Olympique Marseille belonged in 1932 to the 20 founding members of Division 1, a first-time two-division league, each with 10 teams. Marseille missed as a table runner of Group A, the final game of the two group winners. The following year Olympique Marseille was already close to the first French championship, but lost as league leaders his last game of the season with 1: 3 in the bottom club CA Paris – a team that had previously lost 21 of their 25 games – and fell back to third place , The title win succeeded first in 1937, although after three defeats in the last four games of the season, the lead point at the end was completely used up and the team could prevail only because of the better goal difference against FC Sochaux. Further successes could have been prevented by the outbreak of war, to which still two runner-ups followed.
Although Olympique Marseille was able to secure the second title win in 1948, but then sank more and more in insignificance. Secured the club in 1958 on the final day nor due to the better goal difference against FC Metz the league, the team rose in the following year as a table for the first time from Division 1 from.
After a one-year stint in the 1962/63 season Marseille established only in 1966 back in the first division and tied under the new club president Marcel Leclerc a few years later back to the great successes of the 1920s and 1930s. The biggest coup was the commitment of the Yugoslav Josip Skoblar, who in 1971 with his 44 hits significant share in the third title win and was awarded for the Golden Boot. Among the most successful players of his time were also Gilbert Gress and Roger Magnusson, later also the Brazilian Jairzinho. Between 1969 and 1972 Olympique Marseille won twice each French championship and the French Cup. Internationally, the successes were against; In the Champions Cup, Marseille defeated Ajax Amsterdam in 1971 (1: 2, 1: 4) in the first knockout round, the following year the team was eliminated in the first round against Juventus (1-0, 0: 3).
After passing years, Olympique Marseille was again one of Europe’s top clubs from the late 1980s. After the ambitious Bernard Tapie took over the office of club president in 1985, invested the club in the following years a lot of money for the signing of players of international format. In addition to the Germans Karlheinz Förster, Klaus Allofs and Rudi Völler, these included Alain Giresse, Jean Tigana and, in particular, Jean-Pierre Papin. Five times in a row, from 1988 to 1992, Papin became top scorer in Division 1 and thus had a significant share in the four consecutive championships since 1989. Also, internationally, the team now drew attention. In the European Cup, the Marseille failed in 1990 in the semi-finals of Benfica (2: 1, 0: 1), 1991, only in the final of Red Star Belgrade with 3: 5 on penalties. In 1993 Olympique succeeded in the Champions League final against AC Milan finally in Munich by the goal of Basile Boli the only European Cup victory today.
On the sporting high followed in 1993 for Olympique Marseille the abrupt descent. After it became known that club officials had paid bribes before the league game against US Valenciennes (“OM-VA affair”), the French championship was revoked, the club in 1994 downgraded to the Second League and convicted several parties convicted. The club had reached its low point and was due to high debt in the mid-1990s on the verge of ruin. The European Cup of 1993 also received late blemish. In early 2006, Jean-Jacques Eydelie admitted in a conversation with the French sports paper L’Équipe that, with the exception of Rudi Völler, all players received an injection not known to them before the Champions League final against AC Milan. In 2003, Irish national player Tony Cascarino voiced similar doping allegations in a column in the British daily The Times. However, as 13 years after the final match, no definitive clarification was to be expected, the UEFA Eydelies doping reproaches, despite initial considerations and Milan title claims no longer pursued. In May 1999, Olympique defeated AC Parma 0-3 in the UEFA Cup final
The next three seasons, “Olympic” was extremely unstable, resulting in constant changes of coaches and changes in the composition of the team. Twice the club was close to relegation from the major league, finishing the championship in 2000 and 2001 in 15th place. In June 2001, the club was threatened with being sent to the second division due to a budget deficit; Robert-Louis Dreyfus was forced to correct the financial situation by replenishing the club box office from his own pocket, and Olympic was forgiven.
In 2002, the head coach of the club became Alain Perrin. Under his leadership, “Olympic” climbed to the third step of the podium in the championship and won the right to participate in the Champions League, where he managed to get through the qualifying round. However, Perrin was dismissed after the team failed to pass the stage of the League group stage, losing to the future winner of the Porto tournament and the winner of the previous year to Real Madrid. Continuing the European Cup season in the UEFA Cup, the team thanks to the great game Didier Drogba managed to reach the final, beating Inter, Liverpool and Newcastle on the way. However, in the final “Olympic” lost to “Valencia”, for the second time in 5 years he stopped a step away from the second European club trophy.
After Drogba left Chelsea, the club, whose president was Pope Diouf (although Dreyfus was still the main shareholder), took only 5th place in the 2005 and 2006 championships. In 2005, Olympic won the Intertoto Cup, won the right to participate in the UEFA Cup, and in 2006 went to the French Cup final, where it lost 1: 2 to Paris Saint-Germain.
Alber Emon, a follower of the attacking style of play, became the team coach before the start of the 2006/07 season. Jibril Cisse and Ronald Zubar joined the team. Olympic spent the whole season at the top of the standings and finished second behind Lion (the best result in the championship since 1999). In addition, the club again reached the final of the French Cup, where on penalties he lost to Sochaux. During the season, along with the recognized leaders of the team – Cisse, Frank Ribery and Mamadou Niang – goalkeeper Cedric Carasso and young midfielder Samir Nasri clearly showed themselves.
