Stade Rennais Football Club, also known by the names Rennes, Stade Rennais and SRFC, was initially founded in March 1901 by a group of ex-students from Brittany. The club played its first official match before the end of March of that year. Historically, the club's main rivals are Nantes and the two sides contest what is known as the Derby Breton, or Brittany derby.
Rennes were founding members of Ligue 1 and competed in its inaugural season in 1932-33. They are one of only four clubs to have been a founding member of the league and still play in the top flight today.
The club's two biggest major successes came in the Coupe de France. In 1965, Rennes defeated Sedan in the final to lift the trophy for the first time and in 1971 the club overcame Olympique Lyonnais to triumph for a second time. The club followed their 1971 victory with a win in the annual Trophée des champions match. Rennes' league performances have been inconsistent and the club has suffered multiple relegations and promotions. Fourth place represents their best ever finish in Ligue 1, and this position has been achieved on four seperate occasions, the most recent of which occured in the 2006-07 season.
Rennes academy, the Henri-Guérin Training Center or La Piverdière, has developed a reputation for producing quality youth players who have gone on to play for the French national team. Examples include Sylvain Wiltord, Yann M'Vila and Yoann Gourcuff. Other notable players to play for Rennes over the years include Louis Cardiet, Petr Čech, Stéphane Mbia and Alexander Frei.
The Stade de la Route de Lorient has served as the club's home since 1912. The stadium's current capacity is 29,778 and its record attendance was set at 29,490 for a match against Marseille in August 2005.