Olympique de Marseille had a stratospheric season culminating in qualification for the Champions League. The Marseille club exceeded its objectives for last season by being runner-up to PSG at the end of the 38th day of the championship. To approach the new season which will be busy, the Marseille club is active on the transfer market. Here is everything you need to know about OM before the start of the 2022-2023 Ligue 1 season.
The record of Olympique de Marseille last season
The 2021-2022 season for Olympique de Marseille was one of the most successful for the club. Under the direction of Argentinian technician Jorge Sampaoli, the Marseille players managed to grab second place in the championship just behind Paris Saint-Germain. The Marseille club has won 21 matches, drawn 8 and lost 9 in 38 Ligue 1 days. With this ranking, OM qualify directly for the group stage of the next Champions League. Last season, the Marseille club played in the UEFA Europa League Conference, the brand new European competition. Jorge Sampaoli’s foals made an honorable run which led them to the semi-finals where they had to lose to the Dutch from Feyenoord. It was therefore at the gates of the final that OM stopped their race in the European Cup last season.
OM’s movements on the transfer market
To meet the deadlines to come, President Pablo Longoria has anticipated his season by being very active on the summer transfer market. In all, the Marseille club invested 57.4 M€ to bring in many players. In all, 14 players join Marseille while 7 footballers go the opposite way. Here is the summary of the movements:
OM transfers: arrivals
- Jonathan Clauses transferred to nearly 7.5 M€ from Lens
- Rubén Blanco Veiga from Celta Vigo (Loan)
- Luis Suárez transferred from Granada to Spain
- Chancel Mbemba came free from FC Porto
- Souleymane Isaak Touré transferred from Le Havre for 5.5 M€
- Mattéo Guendouzi transferred from Arsenal for 11 M€
- Darío Benedetto – return from loan from Elche
- Kevin Strootman – Cagliari loan return
- Samuel Gigot – return from loan from Spartak Moscow
- Nassim Ahmed – return from loan from Sète
- Pau López transferred from AS Roma for 12 M€
- Cengiz Ünder transferred from AS Roma for 8.4 M€
- Arkadiusz Milik transferred from Naples for 13 M€
- Jordan Amavi returning from loan from OGC Nice.
The departures of the Marseille workforce
- Luis Henrique who leaves on loan for Botafogo
- Nemanja Radonjić loaned to Torino
- Steve Mandanda transferred for free to Stade Rennais
- Lucas Perrin transferred to Strasbourg for 1.5 M€
- William Saliba returns on loan to Arsenal
- Amine Harit returns on loan to Schalke 04
- Boubacar Kamara transferred for free to Aston Villa.
The workforce of OM in 2022/2023
Against all odds, Jorge Sampaoli leaves his post as coach visibly not satisfied with the recruits or the players targeted by the club. We will learn later that he preferred to leave because Olympique de Marseille did not recruit the players he asked for. In the aftermath, Igor Tudor replaces him and is confirmed in his duties to lead the destiny of the Marseille club next season. Here is the squad currently available to Olympique de Marseille:
- Goalkeepers: Pau López, Simon Ngapandouetnbu, Rubén Blanco, Jelle Van Neck
- Defenders: Chancel Mbemba, Sead Kolasinac, Duje Ćaleta-Car, Leonardo Balerdi, Luan Peres, Pol Lirola, Jordan Amavi, Álvaro González, Souleymane Isaak Touré, Samuel Gigot
- Midfielders: Gerson, Mattéo Guendouzi, Pape Gueye, Jonathan Clauss, Valentin Rongier, Kevin Strootman, Oussana Targhalline, Ugo Bertelli, Bilal Nadir, Cheick Souare
- Forwards: Arkadiusz Milik, Dimitri Payet, Cengiz Ünder, Cédric Bakambu, Ahmadou Bamba Dieng, Konrad de la Fuente, Luis Javier Suárez, Salim Ben Seghir
- Coach : Igor Tudor.
The player to watch at Olympique de Marseille
If there is a player to be feared on the Marseille side, it is good Dimitri Payet. The virtuoso illuminated Ligue 1 with his talent as usual last season. He carried his team throughout the campaign. His impact is such that his team falters with his form. When they are sparkling, OM do great things. But when he is less well, it is felt on the rendering of his team. To better illustrate the important role played by Payet, note that the Marseille number 10 in 31 games played last season was 28 times established by Jorge Sampaoli. He plays an average of 84 minutes per game, making him one of the most used players by his Argentine manager last year. In all, he scored 12 goals and provided 10 assists. He was also nine times in the team of the week in Ligue 1.
The schedule and results of Olympique de Marseille for the 2022-2023 season
Olympique de Marseille will make their Ligue 1 debut for the 2022-2023 season against Reims on August 7, 2022. The men of Tudor Igor will receive Nantes on behalf of the third day then Nice in the 4th match. On the 7th day, Marseille will play at home Lille. The Ligue 1 calendar offers us a classico on October 16, 2022 with the trip from Marseille to the Parc des Princes as part of the 11th day. Must wait the 14th day to see the match between the two Olympics scheduled for November 6, 2022. A week later, the Marseille club will challenge the Monegasque club to Louis II. The return matches against Monaco, Lyon and PSG are respectively scheduled for January 29, 2023 (D20), February 26, 2023 (D25) and March 23, 2023 (D32). OM will host Brest on May 27, 2023 before traveling to Ajaccio for the final day of the 2022-2023 Ligue 1 championship.