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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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JULY ROUNDUP: PRE-SEASON AND TRANSFERS UPDATE


RESULTS

Pre-Season Friendlies
02.07.2016: Dijon FCO 1-1 Olympique de Marseille
34: M. Batshuayi
52: Natalio

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09.07.2017: Olympique de Marseille 4-2 Empoli
19: L. Mchedlidze
26: U. Cosic
29: L. Ocampos
30: J. Porsan-Clemente
47: E. Chiti
73: G. Nkoudou

14.07.2016: AC Ajaccio 0-0 Olympique de Marseille

17.06.2016: Grenoble Foot 2-1 Olympique de Marseille
32: L. Ocampos
46: H. Amari
66: J. Moreau

23.07.2016: Olympique de Marseille 2-1 Red Bull Salzburg
56: R. Cabella
57: T. Minamino
90+2: R. Cabella (pen)

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27.07.2016: Olympique de Marseille 1-0 PAOK Thessaloniki
48: R. Cabella (pen)

TRANSFERS

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JONAS MARTIN. The French midfielder signed from Montpellier is another player who has been tracked for a long time by manager Christophe Galtier. The playmaker who made 35 appearances for Montpellier last season as, scoring twice, was signed for a fee of £3.8 million, although this fee could rise up to £5.5 million should Martin reach certain requirements laid out in the deal agreed between the two managers.

FLORENTIN POGBA. Highly rated by Christophe Galtier during his time as AS Saint-Etienne manager, the deal to bring the central defender to the Stade Velodrome was a relatively cheap one costing Galtier £1.2 million. Whilst the initial fee may be low, if all goes to plan and Pogba gets the game time Galtier is believed to have offered him, the fee could rise to £1.5 million.

FRANCK TABANOU. Olympique de Marseille complete a double header of players Christophe Galtier used to work with at AS Saint-Etienne. Left back Tabanou joins from Swansea where he was deemed surplus to requirements at the Liberty Stadium, and manager Christophe Galtier saw a chance to reunite himself with the former AS Saint-Etienne player, who now joins Loic Perrin and Florentin Pogba at the Stade Velodrome.

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DORIA. The young Brazilian central defender was signed by Marcelo Bielsa, and immediately loaned out to Sao Paolo for the 2014-2015 season, before being loaned out to Granada for the 2015-2016 season. An impressive season in Spain, saw the La Liga club try and strike a deal to sign the player permanently but the Brazilian turned them down in favour of moving to Germany to sign for Borussia Monchengladbach, after never making an appearance for Marseille, in a deal worth £6.5 million to the French giants.

BRICE SAMBA. The young goalkeeper spent last season on loan at AS Nancy, but only made 6 appearances for the Ligue 2 side. This season he’ll be spending the season in Belgium with KAA Gent after Christophe Galtier reportedly told the goalkeeper that he wouldn’t be used much this season. However with Nicolas Douchez and Yohann Pele reaching the end of their careers, the 2017-2018 season may represent the best opportunity for the young goalkeeper to stake a claim in the first team.

MANAGER'S THOUGHTS

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We’ve had an okay pre-season. To have not picked up any results other than draws and the defeat to Grenoble is worrying and suggests that our away form from last season may be continuing. However we’re going to look at addressing the issues so hopefully we can work on solving that. The victories against Empoli and against Red Bull Salzburg were a little more pleasing and suggests we’ve got what it takes to do well at the Stade Velodrome again. IN the Champions League, the performance against PAOK was more convincing but in front of goal we lacked the composure to pick up a more convincing result, and hopefully in the Second Leg we can be a little bit more convincing. As for the Trophee des Champions, we were very poor in the first half, but lets not take anything away from the fact that PSG were brilliant and it would have been hard for anyone in French football, maybe even European football, to deal with a performance of that quality. We need to do better in these big games but there is a whole season ahead of us in which to improve. As for the transfer window we’ve done well in bringing in three players, two of which I’ve worked with before at Saint-Etienne and they’re two very capable players. As for Jonas Martin, he is a very promising player, so with any luck he can slot right into this squad and have a very impressive season for us this year. Losing Doria would perhaps have been a big blow to any other side, but having not played for us at all since he was brought in, I don’t feel its that big of a blow. Brice Samba is going to be a very good goalkeeper and hopefully at Gent he can develop well, and with Nicolas Douchez retiring at the end of the season, he can come back into the squad and become a contender for our first team Goalkeeper slot.


I would really love to see you have a successful run in the Champions League, best of luck ahead of the new season!
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Thanks mate, we make it through the third qualifying round but get a tough play off round draw....spoilers!
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UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE BEST PLACED PLAY OFF DRAW

The draw for UEFA Champions League Best Placed Play Off Draw has been made at the UEFA Headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.

With the Play Off being the round where clubs from Europe’s top leagues finally join the qualifying process for this seasons UEFA Champions League Group Stage, the ten teams, 5 of which came through the Third Qualifying Round and 5 new entrants, have been split into two pots, one for the seeded sides and one for the non seeds.

