Born in 1992, ‘Youngest’ William Steele
Minimum goal loss in 5 major leagues in 5 months
No license yet Fine for every game
Team is “satisfied” with solid performance
Stade de Reims (France) is currently attracting attention as the best team in Europe’s top 5 big leagues .
Reims won 1-0 against AS Monaco by defending Polarin Vallogan’s winning goal in the 6th minute of the second half in an away league game held at Stade Louis II in Monaco on the 14th. Reims ran 3 consecutive wins in the league and an undefeated streak of 19 consecutive matches (9 wins, 10 draws).
Reims remains in 8th place in the league (43 points, 10 wins, 13 draws, 4 losses), but since October last year, Bayern Munich (Germany, 1 loss), Arsenal (England, 2 losses), Barcelona (Spain, 2 losses) , Napoli (Italy, 2 losses), etc. During the undefeated march, he did not lose even in confrontations with top teams such as Paris Saint-Germain, the “strongest” in Ligue 1.스포츠토토
Belgian director William Steele, who is leading the rise, is a hot topic. Born on October 14, 1992, he became the youngest manager in Europe’s top 5 leagues when he took over the helm of the team following former manager Oscar Garcia in October last year. Of the 19 undefeated streak, coach Steele officially led the team in 17 games, during which Reims’ performance was solid. He gave up just 7 runs. The football media’Squawka Football’ said, “Since October 15, last year when Steele took office, Reims is tied for second place with the least goals, least losses, and most clean sheets after Barcelona (12) among all clubs in the top 5 European leagues ( 11) were recorded. Only 7 teams have scored more points than Reims during this period.”
Steele is known for his leadership that strengthened the team in a short period of time, but in fact, his career has not been glamorous. As a footballer, he ended up playing in the Belgian 4th division as a teenager. He also revealed that he opened his eyes to coaching while enjoying the famous soccer game ‘Football Manager’. His coaching career first began with an under-14 team in Preston, Lancashire, England, as part of a college internship.
He has gained experience as a video analyst for a professional team since 2014, and joined Reims as a coach in 2021. However, he does not yet have the license to lead a Ligue 1 professional team. So, Reims has to pay a fine of 25,000 euros (about 35 million won) for every game while using him as a manager. Football media ’90MIN’ said, “Despite the penalty, Reims is satisfied. (The result is good) In Reims, I want Coach Steel to lead until the end of the season.”
Reims, which was promoted to the first division in the 2018-2019 season, is also narrowing the distance from the top ranks by catching 4th place Monaco (51 points). If the trend is the same as now, it is worthwhile to be greedy for the right to compete in the UEFA Champions League finals next season.