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the Top 5 players trained at the club!

TéFéCé is a club that has seen many talents pass through its ranks. Some of the big names passed by Toulouse are in particular from its training center. Today, we offer you a Top 5 players trained at Tef’.

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5 – Alban Lafont

In 5th place of this Top players trained at Tef ‘, we find Alban Lafont! The Franco-Burkinabe goalkeeper joined the Toulouse training center in 2014. He will pass a year before joining the professional group in the summer 2015. The keeper of1m96 then discover the League 1 where he will argue 3 seasons with the Violets for a total of 106 games played. To 16 years oldAlban Lafont becomes the youngest starting goalkeeper in Ligue 1 history. He made a strong impression in Toulouse and will be sold in the summer of 2018 for 8 million euros to Fiorentina. After a season spent in Italy, he was loaned to FC Nantes before being definitely sold to the Canaries where he still plays. In Nantes, the native of Ouagadougou still takes another dimensionespecially during this last season where he won the first trophy of his career, winner of the Coupe de France with the Yellow House. It is today considered the future goalkeeper of the France team just behind Mike Maignan.

4 – Issa Diop

Issa Diop is at the foot of the podium! The native of the Pink City is a child of Tef’. He joins the training center in 2006 and will pass 9 years before signing professional in 2015. Just like Alban Lafont, the central defender of1m94 will dispute 3 seasons with the Violets. It counts in total 95 games for 6 goals and 3 assists. He left the Tef’ in June 2018sold to West Ham for 25 million euros and remains to this day the highest sale in the history of Toulouse FC. He is currently still a Hammers player, having spent 4 seasons in London. In total, Issa Diop argues 118 games with the Irons and scored 8 goals and 3 assists. His contract with West Ham will end in June 2023.

3 – Etienne Capoue

On the 3rd step of the podium, we find the midfielder Étienne Capoue! Capoue joins the TéFéCé training center in 2005 to pass 2 years before signing professional in the summer 2007. The midfielder will continue for 6 years with the Violets. In the first season, he didn’t find a lot of playing time, but it will end up imposing itself during the 2008/2009 financial year. In 6 seasons among the Pitchouns, Étienne Capoue disputes in total 196 games for 13 goals and 10 assists. It will be sold at Tottenham for 11 million euros. With a transfer to watford in July 2015Étienne Capoue will experience a total of 7 Premier League seasons before being relegated to the Championship in 2020 with the Hornets. It then bounces back to Villarreal in January 2021 and won the Europa League with the Spanish club the same year. During this 2021/2022 financial year, Capua manages with the Yellow Submarine to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League, after eliminating Bayern Munich. For his first in the competition, the player trained in Toulouse registered 2 goals and 4 assists. He is currently in contract with Villarreal until June 2024 after having recently prolonged his contract. Étienne Capoue also has 7 caps and 1 goal for the France team.

2 – Moussa Sissoko

Moussa Sissoko is the 2nd of this Top! The French midfielder passes 5 years at the Toulouse training center between 2002 and 2007. Of 2007 to 2013the native of Blanc-Mesnil will experience nearly 6 seasons playing in the Violets jersey. During a little less than 6 years spent with ToulouseMoussa Sissoko argues 219 games for 24 goals scored and 12 assists delivered. In the winter 2013it’s sold 2 million euro at Newcastle where he will go 4 seasons. At the Magpies, he shows all his abilities and adapts quickly to the intensity of the Premier League which fits perfectly with his player profile. He then joins Tottenham where Spurs buy it 35 million euros. With the Londoners it ends vice-champion of England in 2017 and Champions League finalist in 2019. After 5 seasons spent at Tottenhamhe launched a new challenge, that of keep Watford in the Premier League in the 2021/2022 financial year. Unfortunately, the Hornets end relegated in 2nd Division and Moussa Sissoko leaves the club to make his comeback in Ligue 1 with FC Nantes where it has evolved since beginning of July. Sissoko also has a fine career in French team with whom he reaches Euro 2016 final. He is one of the men on whom Didier Deschamps counts during this competition and counts in total 72 selections for the Blues for 2 goals scored and 4 assists delivered.

1 – Fabien Barthez

The 1st of this Top is the legendary goalkeeper Fabien Barthez! Trained for nearly 5 years in ToulouseBarthez made his debut with the pros in July 1991. He will only dispute 28 games with the Pitchouns and will launch his immense career at theOlympic Marseille. With OM, he won the historic 1993 Champions League. In 1995he joins theASM for 5 years. On the Rock, the gatekeeper1m80 will win the French championship twice in 1997 and in 2000. His Monegasque years are also those in which he excels with the France team and writes his legend. Under the tricolor jersey, he won the World Cup in 1998, as well as the Euro in 2000. After winning the Euro with the Blues and the championship with the princely club, Fabien Barthez is sold for 11.7 million euros to Manchester United where he will take his first steps abroad. For its first year in Premier League, he won the championship in 2001before iterating in 2003. He returns free of any contract to Marseilles in 2004. He will pass 2 years at OMbefore ending his career at FC Nantesat the end of the financial year 2006/2007. In total, Fabien Barthez will have played 606 games during his club careerwhile it counts 87 selections with the France team.

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