Olympique Marseille

Founded In
1899
Location
Marseille, France

Olympique Marseille

About Olympique Marseille

Olympique Marseille was initially founded by René Dufaure de Montmirail and was formally established in 1899. Often referred to more simply Marseille or l'OM, the word 'Olympique' in the club's name is in honour of the Greeks who founded the city of Marseille in 600 BC. Over the years, Marseille have developed a strong rivalry with Paris Saint-Germain and the two sides contest Le Classique.

The club has spent the vast majority of its existence in the top division of the French league system and has firmly established itself as one of France and Europe's biggest clubs. However, in 1994, a bribery scandal involving Marseille President Bernard Tapie saw the club relegated to the second tier and stripped of their 1992–93 league title.

Historically, l'OM have been one of French football's most successful clubs. Domestically, their league title tally is the second highest in the country, second only to the haul amassed by AS Saint-Étienne. In total, Marseille have won the national championship on nine occasions, most recently in 2009-10. The club has won the Coupe de France a record ten times and the Coupe de la Ligue on three occasions. In both 1972 and 1989 the club achieved league and cup doubles. Furthermore, in 1992–93, Marseille became the only French team to date to win the UEFA Champions League, defeating AC Milan in the final in Munich.

Throughout the team's historic past, some of world football's top players have donned the Marseille shirt. Some of the more notable examples include Jean-Pierre Papin, Josip Skoblar, Didier Deschamps, Laurent Blanc, Robert Pires, Didier Drogba and William Gallas. The team's all-time top goal scorer is Swedish striker Gunnar Andersson.

Since 1937, Marseille's home matches have been hosted at the Stade Vélodrome. The stadium currently has a total capacity of 42,000 due to renovations ahead of the 2016 European Championships. However, prior to these renovations the capacity was 60,031 and after they are completed, the capacity is expected to reach 67,000.