The year is 2005. OM must win the Intertoto Cup in order to play in the Europa Ligue during the 2005-2006 season. Their opponent: Deportivo de La Coruña. After suffering a 2-0 defeat in Spain, OM returns to a final leg at le Vélodrome, on the brink of a tournament exit. What happened that night will forever be etched in recent history. (more…)
The departures of Gignac, Ayew, and Payet
To see what OM lost in these transfers, one must only briefly see how these players are performing today. One finished with an MVP and league title in Mexico. The other two are two of the more prolific midfielders in (more…)
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OM travels to Bordeaux with the same questions as previous years: can OM break the Bordeaux curse? The reason being that OM has not won a game in Bordeaux since 1978. That’s over 35 years without a win. Rarely have we seen streaks last so long. Over the past few years, OM has played well in Bordeaux, but fallen victim to last-minute goals and absolutely horrible officiating (see video below). At this moment, Bordeaux sits in 16th place, 2 points below OM. With key players missing, let us hope that OM can resist its own demons and finally end this curse after so many years. Click for video and My Lineup.
In this article is a link to the best video guide to Marseille I have seen. If you have never been to Marseille or the South of France, this video gives a great introduction. If you are familiar with the city, this video offers great aerial shots that will have you view the city differently.
OM faces off against the Ligue 2 side FBBP in the next round of Coupe de la Ligue. Given the qualification in Europa Ligue, and with the starting lineup changing very little game to game, I think Michel must rest some starters tomorrow. With a group that includes rising minots such as Zambo and Maxime Lopez, this is a chance to develop them into first team players. With key starters such as Batshuayi and Nkoulou having very little rest this season, this is a chance to give them a breather and avoid injury.
OM tied GFC Ajaccio in a relatively open game that was marred by absolutely atrocious officiating. This game was yet another classic example of Ligue 1 refs effectively ending a game early, with terrible decisions that change the fate of the match. However, OM showed some positives. Here is a closer look at each sector of the game.
Despite the result, I had a great time watching the game with OMNewYork at Smithfield Hall NYC. Thanks to @LnCasPous for the photo. Click title to read more.
While this may seem like an easy home game against a newly-promoted team, this is not the case at all. GFC are currently in 15th place, only 3 points behind OM. They have recently tied Lorient and Nantes, as well as beaten Montpellier. Seeing how OM played against Montpellier last week, that alone should be a sign that les Marseillais must come prepared for this fixture.
American OM Fan: Alex Schaefer
Alex is a member of OMNewYork and is here watching a game at Smithfield Hall NYC.
Entering this game on a three-win streak, l’OM came into a game with confidence, looking to win in front of a crowded Stade Vélodrome. Facing a stiff opponent, OM was forced to come back twice to earn a draw.