Lorient News

Lorient, also known as Football Club de Lorient, is a French professional football team based in the city of Lorient, which is located in the region of Brittany. The team is commonly referred to as ‘Les Merlus,’ which is French for ‘The Hake,’ a type of fish commonly found in the waters off the coast of Brittany. The team’s home stadium is the Stade du Moustoir, which has a seating capacity of just over 18,000 spectators. The stadium has been the home of Lorient since 1950, and has undergone several renovations and upgrades over the years.

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Lorient History

Lorients history as a football club dates back to 1926 when it was founded under the name of FC Lorient. The club spent much of its early history in the lower leagues of French football, but gradually began to establish itself as a competitive force in the top flight. The clubs first major success came in the 1990s when they won promotion to Ligue 1, the top tier of French football, for the first time in their history. They were able to maintain their place in Ligue 1 for a few seasons, but eventually suffered relegation back to the second tier. It wasn’t until the early 2000s that Lorient truly began to make their mark on French football. Under guidance of coach Christian Gourcuff, the team won promotion back to Ligue 1 in 2006, and quickly established themselves as a formidable force in the top flight. 

Despite suffering relegation back to Ligue 2 on a few occasions, Lorient has managed to bounce back to the top flight multiple times. In the 2020–21 season, they finished 16th place in Ligue 1, securing their place in the top tier for another season.

Who Owns Lorient

Lorients current owner is Bill Foley. Bill Foley is an American businessman who also owns Premier League club Bournemouth. He acquired a majority stake in January 2023. 

Lorients Manager

Lorients current manager is Regis Le Bris. Le Bris worked as a youth coach at Stade Rennais and Lorient for many, many years before being named head coach of Lorient in 2022. He quickly became the first French coach in history to accumulate 25 points after his first 10 matches of Ligue 1 football. After a terrific start he led Lorient to a tame 10th place finish. 

Biggest Lorient Transfers

Lorients biggest transfers of all time have been:

  • Jean-Victor Makengo from Udinese Calcio for £11.00m
  • Adrian Grbic from Clermont Foot for £9.00m
  • Isaak Toure from Marseille for £8.00m
  • Terem Moffi from KV Kortrijk for £8.00m
  • Formose Mendy from Amiens SC for £7.50m

Lorients Biggest Sales Have Been:

  • Tereme Moffi to OGC Nice for £22.50m
  • Dango Ouattara to Bournemouth for £22.50m
  • Enzo Le Fee to Stade Rennais for £20.00m
  • Didier Ndong to Sunderland for £20.00m
  • Alexis Claude-Maurice to OGC Nice for £13.00m

Lorient Drama

Lorient completed the signing of Benjamin Mendy five days after he was found not guilty of rape and attempted rape on multiple women. The club recieved backlash for this signing by both fans of the club and French football in general.

Who Plays For Lorient Now

Lorient have a decent squad with defenders such as Yvon Mvogo, Alfred Gomis, Montassar Talbi, Isaak Toure, Formose Mendy, Julien Laporte, Loris Mouyokolo, Benjamin Mendy, Darlin Yongwa, Vincent Le Goff, Gedeon Kalulu, Igor Silva and Dembo Sylla. In midfield they have Laurent Abergel, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Bonke Innocent, Jean-Victor Makengo, Ayman Kari, Romain Faivre, Theo Le Bris, Julien Ponceau and Quentin Boisgard. In attack they have Joel Mvuka, Bamba Dieng, Aiyegun Tosin, Pablo Pagis and Adrian Grbic. 

What Have Lorient Won

Lorient have only won 1 Coupe de France and 1 Ligue 2 title. 

Lorient 2023/24 Season Predictions

This season we predict Lorient will finish mid-table. Lorient have a decent squad and have only just come up in the 2020/21 season. We predict they will survive comfortably however we do not think they will have enough quality to challenge towards the top of the table.

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