Loïc Rémy

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Loïc Rémy
Loïc Rémy 5414.jpg
Rémy playing for Marseille in 2010
Personal information
Full name Loïc Rémy[1]
Date of birth (1987-01-02) 2 January 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Rillieux-la-Pape, France
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)[2]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Chelsea
Number 18
Youth career
1993–1999 ASPTT Lyon
1999–2006 Lyon
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Lyon 12 (0)
2008 Lens (loan) 10 (3)
2008–2010 Nice 68 (26)
2010–2013 Marseille 68 (27)
2013–2014 Queens Park Rangers 16 (6)
2013–2014 Newcastle United (loan) 26 (14)
2014– Chelsea 2 (1)
National team
2007 France U20 5 (2)
2007–2008 France U21 11 (3)
2009– France 28 (6)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:54, 13 September 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 4 September 2014

Loïc Rémy (born 2 January 1987) is a French professional footballer who plays for English club Chelsea and the France national team, primarily as a striker. He was described by his former manager Didier Deschamps as "a young international who is fast and powerful with huge potential".[3]

Born in Rillieux-la-Pape, Rhône, Rémy began his career playing for a local youth club in his home city of Lyon. In 1999, he joined the biggest club in the city, Olympique Lyonnais, and spent six years in the club's youth academy. In 2005, he was promoted to the senior team and struggled to establish himself in three seasons under managers Gérard Houllier and Alain Perrin. In 2008, he was loaned out to RC Lens and, after a successful stint, was purchased by OGC Nice ahead of the 2008–09 season. With Nice, Rémy flourished in the lead striker role scoring over 25 goals in his two years with the club. In 2010, after enduring interest from several clubs domestically and abroad, Rémy joined the defending champions Marseille on a five-year contract. The transfer had initially been put on hold due to medical issues. He moved abroad for the first time to join Queens Park Rangers in January 2013, but could not prevent their relegation. The following season he remained in the Premier League on loan at Newcastle United. He signed for Chelsea for £10.5 million in the summer of 2014.

Rémy is a former France under-20 and under-21 international. He earned his first cap for the senior team in June 2009 against Nigeria[4] and played at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Rémy was born on 2 January 1987 in a Red Cross hospital in Rillieux-la-Pape, a commune in the city of Lyon.[5] He began his career, as a youth, playing for local outfit ASPTT Lyon, who were coached by René Jacquet, the brother of manager Aimé Jacquet.[5] After being spotted by Olympique Lyonnais scouts, he joined the club's youth academy. While training at the Centre Tola Vologe, Rémy trained alongside the likes of Karim Benzema, Anthony Mounier, and Hatem Ben Arfa. After spending several years in the academy, on 11 October 2006, Rémy signed his first professional contract agreeing to a three-year deal. Three days later, on 14 October, he made his professional debut in a Derby du Rhône match against Saint-Étienne appearing as a substitute, in the 73rd minute, for Sylvain Wiltord.[6] Rémy earned his first start the following month, on 11 November, playing 82 minutes in a 1–0 victory over Sedan.[7]

Lens (loan)[edit]

The 2007–08 season saw Rémy permanently promoted to the senior team after being assigned the number 12 shirt. Despite being on the first team, he 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.[8] Rémy was assigned the number 9 shirt and made his debut on 9 February 2008 scoring his first professional goal in the club's 4–1 away victory over Caen.[9] Two weeks later, he scored a goal in the club's 5–4 victory over Le Mans in the Coupe de la Ligue semi-finals.[10] Rémy played 96 of the 120 minutes played. On 15 March, in front a 40,000+ Lens supporters, he scored the would be game-winning goal against Marseille. Marseille equalized through Djibril Cissé in the waning minutes of the match. In the 2008 Coupe de la Ligue final against Paris Saint-Germain, 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 he would be returning to Lyon for the 2008–09 season.

Nice[edit]

Despite having two years left on his contract at Lyon, it was announced on 5 June 2008 that Rémy would be joining 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.[11] Upon his arrival, Rémy was assigned the number 7 shirt and made his debut in the club's opening match of the season, a 1–0 loss to Le Havre.[12] Over the next six matches, Rémy scored six goals. These goals included a strike against his former club Lyon and a brace against Boulogne in the Coupe de la Ligue.[13][14] In a span of four days in October, he scored goals against Bordeaux in a 2–2 draw and Caen in a 1–1 draw.[15][16] 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 Lorient, with the player scoring a brace against the latter.[17][18][19] He finished the season with 36 total appearances and a club-leading 13 goals.

