While the World Cup has just ended, Ligue 1 will already resume its rights in a few days. On this occasion, Ti Sport invites you to come back to the complicated first part of the season at Stade Brestois.
After finishing eleventh in Ligue 1 last year, everyone expected Brest to play mid-table again, but things didn’t go as planned at the start of the season. Between the poor performances in the field and the extra-sporting controversies, this start to the 2022/2023 financial year has been a nightmare for our Bretons. A few games before the break, Del Castillo and his family nevertheless managed to pull themselves together to get out of the red zone at the last minute, a good omen for the future?
Chaotic start to the season
Stade Brestois did not inherit the best possible calendar on the first days since it started its season with Lens and Marseille. After a defeat in the North (3-2) and a satisfactory draw against the Phocaeans (1-1), the Ty-Zefs won their first victory on the lawn of Angers (3-1). The season then seemed to start in earnest. Nay!
A week later, the nightmare began with a very heavy 7–0 loss to Montpellier, a huge shock for Der Zakarian’s men. There followed a series of 7 consecutive games without a win, despite an encouraging match against PSG (1-0 defeat). This bad sequence had the consequence of sending the Brestois to last place in the championship, creating concern among all the supporters.
Recent encouraging matches
Brendan Chardonnet and his partners finally regained victory in Clermont (3-1), a real breath of fresh air. At that moment, hope returned to the hearts of Ty-Zefs before a draw against Reims (0–0) and a narrow defeat at Nice (1–0).
For its last match before the break, Stade Brestois managed to take three very important points against Troyes. A success that allowed the Bretons to get out of the red zone by climbing to 16th place in the championship with 13 points, just ahead of Auxerre (13 points), Ajaccio (12 points) and Strasbourg (11 points). These last benefits will undoubtedly be a real working basis to avoid relegation.
Der Zakarian, Belaïli, the icing on the cake
It wasn’t just in terms of results that things didn’t go well at the start of the season. Youcef Belaïli, an important member of the team last year, showed very bad behavior off the pitch. In addition to his deviations, the Algerian no longer felt comfortable and wanted to leave the club. At the end of a long soap opera, the SB29 decided to terminate its contract.
A few weeks later, Stade Brestois announced the dismissal of Michel Der Zakarian after a succession of poor results. Since this separation, the club has not recruited a new coach, contenting itself for the moment with the trio Bruno Grougi, Julien Lachuer and Yvan Bourgis. While everyone is waiting for a new confirmed coach, the Brest management seems to be satisfied with these three men for the moment.
Del Castillo attacking leader of Stade Brestois
In the tornado, there is a light that allowed the Bretons to stay the course: Romain Del Castillo. Arrived on the tip of Finistère more than a year ago now, the 26-year-old right winger is a real leader on the front of the attack. With 4 goals and 3 assists in 9 games, the former Rennais is involved in 44% of Brest goals despite only playing a little more than half of the matches. For the second part of the season, Del Castillo will once again have to be an example for his attacking partners and in particular Islam Slimani who has struggled to win since his arrival with only one goal and one assist in 11 games.