For nearly 44 years, the reception of OM has become a very important meeting for the Girondins de Bordeaux, proud of their unbeaten streak against the Marseillais in the league. On the eve of this poster, more than 500 Bordeaux supporters gathered in Haillan.
More than 500 Bordeaux supporters and ultras gathered this Saturday afternoon at Haillan, the Girondins training center, on the eve of the highly anticipated match against OM (Sunday 9 p.m.), counting for the 25th day of Ligue 1 This gathering organized by the Ultras Marines has been a tradition for about fifteen years before the reception of Marseille in the league. His goal was to put a little pressure on Jean-Louis Gasset’s players in order to continue the club’s unbeaten streak against OM, which has lasted in the league for 43 and a half years. OM’s last victory in Gironde dates back to October 1, 1977.
A rally accepted by the management
This gathering also made it possible to reconnect with the supporters absent from the stands of Matmut-Atlantique since the start of the season due to the health context linked to the coronavirus epidemic. In a concert of songs and smoke, a banner “Winning for our coat of arms” was displayed near the training ground. Some supporters present were surprised to learn that the management, often in conflict with the Ultras in recent years, had decided to accept this gathering on the sidelines of training. It was originally scheduled to last 30 minutes but Gasset agreed that the supporters would stay throughout the training.
“For the supporters, it’s a special match. We see it for example on social networks,” said Hatem Ben Arfa this week at a press conference, well aware of the importance of this poster against the ‘OM. “I was not aware of this rivalry, I do not know where it comes from. I knew there was a derby between Bordeaux and Toulouse. But with OM, I did not know it, but I ‘get to know him,’ added the Bordeaux playmaker. “It’s incredible not to win for 44 years. I hope it will be possible, it would be great,” said Dario Benedetto, surprised by this astonishing Marseille ineffectiveness in Bordeaux. Last season, the two formations had left on a 0-0 in Gironde soil.