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Many football pundits consider Hugo Lloris to be one of the best goalkeepers in the history of French football and amongst the best keepers of his generation. In this article, we will take a look at Hugo Lloris biography.

Hugo Lloris, born on 26 December 1986 in Nice, is a French international football player who plays as a goalkeeper. Lloris began his career in 2005 with his hometown club

OGC Nice

. He quickly distinguished himself as one of the most promising French youngsters at just 19 years old. In 2008, he joined

Lyon

and established himself as the best French goalkeeper of his generation.

Elected three times best goalkeeper in

Ligue 1

, he also reached the semi-finals of the

Champions League

in 2010, the best performance in the prestigious French club competition to date. In 2012, he won the French Cup and then joined the London club

Tottenham Hotspur

.

In England, Hugo Lloris repeatedly proved to be one of the best goalkeepers of his generation, enabling his club to finish in the English Top 4 on four occasions between 2016 and 2019. In the 2018-2019 edition of the Champions League, he stood out several times as one of the major players in his club's campaign to reach the final, the first of his career. He is the most capped goalkeeper in Tottenham Hotspur's history in the

English Premier League

era and is also the most capped French goalkeeper in the history of the Champions League.

He made his debut for the French national team after the Euro 2008 and took the number one spot from the end of 2009 and then became captain of the national team after they got eliminated from 2010

World Cup

. He holds the record for the longest-serving goalkeeper in the French national team. He participated as the number one goalkeeper in the 2010 World Cup, Euro 2012, the 2014 World Cup, Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup, which he won.

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He is the second French captain to lift the World Cup trophy, after the current Bleus coach Didier Deschamps in 1998. He holds the record for the number of captaincies in the history of the French national team and has also been captain of his London club since 2015.

Between 2016 and 2019, he reached the three most prestigious football finals: the Euro in 2016, the World Cup in 2018 and the Champions League in 2019.

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Hugo Lloris Information

And now we will share some more general information about him, such as

Hugo Lloris nationality

in this section of

Hugo Lloris biography

, to let you know him much more.

Hugo Lloris Bio

  • Full Name: Hugo Hadrien Dominique Lloris

  • Nickname: Saint Lloris

  • Profession: Professional Footballer

Hugo Lloris Physical Stats

  • Weight: 78 Kg

  • Height: 1.88 Kg

  • Eye Color: Black

  • Hair Color: Black

Hugo Lloris Football Information

  • Position: Goalkeeper

  • Jersey Number: 1

  • Professional Debut: 2005

Hugo Lloris Date of Birth and Personal Info

  • Date of Birth: 26 December 1986

  • Birth Place: Nice, France

  • Zodiac Sign: Capricorn

  • Nationality: French

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Hugo Lloris biography

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Hugo Lloris childhood

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Hugo Lloris Early Life

Hugo Lloris joined OGC Nice when he was ten years old after he was spotted by Dominique Baratelli the previous year when he was playing at CEDAC, an amateur club in the Nice district of Cimiez.

At the start of the 2005-2006 season, he took advantage of Bruno Valencony's retirement to become the first team's reserve goalkeeper, the starting player being Damien Grégorini. His first professional match against La Berrichonne de Châteauroux (2-0 victory) took place on 26 October 2005 in the League Cup. He then played all the matches for the club's B team until they lost the final against AS Nancy-Lorraine (1-2) on 22 April 2006. His first Ligue 1 appearance came on 18 March 2006, one day after signing his first professional contract.

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Hugo Lloris Profile

The following season, he took part in 37 league matches for OGC Nice and made 13 clean sheets, which enabled him to become the starting goalkeeper for OGC Nice at just 20 years of age. This performance was all the more notable as he was then competing with Lionel Letizi and Damien Grégorini. The media coverage surrounding his league performances aroused the interest of several clubs, but he decided to extend the contract for another year.

During the 2007-2008 season, Lloris helped Nice finish in 8th place, the club's best finish since 6th place in the 1988-1989 season. The young Lloris was also nominated in the "best goalkeeper in Ligue 1" category at the 2008 UNFP Trophies.

Lyon

Lloris was signed by Lyon on 29 May 2008, with whom he signed a five-year contract. He made his debut with his new club on 10 August 2008 in a 3-0 home win against

Toulouse

and then managed to keep his goal unbeaten for the following 3 games against

Lorient

, Grenoble and Saint-Étienne. Despite failing to win the title for the first time in seven years, Lloris was the Ligue 1's second-best goalkeeper at the end of the season - behind only Carrasso - with 27 goals conceded.

