Legendary Shirts:Olympique de Marseille

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One of France’s most famous clubs with one of the most unusual shirts of the 1970s is Olympique Marseille which won back-to-back titles back in the early 1970s.Founded in 1899 and based in the Mediterranean port city of Marseille in the Southern France which is one of the most multicultural cities in Europe  the Phocians are one of France’s top clubs enjoying success both at the home and European front.Their first success came in 1924 when they won the Coupe de France but it wasn’t until 1937 that they won their first Ligue 1 title with another title in 1948,however it was under Marcel Leclerc’s presidency of the club that the Phocians would return to prominence after being relegated from the Ligue 1 in 1952,the club returned to Ligue 1 and in 1969 won the Coupe de France with back-to-back titles in 1970 and 1971 where in the club played one of the best strikers from Croatia-Josip Skoblar who in the 1970-71 season scored a record of 44 goal which allowed him to win te European Golden Boot and set a record of goals in a single season in the Ligue 1 which to this day hasn’t been reached.The second golden period for the Phocians came in the late 1980s when under the presidency of Bernard Tapie which under his mandate,he built a team of superstars which consisted with the names of Enzo Francescoli,Eric Cantona,Didier Deschamps,Rodi Voller,Chris Waddle,Jean-Pierre Papin,Fabien Barthez and countless others,that led to the domination of the Phocians in French football from 1989 to 1992 where they won four consecutive Ligue 1 titles and the culmitaion of that success was in the triumph in the 1993 UEFA Champions League final against AC Milan which to this day represents the only time that a French club won the UEFA Champions League to this day.However it was overshadowed by a bribery scandal which ruined the club and sent them to Ligue 2 as a punishment with the majority of their stars either retired or being sold to other clubs.Eventually the Phocians have recovered with appearances in two UEFA Cup finals and a Ligue 1 title won 2010.Besides with a recent turbolent history and a fanatic fan base Olympique de Marseille has become one of France’s top clubs and one of the most recognizible French clubs in Europe with a long successful history.

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