FOOTBALL - Stade Rennais: An ex claims his love and size Christian Gourcuff

FOOTBALL - Stade Rennais: An ex claims his love and size Gourcuff

Ahead of the meeting between Sevilla FC and Stade Rennais, counting for the second day of the Champions League, scheduled for Wednesday evening (9 p.m.), a former Rouge et Noir player remembers his time in Rennes. , by proclaiming his love for the club and the Breton city, without forgetting to defeat a former coach.

Stade Rennais still in the heart of Luis Fabiano

Stade Rennais will travel this Wednesday evening (9 p.m.) to the Sanchez-Pizjuan stadium in Andalusia to face Sevilla FC on the second day of the Champions League. A meeting that the two teams want to win, they who both drew last week, against Krasnodar for the Rennes (1-1) and Chelsea for the Sevillians (0-0). But the SRFC will have to come up against Julen Lopetegui's men without his pair of international midfielders, Eduardo Camavinga, injured, and Steven Nzonzi, last-minute suspended by UEFA. On the sidelines of this match, Ouest-France went to meet a former player of both clubs, who had a very different fate in Seville compared to his years in Rennes.

Luis Fabiano arrived at Stade Rennais in 2000, where he never managed to break through. At 19, the one who burst the screen a few years later with Sevilla FC (229 matches, 107 goals) and during his two visits to São Paulo (210 goals in 347 matches), played only twelve small matches. in Red and Black, surely arrived too early and too young in Rennes, a city that he nevertheless keeps in his heart. "Rennes was a very cold city and, in terms of the climate, it was also very cold, said Luis Fabiano. I was very young, but I really liked living in Rennes. I had never left Brazil, not even once. Living in Rennes was something totally different. My adaptation was very complicated. I landed in Rennes with my girlfriend, we were both very young. "

Christian Gourcuff, the downside for Fabiano

However, the attacker, who will be 40 in a few days, felt very well in Brittany and in the city center of Rennes where he lived. "On Sundays, there were sometimes small markets, shops open, we went for a walk with my girlfriend, who also liked Rennes a lot. I also went a lot to the Hippopotamus! It still exists? And the McDonald's in the center? ", remembers an amused Luis Fabiano. Stade Rennais also remains engraved for him: "I have all the Stade Rennais jerseys. I would like to come back to Rennes, I think it's not the same city anymore. Many years have passed. The stadium seems fantastic. today. There is obviously a lot of atmosphere. I watch the results, sometimes matches. Rennes have had very good players in recent years. I am very happy with the current success of the club, I have a special affection for Stade Rennais. "

Despite all this love, Luis Fabiano did not manage to make his hole at Stade Rennais, "too young, too impatient", he admits. He has fond memories of Paul Le Guen, "very important" to him. "He was telling me the truth, he was helping me a lot. He knew my qualities, knew that I was young with room for improvement." On the other hand, Christian Gourcuff did not stay in the heart of the Brazilian striker, who strikes him a small tackle: "Gourcuff did not like my profile, he did not want to help me and I therefore returned to Brazil" , concludes Luis Fabiano. It must be said that Christian Gourcuff is not the best for successfully integrating young players, as evidenced by his current difficulties with the FC Nantes training center, which he trains. As for Luis Fabiano, he will surely watch with an amused and moved eye the meeting between his two former clubs this Wednesday evening in the Champions League.

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