During the 1950s’ Stade de Reims or simply Reims were Ligue 1's most dominating side. It was around that time that they won their six top-flight trophies, two Coupe de France and five Trophée des Champions. Despite being a frequent second-tier side in recent years, Reims is actually one of France's most honored clubs historically.
Les rouges et Blancs, as they are known, would really like to repeat those glamorous years, but they, unfortunately, are nowhere near that solid now. Especially not with how competitive Ligue 1 has become. The teams' latest trophy was in 2017/2018, winning the Ligue 2 with 88 points, an impressive goal difference of 50. The man who guided them to success was David Guion, who is still in charge up to this day.
Prince Oniangue from Tours FC on a free transfer in 2013 – Unable to establish himself in Rennais Oniangue joined Ligue 2 side Tours FC from which Reims later bought him. He played for three seasons wearing The Red and Whites' kit and featured regularly. The 2013/2014 season was his highest-scoring campaign with 11 goals. His career later continued with Championship club Wolverhampton Wanderers who bought him for £2.20 Million in 2016.
Edouard Mendy from Marseille B on a free transfer in 2016 – After a short spell with tier 3 side, Cherbourg Mendy spent the time between 2014 and 2015 without a club. That's when he signed with Marseille's reserve team but once again struggled to find regular play-time. He made a step forward when he inked a contract with the then Ligue 2 side Reims. His debut came after keeper Johann Carrasso received a red card. Mendy impressed with his confident displays and became the first-choice goalie in the following season of 2017/2018. He helped the team win the Ligue 2 and earn promotion to France's top-flight. After a Ligue 1 campaign with Reims, the Frenchman was bought by Stade Rennais for £7.60 Million.
Axel Disasi from Paris FC on a free transfer in 2016 – Disasi began his senior career in 2015 playing with the Paris FC side, for which he recorded just three appearances but also scored a goal. Playing as a defender, he got spotted by Reims, who took the gamble to sign him while he still wasn't credited. It worked out well for Les rouges et Blancs as the defender featured somewhat regularly and was also part of the squad that won Ligue 2. In 2020 Reims reached an agreement with Monaco for the departure of Disasi, and the Monegasques paid £13 Million to attract the center-back in what would be the biggest ever transfer deal in Reims' history.
Aïssa Mandi to Real Betis for £2.8 Million in 2016 – The Frenchmen of Algerian descent is one of Reims’ proudest youth academy products. He joined the club’s structures in 2000 at the age of 9. He made his professional debut in 2010 for Reims’ reserve squad and started playing for the senior team in 2012. Before he was offloaded to the La Liga, he had amassed 126 appearances and also scored 13 goals – an impressive number for a defender. Betis acquired him for less than £3 Million, and with the Spanish club, his value has peaked at £20 Million.