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France have been crowned the inaugural Star Sixes champions after they beat Denmark 2-1 on Sunday evening at the London O2. 

Captained by Robert Pires, a host of stars who helped the country to World Cup success in 1998 and Euro 2000 glory reunited for more silverware as former Bolton midfielder Youri Djorkaeff grabbed the deciding goal.

Former Barcelona and Monaco winger Ludovic Giuly had, rather fortuitously, given the French the lead in the final, after they had overcome Spain in their semi earlier in the evening.

Robert Pires holds the Star Sixes trophy aloft after France beat Denmark 2-1 in the final

Robert Pires holds the Star Sixes trophy aloft after France beat Denmark 2-1 in the final

Robert Pires holds the Star Sixes trophy aloft after France beat Denmark 2-1 in the final

Youri Djorkaeff struck the winning goal as he found the bottom corner at the O2 Arena

Youri Djorkaeff struck the winning goal as he found the bottom corner at the O2 Arena

Youri Djorkaeff struck the winning goal as he found the bottom corner at the O2 Arena

World Cup winner Marcel Desailly takes a selfie with Djorkaeff and Ludovic Giuly after the win

World Cup winner Marcel Desailly takes a selfie with Djorkaeff and Ludovic Giuly after the win

World Cup winner Marcel Desailly takes a selfie with Djorkaeff and Ludovic Giuly after the win

Denmark's Chris Sorensen won player of the tournament, but it was scant consolation

Denmark's Chris Sorensen won player of the tournament, but it was scant consolation

Djorkaeff celebrates his winning goal

Djorkaeff celebrates his winning goal

Denmark’s Chris Sorensen won player of the tournament, but it was scant consolation

However, the Danes, who were the surprise package of the tournament, knocking out England in the quarter-finals, responded with a striker from Daniel Jensen. 

However Djorkaeff slipped a shot into the bottom corner late on to ensure Pires was the skipper to lift the trophy at the end of the four-day tournament. 

Denmark had reached the final by seeing off a strong Brazil side 4-2, with the likes of Rivaldo and former Arsenal forward Julio Baptiste no match for the Scandinavians.  

Stig Tofting and former Arsenal and Chelsea defender William Gallas vie for the ball

Stig Tofting and former Arsenal and Chelsea defender William Gallas vie for the ball

Stig Tofting and former Arsenal and Chelsea defender William Gallas vie for the ball

Rivaldo was confined to the third-place play-off with Brazil where they lost to Spain 

Rivaldo was confined to the third-place play-off with Brazil where they lost to Spain 

Rivaldo was confined to the third-place play-off with Brazil where they lost to Spain 

France meanwhile had beaten Spain in the last four to earn their spot against the Danes, as Gaizka Mendieta and his side crashed out 5-2.

There was scant consolation for one Spaniard though, with former Real Madrid and Blackburn defender Michel Salgado picking up the tournament’s top scorer award for his nine goals, having filled his boots in a one-sided third-place play-off, as they thrashed Brazil 10-2.

There was solace for Denmark’s Chris Sorensen, too, who was handed the award for player of the tournament.

Brazil had earlier been beaten by Denmark, who beat them convincingly in the final four

Brazil had earlier been beaten by Denmark, who beat them convincingly in the final four

Brazil had earlier been beaten by Denmark, who beat them convincingly in the final four

Giuly and Gaizka Mendieta challenge for the ball in their semi-final, which France won 5-2

Giuly and Gaizka Mendieta challenge for the ball in their semi-final, which France won 5-2

Giuly and Gaizka Mendieta challenge for the ball in their semi-final, which France won 5-2

Michel Salgado was all smiles as he came away with the top scorer award after nine strikes

Michel Salgado was all smiles as he came away with the top scorer award after nine strikes

Michel Salgado was all smiles as he came away with the top scorer award after nine strikes

 

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