Festival International Espoirs Final Day – England win, Scotland third

England CIV anthems crop

After three trips to the final day of what used to be called the Toulon Tournament which featured France playing in the final (losing to Brazil in 2014, beating Morocco in 2015, and losing to England in 2016), in this year’s expanded edition they didn’t even make it out of the group. This left a final day line-up of Scotland v Czech Republic […]

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Toulon 2016 – France, England, Hotel loyalty cards


The Toulon tournament is a great way to see stars of the future but has a slightly Acorn Antiques approach to overall organisation, which can make it difficult to plan trips even if you aren’t heading here from abroad. In 2014, for example, they posted two different sets of match timings for the final day which meant a lot of […]

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France 2 – 1 Mali: Toulon 2016 – Bamba makes the difference


France went into their third game of the tournament with two wins out of two, needing a point to guarantee a top two spot in Group A, and therefore a place on the final day. Mali had a mountain to climb with only one point after losing to the Czech Republic and then playing out a chaotic 3-3 draw against Mexico in the […]

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Bulgaria 0-1 France: Toulon 2016 – Guirassy with the Winner

Guirassy France

France took control of Group A of the Toulon Tournament with a close 1-0 win over Bulgaria on Friday evening. The Stade de Lattre-de-Tassigny in Aubagne wasn’t treated to the best performances, but Sehrou Guirassy’s second half strike was enough to seal their second win in three days. Patrick Gonfalone made seven changes to the team that beat Mexico 3-1 […]

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Toulon Tournament 2016: France kick off their campaign

Dembele Toulon

It is one of the most anticipated youth tournament on the football calender. The Toulon Tournament may not have official UEFA backing, but it’s classed as the place to be as summer football gets underway. France has a huge tradition in this tournament, as well as hosting the event Les Bleus have lifted the trophy 13 times and been runners-up […]

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France Weather Moroccan Storm to Lift the Toulon trophy


At around the time that Hugo Lloris was picking the ball out of net in the Stade de France for the first time last night, France’s under-20 team were picking up their winners’ medals down in the Stade Mayol. Following the France Under-17 team’s European championship win last month, Francis Smerecki’s under-20 side added another piece of silverware to the Clairefontaine trophy […]

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Toulon: France take step towards final beating Costa Rica 2-1

France Costa

On Tuesday evening, France guaranteed passage from the Group stage at Toulon with a 2-1 win over Costa Rica. It hasn’t confirmed their place in the weekend’s final, but they are one step closer. A double from Bordeaux’s Enzo Crivelli means that Les Bleuets only need a point from their final game against Netherlands and they will be in the […]

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