Derby Breton

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Derby de la Bretagne
Derby Breton
City or region Brittany, France
Teams involved Rennes, Lorient, Nantes, En Avant de Guingamp, Quimper Kerfeunteun F.C., US Saint-Malo, Vannes OC, and Stade Brestois 29
First contested 15 December 1963
Most wins Nantes (37)
Most recent meeting Guingamp 2-0 Rennes (3 May 2014)
Next meeting TBA
Largest victory Nantes 6–1 Rennes (3 September 1969)

The Derby de la Bretagne (French pronunciation: ​[dɛʁbi də la bʁətaɲ], Brittany Derby; also known as the Derby Breton French pronunciation: ​[dɛʁbi bʁətɔ̃]) is a football match. The match can potentially designate any match-up between two sporting football associations based in the historic province of Brittany, however, most of the time, it is employed by each club's supporters to mention a football match contested between major French clubs Stade Rennais and FC Nantes.[1][2] The name of the derby derives from the fact that Rennes and Nantes are the two major clubs that are situated in the former province of Brittany. Currently, in present-day France, the city of Nantes is not situated in the region of Brittany having left the region in 1956, and, instead, occupy territory in the nearby region Pays de la Loire. The derby may also refer to matches involving fellow Brittany clubs FC Lorient, En Avant Guingamp, and Stade Brestois, however, the derby has been historically contested by Rennes and Nantes.

Nantes and the current incarnation of Rennes, having previously been known as Stade Rennais Université Club, first met on 15 December 1963 in a league match, which the former team won 2–1. Due to each club's affiliation to the Breton heritage, the derby is regularly contested to decide "which city is the real capital of Brittany". Both clubs display their Breton identity proudly. Rennes supporters regularly display Celtic symbols at Tribune Mordelles, where the infamous supporters' group Roazhon Celtic Kop are located, while Nantes often display the Bretagne flag in their primary colors, yellow and green.[3]

FC Lorient's status in the derby came about from their promotion to Ligue 1 at the start of the new millennium. Though the club were relegated after one season, it regained promotion for the 2006–07 season and have consistently stayed up, often finishing ahead of Nantes, who have been relegated twice since Lorient's arrival for the 2006–07 season. Since Nantes' fall to the second division and its inability to regain promotion, the derby is regularly contested by Rennes and Lorient. The derby took a notable rise following the 2–1 victory by Guingamp over Rennes in the 2009 Coupe de France Final. This was the first final since 1956 where both clubs were based in the same region and both clubs displayed their Breton culture proudly.[4]

Statistics[edit]

As of 17 May 2009

Club P W D L F A +/-
League
Nantes 64 32 17 15 93 65 +28
Rennes 64 15 17 32 65 93 –28
Coupe de France
Nantes 4 4 0 0 14 3 +11
Rennes 4 0 0 4 3 14 –11
Coupe de la Ligue
Nantes 1 1 0 0 4 2 +2
Rennes 1 0 0 1 2 4 –2
Totals
Nantes 69 37 17 15 111 69 +42
Rennes 69 15 17 37 69 111 –42
Club P W D L F A +/-
League
Lorient 8 3 3 2 12 8 +4
Nantes 8 2 3 3 8 12 –4
Coupe de France
Lorient 2 1 0 1 1 2 –1
Nantes 2 1 0 1 2 1 +1
Coupe de la Ligue
Lorient 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nantes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals
Lorient 10 4 3 3 14 9 +5
Nantes 10 3 3 4 9 14 –5
Club P W D L F A +/-
League
Rennes 10 6 3 1 15 7 +8
Lorient 10 1 3 6 7 15 –8
Coupe de France
Rennes 4 3 0 1 7 4 +4
Lorient 4 1 0 3 4 7 –3
Coupe de la Ligue
Rennes 1 0 0 1 0 1 –1
Lorient 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1
Totals
Rennes 15 10 3 2 22 12 +10
Lorient 15 2 3 10 12 22 –10

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rennes-Nantes: le derby breton est de retour" (in French). Les dessous du sport. 12 December 2008. Retrieved 9 November 2010. 
  2. ^ "Nantes - Stade Rennes". Football Derbies. Retrieved 9 November 2010. 
  3. ^ "Football-Club Nantes-Atlantique (France)" (in French). Five Star Flags. Retrieved 12 August 2010. 
  4. ^ "Ambiance bretonne au Stade de France" (in French). French Football Federation. 1 May 2009. Retrieved 12 August 2010. 

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