In January 2007, Dreyfus negotiated with Canadian businessman Jack Kachkar to sell the club for 115 million euros. However, due to the fact that the transaction was constantly delayed, in March, Dreyfus decided to abandon further negotiations and remain the owner of the club.
Having lost Franck Ribery, sold in Bavaria for 30 million euros in the off-season summer of 2007, and preparing to participate in the Champions League qualification, Olimpik showed great activity in the transfer market: Budevein Zenden, Karim Ziani, Benoit Cheyrou and Steve were acquired Mandanda. Such a large-scale strengthening of the composition made “Olympic” in the eyes of experts the main rival of “Lion” in the fight for the championship title. However, the terrible start of the season (1 win in 9 matches) was the reason for the resignation of Emon, who was replaced by the Belgian Eric Gerets. In the Champions League, Olympic became the first French team to win at the Enfield Road stadium, beating Liverpool 1: 0. However, in the decisive game of the group tournament, “Olympic” lost to the same “Liverpool” at home with a score of 0: 4, took 3rd place in the group and went to the UEFA Cup. In the championship “Olympic” took the final 3 place.
The whole next season, Olympic was leading a tense struggle for the champion title against Bordeaux, which again, like 10 years ago, ended in a victory for the Girondins. In the UEFA Cup, Olimpik reached the quarter-finals, where he was defeated by the future winners of the Donetsk Shakhtar tournament. At the end of the season, Eric Gerets left the club, giving way to the head coach of the Olympic captain of the “golden” period, Didier Deschamps. On June 17, due to disagreements with the supervisory board, President Pope Diouf left the club; Jean-Claude Dassier became the new president. Robert-Louis Dreyfus died on July 4, 2009 from leukemia. He was the owner of the club for 13 years, for which the team was able to return to the number of leaders of French football, but did not win any significant trophy.
With the advent of Deschamps, the team seriously increased, the players of the Argentina national team Lucho Gonzalez and Gabriel Heinze, as well as the former Bordeaux player Suleiman Diavaire joined the squad. On March 27, 2010, Olympic finally interrupted a period of 17 years, during which the club did not win a single title: Bordeaux was beaten in the League Cup final with a score of 3: 1. For 2 rounds before the end of the season 2009/10 in the match with “Rennom” (also 3: 1) the club won the title of champion of France. In the French Supercup on July 28, 2010, Paris Saint-Germain was defeated on penalties. In addition, in 2011, Olimpik managed to defend the title of the League Cup winners, having won in the final of Montpellier 1: 0. In the championship “Olympic” finished second, losing the title of champion “Lille”. In the offseason of 2011, the contract with Deschamps was extended until 2014. In July 2011, the club won the French Super Cup for the second time in a row, defeating Lille with a score of 5: 4. From February to May, during the Olympic championship, he could not win in 13 games in a row, and as a result he was left without a ticket to European Cup tournaments. At the same time, for the first time in the last 21 years, the club managed to reach the Champions League quarter-finals, and also won the League Cup for the third time in a row, defeating Lion in the final with a score of 1: 0 in extra time.
At the end of the season, Didier Deschamps left the club for the coaching position in the French team, and Eli Bop, who had been unemployed since 2009, took the place of the team’s head coach. Under the leadership of Bop, the club, despite the rather weak strengthening of the lineup, began the championship with six victories in a row – this is the best start of the season in history. At the end of the 2013 season, Olympic again won the right to participate in the Champions League, taking second place in the championship after Paris Saint-Germain, despite the loss of several key players of the previous season – Loic Remy, César Aspilikueta and Stefan Mbia. Andre-Pierre Gignac played a big role in the success of the club, especially at the start of the season. In the off-season, Olympic spent almost 40 million euros on acquiring players such as Dimitri Payet, Florian Tauven and Janelli Imbüla. By the end of August 2013, Olimpic was in the lead in the championship, however, it unsuccessfully played in the Champions League, being the first French team in history that did not score any points during the Champions League group stage.
On November 7, 2013, the day after the defeat of Nantes, Eli Bop was fired. Temporarily the sports director of the club, Jose Anigo, led the team. Under the leadership of Anigo, the team was unable to achieve success in any of the competitions, taking off from both cups and finishing sixth in the championship, which left it for the first time in 10 years without participating in European competitions.
On May 2, Olympic announced the signing of a contract with Marcelo Bielsa, who became the head coach of the team for the next two seasons. At the end of the season, the club left José Anigo, who devoted Olympic more than 20 years of his life as a player, coach and sports director. The team finished the 2014/15 season in 4th place in the French championship, scoring 76 goals for the season (Olimpik’s attacking troika – Andre Aija, Dimitri Payet and Andre-Pierre Gignac scored 38 goals for three). All three left Olympic before the 2015/16 season. On the sale of its leaders, Olympic earned 35 million euros.