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UEFA B licensed Coach
Striker – for AS Monaco FC
Head coach of Haiti National Team 2008 – 2009
Twice French League Champion
Military World Cup Champion
Wagneau Eloi is a world-class soccer champion who is well known for his great talent and dynamic style throughout the soccer world. He has had the opportunity to play alongside many of the world’s great players such as Fabien Barthez, Bernard Lama, David Trezeguet, Didier Drogba, Florent Malouda, Marco Simone, Eric Abidal and Rafael Marquez.
Born on September 11, 1973 in Port au Prince, Haiti, Wagneau had a humble childhood with his father and mother, a carpenter and seamstress, respectively. At the tender age of nine, his family relocated to Paris, France. Upon his arrival in Paris, he enrolled in the soccer little league at the Red Star Club where he played for four seasons.
He continued his training at the Paris Football Club before joining the Racing Club de Lens in 1991, where Roger Boli welcomed him to the team like a brother and established a strong bond and long friendship between the two players.
In the next four years, Wagneau earned his stripes at the Racing Club de Lens, became a professional player, and joined the AS Nancy Lorraine Team where he continued to hone his soccer skills. During his rookie year, Wagneau befriended Roger Lemerre, a well-known French soccer coach. Roger became Wagneau’s mentor and coached him to his first professional championship title at the Military World Championships with the French Team, Joinville Battalion.
In winning this championship, Wagneau had not only elevated his game but his confidence was also apparent. As a result, he returned to the Racing Club de Lens stronger than ever. With his leadership, the team was not only able to join the tightly-closed and prestigious club, “Circle of the Champions of France”, but also won its first championship title during the 1997-1998 season.
In 1999, the President of the AS Monaco Soccer Team invited Wagneau to join his team, replacing Thierry Henry who had just signed with the Italian Team. During his four years stint with the AS Monaco Team, Wagneau won numerous titles and an assortment of championships. With all his successes, he also faced many obstacles as well. Wagneau had a rough time adjusting to his new team style of plays and was often sidelined due to injuries, thereby diminishing his overall game.
Frustrated by his then current situation, Wagneau was more than ever anxious and eager to return to his glory days and to the best possible physical shape. He later joined the Guingamp Team in 2002 as it offered him the most on the field playing time. Wagneau immediately regained his love for the game and decided himself to rejoin the Racing Club of Lens for the third time. In 2008, his professional soccer career came to an end in Belgium where he had played for both the Roulers and Louviere Clubs.
Upon his retirement, Wagneau returned to his native country of Haiti in 2008. He was subsequently offered the Head Coach position of the Haitian National Soccer Team in order to prepare it for the upcoming 2010 World Cup.
Since then, Wagneau is now Co-founder & Technical Director of the US Champions Soccer Academy Group and Head of coach of FC Miami City Champions the new Premier Development League expansion franchise in the Miami, Florida.
Wagneau Eloi’s Accomplishments & Awards
1995 – 1996: French Champion for the 2nd Division with the AS Nancy Lorraine
1996 – 1997: Winner of the League Cup with Racing Club de Lens
1997 – 1998: French Champion for the 1st division with the Racing Club de Lens
1999 – 2000: French Champion for League 1, Winner of the Champion Trophy, Semi Finalist of the French Cup with A.S. Monaco FC
2002 – 2003: Winner of the League Cup with AS Monaco FC
2008: Qualified for the First Round of the 2010 World Cup Africa, Head Coach and Trainer of the Haitian National Soccer Team
2014: US Champions Soccer Academy co-founder and FC Miami City Champions Head Coach