FC Lorient

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FC Lorient logo.svg
Full nameFootball Club Lorient-Bretagne Sud
Nickname(s)Les Merlus (The Merlucciidaes)
Founded1926; 93 years ago (1926)
GroundStade du Moustoir,
ChairmanLoïc Fery
ManagerChristophe Pélissier
LeagueLigue 2
2018–19Ligue 2, 6th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Football Club Lorient-Bretagne Sud (French pronunciation: ​[lɔʁjɑ̃ bʁətaɲ syd]; commonly referred to FC Lorient or simply Lorient) is a French association football club based in Lorient, Brittany. The club was founded in 1926 and plays in Ligue 2 in the 2019-20 season after relegation from Ligue 1 in the 2016-17 season. Lorient plays its home matches at the stade Yves Allainmat, named after the former mayor of Lorient. The stadium is surnamed Stade du Moustoir because of its location within the city. The team is managed by Christophe Pélissier.

Lorient had a relatively bleak history nationally prior to 1998 when the club made its first appearance in Ligue 1 in the 1998–99 season. Prior to that, Lorient spent the majority of its life as an amateur club. Lorient's achieved its biggest honour in 2002 when the club won the Coupe de France defeating Bastia 1–0 in the final. Lorient has never won Ligue 1, but has won the Championnat National earning this honour in 1995. Regionally, the club has won five Brittany Division d'Honneur titles and six Coupe de Bretagne.

Lorient has most notably served as a springboard club for several present-day internationals such as Laurent Koscielny, André-Pierre Gignac, Michaël Ciani, Kevin Gameiro, Karim Ziani, Bakari Koné, Matteo Guendouzi, and Seydou Keita. French international Yoann Gourcuff, the son of Christian Gourcuff, began his career at the club before moving to Derby Breton rivals Rennes. Most recently, the club was relegated to Ligue 2.


Football Club Lorient was founded on 2 April 1926. Lorient was formed off of La Marée Sportive, a club founded a year earlier by Madame Cuissard, a store patron who originated from Saint-Étienne, and her son Joseph. The club began play as an amateur club under the Czechoslovakian manager Jozef Loquay and won the Champions de l'Ouest in 1929, which placed the club into the Division d'Honneur of the Brittany region. In 1932, Lorient won the league and, four years later, repeated this performance. The onset of World War II limited the club's meteoric rise in the region and the departure of several players who either joined the war effort or left to play abroad effectively disseminated the club.

Following the war, Antoine Cuissard, the grandson of Madame Cuissard, joined the club as a player with intentions of rebuilding it in honour of his grandmother. Lorient began play in the Division d'Honneur. Cuissard began one of the first Lorient players to maintain a place in the France national team while playing with the club. In 1954, he played on the team that qualified for the 1954 FIFA World Cup. Lorient quickly recovered and, by 1948, was playing in the Championnat de France amateur (CFA). The club spent two years in the league before falling back to the Division d'Honneur. In 1957, Lorient was promoted back to the CFA, but struggled due to being limited financially. Subsequently, the club sought sponsors with the hopes of becoming professional. In 1967, under the chairmanship of both Jean Tomine and René Fougère, Lorient placed a bid to turn professional and was elected to Division 2 by the French League. Incoming president Henri Ducassou agreed to do his best to make professionalism prosper in Lorient.

In the second division, Lorient struggled in the early seventies to consistently stay up in the league table. In the 1974–75 and 1975–76 seasons, the club came close to promotion to Division 1, finishing 3rd in its group on each occasion, one place short of the promotion play-offs. However, the following season, Lorient was relegated to Division 3. The potential of that team had proved above its classification when the club qualified for its first French FA Cup quarter-finals in history. The club subsequently struggled financially and domestically. It went bankrupt in 1978. During this period, under the name "Club des Supporters du FC Lorient" (the supporters legally took over to keep the FC Lorient name alive), Lorient played in the Division Supérieure Régionale (sixth tier of the French football pyramid). In the early 1980s, Georges Guenoum took over the club as president and hired former Lorient player Christian Gourcuff as manager. Surprisingly, under Gourcuff, Lorient quickly climbed back up the French football ladder. In 1983, the club won the Brittany Division d'Honneur title and, the following season, won Division 4. In 1985, they won Division 3 and so were back in Division 2 eight years after their demise at that level! Gourcuff left the club after its first Division 2 campaign, with relegation only being effective through an unfavourable goal difference. Lorient spent the next five years in Division 3 playing under two different managers. It went financially bust again in 1990 but was nevertheless allowed to stay in Division 3. In 1991, Gourcuff returned to the club and after almost a decade playing in Division 3, Lorient earned promotion back to Division 2 after winning the second edition of the Championnat National.

Jean-Claude Darcheville scored the game-winning goal for Lorient in the 2002 Coupe de France final.

Lorient spent two seasons in the second division and, in the 1997–98 season, surprised many by running away with the league alongside champions Nancy. The 1998–99 season marked Lorient's first appearance in Division 1 in the club's history. The appearance was brief with Lorient struggling to meet the financial demands and stronger competition of the league. The club finished in 16th place and were relegated. Amazingly, Lorient finished equal on points with Le Havre with both clubs having the same number of wins, losses, and draws. However, due to Le Havre having a better goal difference, Lorient was relegated. After only two seasons in Division 2, Lorient were back in the first division for the 2001–02 season. Prior to the promotion, in April 2001, a takeover of the club led by Alain Le Roch led to internal problems, which resulted in the departure of Gourcuff and one of the club's best players, Ulrich Le Pen, soon after. The club hired Argentine manager Ángel Marcos to replace Gourcuff. However, Marcos lasted only a few months.

