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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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Some positive news for Olympique de Marseille fans now, as L’Equipe has learnt that the club’s Argentine forward Mauro Zarate is now back in light training after being sidelined with damaged cruciate ligaments for the last 7 months. However it is expected to be at least another three weeks before Zarate returns to full training meaning that it will take even longer for the forward to make his first team return.

Zarate suffered the injury in the victory over Girondins de Bordeaux on the 8th April. He was a relatively consistent starter for Marseille during the first part of the season, and started the season off well. The Argentine ended the season with 3 goals in 17 appearances and in his interview since returning to light injury gave this brief statement. ”Obviously I am delighted to be back in training. It has been a frustrating couple of months, not being able to train or to play but to be back in action now is fantastic and I cannot wait to just get back out there on the pitch and hopefully help the club achieve something this year.

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02.10.2016: Olympique de Marseille 2-0 Montpellier HSC
76: R. Cabella
88: L. Ocampos

15.10.2016: Evian TG 0-2 Olympique de Marseille
31: R. Alessandrini
64: R. Cabella (pen)

26.10.2016: Stade Rennais 3-3 Olympique de Marseille
3: S. Armand
16: R. Cabella
25: L. Ocampos
41: G. Sio
46: F. Pogba
78: S. Prcic

29.10.2016: AS Saint-Etienne 1-0 Olympique de Marseille
16: R. Hamouma
20.10.2016: ASA Targu Mures 1-5 Olympique de Marseille
7: L. Ocampos
22: A. Mutu
47: M. Lemina
57: R. Cabella
75: G. Nkoudou
85: M. Batshuayi



Overall another relatively mixed month for us. To start the month with two victories and two clean sheets against Montpellier and Evian was brilliant and the performances were great especially since it was a home and an away win. Then the performance against Targu Mures was exactly what it needed to be, last season we might have let the game slip especially when they equalised. But our performance was excellent in the second half and we deserved to take all three points, and we’re definitely in a better position after 3 games than we were last year and if we win the second game at the Stade Velodrome we’ll be in touching distance of qualifying. Back in Ligue 1, the draw at Rennais was disappointing especially when we thought we had it won after Florentin’s late goal but Adil Rami’s error was extremely frustrating and perhaps certain players to need to step it up a notch and cut errors like that out of their games. Losing to Saint-Etienne was a big blow because the performance wasn’t there to even allow us to claim we should have had something and it was a big chance for us to keep pace with the likes of PSG and Troyes. Next month we’ve got massive games against Targu Mures and Standard to come in the Europa League as well as a tricky run of games against PSG, Lyon and a very good FC Metz side that we’re going to have perform extremely well in to get as many points as possible.

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The draw for the Fourth Round of the Coupe de la Ligue has been made at the LFP headquarters with the 16 teams remaining in the competition finding out who they will be playing as the competition reaches it latter stages. The draw has thrown up some interesting ties with Ligue 2 side hosting surprise package FC Nantes, PSG meeting Stade Rennais and Zinedine Zidane’s AS Saint-Etienne hosting league leaders Troyes at the Stade Geoffrey-Guichard.

For Christophe Galtier’s Olympique de Marseille side, the draw has thrown up a tough Sud Derby away at the Allianz Riviera against Nice in a game that the three times winners will want to win. After losing at this stage last season Christophe Galtier said he was hopeful that Marseille could progress into the latter stages of the competition this year.

