In recent years, FC Metz has been what we would call an “elevator team,” constantly bouncing between French football tiers. They've found it hard to remain in Ligue 1, with their best top-flight ranking in the last 20 years being the 14th spot on two occasions. The club even spent the 2012/2013 season in the Championnat National, the third tier, but was promoted and won the Ligue 2 in the next campaign. They were quickly relegated afterward, and the story goes on.
Metz's is most famous for its youth academy, which never fails to spring new talent. They've been regarded as one of the best academies in France credited for the scouting and bringing up of names such as – Louis Saha, Emmanuel Adebayor, Papiss Cissé, Miralem Pjanić, Kalidou Koulibaly, and Sadio Mané. Imagine what possibilities could lie ahead of Les Grenats if any of those footballers remained in the club.
FC Metz Transfers
Emmanuel Adebayor from OC Agaza on a free transfer in 1999 – Adebayor began playing football in his homeland Togo. A scout spotted him in 1999, and the striker was brought to Metz. Two years later, in 2001 was when he got his senior debut and made a total of 10 appearances. During this campaign, Metz was relegated, and Adebayor got his chance to shine in the following Ligue 2 season. He was a regular starter and amassed 34 outings and 13 goals. This is what caused Monaco to propose the Togolese a transfer deal to which he agreed. Adebayor spent three years with the Monegasques and later played for Arsenal, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Tottenham, and several others.
Miralem Pjanic from Schifflange on a free transfer in 2004 – A footballer of Bosnian descent who started playing football in Luxembourg, Pjanic grew to be one of the best midfielders in Europe. His father played football and was the first to spot that his son has a talent. He signed him up to play with Schifflange, and it didn't take long before several elite teams spotted him. Once again, Les Grenats were on top of their scouting game and attracted Pjanic while he was 14-years-old. Three years later, in 2007, he got his senior team debut and became a regular starter for Metz. He made 38 outings in his first season and was immediately wanted by the then reigning French champions Olympique Lyon. They paid £8.50 Million to acquire Pjanic, who kept on getting better and better. He later played for Roma and Barcelona, but his prime undoubtedly was in Juventus.
Franck Ribéry from Stade Brest on a free transfer in 2004 – Another player who joined Metz on a feeless deal. Ribéry is regarded as one of the all-time greatest French footballers and had a short spell with Les Grenats that resulted in him joining Marseille. The winger only spent a single season with Metz before being sold to Galatasaray for £5 Million. After just half a season with the Turkish side, he forfeited his contract because of disputes with the board, thus returning to France and joining Marseille. With OM, he rose to prominence and earned his move to Bayern Munich, where he made history.