2008–09 Olympique de Marseille season

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Olympique de Marseille
2008–09 season
ManagerBelgium Eric Gerets
StadiumStade Vélodrome
Ligue 12nd
Coupe de FranceRound of 32
Coupe de la LigueThird round
UEFA Champions LeagueGroup stage
UEFA CupQuarter-finals
Top goalscorerMamadou Niang (13)

During the 2008–09 French football season, Olympique de Marseille competed in Ligue 1.

Season summary[edit]

Marseille finished 3 points behind league champions Bordeaux. Manager Eric Gerets left after his contract expired at the end of the season.[1] Replacing him was former Marseille player Didier Deschamps.

First-team squad[edit]

Squad at end of season[2]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 France GK Rudy Riou
2 Argentina DF Renato Civelli
3 Nigeria DF Taye Taiwo
4 France DF Julien Rodriguez
5 Brazil DF Hilton
6 Algeria MF Karim Ziani[notes 1]
7 France MF Benoît Cheyrou
8 England DF Tyrone Mears[notes 2] (on loan from Derby County)
9 Brazil FW Brandão
10 Netherlands MF Boudewijn Zenden
11 Senegal FW Mamadou Niang
12 Burkina Faso MF Charles Kaboré
14 Ivory Coast MF Bakari Koné
No. Position Player
15 Guadeloupe DF Ronald Zubar
16 France GK Hilaire Muñoz
17 Mali FW Mamadou Samassa[notes 3]
19 Albania MF Lorik Cana[notes 4]
20 France MF Hatem Ben Arfa
22 France MF Sylvain Wiltord
23 Cameroon MF Modeste M'bami
24 France DF Laurent Bonnart
26 France MF Mohamed Amine Dennoun
28 France MF Mathieu Valbuena
30 France GK Steve Mandanda[notes 5]
31 France FW Guy Gnabouyou
40 Ukraine GK Dmytro Nepohodov

Left club during season[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
8 Ghana FW André Ayew[notes 6] (on loan to Lorient)
9 France FW Djibril Cissé (on loan to Sunderland)
13 Senegal DF Leyti N'Diaye (on loan to AC Ajaccio)
17 Algeria MF Salim Arrache[notes 7] (on loan to Stade de Reims)
18 France MF Elliot Grandin (on loan to GF38)
21 Serbia MF Miloš Krstić (on loan to AC Ajaccio)
No. Position Player
22 Morocco DF Amin Erbati (to Al Wahda)
25 Slovenia DF Boštjan Cesar (to AC Ajaccio)
27 Senegal DF Pape M'Bow (on loan to Cannes)
29 France DF Fabrice Begeorgi (on loan to SV Werder Bremen II)
32 France DF Gaël Givet (on loan to Blackburn Rovers)

Results[edit]

Champions League[edit]

Third qualifying round[edit]

Group stage[edit]

UEFA Cup[edit]

Round of 32[edit]

Marseille 1–1 Twente on aggregate. Marseille won 7–6 on penalties.

Round of 16[edit]

Marseille won 4–3 on aggregate.

Quarter-finals[edit]

Shaktar Donetsk won 4–1 on aggregate.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gerets to stand down at Marseille". Uefa.com. 29 April 2009. Retrieved 29 April 2009.
  2. ^ "FootballSquads - Marseille - 2008/09". footballsquads.co.uk. Retrieved 30 October 2016.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Ziani was born in Sèvres, France, but also qualifies to represent Algeria internationally through his father, and made his international debut for Algeria in 2003.
  2. ^ Mears was born in Stockport, England, but also believed he was eligible to represent Jamaica internationally through his father and would make his international debut for Jamaica in February 2009. It was later discovered that Mears' father was from Sierra Leone and was thus ineligible to represent Jamaica.
  3. ^ Samassa was born in Montfermeil, France, and represented them at U-21 level, but also qualifies to represent Mali internationally through his parents, declared for Mali internationally during the season, and would make his international debut for Mali in 2009.
  4. ^ Cana was born in Pristina, Yugoslavia (now Kosovo).
  5. ^ Mandanda was born in Kinshasa, Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo), but also qualifies to represent France internationally and made his international debut for France in May 2008.
  6. ^ Ayew was born in Seclin, France, but also qualifies to represent Ghana internationally through his father and made his international debut for Ghana in August 2007.
  7. ^ Arrache was born in Marseille, France, but also qualifies to represent Algeria internationally through his parents, and made his international debut for Algeria in April 2004.