Grimm's fairytale at Strasbourg

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For Jérémy Grimm, last Saturday was a special day, as top-flight football returned to Alsace after a nine-year absence.

The local born midfielder came through the ranks at Strasbourg, and after a spell with Colmar, he re-joined his hometown team in 2013. Last May, having helped Strasbourg seal back-to-back promotions, Grimm celebrated by asking his girlfriend to marry.

The Ligue 1 Show on beIN Sports caught up with the 30-year-old in his home on the morning of last weekend’s game. Grimm showed us his medals:  "Here’s a little memento, the third division championship medal, and the Ligue 2 title.”

Then it was time to head to the Meinau, Strasbourg’s stadium which has been starved of top-flight football for nine years.

Grimm said: "There’s no doubt the Alsacians have been waiting for this moment – they’re probably more stressed than I am."

The training ground and youth academy are situated next to the stadium, and Grimm knows this place like the back of his hand. After a bite to eat and a rest, the players walk the 600 metres which separate the training centre from the stadium. Kick-off is less than 2 hours away.

Two years previously, Grimm was playing Dunkirk in the third tier; now he’s minutes away from a Ligue 1 debut against Marcelo Bielsa’s Lille in front of 20,000 fans.

Grimm starts off on the bench and tells us: "The serious stuff is about to start."

For Strasbourg, French champions in 1979, an historic day soon became a happy one as well as they beat LOSC 3-0. And for Grimm, this fairytale would have a perfect ending as he stepped off the bench to smash in Strasbourg's third goal from distance.

Grimm introduces us to his cousin, who he describes as "Strasbourg's biggest fan". An emotional day for the Grimm family ends with the midfielder's cousin saying: "You made me cry today."

>> PLAYER PROFILE: Jérémy Grimm

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