Allez l’OM

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.

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