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Historically Association Sportive de Saint-Étienne Loire or AS Saint-Étienne is the most successful Ligue 1 club with a total of 10 trophies. However, their achievement will be equaled if PSG becomes champions in the current seasons. The Paris side has currently won nine Ligue 1 titles. And ASSE is unable to contest this with their form nowhere near the same as it was between 1956 and 1981 when they often were crowned French Champions.
Saint-Étienne is also known for its productive youth academy. Throughout the years, the French club has supplied several elite clubs with players that they brought up. There are numerous examples on this list.
AS Saint-Étienne Transfers
Kurt Zouma to Chelsea for £13 Million in 2014 – Saint-Étienne's staff could easily spot how promising Zouma actually was. He was awarded his professional debut at just 16-years-old, and he made sure not to disappoint. An interesting fact is that during his first games for the senior squad, he played without a name stamped on his kit to protect him from outside attention. In his three years with Saint-Étienne, he featured frequently but never was a first-choice defender. In 2014 Zouma's Premier League move was announced, with Chelsea paying £13 Million for the Frenchmen. Since then, he's rose to prominence, especially under coach Frank Lampard.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from AC Milan for £1.60 Million in 2012 – At the beginning of Aubameyang's career, the Gabonese found it hard to settle in a club before joining Saint-Étienne. He had completed loans to fellow French clubs Dijon, LOSC Lille and Monaco and half a season with The Greens upon his arrival at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard. After the move was made permanent, he spent two years with ASSE, during which he scored over 40 goals earning his rise to Europe's elite tier of football. In 2013 Aubameyang was bought by Borussia Dortmund for £11.6 Million, and later in 2018, Arsenal acquired him for the sum of £57 Million.
Bafétimbi Gomis to Olympique Lyon for £11.6 Million in 2009 – Coming up through the club's youth career, Gomis took some time to settle upon his senior squad arrival in 2003. His first three campaigns with The Greens resulted in a little over 40 league appearances and just four goals – a tally unacceptable for a striker. However, Gomis picked up the pace and scored 45 times in the following three seasons, which was a much-desired improvement. His form attracted the interest of Saint-Étienne's most fierce rivals Olympique Lyon who spent £13 Million to acquire the forward. In the following years, Gomis became the main scorer for OL.
Wesley Fofana to Leicester City for £35 Million in 2020 – Yet another Saint-Étienne product will unfold his career away from the club. In just 30 starts for the French side, the 20-year-old had done enough to be bought by Leicester City for the whooping amount of £35 Million. His future is still way ahead of him, but undoubtedly, he's a defender that is destined for greatness.