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Olympique de Marseille's season so far

Published on the 03 April 2008 à 08:21 by R.B

OM are still in the running for a finsh on the podium of the L1. Marseille can rely on the remarkable efficiency of Niang, seond only to Benzema in the scoring charts…

13 wins including 9 at home : Lens 1 - 0, Caen 6 - 1, Metz 3 - 1, ASSE 2 - 0, Auxerre 2 - 1, PSG 2 - 1, VA 3 - 1, Le Mans 1 - 0, Monaco 2 - 0, away to Caen 2 - 1, away to Lyon 2 - 1, away to Nice 2 - 0 and away to Lorient 2 - 1.

10 draws including 3 at home : Rennes 0 - 0, Lorient 0 - 0, Nancy 2 - 2, away to Strasbourg 0 - 0, away to PSG 1 - 1, away to Lens 3 - 3, away to Toulouse 0 - 0, away to Nancy 1 - 1, away to Bordeaux 2 - 2, away to Lille 1 - 1.

8 defeats including 3 at home : Nice 2 - 0, Toulouse 2 - 1, Sochaux 1 - 0, away to Valenciennes 2 - 1, away to Auxerre 2 - 0, away to St-Etienne 1 - 0, away to Sochaux 2 - 1, away to Rennes 3 - 1.

44 goals scored including 25 at the Stade Vélodrome. 35 goals inside and 9 outside the penalty box, 10 headed goals (Rodriguez 3, Cissé 3, Taiwo 2…), 1 penalty (Niang against Lyon), 0 freekicks, 11 goals coming from crosses, 6 after freekicks, 5 after corners. 24 goals in the first and 20 in the second half. 44 goals from 448 shots. Niang 13 goals, Cissé 11, Rodriguez 3, Nasri 3, Valbuena 3, Be Cheyrou 2, Cana 2, Taiwo 2, Zenden 2, Zubar 1, Ziani 1, Akalé 1.

33 goals conceded including 12 at home. 28 goals inside and 5 outside the penalty box. 3 penalties (Saifi for Lorient, Gavanon for Nancy and Rothen for PSG), 2 freekicks (Savidan for VA and Brison for Nancy), 4 headed goals, 9 goals after crosses, 2 after corners & 3 after freekicks. 2 own goals in the same match (Zubar & Bonnart against Sochaux).14 goals in the first and 19 in the second half. 33 goals from 377 shots.

Albert Emon was in control of team affairs for the first 9 games and took 7 points ; Eric Gerets, 22 games with 40 points taken. Marseille have 49 points, 3 points behind Nancy and 5 points ahead of Le Mans in fifth place.

The record attendance at the Stade Vélodrome in the league this season ? 57 000 spectators for the game against Nice. They have had more than 50 000 spectators 9 times in 15 home games !

30 players used by the two coach's. No player has taken part in all 31 games.

44 yellow cards : Cana 9, Be Cheyrou 6, Rodriguez 4, Bonnart 3, Givet 3, Zenden 3… 3 red cards : Taiwo, Rodriguez and Krupoviesa.

Marseille have been knocked out of all the cup competitions they were in(Champions League, UEFA Cup, Coupe de la Ligue & Coupe de France) : in the ¼ final of the Coupe de la Ligue by Auxerre 1 - 0 , in the last 16 of the Coupe de France by Carquefou 1 - 0 ; from the group stage off the Champions League (3rd place) behind Liverpool and Porto and from the last 16 of the UEFA Cup by Zenith St-Petersburg. In total 6 goals were scored by Cissé, 5 by Niang, 2 by Taiwo 2 and 1 by Valbuena, Rodriguez, Cana, Grandin & Be Cheyrou respectively.

OM's last victory over OL in the League at home? 1 - 0 during the 97-98 season. Since the 2001-2002 season, there have been 3 draws and 3 defeats at the Vélodrome.
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