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Raffaele, proud to be "Marseillais"

06 Apr 15 Written by  Published in Humans of Provence Be the first to comment!
Raffaele, proud to be "Marseillais"

As the only French team to have ever won the European Championship Cup (1993), the Olympique de Marseille football team is a legend and a modern day "religion". The city's stadium - the Velodrome - just this year completed massive renovations to add a roof and another 7,000 seats, making it the second largest stadium in France after the Stade de France. Raffaele arrived in Marseille from Catania when he was 14 years old and like many of the Sicilian families who have been immigrating to Marseille since the late 19th century, Raffaele is a devout and loyal fan of "l'OM". I am sad to report that the all-time record capacity turnout at the stadium last night for the "Clasico" Paris vs Marseille (66,000) was not quite enough to earn a winning score for the OM... But Raffaele never loses hope.

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