The five teams that make up the seeded pot for this seasons Play Off Draw, including Russian giants Zenit St. Petersburg who came through their Third Qualifying Round tie, as did Ukrainian giants Shakhtar Donetsk. 2004 Portuguese Champions League winners FC Porto, and three time winners Manchester United also join the process at this stage. The final side joining the competition at this stage are Basque giants Athletic Bilbao.

That being said about the seeded teams, the five sides that have been sorted into the pot for non-seeds also include five sides very capable of overcoming any of the five seeds. 2010 Winners Internazionale make their return to the Champions League, and Borussia Monchengladbach who qualified directly for the Group Stage last season will have to qualify through the Play Offs if they are to be present in the Group Stage draw at the end of August. The final three sides making up the non-seeds all came through from the Third Qualifying Round, as Olympique de Marseille, Galatasaray SK and Feyenoord Rotterdam round up the pot.

THE DRAW

A really interesting draw for the final qualifying round for this seasons UEFA Champions League. Zenit St. Petersburg host Olympique de Marseille in a fascinating tie where either side could secure their place in the Champions League. Feyenoord vs. FC Porto will be a game where the Portuguese giants will fancy their chances of being in the Group Stage draw. Perhaps the two standout ties of the round see Shakhtar Donetsk meet Galatasaray and Manchester United meet Internazionale. In either tie, both sides will really fancy their chances to qualify for the Group Stage. The final tie of the Qualifying Round sees Borussia Monchengladbach meet Athletic Bilbao, and will hope to ease past the Spanish side and into the Group Stage for the second successive season. The first legs will be played on the 16/17 August, with the second legs being played a week later on the 23/24th August.


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LIGUE 1 PREVIEW: OLYMPIQUE DE MARSEILLE VS. TROYES AC


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OLYMPIQUE DE MARSEILLE
2015-16 Season: 3rd
President: Vincent Labrune
Manager: Christophe Galtier
Captain: Steve Mandanda
Key Players: Steve Mandanda, Loic Perrin, Abdelaziz Barrada, Remy Cabella, Lucas Ocampos
Key Signing: Remy Cabella, Newcastle United, £5.75 Million
Predicted Finish: 4th
Fans Verdict: ”The hope for us this season is to try and build on last season. We started off relatively poorly last season, so if we can avoid a slow start this year then I think we could be in for another successful year. Qualifying for the Champions League again, and hopefully poaching a place in the Top 2, is vital. As for this game against Troyes we need to try and start with three points, they beat us 3-0 both home and away last year and we were poor in both games against them, so with any luck we can try and grab at least a point tonight.” Predicted Finish: 3rd. Predicted Result: 3-0 Marseille.

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TROYES AC
2015-16 Season: 9th
President: Daniel Masoni
Manager: Jean-Marc Furlon
Captain: Benjamin Nivet
Key Players: Denis Petric, Pape Diakhite, Mouhamadou Dabo, Mehdi Bourabia
Key Signing: Loic Landre, RC Lens, £950,000
Predicted Finish: 15th
Fans Verdict: ”Finishing 9th last year was fantastic for us, because we were predicted to be in danger of relegation, but we blew that away. We’re still predicted to finish 15th this season, despite finishing in the top half last year so hopefully with Jean-Marc Furlon still in charge and some quality players signed this summer, we can have another successful year. We beat Marseille 3-0 in both games last season so if we could repeat that, it would be fantastic! But as it’s the first match of the season, it’ll probably take both sides a while to get going so I think this game is going to be a draw.” Predicted Finish:. Predicted Result: 1-1.


Zenit will be really tough, best of luck!
I believe Zenit is a capable task, also a great preview of the Troyes match!
@Griffo yeah its not going to be easy but thanks mate!

@Jack yeah like i said, its not going to be easy but its achievable and thanks for the kind words!
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UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE BEST PLACED PLAY OFF UPDATE

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16.08.2016: Zenit Saint-Petersburg 2-0 Olympique de Marseille
22: Hulk
75: N. Lombaerts

24.08.2016: Olympique de Marseille 3-1 Zenit Saint-Petersburg (3-3 aggregate: Zenit Win On Away Goals Rule)
4: J. Garcia
9: A. Witsel
14: B. Mendy
46: J. Garcia
52: J. Martin
58: Danny

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MANAGER REVIEW
It was a good run but in the end we were left with too much to do after the first leg. We should have come out of that First Leg with a better result because we definitely played well and created a lot of chances but we didn’t take our chances and in the end we’ve been knocked out of the competition in a frustrating result. Again it’s frustrating but it’s too late to do anything about it now, apart from work hard in the league to try and seal a place in the top two and secure a place in the Group Stage directly. Of course we will give the Europa League our best shot as the reason we were given such a difficult tie was because of our poor run last year lowering our co-efficient.


That is so so unlucky to lose it on terms of away goals! :(
Ah unlucky... as I said Zenit always seemed like a tough fixture, best of luck in the league!
@Jack yeah it was heartbreaking, we were all over them and especially when they had two men sent off it was really frustrating too!!