Despite the initial issues, Lorient strengthened its squad in preparation for its return to the first division by recruiting players such as Pascal Delhommeau, Moussa Saïb, Johan Cavalli, and Pape Malick Diop. Led by Yvon Pouliquen, the new signings joined the likes of Jean-Claude Darcheville, Arnaud Le Lan, and Seydou Keita and surprised many by reaching the final of the Coupe de la Ligue. Lorient was defeated by Bordeaux in the final. Lorient continued its impressive cup form by winning the Coupe de France just two months later. In the match, Lorient faced Bastia and defeated the Corsicans 1–0 courtesy of a goal from Darcheville. The title was the club's first major honour. The celebration would however end on a sourer note as Lorient was relegated from league play in the same season.

Lorient returned to the first division, now called Ligue 1, in 2006 with a completely revamped team. Instead of spending money on players, the club focused its efforts on improving its academy and promoted several players to the first-team such as André-Pierre Gignac, Virgile Reset, Jérémy Morel, and Diego Yesso during the club's stint in Ligue 2. Lorient was also influenced by the arrival of the Malian international Bakari Koné. The club, in its return to Ligue 1, finished mid-table in three straight seasons. In the 2009–10 season, Lorient performed well domestically. In October 2009, the club reached 5th place in the table; its highest position that late in the season ever. Lorient eventually finished the campaign in 7th place; its best finish in Ligue 1.

In the 2016-2017 Ligue 1 season, Lorient played against Ligue 2 side ES Troyes in the promotion/relegation play off match. Lorient lost the tie 2-1 and were relegated to Ligue 2 after an 11 year stay in the top flight.[1][2]


Current squad[edit]

As of 19 October 2019.[3]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 France GK Romain Cagnon
4 France DF Joris Sainati
5 Madagascar DF Thomas Fontaine
6 France MF Laurent Abergel
7 France DF Jonathan Martins Pereira
8 France MF Maxime Etuin
9 Turkey FW Umut Bozok
11 Democratic Republic of the Congo FW Yann Kitala (on loan from Lyon)
14 France DF Jérôme Hergault
15 France DF Julien Laporte
16 France GK Teddy Bartouche
17 France DF Houboulang Mendes
18 France MF Fabien Lemoine
19 France FW Yoane Wissa
20 France DF Matthieu Saunier
No. Position Player
21 France FW Samuel Loric
22 France MF Jonathan Delaplace
23 France DF Quentin Lecoeuche
24 Cameroon MF Franklin Wadja
25 France DF Vincent Le Goff (captain)
27 France MF Jimmy Cabot
28 France FW Armand Laurienté (on loan from Rennes)
29 France FW Pierre-Yves Hamel
30 France GK Paul Nardi
31 France MF Enzo Le Fée
32 France MF Sylvain Marveaux
37 France MF Julien Ponceau
39 France DF Tom Renaud
40 France GK Maxime Pattier

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
France GK Ilan Meslier (on loan at Leeds United)
Gabon DF Wilfried Ebane (on loan at Dunkerque)
France DF Mamadou Kamissoko (on loan at Pau)
France DF Peter Ouaneh (on loan at Le Puy)
No. Position Player
France MF Malcom Edjouma (on loan at Chambly)
Guinea MF Mohamed Mara (on loan at Paris FC)
France FW Gaëtan Courtet (on loan at Ajaccio)
Ivory Coast FW Moussa Guel (on loan at Quevilly-Rouen)

Reserve squad[edit]

As of 11 october 2018.[4]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
38 France DF Peter Ouaneh
France MF Simon Bourhis
France DF Lois Mouyokolo
France DF Dylan Olliveaux
France DF Tom Renaud
France MF Maxime Carneiro
France MF Milan Guendouzi
France MF Ilyes Nakoubi
France FW Christian Kitenge
France FW Baptiste Mouazan
France FW Kemy Amiche
France FW Junior Burban
France DF Ruddy Ebondo
No. Position Player
France MF Maxence Fortier
France DF Adrien Julloux
31 France MF Enzo Le Fée
France FW Jérémy Le Saos
France MF Makan Sidibé
34 France MF Tristan Boubaya
France GK Teddy Bartouche
France MF Paul Bellon
France MF Paul Bellon
France GK Abdoul Coulibaly
France DF Pierre-Étienne Lemaire
France GK Lenny Montfort

Notable players[edit]

Below are the notable former and current players who have represented Lorient in league and international competition since the club's foundation in 1926. To appear in the section below, a player must have played in at least 100 official matches for the club.

For a complete list of FC Lorient players with a Wikipedia article, see here.

Management and staff[edit]

Club officials[edit]

Senior club staff[5]

Managerial history[edit]




  1. ^ http://www.beinsports.com/au/football/video/troyes-promoted-to-ligue-1/554193
  2. ^ http://www.ligue1.com/club/fc-lorient
  3. ^ "L'équipe professionnelle 2019-20". FC Lorient Official Site. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  4. ^ "L'équipe réserve 2018-19". fclweb.fr. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Présentation". FC Lorient. Archived from the original on 4 December 2010. Retrieved 11 January 2011.
  6. ^ "France – Trainers of First and Second Division Clubs". RSSSF. Retrieved 11 January 2011.
  7. ^ "Entraîneurs". FC Lorient. Archived from the original on 13 March 2011. Retrieved 11 January 2011.
  8. ^ The 1995 title was won by the club's reserve team.

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