He scored the goal of qualifying Paris FC in the previous round in Le Havre (1-0). The prospect of finding Lorient on Tuesday evening (6.30 p.m.) where he grew up and where he turned professional, had certainly given Florian Martin extra motivation. “I am a pure Lorient,” smiles the 30-year-old midfielder who grew up in the popular district of Kervénanec in the west of the city. “From the age of 3, I was always outside playing ball,” continues Martin, who then joined the Gestel club, about ten kilometers from Lorient.
After a detection, he joined Lorient at the age of 10. “Coach Zohair Guenania spotted me and called my parents,” he says. When my father told me that the test was favorable, it was necessarily a source of pride for me to be recruited by the club in my city. I learned everything there. Lorient built the player that I have become. We know the game in the Lorient, the ground game … Me, you will never see me do a handover, I like to play simple, to get to the point. A good control, a good pass, a gift to my partner, that’s my vision of football. I owe it to my training in Lorient. “
Among the trainers who marked him, he cites Pierrick Le Bert and Hervé Guégan. “Pierrick Le Bert is the best coach I have had. It weighed heavily on my career. He’s from Lorient, he played there and for me, he’s the one who should have taken over from Gourcuff. But the leaders have changed. With Hervé Guégan, they have trained players like Morel, Lemina or Gignac. It is not a coincidence. In his generation, he worked alongside Le Bihan (Auxerre), Courtet or Sainati (AC Ajaccio). “We were like a family and we continue to follow each other. It’s nice to see that there is a lot to build a career. “
In 2010, Florian Martin signed a one-year pro contract with Christian Gourcuff. “With him, I learned the anticipation, his conservation exercises, it was never more than two touches of the ball, explains the midfielder who was not retained the following season. Mentally, I wasn’t necessarily ready to play pro. Let’s say that I lived well and enjoyed my youth… I was a pro, I was at home in my city, I had a status and inevitably, I had a lot of friends. There were a lot of temptations and I couldn’t resist them. Lorient is small and everything ends up being known. He describes his city as “festive”. “There are a large number of bars compared to the number of inhabitants,” he laughs. The living environment is pleasant, friendly. There is the beach, the interceltic festival in summer. Sailing and soccer are very important. “
The Moustoir stadium is located in the heart of the city, not far from the Port. “The public is demanding but rather spectator. It is not the same fervor as in Brest for example, he observes. But the people are tough and stubborn like Britons. They like to tease players. Since the victory against PSG, I’m sure that after shouting everywhere that the team is weak, everyone believes in maintenance again. Martin blossomed far from his hometown, in Carquefou, Niort, Sochaux. “When I found myself in CFA (N2) in Carquefou, I took it as an alert and I learned from my nonsense,” recognizes the midfielder in 170 L2 games for 34 goals. But he has always kept his Lorient ties. “I have my parents, my friends there, my wife is also from there, she is the daughter of my philosophy teacher at the Lorient training center”. It was close to his family that he had convalesced after his terrible rupture of the cruciate ligaments of a knee on February 6, 2018 with Sochaux against PSG in the Coupe de France. And as a symbol, he played his resumption match against Lorient at the Moustoir stadium with Paris FC (3-0 on July 29, 2019). “It was a beautiful gift from fate, a new start where it all started for me. There were all my relatives in the gallery. It was beautiful despite the defeat. After everything I had been through, I was proud to be back. There, unfortunately, they will not be able to come but I still hope to score… ”.
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