Lorient

Founded In
1926
Location
Ploemeur cedex, France

Lorient

About Lorient

Football Club Lorient-Bretagne Sud, better known more simply as Lorient, was established in 1926. In recent seasons, under the management of Christian Gourcuff, Lorient have developed a reputation for playing attractive football and for producing several high-quality playes who would go on to enjoy success elsewhere.

Prior to 1998, Lorient had spent a huge proportion of its existence as an amateur side. The 1997-98 season saw the club finish in second place in the second division and as a result, they gained promotion to Ligue 1 for the first time in the club's history.

Aside from achieving promotion to the top flight for the first time, success has been relatively scarce. However, the 2001-02 season saw Lorient produce two spectacular runs in the domestic cup competitions. In April, they competed in the final of the Coupe de la Ligue, which they ultimately lost to Bordeaux. Then, the following month, they returned to the Stade de France to contest the Coupe de France final. On this occasion, they would emerge victorious, defeating Bastia 1-0. Unfortunately, despite seeing the club lift its first major trophy, the 2001-02 season was not an overall success, as Lorient were relegated from the top flight at the climax. However, they would soon return to Ligue 1 in 2006. The 2009-10 season saw Lorient achieve their highest ever finish, ending up in 7th place.

Since 1998, Lorient have produced or nurtured a selection of top players, including international players like Seydou Keita, Yoann Gourcuff, André-Pierre Gignac and Jean-Claude Darcheville, who scored the winning goal in the club's Coupe de France triumph in 2002.

The club plays its home matches at the Stade du Moustoir. The ground can hold a total of 18,500 supporters and its record attendance was set at 16,758 in 2010, for a match against Lyon.