IN IMAGES, IN IMAGES. 30 years since OM won the European Cup: forever the first

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On 26 May 1993, in Monaco, Marseille became the first French team to win the European Cup. A coronation for history, because OM remains the only French representative to have its name on the list.

On May 26, 1993 in Munich, two years after the defeat against Red Star Belgrade in the final of the European Cup after penalties, OM is again in the final. This time it’s Milan who show up on the road for the Marseilles. At the end of an uncertain game, thanks to a single goal scored by Badsile Boli, Bernard Tapie’s team became the first French team to lift the “cup with big ears”. 30 years after this historic final, relive this evening in images.

Prior to this final, OM president Bernard Tapie alongside Silvio Berlsuconi, the iconic AC Milan president, who led the Rossoneri to the top.  (GEORGES GOBET/AFP)

To face Milan, favorites in this European Cup final, OM coach Raymond Goethals has decided to rely on a tight 5-2-3 formation.  Standing, from left to right: Fabien Barthez, Franck Sauzée, Marcel Desailly, Rudi Völler, Basile Boli.  Crouching, left to right: Jocelyn Angloma, Abedi Pelé, Didier Deschamps, Alen Boksic, Jean-Jacques Eydelie and Eric Di Meco.  (GEORGES GOBET/AFP)

In goal, young Fabien Barthez has the confidence of "Raymond-the-science", the coach of Marseille.  At the age of 22 he will be one of the revelations of this final, keeping the AC Milan forward from the triple Ballon d'Or, Marco Van Basten, in check.  (PATRICK HERTZOG/AFP)

In the first half, OM suffers the repeated assaults of Milan as the captain of Milan Franco Baresi, strong in front of Abedi Pelé.  (PATRICK HERTZOG/AFP)

After half an hour of play, Basile Boli asked for a substitution due to a problem in his left thigh.  OM president Bernard Tapie orders the centre-back to remain on the pitch.  In the 44th minute, following an Abedi Pelé corner, the French international rose into the air and headed the only goal of the match, for eternity.  (GARRO THIERRY / PROVENCE)

A former darling of the Stade Vélodrome where he spent six seasons, Jean-Pierre Papin is in the opposite camp but can do nothing to prevent Milan from being defeated by OM.  (Patrick HERTZOG/AFP)

It's just after 10pm, OM become the first French club to win the European Cup.  Forward Basile Boli celebrates this historic victory with the 25,000 Marseille fans who made the trip to Monaco.  This time no tears like after the defeat in the final two years earlier in Bari. (GEORGES GOBET/AFP)

Troubled in this final, midfielder Didier Deschamps becomes the first French team captain to lift a European Cup.  He won a second with Juventus Turin in 1996. (GEORGES GOBET / AFP)

On June 1, the champions celebrate their European title at the Vieux-Port in Marseille.  Marseille players are greeted like heroes by the tens of thousands of fans who have come to communicate with the winners.  (BEATRICE PINOT/AFP)

Carried in triumph to the Vélodrome stadium by his players, and in particular by Didier Deschamps, Bernard Tapie is at the top of Europe, before starting a dizzying fall after the VA-OM affair.  (TSCHAEN / SIPA)

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