The same year he was named the tournament's best goalkeeper and was named in the team of the year. He was also a key player in Europe, making his Champions League debut on 17 September in the 2-2 draw against

Fiorentina

and playing every game of the competition until the 5-2 defeat to

Barcelona

in the round of 16.

The 2009-2010 season saw his confirmation as Lyon's number one goalkeeper; thanks to his performances, the team conceded only three goals in the first five games and his saves were crucial, especially in the Champions League, in the double match against

Liverpool

and the following match against

Real Madrid

. On 20 December, France Football awarded him third place in the French Player of the Year, behind Nicolas Anelka and Yoann Gourcuff.

At the end of the season, he made 36 appearances, conceding 33 goals. In the following season, his contribution was decisive, with 37 appearances and 40 goals conceded in Ligue 1; in the Champions League, however, Lyon's progress was stopped in the semi-finals by

Bayern Munich

.

He finished the 2011-2012 season with 36 appearances and 49 goals conceded; on 3 October 2011, he renewed his contract, expiring in 2013, until 2015. The club finished the tournament in fourth place, and in the Champions League was eliminated by surprise by the Cypriots of

APOEL Nicosia

in the round of 16.

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Hugo Lloris biography

because we want to share some information about Tottenham career.

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Tottenham Hotspur

On 31 August 2012, Hugo Lloris signed a four-year contract with English club Tottenham Hotspur. Competing with the starting goalkeeper, American Brad Friedel (then 41 years old), he made his first start with Spurs on 20 September 2012 in the first match against Lazio in the group stage of the

Europa League

. On 7 October 2012, the French goalkeeper played for the first time in the Premier League when his team beat Aston Villa (2-0) and gradually became a regular ahead of Friedel.

For his performances during the December when he kept four clean sheets in six matches, Hugo Lloris was nominated for the Premier League Player of the Month award but the prize was awarded to Robin van Persie. In the Premier League, he proved decisive on several occasions, notably in the North London Derby against

Arsenal

(2-1 win) and Manchester City (3-1 win). However, he made a huge mistake in the match against Liverpool at Anfield, which cost his team the victory (defeat 3-2).

The club reached the quarter-finals of the Europa League and finished 5th in the league by beating their record points (72). Lloris' record was rather mixed despite these results, although it took him a long time to establish himself as a starter in his first few months.

On 3 November 2013, Hugo Lloris lost consciousness for several seconds during a league match against Everton (0-0), following contact with Romelu Lukaku. This was subsequently heavily criticised. Following several humiliating defeats against Manchester City, future champions, where Lloris made a mistake on the Citizens' first goal, and Liverpool at White Hart Lane, coach André Villas-Boas was dismissed in December and left the place to Tim Sherwood. Hugo Lloris conceded no less than 17 goals in only six games at the end of November and over half of December.

In July 2014, just after the 2014 World Cup, Hugo Lloris signed an extension with Tottenham until 2019. He stated that this decision was made thanks to the future plans of Argentine coach Mauricio Pochettino, who was recently appointed coach of Spurs after the end of the season.

On 23 October 2014, during a match in Group C of the 2014-2015 Europa League, against a club named Asteras Tripolis, Hugo Lloris received a red card in the 87th minute for having knocked down left-winger Tasos Tsokanis. Harry Kane immediately replaced him as the goalkeeper, although Kane, who was a striker, committed a hand foul when he dropped the ball on a free kick from Jerónimo Barrales, scoring the only goal of the evening for the Greek club.

Led by their young striker Harry Kane, the Spurs once again became one of England's greats, managing to accomplish several feats, such as humiliating the future Chelsea champion at White Hart Lane by a score of 5-3 on 1 January 2015. In this memorable match, Lloris made a magnificent save against César Azpilicueta in the 75th minute.

In March 2015, he was injured in the opening minutes of the Premier League match between Tottenham and Leicester City, following a clash with his team-mate Kyle Walker. This injury led to his withdrawal for the next three games of the league.

