NICKNAME – Les Ty’ Zefs (Our Winds), La Team Pirate (The Pirate Team)
FOUNDED – 1950
LOCATED IN – Brest, Brittany
STADIUM – Stade Francois le Ble
CAPACITY – 15,097
PROMOTED – 2019
BEST LIGUE 1 FINISH – 8th (1986/1987)
BEST COUPE DE FRANCE RUN – QF (Twice)
BEST COUPE DE LA LIGUE RUN/D’ETE – SF (1984)
RECORD GOALSCORER – Gerard Buscher, Drago Vabec (64)
2019/2020 FINISH – 14th
FIVE FACTS ABOUT STADE BRESTOIS 29
1. Stade Brestois formed through the merger of five Catholic clubs seeking to end the dominance of secular AS Brest.
2. The “29” has nothing to do with the year 1929; it’s the number of the department of Finistere (see below).
3. As “Brest Armorique”, the recruitment of South American players helped them to a club best 8th place in 1987.
4. The club was relegated due to heavy debts in 1991 before liquidation forced star man David Ginola to move to PSG.
5. After competing in the amateur leagues, Franck Ribery helped them secure promotion from the third tier in 2004.
FIVE FACTS ABOUT BREST
1. Brest is in the department of Finistere (“End of the Earth”), which includes the most westerly point of mainland France.
2. Designated a military harbour by Cardinal Richelieu (of 3 Musketeers fame), it remains an important navy stronghold and hosts the nation’s naval academy (Ecole Navale).
3. As a key strategic port, it was the site of the fierce WWII “Battle for Brest”, where 10,000 US soldiers lost their lives.
4. Brest’s historic castle combines with the Tanguy Tower opposite to protect the mouth of the River Penfeld.
5. It is the birthplace of prolific composer, Yann Tiersen, who penned the world-renowned “Amelie” soundtrack.
OTHER FRENCH TEAMS
Amiens, Angers, Bordeaux, Brest, Dijon, Lens, Lille, Lorient, Lyon, Marseille, Metz, Monaco, Montpellier, Nantes, Nice, Nimes, Paris Saint-Germain, Reims, Rennes, Saint-Etienne, Strasbourg, Toulouse