Peter Bosz the “Toulonnais” finds Marseille for his first “olympico”


Olympique Lyonnais coach Peter Bosz during a Europa League match against Sparta Prague on October 21, 2021, in Prague.

In terms of coach, Jean-Michel Aulas had always opted for the « made in France » before the short and unfortunate experience of Sylvinho, in the summer of 2019. The latter had the fault of not speaking French, had advanced the president of Olympique Lyonnais (OL) to justify the ouster of the Brazilian four months after arrival. So when the club announced on May 29 that the Dutchman Peter Bosz (57) had signed to replace Rudi Garcia, who had succeeded Sylvinho, the press release highlighted his mastery of the language of Molière. « From an experience at the Sporting Club of Toulon, for which he played for three seasons between 1988 and 1991 ».

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In the Var, Dutch haven’t just learned a new language. He also discovered all the (big) salt of the rivalry with Olympique de Marseille. Not a detail, when we know the antagonism developed in recent years between the two « Olympics », which will be opposed Sunday, November 21 at the Parc OL, at the end of the 14e Ligue 1 day.

« He will not be surprised by the importance of this match and its climate », announces Rolland Courbis who had coached Bosz at Sporting:

“At the time, we weren’t talking about rivals between Toulon and Marseille, but enemies. I always thought it was stupid, but it was like that. « 

In his flamboyant thirties, Courbis the Marseillais then wears a floral shirt, but his players did not distribute any on the lawn. Very ephemeral international, Bernard Boissier thus perfected his technique of deliberately missed control to better wipe his crampons on the opposing striker. Manly and not always correct, therefore, the Toulonnais forced respect in their own way and had come close to European qualification in 1988 (5e of the championship).

Elected best D2 player in the Netherlands, with RKC Waalwijk, Peter Bosz arrived in the wake of a team whose reputation was quite far from the Protestant rigor attributed to the Dutch. On match days, wine circulated from table to table, before the afternoon game of pétanque. In terms of the third half, the « penguins » knew how to defend themselves in this rugby town. To the point that Rolland Courbis had threatened not to align the one who dared to return before midnight when he gave free time.

The current consultant on RMC speaks of legend. “It was a joke on my part one night in internship, and over the years we have come to believe that it was true.  » In which case, Peter Bosz would have often waxed the bench. « He was well integrated, but was part of the homebody », continues Courbis. Not really the type to close La Scala at Jean-Roch, where a Laurent Paganelli then gently ends his career as a former child prodigy.

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