Ligue 1

Esperance bags 31st Tunisian league title, fifth in a row

Tunisia's Ligue 1 winners Esperance de Tunis. Photo |
Tunisia's Ligue 1 winners Esperance de Tunis. Photo |


The curtain has officially fallen on the 2020-21 Tunisian League season. With the final game-week taking place on Wednesday (19 May 2021) afternoon, Esperance de Tunis has emerged as Champions for the 31st time in their history and the 5th in a row, dominating the football scene in Tunisia.

Despite their 2-1 loss against ES Metlaoui, Esperance had already guaranteed their title, finishing the competition on 60 points, 10 more than closest rivals Etoile du Sahel.

Esperance’s long serving captain, Khalil Chammem, had a new record to his name, winning a spectacular 11 league titles wearing the Blood and Gold colours.

Etoile du Sahel finished in second place after an exciting 4-4 home draw against newcomers, Olympique de Beja.

Aymen Sfaxi scored twice from the spot, earning himself the “Top Scorer” badge with 9 goals scored this season.

The Matchday 26 of the Tunisian league season was thrill-packed, as five teams battled to avoid relegation to the 2nd division.

Giants Club Africain managed to survive the scare, when Bilel Ifa scored the game’s lone goal against Stade Tunisien in the first half. His penalty goal proved to be the one that sent Stade Tunisien to the 2nd division.

CA Bizertin also escaped the relegation battle with an early goal against US Ben Guerdane at the 17th minute.

Rock bottom JS Kairouan suffered their 23rd defeat of the season against US Tataouine, wrapping things up with just 3 points from 3 draws and winless.

The Tunisian football season will now shift focus to the Tunisian Cup competition, which is scheduled to kick-off next Sunday.