Teddy Teuma joins Stade de Reims

Malta international midfielder Teddy Teuma left Union Saint-Gilloise to join Stade de Reims in the Ligue 1 in France.

Teuma started his career at Hyeres in the French fourth division – the National 2 – and later played for US Boulogne in the National 1 and Red Star FC with whom he also won promotion from the National 1 to the Ligue 2.

He left Red Star in January 2019 to join Union Saint-Gilloise in the Belgian Challenger Pro League – the Belgian second division – on a two and a half year contract.

At Union Saint-Gilloise, he led the team to promotion to the Belgian Pro League at the end of season 2020/21 as team captain. Union Saint-Gilloise had an excellent campaign in 2021/22, leading the table throughout the season but finishing second in the play-offs and last year, after spending most of the time in second place, they had to settle for third place but reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Europa League.

Reims is one of the most successful clubs in French football history having won six Ligue 1 titles, two Coupe de France trophies, and five Trophée des champions titles. However, since the eighties, Reims have struggled to get back to their former glory. The club hovered between Ligue 2 and the Championnat National for over thirty years after their relegation from the top flight in 1979. In 2012, they were promoted back to Ligue 1, were relegated again in 2016, but returned two years later.

Last season, Reims placed 11th in the Ligue 1 in a comfortable mid-table position. Their best placing in recent years being sixth in 2019/20, managing to qualify for the UEFA Europa League.