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Marseille FC in the Champions League: Some facts about the French club in the prestigious UEFA competition

In this post, we will take a closer look at Marseille, a Ligue 1 club, but in a wider arena, UEFA competition, especially the UEFA Champions League. Let’s see what the 10-time-Ligue-1-winner has achieved in the history of the Champions League now.
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When did Marseille last win a Champions League?

Although not being a well-known club in world football, Marseille are the only French club that has once won the UEFA Champions League. They have also played the most finals of football competitions hosted by UEFA. 

Marseille won the 1992-93 UEFA Champions League, the season when the name of the competition was changed from European Cup to UEFA Champions League. The club were the leading team in Group A to meet Group B’s winner, AC Milan in the single-legged final round held on 26 May 1993.

Marseille surpassed Milan with the only goal scored by Boli before the first half ended. The match was hosted at Olympiastadion in Munich with a record of 64,400 attendance. This is also the only Champions League title that the French club has obtained until now. 

Marseille crowned the 1993 Champions League

How many times have Marseille qualified for the Champions League?

As of October 2020, Marseille have participated in the UEFA Champions League 15 times with 108 games played. The table below will give you a detailed look at which round that the club used to reach in the history of the European Cup, or UEFA Champions League. 

 

No

Season

Name of competition

Participated rounds

Rivals

Score

1

1971–72

European Cup

First Round

Górnik Zabrze

2–1 (H), 1–1 (A)

Second Round

Ajax

1–2 (H), 1–4 (A)

2

1972–73

European Cup

First Round

Juventus

1–0 (A), 0–3 (H)

3

1989–90

European Cup

First Round

Brøndby

3–0 (H), 1–1 (A)

Second Round

AEK Athens

2–0 (H), 1–1 (A)

Quarter-final

CSKA Sofia

1–0 (A), 3–1 (H)

Semi-final

Benfica

2–1 (H), 0–1 (A)

4

1990–91

European Cup

First Round

Dinamo Tirana

5–1 (H), 0–0 (A)

Second Round

Lech Poznań

2–3 (A), 6–1 (H)

Quarter-final

Milan

1–1 (A), 3–0 (H)

Semi-final

Spartak Moscow

3–1 (A), 2–1 (H)

Final

Red Star Belgrade

0–0

5

1991–92

European Cup

First Round

Union Luxembourg

5–0 (H), 5–0 (A)

Second Round

Sparta Prague

3–2 (H), 1–2 (A)

6

1992–93

Champions League

First Round

Glentoran

5–0 (A), 3–0 (H)

Second Round

Dinamo București

0–0 (A), 2–0 (H)

Group 1

Rangers

2–2 (A), 1–1 (H)

Club Brugge

3–0 (H), 1–0 (A)

CSKA Moscow

1–1 (A), 6–0 (H)

Final

Milan

1–0

7

1999–2000

Champions League

Group D

Sturm Graz

2–0 (H), 2–3 (A)

Croatia Zagreb

2–1 (A), 2–2 (H)

Manchester United

1–2 (A), 1–0 (H)

Group D

Lazio

0–2 (H), 1–5 (A)

Feyenoord

0–3 (A), 0–0 (H)

Chelsea

1–0 (H), 0–1 (A)

8

2003–04

Champions League

Third Qualifying Round

Austria Wien

1–0 (A), 0–0 (H)

Group F

Real Madrid

2–4 (A), 1–2 (H)

Partizan Belgrade

3–0 (H), 1–1 (A)

Porto

2–3 (H), 0–1 (A)

9

2007–08

Champions League

Group A

Beşiktaş

2–0 (H), 1–2 (A)

Liverpool

1–0 (A), 0–4 (H)

Porto

1–1 (H), 1–2 (A)

10

2008–09

Champions League

Third Qualifying Round

SK Brann

1–0 (A), 2–1 (H)

Group D

Liverpool

1–2 (H), 0–1 (A)

PSV Eindhoven

0–2 (A), 3–0 (H)

Atlético Madrid

1–2 (A), 0–0 (H)

11

2009–10

Champions League

Group C

Milan

1–2 (H), 1–1 (A)

Real Madrid

0–3 (A), 1–3 (H)

FC Zürich

1–0 (A), 6–1 (H)

12

2010–11

Champions League

Group C

Spartak Moscow

0–1 (H), 3–0 (A)

Chelsea

0–2 (A), 1–0 (H)

MŠK Žilina

1–0 (H), 7–0 (A)

Round of 16

Manchester United

0–0 (H), 1–2 (A)

13

2011–12

Champions League

Group F

Olympiacos

1–0 (A), 0–1 (H)

Borussia Dortmund

3–0 (H), 3–2 (A)

Arsenal

0–1 (H), 0–0 (A)

Round of 16

Inter Milan

1–0 (H), 1–2 (A)

Quarter-final

Bayern Munich

0–2 (H), 0–2 (A)

14

2013–14

Champions League

Group F

Arsenal

1–2 (H), 0–2 (A)

Borussia Dortmund

0–3 (A), 1–2 (H)

Napoli

1–2 (H), 2–3 (A)

15

2020–21

Champions League

Group C

Porto

0–3 (A), 0–2 (H)

Manchester City

0–3 (H), 0–3 (A)

Olympiacos

0–1 (A), 2–1 (H)

Accordingly, Marseille have shown up in 15 seasons of the European Cup/ UEFA Champions League with the first campaign being the 1971-72 and the latest one being the 2020-21 season. Within these 15 participations, they entered the finals twice (1990-91 and 1992-93) and once won the Champions League title. Most of the other times, the French club stopped at the group stage of the tournament. 

In the 2020-21 Ligue 1, Marseille finished fifth in the league table, which led to their qualification for the Europa League group stage instead of the Champions League. This is why we don’t see Jorge Sampaoli’s students in the 2021-22 Champions League

The other bad news is that Marseille have never won any Europa League group stage game since the beginning of the season. They have four draws out of four games up to the present, with four points in total, and rank third in Group E. There are only two more rounds to decide if the French club can keep their slot in the 2021-22 Europa League or not. So don’t miss any latest results or news about Marseille at betimate.com

Marseille rank third in 2021-22 Europa League's group E

References

Wikipedia

Betimate.com



Harry Siuu
Written by: Harry Siuu
a specialized football specialist with over ten years' experience as a football journalist who works for Betimate.com.

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