For FC Lorient, JC Darch’ goes from city to city

For FC Lorient, JC Darch’ goes from city to city
For FC Lorient, JC Darch’ goes from city to city

Thanks to supporters like Corentin, FC Lorient will never be alone: ​​as the supporters’ song says, both of them, “it’s for life”. This Senior Education Advisor addicted to football and the club of the city of six ports sees, paradoxically, his team playing away more than at home. The 29-year-old supporter works in Stains, in Seine-Saint-Denis, his starting point for going to watch FC Lorient matches throughout France. “I have seen FC Lorient play 267 times since 2010,” he says while consulting a dedicated application. That’s 19 matches per year on average. Not bad for someone who lives more than 500 km from Moustoir!

When we support a club like FCL, we know that we will lose more matches than win, that we will go down but we follow more than a club, it is a city, an attachment to a territory

Football tourism

His history with the FCL is, as often, family. “I remember my first match, it was against Besançon in the League Cup, in the middle of winter. It ended 0-0 before the penalties. When we come back after that, it’s because we like it,” smiles Corentin. His weekends are very often spent traveling. He estimates he travels for half of the FCL’s away matches. He will also be at the party again this Friday in Lens, a stadium that he will discover because the supporter is trying to tick all the boxes in the mapping of Ligue 1 stadiums. That quickly adds up to quite a budget. “The place in an outdoor kop costs €10 but above all we stay all weekend, we take the opportunity to discover cities. I went to Metz and I found this city very pretty, I would never have gone there without football! » Corentin never travels alone but with other diehards, who like him, travel hundreds of kilometers every two weeks to see their team play. And sometimes lose. Often this season. Not enough, however, to extinguish the orange flame that animates Corentin. “I’m always happy to go there and every time I come home angry… but I go back the following weekend. When we support a club like FCL, we know that we will lose more matches than win, that we will go down at some point but we follow more than a club, it is a city, an attachment to a territory, we support the CEP in basketball, Vannes in rugby for example. Well, it doesn’t go all the way to Brest either! », Van Corentin.

Football, a weapon of socialization

On the social network with his 2,200 subscribers, he has created a real community. “It’s a way to vent your frustration. Others talk about it to their wife, their neighbor, I talk about it on Twitter. It’s a sounding board thanks to which I made friends, notably the Tavarn group.” Via the social network, he also became friends with footballer Jérôme Hergault, who was unanimously acclaimed during his three seasons at FCL. He also met friends at Merlus de Paris: the association brings together around a hundred members and meets to watch the matches at the Le Truskel bar, organizes trips… “A piece of Lorient in Paris”. Ligue 1, Ligue 2, Corentin’s passion for FCL will remain unchanged, regardless of the level. What worries him more is the future of the club and multi-ownership. “A lot of things have changed in two, three years. The DNA has changed. We are going to go down, Bill Foley will take over the reins and there, we will have lost the FCL as we know it,” fears the supporter. He is also not optimistic about the chances of retention. His only certainty: he will be there. “We will go and discover other cities,” he concludes with a smile.


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