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Olympique Marseille: meaning, league, city, worth

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One would wonder why French football teams are often referred to as Olympique, just as in the case of Olympique Marseille, France’s most prominent traditional side.

 

Meaning of Olympique Marseille explained.

 

Why is it called Olympique Marseille? The club was renamed Olympique de Marseille in 1899 in honour of the anniversary of Marseille’s founding by Greeks from Phocaea some 25 centuries earlier.

 

But why are French clubs called Olympique? The Olympique is a french word that stands for ‘Olympic’.

Olympics generally refers to several sports teams competing in various sporting events.

 

Marseille is a household name among locals and followers of French football in France. Most especially when it comes to one of the biggest derbies in the country, Le Classique makes one think a what the club would do.

 

Olympique Lyonnais is another side which has the same name as the club. The two teams contest the Choc des Olympiques derby.


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Olympique Marseille league

 

What league is Olympique de Marseille? The club competes in the French Ligue 1, France’s top-flight professional football league contested by 20 teams.

 

Historically, Marseille is one of the most successful teams in the Ligue 1, having won nine titles. The club was also one of the most successful teams in the early years of the league’s formation.

 

Marseille had its golden years from the 1970s until 1992, winning six French Ligue 1 titles.

 

Olympique Marseille worth

 

How much is Olympique Marseille worth?

Marseille is one of the biggest football clubs globally in terms of revenue it generates across all sectors, including ticket sales, merchandise, tv rights, etc.

Currently, Marseille is worth $277 million. Although the pandemic was tough on big sides across Europe, including France, the club has been able to pull through the stress.

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