Stade Brestois looks to translate their league success to the Coupe de France when they welcome Ligue 2 side Angers SCO to the Stade Francis Le Blé this weekend.
Brest have been one of the surprise teams this season as Manager Eric Roy and his squad are in fourth place in the Ligue 1 table midway through the campaign. Les Pirates are just four points behind second-place OGC Nice for an automatic UEFA Champions League spot next season.
Another way Brest can punch their ticket to European football is via the Coupe de France. Winning French football's domestic cup would also allow Brest to add to the rich footballing history in the province of Brittany.
Paris Saint-Germain have dominated this competition in the last decade, but the Coupe de France is where clubs from Brittany have also shone.
Brest aspires to join the ranks of clubs from the region that have triumphed in the Coupe de France. FC Nantes secured victory in 2022 and made it to the final in 2023, only to lose to Toulouse FC. In 2019, Stade Rennais emerged victorious against PSG, while Guingamp clinched the title in 2014, winning a Breton derby final win over Rennes.
Can Brest help to continue this impressive run that the province has had in the last ten years?
On the basis of a strong season to date, Roy commands a team capable of surpassing the club's previous notable performances in this tournament. Brest have advanced to the quarterfinals on two occasions, in the 1982–83 and 2014–15 seasons giving them a chance to make history with a deep run in the current edition.
Despite Brest being the favored team in their encounter with Angers, Le SCO have achieved notable success in the tournament. In 2017, Angers reached the Coupe de France final, although they ultimately lost to PSG.
These two squads should provide an exciting and close-fought derby encounter, with the winner advancing to the Round of 32.