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Esperance were formed in 1919, and play out of the 65000-seater Stade Olympique d'El Menzah in Rades.

The Tunis-based club have won the CAF Champions League twice in 1994 and 2011, as well as the African Cup Winners' Cup, the CAF Super Cup and CAF Cup.

They are Tunisia's most successful team, winning the League a record 25 times - 13 more than closest rivals Club Africain, who were once coached by Ajax Cape Town mentor Muhsin Ertugral.

From 1998 to 2012, they claimed domestic championship honours no less than 12 times.

Esperance dominated Group A in the previous round, collecting 15 points from six games - seven more points than closest challenger Coton Sport. Maher Kanzari's men scored nine goals and conceded four.

Six of Kanzari's players have been called up by ex-Bucs mentor and current Tunisia coach Ruud Krol for an upcoming World Cup qualifier against Cameroon. They are: goalkeeper Moez Ben Cherifia, defenders Chamseddine Dhaouadi, Khalil Chemmam and Sameh Derbali, and midfielders Khaled Mouelhi and Hocine Ragued.