France were crowned champions of the inaugural Betsafe Star Sixes champions following a 2-1 win over Denmark in the Final at London’s O2 Arena.
Robert Pires’side, who had seen off Spain 5-2 in the semi-finals, wrapped up their title with their narrow victory over the tournament surprise package, Denmark.
Ludovic Giuly opened the scoring for France before Daniel Jensen had equalised for the Danes. But with the game closing in on penalties, former Bolton Wanderers man Youri Djorkaeff struck a winner to give France the silverware.
“I’m very proud of my team,” Pires said. “It’s always very important to do well whenever you put the French shirt on. It was a very tough game.
“Denmark played very well, so we’re very happy to win the tournament.”
Denmark captain Stig Tofting, another ex-Bolton man, added: “Of course if you told us we would finish runners-up before the tournament we would have been happy, but it’s always disappointing to lose. Congratulations to France.
The third-placed play-off was a one-sided affair, with Spain romping to an 11-3 victory over Gilberto Silva’s Brazil, who had suffered an unexpected 4-2 defeat to Denmark in the other semi-final.
Denmark’s Chris Sorenson was voted star of the tournament while Spain’s Michel Salgado was presented with the top scorer award after netting nine times.
SPAIN 2 (Mendieta, Luis Garcis)
FRANCE 5 (Giuly 3, Candela, Djorkaeff
BRAZIL 2 (Elano 2)
DENMARK 4 (Jorgensen 2, Norregaard, Junker)
SPAIN 11 (Salgado 3, Morientes 4, Capdevila 2, Luis Garcia, Marchena)
BRAZIL 3 (Amaral, Baptista, Djalminha)
FRANCE 2 (Giuly, Djorkaeff)
DENMARK 1 (Jensen)