OM, living Dreyfus’ dream

Former owner... pointing the club the way he wants it to go..

Even on his death bed, former owner Robert Louis-Dreyfus had a strong conviction that the Olympique Marseille dream will come through.  He pleaded with Margarita Louis-Dreyfus, his wife and current owner of the club not to sell until the club had failed to achieve success for 99 years.

Like a man who saw tomorrow, Olympique Marseille won the Coupe de la Ligue in 2010 and followed it up with their ninth Ligue 1 title couple of months later, less than a year after Robert passed on. Since OM’s return to the top flight in 1996, the southern France club has barely achieved albeit an Inter toto cup success in 2005.

OM fans regularly endure taunts from Olympique Lyonnais fans whose team dominated French football through the ’00s. For a club that happens to be the only French winner of the UEFA Champions League, it was a bitter pill to swallow , the board of OM have been intolerant. Managers and players have come and left the club.

The decision to appoint former captain Didier Deschamps as head coach in the summer of 2009 appears to be the turning point for OM’s fortune lately. Like a man who knows Les Phoceens problem in and out, he made accurate changes to the side in playing personnel (Souleyman Diawara, Gabriel Heinze, Lucho Gonzalez, Stephen Mbia) and has instilled a winning mentality in the side. The former French captain defeated his former international team mate (Laurent Blanc then head coach of Bordeaux) in the 2010 Coupe de la Ligue final for Marseille’s first silverware in a long time. He also masterminded Ligue 1 triumph when reigning champions Bordeaux capitulated in the spring of 2010.

OM started this current season poorly both on the domestic form and on the continent. Summer recruits, Gignac and Loic Remy did not settle in as expected but have since integrated well into Deschamps team. OM qualified for the knock out stages of the UEFA Champions league and were narrowly eliminated by Manchester United.
Les Phoceens became the first team to win back-to-back Coupe de la Ligue finals with Taye Taiwo striking the only goal of the game to see off Montpellier in a bitterly-contested affair at the Stade de France.
Olypique Marseille is also in contention to win the league title this season but have to dislodge leaders Lille OSC who are a point ahead of them with 5 games left in the French Championnat.

Marseille's players celebrate with their trophy after winning the French soccer League Cup final match against Montpellier

These are definitely happy times for the Stade Velodrome club. A right decison was made by the former onwer not to sell the club in the midst of the frustrating times when the club was under performing. The club’s board  also made a right move in appointment a former Phoceens to head the bench.

Late Robert Louis-Dreyfus should be happy and proud of his beloved Marseille now.

Owner and Manager... respecting the wishes of the former owner

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by dammy on May 2, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    wow did not know they were doing so well.. deschamp genius….. lets see if they can win the championnat

    Reply

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