OM – OM – Benfica: when the Portuguese of Marseille only have eyes for OM

OM – OM – Benfica: when the Portuguese of Marseille only have eyes for OM
OM – OM – Benfica: when the Portuguese of Marseille only have eyes for OM

Although it will not be very complicated to get your hands on Benfiquistas dressed all in red tomorrow evening in a boiling Vel’, at a time when OM could make their season a little less gloomy, finding Lusitano-Marseille fools and worshipers of Eusébio, turns out to be not an easy task , not to say impossible.

While the atmosphere will rise to a crescendo, and some 3,500 Lisbon residents are expected for this quarter-final return of the Europa League, the Portuguese diaspora in Marseille is preparing to experience a colorful match, but above all in blue and white. “Me, I prefer OM to Benficaexplains Dominique, born in Portugal and owner of a specialty restaurant in the city center. At the same time, I’m from Porto so it’s easy to choose” he laughs. “I watch all the matches, and if I could have gone to the stadium. But I’ve had too many reservations from fans from across the country who will come and eat. I will avoid telling them who I am!

Cédric was born in Marseille, but he inherited his father’s Lisbon genes. Loyal to OM since his early childhood, the young man was also lulled by the stories of his father, and the love he had for Lisbon. Tomorrow’s match will not be a headache for him, however, since his second passion after OM is… Sporting Portugal. “I can calmly say, I will be an Olympian tomorrow evening, and rather twice than once“, he warns. “When there are two big clubs in the same city, there is bound to be a rivalry. My love of the blue and white jersey and the disgust I have for Benfica will make me the stadium’s most fervent supporter. On the other hand against Sporting last year in C1, I’m not going to lie, it was more complicated to choose, I wasn’t very good“, he concludes with a broad smile.

“We even subscribed to the stadium”

Ultimately it was Ana and Karim, both born in Lisbon in the early 90s and arriving in Manosque for their work, who could have suggested that Benfica could at least have a few supporters residing in Provence and ready to go out of their way for them. But here again the Olympian passion prevailed over the rest. “To be honest, in Portugal, we followed football and Benfica, but without being passionateexplains Karim. When we arrived in France, we didn’t know many people, and we made friends one evening, when a match was being broadcast in a bar. They then took us to the Vélodrome.” A meeting which will click for them and which will interfere in their lives continues Ana: “the passion they had for this club, we immediately shared it, it’s difficult to explain but we really understood their passion for this club. In the end, we even subscribed this year. So the answer is clear, go OM!

So many testimonies which mean that, if the Benfica players thought they were reaching conquered territory, it is not in the stronghold of the Olympians that they will find encouragement, because the passion of OM is transmitted well beyond borders.

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