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Olympique de Marseille: Droit au But

An Olympique de Marseille story for Football Manager 2016
Started on 31 December 2015 by mgriffin2012
Latest Reply on 14 June 2016 by Griffo
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In the usual, long drawn-out process that is a UEFA Competition Draw, the draw for the First Knockout Round of the UEFA Europa League has been made in Nyon. The path to the final in Solna is one step further along now as the 32 remaining clubs, 24 of whom qualified from the Group Stages and the remaining 8 who qualified by finishing third in their UEFA Champions League Groups, find out who they will be facing over two legs in February. The draw has thrown up some potentially very interesting ties including both the Milan clubs, as AC Milan will host Tottenham Hotspur, whilst their eternal rivals Internazionale will visit Sevilla for the first leg. In other ties FC Basel will host Napoli, and Olympique Lyonnais will have to get past Newcastle United if they are to progress to the Second Knockout Round.

For Olympique de Marseille the draw has thrown up a trip to the Netherlands for the first leg, where they will face AFC Ajax at the Amsterdam Arena, before hosting the return leg at the Stade Velodrome the week after in a tie they will be confident of progressing from. The first legs will be played Thursday 9th February with the second legs being a week later on the 16th February 2017.

I like the Ajax match up, I think you should progress!
Yeah its not a bad draw, grabbing the result against Milan has definitely given us a chance of going far!
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The draw for the Quarter Finals of this seasons Coupe de la Ligue has thrown up some extremely intriguing ties, with the biggest game of the round being Marseille hosting Paris Saint-Germain at the Stade Velodrome. AS Saint-Etienne will host Monaco in another battle between two of the nations top clubs whilst the remaining Quarter Finals will give some of the smaller sides in Ligue 1 the chance to qualify for the Semi Finals, with Toulouse, Stade de Reims, Nantes and Evian all hoping for a chance to visit the Stade de France in April.

Get around Le TFC, tough match up but if you wanna win the competition you have to beat them at some stage
Yeah isnt going to be easy! And hopefully Toulouse can sneak through too :P
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The draw for the Tenth Round drew up some more eye catching games with the tie of the round perhaps, once again being played by AS Monaco as the principality side will travel away to PSG in a clash of the top 2 from last season’s Ligue 1. For Olympique de Marseille they once again travel to lower league opposition where they will play fourth tier side US Concarneu. US Avranches, who eliminated Ligue 1 opposition for the second season in a row, will host AS Saint-Etienne whilst Quevilly Rouen Metropole of the Championnat National, will host OGC Nice in the 10th Round.

Yeah was quite a comfortable victory haha
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04.12.2016: AS Monaco 0-2 Olympique de Marseille
26: M. Batshuayi
67: M. Lemina

07.12.2016: Olympique de Marseille 2-1 FC Lorient
62: R. Cabella
69: M. Waris
87: E. Adebayor

10.12.2016: Olympique de Marseille 0-0 Lille OSC
85: R. Alessandrini

17.12.2016: Olympique de Marseille 1-1 Stade Rennais
20: G. Sio
72: M. Lemina

21.12.2016: Girondins de Bordeaux 0-1 Olympique de Marseille
78: L. Ocampos
01.12.2016: Olympique de Marseille 3-2 AC Milan
26: E. Adebayor
38: C. Bacca
55: R. Cabella
72: M. Niang
80: G. Paulista
90+3: R. Cabella



If we’re still enjoying this level of success come May then that would be fantastic. To be sitting second in Ligue 1 after 20 games is brilliant especially considering how we had a relatively slower start to the season. However those games against Lille and Stade Rennais should probably have gone a bit better than they did and we were disappointing to be honest and should have come away with the victories against both sides. If we had done we would have been sitting quite clear at the top, but you have to take what you’re dealt with and we will go again next month with the aim of keeping up the pace at the top of the league. In the Coupe de la Ligue we did well to beat Nice and to qualify for the Quarter Finals is great because we’re within touching distance of the Semi Finals and the Final now so to be in with the chance of silverware is brilliant. As for the Coupe de France, the 12-0 win over AS Garrande was a fantastic victory but our sympathies have to be sent to the team, they did play well but it showed the gulf in class between Ligue 1 and Amateur Football in this country. In the Europa League, the last grasp victory over AC Milan was more than brilliant so grabbing top spot was fantastic and means we have a very good chance of qualifying for the second knockout round, when the competition resumes in February.

Neck and neck with PSG, I hope you can take them down!
Yeah the turn around has been fantastic, really happy with this season! But its got a long way to go yet!
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The breaking news coming from the Stade Velodrome is that Fiorentina have completed the signing of Olympique de Marseille keeper Steve Mandanda for a fee believed to have been around £3 million. The move doesn’t come as too much of a surprise after manager Chrisophe Galtier is believed to have been frustrated at Mandanda’s form during his time so far as Olympique de Marseille, after the experienced keeper had made several key mistakes during important games in Galtier’s season and a half at Marseille. In an official club statement, L’OM stated ”We would like to place on record our massive appreciation for all that Steve Mandanda has done at this club and for everything we achieved together. We wish him all the best at his new club in Italy and hopes he can achieve everything he wants to in Florence.”

With the departure of Mandanda confirmed, Christophe Galtier has named Loic Perrin as the club’s new captain, despite only being at the Stade Velodrome for a season and a half. However during their time together at AS Saint-Etienne, Galtier entrusted Perrin with the armband at the Stade Geoffrey-Guichard, meaning that Marseille fans can be confident that the new man wearing the armband will be able to do an effective job. The man filling Perrin’s shoes as vice-captain is believed to be summer signing Jonas Martin who has become a prominent part of the Marseille midfield since his arrival from Montpellier. The new captain at the Stade Velodrome in a short statement stated: ”I am delighted to be named as the new captain here. I have massively enjoyed my time here so far and the successes we as a team have enjoyed and hopefully this season we can enjoy even more success in all the competitions we are in.”

Olympique de Marseille have also confirmed their own signing in the January Transfer Window, as Bosnia-Herzegovina international Asmir Begovic has arrived on loan from Chelsea. The transfer will see the former Stoke and Portsmouth goalkeeper stay at the Stade Velodrome until the end of the season with the potential for the move to be made permanent at the end of the season. Upon the arrival of Steve Mandanda’s short term replacement, manager Christophe Galtier expressed his delight at signing Begovic. ”He is definitely up there as one of the better keepers in the world and to have him here, at least for the short term, is fantastic and we can’t wait to get him started in this team.”

Very interesting moves there, hope it works out for you!
Yeah big move! Realise its part of FM that the goalkeepers are awful and make so many bloody mistakes but yeah, it was just too many! Begovic does a lot better in the games ive played with him so far!

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