29
Mar

This might be the strangest pitch invader yet

Just when you think you’ve seen everything, along comes Betty Boop.

During Marseille’s 1-1 draw with Sochaux, a fan interrupted Mathieu Valbuena while he set up to take a corner kick.

Why would someone would bring this doll into a soccer stadium? You know what, don’t answer that. We probably don’t want to know.

H/T 101GG

27
Nov

Breaking down the “Group of Death”

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With one matchday to go, Arsenal are sitting on 12 points in Group F but are still not officialy through to the Round of 16. How can that be? Thanks to Marseille losing each of their first five games, Dortmund and Napoli are both sitting on nine points and are also very much in the running for a place in the knockout stage.

If Napoli beat Arsenal at home on the final day and Dortmund take care of Marseille as expected, all three teams would sit on 12 points. And thanks to UEFA’s peculiar tie-breaking rules, figuring out who would move on in that very possible scenario is not so simple.

In all three teams are tied on 12 points, the two with the best goal difference in matches involving only the three clubs in question move on to the Round of 16. The results against Marseille get thrown out. In those games, Arsenal lead with a +2 goal difference, while Dortmund are +1, and Napoli are -3.

Since Dortmund plays Marseille last, they will remain at +1 and, if all three clubs are on 12 points, will definitely advance. In that scenario, Arsenal would still move on if they lose by less than three goals.

Here are the scenarios each team would need to qualify:

Arsenal: A win or tie in Napoli will be enough to put them through, as would a Dortmund loss or draw. If Dortmund win, the Gunners can also advance if they lose to Napoli by less than three goals.

Dortmund: Very straightforward: a win and they’re in. A draw would be enough if Arsenal tie or beat Napoli. A loss to Marseille could still be enough if Arsenal beat Napoli.

Napoli: They face the toughest road. If Napoli win by three or more goals, they are guaranteed a spot in the next round. A win by anything less and they’ll need Marseille to get at least a point against Dortmund. If Napoli tie against the Gunners, Marseille would need to beat Dortmund.

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30
Sep

Amalfitano heroics could earn permanent Baggies deal

Morgan Amalfitano was one of West Brom’s heroes in Saturday’s stunning 2-1 victory at Manchester United and it looks like his loan spell could be transformed into a permanent deal. The French winger opened the scoring at Old Trafford and his recent performances could earn him a move to The Hawthorns from his parent club Marseille.

We’ve got this and more on the future of United goalkeeper David de Gea. Just click here.

27
Apr

Radio host eats rat after losing bet

Former Marseille defender Eric Di Meco might think twice before making his next bet.

Back in 2010, when right back Cesar Azpilicueta signed with Marseille from Osasuna, the club’s president at the time, Jean-Claude Dassier, declared Azpilicueta “the future right full back of the Spanish national team.”

Di Meco wasn’t impressed, and was confident enough in his assessment of the defender that he declared, “if that happens, I’ll eat a rat.”

Since then, Azpilicueta has moved to Chelsea and made his debut with the Spanish national team. He started against Uruguay, and played all 90 minutes in Spain’s 3-1 win back in February.

So, Di Meco kept his word, and ate a rat on live radio while the video cameras rolled. At least he had a glass of wine nearby to wash it down.

Via 101GG

22
Feb

SAINT AND SINNER IN PARIS MATCH

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France Football is billing this weekend’s clash between PSG and Marseille as a match of biblical proportions. David Beckham could make his debut for the French Ligue 1 leader, but the media is more interested in a potential personal battle between the former England captain and Joey Barton. Beckham has been cast in the role of an angel while predictably Barton is playing a demon. Barton is already ramping up interest in the game by saying, in a cod French accent presumably, that his adversary is not the athlete of five years ago. Sacre bleu!