The Vélodrome bids farewell to Bernard Tapie to the sound of “Jump”, the anthem of OM


In blue and white, thousands of supporters of Olympique de Marseille came to the Stade Vélodrome this Thursday, October 7 for a final farewell to Bernard Tapie, the “Boss”, this Parisian revered for having led the club on the roof of European football.

Business, politics, trials… The novel by Bernard Tapie, the man with 1001 lives

At 6:25 p.m., a few seconds of silence greet the entry onto the lawn of the coffin of the former OM president (1986-1994), who died of cancer on Sunday at his home in Paris. Then the applause resounded for a last tribute to the one who led the club to victory in the Champions League in 1993, the only one ever won by French football.

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The coffin, covered with a Marseille flag and another bearing the portrait of the ex-businessman, as well as the scarves of the seven OM supporters’ clubs, is placed in the center of the field. Then the cup with the big ears is brought and also placed above the body, while the notes of “Jump”, by Van Halen, then “We Are The Champions”, by Queen.

“The only Parisian recognized by the Marseillais”

A few moments earlier, the 3000 or so Olympian supporters gathered in a stand at the Vélodrome had been able to relive, on the stadium’s giant screens, the first half of this famous final against AC Milan, until Basile Boli’s victorious goal. , in the 44th minute.

Between Bernard Tapie and Marseille “the lighter”, a love story

“Supporter of OM and anti-Parisian”, Micheline Duval, 61, member of the Winners supporters club and housekeeper, dressed in the club’s colors from head to toe, anti-Covid mask included, is “Come to pay homage to the only Parisian recognized by the Marseillais”. He got us “Brought to the top”, she insists.

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“The homage paid to him is nothing compared to what he deserves. We shouldn’t be talking about the past ”, she blurted out, evacuating the judicial convictions of the former leader with the legendary patter:

“We must stop always going back on his convictions, he was condemned out of jealousy and sent to prison because he was in the way”.

Policies in the stands

In the VIP stand, all the Marseille political gratin is there: the socialist mayor of the city Benoît Payan, the LR president of the metropolis and the department Martine Vassal, the LR president of the region Renaud Muselier.

On the giant screens of the stadium, photos parade: Bernard Tapie in the locker room, with his players or at the edge of the lawn. Photos of his time in football, above all, but also with President François Mitterrand, of whom he was a very ephemeral Minister of the City, or on his boat, in the creeks.

The political and sporting world pays tribute to Bernard Tapie

“When you are a supporter, it was essential to come today”, insists Antony, 31, an employee in the city, who took his day to come “Pay homage to Tapie”, which he estimates “Inseparable from the club”.

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A procession in the streets of Marseille

The young man retains “The ardor”, ” the charisma “ and “The desire to win” of the bragging man of the media, who owned the group “La Provence”. “A personality who stuck with OM”, even if “At the beginning we were wary, because he was Parisian”, he admits.

The supporter prefers to retain the coronation of 1993 and does not hold it against him for his multiple judicial convictions: “We all have our dark side”, he just blurted out, just grateful “That he made a serious mistake” by buying the match against Valenciennes in 1993.

On Friday, supporters will be able to accompany Bernard Tapie, behind the funeral convoy, one last time, for a procession between the Old Port and the Cathedral of the Major, where his funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m.

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Interment will then take place in the Mazargues cemetery, in the southern districts of the city.



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