Uruguay Beat Hosts In Toulon Tournament Final

Uruguay have won the Tournoi Maurice Revello – more commonly known as the Toulon Tournament – the invitational competition held annually in Provence, southern France, for Under-20 international teams.

In their first-ever appearance at the tournament, Uruguay beat Australia (2-0) and Paraguay (4-0) before drawing two-apiece with France to top their group. Norway awaited in the semis, and Uruguay comfortably won 4-1 despite being behind inside a minute. The other semi saw hosts France beat the Netherlands on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

Uruguay took the lead in the 13th minute when Danilo Vicente lofted a ball out wide to the left from the centre circle towards Defensor Sporting winger Álvaro de Armas. His sublime first touch allowed him to wrong-foot the right-back and cut inside the box, Arjen Robben style, before drilling low past the French ‘keeper.

A second goal came in the 38th minute when Walter Demarco sent Sebastián Peña clear down the right wing. He reached the goal-line and sent the ball across the six-yard box where Leonardo Fernández of Rampla Juniors had the simplest of finishes at the far post.

Despite France testing Juan Cáceres six times in the Uruguay goal, de Armas nearly made it three on the hour-mark when he hit the crossbar with an audacious 40-yard lob as the hosts fell asleep at a goal-kick. Les Bleus had no answer in the remaining half-hour, and Uruguay went on to lift the trophy.

Earlier in the day, the Netherlands won the third-place playoff against Norway courtesy of a single goal from Heracles centre-back Henk Koeman midway through the first-half.

Uruguay’s Julio Amado (Rampla Juniors) was voted player of the tournament, while French pair Joseph Bako (Stade Rennais) and Ludovic Autret (Monaco) were named top scorer and best goalkeeper respectively.

                TOULON TOURNAMENT 2018: FINAL
                 FRANCE U20  0 - 2  URUGUAY U20
                                    de Armas 13
                                    Fernández 38
                                                   Att: 2,624
       Stade Mayol, Toulon. Dry 18°C. Referee: D.Gomes

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Catch-Up: Y Is For… Youth Tournaments

Here we go! The final part of our catch-up series covering all the important news from three simulated seasons from June 2015 until now. There’s no entry for Z, so we’ll finish with ‘Y’ which is for Youth. We’ll take a look at the 2016 Olympics, 2017 U20 World Cup, and three years of the Toulon Tournament.

Argentina lifted their third Olympic Games title in four editions, with a win over hosts Brazil in August 2016. The 2004 and 2008 champions were able to call on Lionel Messi, Javier Pastore, and Sergio Agüero as their overage players for the U23 tournament, and it was a brace from the latter that won them gold.

Their campaign began with a 2-1 win over Denmark, followed by a 5-0 thumping of group whipping boys Fiji. They then beat Australia 2-0 to set-up a Quarter-Final against Nigeria, which they won 2-1. Cameroon were beaten 2-0 in the Semis, before Agüero’s brace won gold against Brazil with a 2-1 win.

The 2020 Olympics will be held in Istanbul*

OLYMPIC GAMES 2016
 Group A                    Group B
  1. Argentina   9 pts       1. France          9 pts
  2. Australia   6 pts       2. Nigeria         6 pts
  3. Denmark     3 pts       3. Japan           3 pts
  4. Fiji        0 pts       4. United States   0 pts

 Group C                    Group D
  1. Colombia    9 pts       1. Mexico          9 pts
  2. Brazil      6 pts       2. Cameroon        4 pts
  3. Ghana       3 pts       3. Italy           3 pts
  4. China       0 pts       4. Kuwait          1 pt

 Quarter-Finals
    Nigeria 1 - 2 Argentina
   Colombia 1 - 2 Cameroon
     France 3 - 0 Australia
     Brazil 1 - 1 Mexico (8 - 7 penalties)

 Semi-Finals
  Argentina 2 - 0 Cameroon
     Brazil 2 - 0 France

 Bronze Medal Match (3rd Playoff)
     France 2 - 1 Cameroon (aet)

 Gold Medal Match (Final)
     Brazil 1 - 2 Argentina

Portugal won the 2015 FIFA U20 World Cup held in England, being the first European winners of the tournament since Spain in 1999. It was Portugal’s third time lifting the trophy after back-to-back wins in 1989 and 1991. Argentina would win their seventh title in 2017 (held in Switzerland) to move one clear of Brazil in the all-time records. Both finals finished 2-2 and went to penalties.

