A tournament for U-21 players, usually played in several cities in the Region du Var (southern France), with the final in Toulon. Participation is by invitation. Has been disputed yearly since 1974 with national teams, but the first (1967) edition featured clubs. The most prestigious of all friendly tournaments involving U-21 teams, and considered an unofficial world championship before FIFA introduced the official World Youth Cup in 1977.
winners runners-up 1967 Anderlecht Slovan Bratislava 1974 Poland Hungary 1975 Argentina 1-0 France 1976 Bulgaria 3-2 France 1977 France 1-0 Bulgaria [aet] 1978 Hungary 4-3 France 1979 Soviet Union 2-0 Netherlands 1980 Brazil 2-1 France [aet] 1981 Brazil 2-0 Czechoslovakia 1982 Yugoslavia 2-2 Czechoslovakia [4-3 pen] 1983 Brazil 1-1 Argentina [3-0 pen] 1984 France 1-1 Soviet Union [aet, 4-3 pen] 1985 France 3-1 England 1986 Bulgaria 1-0 France 1987 France 1-1 Bulgaria [9-8 pen] 1988 France 4-2 England [aet] 1989 France 3-0 Bulgaria 1990 England 2-1 Czechoslovakia 1991 England 1-0 France 1992 Portugal 2-1 Yugoslavia 1993 England 1-0 France 1994 England 2-0 Portugal 1995 Brazil 1-0 France 1996 Brazil 1-1 France [7-6 pen] 1997 France 2-1 Portugal [aet] 1998 Argentina 2-0 France 1999 Colombia 1-1 Argentina [6-5 pen] 2000 Colombia 1-1 Portugal [asdet, 3-1 pen] 2001 Portugal 2-1 Colombia 2002 Brazil 2-0 Italy 2003 Portugal 3-1 Italy 2004 France 1-0 Sweden 2005 France 4-1 Portugal 2006 France 0-0 Netherlands [aet, 5-3 pen] 2007 France 3-1 China 2008 Italy 1-0 Chile 2009 Chile 1-0 France 2010 Ivory Coast 3-2 Denmark 2011 Colombia 1-1 France [aet, 3-1 pen] 2012 Mexico 3-0 Turkey 2013 Brazil 1-0 Colombia 2014 Brazil 5-2 France 2015 France 3-1 Morocco 2016 England 2-1 France 2017 England 1-1 Ivory Coast [5-3 pen (no extra time)] 2018 England 2-1 Mexico
France 12 (14) Brazil 8 England 7 ( 2) Portugal 3 ( 4) Colombia 3 ( 2) Bulgaria 2 ( 3) Argentina 2 ( 2) Italy 1 ( 2) Chile 1 ( 1) Hungary 1 ( 1) Ivory Coast 1 ( 1) Mexico 1 ( 1) Soviet Union 1 ( 1) Yugoslavia 1 ( 1) Anderlecht 1 Poland 1 Czechoslovakia ( 3) Netherlands ( 2) China ( 1) Denmark ( 1) Morocco ( 1) Slovan Bratislava ( 1) Sweden ( 1) Turkey ( 1) Note: Between brackets is the number of times a team were runners-up.
