Nantes-OL: Eric Carrière: A Canary flies to Lyon
Collegiate Champion of France
Before enjoying the glory of titles as a professional, Eric Carrière also distinguished himself in the country's collegiate championship. Enrolled in school in Toulouse, he played with the university team in along with his matches for AS Muret in the National. This "double course" which therefore did not prevent him from performing well for his university as he won the French collegiate championship twice.
A professional at 23
At a time when the some players are signing professional contracts even before they come of age, Eric Carrière's career may come as a surprise. After having done well at the amateur level, Eric Carrière first broke through at 23 years old for FC Nantes. Coached by Jean-Claude Suaudeau, he played his first top flight match in December 1996 against… OL at the Stade Gerland. His late arrival hardly prevented him from realizing his full potential as after five successful seasons with Les Canaris, he had won two French Cups, a league title and was the assists leader and voted the best player in the league in 2001.
A first goal with OL against... Nantes
After an exceptional 2000-2001 season, both from a personal and team point of view, as well as having won the Confederations Cup won with the French team, Eric Carrière decided to join Olympique Lyonnais, who had been runner-up to FC Nantes the previous season. Despite having gone to a "rival", it was not long before he was well-appreciated by his new supporters as he scored his first goal in his new colors on Matchday Seven of the league season against... Nantes. OL won 4-1 against the reigning champion and laid the foundations for their future success in Ligue 1 -- after being crowned champions with Les Canaris, the French international then would win a further three consecutive titles with Les Gones, before going on to join Lens in 2004.