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Ghana and IVC get Toulon invite 1/23/2007
The national under-20 teams of Ghana and Ivory Coast have been invited to take part in this year''s Toulon Festival of Football in France.

The two African sides will meet six other teams from around the world for the tournament.

The eight teams have been split into two groups of four of the tournament which will be held from 31 May - 9 June.

The Ivorians have been drawn in Group A where they will face the hosts.

Group A
Ivory Coast

They will also play Germany and China.

The Black Satellites have been drawn in Group B and take on Japan, Holland and Portugal.

The group winners and runners-up advance to the semi-final.

Even though many African countries like including Ghana have participated in one of the previous tournaments, they failed to make meaningful impact on the competition which is telecasted live throughout Europe by the pan- European television station Eurosport.

The Toulon Festival regularly attracts the best youth players and youth teams in the world.

Group B

From 1989 - 1997, all five eventual World Youth Championship winners played in the Toulon Festival.

The list of players that have stepped up to the international stage at this tournament is no less staggering and includes Zinedine Zidane (1991), David Beckham (1995, 1996), Thierry Henry (1997), Pablo Aimar (1996), Alan Shearer (1991), Fabien Barthez (1991) and many more.

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