Ludovic Giuly, now 36 years old, will spend one of the last sesaons of his professional career at French club FC Lorient. Lorient, located in North West France, barely survived last season, finishing on 39 points, just 1 place above relegation.
Giuly was a well liked player at FC Barcelona during his 3 year tenure under Frank Rijkaard from 2004 to 2007, specifically for his quickness and uncompromising effort. His most memorable contribution was the lone goal at the San Siro in April 2006 that eventually secured FC Barcelona’s place in the 2006 final in Paris against Arsenal. Giuly scored in that final on the ball Eto’o put past Jens Lehmann, but the referee annulled the goal in the process of sending Lehmann off. Thankfully that match turned out just fine for FC Barcelona and Giuly, who won his one and only Champions League medal after defeat in 2004’s final against Jose Mourinho’s FC Porto.
Giuly began his professional career in 1994 with Lyon, then left in 1998 for Monaco for 7.5 million Euros, which at the time was a handsome fee. During his time with Monaco, Giuly won the league in 2000 and the French Cup in 2003. Post Barça, he joined Roma for a solitary year (2007/8), then wanting to return to his homeland Giuly signed for Paris Saint-Germain in 2008 and remained there for three seasons until his contract expired. In 2011 Giuly was picked up by Monaco in a nostalgic return to the club where he had his glory days in French football. However the return was not sweet as new boss Claudio Ranieri has not seen him as part of the plans of the club.
Source: Sport, Image: FC Lorient