Intro French footballer
Association football player
Birth 17 October 1984, Marseille, France
Age: 35 years
Star sign Libra
SO Cassis Carnoux
Olympique de Marseille
U.S. Latina Calcio
St Patrick’s Athletic F.C.
C.D. Chivas USA
Olympique de Marseille
France national under-18 football team
France national under-19 football team
France national under-20 football team
Laurent Merlin (born 17 October 1984) is a French professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Marseille Endoume. He started his career as a youngster with the Olympique de Marseille reserve team, where he quickly progressed into the senior squad and earned two caps over two seasons with the seniors. Laurent was then snapped up by Corsica based French league team, AC Ajaccio. He got his first senior goal with the club before being loaned to LB Châteauroux and on his return was sold to Chivas USA.
Table of Contents
– Club career
– AC Ajaccio and Châteauroux loan
– Chivas USA
– Cassis Carnoux
– International career
Born in Marseille, France, at the age of just ten, Merlin was training with hometown club Olympique de Marseille. From the youth team there he was able to make a name for himself, and soon found himself in Olympique de Marseille 2, the Marseille reserve team. Whilst at Marseille, Laurent only played in two matches and soon found himself surplus to requirements at l’Ohème.
AC Ajaccio and Châteauroux loan
In 2004 Merlin signed for fellow Ligue 1 side, Corsica-based, AC Ajaccio. At Ajaccio, he played twelve games in his first two seasons, ten more than when at Olympique de Marseille, a club at which he had been a part of the senior squad for two seasons. In these twelve games, he scored one goal.
In the following season, Merlin started just the one single game for Ajaccio, soon becoming another back-up player.
In the early months of 2006 Merlin was loaned to lower league, French side, LB Châteauroux. However, he started three games before returning to Ajaccio.
Merlin took part in Major League Soccer side Los Angeles Galaxy’s first ever open tryout in February 2007. The tryout was highly publicized in anticipation of the signing of David Beckham by the Galaxy. Through two days of intense competition with over 800 players from all over the world, he was one of two to survive four rounds of cuts and earn a trial with the Galaxy. However, he then signed for local rivals side Chivas USA. He played 22 games for the club, scoring one goal, before he was waived in 2007.
During the 2009–10 season, Merlin played for French Championnat National side Cassis Carnoux. He left the club following their relegation at the end of the season.
In July 2010, he had trials in England with Premier League sides Wigan Athletic and Blackpool.
In mid-2011 he left for U.S. Latina Calcio, Lega Pro 1 Divisione.
Merlin has been capped at under-17, under-18 and under-19 level by France.