Rémy as an OGC Nice player in 2008

Rémy opened up the 2009–10 campaign scoring his first goal in the opening league match of the season against Saint-Étienne in a 2–0 victory.[20] A month later, he netted goals in three straight matches against Monaco and Lille in the league and against Saint-Étienne in the Coupe de la Ligue.[21][22][23] Two weeks later, Rémy converted goals in back-to-back matches against Lorient and his former club Lyon, though Nice lost both matches at a combined score of 8–2.[24][25] On 7 November 2009, Rémy scored the game-winning goal, two minutes from time, in the team's upset victory over Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes.[26] The following match day, he again accounted for the only goal of the match converting a penalty against Toulouse.[27] 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.[28][29][30]

On 20 January, following a heartbreaking 1–0 defeat to 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.[31] Rémy had drawn interest from several clubs, which included Premier League club Arsenal, and Italian clubs A.C. Milan and Fiorentina.[32][33][34] He was also linked with a return to Lyon and a move to the defending Ligue 1 champions Bordeaux.[35] Eventually, Rémy remained at the club after a move to his former club Olympique Lyonnais failed to come to fruition.[36] 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, he 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[edit]

Rémy with Marseille in 2010

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.[37][38] He was presented to the press on 20 August.[39] The transfer fee is undisclosed, but is reported to be in the region of €15 million.[40] During Rémy's press conference, Marseille president Jean-Claude Dassier revealed that, during the player's medical, tests revealed that Rémy suffered from a possible heart defect. Rémy missed the team's league match against Lorient on 21 August and further tests were conducted on 23 August to determine whether the defect could be career-threatening.[41][42] 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.[43]

Rémy was assigned the number 11 shirt and made his club debut for Marseille on 29 August 2010 in a league match against Bordeaux.[44] He scored his first goal for the club on 16 October in a 1–0 league victory over Nancy.[45] The following week, he scored a double in a 3–1 win over Lille.[46] In the UEFA Champions League, Rémy scored group stage goals against Slovak club MŠK Žilina and Russian club FC Spartak Moscow.[47][48]

He scored the only goal of the game in a 1–0 victory over AS Nancy on 2 May 2012, their first Ligue 1 victory since 29 January, a run that spanned 14 games.[49]

Queens Park Rangers[edit]

On 13 January 2013, the president of Olympique Marseille confirmed that the club had accepted a bid in the region of €10 million for Rémy from English club Newcastle United,[50] and the player was expected to travel to Newcastle for talks but failed to turn up.[51] Three days later, Rémy signed a four-and-a-half year contract with bottom of the league Queens Park Rangers, who paid a club record £8 million fee for the player. He was handed the number 18 shirt.[52][53] The BBC Sport website reported that QPR's financial package, "understood to be more than £70,000 per week", was higher than Newcastle had offered.[51] He scored his first goal for the club during his league debut on 19 January away against West Ham United, which ended in a 1–1 draw.[54]

On 15 May 2013 Rémy, along with two other men, was arrested in London over an alleged gang rape that took place on 6 May.[55] Remy was released without charge in February 2014 [56]

Newcastle United (loan)[edit]

On 5 August 2013, Newcastle United confirmed that they had signed Rémy on a season-long loan from Queens Park Rangers.[57] He missed the first two games of the season due to injury, however he made an immediate impact on his league debut against Fulham. He scored his first league goals for Newcastle against Hull City on 21 September, a brace in their 3–2 defeat. He followed that up by scoring in the next game against Everton at Goodison Park on 30 September, however Newcastle once again went on to lose 3–2. Five days later Rémy continued his this run of form by scoring both goals in a 2–1 away win over Cardiff City, bringing his total goal count to 5 in as many appearances. On 2 November 2013, Remy scored the second goal against Chelsea in a 2–0 victory at home, and received Man of the match for his goal and work in the forward line. On 10 November 2013, Rémy scored the only goal of the game as Newcastle won, 1–0, against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane to take his tally to 7 goals In 9 league games. Rémy once again scored on 23 November 2013 in Newcastle United's 2-1 victory over Norwich, bringing his tally to 8 goals in 10 league games.

