News update – 16/02/2012 – Injuries, Postponements and Some Progress
Lucho Out Of Transfer Window
Well the transfer window slammed shut again with no one arriving at Marseille as a number of rumoured ‘interests’ and ‘bids’ failed to materialise into anything substantial. The one positive of the transfer window was however, everyone’s least favourite South American, erm…least favourite Argentinian, oh… sod it, the lazy, lacklustre, uninspiring, loathsome twat Lucho finally left Marseille to return to Porto. After 2 and a half seasons and god knows how much money, the club agreed a supposed €2m fee for the player who had cost us €24m 30 months ago, testament to just how poor he has been of late. 24 minutes into his second debut for Porto and he’d bagged a goal for them helping them win 2-0 against Vitoria Setubal in the Portuguese League Cup.
Dark Days For The Black Stars
Both Ayew brothers have now returned from African Nations duty with Ghana, where the Black Stars dissapointingly finished 4th. Having seen off Tunisia in the quarter finals, thanks to an Andre Ayew extra time goal, Ghana were beaten of eventual winners Zambia 0-1 in the semi’s and were then beaten 0-2 by Mali in the 3rd place play-off. Both brothers played in both the semi game and the play-off but couldn’t help Ghana realise their potential in the tournament.
Crocked Pair Have More Company
Andre-Pierre Gignac is still recovering from his groin surgery, with no clear date set for his return. Stephane M’bia is back in training after injuring his thigh in the Coupe de France win against Le Havre, he may return to the squad for this weekend’s game against Valenciennes.
Loic Remy is the biggest concern for OM as his hamstring injury will see him missing for the next 3 weeks meaning he will miss the games against Valenciennes, Inter, Brest, Toulouse, Evian and potentially the trip to Ajaccio. Hopes are that he will be fit and in contention for the squad for the trip to the San Siro to face Inter in the 2nd leg of the Champions League.
More Winter Fun
The cold snap in France lead to a number of cancelled games in Ligue 1 and the Coupe de France competition. Marseille’s trip to Evian was postponed and has been rescheduled for Tue 6th March with a 18:30 kick-off time announced (17:30 UK).
OM Youngsters In London In Bid To Make It Inter The NextGen Final
After seeing off Aston Villa in the last round of the NextGen tournament, OM’s U 19’s will face Inter in the semi-finals of the competition on 21st March. Excitingly the venue for this game will be at Griffin Park, Brentford’s home ground. If anyone is planning on making a journey then please let us know! The other semi-final will feature Liverpool and Ajax, after the Dutch side beat Barcelona 3-0 and Liverpool were beaten 1-0 off Spurs. Liverpool gained a place in the semi’s as Spurs had fielded an ineligible player and were duly kicked out of the competition!
Catchy Fixtures In Coupe de France Quarter Finals
Marseille have been drawn against the winners of Quevilly and Orléans in the Coupe de France 1/4 Finals, leaving OM with a fantastic opportunity of making it into the semi-finals. Quevilly play their game against Orléans this coming Tuesday. The games are scheduled to be played on the 20th & 21st of March.
*Quevilly beat Orleans 2-0 after extra time in the game, meaning Marseille will travel to Quevilly in the cup.*
Full Quarter-Final draw:
Valenciennes v Rennes
GFCO Ajaccio (National) v Montpellier
Quevilly (National) or Orléans (National) v Marseille
PSG v Lyon
Swanny (@MarseilleUK & @Andrew_Js3)