Olympique de Marseille was founded on 31 August 1899. Also known as L’OM, the club has spent most of its history in the top tier of French football and is one of the most successful sides in France.
Marseille’s colours are turquoise and white. The club’s crest features the club’s initials O and M in turquoise with a golden star on top, representing the sides previous Champions League victory. The club’s motto Drtoit Au But (Straight to the Goal) appears in gold under the crest. In recent history, the club has been known to sport unconventional away kits.
The club’s home stadium is the Stade Veledrome, which has been the club’s home since 1937. After being renovated in 2014, the stadium has a capacity of 67,394.
Marseille have won the French domestic title on nine occasions, most recently in the 2009-10 season. The club has also won ten Coupe de France titles and three Coupe de la Ligue titles.
In the 1992-93 season, Marseille became the first and only French side to win the UEFA Champions League. Having finished runners-up two seasons before, Marseille faced A.C. Milan in the final at the Olympiastadion in Munich. Marseille won the match 1-0 thanks to a goal from defender Basile Boli.
In 1991, Marseille forward won the Ballon d’Or, ahead of Lothar Matthaus. Gunnar Andersson is the club’s all-time leading goalscorer, with 194 goals. Roger Scotti holds the record for most Marseille appearances, playing 451 times for the club. Notable former players include Fabien Barthez, Didier Deschamps, Samir Nasri, Abedi Pele, Robert Pires, Franck Ribery and Didier Drogba.
The club’s current manager is Michel, who took over from Marcelo Bielsa is 2015. Notable former managers include Franz Beckenbauer and Didier Deschamps.