Hugo Lloris, the man of the moment

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Dom Le Roy

Hugo Lloris has signed a new contract. This is good news for Spurs in showing his confidence in our new manager. Hugo is 27 years old and has made 78 appearances for Spurs. He had a good World Cup with France in Brazil. Only conceding 3 goals. One of those goals was against Germany, who knocked them out of the competition and went on to thrash a lack lustre Brazil 7-1. He is regarded as a world-class goal keeper. His signing will make other players, potential players, stick their heads above the parapet and take notice. We also mustn’t forget that he is the teams current national French captain. A thought for Mauricio Pochettino to think about when looking for a captain for his new squad.

According to Hugo he spoke to Levy, and was confident that the Spurs Chairman “is as ambitious as ever”. He went on and said “Everything is clear in my head and if I’ve signed a new contract it’s because I trust the Club and I’m sure we will progress in a positive way.

“Last season wasn’t the season we all hoped for but we were still able to finish sixth in the league. We know where we have to improve, the Club also knows and there is a feeling and a confident connection between the Club and the players.” Fighting talk, and no player of his calibre is going to stay for a club with no ambition.

Hugo Lloris was born on 26 December 1986. He is styled as having “lightning reflexes and good decision making” and is good in a one on one situation, according to his critics. He has won, three times, the National Union of Professional Footballers Ligue 1 goalkeeper of the Year Award.

He started of his football education with his home town club OGC Nice. His first game for them, as a young lad, was in October 2005. He started a run with Nice that led them to the 2006 Coupe de la Ligue Final. After three years he left and moved to League Champions Olympique Lyonnais. While there he won domestic honours. He represented his country at the under-18,19 and 21 levels. While in the under-19 team he won the 2005 European Under-19 championship. He made his senior international in November 2008 in a friendly against Uruguay. France qualified for the 2010 World Cup with him in goal. By this time he was getting rave reviews.

Lyon sold him to Spurs on the 31 August 2012. He made his first team debut Against Lazio in the Europa Cup. His goal keeping skills gave Spurs a clean sheet (we drew the match 0-0). His first premier league game was against Aston Villa, where we won 2-0 and another clean sheet for him. The rest, as they say, is part of Spurs history. Now a new chapter opens for him and Spurs. We kick off the season with a new manager, with new and old players, and confidence all around. How long that will last, well that will be anybody’s guess. But I am confident that we will do well.

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In the 90's, I was a writer for many of the top Spurs Fanzines (The Spurs, Spur of the Moment, MEHSTG and many others). A Spurs loyalist since the 60/61 season and now a season ticket holder (Premium). I run a Spurs Facebook page (“Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ voice” and co-run another one with Don Scully called “Tottenham Hotspur FC: Inside Track”). There is also a Spurs Twitter account (@HotspurVoice). I travel with Spurs to away games (including Europe). I have my a Blog (My blogging travels with Tottenham Hotspur Premium). The articles that appear on the blog also appear on SpursWeb and other applications.


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