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Marseille v Bastia – 13/09/15 – Match Preview


Excitement, elation, disappointment and despair, just an average 2 weeks as a Marseille fan it feels. After the highs of the emphatic 6-0 win over Troyes there was the lacklustre defeat at the hands of Guingamp, the end of the transfer window promising much, only to be left deflated with the lack of signings that we really needed.

After an international break where those who weren’t on international duty travelled to Slovakia to face Spartak Trnava, Michel will hopefully have managed to spend more time with his squad getting to know them and working on some of the failings that halted our progress against Guingamp. Without Batshuayi around for the last week, he will also have got an idea of awaits between now and January should the Belgian international get injured.

Having struggled to get past a deep lying Guingamp team last game, getting caught on the break twice and creating little to nothing in the final third in our previous game, there has to be a clear sight for improvement from Michel and the OM team. If Diarra is playing deep and protecting the defence (when under pressure) as he has in previous outings, Allesandrini and Cabella ought to stay out wide around the half-way line with a view to attacking down the wings, a contrast to Bastia’s preference to attacking down the middle before spreading out wide further up the field, finding width on the Velodrome’s pitch which did not appear to be there in Guingamp. Mendy will immeadiately support Cabella and these two should be the 2 to aim for if crossing for Batshuayi, whereas Alessandrini could be used more for cutting inside, in which case Cabella could drop more central linking with Michy, and Barrada providing cover support from a deeper position.

For now, Michel has kept the full squad under wraps, with no definitive answer as to which of the new players will start or even be in the squad. The most likely inclusions would be Mauricio Isla and Lucas Silva.

Likely starting line-up:


Manquillo, Nkoulou, Rekik, Mendy

Isla/Silva, Diarra, Barrada

Alessandrini, Batshuayi, Cabella

Bastia have managed a fairly solid start to Ligue 1 this season, currently sitting in 6th after home wins against Rennes and Guingamp, whilst drawing with Lorient and losing to Saint-Etienne whilst on the road. Although the Corsicans won’t have any fans with them at the Velodrome, they do have ex-Olympians Brandao and Florian Raspentino in their squad, though they will be without Djiku and Kamano through suspension.

Bastia’s expected line-up:


Cioni, Squillaci, Modesto, Palmieri

Cahuzac, Fofana

Ayite, Diallo, Danic


As much as we said the Guingamp game was a must win, with tough games against Lyon and psg combined with the start of our Europa League campaign, it really is imperative that OM kick start the season now and begin to assert some sort of consistency.

Allez l’OM



SC Bastia v Marseille – 09/08/14 – Match Preview

Sat 9th August – 20:00

SC Bastia v Marseille

Stade Armand Cesari, Bastia, Corsica

 Via OM.net

Marseille’s Marcelo Bielsa era begins on Saturday evening against Corsican side SC Bastia. The clash will pit 2 new managers in Ligue 1 against each other as OM’s new head coach faces up against Claude Makelele, in his first managerial position.

OM come into the game full of confidence after a pre-season that contained an unbeaten record of 4 wins and 1 draw against some quality European competition.

Having invested well and spent hours drilling his new squad, Bielsa will also be relatively happy that he has managed to keep ahold of some of the more experienced OM players such as Mandanda and Nkoulou, despite recently losing Valbuena. The same cannot necessarily be said of Makelele, whose inexperience along management will be tested greatly without the experienced Laundreau and Khazri, despite some good investment with brining in Areola and Ayite as replacements.

Bielsa will be likely to start with a 3-3-1-3 formation used a great deal in friendlies, though the absence of Romao may keen some reshuffling of the defensive 3, with either Mendes or youngster Sparagna deputising. The flexibility of this formation has helped ensure the opposition are offered very little time on the ball in both midfield and in their attack. Most goals against in pre-season have came from a loose ball and snap-shot by the opponents attackers from around the edge of the 18 yard box. This will be something that Bielsa and the OM defence will be keen to prevent Mandanda from having to face, given that old boys Cisse and Brandao would be more than happy to cause an upset on the opening day of the season.

This formation and Bielsa’s attacking and winning mentality has also allowed OM to accrue 15 goals for in only 5 pre-season games. The refreshing approach of changing players and formations even saw OM with 6 attackers on the pitch at the end of the AS Bari game as OM searched for an equaliser and potential winner. Despite looking like he may be on his way out of the club, Payet has possibly impressed the most, looking skilful, fast and sharp with great vision, providing a number of key passes an assists along with Thauvin. Both of these players were just off their peak last season, so seeing them playing as they can is hugely encouraging. The same could be said of new signing, Batshuayi. Arriving from Belgium with a mixed reputation, 4 goals in 5 games has certainly helped to quash the criticisers.

OM likely lineup and formation:


Sparagna  Nkoulou  Morel

Dja Djedje  Imbula  Mendy


Thauvin  Gignac  Ayew


This should prove to be an exciting opener to the new season for both teams and could set out the rest of the season for both managers too. If Makalele suffers a defeat, it could be a long hard season for the Corsicans, equally, if Bielsa suffers a defeat then he will need a quick turnaround in fortunes in order to keep everyone happy, after such high hopes.