@Griffo yeah, it was the first leg that really cost us! Thanks man!
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UEFA Europa League Group Stage Draw

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Welcome to the Grimaldi Forum, here in Monte Carlo, for the Group Stage draw of the 2016-17 UEFA Europa League.

Friday 26th August 2015: Hello and welcome to the Grimaldi Forum for the draw for the Group Stage of the 2016-17 UEFA Europa League. This year’s final will be hosted at the Friend’s Arena in Solna, Sweden, and all 48 of the teams competing at this year’s competition will be aiming to be in with the chance of lifting the trophy come May. So without further ado, let’s have a look at the 48 teams competing in this seasons competition.


COMPETITION SEEDINGS


GROUP STAGE DRAW


REACTION

Olympique de Marseille President Vincent Labrune: ”We are pleased with the group of course we are. There are three very good teams in here, and in Milan we are going to have two fantastic games in a repeat of the 1993 UEFA Champions League Final. Standard and Targu Mures will provide us with some very difficult games, but everyone will give it their best shot I’m sure of it.”

Olympique de Marseille Manager Christophe Galtier: ”Obviously Milan are going to offer us two very difficult games where we will really have to be at the top of our own games to claim anything but I am confident that this year we’ll be able to get out of the group. Both Standard and Targu Mures will be difficult sides to beat but the squad we have is more than capable of this year challenging and getting to the latter stages of this competition.”



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AUGUST ROUNDUP: LIGUE 1, UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE & TRANSFERS UPDATE


RESULTS

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10.08.2015: Olympique de Marseille 1-2 Troyes AC
2: M. Bourabia
14: F. Camus
21: G. Nkoudou

13.08.2016: Olympique de Marseille 3-2 OGC Nice
10: M. Bodmer
35: M. Batshuayi
62: L. Perrin
66: Seri
85: F. Tabanou

20.08.2016: Toulouse 1-0 Olympique de Marseille
35: A. Plea

27.08.2016: EA Guingamp 0-3 Olympique de Marseille
3: R. Alessandrini
34: R. Alessandrini
80: R. Alessandrini

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03.08.2016: PAOK Thessaloniki 1-3 Olympique de Marseille (Agg 1-4)
15: R. Cabella
27: M. Batshuayi
38: D. Berbatov
47: M. Batshuayi

LEAGUE TABLE


TRANSFERS

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BRUNO PERES. The Brazilian right back possessing real quality was signed for a very small fee from Italian club Torino. The deal to bring Peres to the Stade Velodrome initially cost £1.2 million, but the fee may rise to £1.7 million if Marseille meet the requirements laid out in the terms of the deal.

JUAN ITURBE. The Argentine right winger, once hotly tipped to be the next Lionel Messi has joined Olympique de Marseille on a season long loan. Christophe Galtier believed his Marseille squad to be too short of depth on the right wing, and with Remy Cabella and Lucas Ocampos being very much favourites of the Marseille manager, Iturbe may only be used as a rotation option rather than a first team regular.


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YOHANN PELE. The veteran goalkeeper was sold to Lokomotiv Moscow after the Russian club pressed hard to complete the deal. With Steve Mandanda currently injured it is believed that Galtier also saw the opportunity to use Brice Samba as his first choice goalkeeper until Mandanda by making space for the young goalkeeper, by selling Pele.

MANAGER'S THOUGHTS

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Another mixed set of results in August, in a month where we’ve had to deal with the heartbreak of being knocked out of the Champions League. The biggest positive out of this month though is that we seem to have found a way of playing well at both home and away and we’ve got some positive results. The win against Zenit shows that we can beat very good teams especially at the Stade Velodrome and beating Guingamp away was great to watch, even if two of our goals were poachers efforts from Romain Alessandrini. Hopefully next month we can really start putting a run of form together and start rising up the table. Fortunately for us, teams like PSG and Monaco haven’t enjoyed the best of starts, both of them lost on the opening day of the season. Monaco are really struggling and Saint-Etienne and Lyon only have a couple more points than we do so with any luck in September we can start putting pressure on all the big teams that will rival us for one of the top spots in the league. In terms of transfers, just the two players coming in this month as Bruno Peres signed from Torino and Juan Iturbe signed on loan from Roma. Bruno is going to be an excellent addition to this side and will rival Brice for the starting place at right back, and he has been impressive in the games he’s played. As for Juan Iturbe, he was sensational against Guingamp and was at the heart of a lot of what we did well going forward this month and hopefully he can continue in that vein of form this year. As for departures, it was sad to see Yohann go, he was a great character to have around the club even if he did only play one competitive game for us. Lokomotiv Moscow had been pursuing him all summer and with Steve Mandanda injured, it was the perfect time to try and blood Brice Samba into the side, and by letting Yohann go to a club where he was likely to get more football it was a good way for us to start giving a younger player some more game time.


I hope Iturbe performs for you!

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