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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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THE RETURN: AS SAINT-ETIENNE VS. OLYMPIQUE DE MARSEILLE PREVIEW


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AS Saint-Etienne
2014-15 Season: 5th
President: Bernard Caiazzo
Manager: Zinedine Zidane
Captain: Fabian Lemoine
Key Players: Stephane Ruffier, Francois Clerc, Jeremy Clement, Romain Hamouma, Valentin Eysseric
Key Signing: Cacau, Free Transfer
Predicted Finish: 6th
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Fans Verdict: ”Christophe Galtier coming back here will be a fantastic occasion and I know for sure that most Saint-Etienne fans will cheer when he walks onto the pitch. He’s a hero in our eyes but we have a new hero in the making with Zidane in charge. He’s honed his skills at Real Madrid, the biggest club in the world and hopefully he can take us onwards into a new era of success. Marseille have recovered well after a shaky start to the season but both teams are having good seasons now so hopefully it’ll be a good game.” Predicted Result: 1-1.

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OLYMPIQUE DE MARSEILLE
2014-15 Season: 4th
President: Vincent Labrune
Manager: Christophe Galtier
Captain: Steve Mandanda
Key Players: Steve Mandanda, Brice Dja Djedje Romain Alessandrini, Michy Batshuayi
Key Signing: Loic Perrin, Saint-Etienne, £4.8 million
Predicted Finish: 4th
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Fans Verdict: ”All the media focus is going to be on the manager returning to his old club. Saint-Etienne had a great start but we’ve moved above them at the minute, of course that could change dependent on the result against them. However they have lost their last three games and maybe the Zidane effect is wearing off so hopefully we can snatch a big victory at their place.” Predicted Result: 2-0 Marseille.


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COUPE DE LA LIGUE FOURTH ROUND DRAW


17th November 2015: The draw for the fourth round of the Coupe de la Ligue has been made with the draw being made at the LFP headquarters in Paris. The draw through up some big ties including Stade de Reims hosting Monaco and Lyon hosting Le Havre.

The tie of the round though will undoubtedly be contested at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday 15th December between two of French football’s giants as Paris Saint-Germain host Olympique de Marseille.

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NOVEMBER ROUNDUP: LIGUE 1 & UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE UPDATE


RESULTS

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08.11.2015: Olympique de Marseille 3-0 OGC Nice
59: M. Batshuayi
65: M. Bodmer
76: A. Barrada

21.11.2015: AS Saint-Etienne 5-2 Olympique de Marseille
9: N. Roux
34: F. Clerc
38: B. Mendy
39: K. Monnet-Paquet
40: K. Monnet-Paquet
61: L. Perrin
85: R. Cabella
87: N. Roux

29.11.2015: Olympique de Marseille 2-1 AS Monaco
6: G. Carrillo
45+1: M. Batshuayi
49: R. Cabella

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05.11.2015: Olympique de Marseille 3-1 Lech Poznan
7: D. Thomalla
42: L. Ocampos
65: M. Zarate
90: R. Alessandrini

26.11.2015: FC Kobenhavn 2-1 Olympique de Marseille
24: A. Cornelius
43: F. Santander
70: L. Ocampos (pen)

LEAGUE TABLES


MANAGER'S THOUGHTS

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The time for progress, to be honest has ended. Starting next month, we need to be picking up more points than we have been doing. 6 points from the three games we’ve played, might well be okay on the face of it, but the way we were torn apart by Saint-Etienne was incredibly hard to take. However the performance against Monaco was brilliant and we turned things around in style and the team can be very proud, especially coming off the back of the awful elimination in the Europa League. The group we had, we should have done a lot better, even though Kobenhavn and Southampton are both good sides, but the first half against Kobenhavn was atrocious and we should have done a lot better, and if we had, we might still have had a chance of qualifying going into next months last game against Southampton.


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OLYMPIQUE DE MARSEILLE ANNOUNCE EMMANUEL ADEBAYOR SIGNING

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Former Man City, Arsenal & Monaco striker Emmanuel Adebayor was available on a free after being released by Tottenham

19.11.2015: OLYMPIQUE DE MARSEILLE have officially announced that Togolese striker Emmanuel Adebayor, 31, has joined the club on a free transfer. The forward, best suited to the complete forward role was released by Tottenham in the summer transfer window, but will be unavailable to play for his new club until the turn of the new year due to ongoing registration issues with his former club Tottenham. Adebayor, who has played 63 times for his national side scoring 29 goals, averaging almost a goal every other game, said he was delighted to return to Ligue 1 and to sign for such a big club.

