To everyone’s surprise, Victor Lobry landed in the drill. Unknown for certain. A real masterstroke from ASSE for others. We tried to find out more about this 27-year-old playmaker who is presented as one of the revelations of the last Ligue 2 season.
An atypical journey
- Until 2016-2017: Stade de Reims training and reserve center
- 2017-2018: Limoges FC (National 2) – 33 games and 6 goals
- 2018-2019: Tours (National) – 38 games and 1 assist
- 2019-2020: Avranches (National) – 25 games and 1 goal
- 2020-2022: Pau – 76 games, 8 goals 10 assists
A homely childhood in the countryside
Born in Soissons in the Aisne, began football in the neighboring town of Villeneuve Saint Germain. Last summer, he gave himself up for So Foot to talk about his debut: “Since I was little, I’ve been a homebody. I went to school, I went home and if my friends were there, I played football with them. It’s not Paris or the big cities that I I was able to discover afterwards, but it’s a quiet corner where we play ball. My father was my first coach and before I left for the Reims training center, I had practically only him as a coach.”
Trained as a torchbearer
This pure left-hander evolves in Pau as a playmaker. A real role of number 10 where he performed at Pau FC. However, he was trained in a more remote position. That of torchbearer. “I had to learn to stay close to the surface when at the base, I have a game where I run around. And inevitably, I have to be more decisive in scoring or giving away. “
Victor Lobry 🇫🇷 (1995, Pau)
Free in 3 days, the attacking midfielder trained in Reims is, in my opinion, one of the great opportunities of the summer for top-tier L2 clubs and even for L1 clubs. Vision, forward play, creation, placement.
—Kevin Nieto (@Fleck_Scout) June 27, 2022
Committed to ecology
In addition to his job as a footballer, Victor Lobry does not hide his commitment to nature and ecology. He is also an ambassador for the Football Ecologie France association. “I may be a homebody, but I also like to get involved and nature is a subject that speaks to me. In France, we are lucky to have a very important diversity of animals and landscapes.
In Avranches, I went to training on my bike because I was five minutes away. But today, I live about twenty kilometers from the center so if I had kept this habit, I think the coach would have quickly asked me to take the car. I try to pay attention to plastic, to drink more tap water, to my meat consumption… I also try to favor local shops instead of ordering on the Internet.”
A recognized marathon runner in Ligue 2
Our colleagues from the Violets.com site gave a detailed presentation of the neighboring Pau player: “Victor Lobry discovered the professional world with the Palois, having a fantastic season. In addition to his successful balance sheet (3 goals and 7 assists in 37 games, with an average of 12 km covered per game), the Maynat also conquered the hearts of fans, earning the honorary title of “MVP of the season”.
His ex-coach at Avranches, Fred Reculeau, spoke of his former player in Foot Normand. ” Victor is the ideal player for all coaches. We took a lot of time to discuss his position, we told each other things in complete transparency, and I felt in him the desire to improve. He’s smart and hardworking, that’s where he is today, and I think he can still do better.. We were all surprised that he couldn’t find a more upscale Ligue 2 club, without disrespecting Pau. It will be another step for him and I think he is right now. »
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The My Ligue 2 site also highlighted his performance: “After 30 days of Ligue 2 BKT, the attacking midfielder of Pau FC remains the player who has run the most this season with 350 km swallowed in 29 appearances. But Pau still has a serious competitor in the person of Gaétan Weissbeck. on average, Lobry also holds the controls with 12.1 km traveled per game.” Either the player who runs the most in Ligue 2.
He wants to know Ligue 1
Last August he expressed his ambitions to So Foot: “A little revenge because I’m having a full season. But my revenge will really be taken when I step onto the lawns of Ligue 1, if I manage to do so. It will show people who didn’t believe in me only by my own means. , I got there. Playing in Ligue 2 is already a bit of a source of pride and also a beautiful message of hope for young people who are not kept in training centers. It’s not because you return as an amateur that it’s over.
Being the perfect teammate is great, but it’s not enough to get into the professional world. I think I gained character, and that helped me sign that first contract at Pau. Afterwards, wanting to become a pro happened around the age of 15-16, not before. “
He said in an interview with L’Union on May 25 “I’m out of contract. I’m thinking. I’m 27. Maybe it’s time for me to look higher […]. What I know is that I don’t want to go to Ligue 1 to test the sidelines of all the elite stadiums (laughs)! I want to play. I’ve always worked like that, I know they will be second-tier teams, but as long as I’m playing it doesn’t bother me.
I don’t think Stade de Reims needs me. But you never know, they know my agent! I would have really liked to grow up with this club. At least have my chance. It didn’t happen, I moved on. I took another path, a little longer, but I got my way. I’m in Ligue 2 and I hope to finally be able to play in Ligue 1 next season. »
Close to committing to Guingamp this summer!
In June, the EAG made Victor Lobry its priority. Youssouf M’Changama, at the end of his contract, has joined AJ Auxerre. The Telegram specified that Pau was one of the priorities of the Breton club. The track was ultimately unsuccessful. Have the Greens overtaken Stéphane Dumont’s team?
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