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Toulouse: La Cité Des Violettes

Started on 3 February 2016 by Griffo
Latest Reply on 25 September 2017 by smith
Strong pre-season, and you can expect to see merchandise sales rise courtesy of that Asian tour!
Pretty easy pre-season for you :P
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7 yearsEdited

Champions Trophy Preview


Key Player: William Matheus
Leading Scorer: Wissam Ben Yedder (40)
Recent Form: XWWWW
Injuries: Loic Bessile
Suspensions: N/A

After claiming the Ligue 1 title last season, Toulouse will be out to prove they are not a one-season wonder as they prepare for the new season. Toulouse claimed the Champions Trophy last season, winning on penalties against Paris Saint-Germain and will be hoping to claim the trophy for the second year in a row.

“Last year our victory in the Champions Trophy certainly helped us build momentum heading into the season.” said Toulouse manager Dominique Arribage. “I hope we are able to do the same again but AS Saint-Etienne will be looking to ensure that doesn’t happen.” he added.

Toulouse only have one player missing from their squad heading into the match and are expected to play their strongest side in the fixture.


AS Saint-Etienne

Key Player: Loic Perrin
Leading Scorer: Emmanuel Emenike (27)
Recent Form: LXLLW
Injuries: N/A
Suspensions: Kian Hansen

After a solid season last year in which they claimed the French Cup, AS Saint-Etienne have new manager after Safet Susic left to take charge of AS Monaco. Former Under 19s coach Olivier Saragaglia has been appointed the new manager of AS Saint-Etienne heading into the new season.

“Our victory in the French Cup was an incredible achievement and I hope we are able to build on it this season just like Toulouse managed to the year before.” said AS Saint-Etienne captain Loic Perrin. “I am really looking forward to the match but I expect it to be a tough contest.” he said.

AS Saint-Etienne have been active in the transfer market, bringing in eight players so far during the transfer window. The most notable signing made by AS Saint-Etienne is Adel Taarabt who arrives from Benfica for €3.1 million.
What a game to kick off the season! Good luck, bring that trophy home!
gonna be a really interesting game man but having seen the changes youve made this summer id make you sure favourites!
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7 yearsEdited

Toulouse Claim Champions Trophy In Thriller
Fans came out in numbers to see Toulouse to claim the Champions Trophy

Toulouse 3 - 3 AS Saint-Etienne

In an incredible match, Toulouse have won the Champions Trophy by penalties for the second year in a row despite being ahead 3-0 at half time.

Toulouse got off to a tremendous start with Wissam Ben Yedder opening the scoring in the 10th minute by heading home a cross from new recruit Dimitri Foulquier. Five minutes later, Toulouse would find the back of the net again, this time it was Oscar Trejo who found himself on the end of a cross from Foulquier to give his side a 2-0 lead. Things would get worse for AS Saint-Etienne when Cristian Pavon scored in the 34th minute, giving Toulouse a 3-0 lead heading into half time.

At the start of the second half, AS Saint-Etienne came out like they had nothing to lose as they played with much more energy than the first half. It was Emmanuel Emenike who changed the game for AS Saint-Etienne, scoring twice in two minutes to reduce the lead to one goal with twenty minutes left in the game. After the brace from Emenike, Toulouse began to play defensively looking to defend their lead until Deniz Turuc sent the AS Saint-Etienne fans into raptures when he scored in the 88th minute to send the game into penalties.

Both sides managed to convert their first three penalties before M’Baye Niang had his penalty saved by Stephane Ruffier to see AS Saint-Etienne gain an advantage over Toulouse. The advantage was instantly taken back when Predrag Rajkovic saved a penalty from Herman Stengel. Kelechi Iheanacho stepped up for Toulouse and put the ball in the back of the net to see all the pressure placed on former Toulouse player Issiaga Sylla to keep AS Saint-Etienne alive. Sylla stepped up but hit the crossbar to see his Toulouse claim the Champions Trophy for the second year in a row.

“I am very happy we won but we still have to be better in closing out the match, we should never have let the game go to penalties.” said Toulouse captain Emanuel Mammana. “Despite this, I couldn’t ask for a better start as a captain and I am delighted to see the club win another another trophy.” he added.

Both sides will now begin preparation for the Ligue 1 season with Toulouse looking to defend their Ligue 1 crown but the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, AS Monaco and Olympique Lyonnais are all believed to be more likely to claim the title. AS Saint-Etienne are predicted to finish eighth by the media but their fans hold high hopes as they prepare for European football after their French Cup victory last season.
Congrats on the big win
Congratulations on the trophy! Somewhat unfortunate to let a 3-goal lead slip, but your players showed great mental strength to hold strong and win on penalties.
Well done mate, always nice to start the season with a trophy! :D you've done what i havent been able to do and win the Trophee des Champions and Ligue 1 so far....teeny bit jealous! :P
Epic stuff! What a nail biting way to take home the trophy, you must of been a wreck!
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7 yearsEdited

Toulouse Face Tough Champions League Draw
The UEFA Champions League will see Toulouse face new challenges

• Toulouse have been drawn in Group G alongside Barcelona, Leverkusen and Viktoria Pizen
• In the opening round sees Toulouse face Bayern Leverkusen at Stadium Municipal
• Arsenal defeated Tottenham in the UEFA Champions League final last season

Toulouse have been drawn in Group G alongside Barcelona, Leverkusen and Viktoria Pizen in the UEFA Champions League. Barcelona will provide a tough task for Toulouse with the Spanish side having an incredible history in the UEFA Champions League, winning the competition five times.

Considered one of the favourites to win the competition, Barcelona have high expectations heading into the group stage. “The squad underachieved last season and the fans certainly expect much better.” said Barcelona manager Paco Jemez. “I believe this is a very good draw for us and I expect us to qualify comfortably.” he added.

Performing terrifically last season, Bayern Leverkusen finished equal on points with Borussia Dortmund last season, losing the title on goal difference on the final day. Bayern Leverkusen manager Roger Schmidt has a talented squad at his disposal including players like Lars Bender, Timo Werner and Julian Brandt.

Despite being considered the underdogs in Group G, Viktoria Pizen have won the Czech First Division three years in a row. “We go into the competition with no pressure, I hope we are able to be competitive and the experience allows our team to grow and learn.” said Viktoria Pizen manager Karel Krejci.

In the opening round of Group G, Toulouse will face Bayern Leverkusen at Stadium Municipal. The tournament was won last year by Arsenal who defeated Tottenham at Millennium Stadium in Wales with a goal from Mesut Ozil proving the difference in the 1-0 victory.
You got this
Having been faced with longer odds and getting out of a group containing Barcelona, Man City and Lazio....i am more than confident that you can get out of this one mate! The games against Bayer Leverkusen are going to be HUGE!
Two giants and national champions! Damn a walk in a park for your squad!
You have a great chance of progressing to the knock-out stages if you can beat Leverkusen in the opening round, good luck!

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