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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)




Coupe de France – Rouen v Marseille – Match Preview


After a dramaticly disappointing late draw against Rennes on Saturday, Marseille head to 3rd tier Rouen in the Coupe de France round of 32 a week after they had originally turned up for the game! Having recently struggled against Sochaux, Marseille put in a fairly lacklustre performance against Montpellier and this was compounded with the performance that lead to Rennes’ draw. A win to take them into the next round of the cup to face psg will surely help keep OM on track in the 2nd half of the season. Their opponents, Rouen, arrive in this game having already dispatched Ligue 1 opposition in the form of AC Ajaccio, albeit via a penalty shoot out.


Marseille must recover from the disappointing result last weekend in order to be at their best against Rouen. They may find this game against Rouen difficult as the underdogs will undoubtedly run themselves ragged in an attempt to gain victory over a slightly more illustrious side.

Elie Baup has shown his desire to succeed in this competition by taking an almost full strength squad made up of: Mandanda, Samba, Fanni, Nkoulou, Diawara, Mendes, Abdallah, Aloe, Barton, Cheyrou, Amalfitano, Valbuena, Abdullah, A. Ayew, J. Ayew, Gignac, Sougou and Anani. 

Morel is dropped from the travelling squad so Mendes may move to left back with Diawara returning to the centre of defence. It is highly likely that Sougou will make his OM debut at some point too.

With this being the case it would be a safe bet to suggest that Baup will opt to field his strongest starting 11, the same team that began against Montpellier and Rennes. This still allows for the addition of Amalfitano if needed later on. Baup will hope that the starting 11 will do enough within the first 60 minutes to rest players such as Gignac, Valbuena and Barton who generally cover a lot of ground in matches.


Rouen currently sit 13th in the National division and have not played since 12th January as a result of gas-leaks and the inclement weather. In their 2 games this year they have dispatched Ajaccio from the Coupe de France and beaten 17th placed Uzéz Pont du Gard 3-0 in the ligue.

Rouen’s top scorer is Ousmane Cissokho, who plays as a defender. His 5 goals would suggest that set-pieces will be a real threat from Rouen (Marseille defence take note!). Across the rest of the squad they have a number of scorers, but all with relatively low goal counts: Dugimont (att 4), Jahier (att 4), Asbabou (mid 3) and Mboup (mid 3).


With Ajaccio going out at the hands of Wednesday’s opponents, along with Reims, Rennes, Lyon, Bastia and Valenciennes being knocked out by lower ligue opposition Marseille will be careful to avoid another ‘Quevilly’ incident. Marseille need this win, as they look to regain some of the momentum from the first half of the season. The loss at Sochaux and draw with Rennes could just be minor blips in an impressive season. A loss to Rouen could be the wheels coming off Marseille’s over-achieving season, let’s hope that isn’t the case.

Allez l’OM
Swanny (@MarseilleUK)

Marseille 2-1 Guingamp – Coupe de France Match Report

Marseille needed extra time to beat off a spirited Gungamp side to progress into the next round of the Coupe de France. It was a weekend where CDF surprises were more widespread than expected, and it was only thanks to a Pierre Andre Gignac brace, one of which was in extra time which ensured OM wouldn’t be added to the list of casualties.

The match started fairly quietly and in the first 20 mins OM found it difficult to break down Guingamp. The big positive was how sharp Gignac looked upfront though and if anyone was to break the deadlock, he seemed like a prime candidate. Unsurprisingly it was ‘Bigmac’ who made it 1-0 in the 25th minute when he finish nicely over the keeper following opportunistic OM offensive play.

The first half didn’t contain many chances though and neither team was looking particularly penetrative going forwards. It was mostly a midfield tactical battle, and Guingamp despite having fallen behind were content to keep the deficit to just one goal.

The 2nd period was the same, for the most part anyway. There was relatively little action although OM always seemed in relative control of the encounter. Remy had a chance on the hour mark when played through on goal but he couldn’t convert. Guingamp didn’t offer too much threat but appeared to be an organised team and the longer it stayed 1-0, the more dangerous it would be for OM.

The hosts could’ve made it 2-0 with 10 minutes left but Valbuena sent a curling shot but the keeper saved . Not too long afterwards, Guingamp equalled dramatically through Christophe Mandanne. A nice chipped ball was sent through the middle to him and Jeremy Morel lost his footing, failing to hold him off. Mandanne still had work to do, but he slotted past Steve Mandanda with excellent composure.

Guingamp should’ve won the match in the last minute of stoppage time but Charrier failed to convert a free header from close range. Credit to Mandanda for making an excellent save, but really the visitors should’ve buried that chance and they really let OM off the hook. The final scoreline inside 90 mins was 1-1 and it meant we were heading to extra time to determine a winner.

