Apr 9, 1979
|Age||41 years old|
Olivier Sorlin was transferred as a wildcard to Stade Rennais in December 2001 from Montpellier. Manager Gourcuff was disappointed with his attacking midfielders Danic, Gourvennec and Fernandes, and relied on Sorlin to bring fluidity to the team’s attacking play, which he was struggling to impose. First-choice on the left-hand side of central midfield, Sorlin had an excellent second half of the season, scoring 5 goals in the process. In the 2002/2003 season, he was pushed around from pillar to post by Bergeroo and then Halilhodzic, and then got back to his best form under Bölöni between 2003 and 2005. As a box-to-box, defensive midfielder, sometimes even winger, Sorlin was one of the pillars of the Romanian’s team, and had a big hand in the club’s qualification for Europe. Out of contract, he signed for Monaco in July 2005, but returned to Rennes 5 months later after a disastrous spell there. Under Dréossi, he was one of the unsung heroes, but with Lacombe he struggled to have that freedom from 2008 onwards. Loaned out to PAOK Salonica in January 2009, he signed for them definitively in June of the same year, after 8 seasons, 223 matches and 13 goals in Rennes’ colours.