the forecourt of the Vélodrome stadium will be renamed in honor of former OM president Bernard Tapie

On the thirtieth anniversary of OM’s Champions League victory, on 26 May 1993, the esplanade of the Velodrome stadium in Marseille will be renamed in honor of Bernard Tapie, the former president who died in 2021, who took his team to the top of European football

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OM fans on the esplanade of the Orange Velodrome stadium in 2021. (CHRISTOPHE SIMON / AFP)

The square of the Vélodrome stadium in Marseille (Bouches-du-Rhône) will be renamed in honor of the former president of Olympique de Marseille Bernard Tapie, learned France Bleu Provence on Thursday 25 May from the mayor of the city Benoît Payan, confirming the information from La Provence.

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The announcement was made on Thursday 25 May by Benoît Payan on the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of OM’s victory in the Champions League, on 26 May 1993, against Milan (1-0), while Bernard Tapie was club president. “Bernard Tapie marked the history of OM and made the fans and all the people of Marseille dream. His name, in front of the Vélodrome, will remind us every day of this extraordinary page in the history of Marseille!“, Benoît Payan tweeted on Thursday 25 May.

The esplanade in question is the esplanade leading to the stadium, next to the Jean Bouin stand. Fans of the club have been calling for this announcement since the passing of Bernard Tapie on October 3, 2021.

The official announcements of the tributes paid to Bernard Tapie will be made on Friday 26 May at the Marseille Town Hall during the festivities. Fans are invited to relive the final in its entirety on a giant screen. They have already announced that on Friday May 25 they will also set fire to the city with no less than 8,000 smoke bombs.cracked” on the 21 km of the Marseille coast.

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