The new man at the Stade Velodrome arrives on a contract worth £45,000 a week, a considerable decrease on his reported salary at former clubs Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City, which lasts until the end of the 2016-17 season. In his unveiling at Marseille, manager Christophe Galtier expressed his delight in bringing such an experienced striker to the club, and also confirmed that his fifth signing as Marseille manager would be wearing the number 27 shirt when he returned to action at the beginning of the new year.

Adebayor was released by Tottenham after Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino apparently disapproved of the Togolese strikers lack of work ethic when tracking back, although new manager Galtier said he had no concerns over the players commitment. In his time at Tottenham, Adebayor scored 41 goals in 106 games in all competitions, including netting 17 times during his debut season which was spent on loan at White Hart Lane. Before his transfer to White Hart Lane though, the forward spent time on loan at Spanish giants Santiago Bernabeu where he scored 5 times in 14 games in Liga whilst on loan from Manchester City. Again his record at the Etihad stadium was again pretty good having scored 15 goals in 34 appearances although 14 of these came in his first, and only full season at the club. However his best spell at an English club actually came at Arsenal between 2006-2009 where he scored 62 goals in 142 appearances including 24 in 36 Premier League appearances in the 2007-2008 season.

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According to Christophe Galtier though, the factor that really convinced him to sign Adebayor was the forwards previous spell playing in the French football system, as the Togolese forward spent five seasons playing for FC Metz and AS Monaco, even being part of the Monaco side that reached the UEFA Champions League final in 2003-2004, with Monaco eventually losing to FC Porto. During his time at FC Metz, Adebayor scored 19 goals in 53 appearances, before sealing his move to Monaco where he scored 26 goals in 115 appearances. Galtier stated that although his goal scoring stats in England may be considerably better, he believed that Adebayor, who was now much older would be able to have a decent spell at the Stade Velodrome, after showing how capable he was of performing in Ligue 1 at Monaco. Galtier also added how important it was for his squad to have players with Champions League experience should Marseille qualify for next season’s edition of the competition. Adebayor himself added that he was in no doubts over his ability to perform in Ligue 1 at 31, and expressed his delight to be back in the country, also adding that he couldn’t wait for the visit to the Stade Louis II to meet Monaco later on in the season.


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COUPE DE FRANCE NINTH ROUND DRAW


17th November 2015: The draw for the Ninth Round of the Coupe de France has been made at the French Football Federation headquarters in Paris. Some of the most interesting ties of the round include 3 all Ligue clashes between Montpellier and Lyon, Stade Rennais and Caen, and Lorient playing Guingamp. There were also several ties including the bigger sides in French football heading to lower league opposition as Bordeaux will visit fourth tier side Stade Bordelais, PSG heading to Montceau Bourgogne, another fourth tier side, and FC Nantes visiting amateur side Stade Briochin.

As for Olympique de Marseille, Christophe Galtier’s men were drawn at home and will welcome Corsican side SC Bastia, a fellow Ligue 1 side, to the Stade Velodrome with the tie being played on the 3rd January 2016, with Galtier’s men firm favourites to move on through to the Tenth Round.

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DECEMBER ROUNDUP: LIGUE 1, COUPE DE LA LIGUE & UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE UPDATE


RESULTS

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02.12.2015: Stade Rennais 0-0 Olympique de Marseille

05.12.2015: Olympique de Marseille 2-1 Montpellier HSC
18: L. Diarra
47: K. Berigaud
59: A. Barrada

19.12.2015: Girondins de Bordeaux 0-1 Olympique de Marseille
41: L. Sane
15: L. Ocampos

23.12.2015: Olympique de Marseille 3-0 Gazalec Ajaccio
15: L. Silva
19: L. Ocampos
58: Rolando

30.12.2015: Lille OSC 0-1 Olympique de Marseille
16: L. Ocampos

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15.12.2015: Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 (AET) Olympique de Marseille
12: M. Batshuayi
62: E. Lavezzi
97: E. Cavani

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10.12.2015: Olympique de Marseille 3-2 Southampton
13: J. Ward-Prowse
42: R. Cabella
49: M. Batshuayi
79: D. Tadic (pen)
90: G. Pelle

