On October 1, 1977, OM won 2-1 in Bordeaux. 35 games later, and 43 and a half years later, it is still Marseille’s victory in Gironde soil. A curse that the Marseille club will try to overcome on Sunday evening (9 p.m.) for the end of the 25th day of Ligue 1.
Seen from the outside, this statistic seems totally improbable. “It’s incredible”, even Dario Benedetto was surprised at a press conference. Sunday evening, at the conclusion of the 25th day of Ligue 1, Olympique de Marseille moves to the field of Girondins de Bordeaux. The Marseille club have not won since October 1977 and 35 matches. A famine of 43 and a half years.
As in every season, OM could not escape the questions about this curse. “I disregard the 43 years, I do not think about it. We are still in the hard,” responded coach Nasser Larguet. “We need a win and that’s not because it’s been 44 years,” added Dario Benedetto, eager to put an end to another bad six-game unbeaten streak in the league.
The pressure is not only on the shoulders of the Marseillais, 9th in the standings. In Bordeaux, failing to be at the forefront in terms of classification (10th), it is necessary to defend this pride. “For the supporters, it’s a special match. We see it for example on social networks”, admitted the former Marseille dribbler Hatem Ben Arfa, even if he clearly only very recently became aware of the stake of this poster. “I was not aware of this rivalry, I do not know where it comes from, he admitted. I knew there was a derby between Bordeaux and Toulouse. But with OM, I did not know it, but I am getting to know it “. Last season, OM did not do better than 0-0 on Bordeaux soil.
A rivalry carried by Bez and Tapie
This clash between two of the three teams having played the most seasons among the elite (70 for Marseille, 67 for Bordeaux) was, however, the old “classic” of the French championship at the end of the eighties
This prosperous Bordeaux period, Bernard Tapie took pleasure in interrupting it, taking over the Marseille club and winning the D1 four times in a row (1989, 1990, 1991, 1992). The perfect shot for the young businessman who largely contributed, through his war of words with Claude Bez, to develop this rivalry.
“He got spit on 100 meters”
“He’s a guy who had a monstrous pair of balls, who was a madman in a good way. A guy who did things, what!” Declared Bernard Tapie, in an interview for Canal +, about the one who had not only come to the Vélodrome in a Cadillac registered in Gironde, but who had had the audacity to cross all the hostile stands of the stadium to reach his place. “He was spit on 100 meters,” recalled the former minister.
But this ascendancy taken by OM has therefore not changed the fact that the last defeat conceded by the Girondins de Bordeaux in this confrontation dates back to October 1, 1997. It was at Parc Lescure. Marseille had won 2-1. The scapular club had yet opened the scoring, thanks to a penalty from Alain Giresse (43rd). But Marc Berdoll (58th) then Victor Zvunka (70th) had reversed the situation. Today a historical marker, this result had not been so important at the time. The rivalry was not yet born.