Based in 1950 following the fusion of 5 native golf equipment, the membership rose via the novice ranks to the third tier by 1958, the second by 1970, and reached the highest division of French soccer for the primary time in 1979.
Brest loved 9 top-flight seasons between 1981 — once they received the Ligue 2 title, their solely vital piece of silverware — and 1991 earlier than monetary difficulties hit. The membership, which had secured a best-ever eighth-placed L1 end in 1986/87, was declared bankrupt, and wanted to restart the lengthy climb again out of the doldrums. They have been again in Ligue 2 by 2004 — helped by an rising younger expertise named Franck Ribéry — and Ligue 1 in 2010.
During the last decade, the membership has spent most of its time in Ligue 2 following relegation in 2013. Nevertheless, they returned to the highest flight as second-tier runners-up in 2018/19, and — following a 14th-placed end of their first season again in Ligue 1 — seem set to ascertain themselves as one among France’s prime 20 golf equipment.
Whereas the membership’s badge has modified various instances since 1950, Brest have all the time performed in purple and white. The colors derive from the town’s former flag.
Membership icon: Bruno Grougi
Over 9 years — 2009 to 2018 — Grougi, an suave midfielder, was an integral a part of the Brest aspect. Although born in Normandy, he turned an adopted Breton, taking part in 307 aggressive video games for the membership and scoring 53 objectives, totals which put him second and third on SB29’s all-time charts in these classes respectively. After retiring in 2018, Grougi has begun taking his teaching badges wih the help of the membership, and he’s presently one among first-team boss Olivier Dall’Oglio’s assistants.
Stadium: Stade Francis-Le Blé
Opened in 1922 below the title Stade de l’Armoricaine, it’s smaller than the properties of Brest’s three foremost regional rivals: Rennes, Guingamp and Lorient. It had simply 1,800 seats till 1980 when the membership’s success on the pitch led to growth. It stays an ‘old skool’ soccer stadium, based mostly within the coronary heart of the town, and even ignored by close by housing developments.
Ten well-known former gamers
Jose Luis Brown (1986/87), Julio Cesar (1986/87), David Ginola (1990/91), Sergio Goycochea (1991), Stéphane Guivarc’h (1984-91), Bernard Lama (1990/91), Paul Le Guen (1983-89), Corentin Martins (1988-91), Franck Ribéry (2003/04), Ian Wallace (1984)
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The ’29’ within the membership’s title refers back to the quantity given by the French authorities to the département — the equal of a US state — of Finistere during which Brest is located on France’s westernmost level.