Samuel Loric

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Samuel Loric
Personal information
Date of birth (2000-07-05) 5 July 2000 (age 23)
Place of birth Vannes, France
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Position(s) Left-back
Team information
Current team
Youth career
2006–2011 AS Ménimur
2011–2019 Vannes
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2017–2019 Vannes 29 (1)
2019– Lorient II 21 (0)
2019– Lorient 3 (0)
2019Vannes (loan) 8 (0)
2020–2021Avranches (loan) 18 (1)
2020–2021Avranches II (loan) 3 (0)
2023Quevilly-Rouen (loan) 9 (0)
International career
Brittany U16
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 3 July 2023

Samuel Loric (born 5 July 2000) is a French professional footballer who plays as a left-back for FC Lorient.[1]

Club career[edit]

Debut in Vannes[edit]

Born in Vannes,[2][3] Samuel Loric started playing football at the age of 6 in his hometown club of AS Ménimur, before joining Vannes Olympique as an 11 years old.[2][4]

Soon appearing as one of the most promising prospects of the Britannic academy, he was even very close to joining Lorient as an under-14, if not for a serious thigh injury. Loric became a regular starter with Vannes OC first team as a 17 years old in the Championnat National 3, after he made his debut against Pontivy in 2017, during a 2–0 Coupe de France win.[2][5][6]

For the following season, as his side had been promoted to the Championnat National 2, the young defender played an even bigger role helping Vannes avoid relegation.[6][7] He scored his first goal on 19 January 2019, as the Vannetais smashed Paris Saint-Germain reserve team in a 4–0 championship win, against the likes of Yacine Adli, Arthur Zagré, Loïc Mbe Soh, Éric Ebimbe, Moussa Sissako or Virgiliu Postolachi.[4][8][9]

Professional contract in Lorient[edit]

On the last day of January 2019, Samuel Loric signed his first professional contract with FC Lorient, before being loaned back to Vannes until the end of the National 2 season.[6][7][10]

Loric made his professional debut for Lorient in the 2019–20 season on 13 August 2019, starting in a 2–1 Coupe de la Ligue loss against Le Mans.[3][11][12][13]

But after a season where he mainly played with Lorient reserve in National 2, while Vincent Le Goff retained the spot on the left of the defense in their 2019–20 Ligue 2 winning campaign, Loric was loaned to US Avranches for the 2020–21 National season.[11][14] Despite a season with ups and downs for the Norman club,[15] the young left-back was one of the standout players of his team,[16] notably scoring a goal and delivering an assist in the two Normandy derbies [fr] against Quevilly-Rouen.[11]

Back in Lorient for their second consecutive season in Ligue 1, Samuel Loric was included in the first team for the summer preparation, playing the pre-season friendlies, most notably scoring the only goal of a 1–0 away win against FC Nantes.[17][18]

Christophe Pélissier awarded him his league debut on 21 November 2021, in what was deemed an honorable performance against Angers, despite the 1–0 away loss.[19][20]

On 10 January 2023, Loric joined Ligue 2 club Quevilly-Rouen on loan until the end of the season.[21]

International career[edit]

Loric played for Brittany as an under-16, were Alain Thiboult [fr] was the first coach to play him as a fullback.[2]

Style of play[edit]

Samuel Loric first played as a midfielder[2] or a left winger,[5][7] before deciding to switch to left-back, where he played his first games with Vannes senior team under David Gouzerch.[2][5][7]


  1. ^ Samuel Loric at Soccerway. Retrieved 3 July 2023.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Hervé, Frédéric (8 January 2018). "Samuel Loric, 17 ans, et la nouvelle vague du Vannes OC". Ouest-France. Archived from the original on 29 November 2021. Retrieved 29 November 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Samuel Loric profile". FC Lorient (in French). Retrieved 29 November 2021.
  4. ^ a b "FC Lorient : l'interwiew selfie de Samuel Loric". Le Télégramme (in French). 27 November 2021. Retrieved 29 November 2021. Mes premiers souvenirs dans le football : J'ai commencé à l'âge de 6 ans à l'AS Ménimur (Vannes). À 11 ans, je suis allé au Vannes olympique club. J'ai grandi dans une famille de footeux : mes deux frères et mon père. Le déclic de ma carrière : Il y en a eu plusieurs : un but que j'ai marqué contre la PSG (réserve) en N2 et tout dernièrement ma première titularisation en Ligue 1 contre Angers.
  5. ^ a b c "Samuel Loric : « On ne va rien lâcher ! »". Vannes Olympique Club (in French). 24 November 2017. Retrieved 29 November 2021.
  6. ^ a b c Bouchacourt, Jérome (31 January 2019). "De Vannes à Lorient, le fabuleux destin de Samuel Loric". Foot Amateur (in French). Retrieved 29 November 2021.
  7. ^ a b c d "Samuel Loric donne son accord au FC Lorient". Vannes Olympique Club (in French). 31 January 2019. Retrieved 29 November 2021.
  8. ^ "Adrien Rabiot s'est encore entraîné avec la réserve du PSG". L'Équipe (in French). 20 January 2019. Retrieved 29 November 2021.
  9. ^ "Vannes vs. PSG II". Soccerway. 19 January 2019. Retrieved 29 November 2021.
  10. ^ "FC Lorient. Samuel Loric (Vannes) en approche". Le Télégramme (in French). 30 January 2019. Retrieved 29 November 2021.
  11. ^ a b c Baudry, Sylvian (21 March 2021). "Sur le côté gauche de l'US Avranches, Samuel Loric trace sa route". Ouest-France. Retrieved 29 November 2021.
  12. ^ T'sjoen, Maxime (14 August 2019). "Coupe de la Ligue : tous les résultats du premier tour". France Bleu (in French). Retrieved 29 November 2021.
  13. ^ "FC Lorient - Le Mans FC ( 1-2 ) (1er tour) - Résumé - (FCL - LEMANS) / 2019-20". Coupe de la Ligue BKT. YouTube. Retrieved 29 November 2021.
  14. ^ "Samuel Loric prêté à Avranches". FC Lorient (in French). 6 June 2020. Retrieved 29 November 2021.
  15. ^ Rey, Aurélien (13 March 2021). "Football : l'US Avranches battue dans les toutes dernières minutes à Annecy". La Presse de la Manche [fr] (in French). Retrieved 29 November 2021.
  16. ^ "Joueur du mois de novembre ⋆ US Avranches Mont-Saint-Michel". US Avranches Mont-Saint-Michel (in French). 18 December 2020. Retrieved 29 November 2021.
  17. ^ Dupont, Régis (28 July 2021). "Lorient piège Nantes en amical". L'Équipe (in French). La Baule. Retrieved 29 November 2021.
  18. ^ "Le FC Nantes se heurte au FC Lorient à La Baule". FC Nantes (in French). 28 July 2021. Retrieved 29 November 2021.
  19. ^ Abautret, Olivier (21 November 2021). "Samuel Loric : « Ne pas s'apitoyer et bosser »". Ouest-France. Retrieved 29 November 2021.
  20. ^ Blanzat, Nicolas (21 November 2021). "Ligue 1 : décimé mais combatif, le FC Lorient perd à Angers". France Bleu (in French). Retrieved 29 November 2021.
  21. ^ "SAMUEL LORIC PRÊTÉ PAR LE FC LORIENT" (in French). Quevilly-Rouen. 10 January 2023. Retrieved 3 February 2023.

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