OM is in mourning


By: Manu Tournoux

He is an emblematic figure of OM who passed away this Thursday. François Bracci died at the age of 72.

Born in Alsace, François Bracci is indeed a child of Marseille, raised in football in the ranks of AS Sainte-Marguerite and US Rouet before joining OM at the age of 16. “ I only had one goal in life, one obsession: to wear the OM jersey », he whispered during his lifetime, relayed by L’Equipe. Having become an emblematic figure of the Marseille club over the course of his career, the man who was still serving as coach in Algeria a few years ago passed away on Thursday, following a long illness at the age of 72.

1972 French champion within the OM of a certain Josip Skoblar, winner of the 1976 Coupe de France, François Bracci is the third most capped Olympian in history – behind Steve Mandanda and Roger Scotti – from the top of his 342 matches in all competitions spread over ten seasons at the club (1971-1979, then 1983-1985). A captain who, after two parentheses in Strasbourg and Bordeaux, contributed to the recovery of OM post-Minots, the one who returned to the elite in 1984.

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Compared to the Italian-Interist legend Giacinto Facchetti, this elegant left-back capable of playing libero wore the Blues jersey 18 times, notably selected for the 1978 World Cup in Argentina. A renowned technician in the Maghreb, Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia, François Bracci has enjoyed significant success there, at the helm of the Mouloudia Club of Algiers in particular. “ François Bracci has goneOM announced this Thursday evening. Olympique de Marseille sends its sincere condolences to his family and loved ones. »

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