FC Lorient – League 1

After a difficult season, in which FC Lorient saved their place in Ligue 1 during the last few days, the Breton club will once again try to keep it for next season. With a new coach on the bench, Régis Le Bris, who until now was the director of the club’s training center, the management decided to breathe new life after a difficult last exercise. However, the ambitions will be the same, with maintenance as the only goal. Find out all about FC Lorient, their transfer window and their goals for the 2022-2023 Ligue 1 season.

Review of the 2021-2022 season

That the 2021-2022 season was complicated for FC Lorient. However, the season had started with good foundations for the Bretons. With only one defeat in the first 9 games of the season, and a good quality of play, all the illusions were allowed to the Lorientais. But a long journey through the desert awaited the Hakes, with a streak of 15 games without the slightest win between September 22 and February 6 that placed the Breton club in the lowlands of Ligue 1. And to save- yes, FC Lorient especially won the meetings. which count double, that is to say against direct opponents for maintenance. Successes against Brest, Saint-Étienne, Metz and Clermont which in the final sprint saved the leadership of Les Merlus in the French elite. With a total of 36 points (8 wins, 12 draws and 18 losses), FC Lorient came very close to relegation (with the worst attack in L1). For the new season starting on August 7, the Bretons will have to be more efficient and consistent!

Off season moves

With a new coach, Régis Le Bris, coming from the training centre, the youth card will be FC Lorient’s main asset this season. A short summary of the transfers made by the Pike so far.

arrivals :

Montassar Omar Talbi (Rubin Kazan, 1.5 million euros)

Yvon Mvogo (RB Leipzig)

Taofeek Ajibade Ismaheel (Valerenga, NOR)

Darlin Zidane Yongwa Ngameni (Niort)

Loris Mouyokolo (Village, loan repayment)

Adrian Grbic (Speed, PB, Loan Return)

Umut Bozok (Kasımpaşa, TUR, loan return)

Julien Ponceau (Nimes)

Gideon Kalulu Kyatengwa (Ajaccio)

Regis Le Bris (coach, FC Lorient Training Center)

FC Lorient’s transfer market has focused mainly on the return of loan players. But the Breton club managed to attract Swiss international goalkeeper Yvon Mvogo, from Leipzig. The pike also brought in Tunisian defender Montassar Omar Tabli, who had been playing for Rubin Kazan for a year. Coach Régis Le Bris intends to put more trust in the club’s youngsters and give them playing time. A new direction taken by FC Lorient.

exits :

Moritz Jenz (Celtic, ready)

Houboulang-Mendes (Almeria, ESP, end of contract)

Pierre-Yves Hamel (Paris FC)

Ronny Labonne (Nîmes, end of contract)

Thomas Callens (Annecy, end of contract)

In the departures category of FC Lorient, the club have decided to sell German defender Moritz Jenz after a difficult first season in Brittany. The Merlus also let several players escape at the end of the contract such as Ronny Labonne and Thomas Callens.

Full squad of the club

Here is the club’s squad after the transfer window (UPDATE 07/22/22):

Goalkeepers: Yvon Mvogo – Paul Nardi – Matthieu Dreyer – Teddy Bartouche

Defenders: Julien Laporte – Montassar Talbi – Léo Pétrot – Loris Mouyokolo – Darlin Yongwa – Vincent Le Goff – Samuel Loric – Gédéon Kalulu – Igor Silva – Théo Le Bris

Midfielders: Laurent Abergel – Bonke Innocent – ​​​​Thomas Monconduit – Redwan Bourlès – Enzo Le Fée – Quentin Boisgard – Julien Ponceau

Forwards: Taofeek Ismaheel – Armand Laurienté – Stéphane Diarra – Dango Ouattara – Terem Moffi – Umut Bozok – Ibrahima Koné – Adrian Grbic – Sambou Soumano.

Coach: Régis Le Bris

Ambitions and classification of the club

No secret, FC Lorient’s main goal will again be maintenance, but if possible with a maintenance acquired very quickly to avoid any fear. Around a group that should be rejuvenated, it will be hard to do better. However, if the group embraces Régis Le Bris’s leg, i.e. putting in a lot of intensity during each game, then Lorient could be enjoyable to watch play. But if the maintenance can be combined with the pleasure of playing and the game, then it will be good for the Hakes!

The player to watch

Arriving in Brittany after 2 seasons on loan from PSV Eindhoven, Yvon Mvogo will be an important element for the maintenance of FC Lorient. The Swiss international is coming off a difficult season in the Netherlands and will be looking to revive in France. From the age of 28, his experience will have an impact on Régis Le Bris’ team and if the Cameroon goalkeeper finds the sensations of another year, the Lorient will participate in the maintenance.

Calendar of the 2022-2023 season

Nothing better for FC Lorient than to start the new season with a Breton derby near Rennes on August 7, 2022! It is true that this will not be an easy step in the 4th from the previous season and even better this season!

The month of October will be very important for the Bretons who will play successively between 9 and 23 October Brest, Reims and Troyes, competitors for the maintenance of League 1. The meetings on 19 and 26 February against Ajaccio and l’Auxerre, all 2 at home will also be crucial for survival in the top division.

Finally, FC Lorient will play their last game of the season, against Strasbourg on June 3, with if possible, the maintenance already obtained!

Under the command of Régis Le Bris, FC Lorient enters a new era. With a mixture of experienced players and young players, the Bretons will still be ready to fight to stay in Ligue 1.

Photo credit Ligue1.com

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