Tournoi de France

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For the earlier tournament of the same name, see Tournoi de France (1988).
Tournoi de France
Warm-up for 1998 FIFA World Cup
Tournoi de France 1997-logo.png
Tournament details
Host country France
Dates 3–11 June 1997
Teams 4
Venue(s) (in 4 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  England (1st title)
Runners-up  Brazil
Third place  France
Fourth place  Italy
Tournament statistics
Matches played 6
Goals scored 16 (2.67 per match)
Top scorer(s) Italy Alessandro Del Piero (3)

The Tournoi de France (French for "Tournament of France", often referred to as Le Tournoi) was a friendly international football tournament held in France in early June 1997 as a warm-up to the 1998 FIFA World Cup. The four national teams participating at the tournament were Brazil, England, hosts France, and Italy. They played against each other in a single round-robin tournament with the group winner also being the winner of the tournament.[1]

Event[edit]

England won the tournament after collecting six points by winning their first two matches, against Italy and France, and losing one to Brazil. The South Americans were second with five points, a product of a win and two draws. Perhaps the most memorable match was the 3–3 draw between Italy and Brazil, which included two goals from then 22-year-old Alessandro Del Piero and one goal apiece from Romário and Ronaldo as well as one own goal from each of the teams. Del Piero was the top goalscorer of the tournament with three goals scored while Romário scored twice.

The Tournoi de France is most notable for the famous Roberto Carlos 38-yard curled free kick in the 21st minute of the opening match against France, often considered one of the best in the modern game.[2][3][4]

Squads[edit]

See Tournoi de France (1997) squads

Table[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 England 3 2 0 1 3 1 +2 6
 Brazil 3 1 2 0 5 4 +1 5
 France 3 0 2 1 3 4 −1 2
 Italy 3 0 2 1 5 7 −2 2

Results[edit]

3 June 1997
France  1–1  Brazil
Keller Goal 55' Report Roberto Carlos Goal 21'
Stade de Gerland, Lyon
Attendance: 28,193
Referee: Kim Milton Nielsen (Denmark)

4 June 1997
England  2–0  Italy
Wright Goal 26'
Scholes Goal 43'
Report
Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Günter Benkö (Austria)

7 June 1997
France  0–1  England
Report Shearer Goal 86'
Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier
Attendance: 23,000
Referee: Said Belqola (Morocco)

8 June 1997
Italy  3–3  Brazil
Del Piero Goal 6'61' (pen.)
Aldair Goal 23' (o.g.)
Report Lombardo Goal 35' (o.g.)
Ronaldo Goal 70'
Romário Goal 84'
Stade de Gerland, Lyon
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Serge Muhmenthaler (Switzerland)

10 June 1997
England  0–1  Brazil
Report Romário Goal 61'
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: John Toro Rendón (Colombia)

11 June 1997
France  2–2  Italy
Zidane Goal 12'
Djorkaeff Goal 73'
Report Casiraghi Goal 61'
Del Piero Goal 89' (pen.)

Top scorers[edit]

3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own Goals

References[edit]

  1. ^ "From the Vault: recalling how England won Le Tournoi de France in 1997". Guardian. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Greatest free-kick was no fluke: Roberto Carlos' 1997 'freak' goal explained by scientists". Daily Mail. 10 September 2010. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Roberto Carlos wonder goal 'no fluke', say physicists". BBC News. 10 September 2010. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Bolt from the Blue! Luiz joins Becks, Carlos and co... but which free-kick is the best?". Daily Mail. 23 December 2012. Retrieved 13 August 2013.