The umpteenth rebirth of the Red Star, this club like no other

This Thursday, April 8 is a great day in the history of the Red Star. Not because this legendary football club, currently in the National (equivalent of the third division), is preparing to play in its enclosure at the Bauer stadium a prestigious match against Olympique Lyonnais, in the round of 16 of the Coupe de France. But because in the afternoon, the municipality of Saint-Ouen-sur-Seine (Seine-Saint-Denis), led by socialist Karim Bouamrane, will sign the promise to sell this same Bauer stadium to real estate developer Réalités. The transaction price is 26.5 million euros. In exchange, this group based in Saint-Herblain, near Nantes, which has a turnover of just over 200 million euros, will start renovating the stadium at the end of the season, which has been in poor condition since. decades, and in particular the storm of 1999 which had devastated the stands.

Despite these conditions, 2,000 spectators continue, at each Red Star match, to meet in Bauer, in the Rino Della Negra stand, named after this player shot by the Nazis alongside his brothers in arms from the network. Manouchian. Baroque mix of retired workers, children of immigrants from the Maghreb and black Africa, former anars, young antifas, nostalgic writers, thirty-something graduates from the beautiful Parisian districts. All shouting in unison, at each disputed arbitration decision: “Cop, referee or soldier / what wouldn’t we do / for a salary!” “

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