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- Stéphane Le Garrec
- Benjamin Lecomte
- Philippe Schuth
FC Lorient Stats & History
Madame and Joseph Cuissard founded La Marée Sportive in 1925. FC Lorient was formed as an offshoot of the club in 1926. The club found success in the 1920s and 30s in the lower regional leagues. WWII, however, interrupted Lorient’s progress.
After the war, Cuissard’s grandson Antoine joined the club and became one of their best-ever Ligue 1 players. Cuissard was one of the first Lorient players to become a regular for the French National team. During the 40s and 50s, Lorient oscillated between the fourth and fifth tiers of French soccer.
In 1967, Lorient made a bid to become professional, and the French Football Federation accepted. So, Les Merlus were placed in the second division of French soccer. While their first years in the second tier were categorized by struggle, Lorient were nearly promoted in both 1975 and 1976.
Over the next couple of years, the club collapsed. Lorient got relegated in 1977, and went bankrupt in 1978. The supporters took over the club, which started in the sixth tier. One of the more impressive FC Lorient stats is their rise from the sixth tier to the second tier in just seven years. Les Merlus were back in the third tier at the end of the 80s, but the 90s proved to be an exciting time for the club.
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Christian Gourcuff, who engineered Lorient’s rapid rise from 1982 to 1986, returned as manager in 1991. Under Gourcuff, they returned to the second division, and one of the most notable FC Lorient stats followed a few seasons later. Lorient reached the top tier of French soccer for the first time in 1998. Despite getting relegated in their first Ligue 1 season, they returned in 2001.
The 2001-02 season was Lorient’s peak. Despite Gourcuff leaving, Lorient reached both the Coupe de la Ligue and Coupe de France finals. Lorient lost to Bordeaux in the former but Jean-Claude Darcheville scored the winning goal vs. Bastia in the latter. It remains Lorient’s only major trophy. Lorient’s best Ligue 1 finish came in the 2009-10 season, as they ended the season in seventh place. Their 11-year stay in Ligue 1 came to an end in 2017, but they returned three years later.
Lorient are priced at longshot +200000 Ligue 1 odds to win the title in 2022-23. Betting advice generally recommends staying away from them on the road. That’s because they’ve only won three of their last 38 Ligue 1 road matches heading into the 2022-23 season.