The first period of extra time was fairly lively, at least compared to what the match had been so far. Both sides looked like going for it, the closest anyone came was through a Gignac header which went just over the bar. Just after the restart in extra time, OM scored the wining goal thanks to a deflected Gignac volley. It was certainly a fortuitous deflection, but overall the 2-1 scoreline was a fair reflection on proceedings. Guingamp thought they should’ve had a penalty late on for a Mendes handball, but the hosts managed to hold on for victory and to scrape into the next round…….

Allez l’OM

Coupe de France – Round of 32 draw

Marseille have been drawn against National division side Rouen in the Round of 32 in the Coupe de France. Rouen currently sit 9th in the National division and qualified after beating Ligue 1 Corsican side AC Ajaccio 3-2 after penalties.

The games will take place on either Tuesday 22nd or Wednesday 23rd January between the Ligue 1 games at home to Montpellier and away to Rennes.

Below is the full Round of 32 draw:
Fontenay Vendée Foot (CFA) – Troyes (L1)
CA Bastia (National) – Brest (L1)
Sedan (L2) – Lorient (L1)
Plabennec Stade (CFA) – Lille (L1)
Moulins AS (CFA) – Bordeaux (L1)
Rouen (National) – Marseille (L1)
Meaux CS (DH) – Saint-Etienne (L1)
Nice (L1) – Nancy (L1)
Epinal (National) – Nantes (L2)
US Sainte-Anne de Vertou (CFA2) – Evian (L1)
Raon l’Etape US (CFA) – Istres (L2)/Valenciennes (L1)
Mende Avenir Foot Lozère (DHR) – Le Havre AC (L2)
AS Venisseux-Minguettes (CFA2) – Le Poiré-sur-Vie VF (National)*
Arras (CFA2)/psg (L1) – Toulouse (L1)
Montpellier (L1) – Sochaux (L1)
Bordeaux Stade (CFA) – RC Lens (L2)

This is the history of Rouen/Marseille in the Coupe de France:
1921/22 : 8e de finale (5 Feb 1922) : OM 0-3 Rouen
1923/24 : 1/2 finale (16 Mar 1924) : Rouen 1-3 OM
1953/54 : 1/4 de finale (28 Mar 1954) : Rouen 2-3 OM
1992-93 : 16e de finale (30 Mar 1993) : Rouen 0-1 OM

Coupe de France – Marseille v Guingamp – Match Preview

Coupe de France – Round of 64

Marseille v Guingamp

06/01/13 – 13:15


Marseille enter the Coupe de France facing the 2009 winners of the competition, Ligue 2’s 5th placed EA Guingamp. Back in 2009, Guingamp came back from a goal down against Stade Rennes to win the Coupe de France final 2-1, both goals coming from the man of the match, Eduardo (now at AC Ajaccio). Marseille’s Rod Fanni played for Rennes in that final and will hope that OM avoid another ‘giant killing’ as they suffered at the hands of US Quevilly in last year’s competition.


Out of the Europa League and Coupe de la Ligue competitions, Elie Baup may well see the Coupe de France as OM’s only serious chance of silverware this season, so expect him to take it seriously.

Other than the absent Nkoulou, Amalfitano, Fanni, Jordan and Andre Ayew, Baup has a relatively full strength squad available. New signing Brice Samba goes straight into the squad although Foued Kadir has been left out. The 18 man team is made up of: Mandanda, Samba, Abdallah, Diawara, Mendes, Morel, Mbow, Aloe, Abdullah, Barton, Cheyrou, Kabore, Valbuena, Raspentino, Remy, Gignac, Omrani and Jobello.

Likely starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Mandanda – Abdallah, Diawara, Mendes, Morel – Barton, Cheyrou – Remy, Valbuena, Raspentino – Gignac.

Who Are They?

Guingamp are sat 1 point from 3rd place as manager Jocelyn Gourvennec looks to improve on last season’s 7th placed finish. EAG have only suffered 3 league defeats and they all came before the end of September at the hands of Dijon, Monaco and Nimes.

Malian international, Mustapha Yatabare, has spearheaded the Guingamp attack this season, netting 10 times. Support has come from former Toulouse midfielder Thibault Giresse who has already provided 7 goals and 3 assists.


If history is to be taken into account, Marseille have the better recent record over Guingamp, with Andre Ayew’s first half goal settling the Coupe de la Ligue round of 16 match last time the two sides met. Guingamp’s last win over OM came in the 2002-2003 season when a little known player by the name of Didier Drogba helped secure a 2-0 for EAG at the Stade Velodrome.

Predicted result: Marseille 3-1 Guingamp


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Coupe de France – Marseille 3-1 Bourg-Peronnas – Match Report

Marseille Victory Comes At A Price

 Marseille claimed an easy and routine win against Bourg to progress into the Quarter Finals of the French Cup, but the victory came at a price. Loic Remy injured himself during the game and he will now be out for about 3 weeks. OM surprisingly lined up at full strength here which in the end was to prove costly, it looked like a good opportunity to rest players, but Deschamps didn’t do this with the only man given a breather being Steve Mandanda. Continue reading