1997 Tournoi de France
The 1997 Tournoi de France ([tuʁ.nwa də fʁɒ̃ːs]; French for "Tournament of France", often referred to as Le Tournoi) was a friendly international football tournament held in France in early June 1997 as a warm-up to the 1998 FIFA World Cup. The four national teams participating at the tournament were Brazil, England, hosts France, and Italy. They played against each other in a single round-robin tournament with the group winner also being the winner of the tournament.
|Warm-up for 1998 FIFA World Cup|
|Dates||3–11 June 1997|
|Venue(s)||4 (in 4 host cities)|
|Goals scored||16 (2.67 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Alessandro Del Piero|
England won the tournament after collecting six points by winning their first two matches, against Italy and France, and losing one to Brazil. Brazil were second with five points, a product of a win and two draws. Their 3–3 draw with Italy included two goals from then 22-year-old Alessandro Del Piero and one goal apiece from Romário and Ronaldo as well as one own goal from each of the teams. Del Piero was the top goalscorer of the tournament with three goals scored while Romário scored twice.
In the 21st minute of the opening match between France and Brazil, Roberto Carlos scored his famous Banana Shot free kick goal, curling from a 33.13-metre distance and often considered to be one of the best in the modern game.
Elo Ratings before the tournamentEdit
|Elo Ratings before Le Tournoi|
(2 June 1997)
|Stade de la Beaujoire||Stade de la Mosson||Parc des Princes||Stade de Gerland|
|Capacity: 39,500||Capacity: 32,900||Capacity: 48,875||Capacity: 34,000|
|Keller 55'||Report||Roberto Carlos 21'|
|Del Piero 6', 61' (pen.)
Aldair 23' (o.g.)
|Report||Lombardo 35' (o.g.)
- 3 goals
- 2 goals
- 1 goal
- Roberto Carlos
- Alan Shearer
- Ian Wright
- Paul Scholes
- Marc Keller
- Youri Djorkaeff
- Zinedine Zidane
- Pierluigi Casiraghi
- Own Goals
- "From the Vault: recalling how England won Le Tournoi de France in 1997". Guardian. Retrieved 13 August 2013.
- "1997 Tournoi de France". Soccernostalgia. 21 June 2019. Retrieved 21 June 2019.
- "Roberto Carlos wonder goal 'no fluke', say physicists". BBC News. 10 September 2010. Retrieved 13 August 2013.