking midfielder has enjoyed the best season of his career so far during 2017/18 with French Ligue 1 side Rennes and was a key factor in Tunisia’s return to the world stage. His most notable contributions during FIFA World Cup™ qualifying saw Khazri score an important goal against Mauritania in Round 2, as well as the winner against Libya in November 2016.