First brought through the ranks at Lyon, Loic Remy experienced a frustrating time at the Stade de Gerland, with the emergence of Karim Benzema blocking his path to the first team along with the experience of rival forwards Fred, John Carew, Milan Baros, Sidney Govou and Sylvain Wiltord. Capable of operating as a lone striker or on the right, Remy eventually made his Ligue 1 debut as a substitute for Wiltord in October 2006, but it was during a six-month loan spell at Lens that he truly began expressing himself. Just two months into his stay, in fact, Remy was called up by then France coach Raymond Domenech, who saw the youngster as a potential successor to Thierry Henry.

A transfer to Nice in 2008 proved another turning point, and Remy soon made a name for himself as one of the most gifted marksmen in Ligue 1, with a maiden France cap finally coming in June 2009. It was his last before Domenech named his 23-man squad for South Africa 2010, and although he was left off the list, Remy earned a switch to Marseille that same summer. He enjoyed regular call-ups on the road to UEFA EURO 2012, only to miss the finals through injury, but he is now raring for his first major tournament with Les Bleus, backed up by his fine performances in the Premier League, first with Queens Park Rangers and then on loan at Newcastle United.