Founded in 1926, Football Club of Lorient has long pursued its quest for professionalism and obtained its first ticket to the elite of French football in 1998 by finishing second in a Ligue 2 BKT championship won by AS Nancy Lorraine.
The club's first-team coach was Christian Gourcuff, who helped the Lorient-based club stabilise at the professional level and achieve several seasons in Ligue 1 Uber Eats. In 2014, after more than 10 years at the club, Christian Gourcuff left the club for a new challenge and remains an emblematic figure of the Merlus.
FC Lorient has a Ligue 2 BKT title in 2020 and a French Cup in its trophy cabinet.
In the last 10 matches against Lorient, the two teams have drawn four times, the Gym has lost twice and won four times.
The last confrontation between the two teams was for the 2nd day of Ligue 1 Uber Eats 2023-2024. After opening the scoring through E. Guessand (64'), Gym were pegged back by a goal from S. Doucouré (77'), before the match ended level at 1 apiece.
Alexis Claude-Maurice discovered football in Torcy in Seine-et-Marne, then joined FC Lorient at the age of 16 where he trained until he discovered the Ligue 2 BKT. He played his first professional match on 4 August 2017 against GFC Ajaccio at the age of 19.
Two years later, on 19 August 2019, he signed his contract and joined OGC Nice where he discovered the Ligue 1 Uber Eats but also European competitions with the Gym's Europa League campaign in the 2020-2021 season.
The Moustoir stadium is the home of FC Lorient and has a capacity of 18,110 spectators. The distance between the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice and the Moustoir stadium in Lorient is 934 kilometres.
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