Feature: Who is Orlando Pirates' new finishing expert Stephane Adam?

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Goal takes a look at the new Bucs technical team member, who is expected to improve the Soweto giants' goal return

Premier Soccer League (PSL) giants Orlando Pirates have enlisted the services of Stephane Adam.

The Buccaneers were the second highest scoring team in the league last season - netting 41 goals in 30 matches.

As a result, they finished second behind PSL champions Mamelodi Sundowns, who scored a whopping 49 goals in 30 games.

The Soweto giants are hoping for an increased goal return in the new 2018/19 season after confirming Adam's as a striking coach.

Orlando Pirates players, Abbubaker Mobara, Ntsikelelo Nyauza, Mpho Makola & Thabiso Kutumela

Adam, who is a finishing specialist, was a well-travelled striker during his playing days having played for six French clubs, before moving to Scotland.

The 49-year-old began his football career at his hometown club, Lille OSC, who were campaigning in the Ligue 1 in the late 80's.

In 1989, Adam left the Great Danes for lower division side Louhans-Cuiseaux FC where he spent two years, before leaving for US Orleans.

The journeyman spent one season with the lower division club, before leaving for US Creteil in 1993. 

Amiens SC then snapped up Adam ahead of the 1993/94 campaign. He helped the team finish ninth on the Division 2 standings in the following season.

FC Metz came calling for Adam's services in 1995 and he returned to the top flight of French football, Ligue 1 after six seasons in the lower division.

Stephane Adam, Orlando Pirates, August 2018

The Maroons were one of the best teams in France at the time as they were able to qualify for Uefa club competitions. 

In 1996, the retired marksman helped Metz win the 1996 French League Cup - defeating Olympique Lyonnais in the final.

Adam scored during a penalty shootout as Metz won 5-4 on penalties following a 0-0 draw at the Parc des Princes in the French capital city, Paris.

He was then given an opportunity to ply his trade outside his home country for the first time in his career in 1997 after signing for Scottish club Hearts of Midlothian FC.

The Lille-born forward enjoyed his football at the Premier League side and he helped them win the 1998 Scottish Cup.

Adam netted the second goal in their 2-1 win over Scottish giants Rangers FC in the final. He made a total of 145 appearances for Hearts - scoring 33 goals in the process.

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After retiring in 2002, Adam embarked on a coaching career and he had a spell with Scottish club, Kilmarnock, before returning to Lille as a coach in the club's academy in 2006.

Pirates confirmed that Adam was joining Serbian coach Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevic's technical team from Lille. 

 

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