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Hugo Hadrien Dominique Lloris, or commonly known as Hugo Lloris, is a French footballer who plays in goal. Lloris was born on 26 December 1986 in the French city of Nice. After playing for a few amateur clubs in the city, Lloris was in the football whispers for a potential move to Nice. This happened in 1997 when Lloris’ skills were spotted by Nice goalkeeper Dominique Baratelli.
After joining the youth academy at Nice aged only 10, Lloris would go on to feature at various levels for the youth setup. After being promoted to the reserve team in 2004, Lloris was quickly handed his first-team debut in the 2005 campaign. Unlike many goalkeepers who tend to represent a top club only after gaining substantial experience, Lloris featured for Nice when he was only 18. Lloris would go on to become a regular in the subsequent two seasons before the coming under the transfer news section due to Lyon’s interest.
A £7.5 million transfer took place in 2008 and Lloris immediately became a regular for Lyon. His first two years at the new club turned out to be barren in terms of trophies, but this run ended with a Coupe de France title in the 2011-12 campaign. Lloris would then win the Trophée des Champions trophy in the following year to kickstart transfer rumours, which also took into account that the young goalkeeper was already featuring for the French national team.
Tottenham were interested in a goalkeeper during the 2011 campaign and the transfer odds for Lloris moving to the Premier League were shortened. Spurs made a £11 million offer in 2012 to bring the French international to White Hart Lane. After having featured several unreliable goalkeepers, Spurs were extremely pleased to know that the goal was safe in the hands of Lloris, who has held the number one slot at Spurs since his move.
Over the years, Lloris has had decent success at club level by qualifying for the Champions League quite frequently since 2015. However, Lloris has finished as a runner-up in both the Champions League and League Cup with Spurs. The goalkeeper, though, has picked up a major title after featuring for France in their 2018 World Cup success.
Lloris has had numerous individual accolades like the Ligue One Goalkeeper of the Year honour for three in four campaigns before his switch to England.
Hugo Lloris Transfer Rumours
- From Nice to Lyon for £7.5 million in 2008
- From Lyon to Tottenham Hotspurs for £11 million in 2012
Lloris is a French footballer who started his playing days with a few amateur clubs in Nice before joining the Nice youth team in 1997. Lloris became a regular for Nice from 2005 and this resulted in gossip columns regularly featuring Lloris as a candidate to move from the Allianz Riviera. After making a switch to Lyon in 2008, Lloris would find himself as one of the top transfer targets for Tottenham. Amidst all the rumours, Lloris made the switch to English football in 2012 for £11 million.