Toulouse Football Club is French professional football club based in Toulouse. The club was founded in 1970 and currently plays in Ligue 2, the second division of French football. Toulouse plays its home matches at the Stadium de Toulouse located within the city.

Toulouse FC 2018 logo.svg
Full nameToulouse Football Club
Nickname(s)Le Téfécé
Les Violets
Le Tef
Les Pitchouns
Short nameTFC
Founded1970; 51 years ago (1970)
GroundStadium de Toulouse
Coordinates43°34′59″N 1°26′3″E / 43.58306°N 1.43417°E / 43.58306; 1.43417Coordinates: 43°34′59″N 1°26′3″E / 43.58306°N 1.43417°E / 43.58306; 1.43417
OwnerRedBird Capital Partners
PresidentDamien Comolli
Head coachPhilippe Montanier
LeagueLigue 2
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Les Pitchouns have won Ligue 2 on three occasions.[1] Toulouse have participated in European competition five times, including in 2007 when they qualified for the UEFA Champions League for the first time.[2]

The president of Toulouse FC is Damien Comolli, who succeeded 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]


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 penalty shoot-out victory against Diego Maradona's Napoli in the 1986–87 UEFA Cup, Toulouse's maiden European campaign.

Toulouse fans celebrate qualifying for the 2007–08 UEFA Champions League

After goalkeeper Fabien Barthez 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, and in 2007 they finished third to earn a place in the 2007–08 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round. There, Liverpool overpowered them 5–0 on aggregate.[2]

In 2008–09, Toulouse finished fourth in the Ligue 1 table with 64 points, and secured a spot in the new Europa League, while André-Pierre Gignac led all scorers in Ligue 1 with 24 goals and was awarded a call-up to the French national team.[3]

In the 2015–16 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, and scored two late goals and win the match 3–2.[4] Two years later, they finished 18th and won the promotion/relegation playoff 4–0 on aggregate against Ligue 2's AC Ajaccio.[5]

On 6 January 2020, Toulouse dismissed manager Antoine Kombouaré following the club's 1–0 loss to Championnat National 2 side Saint-Pryvé Saint-Hilaire FC in the Coupe de France. Under Kombouaré the club had lost ten matches in a row, leading him to be dismissed and replaced by Denis Zanko.[6] On 30 April that year, Toulouse were relegated to Ligue 2 after the LFP elected to end the season early due to the coronavirus pandemic.[7]

On 21 July 2020, RedBird Capital Partners acquired an 85% stake in Toulouse FC.[8]

Name changesEdit

  • Union Sportive Toulouse (1970–79)
  • Toulouse Football Club (1979–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 rivalriesEdit

Derby de la GaronneEdit

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.[9]


Current squadEdit

As of 4 September 2021.[10]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
1 GK   FRA Thomas Himeur
2 DF   DEN Rasmus Nicolaisen
3 DF   DEN Mikkel Desler
5 MF   AUS Denis Genreau
7 FW   JPN Ado Onaiwu
8 MF   NED Branco van den Boomen
9 FW   ENG Rhys Healey
10 MF   BEL Brecht Dejaegere
11 FW   FRA Yanis Begraoui
12 DF   GUI Issiaga Sylla
13 MF   FRA Kléri Serber
14 DF   FRA Logan Costa
15 MF   FRA Tom Rapnouil
No. Pos. Nation Player
17 MF   NED Stijn Spierings
18 MF   FRA Sam Sanna
19 DF   FRA Bafodé Diakité
21 FW   BRA Rafael Ratão
22 MF   FIN Naatan Skyttä
23 DF   FRA Moussa Diarra
24 DF   FRA Anthony Rouault
25 MF   CMR Stève Mvoué
26 MF   FRA Mamady Bangré
27 FW   CMR Stéphane Zobo
29 MF   FRA Nathan Ngoumou
30 GK   FRA Maxime Dupé
40 GK   SWE Isak Pettersson

Out on loanEdit

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF   NOR Ruben Gabrielsen (on loan to Copenhagen)
DF   URU Agustín Rogel (on loan to Estudiantes (LP))
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF    SUI Samuel Kasongo (on loan to Neuchâtel Xamax)
MF   FRA Kalidou Sidibé (on loan to Quevilly-Rouen)

Reserve squadEdit

As of 27 August 2019[11]

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF   FRA Paul Cachart
DF   FRA Paul Fargeas
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   GUI Seiti Touré


As of 21 August 2020.[1]


Club officialsEdit

The BoardEdit

President Damien Comolli
Association President José Da Silva
Manager Philippe Montanier
Academy Director Rémy Loret



See alsoEdit


  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.
  7. ^ "Amiens and Toulouse relegation confirmed after clubs vote for 20-team Ligue 1". BBC Sport. 27 June 2020. Retrieved 28 June 2020.
  8. ^ "RedBird Capital Partners acquires 85 per cent stake in Toulouse FC". Retrieved 21 July 2020.
  9. ^ "Didot-Gourcuff, le duel breton du derby de la Garonne" (in French). Fédération Internationale de Football Association. 5 March 2009. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 6 August 2010.
  10. ^ "Effectif pro". Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  11. ^ "Efeectif national 3" (in French). Toulouse FC. Retrieved 23 March 2019.

Further readingEdit

  • 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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