LEAGUE TABLES


MANAGER'S THOUGHTS

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Nearly, so very nearly the perfect month for us. Unbeaten in the league has is fantastic and to now be in 3rd place which would mean a place in next seasons UEFA Champions League is brilliant. To get a 0-0 draw at Rennes was a very good result even if the performance wasn’t great as they are having a fantastic season and then beating Montpellier the way we did was good to see. The next three games after that; the wins at Bordeaux and at Lille and the win against Gazalec saw us put in good performances and we deserved to pick up maximum points from it, and for two of them to be on the road as well, makes it even better, and hopefully now we can keep things consistent at home as well as away. Defensively we are starting to look a lot more solid and keeping three clean sheets on the bounce is brilliant. Of course, I said the month was nearly perfect with it being tarnished by the defeat at PSG. We were the underdogs of course, but to lose in extra time after such an impressive performance was extremely hard to take. As for the Europa League, that is it, we are officially out, no more football, and it is a shame because against Southampton we showed just how good we can be and we were playing some fantastic football when we went 3-0 up, its just a shame we let them in to score twice. Hopefully though, we can keep things moving in the right direction next month, keep ourselves in a Champions League spot in Ligue 1 and progress through the Coupe de France, starting against Bastia in a few days.


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COUPE DE FRANCE NINTH ROUND UPDATE & TENTH ROUND DRAW

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COUPE DE FRANCE TENTH ROUND DRAW

Just like the draw for the 9th round, the draw for the Tenth Round of the Coupe de France was made at the FFF headquarters. One of the ties of the round saw US Avranches, who knocked out Ligue 1 side Angers SCO in the ninth round, were drawn at home to 8th in Ligue 1 OGC Nice. Other interesting ties saw high flying Stade Rennais drawn at home to struggling Girondins de Bordeaux and AS Monaco hosting FC Nantes.
For Marseille though, the draw for L’OM threw in a visit to second tier side Clermont Foot.
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JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOW IS OPEN: NEW SIGNING INBOUND

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With the January Transfer Window having been open for 2 weeks now, Olympique de Marseille have unveiled their first signing of the window. The new man at the Stade Velodrome is former Stade Malherbe Caen defender Dennis Appiah who completed his £5.5 million pound transfer to Christophe Galtier’s team.

The French defender who is also eligible for Ghana made 84 appearances in Ligue 1 during his 3 years at the Stade Michel D’Ornamo. Born on the 9th June 1992 in Toulouse, the centre back who is also very comfortable at right back, and capable of playing at wing back, has yet to represent his country at senior or under 21 international level. The man himself stated that he hoped his move to Marseille would give him the opportunity to become a full international. When asked whether he would consider representing Ghana if the opportunity arose, Appiah stated that he would consider it, but swore that he still had an allegiance and a love for France.

When asked about what he wanted to achieve at the Stade Velodrome, Appiah stated that with the form Marseille were in, there was no reason why Christophe Galtier’s Olympique de Marseille side couldn’t reach next season’s UEFA Champions League. The thought of playing Champions League football for Marseille put a massive smile on the defender’s face, saying he couldn’t wait to help Marseille qualify for such a prestigious tournament and that gaining the chance to play against the biggest clubs in Europe was an opportunity he couldn’t turn down.


Good win and an expensive signing in Appiah, hoping he comes good for you :)
Thanks mate! Yeah Appiah was quite pricey but he's been fantastic so far, just need to try and keep hold of him now!
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COUPE DE FRANCE TENTH ROUND UPDATE & ELEVENTH ROUND DRAW

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ELEVENTH ROUND DRAW

The draw for the 11th Round of the Coupe de France has been made. Perhaps the most intriguing tie of the round see’s fifth tier side Calais RUFC host French Champions and current Coupe de France holders Paris Saint-Germain in a game the visitors will be comfortable favourites for. Calais qualified for the eleventh round of the competition by beating Ligue 2 side Paris FC on penalties in the previous round after a 0-0 draw in normal time. Fellow giant killers Tours FC who eliminated Montpellier in the previous round were drawn at home to face Lille, and the draw for Round 11 also drew up a tie against third tier US Avranches for fourth tier side Pau FC.
For Olympique de Marseille, the draw for the Eleventh Round of the competition threw up the chance to welcome Toulouse to the Stade Velodrome.
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JANUARY ROUNDUP: LIGUE 1 UPDATE


