On 13th July 1938, Marcel Landgren (ou Landegren, according to some media sources), took over as President of Stade Rennais Football Club, replacing the emblematic Isidore Odorico. Before that, he had been one of the best goalkeepers of his generation. After being employed in a Paris-based trading company, he joined the Infantry Regiment of Saint-Malo in 1911. There he would start his footballing journey with the military team, and also with the Union Sportive Servannaise (one of the best teams in the West of France in the 1910s and 1920s. In August 1914, he was seriously wounded by a bullet in his right thigh, and femur, during the Battle of Charleroi. This event would put a premature end to his playing career, and he was returned to France in December 1915. So, in 1938, he took charge of Rennes, and tried (in vain) to increase the size of the Route de Lorient stadium, which had become too small. He would spend five years at the helm of Stade Rennais Université Club, before resigning on 4th June 1943. Marcel Cormier replaced him as President of the Red and Blacks.