Most likely in hat 4 during the draw, OM will nevertheless try to make people forget, this season, the last two catastrophic campaigns in the group stage of the C1
The coronation of May 26, 1993 against AC Milan was almost 30 years ago! Since that historic day which will forever leave an indelible mark in the memory of OM lovers, the Marseille club has experienced much more tormented moments in the most prestigious of European cups. The blue and white institution has participated only 9 times in the group stages of the Champions League. Before a new epic, which will start at the beginning of September for Jorge Sampaoli’s team, we have taken stock of OM’s participation in the group stage of the C1.
OM remain on a terrible record of one victory and 11 defeats
Fortunately, Dimitri Payet went through it to sign a double from the penalty spot. We are of course talking about December 1, 2020 against Olympiakos at the Vélodrome (2-1), OM’s only success in their last 12 matches played in the group stage of the Champions League. Because, for the rest, the Olympians have sunk during their last two participations in C1. In the 2020-2021 season, the band of André Villas-Boas had lost 5 times, beaten twice by the ogre Manchester City (0-3 at the Vélodrome and 3-0 at the Etihad Stadium) and FC Porto ( 3-0 in Portugal and 0-2 at home) but also dominated 1-0 when entering the competition in Greece.
Season 2013-2014, the pill was even harder to digest… OM had concluded the group stage of the Champions League with a zero point, beaten 6 times in 6 matches. Admittedly, the pedigree of the opponents was a mitigating circumstance. But the Olympians lost twice against Arsenal (1-2 at the Vélodrome then 2-0 across the Channel), Borussia Dortmund (3-0 in Germany and 1-2 boulevard Michelet) and Naples (1-2 at home and 3-2 in Italy). Never have OM suffered such a record since their European title in 1993.
Five consecutive participations between 2007 and 2012
Although OM have not shone in the most prestigious of European competitions since their day of glory, the Marseille club nevertheless lined up 5 consecutive participations in the group stage between 2007 and 2012. A period marked by a quarter-final against Bayern Munich during the epic 2011-2012 (2-0 back and forth). Didier Deschamps’ men had managed a good group stage against tough opponents (Dortmund, Arsenal and Olympiakos). They had signed 3 wins for a draw and 2 defeats, which had allowed the Olympian team to climb to the round of 16 against Inter Milan (1-0 in the first leg and 2-1 in the return at San Siro ) before being knocked out by Bayern Munich. Beautiful moments for the teammates of Steve Mandanda, the last Olympian still in the team today.
For the rest, the Marseillais had only managed to pass the group stage during the previous season. With a record of 4 successes and 2 losses in the group of Chelsea, Spartak Moscow and Zilina in 2010-2011, the Olympians reached the round of 16, then eliminated by Manchester United (0-0 at the Vélodrome and 2-1 at Old Trafford).
Between the coronation of Munich in 1993 and the adventure of the 2003-2004 financial year, OM took part only once in the group stages of the C1. It was during the 1999-2000 season. A particular pattern at the time since there was a system of two group stages. Opposed during the first phase to Manchester United, Sturm Graz and Dinamo Zagreb, the Marseille club had won 3 times, for a draw and 2 losses. The second phase – against Chelsea, Lazio Rome and Feyenoord Rotterdam – was more complicated. OM lost 4 times, one win and one draw.
From next September and in the space of less than two months – the World Cup in Qatar obliges – the Marseillais will write a new page in the history of OM, with 6 group matches on the program. The identity of the opponents of the blue and white house will be known on August 25.