Toulouse FC

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Toulouse
Logo
Full name Toulouse Football Club
Nickname(s) TFC, le Téfécé, le Tef, Les Pitchouns
Founded 1937; 77 years ago (1937)
Ground Stadium Municipal
Ground Capacity 35,472
Chairman Olivier Sadran
Manager Alain Casanova
League Ligue 1
2012–13 Ligue 1, 10th
Website Club home page

Toulouse Football Club, also known simply as Toulouse (familiarly as TFC), is a French association football club based in the city of Toulouse. The club was founded in 1937 and currently plays in Ligue 1, the top level of French football. Toulouse plays its home matches at the Stadium Municipal located within the city. The first team is managed by former club player Alain Casanova and captained by defender Jonathan Zebina.[1]

Les Pitchouns have won 3 Ligue 2 and 1 Coupe de France.[2] Toulouse have participated in European competition five times. In 2008, the club, among celebratory fanfare, qualified for the UEFA Champions League for the first time in its history and, in the following season, played in the inaugural edition of the UEFA Europa League.[3]

Toulouse is presided over by the French businessman Olivier Sadran, who took over the club following its bankruptcy in 2001 which resulted in it being relegated to the Championnat National. The club has served as a springboard for several players, most notably the World Cup-winning goalkeeper Fabien Barthez and international striker André-Pierre Gignac.[1]

History[edit]

Toulouse Football Club was founded on 20 March 1937 and began in Ligue 2. The club finished second in the South Group of 1945–46 Ligue 2 season and were promoted to Ligue 1 almost a decade after its foundation. Toulouse finished in 14th position in its first campaign in the top tier of French football and maintained the category. Following four mid-table finishes, TFC claimed fourth spot in 1949–50 Ligue 1 season, the club's then highest position. However, after reaching its pinnacle, the club suffered a major down low the following term, finishing 17th and being relegated to Ligue 2 in 1951. Notwithstanding, hell didn't last and Le Téfécé won their first title by claiming the Ligue 2 in 1953, therefore being promoted to the top-flight. This success was followed by the club's Coupe de France triumph in 1957. It was TFC's first and last major honour. Toulouse coped with this lack of titile success by assuring themselves as a Ligue 1 mainstay, regularly finishing in the top half of the table since its return (including a 2nd spot in 1955, the club's best finish ever).[1]

Toulouse fans celebrate qualifying for the 2007-08 UEFA Champions League

The city was left without a big side in 1967 when Toulouse FC sold its players and place in the French top flight to Paris outfit Red Star, but three years later a new club, Union Sportive Toulouse, rose from the ashes. Adopting red and yellow jerseys, the club started out in Ligue 2 and in 1977 reclaimed the name Toulouse FC. Now wearing purple and white, Les Pitchouns gained top-flight promotion in 1982. A side containing Jacques Santini and Swiss forward Daniel Jeandupeux earned a famous penalty shoot-out victory against Diego Maradona's Napoli in the 1986–87 UEFA Cup, Toulouse's maiden European campaign, but it failed to herald a bright new era. Instead, with goalkeeper Fabien Barthez having made his breakthrough and moved on, Toulouse were relegated in 1994. They subsequently bounced back and forth between Ligues 1 and 2 before slipping to the third flight in 2001 after financial problems. Toulouse were back in the top flight two seasons later, steadily finding their feet before a memorable 2007 campaign when they finished third to earn a place in the 2007–08 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round. The draw was unfavourable, however, and Liverpool overpowered them 5–0 on aggregate.[3]

In the second match of the 2007–08 season, Toulouse beat the Olympique Lyonnais 1–0 at the Stadium Municipal with a goal from Johan Elmander. After the victory against Olympique Lyonnais Toulouse struggled all season to avoid relegation. Their Ligue 1 was finally secured on the last day of the season with a 2–1 home win against Valenciennes. The 2008–09 season marked unexpected success for Toulouse. The club finished fourth in the Ligue 1 table with 64 points, and secured a spot in the new Europa League. After a difficult season the previous year in which the club struggled to avoid relegation, not much was expected of Toulouse. The 2008–09 season also marked the emergence of striker André-Pierre Gignac, who led all scorers in Ligue 1 with 24 goals and was awarded a call-up to the French national team.[1]

