For Matias and Mr Văn, my good friends.
I never forget that day, far back to a hot summer night in 1993, when my favorite French football club Olympique de Marseille met Italian giant Milan A.C in the final match of C1 competition which is now called European Champions League. I watched this match on a 14 inches Hitachi black and white TV set and for the first time I could see my admired players who dominated France football those days. My OM finally won this title after beating Milan 1 – 0 from the only goal scored by Basile Boli, that was the greatest victory throughout history of the club which had these players such as Desailly, Voller, Boksic, Barthez and the 25 year-old captain Deschamps who lifted World Cup and Euro trophy later with France national team. In the squad of the losers those days were Van Basten, Rijkaard, Baresi, Maldini and sadly Jean – Pierre Papin who had just left OM to join Milan. And Papin actually is the player I ever like most.
Just a few days after this memorial trophy, Olympique de Marseille got into a serious trouble due to “OM – VA Affair” that led OM to relegation. Then the club went through an era with ups and downs and not any title, for 17 years.
As people say there is a will there is a way, OM has returned. On an early day of May, 2010 the club won the Ligue 1 title after beating Stade Rennais 3 – 1 in Stade Velodrome. Once again, the one who led OM to the victory is Deschamps who has been back to Marseille as the manager. Recently he has got talented players like Niang, Lucho, Mandanda, Heinze, Taiwo and more.
To the fans the 17 years without a title has and end. No matter what happens we always support our Les Phocéens. Allez l’OM!
Saigon, May 2010