Football – OM
When the majority of players playing at OM or who have passed through the Marseille club are asked what it is like to live this experience, the answer that comes up most often concerns the honor, the pride and the incredible experience that it is to be in the heart of a city that is animated by football, as evidenced by the declarations of William Saliba and Matteo Guendouzi to name but a few. Nevertheless, Florian Thauvin believes that the level of high fervor is not an adequate environment for the education of a young child.
Between Marseille and football, it’s a great love story. Without question, Marseille is a city that lives for football and is unquestionably one of the biggest clubs in France. Apart from its national trophies, theOM is the only French team to have won the Champions League in 1993. What Marseille fans like to remind those of PSG, of the’OL and to any other Ligue 1 competitor: « Forever the first ». In Marseille, as the slogan says, we go straight to the point and we provide total support to the players by being particularly demanding. This may have in the past created problems between players and supporters due to the performance of the Marseille squad at certain times, the latest example dating back to the winter of 2021 with the overflows in front of the center Robert-Louis Dreyfus. Pivotal moment in the final season of Florian Thauvin who ended up leavingOM as a free agent last summer. A difficult decision to make for the 2018 world champion and which Thauvin did not hesitate to share during an interview for RMC Sports. “There are several things to consider. The first is that I was coming to the end of my contract with OM and that I had a choice to make, both in sport and in my private life. What you need to know is that signing for OM was a childhood dream. So I managed to realize my dream and also had the chance to become world champion at the time when I was at OM. The second thing is that I spent seven years at OM. It’s an extraordinary club, which is magnificent, but it’s a tough club. There is a lot of pressure on a daily basis, I went through difficult times, especially psychologically where certain things were difficult to swallow.
— Florian Thauvin (@FlorianThauvin) June 25, 2022
Thauvin did not feel in a stable environment in Marseille with his son and his wife
Subsequently and during the same interview, Florian Thauvin confided his doubts about raising his two-year-old son in a city with the fervor of Marseille which was even beginning to weigh on his wife and himself on a daily basis. “I couldn’t talk about it during the interview but, just for my son… Can you imagine that he is two years old, he speaks French with us, Spanish with the nanny and he is at school at the ‘American School. It’s a crazy thing. It’s crazy for him alone. ». Here is part of the message that Thauvin turned off the journalist Jean Louis Tower pointing out the fact that the education of his own son surrounded by « dingos » namely the passionate supporters of theOMwas not ideal according to him. « I’m honest… I can’t say that on the air, but it’s true that when I got the extension offer from OM… Because they made a crazy effort, a crazy contract, Longoria and Sampaoli, they did everything… But I told myself that my son is only two years old, it’s not possible for him to go to school in Marseille like that… And even me, me and my wife, we couldn’t take it anymore. « . However, not everyone was in the same situation as Florian Thauvin at OM and in the city of Marseille.
Saliba shares a « superb adventure » and Guendouzi totally validates Marseille
Lent by Arsenal respectively without a purchase option and with a purchase option for the midfielder, William Saliba and Matteo Guendouzi have nothing to say about life in the Marseille city and what it means for a player to evolve in a club of the caliber of theOM. “Even though I started at ASSE, this is my first full season. For the moment I have no injury, I am in a great club, we are having an exceptional year even if we have goals to achieve. I’m really enjoying my moment. Life and supporters… You really have to live it. I enjoy every practice, every game, every moment. Frankly, it’s a superb adventure and I hope it will be even more beautiful at the end”. This is the message that the French defender who returned to Arsenal this summer, passed last February. As for Matteo Guendouzithe fiery French midfielder, who, thanks to his performance with theOM of international status now, the ex-player ofArsenal is totally in love with the Marseille club and the city of Marseille. And the main interested party did not hide it last January. “I had the image of a very beautiful city, popular and cosmopolitan, very warm with an atypical architecture. We feel a respect between all the inhabitants. Now that I live there, I can confirm all of this. When it comes to the climate, it’s extraordinary! Especially for someone like me who has known cities like Lorient, London or Berlin. My family and I love living there. When you think of Olympique de Marseille, you think of the Champions League, of the fact that it’s the biggest club in France, of all the great players who have played here, like Didier Deschamps, Basile Boli, Jean-Pierre Papin … You also think of the extraordinary fervor of the people of Marseilles, of the love they have for their team, whether people live in Marseilles or elsewhere. No matter where we play, a large community of people follows us. Playing for OM is a special feeling. This club is different from all the others and it shows in the extraordinary love of the supporters. Today, I share this love”.