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Loïc Rémy

Loïc Rémy (born 2 January 1987) is a List of France international footballers who plays for French club Olympique de Marseille in Ligue 1. Rémy primarily plays in the Striker role, but also operates on the Midfielder Winger and as a Striker Second striker. Rémy is described by Loïc Rémy manager Didier Deschamps as "a young international who is fast and powerful with huge potential".

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Loïc Rémy (born 2 January 1987) is a List of France international footballers who plays for French club Olympique de Marseille in Ligue 1. Rémy primarily plays in the Striker role, but also operates on the Midfielder Winger and as a Striker Second striker. Rémy is described by Loïc Rémy manager Didier Deschamps as "a young international who is fast and powerful with huge potential".

Born in in Rillieux-la-Pape, Rhône, Rémy began Loïc Rémy career playing for a local youth club in Loïc Rémy home city of Lyon. In 1999, Loïc Rémy joined the biggest club in the city, Olympique Lyonnais, and spent six years in the club's Olympique Lyonnais Reserves and Academy. In 2005, Loïc Rémy was promoted to the senior team and struggled to establish himself in three seasons under managers Gérard Houllier and Alain Perrin. In 2008, Loïc Rémy was loaned out to RC Lens and, after a successful stint, was purchased by OGC Nice ahead of the 2008–09 Ligue 1. With Nice, Rémy flourished in the lead striker role scoring over 25 goals in Loïc Rémy two years with the club. In 2010, after enduring interest from several clubs domestically and abroad, Rémy joined the 2009–10 Ligue 1 Olympique de Marseille on a five-year contract. The transfer had initially been put on hold due to medical issues.

Rémy is a former France national under-20 football team and France national under-21 football team international. Loïc Rémy currently plays for the France national football team having earned Loïc Rémy first cap on in June 2009 against Nigeria national football team under the Raymond Domenech reign. Rémy scored Loïc Rémy first goal for the national team in October 2010 against Romania national football team under new manager Laurent Blanc.

Club career

Early career

Rémy was born on 2 January 1987 in a Red Cross hospital in Rillieux-la-Pape, a Communes of France in the city of Lyon. Loïc Rémy began Loïc Rémy career, as a youth, playing for local outfit ASPTT Lyon, who were coached by René Jacquet, the brother of manager Aimé Jacquet. Rémy earned Loïc Rémy first start the following month, on 11 November, playing 82 minutes in a 1–0 victory over CS Sedan Ardennes.

Loan to Lens

The 2007–08 Ligue 1 saw Rémy permanently promoted to the senior team after being assigned the number 12 shirt. Despite being on the first team, Loïc Rémy regularly played with the club's Championnat de France amateur team in the fourth division. Rémy only made six league appearances during the fall season with Lyon. In order to increased the player's playing time, on 31 January 2008, Lyon announced that Rémy would be sent on loan to fellow Ligue 1 club RC Lens. The deal also included a purchased option, which was estimated to be within the €8–10 million range. Rémy was assigned the number 9 shirt and made Loïc Rémy debut on 9 February 2008 scoring Loïc Rémy first professional goal in the club's 4–1 away victory over SM Caen. Two weeks later, Loïc Rémy scored a goal in the club's 5–4 victory over Le Mans Union Club 72 in the Coupe de la Ligue semi-finals. Rémy played 96 of the 120 minutes played. On 15 March, in front a 40,000+ Lens supporters, Loïc Rémy scored the would be game-winning goal against Olympique de Marseille. Marseille equalized through Djibril Cissé in the waning minutes of the match. In the Coupe de la Ligue Final 2008 against Paris Saint-Germain F.C., Rémy started the match, but played only 12 minutes before being substituted due to injury. Lens lost the match 1–0. Following the successful loan spell, in which Rémy made 12 total appearances and scored four goals, it was announced that Loïc Rémy would be returning to Lyon for the 2008–09 Ligue 1.

Nice

Despite having two years left on Loïc Rémy contract at Lyon, it was announced on 5 June 2008 that Rémy would be joining OGC Nice with the player agreeing to a four-year deal and the transfer fee being approximately €8 million making Rémy the biggest transfer in the club's history. Upon Loïc Rémy arrival, Rémy was assigned the number 7 shirt and made Loïc Rémy debut in the club's opening match of the season, a 1–0 loss to Le Havre AC. Over the next six matches, Rémy scored six goals. These goals included a strike against Loïc Rémy former club Lyon and a brace against US Boulogne in the Coupe de la Ligue. In a span of four days in October, Loïc Rémy scored goals against FC Girondins de Bordeaux in a 2–2 draw and Caen in a 1–1 draw. After going scoreless for most of the winter months, Rémy returned to form in March 2009 scoring goals in three straight matches against Caen, Paris Saint-Germain, and FC Lorient, with the player scoring a brace against the latter. Loïc Rémy finished the season with 36 total appearances and a club-leading 13 goals.