Ahhh the rivalry Toulouse vs. Bordeaux, we will most likely get smoked haha!
Nice draw in the cup there :P
@Griffo haha they didnt in this case, Toulouse won on penalties after a 0-0 draw ;)
@Jack thanks mate, we seem to do well against Nice which is great to see
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06.11.2016: Olympique de Marseille 1-1 Paris Saint-Germain
24: E. Cavani
50: R. Cabella (pen)

18.11.2016: Olympique Lyonnais 2-3 Olympique de Marseille
5: R. Alessandrini
12: A. Lacazette
21: A. Lopes
35: M. Batshuayi
48: M. Valbuena

27.11.2016: Olympique de Marseille 3-2 FC Metz
32: F. Sassi
48: R. Alessandrini
51: C. Marica
61: J. Martin
84: J. Iturbe

03.11.2016: Olympique de Marseille 3-0 ASA Targu Mures
30: B. Dja Djedje
47: E. Adebayor
90: R. Cabella

24.11.2016: Standard de Liege 0-2 Olympique de Marseille
53: R. Cabella
88: R. Cabella



November has been much better and we’re starting to show signs of being a top quality side this season at last. Against PSG we should have done a lot better than we actually did, and to come home with only a point was disappointing because personally I believe we should have won. Certain players made big mistakes in that game though and we will be looking at alternatives in the upcoming January Transfer Window. However beating Lyon and Metz in the dramatic fashion we did was fantastic and to get 6 points from those two games is exactly what we needed to do and now its lifted us up into a European spot, and hopefully we can continue to bridge the gap between us and the top of the table and with the league still wide open, if we can put a big winning run together, who knows where we could be headed. In terms of the Europa League we have got the results we needed to do and that’s fantastic so in theory we could go to the game against Milan and lose and we’ll still be through but that’s not going to happen! We’re going to go out onto the pitch against Milan and try and claim the victory we need to top the group and get the best chance we can get at qualifying for the knockout rounds.

Why are FC Nantes so successful... I just don't get it?
Haha i dont know about Nantes, although they used to be successful!

The real story is Troyes being the Leicester City of my save...for the time being :P
FC Nantes are playing Champions League football in my save haha.. after being predicted to finish 16th or whatever it is at the start of the season
Haha thats slightly surreal but I guess that is fm for you!
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2015-16 Season: 3rd In Group H
President: Vincent Labrune
Manager: Christophe Galtier
Captain: Steve Mandanda
Key Players: Steve Mandanda, Loic Perrin, Abdelaziz Barrada, Remy Cabella, Lucas Ocampos
Last Match: 2-0 Vs. Standard de Liege
Permutations: Marseille Must Win To Top Group
Fans Verdict: ”We weren’t great in the first match at the San Siro, but I don’t think we deserved to lose the game. But the rest of the campaign has been near perfect and we’ve qualified already which is a huge boost. We do want top spot though and at the Stade Velodrome we can definitely get the three points so I’m going for a Marseille win.” Predicted Result: 2-1 Marseille.

2015-16 Season: No European Football
President: Silvio Berlusconi
Manager: Sinisa Mijhalovic
Captain: Nigel de Jong
Key Players: Diego Lopez, Alessio Romagnoli, Hiroki Sakai, Giacomo Bonaventura, Carlos Bacca
Last Match: 2-0 Vs. Targu Mures
Permutations: A Draw Guarantees Milan Top Spot
Fans Verdict: ”We earned a really good win at the San Siro in the reverse fixture even if players like Alessio Romagnoli didn’t have the best of games. They’re a different kettle of fish at home it seems though, but with any luck our boys can bring the points home, and even a draw guarantees us top spot in the group which is something we’re definitely very capable of.” Predicted Result: 1-0 Milan.

Praying for a Nigel De Jong brain explosion! #goodtimes
Haha he can do whatever so long as we win the game!
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The draw for the Ninth Round of the Coupe de France, made at FFF headquarters in Paris, has been made with the balls throwing up some intriguing ties. For the holders Olympique de Marseille, Christophe Galtier’s team will face a visit to local amateur side AS Gardanne, in a game that should draw a bumper crowd for the hosts. The draw has also thrown up some extremely interesting ties, with perhaps the tie of the round taking place at the Stade Louis II where AS Monaco will host Olympique Lyonnais. This seasons surprise package in Ligue 1, Troyes AC host Amiens, whilst tournament favourites Paris Saint-Germain visit AMSB Belfort in a game they will feel confident of progressing from. The ties will be played the weekend of December 31st/January 1st.

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