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About Toulouse FC
Toulouse Football Club (; commonly referred to as Toulouse or TFC)
is a Football in France club based in the city of Toulouse. The club was founded in 1970 and currently play in Ligue 1, the top level of Football in France. 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 Captain (association football) by the Defender (football) Daniel Congré. Toulouse is also locally known as le Téfécé (pronounced ) and le Tef (pronounced ).
Toulous was founded under the name Union Sportive de Toulouse as a replacement of the Toulouse FC (1937), which folded in 1967 after merging with FC Red Star Saint-Ouen. In its 40 years of existence, the club has achieved minimal honours only winning Ligue 2 twice in 1981–82 French Division 2 and 2002–03 Ligue 2. Toulouse have participated in UEFA four 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.
Toulouse is presided over by French businessman Olivier Sadran. Sadran took over the club following its bankruptcy in 2001, which resulted in the club being moved to the Championnat National. Toulouse has served as a springboard club for several players in its existence most notably, Fabien Barthez, Cédric Carrasso, Achille Emana, Jérémy Mathieu, and André-Pierre Gignac. Barthez established himself at the club before moving to clubs such as AS Monaco FC and Manchester United F.C. where he won several club honours. In 1998, he played on the France national football team that won the 1998 FIFA World Cup serving as a starting goalkeeper.
The predecessor side to the club was founded in 1937 as Toulouse Football Club, but sold its players and its place in French Division 1 professional football to Red Star Saint-Ouen in 1967.
The association was re-founded as Union Sportive Toulouse on 25 May 1970 and took on the juniors of Gascogne and ACE Mermoz-Bonnefoy in order to establish a solid player base. They began competition in Division 2 in the 1970–71 season, playing in red and white. In 1977 the club re-claimed the historical name of its predecessor and adopted new colours of purple and white. The team quickly improved and earned promotion to Division 1 in 1982, followed by qualification for participation in the UEFA Cup in 1984. Their best result to date came in the 1986–87 season with a third place finish and another turn in the UEFA Cup competition, including a well-remembered win on penalty kicks over Diego Maradona's mighty S.S.C. Napoli.
A decline followed that saw the club relegated to play in D2 by 1994. Throughout the 90s they yo-yoed between D1 and D2 with the club in frequent financial difficulty. Their financial problems led to their being sent down in 2001 by the French federation and nearly losing their professional status. Exceeding all hopes Toulouse FC quickly returned to Ligue 1 play in the course of just two seasons. After some disappointing results in their first seasons back in Ligue 1, they managed to scrape a place in the preliminary round of the UEFA Champions League, finishing with a 3rd place.
Toulouse's route to the Champions League seemed to be fraught with obstacles, and at one point they were mathematically out of contention. However, in the stalemate with FC Nantes Atlantique, they were awarded a win after the Breton people crowd invaded the pitch in despair at FC Nantes Atlantique poor display, which resulted in their renewed belief in the possibility of European football. In a good final day Téfécé beat Girondins de Bordeaux 3–1 (a hat-trick from Johan Elmander), which, when coupled with the losses of the other contenders and Lille OSC's 93rd-minute equalizer against Stade Rennais FC, saw Toulouse scrape through.
For the second match of the 2007–2008 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 FC.
The 2008–2009 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 2008–2009 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.
StadiumToulouse play their home matches at the Stadium Municipal in Toulouse. Built in 1937, the stadium presently has a capacity of 35,472. The stadium was used in the FIFA World Cup 1998.
ColoursThe 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. The team's logo displays the gold and blood-red Occitan cross, the symbol of Occitania, of which Toulouse is a historical capital.
As of 25 August 2011
Out on loan
As of 4 February 2011.
Notable former players
Below are the notable former players who have represented Toulouse in Ligue 1 and international competition since the club's foundation in 1970. To appear in the section below, a player must have played in at least 100 official matches for the club.
For a complete list of Toulouse FC players, see :Category:Toulouse FC players.
- Dominique Arribagé
- Anthony Bancarel
- Laurent Batlles
- Philippe Bergeroo
- François Calderaro
- Julien Cardy
- Mickaël Debève
- Pascal Despeyroux
- Nicolas Dieuze
- Jean-François Domergue
- Jean-Philippe Durand
- Albin Ebondo
- Cédric Fauré
- André-Pierre Gignac
- Thibault Giresse
- Jérémy Mathieu
- Thierry Moreau
- Jacky Paillard
- Gérald Passi
- Michel Pavon
- Christophe Revault
- Jean-Luc Sassus
- Yannick Stopyra
- Alberto Márcico
- Alberto Tarantini
- Achille Emana
- Lucien Aubey
- Fodé Mansaré
Management and coaching
Senior club staff
- President: Olivier Sadran
- Association President: Robert Gely
- Association Vice-President: Jacques André and José Da Silva
- General Director: Jean-François Soucasse
- Security Director: Régis Lecomte
- Accounting Director: France Chanterelle
- Commercial Director: Vincent Galy
- Communications Director: Louis Lacube
Coaching and medical staff
- Sporting Director: Ali Rachedi
- Manager: Alain Casanova
- Assistant Manager: Thierry Uvenard
- Goalkeeping Coach: Christophe Gardié
- Fitness Coach: Denis Valour
- Academy Director: Luc Bruder and Rémy Loret
- Ligue 2
- - Winners (2): 1981–82 French Division 2, 2002–03 Ligue 2
- Coupe Gambardella
- - Winners (1): 2005