Archive for category: FC Lorient

Christian Gourcuff: Swapping Ligue 1 Warriors for Desert Warriors

Christian Gourcuff: Swapping Ligue 1 Warriors for Desert Warriors

Journalist Daniel Riolo once said, “Give Christian Gourcuff 10 million more in the budget and he’ll take Lorient to third place.” Though Riolo’s prediction was brave, under Gourcuff the suggestion would not have been impossible. In the last ten years, Gourcuff has overseen a constant improvement that has transformed FC […]

FC Lorient: 2013/14 Season Review

FC Lorient: 2013/14 Season Review

Not many coaches play 4-4-2 nowadays but the classic formation is making a comeback and in France Christian Gourcuff has been one of its greatest architects this season. Under Gourcuff, Lorient have stuck to their guns and played two upfront with two tricky and exciting wide men. They finished in […]

Seven Hake-a-swimming: Vincent Aboubakar

Seven Hake-a-swimming: Vincent Aboubakar

As a Chelsea fan first and foremost there’s always been something about big strikers that love bulldozing through defences that has attracted me. The famous one for me needs no introduction, but another man caught my eye a couple of years ago when he moved to France, perhaps not because […]

The Best and Worst of the Mercato in Ligue 1

The Best and Worst of the Mercato in Ligue 1

The transfer window finally slammed shut on Monday night, the shutters were rolled down, and hopefully we can get on with some football now. The total spent in the window was up at £328 million, £97m of that from PSG and Monaco topping the table with £146 million, leaving £86 […]

Trois Tres Bon Points – One jinx finally lifted – LOSC 1 FC Lorient 0

Trois Tres Bon Points – One jinx finally lifted – LOSC 1 FC Lorient 0

The odds were not stacked in Lille’s favour on Saturday night. August is never a good month for Les Dogues and Lorient’s opening day record is one of the best in the league. Since their return to the top flight in 2006 they have yet to start a season at […]

Preview: The Unpredictable Outsiders

Preview: The Unpredictable Outsiders

In any league table there are teams that avoid the relegation scrap, but also never get anywhere near the fight for European football. They are also the ones that can pull out a shock, just like Montpellier winning the league two years ago. Who in this group is going to […]

2012/13 Ligue 1 Season Reviews

2012/13 Ligue 1 Season Reviews

FC Lorient – 2012/13 Season Review

FC Lorient – 2012/13 Season Review

FC Lorient had a very disappointing run out last season (2011/12) and finished in 17th spot, 1 point ahead of relegation so people feared the worst. However at the beginning of the 2012/13 season Lorient and in particular Loic Fery ‘splashed the cash’ and spent €12.5million making them the third top spenders […]