At the end of the season, it was announced that he would be leaving for Paris Saint-Germain or Real Madrid, although the most credible rumour was that David de Gea would be leaving for Manchester United. However, Lloris decided to continue his career with Tottenham despite his desire to play in the Champions League.

From August 2015, he wore the captain's armband following the departure of Younès Kaboul and received the full confidence of his coach, Mauricio Pochettino. During the summer break, he injured his wrist and missed the first match against Manchester United, losing 1-0. He made his comeback in the next match against Stoke City (2-2). Throughout the season, and in the wake of the previous one, Hugo Lloris asserted himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the Premier League with his breathtaking saves.

Spurs returned to the Premier League podium for the first time since 1990, finishing the 2015-2016 season in third place behind Arsenal and surprise champions Leicester City. In the Europa League, after beating Fiorentina, where Lloris was absent from the first leg due to injury, they were eliminated by Borussia Dortmund in the Round of 16.

In December 2016, Hugo Lloris extended his contract until 2022, when several rumours were circulating that he would be signing with Paris Saint-Germain or even reigning European champion Real Madrid. The same season, Tottenham finished second in the league and Lloris enabled Spurs to beat their record points tally (86).

However, Lloris started his season badly by injuring himself on the first day of the league against Everton (1-1) and only made his comeback on the fourth day against Stoke City (0-4 win). Throughout the season, he performed at a very high level as in the victory against Manchester City (2-0) where he made four magnificent saves. He had 15 clean sheets during the season but just missed the Golden Glove trophy.

Hugo Lloris had a mixed 2017-2018 season. This season started rather well and Lloris played a great match against Real Madrid in the Champions League (1-1) where he made seven decisive saves including a magnificent reflex save on a Karim Benzema header, but also several saves against the powerful strikes of Cristiano Ronaldo, which earned him the title of man of the match.

Against Liverpool (4-1) he also put in a good performance by making six saves, including a magnificent save from Philippe Coutinho's shot. He also proved decisive in Tottenham's victory over Real at Wembley (3-1) but was injured in the dying minutes. He was even rated by the Football Observatory as the best goalkeeper in the world in 2018.

In 2018, after his World Cup and some legal problems, he injured his thigh and did not participate in the matches against his team in September of that year. On his return on 3 October during a 2018-2019 Champions League Group B match against FC Barcelona, he conceded four goals, including a missed out that earned him a lot of mockery on social networks. In the same month, he was nominated for the Ballon d'Or. He received a red card against PSV Eindhoven, still in the group phase of the Champions League.

However, despite this slow start to the season, Hugo Lloris assumed his role as reigning world champion and proved decisive in the Premier League. He stopped a penalty from Jamie Vardy in Tottenham's 3-1 victory over Leicester City. On 2 March, he stopped a second one against Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, this time in added time (90+1) in the North London Derby against Arsenal, the score being 1-1 at the time.

Hugo Lloris reached the final of the Champions League after an incredible comeback by Tottenham against Ajax Amsterdam. Indeed, defeated at home (0-1), the Spurs qualified by beating Ajax in Amsterdam by a score of 2-3 thanks to a hat-trick from Lucas Moura, including an injury-time goal (90+6th), while at half-time Ajax were leading 2-0. During this double encounter, Lloris was decisive as he prevented Donny van de Beek from scoring a double in the first leg (24th) and stopped several shots from the Dutch in the second leg (42nd).

At half-time, he re-motivated his troops by asking them "not to give up anything but to try everything ". His coach, Mauricio Pochettino, declared after the match: "He's the best goalkeeper in the world ".

In the final, Lloris was powerless to prevent Mohamed Salah's penalty whistled for a hand from Moussa Sissoko, who had blocked a cross from Sadio Mané. His team lost the final by a score of 2-0.

On 29 October 2020, Hugo Lloris played his 100th European match against Royal Antwerp in the Europa League, becoming the first French goalkeeper to achieve this feat. On 29 November, during a Premier League clash against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Hugo Lloris had a great performance, making an impressive horizontal save from Mason Mount and stopping his compatriot Olivier Giroud in added time to keep the game tied and allow Tottenham to stay at the top of the league.

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French National Team

After France disappointed at the 2008 European Championship, a shake-up took place. As a result, coach Raymond Domenech nominated Lloris and Steve Mandanda for the first two qualifying matches in September. However, Lloris initially remained a mere spectator before making his debut in the Bleus kit in a friendly against Uruguay on November 19, 2008.

