Stade Rennais president Olivier Letang has been forced to make the embarrassing admission that neither he, nor anybody else at the club, have a clue where their historic Coupe de France trophies are.
Rennes won the cup twice in 1965 and 1971, but both are seemingly unaccounted for. This presents an obvious issue, if only because the Ligue 1 club are currently in the process of piecing together a museum retrospective in honour of their vibrant history.
Letang broke the bad news at Saturday’s annual general meeting of the Stade Rennais History Club at their Roazhon Park stadium.
There, the president, along with board chairman Jacques Delanoe, admitted that the two trophies intended to form the centre-piece of the historic exhibition are both missing and nowhere to be found.
Letang told the room (quotes via L’Equipe):
The two Coupe de Frances have disappeared, they are nowhere in the club. It’s incredible, someone has to have taken them.
We have asked to recover the replicas.
Well ain’t that just the darnedest thing? It woud;nt be quite so bad if Rennes had won a bit more over the years, but the two French Cups and a couple of Ligue 2 titles (one in the 1950s; one in 1983) are pretty much all they’ve got to show for their 116-years of trading.
Want our advice? Start scouring Ebay and keep those fingers crossed…