Name changes[edit]

  • Toulouse Football Club (1937–1967).[3]
  • Union Sportive Toulouse (1970–1977).[3]
  • Toulouse Football Club (since 1977).[3]

Stadium[edit]

Main article: Stadium Municipal
Toulouse playing Lille at the Stadium Municipal

Toulouse play their home matches at the Stadium Municipal. Built in 1937, the stadium presently has a capacity of 35,472. The stadium was used as a venue for the 1998 FIFA World Cup and 2007 Rugby Union World Cup.[1]

Colours[edit]

The violet is a reference to one of two Toulouse nicknames: la Cité des violettes (the City of Violets), the second one being la Ville rose (the Pink City), which explains the colour of former alternate jerseys.[3] The team's logo displays the gold and blood-red Occitan cross, the symbol of Occitania, of which Toulouse is a historical capital.[1]

Club rivalries[edit]

Derby de la Garonne[edit]

Main article: Derby de la Garonne

The Derby de la Garonne is a derby match between Girondins de Bordeaux and Toulouse. The name of the derby derives from the fact that Bordeaux and Toulouse are the two major clubs that play in cities that situate themselves along the Garonne River. The consistency and competitiveness of the rivalry developed following Toulouse's return to Ligue 1 after being administratively relegated to the Championnat National in 2001.[4]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

For a list of all former and current Toulouse FC players, see Category:Toulouse FC players.

French teams are limited to four players without EU citizenship. The squad list includes only the principal nationality of each player; several non-European players on the squad have dual citizenship with an EU country. Also, players from the ACP countries—countries in Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific that are signatories to the Cotonou Agreement—are not counted against non-EU quotas due to the Kolpak ruling.

As of 23 July 2014.[2]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 France GK Marc Vidal
2 France DF Maxime Spano
4 Ivory Coast DF Jean-Daniel Akpa-Akpro
5 Guinea DF Issiaga Sylla
7 Denmark FW Martin Braithwaite
8 France MF Étienne Didot
10 France FW Wissam Ben Yedder
11 Serbia FW Aleksandar Pešić
13 Poland MF Dominik Furman
14 France MF Pantxi Sirieix
15 Serbia DF Uroš Spajić
17 Morocco MF Adrien Regattin
18 Argentina MF Óscar Trejo
20 Burkina Faso DF Steeve Yago
No. Position Player
21 Colombia MF Abel Aguilar
22 Serbia DF Dusan Veskovac
23 Democratic Republic of the Congo DF Marcel Tisserand (on loan from Monaco)
24 Serbia DF Pavle Ninkov
25 Romania DF Dragoș Grigore
26 Burkina Faso FW Zaniou Sana
27 France FW Amadou Soukouna
28 Romania MF Mihai Roman
29 Switzerland DF François Moubandje
30 France GK Ali Ahamada
33 Algeria FW Mehdi Fennouche
34 Cameroon DF Dany Maury
40 France GK Zacharie Boucher
France DF Gaël Vena

Out[edit]

Date Pos. Name To Fee
25 July 2014 ST Israel Eden Ben Basat Israel Maccabi Tel Aviv F.C. 700,000€

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
19 Ivory Coast DF Serge Aurier (on loan to Paris Saint-Germain)

Honours[edit]

As of 21 August 2013.[2]

Domestic[edit]

Club officials[edit]

The Board[edit]

President Olivier Sadran
Association President Robert Gely
Manager Alain Casanova
Academy Director Luc Bruder
Academy Director Rémy Loret

Source: LFP.fr

Managers[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Wiki". TFC.info. Retrieved 21 August 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "TOULOUSE FOOTBALL CLUB". LFP. Retrieved 21 August 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Toulouse FC". UEFA. 18 February 2011. Retrieved 21 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Didot-Gourcuff, le duel breton du derby de la Garonne" (in French). Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 5 March 2009. Retrieved 6 August 2010. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Toulouse Football Club, de 1937 à nos jours, de Jean-Louis Berho et Didier Pitorre, avec la collaboration de Jean-Paul Cazeneuve et Jérôme Leclerc (Éditions Universelles)
  • La Grande Histoire du TFC, de Nicolas Bernard (Éditions Universelles)
  • TouFoulCan, la Bande-dessinée qui supporte le Toulouse Football Club.

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