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Tunisia is back at the World Cup for the first time in 12 years, but a challenging group put them in a tough spot right from the get-go. 

After dropping a close match to England in their opener, Tunisia failed to hang with Belgium, conceding five goals in a loss that eliminated the team from contention after England defeated Panama. Tunisia went out on a high note, however, beating Panama 2-1 to close out its tournament.

Here's what you need to know about Tunisia at the World Cup.

Competition history

World Cup appearances: Five
Best finish: Group stage in each tournament
Last World Cup: 2006


Monday, June 18: England 2, Tunisia 1  
Saturday, June 23: Belgium 5, Tunisia 2  
Thursday, June 28: Tunisia 2, Panama 1  


Tunisia is back at the cup for the first time since 2006. Getty Images

Goalkeepers: Aymen Mathlouthi (Al-Baten), Farouk Ben Mustapha (Al-Shabab), Moez Hassen (Chateauroux)

Defenders: Rami Bedoui (ES Sahel), Yohan Benalouane (Leicester City), Syam Ben Youssef (Kasimpasa), Dylan Bronn (Gent), Oussama Haddadi (Dijon) , Ali Maaloul (Al-Ahly), Yassine Meriah (CS Sfaxien), Hamdi Nagguez (Zamalek)

Midfielders: Mohamed Amine Ben Amor (Al-Ahli SC), Sai-Eddine Khaoui (Troyes), Ahmed Khalil (Club Africain), Ellyes Skhiri (Montpellier), Ferjani Sassi (Al-Nasr), Ghaylene Chaalali (ES Tunis)

Attackers: Anice Badri (ES Tunis), Fakhreddine Ben Youssef (Al-Ittifaq), Naim Sliti (Dijon), Bassem Srarfi (Nice), Wahbi Khazri (Rennes), Saber Khalifa (Club Africain)

Best Player

Wahbi Khazri. The Sunderland man spent this past season at Rennes on loan, scoring nine goals in 17 matches. He's a talented attacking midfielder who'll be tasked with creating most of the chances in the final third. 

Player to watch

Saber Khalifa. The 31-year-old striker never really settled in while playing in Europe and doesn't have an international goal since September 2016. How confident will he be at the cup? He'll likely start or big an important player off the bench, and he'll have to be sharp on Khazri's passes to help this team if it hopes to make some noise.

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