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1 January 2005
Papakouli Diop

Papakouli Diop, 20 year-old young Senegalese, arrived in Brittany in 2004 after playing a few years in his native country. Endowed with strong athletic potential and technical skills, Diop made Landry Chauvin and his reserve team happy during a few years before joining the professional squad in 2006. After his debut with the first team during the first round of Ligue 1, Papakouli is finally sent out on loan to Tours FC, in Ligue 2, to gain more top level playtime. Not really used at the start of the season, then badly injured, he made an average season with his new club. Stade Rennais then decided not to extend his contract and let him go free after the 2006-2007 season. The young Senegalese player then decided to stay in Tours, and 6 months later left for Spain.

1 January 2005

After doing his first professional steps in the era of Christian Gourcuff, the Paimpolais became quickly a key player in Rennes’ midfield. U23 French International player and symbol of Brittany identity for the club, Étienne Didot grew to be an essential player in the squad, becoming the team captain after Olivier Monterrubio’s transfer to Lens. After rumours of transfer during the 2007 summer, Étienne Didot finally prolonged his contract by two more years. The Costarmoricain had to bear a difficult 2007-2008 season, with multiple injuries and the lack of confidence of Guy Lacombe in him who regularly made him play with the reserve team at the end of the season. After spending most of his career with Rennes, he finally left the club to play for Toulouse in June 2008.

29 July 2003
Philippe Delaye

Player of duty, Philippe Delaye was trained in Montpellier, where he began his career in Division 1; After seven seasons at La Pallaide, Stade Rennais recruited him in 2000. In Brittany, his career was made of ups and downs. He was effective during the first season but the second was punctuated by several injuries. A popular figure with the Rennes fans, he was finally transferred to Bastia after three and a half seasons in Rennes, after failing to convince Laszlo Bölöni to rely on him. He remained in Corsica for only six months before being released. Recruited by FC Istres in January 2005, he returned to Montpellier 6 months later. This is where Delaye ended his career in June 2010.

26 July 2003
Gaël Danic

Born in Vannes and trained at Stade Rennais, Gaël Danic started with the first squad during the 2000-2001 season. Launched by Paul Le Guen, he failed to confirm in the following year under Christian Gourcuff's management. Loaned to En Avant de Guingamp, in Ligue 2, he still didn’t manage to make his way in the first team. Therefore, Stade Rennais didn't extend his contract and let him go at the term of his contract. ItDanic would finally show his ability with Grenoble, in Ligue 2. Since then, he succeeded in breaking through in the top flight, and became one of the key players in Valenciennes.

13 July 2003
El-Hadji Diouf

Born in Senegal, El-Hadji Diouf arrived in France as a teenager and soon joined the FC Sochaux Academy. A few years later, he started his career in Division 1, and was recruited only one season later by Stade Rennais. After a nice start In Brittany, Diouf had difficulties to convince. With four goals scored (but only one in D1), he became especially famous for his off-pitch life. In 2000, Stade rennais loaned him to RC Lens and convinced the Artesian club to definitively keep him. A good move for RC Lens, since Diouf asserted himself as one of the best player of D1, coming close to win the title of French champion with RC Lens. Transferred to Liverpool for a comfortable transfer fee, he then started a long career in Great Britain, but his first experience with the Reds wouldn’t prove as successful as he hoped. Since then, Diouf has collected spells with second-rate English clubs, and continues to draw the media attention with his off-pitch antics and his controversial behaviour.

27 June 2003
Jean-Claude Darcheville

Born in Guyana, Jean Claude Darcheville arrived in mainland France in 1995 to sign for Stade Rennais. After two initial seasons in which he barely played (four games in D1 in two years), he gained more play time in 1997-1998, before moving on loan to Nottingham Forrest. After the English club didn’t keep him, he joined the FC Lorient where he finally broke through. After two seasons with over ten goals scored, he blossomed in D1 and scored nineteen goals. Better, Darcheville played a dominating role in the excellent performances by “Les Merlus” in the cup competitions, scoring the winning goal in the Coupe de France final. While Lorient was relegated, Darcheville was logically transferred. He landed in Bordeaux where he would remain for the following five seasons, alternating the good with the less good. After he left the Girondins in 2007, he drifted from club to club, with experiences in Scotland with the Glasgow Rangers, in L1 with Valenciennes, in L2 with Nantes, or in Greece with Kavala.

17 July 2002
Nicolas Douchez

Trained at the Le Havre Academy after a spell at Paris FC, the Paris-born goalkeeper spends four seasons in Normandy, in the shadows of Alexander Vencel, the Slovakian international, without playing a single game with the first team. _Finally loaned to Chateauroux, Douchez seizes the opportunity to accumulate games and experience in Ligue 2. Scouted by Toulouse, he then joins the “Pink City” for a first season as a substitute to Christophe Revault. On his second season, he reveals himself in the limelight, thanks to excellent performances, leading him to become the first choice in the Toulouse goals. Transferred to the Stade Rennais after a less convincing 2007-2008 season, Douchez soon took his marks in the “Rouge et Noir” goals. Multiple and decisive saves are his usual lot, and his hard work was rewarded in October 2009 with a debut call-up in the French National Squad.

17 July 2002
Bira Dembélé

A very rangy defender, Bira Dembélé worked his way through the Stade Rennais’ youth team. Excellent in the air, thanks to his height and an impressive jumping ability, Dembélé still needs to improve his game with the ball. Pairing with Prince Oniangue to compose a highly efficient central defense with the Reserves, Bira Dembélé took profit of numerous injuries in the professional squad to play his first games in Ligue 1, in January 2008. His performances were good enough to convince the management to offer him a first three-year professional contract. In summer 2009, he was loaned to Boulogne sur Mer, recently promoted to Ligue 1, to gather some professional experience. There, he made his place as a regular in the first team, scoring his first professional goal in the process. Back to his training club in 2010, Dembélé was left on the sidelines by Frédéric Antonetti and played the whole 2010/2011 season with the Reserve. At the end of his contract in June 2011, he joined Sedan.