After a difficult season, which saw FC Lorient save its place in Ligue 1 during the final days, the Breton club will once again aim to maintain it for the coming season. With a new coach on the bench, Régis Le Bris, who was until now the director of the club’s training center, the management decided to breathe new life after a difficult last exercise. The ambitions will however be the same, with maintenance as the sole objective. Discover all the information on FC Lorient, its transfer window and its objectives 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 on a good basis for the Bretons. With only one defeat in the first 9 games of the season, and a good quality of play, all hopes were allowed for the Lorientais. But a long crossing of the desert awaited the Hakes, with a series of 15 games without the slightest victory between September 22 and February 6 which placed the Breton club in the lowlands of Ligue 1. And to save themselves, FC Lorient especially won the meetings which count double, that is to say against the direct adversaries for the maintenance. Successes against Brest, Saint-Étienne, Metz and Clermont which in the final sprint saved the lead 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 going downhill (with the worst attack in L1). For the new season which will start on August 7, the Bretons will have to be more efficient and constant!
The movements of the off-season
With a new coach, Régis Le Bris, who comes from the training center, the youth card will be FC Lorient’s main asset this season. A little summary of the transfers made by the Hakes so far.
Montassar Omar Talbi (Rubin Kazan, €1.5 million)
Yvon Mvogo (RB Leipzig)
Taofeek Ajibade Ismaheel (Valerenga, NOR)
Darlin Zidane Yongwa Ngameni (Niort)
Loris Mouyokolo (Town, return from loan)
Adrian Grbic (Speed, PB, Loan Return)
Umut Bozok (Kasımpaşa, TUR, return from loan)
Julien Ponceau (Nimes)
Gideon Kalulu Kyatengwa (Ajaccio)
Regis Le Bris (coach, FC Lorient Training Center)
The FC Lorient transfer window has mainly focused on the return of players on loan. But the Breton club managed to attract Swiss international goalkeeper Yvon Mvogo, from Leipzig, into their nets. The hakes also brought in Tunisian defender Montassar Omar Tabli, who had been playing for Rubin Kazan for a year. Coach Régis Le Bris intends to rely more on the young people of the club and give them playing time. A new direction taken by FC Lorient.
Moritz Jenz (Celtic, ready)
Houboulang-Mendes (Almería, ESP, end of contract)
Pierre-Yves Hamel (Paris FC)
Ronny Labonne (Nîmes, end of contract)
Thomas Callens (Annecy, end of contract)
In the category of departures from FC Lorient, the club has decided to loan German defender Moritz Jenz after a difficult first season in Brittany. The Merlus also let slip several players at the end of the contract like Ronny Labonne and Thomas Callens.
Full club roster
Here is the club’s squad after the transfer window (UPDATE 22/07/22):
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
Club ambitions and standings
No secret, the main objective of FC Lorient will once again be maintenance, but if possible with a maintenance acquired very quickly to avoid any fear. Around a group which should be rejuvenated, it will be difficult to do better. However, if the leg put by Régis Le Bris is accepted by the group, namely putting a lot of intensity during each match, then the Lorient could well be pleasant to watch play. But if the maintenance can be combined with the pleasure of playing and the game, then it will be well on its way for the Hakes!
The player to watch
Arrived 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 out of a difficult season in the Netherlands and will seek to revive in France. From the top of his 28 years, his experience will have an impact on the group of Régis Le Bris and if the goalkeeper from Cameroon finds his feelings of another year ago, then the Lorientais will have a hand on the maintenance.
Calendar for 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! Admittedly, this will not be an easy move to the 4th of the previous season and which aims even better this season!
The month of October will be very important for the Bretons who will play between October 9 and 23 successively Brest, Reims and Troyes, competitors for the maintenance in Ligue 1. The meetings of February 19 and 26 against Ajaccio and Auxerre, all the 2 at home will also be crucial for survival in the top flight.
Finally, FC Lorient will play its last match of the season, against Strasbourg on June 3, with if possible, the maintenance already obtained!
Under the orders of Régis Le Bris, FC Lorient is entering a new era. With a mix of experienced players and young players, the Bretons will still be ready to fight to stay in Ligue 1.
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