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Ali Boumnijel
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Boumnijel in November 2019
Personal information
Date of birth (1966-04-13) 13 April 1966 (age 57)
Place of birth Menzel Jemil, Tunisia
Height 1.89m
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current club Tunisia (assistant coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1997 Gueugnon 166 (0)
1991–1992 → Nancy (loan) 7 (0)
1998–2003 Bastia 15 (0)
2003–2004 Rouen 23 (0)
2004–2007 Club Africain 84 (0)
Total 289 (0)
National team
1991–2007 Tunisia 51 (0)
Teams managed
2011–2012 Tunisia (goalkeeper coach)
2012–2013 Umm Salal (goalkeeper coach)
2014–2016 China (assistant)
2017–2018 Étoile du Sahel (assistant)
2019–2022 Sochaux (assistant)
2022– Tunisia (assistant)
Men's football
Representing  Tunisia
Africa Cup of Nations
Winner 2004 Tunisia
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

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 played for the Tunisian national team.

Personal life

Born in Menzel Jemil, Boumnijel holds Tunisian and French nationalities.

Club career

He 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.

International career

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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