Allez l’OM



The Furiani Disaster

The Furiani stadium disaster was one of the worst tragedies to occur in French football history, when a stand collapsed killing 18 people and leaving more than 2,300 injured. It happened on 5th May 1992 before the Coupe de France semi-final match between SC Bastia and Olympique de Marseille.


At the time Bastia were in Ligue 2 and had made their way to the semi-finals by defeating Fesches le Chatel (1-0), Toulouse (2-0), OGC Nice (1-0) in the round of 16, and then beating AS Nancy on penalties in the quarter finals. Marseille had won Ligue 1 the previous season and were undoubtedly the ‘giant’ team that every team wanted to face, so after their defeats of Bordeaux (1-0), FC Istres (2-1), Valenciennes (2-0) and SM Caen (3-1) the semi-final tie was set up between Bastia and Marseille. Many of the Marseille players were part of the team that went on to win the Champions League the following season including, Abedi Pele, Didier Deschamps, Basile Boli, Marcel Desailly as well as OM heroes Jean-Pierre Papin and Chris Waddle.

To help ensure an even more hostile reception for France’s biggest team, Bastia’s club board decided to erect a temporary terrace in place of one of the old stands. The Tribune Claude Papi, could only hold 750 fans, whereas the temporary tribune would allow almost 10,000 fans in.

Bastia had already used temporary stands for their ¼ final victory over Nancy, but they wanted more for this game and they wanted bigger. Because of the short time between the Nancy game and the semi-final with Marseille, there wasn’t sufficient time to apply for the demolition of the Tribune Claude Papi, so it was arranged for the company of ex-Bastia President to demolish the stand secretly during the night.

The first company contacted to build the new temporary stand, pulled out stating they wouldn’t have enough time to complete the work, so a second company took the contract. To make work even more difficult a strike at the Port of Marseille meant that the delivery of some of the building materials was impossible. It was reported that the French Football Federation (FFF) refused to postpone the match, and so the building company sourced materials from within Corsica.

Work was still being completed on the new stand on the day of the game as the fire department deemed the stand to be insufficiently safe after an inspection.

It has since been reported that up to an hour before the game concerns were raised about the stability of the stand as supporters could feel it ‘rocking’, however, no action was taken as more supporters continued to arrive. During this time engineers were still tightening bolts and trying to repair minor defects at the base of the stand. However, at 8:20pm, just as the players were entering the pitch, the whole rear of the structure collapsed leaving thousands of fans, stewards and media representatives trapped or crushed in the wreckage.


In the immediate aftermath, those injured or dying were helped onto the pitch as other fans, officials and even players tried to help, treat and comfort those affected.

Many of those injured were eventually transferred from Corsica to Nice and Marseille on mainland France, and after much deliberation the French Football Federation decided to cancel the Coupe de France final. After an initial short investigation, it had been decided that a number of rules had been broken in the lead up to the Furiani disaster, particularly around the actual construction of the terrace. Many football fans and relatives of those who were injured or died still feel that justice has not been done, as those trialled and found guilty a year after the disaster, were all given what were perceived as negligible fines and minimal sentences of less than 2 years.

The disaster did lead to a review and change in the rules and safety in ground construction, particularly around the use of temporary structures. Both sets of supporters and teams usually mark each game with a sign of respect for those who lost their lives or were injured on 5th May ’92, including banners with messages from the ultra groups, many of whom call for no games to be played on the anniversary of this tragic event.


The Furiani 18:

Angelini Antoine

Brunel Guy

Campana Marie-Pierre (nee Clement)

Casta Andre

Drillaud Alexandra

Dumas Jean-Baptiste

Geronimi Antoine

Giampietri Thierry

Giannoni Dominique

Grimaldi Santa

Guidicelli Pierre-Jean

Lallait Cedric

Marsicano Lucien

Mattei Christian

Mortier Michel

Ottaviani Marie-Laure (nee Guerrieri)

Roa Patrick

Vivarelli Michel

As many have said about disasters, no one should ever go to a football game and never return. To those who didn’t return; Rest In Peace.

(Thanks to thestadiumguide.com Erik Terpstra OM.net & corsefootball.fr)




Bastia 1-2 Marseille – Match Report

OM Silence Bastia

Marseille gained some self-respect with a hard fought win away at Bastia, following their home trouncing at the hands of Lorient last weekend. A stupendous Valbuena volley got OM up and running in the 15th minute, as Marseille gained the upper hand in the empty Stade Armand Cesari (the game being played behind closed doors after crowd trouble in the Corsican derby last month).

As the game progressed Marseille looked more comfortable and should have perhaps doubled their lead before half-time if it wasn’t for some wasted chances from both Ayews and Amalfitano.

Marseille made sure of the victory in the 70th minutes through an Ayew combination. After Jordan was fouled in Bastia’s penalty box, his brother Andre stepped up to dispatch the spot kick past Bonnefoi.

