Founded In
Brest, France

About Brest

Stade Brestois 29, often known as Brest or Stade Brest, was initially founded as Armoricaine de Brest back in 1903. Stade Brest did not utilise their current name until 1950 and the date 1950 is referenced on the club's badge as a result.

Brest first achieved professional status after gaining promotion to the second tier in 1970. At the conclusion of the 1978-79 season, they gained promotion to Ligue 1 for the first time. Unfortunately, their stay in the top flight was brief and they were relegated after just one year.

The club's most successful period began with their promotion back to the top flight in 1981. On this occasion, their stay in the top flight would last a full seven years, before they were ultimately relegated back to Ligue 2 in 1988. During the 1990s, the club was relegated to the third tier of the French league system, where it stayed for several years. Brest returned to Ligue 2 in 2004 and in 2010, after finishing as runners up, they returned to Ligue 1 for the first time in almost twenty years.

Despite spending much of the club's history in the lower divisions of the French league system, over the years Brest have housed some top-class, internationally famous footballers, including French internationals like Paul Le Guen, Vincent Guérin, David Ginola and Franck Ribéry and the former Brazilian international defender Júlio César.

The team's home matches are played at the Stade Francis-Le Blé, which was formerly known as the Stade de l'Armoricaine. The stadium first opened in 1922. Today, the Stade Francis-Le Blé is able to hold a total capacity of 15,097. However, its record attendance was set back in 1986, when a total of 21,619 spectators watched a league match between Brest and Ligue 1 giants, Olympique Marseille. 

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