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Hugo Lloris (born 26 December 1986 in Nicemarker) is a French football goalkeeper currently playing for Olympique Lyonnais in Ligue 1. Formerly a French youth international, Lloris now plays for the senior team serving as the number one goalkeeper.

Club career

OGC Nice

Hugo began his football career at his hometown club OGC Nice. After spending nearly three years in the reserves, he was promoted to the first team squad and was handed the number 1 kit. He made his debut on 18 March 2006, at just 19 years of age, against Rennes picking up a clean sheet in a 1–0 victory. He made 4 more appearances that season, which included playing the entire 90 minutes in the club's 1–2 defeat against Monaco in the 2006 Coupe de la Ligue final. The following season, Hugo was given the starting job permanently ahead of fan-favorite and Nice-born as well Damien Gregorini, which subsequently led to Gregorini's departure to AS Nancy. Hugo appeared in 37 league matches recording 13 clean sheets. His efforts that season led to him being approached by several big European clubs with hopes of signing him for the future.

Olympique Lyonnais

After another solid season with Nice, speculation arose as to where Lloris would play the following season. He was primarily linked to French giants Olympique Lyonnais, who wanted him to replace the departing Grégory Coupet, A.C. Milan, who wanted him to replace the Brazilianmarker Dida, and Tottenham Hotspur, who wanted Lloris to replace Paul Robinson.

After reportedly coming to personal terms with Milan, Hugo snubbed the Italian giants for the seven-time Ligue 1 champions Olympique Lyonnais. Lloris explained his decision citing Lyon's European ambitions, more playing time at Lyon, and in Milan, he was not guaranteed the starting goalkeeper spot. The transfer fee was priced at 8.5 million. He was promptly handed the number 1 jersey and also the starting goalkeeper position.

Hugo made his Lyon debut in their opening league match of the 2008–09 season against Toulouse. Lyon won the match 3–0 win giving Hugo his first career clean sheet with the club. Despite Lyon losing out on the title for the first time in seven years, Lloris was named the league's top goalkeeper and was also named to the Team of the Year.

International career

Lloris has been active on the international front with France first appearing with the under-17 team. He later played with the under-19s and was part of the winning team at the 2005 European Under-19 Football Championship. Lloris appeared in all 20 matches the under-19 team contested. Lloris made only three appearances with the under-21 team, primarily because of his commitments to the senior team. On 11 October 2008, with the under-21 squad attempting to qualify for the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, coach Erick Mombaerts called up Lloris to the team for their important two-legged playoff against Germany, despite Lloris having been called up to the senior team and the player having last played for the team on 1 June 2007. Lloris honored the call up and started the second leg. With France seconds away from a spot in the tournament, because of their 1–1 draw in the first leg, Germany got a late 90 minute goalfrom Benedikt Höwedes. The 1–0 victory eliminated France from the competition and also ended Lloris's under-21 career.

Lloris received his first call-up to the senior national team for France's 6 February 2008 showdown against Spain. However, he instead played for the B team in their friendly match against the Congo DR, held the day before the Spain friendly. After receiving several more call ups in 2008, he finally earned his first cap on 19 November 2008 in a 0–0 draw with Uruguay. On 9 September 2009, Lloris received his first international red card, against Serbia, following a foul on Nikola Žigić in the penalty box, despite replays showing otherwise. Lloris returned to the team on 14 October playing the entire 90 minutes in the team's 3–1 win over Austria.

Lloris performed an important role for France in their World Cup Qualifying play-off second leg match against the Republic of Irelandmarker, making several key saves to ensure France qualified.


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