After another appearance in 2009, he finally established himself as a regular goalkeeper in 2010. He played in all matches at the 2010 World Cup but was eliminated from the competition. Before the international match against Germany, his national coach Laurent Blanc confirmed that Lloris would captain France to the 2012 European Championship.

As a result, Hugo Lloris was in the lineup for this European Championship and was used in the first group match against England. He also captained France in the further course of the tournament. France lost 2-0 to eventual tournament winners Spain in the quarterfinals, and the goalkeeper wore the captain's armband for the 30th time in his 54th senior match that qualified the team for the World Cup finals in Brazil. At the World Cup, Lloris was again team captain; France was eliminated in the quarterfinals against the eventual world champions Germany with a 0:1 loss.

At the 2016 European Football Championship on home soil, he was the No. 1 and team captain in the French lineup. He was in goal in all tournament matches until the final. The team lost the final against Portugal 0:1 after extra time.

On June 2, 2017, he replaced Fabien Barthez as France's record national goalkeeper in a friendly against Paraguay, making his 88th international appearance. At the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Lloris played his 100th international match in the second group game against Peru.

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Style of Play

Secure and responsive both between the posts and in the exits, he is very adept at playing the role of sweeper-keeper, often carrying himself well beyond his own penalty area.

Reception

Many football fans and critics consider Hugo Lloris to be one of the best French goalkeepers of all time, even better than legends like Fabian Barthez. Some of his managers said that he is the best goalkeeper in the world.

Hugo Lloris outside Football

On the occasion of the 2010 World Cup, the Guignols de l'info TV show in France created a puppet of him.

Hugo Lloris has made a cameo in Tarek Boudali's film, 30 Jours max, which was released in 2020.

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Hugo Lloris Personal Life

In this section of Hugo Lloris biography, we will take a look at his personal life, sharing some stories such as

Hugo Lloris religion

and

Hugo Lloris life story

.

Family, Children and Relationships

Hugo Lloris was born on 26 December 1986 in Nice into a fairly wealthy family. He has a father of Catalan origin who is a banker in Monte-Carlo. Lloris' mother is a lawyer. Up until the age of 13, Hugo Lloris was passionately interested in tennis, which he played at a high level.

He has a brother name Gautier, who is 9 years younger than him, and currently plays as a defender for the Auxerre.

He chose a scientific field of study at the Thierry-Maulnier high school in Nice with the approval of his club at the time, the OGC Nice.

He met his girlfriend, Marine, at the school. She and Hugo get married in 2012. They are already the parents of a daughter, Anna-Rose, born in 2010. Their second daughter, Giuliana, is born in 2014. Their third child, this time a son named Léandro was born on 20 September 2019.

Philanthropy

He is one of the active team members of Tottenham when it comes to charitable works and always participates in Tottenham Hotspurs Foundation’s charity events.

Legal Issues

During the night of August 23rd to 24th, 2018, he was arrested by the British police and placed in a drunk tank for seven hours before being charged with drunk driving, his blood-alcohol level was twice the legal limit. Released on bail, he appeared before the court on September 11; convicted the next day after pleading guilty, he was given a twenty-month license suspension and fined 56,000 euros.

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Hugo Lloris Career Statistics

In this section of Hugo Lloris biography, stay tuned as we want to take a look into his career stats on international and club level.

Club

Since starting his career at OGC Nice in 2005-06 season, Hugo Lloris has made a total of 647 career club matches. Of these matches, he has made around 360 appearances as Tottenham player in all competitions.

International

As of 17 November 2020, Hugo Lloris has played a total of 120 matches for his country in all competitions. His most active year on the international level was 2018 when he made 14 appearances and became World Cup champion in Russia.

Hugo Lloris Honors

Despite being one of the best goalkeepers in the world, Hugo Lloris has not won many titles in his club career. At Lyon, he has won Coupe de France and Trophée des Champions. At Tottenham, he was runner-ups both in 2014-15 Football League Cup and 2018-19 UEFA Champions League.

He has also won the 2018 World Cup in Russia with France national team

Of his notable individual titles, we can mention Toulon Tournament Best Goalkeeper, Ligue 1 Goalkeeper of the Year, The Best FIFA Goalkeeper runner-up and IFFHS World's Best Goalkeeper runner-up, among others.

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