Rémy opened up the 2009–10 campaign scoring Loïc Rémy first goal in the opening league match of the season against AS Saint-Étienne in a 2–0 victory. A month later, Loïc Rémy netted goals in three straight matches against AS Monaco FC and Lille OSC in the league and against Saint-Étienne in the Coupe de la Ligue. Two weeks later, Rémy converted goals in back-to-back matches against FC Lorient and Loïc Rémy former club Lyon, though Nice lost both matches at a combined score of 8–2. On 7 November 2009, Rémy scored the game winning goal, two minutes from time, in the team's upset victory over Paris Saint-Germain F.C. at the Parc des Princes. The following match day, Loïc Rémy again accounted for the only goal of the match converting a Penalty kick against Toulouse FC. On 10 January 2010, Rémy converted Nice's only goal in their 2–1 loss to semi-professional club Stade Plabennecois in the Coupe de France.

On 20 January, following a heartbreaking 1–0 defeat to AJ Auxerre at home, disgruntled Nice supporters reportedly spat on several Nice players, which included Rémy. During an interview, Rémy called the supporters' actions "unacceptable" and threatened to depart the club during the winter 2010 transfer window if the actions were repeated. Rémy had drawn interest from several clubs, which included Premier League club Arsenal F.C., and Italian clubs A.C. Milan and ACF Fiorentina. Loïc Rémy was also linked with a return to Lyon and a move to the defending Ligue 1 champions FC Girondins de Bordeaux. Eventually, Rémy remained at the club after a move to Loïc Rémy former club Olympique Lyonnais failed to come to fruition. Rémy played out the rest of the campaign scoring goals in back-to-back matches on two occasions in February and March 2010. On 2 May, Loïc Rémy scored double in a 3–3 draw with Boulogne and on the final match day of the year against Saint-Étienne, Rémy scored the Nice's only goal in a 1–1 draw.

Marseille


On 19 August 2010, Olympique de Marseille confirmed on the club's official website that it had reached an agreement with Nice for the transfer of Rémy. Rémy underwent a medical on the same day and signed a five-year contract. Loïc Rémy was presented to the press on 20 August. The transfer fee is undisclosed, but is reported to be in the region of €15 million. During Rémy's press conference, Marseille president Jean-Claude Dassier revealed that during the player's physical, tests revealed that Rémy suffered from a possible heart defect. Rémy missed the team's league match against FC Lorient on 21 August and further tests were conducted on 23 August to determine whether the defect is career-threathening. On 24 August, Rémy was declared fit to practice and play the sport of football at a high level by Marseille doctors and heart specialists consulted by the club.

Rémy was assigned the number 11 shirt and made Loïc Rémy club debut for Marseille on 29 August 2010 in a league match against FC Girondins de Bordeaux. Loïc Rémy scored Loïc Rémy first goal for the club on 16 October in a 1–0 league victory over AS Nancy. The following week, Loïc Rémy scored a double in a 3–1 win over Lille OSC. In the UEFA Champions League, Rémy scored group stage goals against Slovakia club MŠK Žilina and Russian club FC Spartak Moscow.

International career

Rémy was a France national youth football team having earned caps with the France national under-20 football team and France national under-21 football team. With the under-20 team, Loïc Rémy played in the 2007 Toulon Tournament scoring goals against the Ivory Coast national football team and Japan national football team. Rémy made Loïc Rémy under-21 debut on 15 November 2007 in a Exhibition match against Armenia national football team. Loïc Rémy scored Loïc Rémy first goal for the team on 25 May 2008 against the Netherlands national under-21 football team in a under-21 tournament held in Sweden. Rémy featured in the team's important two-legged playoff against Germany national under-21 football team in qualification for the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship in October 2008. Loïc Rémy appeared in both legs as France were defeated 2–1 on aggregate. The 1–0 loss in the second leg eliminated France from the competition and also ended Rémy's under-21 career.

On 24 March 2008, due to an injury to Thierry Henry, Rémy was called up to the France national football team by manager Raymond Domenech for Exhibition match against England national football team and Mali national football team, with the latter team playing France B national football team, the squad's second team. Rémy appeared in the match against Mali coming on as a substitute in the 54th minute for Samir Nasri. After a string of uneventful call-ups to the senior team, on 2 June, Rémy finally made Loïc Rémy national team debut against Nigeria national football team coming on as a substitute in the team's 1–0 defeat. Loïc Rémy scored Loïc Rémy first goal on 9 October 2010 in a UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying match against Romania national football team, which ended 2–0.

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