Hugo Lloris is a French professional footballer who currently plies his trade as a goalkeeper for English Club Tottenham Hotspur. He was born on 26 December 1986 in Nice, France. Lloris is also the captain of French national team, besides being captain of Tottenham.
Lloris is a goalkeeper with lightning-quick reflexes and is also generally quick and decisive. He is extremely good at one-on-one situations and also has a good distribution range.
Hugo Lloris began his footballing career at the age of six at CEDAC (Centre de Diffusion et d'Action Culturelle) which was a local center in his hometown of Nice.
He played at different positions before deciding to switch to the goalkeeper position.
He came under former OGC Nice and French player Dominique Baratelli who suggested that Lloris should join OGC Nice. Lloris accepted and joined their youth ranks at the age of 10.
Lloris has represented the following teams - CEDAC Cimiez, OGC Nice B, OGC Nice, Lyon, Tottenham Hotspur and the French U18, U19, U20, U21 and senior sides.
Hugo Lloris made his international debut for France on 11 March 2004 in a friendly against Germany.
He made his professional football debut for OGC Nice in the 2004-05 season, playing for the reserves.
Rise to Glory
After making his entrance to the scene of international football in 2004, Hugo Lloris became an active player in the senior side and the U21 side. He was a part of the U19 French squad that won the 2005 European U19 Championships. Lloris played a few important matches for the U21 squad which dropped out of playing in the 2009 UEFA U21 European Championships.
After the end of his U21 squad, Lloris was called-up to play for the reserve French side for a long time before settling as the number one choice. This was the result of his performances in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifying rounds and also the finals. He made his World Cup debut against Uruguay, keeping a clean sheet in what was a 0-0 draw. He went on to play against Mexico and hosts South Africa, but couldn’t stop France’s premature exit.
Lloris became French captain for the first time when playing against England in the Wembley Stadium. France overcame England by 2 goals to 1. He became a crucial part of the France team, and started as captain almost every match since then. Lloris played in the UEFA Euro 2012 where they reached the quarterfinals and losing to eventual champions Spain 2-0. He also started every match in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and helped his side reach the quarterfinals. France lost to Germany 1-0 at that stage.
Lloris’s starting prowess did not decline, and he made another tournament appearance playing the UEFA Euro 2016 squad. France were successful in their home country, until it was ruined by a dramatic 1-0 loss to Portugal in the final where Eder scored a beautiful goal from long range in extra time.
So far, Lloris has made 94 appearances in all competitions for France and kept a total of 31 clean sheets.
Hugo Lloris began his club career at OGC Nice, where he shortly played for the reserve side before being selected for the main squad. He made a total of 77 appearances in all competitions in over three years and gathered 30 clean sheets.
In 2008, Lloris was signed by another French club, Olympique Lyonnais for a fee of 8.5 million euros. He became the first-choice goalkeeper there and played a total of 201 matches in all competitions and gathered 66 clean sheets. He won the French Cup with the side in the 2011-12 season.
Tottenham Hotspur came calling and Lloris signed a deal with them for an aggregate fee of 15 million euros. He is already dubbed as a club legend by most fans, having played a massive 246 games for them in a span of six years. He captains the side, and has gathered 88 clean sheets in his Spurs career.