Sep 24, 1952
|Age||69 years old|
Serbian born Stjepan Matic arrived in Rennes from hometown Belgrade at the beginning of the 1976/1977 season in a ploy to bolster the number of options in attack for the Red and Blacks. His arrival triggered the departure of Houssaine Anafal, who cancelled his contract owing to his difficulties in dealing with homesickness. When he landed in Rennes, he was convinced to sign for Reims, which might explain his future difficulties to adapt to his new team. After having played in Germany and the Netherlands (Sparta Rotterdam and Telstar), he would only end up staying for one season in Red and Black, making a meagre two appearances in total. His Rennes debut came when he was given a spot in the starting line-up on Matchday 13 of the season against Sochaux in a 2-2 draw on 6th November 1976. His next appearance wasn't until 6th February 1977 when he came on as a substitute against Valenciennes, replacing Alain Richard during the match, in a 0-2 defeat. After such a barren season in Rennes colours, he left France to continue his playing career in Bolivia.