Stade de Reims / Ivory Coast – 2041/42 Season Review
Prove that we belong in Europe? Done and done.
Not only did we run riot across the continent, we secured Reims’ first Ligue 1 title since 1962. 80 years.
The best is yet to come? It most certainly is. The Board seem to agree, and have agreed to build a new stadium. It will open in 2044. The question being whether we can consecrate it as Champions League winners…we’ve got two chances to make that dream a reality.
Fittingly, the stadium will be named after Raymond Kopa. A club legend who lifted the league title in 1953, 1955, 1960 and 1962, with an appearance in our ill-fated 1956 European Cup final.
In his honor, we shall conquer. But first things first…Zlatan is packing the asparagus, because we’re off to Greece for the World Cup.
All things considered, this was a banner year. Obviously.
Champions of Ligue 1. Champions League semifinalists. With a new stadium on the way.
I do think we overperformed a bit in the Champions League. But that’s the least of my “concerns.” Our campaign in 2042/43 will be bolstered by the automatic 1st seed we get, as Ligue 1 champions.
Goals for 2042/43: Challenge for the World Cup title. Make a run in the Champions League knockout rounds. Defend our Ligue 1 title.
In the Champions League, Raul Valbuena’s Wolves beat Marcelo Gallardo’s Milan, 2-nil.
In the Europa League, Florian Martin’s Napoli beat Gerardo Seoane’s Everton, 3-0 on penalties, after a 1-1 draw.
In the Europa Conference League, Nick Viergever’s Cercle Brugge beat Remy Riou’s Borussia Dortmund, 2-nil.
In the active leagues, Ognjen Vranjes’ Aston Villa won their 4th straight Premier League title. Marcelo Gallardo’s Milan reclaimed the Serie A title. Paolo Fonseca’s Sevilla won their 5th straight La Liga title, the 8th time in 10 years that neither Barcelona nor Real Madrid have won the title. Frank Lampard’s Schalke won the Bundesliga title, their 2nd in 4 years. Baba Toure’s Club Brugge won their 6th straight Belgian title, their 13th in 16 years. Nestor el Maestro’s Panathinaikos won their 18th straight SuperLeague title. Matthias Kaltenbach’s Partizan won their 10th straight title. Finally, Joao Nunes’ IFK Norrkoping won the 2041 Allsvenskan title, their 4th in 5 years.
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