Ex-MLB owner McCourt buys former Champions League winners Marseille


Former Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt has completed the purchase French giants Olympique Marseille for $44 million, assuring fans he wants to restore OM to past glory.

McCourt says he’ll invest up to $220 million in the club in the next four years, according to the BBC.

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Marseille won five French titles in the late 20th century and added the 1992-93 UEFA Champions League crown. However they’ve claimed just one Ligue 1 title since 1995, causing consternation for its fan base as Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco have risen in prominence.

Off to a slow start this season, Marseille has good talent including Lassana Diarra, William Vainqueur, and Bafetimbi Gomis.

From OM.net:

“Today opens a new chapter in the great history of Olympique de Marseille. A chapter of which I am proud and honored to be a part.

“It is now my duty to raise ourselves to the highest ranks of European football. It is an obligation and we will. We have a clear vision of success and an ambitious plan to achieve it. We have the resources and courage to invest and take decisions and necessary measures. The strategy that we set ourselves require passion, commitment and tenacity. It will take strong leadership but also, at times, patience.

“I have complete confidence in Jacques-Henri Eyraud, the new CEO of OM, in its ability to implement our plan and to ensure the success of the club. This is a great time for all supporters of OM. I invite you to join us. Together we will put our club on the road to glory.”

Big words, we’ll see if he backs them up.