Toulouse FC

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Full nameToulouse Football Club
Nickname(s)Le Téfécé
Les Pitchouns
Les Violets
Short nameTFC
Founded1970; 49 years ago (1970)
GroundStadium de Toulouse
PresidentOlivier Sadran
Head coachAlain Casanova
LeagueLigue 1
2017–18Ligue 1, 18th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Toulouse Football Club, also known simply as Toulouse or (especially locally) TFC, is a French association football club based in the city of Toulouse. The club was founded in 1970 and currently plays in Ligue 1, the top level of French football. Toulouse plays its home matches at the Stadium de Toulouse located within the city. The first team is managed by Alain Casanova.

Les Pitchouns have won Ligue 2 on three occasions.[1] Toulouse have participated in European competition five times, including in 2008 when they qualified for the UEFA Champions League for the first time.[2]

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.[3]


Former logo, used between 2010 and 2018.
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 1979 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.[2]

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 place 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.[3]

In the 2015–2016 Ligue 1 season, Toulouse avoided relegation to Ligue 2 in the last game of the season. With 12 minutes to go, Toulouse were behind to Angers 2–1 and needed a win to survive. Toulouse then went on to score two late goals and win the match 3–2. [4] Toulouse finished 13th in 2016/2017. In the 2017/2018 season, Toulouse finished 18th which meant the club needed to play in the two legged promotion/relegation playoff with Ligue 2 side Ajaccio. Toulouse ended up winning the tie 4-0 on aggregate.[5]

Name changes[edit]

  • Union Sportive Toulouse (1970–79)
  • Toulouse Football Club (1977–current)


Toulouse play their home matches at the Stadium de Toulouse. Built in 1937, the stadium presently has a capacity of 33,150. The stadium was used as a venue for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, 2007 Rugby Union World Cup and UEFA Euro 2016.


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.[2] The team's logo displays the gold and blood-red Occitan cross, the symbol of Occitania, of which Toulouse is a historical capital.[3]

Club rivalries[edit]

Derby de la Garonne[edit]

The Derby de la Garonne is a derby match between Girondins de Bordeaux and Toulouse. 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.[6]


Current squad[edit]

As of 16 February 2019.[7]

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

No. Position Player
1 Uruguay GK Mauro Goicoechea
2 France DF Kelvin Amian
3 Japan DF Gen Shoji
4 France MF Yannick Cahuzac
5 France DF Steven Moreira
6 France DF Christopher Jullien (vice-captain)
7 Ivory Coast MF Max-Alain Gradel (captain)
8 France FW Corentin Jean
9 France FW Yaya Sanogo
10 Belgium FW Aaron Leya Iseka
12 Guinea DF Issiaga Sylla
14 Togo MF Mathieu Dossevi
15 Trinidad and Tobago MF John Bostock
No. Position Player
16 France GK Marc Vidal
17 Ivory Coast MF Ibrahim Sangaré
19 France DF Bafodé Diakité
21 Sweden MF Jimmy Durmaz
22 Spain MF Manu García (on loan from Manchester City)
24 Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Firmin Ndombe Mubele
26 France MF Kalidou Sidibé
28 France FW Hakim El Mokeddem
29 Switzerland DF François Moubandje
30 France GK Baptiste Reynet
32 France FW Adil Taoui
34 France DF Mathieu Goncalves

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
France DF Clément Michelin (on loan to Ajaccio)
Burkina Faso DF Steeve Yago (on loan to Le Havre)
Cape Verde DF Steven Fortès (on loan to Lens)
France MF Quentin Boisgard (on loan to Pau)
France MF Derick Osei (on loan to Brest)
No. Position Player
France MF Yann Bodiger (on loan to Córdoba)
France MF Alexis Blin (on loan to Amiens)
France MF Jessy Pi (on loan to Brest)
France FW Andy Delort (on loan to Montpellier)


As of 21 August 2013.[1]


Club officials[edit]

The Board[edit]

President Olivier Sadran
Association President José Da Silva
Manager Alain Casanova
Academy Director Rémy Loret



See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Toulouse football club". LFP. Retrieved 21 August 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "Toulouse FC". UEFA. 18 February 2011. Retrieved 21 August 2013.
  3. ^ a b c "Wiki". Retrieved 21 August 2013.
  4. ^ Bairner, Robin (14 May 2016). "Extra-Time: Toulouse troll Domino's Pizza after relegation escape". Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Toulouse confirm Ligue 1 survival". 27 May 2018. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  6. ^ "Didot-Gourcuff, le duel breton du derby de la Garonne" (in French). Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 5 March 2009. Retrieved 6 August 2010.
  7. ^ "Effectif pro". Retrieved 30 July 2016.

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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