Upon his expiration of his loan spell at Newcastle and despite QPR being promoted at the first attempt, manager Harry Redknapp admitted it would be hard to hold on to Remy, "I think he really wants to play Champions League football next year somewhere".[58]

After a successful loan spell at Newcastle United, Rémy attracted interested from Champions League clubs, notably Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool. Liverpool triggered the £8.5 million release clause in Rémy's contract which was only available for Champions League teams.[59] Liverpool however pulled out of the transfer after it was reported that he failed his medical with the club.[60][61]

Chelsea[edit]

On 30 August 2014, Rémy was left out of QPR's match against Sunderland after it was reported that Chelsea had activated his £10.5 million release clause. Although he wanted to play, manager Harry Redknapp thought that he would not be at his best due to the pending transfer.[62] The next day, he signed a four-year contract, saying "I feel very happy and very proud. When I heard Chelsea wanted to sign me I said "let's go" straight away because they are one of the best clubs in the world".[63] Rémy was given the squad number 18 shirt, which was previously worn by Romelu Lukaku.[64]

On 13 September 2014, Rémy made his debut for Chelsea against Swansea City by coming on in the 72nd minute for Diego Costa, who had scored a hat-trick. Nine minutes later, Rémy scored Chelsea's fourth goal of the 4–2 win at Stamford Bridge from Oscar's pass.[65]

International career[edit]

Rémy was a France youth international having earned caps with the under-20 and under-21 team. With the under-20 team, he played in the 2007 Toulon Tournament scoring goals against the Côte d'Ivoire and Japan. Rémy made his under-21 debut on 15 November 2007 in a friendly match against Armenia.[66] He scored his first goal for the team on 25 May 2008 against the Netherlands in an under-21 tournament held in Sweden.[67] Rémy featured in the team's important two-legged playoff against Germany in qualification for the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship in October 2008. He 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 friendly matches against England and Mali, with the latter match for France B, 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 his national team debut against Nigeria coming on as a substitute in the team's 1–0 defeat. He scored his first goal on 9 October 2010 in a Euro 2012 qualification match against Romania, which ended 2–0.

He was part of the French squad which reached the quarter-finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He made his tournament debut in the final group game in 26 June, a goalless draw with Ecuador, playing the last 11 minutes in place of Antoine Griezmann.[68] Rémy's only other appearance at the tournament came in the 74th minute of the quarter-final against Germany, replacing Yohan Cabaye as France lost 1–0.[69]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 14 September 2014.[70][71]
Club Season League National Cup[a] League Cup[b] Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Lyon 2006–07 Ligue 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 1[c] 0 0 0 7 0
2007–08 Ligue 1 6 0 0 0 1 0 1[c] 0 0 0 8 0
Total 12 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 15 0
Lens (loan) 2007–08 Ligue 1 10 3 0 0 2 1 12 4
Nice 2008–09 Ligue 1 32 11 1 0 3 0 36 11
2009–10 Ligue 1 34 14 1 1 1 1 36 16
2010–11 Ligue 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 1
Total 68 26 2 1 4 1 74 28
Marseille 2010–11 Ligue 1 31 15 1 0 2 0 7[c] 2 0 0 41 17
2011–12 Ligue 1 29 12 3 1 3 4 6[c] 2 1[d] 1 42 20
2012–13 Ligue 1 8 0 0 0 0 0 4[e] 2 12 2
Total 68 27 4 1 5 4 17 6 1 1 95 39
Queens Park Rangers 2012–13 Premier League 14 6 0 0 0 0 14 6
Newcastle United (loan) 2013–14 Premier League 26 14 1 0 0 0 27 14
Queens Park Rangers 2014–15 Premier League 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Chelsea 2014–15 Premier League 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
Career total 200 77 7 2 12 6 19 6 1 1 241 92
  1. ^ France – Coupe de France; England – FA Cup.
  2. ^ France – Coupe de la Ligue; England – League Cup.
  3. ^ a b c d Appearance(s) in the UEFA Champions League.
  4. ^ Appearance in the Trophée des champions.
  5. ^ Appearances in the UEFA Europa League.

International[edit]

Correct as of 2 September 2014.[72]
National team Season Apps Goals
France 2009 1 0
2010 5 1
2011 11 3
2012 0 0
2013 4 0
2014 6 1
Total 27 5

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1
9 October 2010 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  Romania
1–0
2–0
UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
2
10 August 2011 Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier, France  Chile
1–0
1–1
Friendly
3
7 October 2011 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  Albania
2–0
3–0
UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
4
11 November 2011 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  United States
1–0
1–0
Friendly
5
27 May 2014 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  Norway
3–0
4–0
Friendly
6
4 September 2014 Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France  Spain
1-0
1-0
Friendly
Correct as of 4 September 2014

Honours[edit]

Loïc Rémy (center) playing in the 2011 Trophée des Champions.

Club[edit]

Lyon

Marseille

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