1967 Best Player: Teugels (Anderlecht) Top Scorer: J.Capkovic (Bratislava) Best Goalkeeper: Ivanic (Bratislava) 1974 Best Player: Nyalasi (Hungary) Top Scorer: Sipocz (Hungary) Best Goalkeeper: Turner (Derby County) 1975 Best Player: Antoneli (Italy) Top Scorer: Torovikcis (Hungary) Best Goalkeeper: Kollar (Hungary) 1976 Best Player: Manolov (Bulgaria) Top Scorer: Zdravkov (Bulgaria) Best Goalkeeper: Manolkov (Bulgaria) 1977 Best Player: Soler (France) Top Scorer: Soler (France) Best Goalkeeper: Manolkov (Bulgaria) 1978 Best Player: Zambelli (France) Top Scorer: Nagy (Hungary) Best Goalkeeper: Aguilar (Mexico) 1979 Best Player: Gyemesi (Hungary) Top Scorer: Fortunato (Italy) Best Goalkeeper: Novikov (Soviet Union) 1980 Best Player: TourÚ (France) Top Scorer: Pokluda (Czechoslovakia) Best Goalkeeper: Miklosko (Czechoslovakia) 1981 Best Player: Zvanya (Soviet Union) Top Scorer: Fatorri (Italy) Best Goalkeeper: Marolla (Brazil) 1982 Best Player: Ernst (East Germany) Top Scorer: Griga (Italy) Best Goalkeeper: Miklosko (Czechoslovakia) 1983 Best Player: Luvanor (Brazil) Top Scorer: O'Keffe (Ireland) Best Goalkeeper: Rudenko (Soviet Union) 1984 Best Player: Rusaiev (Soviet Union) Top Scorer: Zaghini (Algeria) Best Goalkeeper: Zhidkov (Soviet Union) 1985 Best Player: Oman Biyik (Cameroon) Top Scorer: J-P. Papin (France) Best Goalkeeper: Nadon (France) 1986 Best Player: Ribar (France) Top Scorer: Zvara (Hungary) Best Goalkeeper: Gantchev (Bulgaria) 1987 Best Player: D.Ginola (France) Top Scorer: Penev (Bulgaria) Best Goalkeeper: Tafarell (Brazil) 1988 Best Player: Thomas (England) Top Scorer: Zitelli (France) Best Goalkeeper: Martyn (England) 1989 Best Player: Kaladjev (BUL) Top Scorer: Mitharski (BUL) Best Goalkeeper: Chaumin (I.N.F.) 1990 Best Player: Necas (CZE) Top Scorer: Robins (GBR) Best Goalkeeper: Bernardy (CZE) 1991 Best Player: Shearer (GBR) Top Scorer: Shearer (GBR) Best Goalkeeper: James (GBR) 1992 Best Player: Rui Costa (POR) Top Scorer: Rui Costa (POR) Best Goalkeeper: Cicovic (YUG) 1993 Best Player: Maurice (FRA) Top Scorer: Maurice (FRA) Best Goalkeeper: Gerrard (GBR) 1994 Best Player: Genaux (BEL) Top Scorer: Peeters (BEL) Best Goalkeeper: Coupet (FRA) 1995 Best Player: Dhorasso (FRA) Top Scorer: Histilloles (FRA) Best Goalkeeper: Fabio (BRA) 1996 Best Player: Adailton (BRA) Top Scorers: Adailton (BRA), Nuno Gomes (POR) Best Goalkeeper: Fabio (BRA) 1997 Best Player: Henry (FRA) Top Scorers: Henry (FRA), Carlitos (POR), Wolff (USA), Victoria (COL) Best Goalkeeper: Nuno Santos (POR) 1998 Best Player: Riquelme (ARG) Top Scorers: Guerrero (POR), Heskley (GBR) Best Goalkeeper: Nuno Santos (POR) 1999 Best Player: Pereyna (ARG) Top Scorer: Monta˝o (COL) Best Goalkeeper: Saja (ARG) 2000 Best Player: Moreno (COL) Top Scorer: Moreno (COL) Best Goalkeeper: Leite (POR) 2001 Best Player: Chara (COL) Top Scorer: Djibril CissÚ (FRA), Luis Lourenšo (POR) Best Goalkeeper: Luis Martinez (COL) 2002 Best Player: Pinga (BRA) Top Scorer: Pellicori (ITA), Nakayama (JAP) Best Goalkeeper: Rubinho (BRA) 2003 Best Player: Meshareno (ARG) Top Scorer: Herrera (ARG), Ruopolo (ITA), Lourenço (POR) Best Goalkeeper: Vale (POR) 2004 Best Player: Rio Antonio Mavuba (FRA) Top Scorer: Bryan Bergougnoux (FRA) Best Goalkeeper: not awarded
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