So how about that little battle we had in Napoli this past week? OM almost showed me up as I could not believe we went ahead so quickly! Read the rest of this entry »
Bitter Marseille fan coming through so if you are looking for some good old fashioned optimism kindly jog on. Tomorrow we participate in our fourth group stage match when we travel to the Stadio San Paolo to take on S.S.C. Napoli. Better yet when I say participate it almost implies that Marseille have done something noteworthy in the group stages. Sadly though they have not. This years group stage has been noting short of a humbling experience and hell we are only half way done with it. Go ahead and check those standings we are the only club in the group stage to have not gathered a single point. Embarrassing right? Luckily though we aren’t the only club in European competition to have this wonderful distinction. Over in the Europa League, Polish side Legia Warsaw have also failed to get a point so it’s not all doom and gloom!
But lets be honest here, when I saw us put into this group of death I held no allusions as to how we would fare. Immediately I thought OM will have more input deciding which two clubs will progress as opposed to actually progressing ourselves. I don’t need to explain our opponents we know the clubs in distinction are on a different level when it comes to depth and spending prowess. But no one expected us to perform this poorly. If there has been any positives to these past three games it rests solely on the shoulders of our own captain fantastic Steve Mandanda. If not for his heroics in keeping the scorelines somewhat respectable, we would be looking at an even more demoralized Marseille side.
So where does our side go from here, are we done in the Champions League? Yes, yes, and yes! I don’t see this side pulling off any sort of miracle in the remaining fixtures do you? Napoli, Arsenal, and Dortmund are all in full stride it looks like we play the role as the whipping boy. It’s so bad in fact I don’t even see us posing a threat to enter the Europa League. I truly believe we will stay bottom of the group and we’d be lucky to garner a single point. Though I love being proven wrong so if Marseille want to make me look like an ignorant simpleton by all means bring it.
Stay tuned for tomorrows match and let us hope Mandanda can make the squad somewhat professional out there. I would really like to see some changes to that starting elven, give Thauvin a start I mean what else do we have to lose? Fingers crossed for anything but I won’t hold my breath…
Valbuena out the team on his back yesterday in France’s crucial 3-1 win over Georgia which sees them top their group for World Cup qualification. To say Mathieu ran the show would be underselling it, he was making everybody look good assuming the role of the classic #10. Two assists and one goal, lets not also forget he’s scored in both previous games for France as well! So it’s not even up for discussion he’s earned his role in DD’s starting eleven and I expect to see him continue this in Brazil as well.
Valbeuna’s first assist was delivered to Oliver Giroud coming off a beautiful free kick breaking the deadlock. Early into the second half Valbeuna scored a stunner which reminded me of his wonderful goal at Anfield years ago. Shortly after he all but sealed France’s victory with a beautiful long cross to Ribery. Wonderful show from le petit velo and company, onward to next weeks match with Spain. Oh and if you feel so compelled, buy some commemorative Kahmo boxers to celebrate the win, you’ll be the cool kid on the block for sure.
Last week I brought up the discussion of some of our favorite OM players and their relation to social media. This in turn got me to thinking about the Marseille brand as a whole and the weight it has on the global stage. These days we are seeing the top clubs opening up academies abroad and conducting foreign tours to huge fanfare . Where does our beloved club fall into this and how can the OM brand be exported globally? Read the rest of this entry »
Besides my love of football I do have soft spot for professional boxing. For all the buildup of this match it really felt like an undercard bout to me. Totally lackluster even I’d go so far as to call it amateurish. Put it this way imagine you were to buy a highly billed boxing match on pay per view, and that big fight you looked so forward to well it lasted a mere two rounds and oh yeah both boxers knocked each other out. There is no winner you’re out of a hundred bucks, have a good night! Read the rest of this entry »
So I’m in the process of revamping my whole twitter thang I’d like to be as consistent with this new handle as I was with the last. That got me wondering what are our favorite OM players up to via social media? Be it Facebook, Twitter, personal websites are any of them worth following? Now these days it seems celebrity accounts can fall into anyone of three categories; legit aacount, account run by some assistant, and the fake account. Lets see where our OM guys fall in all of this. Read the rest of this entry »
Prove me wrong Sougou! Possibly every game if that’s okay? You don’t have to look far back to see me berating OM for signing a relative unknown but hey it worked out in this game. I read the reports speaking of his pace but good god is he quick! That crafty unrelenting speed was the catalyst to lift OM back into the third ans silence the haters (notably me) at least for now! Read the rest of this entry »
How fortunes have changed for Valbunea over these past years. At one point a fringe player barely getting time on the pitch it seemed he was on his way out of the club. Then in a run of good fortune it was being selected to represent les bleus and it was on that world stage where Valuable showed what he as capable of. Now I’d make the bold statement (brace yourselves folks) that he’s our best player right now (potential captain?). His pace, vision the overall football IQ he possess is unsurpassed not just for OM but the entire league. So it should put a smile on all OM fans when he decided to sign a contract extension with club until 2017! This past transfer window was a bit scary for us fans as nearly every player on the roster was linked somewhere else. It was somewhat comical to hear how so many of our guys “nearly” wound up leaving. But as for Valbuena I’d say things have never been better for him at OM hi the entirety of his career. Of course what I mean is he’s now a valuable asset for both club and country and I sincerely hope that fortune continues to smile on him!
So yeah Beckham signs for PSG surprise surprise right? I had hoped Monaco would have snatched him up but we all know the positive relationship he has with Leonardo. What we didn’t know is that low and behold one of his kids seems to be an OM fan! On a more serious note it was reveled in today’s press conference that Beckham’s entire salary will be going to charity. I actually cannot recall any footballer doing this before quite admirable if you ask me. I wonder what PSG fans think of this signing though ignore the name and aura that Beckham has and just examine him from a footballing standpoint. Your team just pushed out Nene a proven veteran of Ligue 1. He’s younger, technically superior, and speaks French. But rumor has it that when you put the word Beckham on a shirt it sells more than Nene. Such is football, Beckham in Ligue 1 never thought that would happen.