The annual invitational U21 youth tournament in Provence often features gifted youngsters who go on to make names for themselves at a senior level. Argentina became the first team to reach three consecutive finals since France made four in a row (2004-07, winning all four).

This year’s final will take place on Friday 15 June between France and Uruguay. The third-place playoff will be between Norway and Netherlands. France and Uruguay were in the same group and drew 2-2 with the South American side topping the group after wins over Poland and Australia.

France beat Netherlands on penalties in their semi-final, with Uruguay beating Norway 4-1.

TOULON TOURNAMENT FINALS
 2015:  Italy 0 - 2 Argentina
 2016: Mexico 1 - 2 Argentina
 2017: France 1 - 0 Argentina
 2018: France v. Uruguay

RTFM is returning after a hiatus since we resigned as manager of Borussia Dortmund at the end of June 2015. The three seasons since then have been fully simulated in the original FM13 save, right up to the eve of the FIFA World Cup in Russia. Our daily news will return on 15 June 2018, with regular blog posts between now and then to highlight what’s happened in our absence.
NB: The entirety of RTFM is being played on Football Manager 2013. Regen players will have ® after their names to indicate this. Be aware that changes to competition rules since the summer of 2012 will not have been implemented in our save (e.g. UEL winners do not automatically qualify for the UCL), and this includes any new clubs or franchises, though we will endeavour to report on correct/current competition titles.
* The announcement of Tokyo as the “real” 2020 Olympic Games host was made in September 2013, almost a year after the release of FM13. Our save has scheduled the 2020 games as being held in Turkey.
We will return to club management after our save generates the domestic leagues we’ve selected for the 2018-19 season on, or shortly after, 20th June. Feel free to ask questions in the comments or @realtimefm.

 

World Cup Squads: Scotland, Tartan Army

Appearing at their first FIFA World Cup in 20 years, Scotland are the lowest-ranked (37th) nation from Europe according to the FIFA World Rankings who came through qualifying for the tournament, despite winning their group ahead of the Netherlands. They will face Colombia, Mexico, and Croatia in Group H, beginning Wednesday 20th.

2018 FIFA WORLD CUP SQUAD: SCOTLAND

 MANAGER: Malky Mackay
  RECORD: Played 21 Won 15 Draw 2 Lost 4 For 56 Against 21

 GOALKEEPERS                    CLUB              CAPS   GOALS
  1. David Marshall             Cardiff            47      0
 13. Robbie Thomson             Hull                0      0
 14. Cammy Bell                 Watford             1      0

 DEFENDERS
  2. Iain Keith®                Ipswich             3      0
  3. Lee Wallace                West Brom          51      2
  4. Christophe Berra           Wolverhampton      82      2
  5. Danny Wilson               Arsenal            55      2
 15. Grant Hanley               Aston Villa        49      0
 17. Russell Martin             Stoke City         66      4
 20. Murray Wallace             Leicester          12      0
 22. Steven Saunders            Rangers            16      0

 MIDFIELDERS
  6. James McArthur             Burnley            60     10
  7. Scott Robinson             Wolverhampton      44      5
  8. James Forrest              Celtic             36      9
 12. Andrew Black               Newcastle           4      0
 18. James Morrison             Getafe             54      4
 19. Liam Bridcutt              Hearts             49      0
 21. Ryan Gauld                 QPR                 5      0
 23. Robert Snodgrass           Dynamo Kyiv        26      6

 STRIKERS
  9. Jordan Rhodes              Blackburn          61     41
 10. Callum Paterson            Hearts              6      1
 11. Ian Morrison®              Celtic              6      5
 16. Steven Fletcher            Sunderland         52     32

RTFM has returned after a three year hiatus. Our FM13 save has been fully simulated from May 2015 until June 2018, and our unique daily posting style has now resumed. We will return to club management after our save generates the domestic leagues we’ve selected for the 2018-19 season on, or shortly after, 20th June. Feel free to ask questions in the comments or @realtimefm.

