Derby de la Garonne

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Derby de la Garonne
Other names Garonne Derby
Locale Bordeaux / Toulouse, France
Teams Bordeaux & Toulouse
First contested 20 October 1946
Most wins Bordeaux (30)
Largest victory Bordeaux 3–5 Toulouse (10 April 1960)

The Derby de la Garonne (French pronunciation: ​[døbi də la ɡaʁɔn], Garonne Derby) is a football match contested between French clubs FC Girondins de Bordeaux and Toulouse FC.[1] 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.

Bordeaux and the current incarnation of Toulouse first met on 20 October 1946 and, due to the each club's close proximity towards each other being separated by only 244 kilometres (152 mi), a competitive rivalry developed. Notable matches the team contested include a 3–1 victory for Toulouse on the final day of the 2006–07 season. The victory placed Toulouse in third place, which gave the club a qualification spot in the following year's UEFA Champions League. The following season, Bordeaux recorded a 4–3 victory over Toulouse at home. Bordeaux initially took a 3–0 lead into halftime courtesy of two goals from Wendel and one from Alou Diarra. However, in a span of 14 minutes in the second half, striker Johan Elmander of Toulouse converted a hat trick to even the match at 3–3. Four minutes from time, Wendel netted not only his hat trick goal, but the game-winning goal. The match also was notable due in part to referee Bertrand Layec issuing nine yellow cards.[2]

The Derby de la Garonne can also refer to matches involving local clubs within the city of Toulouse. Local amateur clubs such as Blagnac FC, Toulouse Rodéo, Balma SC, and Toulouse Fontaines contest similar Derby de la Garonne matches.[3]


  1. ^ "Didot-Gourcuff, le duel breton du derby de la Garonne" (in French). Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 5 March 2009. Retrieved 6 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "Bordeaux v. Toulouse Match Report" (in French). Ligue de Football Professionnel. 2 December 2007. Retrieved 6 August 2010. 
  3. ^ "Statu quo dans le Derby de la Garonne" (in French). Blagnac FC. 22 December 2005. Retrieved 6 August 2010. 

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