Patrick Vieira appointed as Strasbourg manager

The voice swelled. Sunday July 2, the Racing Club de Strasbourg Alsace (RSCA) has announced the officialization of Patrick Vieira, a former French international, as the new manager for a three-year period. The 47-year-old replaces Frédéric Antonetti, thanked in the context of a reorganization linked to the takeover of the club by the American consortium BlueCo but which had allowed Strasbourg to remain in Ligue 1.

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“Patrick’s arrival should allow us to make further progress and take a step forward. He fits the profile we were looking for: a manager with international experience, who also has a good understanding of Ligue 1 and young players.”RCSA president Marc Keller said on the club’s Twitter account.

“I am particularly happy to join Racing”said Patrick Vieira, in the same press release, assuring “know the history and identity of this club, the fervor it arouses, the importance it has for its territory, land of football and passion”.

The former 1998 world champion and 2000 European champion with France (107 appearances of which 21 with the captain’s armband) played in prestigious European teams: Arsenal, Juventus Turin, Inter, Manchester City. He then hung up his boots to become a coach: in New York (2016-2018), Nice (2018-2020) and Crystal Palace, where his mandate, which began in 2021, ended abruptly last March due to results deemed insufficient.

Mister Vieira should join Strasbourg’s squad on Monday, for the Alsatian club to resume training in view of the 2023-2024 championship, which Racing will attack by receiving Olympique Lyonnais on the weekend of 12 and 13 August.

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The world with AFP