As has become tradition with Marseille recently though, OM opted to make life difficult for themselves in the final stages of the game. A combination of better pressing from the home side and some sloppy passing from OM gifted Bastia a few half-chances. After some poor finishing, Modeste made no mistake in beating Mandanda in the final 10 minutes.

With 5 minutes to go Baup brought on the fit again Gignac, who had a few half chances, but would have benefited from an opportunity to stretch his legs ahead of his return to Toulouse this coming weekend.

Goals & Highlights

Bastia v Marseille – Match Preview

Bastia v Marseille

Wed 12/12/12 – 20:00 (UK)

Stade Armand Cesari, Corsica

Ref – Said Ennjimi

Background –

Marseille head to Bastia looking to avoid a third defeat, and third 0-3 defeat in a row. Last Sunday’s loss at the hands of Lorient, another example of OM’s fragile state of mind and seeming inability to turn a loss into a draw or win. Bastia come into the game looking fairly solid in mid-table, and although they have only netted twice in their last four games, they are unbeaten in their last 3 which includes a win over Lorient and draws with Lille and Toulouse. It is expected that some reference will be made to the Aramand Cesari disaster from May 1992 when one of the temporary stands collapsed before the Coupe de France semi-final, killing 18 people.


Marseille –

After a calamitous performance against Lorient, Kabore is (thankfully) suspended for this game along with Cheyrou. The positive news for les phoceens is that Gignac is back in the travelling squad for the match, a good few weeks ahead of expected after breaking his 5th metatarsal in the loss at Troyes in late October. The travelling squad consists of: Mandanda, Bracigliano, Abdallah, Fanni, Mbow, Mendes, Morel, Ndiaye, Nkoulou, Abdullah, Amalfitano, A. Ayew, Barton, Raspentino, Valbuena, J. Ayew, Gignac and Remy.

With Kabore out, Abdullah will be the likely candidate to slot into a defensive-midfield partnership with Joey Barton. Given the effectiveness of Remy against Lorient I would also consider playing the three attacking midfielders as Amalfitano, Valbuena and Andre Ayew, giving Jordan the starting position up front. This allows for some tactical changes in the second half if the game plan is not working, such as an attacking 4-3-3 with jAyew and Gignac flanking Remy, also with Amalfitano and Valbuena either side of Barton in midfield.

Baup has stated in the press that his side need to ‘show their character’. As true as this is, they also need to show their discipline, something that has cost them dear in recent games, particulalrly defensive indiscipline, leading to too many chances and goals conceded from set-pieces and defensive lapses. It would also be positive to see Baup make some effective substitutions. Too many times recently players like Raspentino and Jobello to name but a few have been brought on with only 10 minutes or so remaining, giving them very little time to actually make a difference.

Predicted line-up and formation:

 Bastia v Marseille Fromation

Who are they? –

Despite the reputation with sides travelling to Corsica, Bastia do not have the greatest of home records, having won only 4 of their 7 games there, losing the other 3 against Saint-Etienne, psg and Valenciennes. This home record will not be helped on Wednesday as the game will be played behind closed doors as a result of incidents relating to the Corsican derby against Ajaccio back in October.

The man to watch for Bastia is Jerome Rothen. Rothen is an ex-psg central midfielder, who demonstrates a good eye for clinical passes. He will be likely to be searching for runs from Anthony Modeste and ex-marseille man Maoulida.

Bastia have shown that they can be very positive from set pieces, may attack down the wings and look for through balls, all things that Marseille have proven regularly that they struggle with.



As I seem to say every game at the minute, there is a lot at stake for both teams in this game. A win for Marseille and they will stay within touching distance of ligue leaders Lyon and on the same points as 2nd placed psg. Bastia are currently 3 points above relegation places in 13th, however if results go against them they could be dragged much further down. A tough game for both teams, with an unusual atmosphere.

Predicted result: Bastia 1-2 Marseille


Allez l’OM (Swanny @MarseilleUK) 


Other Ligue 1 Games:

Valenciennes 0-4 psg

Nice 1-0 Rennes

Lille v Toulouse

Lyon v Nancy

Brest v Montpellier

Lorient v Sochaux

Ajaccio v Reims

Evian v Troyes

Bordeaux v Saint-Etienne

Coupe de la Ligue Draw

After the midweek set of matches the draw was made on Wednesday evening for the next round of the Coupe de la Ligue, and it certainly did not disappoint for those who were eagerly waiting to see if Marseille could make it an unprecedented 4 titles in a row in the competition. Marseille were drawn away to psg in what was surely the pick of the round.
The game will be played in Paris just over 3 weeks after the two teams meet in Marseille in the Ligue. psg will undoubtedly wish to stop Marseille from winning the trophy for the 4th time in row and will hope that they can effectively buy their own piece of history, just as they are trying in the Ligue.
Below is around up of all the Couoe de la Ligue games, which will be played over the 30th-31st October.

Montpellier v Bordeaux
Bastia v Auxerre
psg v OM
Monaco v Troyes
Lille v Toulouse
Rennes v Arles Avignon
Nice v Lyon
Sochaux v Saint-Etienne