RESULTS

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09.01.2016: Olympique de Marseille 4-1 EA Guingamp
27: S. Privat
31: L. Silva
36: R. Cabella
75: R. Cabella
85: C. Kerbrat

16.01.2016: SM Caen 1-0 Olympique de Marseille
24: B. Dja Djedje
76: J. Manquillo
90: C. Alhadhur

22.01.2016: Olympique Lyonnais 2-2 Olympique de Marseille
4: Rafael
10: M. Bisevac
34: E. Adebayor
60: E. Adebayor
72: A. Lacazette

30.01.2016: Olympique de Marseille 0-0 Lille OSC

LEAGUE TABLE


MANAGER'S THOUGHTS

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We might not have had the best of months in terms of results, but the performances against Guingamp was excellent and we can still be pleased with the performance against Lyon as we should have won the game really. I do feel though that if Emmanuel Adebayor had stayed on the pitch we might have got the result we wanted as we were playing very well and so was he. Against Caen we were unlucky not to get a point or even a win as we had plenty of chances and it was a stroke of extremely bad luck that saw us lose the game, but all credit to Caen they did very well to hold us and then pounced when the opportunity presented itself. Against Lille, there wasn’t much we could do when they clearly set up to stop us playing especially at the Velodrome where we have been excellent pretty much all season, and in fact it is the first time we’ve drawn a game at home. Hopefully though next month, we can return to winning ways and we can continue to keep pushing at the top end of the table. As for the Coupe de France against Bastia we did extremely well to come back and win the tie. The tenth round tie against Clermont was very tough as we knew it would be as the second tier side sat back and made sure that we didn’t run riot now that the squad seems to be in-form and playing extremely well. Again, the hope will be that next month we can put in another good performance against Toulouse and move into the Quarter Finals.


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TRANSFER WINDOW NOW SHUT

The January transfer window has now officially shut for all Ligue 1 clubs, and squads are being finalised ready to be sent to the LFP.

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OTHER TRANSFERS
Erik Sviatchenko, FC Midtjylland to AS Saint-Etienne, £2.1m

Anthony Maisonnial, AS Saint-Etienne to Atletico Madrid, £1.2m

Steven N’Zonzi, Sevilla to Girondins de Bordeaux, £3.1m

Jermaine Jones, Free Transfer to Lille OSC, Free

Cheikou Kouyate, West Ham United to SM Caen, Loan


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COUPE DE FRANCE ELEVENTH ROUND UPDATE & QUARTER FINAL DRAW

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QUARTER FINAL DRAW

The draw for the Coupe de France Quarter Finals has been made, throwing up some interesting clashes. Perhaps the most interesting, and the game the neutrals will want to watch sees ten times winners Olympique de Marseille travelling to fourth tier side Pau FC. There are two all Ligue 1 Quarter Finals as Stade Rennais host Stade de Reims, and current holders Paris Saint-Germain visit relegation threatened Lille OSC. The final Quarter Final will see AS Monaco host Ligue 2 side Dijon at the Stade Louis II.
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ABOU DIABY SIGNS NEW CONTRACT

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18.02.2015: Olympique de Marseille have today confirmed that midfielder Abou Diaby has signed a new two year contract extension that will see the French midfielder contracted to L’OM until June 2018r After impressing so far in his debut season at the Stade Velodrome, manager Christophe Galtier stated that he felt it was of the upmost importance that Diaby was offered a contract to stay at the club.

The former Arsenal midfielder, who is currently out with a hip injury, and will be out for a further 5 to 7 weeks, has made 27 appearances for Marseille, scoring 1 goal in his debut season in Marseille. The midfielder himself said he was delighted to be staying at the club, claiming ”It’s been a fantastic experience down here at the minute. Admittedly it’s not very nice being injured at the minute because I just want to play football but when I’ve been playing I’ve been really enjoying it, and I’d like to think I’ve been playing the best football for a long time.”

”We’re on course to have a really good season at the minute. It’d be a dream to qualify for the Champions League for next season, and hopefully the lads can do it. Playing in the competition for Arsenal was fantastic and to be able to do that here in my home country would be pretty great, and signing this new contract which keeps me here will allow me to do just that.”


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