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Toulouse: La Cité Des Violettes

Started on 3 February 2016 by Griffo
Latest Reply on 25 September 2017 by smith
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6 yearsEdited

Ben Yedder Seals French Cup For Toulouse
A large number of Toulouse fans travelled to see their side claim the French Cup

Toulouse 1 - 0 Stade Rennais

There will be celebrations in the streets in Toulouse after defeating Stade Rennais and claiming the French Cup for the second time in the history of the club.

On a wet evening, the match started out high paced and physical with Benjamin Andre from Stade Rennais FC and Toulouse captain Abel Aguilar receiving yellow cards. Both sides remained solid in defence throughout the first half, forcing both teams to attempt shots from outside the box. Towards the end of the first half, Stade Rennais FC defender Ludovic Baal received a yellow card for a poor challenge on Gabriel Obertan.

The second half saw the tense battle continue until the 58th minute saw Wissam Ben Yedder get on the end of a cross from William Matheus, place the ball past Stade Rennais goalkeeper Benoit Costil to give Toulouse the lead. After the goal, Toulouse took control of the match and dictated play, Stade Rennais began to get frustrated towards the end of the match which led to Ludovic Baal receiving a second yellow card. As the final whistle blew, the players celebrated as the Toulouse fans in the stands rejoiced.

“I couldn’t be prouder of our side, the boys have faced tough challenges throughout this tournament and overcome every single one.” said Toulouse captain Abel Aguilar speaking before receiving the French Cup. “This victory is for the fans, they have supported the club through the good times and the bad and they are the ones that truly deserve this victory.” he added.

The victory sees Toulouse qualify for the UEFA Europa League where they will enter the competition at the group stage. Fans will begin saving for fixtures in various locations around Europe while dreaming of endless possibilities.
Nice win man
congrats on the cup final win, hopefully you can keep a hold of Ben Yedder
Congratulations on the first trophy! Hopefully the first of many and hopefully Ben Yedder realises what he's got going for him and stays!
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6 yearsEdited

Few pundits favoured Toulouse to achieve more than a top-half finish heading into the season but they exceded expectation by managing to finish sixth and in doing so qualified for the UEFA Europa League.

Despite the successful season, Toulouse will still wonder what could have been after suffering a form slump in December which proved the difference between finishing sixth or finding themselves amongst the UEFA Champions League qualifying positions.

Expectations will be increased heading into the new season with Toulouse predicted to finish forth by French media outlet L’Equipe but the team will have to adjust to a heavier schedule with the their participation in the UEFA Europa League in what has proved to be a distraction for numerous teams.

Toulouse went on an incredible run during the season and managed to win the French Cup for only the second time in the history of the club after a 1-0 victory over Stade Rennais.

The victory over tournament favourites Paris Saint-Germain was a magnificent achievement with only determination and grit from the Toulouse side seeing them manage to take the game to penalties to seal the victory.

The only disappointing aspect of the season for Toulouse was their performance in the Coupe de la Ligue. Toulouse failed to meet expectations place upon them they lost to Montpellier HSC and were eliminated in their first fixture of the competition.

Despite a number of players performing terrifically during the season, Oscar Trejo has been named the Player Of The Season for Toulouse. Trejo controlled the attacking movements of Toulouse during the season forming a good combination with the players around him with his combination with fellow countryman Cristian Pavon proving particularly fruitful.

The only negative during the season for Oscar Trejo was him suffering a dislocated shoulder in October which saw him miss two months during which the form of Toulouse suffered dramatically.

After his terrific performances, the interest in Oscar Trejo has increased with FC Porto reportedly interesting in bringing him to Portugal but any transfer bid would have to be substantial after his value has increased significantly.

Unlucky to miss out on the Player Of The Season award, Wissam Ben Yedder performed tremendously for Toulouse during the season with his form being rewarded, receiving a call up to the national side for Euro 2016 and making his international debut.

Despite a slow start, Ben Yedder managed to finish the season with 24 goals and finish as the equal leading goalscorer for Ligue 1, only missing out on the overall award after Edinson Cavani played less games over the course of the season.

Ben Yedder proved vital for Toulouse during their run in the French Cup, scoring seven goals in as many games, saving his best performances for the semi-final and final where he proved to be the difference.

Across the season, a number of teams have shown interest in Ben Yedder, particularly sides from the English Premier League but no formal offer as of yet has been received by Toulouse.

