Maxime Lopez : Marseille’s New Star Winning Admirers

Maxime Lopez

A new name is filling in the column inches in the south of France at the moment. Whereas the return of Dimitri Payet has unsurprisingly captured the imagination of Olympique de Marseille supporters, the real adulation has been reserved for 19-year-old Maxime Lopez who has enjoyed a breakthrough campaign so far in 2016-17 following his graduation from the youth side. […]

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Cautious Optimism in the New Chapter of Marseille’s History

McCourt OM

It happened. And this time, it was not a hoax. Olympique de Marseille, following years of stagnation & frustration, is set to embark on a new chapter in the club’s history. After 20 years under the ownership of the Louis-Dreyfus family, the club is set to change hands, coming under the direction of a consortium led by American businessman Frank […]

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Marseille in Trouble: Turbulent Times Ahead for OM

OM Velodrome

Marseille are a club on the descent. It was a turbulent season in which the club parted ways with two coaches, finished in its worst league position in 15 years and suffered numerous hits to its global image through an investigation into shady transfer deals, coupled with crowd trouble in a number of games in the 2015-16 campaign. Suffice to say, the […]

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Marseille Lifeless as Season Descends into Mediocrity

Michel OM

Olympique de Marseille is a club that demands success – in any form. It doesn’t matter whether the playing staff or set-up actually is capable of delivering on such a demand, it is simply expected to give your best over the course of a season, to generate a campaign worthy of the club’s prestige. To live up to such lofty […]

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The Rise and Rise of Gazelec Ajaccio

Larbi Gaz

This December, a quick glance at the league tables in the top divisions in Europe paints a somewhat surprising picture. Leicester City, bottom of the Premier League at Christmas last year sit at the summit. Watford, promoted from the Championship are in seventh, ahead of Merseyside rivals Everton & Liverpool. In Germany, Hertha Berlin sit in third during the winter break. […]

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There May be Trouble Ahead for Ligue 1 and French Football


A brief glance at the Ligue 1 table shows a distinct unbalance. At the top, unsurprisingly – we have Paris Saint-Germain on 48 points, dropping just six in the 2015-16 campaign thus far. Well below, we have the other 19 teams. With the exception of winless Troyes, rooted to the bottom, only 15 points separate the other 18 teams sandwiched […]

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The Rebirth of Lassana Diarra – French Football’s Forgotten Man


There are few more impressive stories in European football this season than that currently being played out on the south coast of France. Consider 15 months ago, the name of Lassana Diarra had completely been wiped off the radar for even the hardened football fans and pundits. Aside from a bizarre non-story about the France international popping up in the burnt-out […]

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Why Marseille will not succeed under the leadership of Vincent Labrune


Four years are usually judged – in the political world at least – as a good barometer to whether an individual has been successful or not in his role. Take any democratically elected leader in the world, and if he or she has been relatively successful, they would be rewarded with re-election. And those nations or entities without term limits […]

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