This blog is dedicated to a great goalie who might just be (one of) the greatest in the future, Hugo Lloris.
• Came up through the ranks at home-town club OGC Nice and kept goal in their run to the 2006 League Cup final; made his Ligue 1 debut in March that year and replaced Damien Gregorini as the team’s No1 the following season, starting 37 out of 38 league games.
• Won the 2005 UEFA European Under-19 Championship with France, playing in every match during the qualifying phase and the final tournament in Northern Ireland.
• After helping Nice to eighth place in a joint-best Ligue 1 defence in 2007/08, Lyon swooped in an €8.5m move to replace the long-serving Grégory Coupet.
• Was voted goalkeeper of the year in Ligue 1 after an excellent debut campaign for Lyon, despite the club’s failure to add to their seven consecutive titles; kept clean sheets on his first two appearances for France, against Uruguay and Turkey.
• Conceded only three goals in six UEFA Champions League group games in 2009/10, helping Lyon reach the semi-finals, and replaced Steve Mandanda as Les Bleus’ first choice in the latter part of the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign.
• Played in both domestic cup finals in the 2011/12 season, losing the League Cup showpiece to Olympique de Marseille but keeping a clean sheet as Lyon defeated US Quevilly in the Coupe de France decider.
• Won the Trophee des Champs with Lyon in August 2012.
UEFA European Under-19 Championship: winner 2005
(Thank you uefa.com)
Watch a compliation of some of Lloris’s finest here: