Sporting Toulon Var
|Full name||Sporting Toulon Var|
|Ground||Stade Bon Rencontre, Toulon|
|2008–09||CFA Group B, 5th|
Sporting Toulon Var is a football club from Toulon, France, who currently play in the French sixth division (Division d'Honneur). The club, which was founded in 1944, is presided by Jacques Jayet and managed by Luigi Alfano.
Sporting Club Toulon was founded in 1944 after a merge between Sporting Club du Temple and Jeunesse Sportive Toulonnaise.
It joined after WWII the French second division and left it only during one season in 1946/1947. After eleven years in the second division, the club reached the highest division in France in 1959, after finishing third in the second division, but is relegated the year after. Toulon has never won the French Cup, but has reached the semi-final on two occasions: in 1963 and 1984. Half-finalists in 1963, Toulon was eliminated by Olympique Lyonnais. The following year, they finished fourth and accessed again to the first division, without success.
Relegated to the French 3rd division during one season in 1980/1981, Toulon is going stronger in the 1980s. Thanks to the effectiveness of Christian Dalger as a forward, the talent of the leader Alain Bénédet or the experience of Rolland Courbis in defense, Toulon was again promoted to the first division in 1983, finishing first in the Group B, before Stade de Reims, thanks to a victory away in Grenoble (1-5).
Division 1 and decadence
During the 1983/1984 season, Toulon stayed in Division 1 thanks to the 21 goals of Delio Onnis, top scorer in the league that season. The club again reached the semi-finals of the Coupe de France but were defeated by AS Monaco (1-4, 2-1).
The following season saw Toulon shining and beating Paris Saint-Germain 5-1. Still third after 31 matches played, they were then defeated three times in a row – including another defeat against AS Monaco at home, 1-0, in front of 18,000 spectators at Stade Mayol, which remains the best performance for the club until now. This demoted them to 5th place, but still put them in contention for qualification to European Competition, going into the last game of the season. But a last defeat at home against FC Nantes meant the club finished in 6th position, outside the European places.
In 1988, the Toulon team including Bernard Casoni, Bernard Pardo and David Ginola, with former player Rolland Courbis as coach, finished 5th in the league but failed to qualify for a European competition due to a weak UEFA coefficient at this time.
After several years of uncertainty, the club was relegated in 1993 to Championnat National – the third level of French football – due to financial problems. The 1995/1996 season saw Toulon winning the title in National and promotion to Ligue 2. During the 16th final of the French Cup, they eliminated Girondins de Bordeaux where Zinedine Zidane was playing (3-2 et) before being beaten on penalties by Montpellier HSC in the next round. Improvements lasted only two years and in 1998, Sporting Club Toulon were relegated back to the Championnat National due to poor results, then administratively in CFA2 (5th level) and finally did not finish the championship because of liquidation.
Back to the amateur level
After financial difficulties which led the club to be expelled from the Championship in the 1998/1999 season and to turn amateur, the club was reborn under the name "Sporting Toulon Var", gaining three promotions in four seasons to reach the third division. Candidate to access the 2nd division in 2006/2007, they have been relegated in 2007 to the French 4th division (CFA). In 2011, DNCG (Direction Nationale de Controle de Gestion) excluded the club from all national competitions and the club will start again in Division d’Honneur (6th division) in 2011/2012.
- Ligue 2
- Winners (1): 1983
- Championnat National
- Winners (1): 1996
- Coupe de France
- Semi-Finalists (2): 1963, 1984
- Coupe Gambardella
- Runners-up (1): 1966
As of 30 November 2009 Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.