Mar 16, 1956
|Age||67 years old|
Robert Llorens was born in Morocco; and started his footballing journey with La Ciotat in the Provence region in the South of France in 1972, aged 16, where he would spend three seasons in the Academy setup. In 1975, this striker of impressive build, was spotted by RC Lens, where he would finally make his first appearances as a professional footballer at 19 years of age. He would only make few appearances in his first season at the club, but would still manage to score his first Lens goal in a European Cup tie. He would finally earn his stripes in the first team as time wore on, and earned a runners-up medal in the French First Division in 1977. After four seasons at Lens, of which three were in Division One, he left the North of France to join Stade Rennais, who were playing in the Second Division at the time, in 1979. Initially pressed into service as a centre-forward, he would subsequently play in a more withdrawn rôle to play as a playmaker in the number 10 shirt. He spent three pretty much full seasons with the Red and Blacks, notching twenty-odd goals during that time, but he was unable to help Rennes to obtain promotion to the top flight. Out of contract in 1982, he moved on to Le Havre, where he would finish Second Division Champion in 1985. As a key player in Le Havre's system, he would play in over 160 matches for the Normandy outfit during his six seasons with the Sky and Navy Blues. In 1988, he signed for Valenciennes for a season in the Second Division before heading off for Perpignan between 1989 and 1990. In subsequent years, he would return to his first club, La Ciotat, where he would take on the rôle of Player/Manager before hanging up his boots to become full-time Manager until 1999 (with the exception of the 1995/1996 season.) He would leave the world of football for several years after that experience, before returning to the game in 2009 as a scout for Toulouse FC..