EDITO: The 104 years old club from Brittany has found its place in the middle table of Ligue1 for many years. After many failures since the club was bought by a local multi-billionaire entrepreneur, the club decided to slowly build a team over a few years, thanks to its formation centre, while keeping its best players and sweeping away its ghosts from the past (as in recruitment mistakes.. BIG ONES ) That's when Lazslo Boloni was called and came from Sporting Lisboa to coach Rennes. He managed to build a very pleasant team, from the ashes that Vahid left after leaving for PSG. He injected his science of technical, fast, 1-touch collective football, which now makes Stade Rennais one of the teams with the most beautiful game style. The team's weak spot is its unability to win away games. The statistics are quite amazing, it's actually the best team of Ligue1 at home, while it has only earned 3 points in away games. Anyway, the staff doesn't really seem to care about this fact, since the claimed objective for this season was to find a place in the Top10. But we know that with such great games provided at home, they could easily be a challenger for the Top5 if they managed to solve this psychologic and motivation problem. Anyway, even with such bad performances in away games, the team looks quite confident, and the fans are happy because home games, in the beautiful recently renovated Stade de la Route de Lorient, are the occasion of a great show. And fans are also confident that this team will soon manage to establish itself in the Top5, because of its talented technical players. Now, the challenge for the staff is to make players like Monterubio, Sorlin, Frei and Maoulida sign a new contract, either way they will go freely, except for Frei, who has claimed he would think about leaving only if he had an offer from Lyon, Bayern München or Barça. Some of them have indeed already shown their interest in staying with Rennes, if Barça doesn't want them , and Etienne Didot, one of the best young players of Rennes (and of France, U21) has lit the way by signing a new 3 years contract. If we can keep most of these key players, the next seasons are really going to be great. Rennes formation centre has been improving year after year, and is now ranked 2nd best, after Auxerre's. It is the biggest provider of players for France U21 team. The future holds the biggest hopes of all rennais, and it may start in the near future with the Coupe de France, the only remaining objective of Rennes for this season.. but everything is still possible, if the team wakes up in away games! Stay tuned! Upcoming games: 02/27/05 : Ligue1 : Lille - Rennes (6 PM GMT+1) 03/02/05 : Coupe de France : Rennes - Monaco (5 PM GMT+1) Yoann Gourcuff, 18 years old Offensive Midfielder and product of the formation centre, has managed to find its place in the A team within a few games, and is a serious challenger for Kim Källström. He's a future star of football!