As OM celebrates the 30th anniversary of victory in the Champions League this Friday, the mayor of Marseille made a big announcement to the supporters.
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Lhe entire Vélodrome stadium will not bear his name, but the forecourt will. The mayor of Marseille Benoît Payan announced Thursday, May 25 in a daily interview Provence that one of the esplanades leading to the OM stadium would now bear the name of Bernard Tapie, the man who led the club to the top of Europe 30 years ago. “The large esplanade which leads to the Vélodrome stadium, on the Jean-Bouin side (boulevard Michelet, editor’s note), will bear the name of Bernard Tapie. We mark in marble his name, his passage, his contribution to the history of this club, ”explained the various left mayor of the city.
Questioned by AFP, the municipality indicated that the inauguration of this Bernard-Tapie esplanade would take place “later”. The announcement came on the eve of the 30th anniversary of OM’s victory in the Champions League on May 26, 1993.
READ ALSO“Everything was rotten from A to Z at OM” For his part, Laurent Tapie, the son of the former businessman, has launched another project in connection with that of the Jean-Bouin forecourt. According Provence, a call for donations has been launched with the aim of erecting a statue in homage to his father. She would represent Bernard Tapie, hoisting the Champions League trophy, while he is lifted by players of the time, including Didier Deschamps.
Bernard Tapie was then the owner and president of OM, and this feat has remained unique in the history of French football to this day. A few months later, OM had however been demoted to the second division as a result of the VA-OM affair, the corruption scandal which precipitated the fall of Tapie, then imprisoned.
In the interview given to Provence, Benoît Payan explains about this decision that it was “our duty and our responsibility to do so”. “It is not a question here of talking about the politician or businessman, who was complex and out of the ordinary. I retain the image of the sports leader,” he said. “The fans nicknamed him “the Boss” because he took OM to the top of Europe. Today it is in our history,” he added.
A great celebration for the 30th anniversary of OM’s victory in the Champions League
Marseille will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its C1 victory on Friday with a celebration at the Hôtel de Ville and a replay of the 1993 final on a giant screen.
At 11 p.m., the supporters also planned a massive lighting of smoke bombs over more than 20 kilometers all along the Marseille coast. The kickoff of this “cracking” will take place at Notre-Dame de la Garde.
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