Round of 32
Despite finishing bottom of the table at the end of the 1990/1991 season, Stade Rennais were rescued in the First Division, after Brest, Bordeaux and Nice were relegated for administrative reasons. The Red and Blacks lost strikers Omam-Biyik and Patrick Delamontagne, but made some promising signings (on paper) with the former ace-goalscorer from Atlético Madrid, the Brazilian Baltazar joining the club, along with tried and trusted players such as Colin and Rousseau; a promising youngster in Gourvennec, and some overseas wildcards in the form of Shala and Sliskovic. 15th at the halfway stage of the season, Didier Notheaux’s side became draw specialists in the second half of the season (17 in all, of which no fewer than 12 were goalless draws, and finished 18th, which meant having to go into the relegation play-off, and even then it was only secured thanks to a last-gasp goal in the final seconds of the last game of the season against Auxerre when Laurent Huard scored in front of the Kop. But with an attack which only managed 25 goals (the lowest total of any team in the league) and only one victory in the last 21 of the season, Rennes’ destiny depended on a two-leg play-off with Strasbourg. Having drawn 0-0 in Rennes, the club slumped to a 1-4 defeat at the Meinau Stadium in Strasbourg, and was officially relegated to Division 2.