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LAFC Signs French Icon Olivier Giroud

Wed 15 May 2024 | 09:05 AM
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French football legend Olivier Giroud, officially, signed with Major Soccer League (MLS) Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC). 

He will join the club on a Designated Player contract in 2025 with an option for another year. 

Giroud, who is one of the icons of his generation, played at the top levels of European football in Italy, England, and France. With Montpellier, Arsenal, Chelsea, and AC Milan, he won 11 major trophies and scored nearly 300 goals while making more than 700 club appearances.

Giroud is the all-time leading scorer for the French National Team, with 57 goals for his country. 

Giroud will mate Hugo Lloris. Giroud helped France win the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the 2021 UEFA Nations League trophy, reaching the Final of the 2016 UEFA European Championship and the 2022 World Cup. 

Since making his international debut with Les Bleus on November 11, 2011, Giroud has represented France in three World Cups and three European Championships. 

His 137 appearances rank third all-time in French history, and he is expected to add to that total this summer at Euro 2024 in Germany.

LAFC Co-President& General Manager John Thorrington said: “It is an incredibly exciting day for all associated with LAFC to welcome Olivier, his wife Jennifer, and his family to the club," adding: “Olivier has a clear hunger to win, which he has done consistently throughout his club and international career. His championship ambition and his qualities as a man and as a player directly align with ours as a club, therefore we believe Olivier will be a great addition as we continue in our pursuit of more trophies.”

Giroud said: “I am delighted and excited to join LAFC,” Giroud said. “I can’t wait to get to Los Angeles and to play in front of the 3252 and all of the incredible fans.”