The Stade de Reims breaks all early bird records in Europe

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What a season for the Stade de Reims! 12th in Ligue 1 with 46 points taken, the Reds and Whites have easily ensured their retention in the Elite. And it must be said that the golden youth of the Champagne club is no stranger to this ranking. First, Reims is the team that has fielded the youngest starting XI in the European top 5 on average with an average age of 24 years and 158 days. Then, Stade de Reims is the team whose players born in the 21st century are the most prolific in Europe with 20 goals in all competitions. A better record than Arsenal (19 goals) and FC Barcelona (16 goals), sacred references in the matter as reported by Opta.

Indeed, this young team has among them many scorers under 20 this season. Bradley Locko, N’Dri Philippe Koffi and Martin Adeline scored one goal this season, while Kamory Doumbia, Nathanaël Mbuku and El Bilal Touré finished with two goals. But the formation of Óscar García owes this record above all to the revelation Hugo Ekitike. Europe’s top scorer under 20 in the European top 5 finished the 2021-22 financial year with 10 goals, despite a long injury in the second half of the season. A nice record that places Jean-Pierre Caillot’s club ahead of the biggest in Europe at youth level.

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