1997 Tournoi de France

1997 Tournoi de France
Warm-up for 1998 FIFA World Cup
Tournament details
Host country France
Dates 311 June 1997
Teams 4
Venue(s) 4 (in 4 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  England (1st title)
Runners-up  Brazil
Third place  France
Fourth place  Italy
Tournament statistics
Matches played 6
Goals scored 16 (2.67 per match)
Top scorer(s) Italy Alessandro Del Piero
(3 goals)

The 1997 Tournoi de France (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.[1]


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 from a 35-metre curled free kick, often considered one of the best in the modern game.[2][3][4]


See Tournoi de France (1997) squads


Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 England 320131+26
 Brazil 312054+15
 France 30213412
 Italy 30215722


3 June 1997
France  11  Brazil
Keller  55' Report Roberto Carlos  21'
Stade de Gerland, Lyon
Attendance: 28,193
Referee: Kim Milton Nielsen (Denmark)

4 June 1997
England  20  Italy
Wright  26'
Scholes  43'
Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes
Attendance: 25,000
Referee: Günter Benkö (Austria)

7 June 1997
France  01  England
Report Shearer  86'
Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier
Attendance: 23,000
Referee: Said Belqola (Morocco)

8 June 1997
Italy  33  Brazil
Del Piero  6', 61' (pen.)
Aldair  23' (o.g.)
Report Lombardo  35' (o.g.)
Ronaldo  70'
Romário  84'

10 June 1997
England  01  Brazil
Report Romário  61'
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 40,000
Referee: John Toro Rendón (Colombia)

11 June 1997
France  22  Italy
Zidane  12'
Djorkaeff  73'
Report Casiraghi  61'
Del Piero  89' (pen.)

Top scorers

3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own Goals

See also

1998 FIFA World Cup


  1. "From the Vault: recalling how England won Le Tournoi de France in 1997". Guardian. Retrieved 13 August 2013.
  2. "Greatest free-kick was no fluke: Roberto Carlos' 1997 'freak' goal explained by scientists". Daily Mail. 10 September 2010. Retrieved 13 August 2013.
  3. "Roberto Carlos wonder goal 'no fluke', say physicists". BBC News. 10 September 2010. Retrieved 13 August 2013.
  4. "Bolt from the Blue! Luiz joins Becks, Carlos and co... but which free-kick is the best?". Daily Mail. 23 December 2012. Retrieved 13 August 2013.
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