A friendly gala match against the Italian champions


Emmanuel LANGELLIER, Media365: published on Monday, June 20, 2022 at 9:14 p.m.

This summer, Olympique de Marseille, 2nd in the last French Championship, will face AC Milan, reigning Italian champions.

Nostalgics will be served! May 26, 1993, does that mean anything to you? More than 29 years ago, Olympique de Marseille won the timpani by winning the first European Cup of French football. Didier Deschamps lifted the most beautiful of European Cups in the sky of Munich, the Champions League, after a victorious final at the expense of AC Milan. Faced with Marco van Basten, Paolo Maldini, Franco Baresi, Alessandro Costacurta, Frank Rijkaard and a certain Jean-Pierre Papin, the Marseillais, led by Fabien Barthez, Marcel Desailly, Eric Di Meco, Alen Boksic and Rudi Völler, emerged victorious from a close match (1-0) and crossed by a goal from Basile Boli just before half-time.

Memories, memories, of May 26, 1993…

Behind a corner rolled by Abedi Pelé, the French central defender was ahead of Rijkaard and beat Sebastiano Rossi, the Milan goalkeeper, with a superbly felt header. France and La Canebière could celebrate this first C1, and the only one to date, during a frenzied night and remained in all memories. This match inevitably resurfaces in the heads because we have just learned that the two teams will face each other this summer. In a friendly preparation match before the resumption of the European championships, OM and AC Milan will meet on July 31.

A superb Marseille-Milan on July 31 at the Orange Vélodrome

The match, OM’s last preparation before the resumption of the Championship against Reims, will take place at the Orange Vélodrome in Marseille, a great celebration in prospect for OM fans and OM lovers passing through the Canebière for the summer holidays which will, suddenly, have the opportunity to go to the Marseille lair for this friendly gala meeting. Runner-up to PSG in Ligue 1 and therefore qualified for the group stage of the Champions League, Olympique de Marseille will be able to face off against one of the European giants who are once again at the center of the stage since they were crowned Italian champion for the first time in eleven years last May. Led in particular by the French Olivier Giroud, Mike Maignan, Theo Hernandez and Pierre Kalulu, all holders last season, the Rossoneri won their 19th Scudetto ahead of their neighbor Inter Milan by two points and Naples by seven lengths. OM and Milan have not faced each other for 13 years in the group stage of the Champions League. On November 25, 2009, there was 1-1 in Milan (2-1 for the Italians in Marseille in the first leg, September 15, 2009 in Lombardy).

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