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IBWM ASSIGNMENT #4 - MARSEILLE

MARSEILLE'S FORGOTTEN CYRANO 

He’s the man who gave birth to a sporting giant. So why does the story of Marseille’s founding father remain a mystery?

Alexis James

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IAM: SPOKESMEN FOR THE CITY 

A band proud of its roots and unafraid to tackle the major issues.

Jeremy Smith

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THE TEMPEST

Bielsa is unlike any other manager of today. Marseille is unlike any other French city.

Shirsho Dasgupta 

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MARSEILLE CONSOLAT: THE LOCAL CLUB PLAYING WITH THE BIG BOYS 

The story of Marseille Consolat, the city's other club.

Jeremy Smith

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EMMANUEL AZNAR

The story of Marseille's cannon-football wartime winger. 

Sam France

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MARSEILLE AND THE STREETS THAT TAUGHT THE MASTER

The subculture of street football in Marseille is of such importance that anything but the best is met with ridicule from both players and spectators.

Liam Lockwood

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THOU SHALT NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS AGAINST THY NEIGHBOUR

To his nation, Tapie was a hero.

All Blue Daze / The Football Pink

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STATESIDE

How the Marseillaise community has been able to stake out a foothold in New York City.

Nick Wells

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JOSIP SKOBLAR: L'AIGLE DALMATE

Josip Skoblar, Monsieur Goal,  l'Aigle Dalmate. French Football's greatest import.

Owen Morgan

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DEATH IN THE SUNSHINE

Arthur Rimbaud’s painful last days in Marseille and the birth of a legacy.

Steven Green

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THE IBWM MARSEILLE SPOTIFY PLAYLIST

John Dobson / Jeff Livingstone

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LE CLASSIQUE

A rivalry that transcends the boundaries of the pitch in France.

Olly Ricketts

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1999: IN TOUCHING DISTANCE OF GLORY

A team packed with star names won no silverware but, perhaps more importantly, won back hearts and minds .

Glenn Billingham

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CANTONA AND MARSEILLE: A TUMULTUOUS AFFAIR

Just like Cantona, Marseille—and its people— had a complex, and often difficult, relationship with France.

Stuart Howard-Cofield

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BARTHEZ, MARSEILLE AND 1993

How Olympique de Marseille helped Fabien Barthez become a serial winner.

Scott Salter

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BERNARD TAPIE'S FRENCH REVOLUTION

As Bernard Tapie's much-publicised but abortive efforts to secure the services of Diego Maradona testify, his Marseille was not lacking in the commodity of ambition.

Nick Bidwell

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ALBERT CAMUS: FOOTBALL'S FIRST OUTSIDER

No one has summarised football as a metaphor for life like Albert Camus.

Graeme Atkinson

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LA RETOUR. MARSEILLE AND A NEW VINTAGE

Originally published in 2010. A reflection on L'OMs return to the top of French football.

Juliet Jacques

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TYRONE MEARS: A YEAR IN PROVENCE

Forget Barton and Fletcher, Mears' year at Marseille is the most underwhelming. 

Tom Mason

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TRACKSUITS OF MARSEILLE

How Didier Drogba's love for Marseille inspired a trip to the Stade Vélodrome.

Patrick Hough

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LESSONS IN STYLE FOR WADDLE AND MCCARTHY

Originally published in the August 1989 edition of World Soccer. The new arrivals from Britain found themselves in direct and contrasted opposition.

Brian Glanville

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LOVE AND HATE: DIDIER DROGBA IN MARSEILLE

Drogba and Marseille fans will, at least, have that one special season. 

Ben Spratt

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INAUGURAL CHAMPIONS OF EUROPE

How L'OM defied the odds to win the inaugural Champions League trophy. 

Craig Muncey