The Club

Go back to hell



During the 1979-1980 season, Olympique de Marseille will experience one of the worst seasons in its history. While the team, coached by Jules Zvunka, is scheduled to play the leading roles, it is a different scenario that will emerge in the south of France. OM, led by players like Trésor, Zvunka, Bracci, Six, Linderoth, knows the hell of the descent at the end of the 1979-1980 fiscal year.


The previous season, the club had finished in the twelfth place and is preparing to do worse. However, the Olympians look after their entry into the championship by beating Brest at the Stade Vélodrome on the score of 3-0. But the following week, the Marseillais know a disillusion against Paris-Saint-Germain. While the Provencal club opened the scoring with Six in the eleventh minute, the Parisians scored twice through Abel Carlos and Bathenay. Result, 2-1 for PSG. Worse, during the third day, the Phocaeans are severely defeated at home against Saint-Etienne (3-5). Nancy humiliated OM a week later by winning 5-0. OM's record on the first half of the season is very negative for a team that was aiming to fight for the title: 5 wins, 2 draws and 12 defeats.




A change of coach intervenes in February 1980. Jules Zvunka is replaced by youth coach Jean Robin on the bench Phocéen. But the dynamic is not reversed and Marseille fears the worst, namely the descent into D2. The Olympian team knows heavy losses in the second half of the season. The Provencals are defeated at Lens (4-1) and bow very heavily at home against Valenciennes (3-6).


In the Coupe de France, OM are sadly out in the 32nd round against AS Cannes on penalties. The last day will be the pinnacle of OM's very bad season. The players of Robin cash 7 goals against Brest, twentieth of first division and bows logically (7-2)! 4 wins, 4 draws and 11 defeats mark the second half of the Marseille season. The French N'Gom finished top scorer in the OM thanks to his eleven achievements in D1 but that will not be enough. Marseille goes down in second division.