World Cup Squads: Spain, ¡Y Viva España!

World Champions in 2010 and European Champions in 2008 and 2012, Spain went out four years ago at the quarter-final stage to hosts and eventual champions Brazil. Now ranked 7th in the world, they were drawn as the top seeds in Group A where they’ll face South Korea, Uruguay, and Serbia at the FIFA World Cup.

Spain and Uruguay met in 2014, with Javi Martínez’s brace sealing the group stage win. Cesc Fàbregas looks doubtful for their opening match on Friday 15th with bruised ribs.

2018 FIFA WORLD CUP SQUAD: SPAIN

 MANAGER: Julen Lopetegui
  RECORD: Played 20 Won 14 Drawn 4 Lost 2 For 43 Against 14

 GOALKEEPERS                    CLUB              CAPS   GOALS
  1. Iker Casillas              Real Madrid       187      0
 13. David De Gea               Manchester Utd     20      0
 14. Vicente Guaita             Valencia            0      0

 DEFENDERS
  2. César Azpilicueta          Chelsea            35      0
  3. Gerard Piqué ©             Barcelona         102      7
 12. Víctor Ruiz                Valencia           45      0
 15. Álvaro Domínguez           Mönchengladbach    28      0
 18. Sergio Ramos               Real Madrid       155      9
 19. Jordi Alba                 Barcelona          63      5
 22. José Enrique               Manchester Utd     41      0
 23. Raúl Albiol                Bayern Munich      72      0

 MIDFIELDERS
  4. Cesc Fàbregas              Barcelona         109     19
  5. Javi Martínez              Bayern Munich      69      7
  6. Andrés Iniesta             Barcelona         113     18
  7. Jesús Navas                Sevilla            54      6
  8. Santi Cazorla              Arsenal            74     11
 16. Óscar De Marcos            Athletic Club      13      1
 17. Thiago                     Paris St.Germain   40      4
 20. Rubén Pardo                Arsenal             6      0
 21. Juan Mata                  Chelsea            43      8

 STRIKERS
  9. Fernando Llorente          AC Milan           74     39
 10. Rodrigo                    Manchester Utd     41     24
 11. Iñigo®                     Tottenham           4      3

RTFM has returned after a three year hiatus. Our FM13 save has been fully simulated from May 2015 until June 2018, and our unique daily posting style has now resumed. We will return to club management after our save generates the domestic leagues we’ve selected for the 2018-19 season on, or shortly after, 20th June. Feel free to ask questions in the comments or @realtimefm.

World Cup Squads: Germany, Point to Prove

Finalists in 2002 and losing semi-finalists in ’06 and ’10, Brazil 2014 proved a disappointing tournament for Germany as they bowed-out at the quarter-final stage to Italy after only winning two of their five matches. Ranked 5th in the world, Jürgen Klopp’s team will feature in FIFA World Cup Group B alongside Morocco, Australia, and the Republic of Ireland. Opening fixture for ‘Die Mannschaft’ is on Saturday 16th

2018 FIFA WORLD CUP SQUAD: GERMANY

 MANAGER: Jürgen Klopp
  RECORD: Played 19 Won 15 Drawn 3 Lost 1 For 38 Against 11

 GOALKEEPERS                    CLUB              CAPS   GOALS
  1. Manuel Neuer               Bayern Munich      93      0
 13. Marc-André ter Stegen      Juventus           10      0
 14. Ron-Robert Zieler          Dortmund            1      0