It is clear that the first full season for Gabriel Obertan did the Frenchman the world of good as he had a terrific impact for Toulouse all season long. The 27-year-old managed to provide sixteen assists across all competitions during the season and also chipping in with five goals.

Coming in as a replacement for Martin Braithwaite who left to join Torino at the start of the season, Gabriel Obertan has become a favourite with the Toulouse fans with the winger producing some terrific performances. The former Newcastle and Manchester United player signed for Toulouse for only €1.2 million, proving to be a tremendous purchase.

Using his pace, Obertan left many a defender in his wake during the season and combined with his crossing ability he managed to provide a high number of assists while also scoring the occasional goal.

After signing with Toulouse at the start of the season, Cristian Pavon has improved in leaps and bounds throughout the season and has developed into one of the most consistent players within the Toulouse squad.

Pavon managed to score fifteen goals and provide eight assists during the season and he will be looking to improve on those numbers as he continues to develop in every area of his game.
Great season mate, keep it up next year! Gotta keep hold of Ben Yedder!
Ben Yedder had some year! Good luck for next season bro!
what a goal by Ben Yedder, will be a struggle to keep a hold of him, get that release clause on him now ...

Toulouse Face Financial Issues
Olivier Sadran speaking to the media about the financial state of Toulouse

• Toulouse suffer losses of over €9 million during the 2015-16 season
• The club will still be able to compete in the UEFA Europa League this season
• Transfer restrictions are in place in order to see Toulouse become financially secure

Despite putting together a successful season last year, Toulouse chairman Olivier Sadran announced that the club suffered losses of over €9 million over the course of the season.

Due to the profit made by the club in the previous two seasons, Toulouse will still be able to compete in the UEFA Europa League with clubs required to avoid making a loss of more than €4.99 million over a three-season period in order to comply with financial fair play regulations.

“Our financial situation is not ideal and we have put some measures in place to avoid any further loss.” said Toulouse chairman Olivier Sadran. “We will not be looking at paying any transfer fees for players for the upcoming transfer window as well as looking to move a number of players on loan to reduce our overall wages.” he added.

Toulouse also released a document showing their projected profit from the upcoming season with the club expected to find themselves in an improved financial position. This will only continue to increase as adjustments are made throughout the transfer window.

Despite their financial difficulties, Toulouse will have players returning from loan with players such as Dragos Grigore and Issiaga Sylia expected to come in and strengthen the first team squad ahead of the new season.
Not the best of news but hopefully youll get an investor! Gonna need it if youre gonna really push up the table!
tough break, hopefully you can get some money into the club soon!
Not good, hopefully you start turning profit quick
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6 yearsEdited

Euro 2016 To Feature Toulouse Quartet
France are set to host their third UEFA European Championship this year

• Out of the four Toulouse players, two are expected to feature heavily for their sides
• Stadium Municipal is set to be used as a venue during the tournament
• Wissam Ben Yedder managed to seal a place in the French squad ahead of Olivier Giroud

Toulouse are set to have four players participating in the Euro 2016 with Wissam Ben Yedder, Predrag Rajkovic, Dragos Grigore and Dominik Furman all set to play in the tournament after the squads for the tournament were announced. Stadium Municipal, the home ground of Toulouse is also set to be a venue which is used throughout the tournament.

After an incredible season in front of goal, Wissam Ben Yedder has been named in the French squad for the first time in his career. Ben Yedder managed to seal his place in the squad by displacing Olivier Giroud after he only managed twelve goals for Arsenal this season.

Predrag Rajkovic has maintained his position as the Serbian goalkeeper, with many pundits suggesting that the 20-year-old could possibly captain the side in the future. Rajkovic joined Toulouse in the January transfer window last season and after a poor start he has begun to put in quality performances.

After spending last season on loan playing for Qatari side Al-Sailiya, Romanian Dragos Grigore is expected to be named in the first team squad this season. Grigore has represented his country fourteen times so far in his career but is not expected to start for Romania in the tournament.

Just like Grigore, Dominik Furman spent last season away from Toulouse on loan, playing in his native Poland for Legia Warszawa. Furman is set to feature heavily for Poland during the tournament but his future at Toulouse is in doubt with many rumours linking him to a move away from the club.

The opening fixture of the tournament is set to be between Croatia and Iceland on Friday, the 10th of June 2016.
Nice Update, would love to see Ben Yedder win Golden boot..

Rajkovic, the young star :D

Nice update and writing style

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