A PROLIFIC marksman with former club Nice, little changed when French ace Loic Remy joined Marseille for €13million in August 2010.
The lively centre-forward, 26, was born and raised in Lyon. Remy came through the ranks at his local club and made his Ligue 1 debut in a derby against Saint-Etienne in October 2006. He would make his Champions League bow just two months later in a 1-1 home draw against Steaua Bucharest.
Remy won the league title in his first two seasons with Lyon but made only a handful of substitute appearances in each campaign, spending most of the second one on loan at Lens.
A permanent move to Nice in 2008 revived his career as Remy scored 11 league goals in his first season and 14 in his second, finishing as the club's top goalscorer on each occasion and earning regular call-ups for France’s Under-21s.
Remy won his first senior cap for France in a friendly against Nigeria in June 2009 and scored his first goal 16 months later to help Les Bleus to a valuable victory over Romania in a Euro 2012 qualifier at the Stade de France.
Impressive form for Nice led to his move to Marseille in August 2010 and Remy finished his first season at the club as top scorer with 17 goals in all competitions. He would also help Marseille win the League Cup.
Another League Cup – as well as the French Super Cup – followed for both Marseille and Remy in 2011/12, with the former on target an impressive 22 times.
The form of fellow Frenchman Andre-Pierre Gignac has restricted Remy to just a handful of starts this term but, following a move to QPR, the forward will be hoping to revive his career once again – both on the domestic and international stage.
Remy has now won 17 senior caps for his country, scoring four times, and netted Euro 2012 qualifying goals against Romania and Albania. He missed last summer’s finals through injury.
Welcome to Loftus Road, Loic!