 DEFENDERS
  2. Daniel Schwaab             Leverkusen          5      0
  3. Marcel Schmelzer           Wolfsburg          40      1
  4. Holger Badstuber           Manchester City    86      5
  5. Jérôme Boateng             Bayern Munich      67      1
 18. Jan Kirchoff               Chelsea            28      2
 19. Philipp Wollscheid         Leverkusen         11      0
 20. Benedikt Höwedes           Schalke            24      0
 21. Philipp Lahm ©             Bayern Munich     154      6

 MIDFIELDERS
  6. Mario Götze                Dortmund           72     16
  7. Sebastian Rode             E.Frankfurt        18      0
  8. Toni Kroos                 Manchester Utd     87     11
  9. Andre Schürrle             Dortmund           74     19
 10. Lewis Holtby               Schalke            19      3
 11. Marco Reus                 Dortmund           48     14
 16. Julian Draxler             Schalke            24      0
 17. Mesut Özil                 Real Madrid        66     12
 23. Leon Goretzka              Hamburg             4      1

 STRIKERS
 12. Mario Gómez                Bayern Munich      94     55
 15. Stefan Kießling            Leverkusen         16      3
 22. Julian Schieber            Dortmund           26     10

RTFM has returned after a three year hiatus. Our FM13 save has been fully simulated from May 2015 until June 2018, and our unique daily posting style has now resumed. We will return to club management after our save generates the domestic leagues we’ve selected for the 2018-19 season on, or shortly after, 20th June. Feel free to ask questions in the comments or @realtimefm.

World Cup Squads: Argentina, World #1

Number one ranked nation according to the latest FIFA Rankings, Argentina head to the FIFA World Cup as Copa América and Confederations Cup holders. Diego Simeone’s squad will play in Group E where they have been drawn against France, the United States, and Egypt. They beat the US 1-0 last summer in the Confederations Cup before a 3-2 final win over Cameroon. Their opening group match will be played on Monday 18th.

2018 FIFA WORLD CUP SQUAD: ARGENTINA

 MANAGER: Diego Simeone
  RECORD: Played 51 Won 35 Drawn 5 Lost 11 For 114 Against 45

 GOALKEEPERS                    CLUB              CAPS   GOALS
  1. Maximiliano Mena®          Lokomotiv Moscow    0      0
 13. Agustín Marchesín          São Paulo           5      0
 22. Sergio Romero              Granada            73      0

 DEFENDERS
  3. Pablo Zabaleta             Manchester City    62      0
  4. Gino Peruzzi               Napoli             47      1
  5. Marcos Rojo                Sporting CP        64      0
 14. Christian Fernández®       Spartak Moscow     16      0
 17. Julián Velázquez           Corinthians         2      0
 19. Matías Agustín Silvestre   Manchester Utd     31      0
 21. Mateo Musacchio            Roma                5      0
 23. Fabián Monzón              Lyon               16      0

 MIDFIELDERS
  2. Franco Zuculini            Villarreal         25      0
  6. Lucas Ocampos              Monaco             19      4
  7. Esteban Alonso®            Internacional       0      0
  8. Miguel Ángel Stegman®      Boca Juniors       15      5
 12. Javier Pastore             Paris St.Germain   33      4
 16. Eduardo Salvio             Corinthians        22      2
 18. Paulo Gamboa®              Vasco da Gama       4      0
 20. Javier Mascherano          Barcelona         117      3

 STRIKERS
  9. Sergio Agüero              Manchester City    93     41
 10. Lionel Messi               Barcelona         103     38
 11. Gonzalo Higuaín            Real Madrid        90     53
 15. Francisco Fidalgo®         Fenerbahçe          4      0

RTFM has returned after a three year hiatus. Our FM13 save has been fully simulated from May 2015 until June 2018, and our unique daily posting style has now resumed. We will return to club management after our save generates the domestic leagues we’ve selected for the 2018-19 season on, or shortly after, 20th June. Feel free to ask questions in the comments or @realtimefm.