NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Marseille must pay UEFA 2 million euros ($2.24 million) for breaking financial fair play rules monitoring spending on player transfers and wages.
Balotelli scores again as Marseille rises to 4th in Ligue 1
PARIS (AP) — Mario Balotelli scored a fine goal in Marseille's 2-0 home win against Amiens on Saturday, taking his tally to three in four games since joining from Nice.
The Italian striker failed to score in 10 games for Nice this season, and questions were raised about whether he was match fit when Marseille signed him last month. But he's turned the talk into whether his goals can help Marseille push for third place in the French league, and a spot in the Champions League qualifying rounds.
Balotelli scores again in Marseille’s 2-1 victory at Dijon
DIJON, France (AP) — Mario Balotelli's second goal in three games helped Marseille to a 2-1 win at Dijon in the French league on Friday.
The Italy striker, who joined last month from Nice, turned the ball in from close range in the 57th minute after winger Florian Thauvin headed on a corner from the right.
Marseille's second straight victory moved the side up to fifth ahead of this weekend's matches, and also took some pressure off coach Rudi Garcia following a poor run of results.
Marseille beats 10-man Bordeaux 1-0 in empty stadium
MARSEILLE, France (AP) — Playing in an empty stadium due to fan trouble, Marseille defeated 10-man Bordeaux 1-0 in a postponed French league game on Tuesday.
Center back Boubacar Kamara's first goal for the club - a header from close range after a free kick was flicked on three minutes before the break - was enough to ease the pressure on coach Rudi Garcia after two straight defeats.
Marseille had only one win from its previous 12 games across all competitions.
Balotelli hopes to kick-start season after joining Marseille
Mario Balotelli hopes to kick-start his season and revive Marseille's flagging league campaign.
The much-traveled striker joined Marseille on Wednesday from French rival Nice until the end of the season, the latest stage in a topsy-turvy career he reignited in France following a miserable spell in England with Liverpool.
Now Balotelli has the task of sparking a Marseille attack which has been carried by winger Florian Thauvin this season.
Marseille in turmoil as angry fans turn on coach and players
PARIS (AP) — Eight worried-looking Marseille players stayed on the field after the 1-1 home draw with Monaco in the French league on Sunday.
Several senior players were in the closed circle: attacking midfielder Dimitri Payet, forward Florian Thauvin, long-serving goalkeeper Steve Mandanda and Brazilian holding midfielder Luiz Gustavo.
France forward Mbappe injured vs. Uruguay
PARIS (AP) — France striker Kylian Mbappe has been forced off the pitch with an apparent shoulder injury during the world champion's friendly game against Uruguay on Tuesday.
The PSG star had to be substituted after he fell awkwardly on his right shoulder near the half-hour mark at the Stade de France with the match scoreless.
Mbappe jumped to avoid contact with goalkeeper Martin Campana and went down in pain, forcing coach Didier Deschamps to substitute him for Marseille forward Florian Thauvin.
Payet, Thauvin score as Marseille takes 2nd spot in France
PARIS (AP) — French internationals Florian Thauvin and Dimitri Payet came to life in an enthralling second half at the Stade Velodrome on Sunday as Marseille moved second in the French league with a convincing 4-0 win over Guingamp.
Thauvin, who was part of the France squad that won the World Cup, scored twice while Payet, who missed out on the tournament in Russia because of an injury, netted a stunning volley and delivered an assist.
Thauvin saves Marseille after teammate Rami’s mistakes
PARIS (AP) — One World Cup winner saved Marseille after another almost gave victory away.
France winger Florian Thauvin came off the bench to equalize with a clinical finish and then set up a last-gasp goal in Marseille's 3-2 win at Monaco on Sunday, after his former international teammate Adil Rami gifted Monaco the lead with two sloppy errors within five minutes.
PARIS (AP) — Neymar won the French League's Player of the Year award on Sunday, ahead of Paris Saint-Germain teammates Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe.
Marseille winger Florian Thauvin, the other nominee, finished fourth in Sunday's Ligue 1 awards ceremony in Paris.
"I would like to thank all of my teammates," Neymar said on beIN Sports television. "I'm honored and very happy with our season. I couldn't have won this trophy without my teammates."
PARIS (AP) — France coach Didier Deschamps has postponed the announcement of his World Cup squad until after the Europa League final to help the French players involved in the game.
The decision was made "in order not to disturb the preparations of the French players from Marseille and Atletico Madrid," The French Football Federation said on Friday.
Deschamps will announce his World Cup selection on May 17, a day after the Europa League final in Lyon.
PARIS (AP) — Neymar is among the four nominees for the French league's Player of the Year award.
The Brazil striker was shortlisted Friday along with Paris Saint-Germain teammates Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe. The other nominee is Marseille winger Florian Thauvin.
Neymar has scored 19 league goals in only 20 games, but has not played since cracking a metatarsal in his right foot against Marseille on Feb. 25. He had surgery in Brazil in March.
MARSEILLE, France (AP) — Dimitri Payet looked back to his best after setting up both goals as Marseille beat Salzburg 2-0 in the first leg of their Europa League semifinal on Thursday.
Winger Florian Thauvin headed in Payet's curling free kick deep to the back post in the 15th minute, although video replays showed Thauvin headed the ball onto his outstretched hand before it went in.
PARIS (AP) — France winger Florian Thauvin has been ruled out of the team's friendly against Russia because of a hamstring injury.
The French soccer federation says the Marseille player did not travel with his teammates to St. Petersburg, where France will take on the World Cup hosts on Tuesday.
France coach Didier Deschamps will not call up a replacement for Thauvin, who underwent an MRI scan which revealed the injury in his left thigh.
Thauvin scores again as 3rd-placed Marseille beats Bordeaux
PARIS (AP) — Winger Florian Thauvin continued his remarkable form as Marseille beat Bordeaux 1-0 in a scrappy French league match on Sunday to stay one point behind second-placed Monaco.
In the quest for a top-three finish and a Champions League place next season, Marseille gained valuable ground by moving six points ahead of fourth-placed Lyon — which earlier drew 2-2 at Lille.
"We're sticking close to Monaco and that's the most important thing," Thauvin said.
Robben’s influence rubs off on Marseille talent Thauvin
PARIS (AP) — Arjen Robben's influence has traveled all the way from Germany to the south of France and landed at the twinkling feet of Marseille winger Florian Thauvin.
Thauvin is one of the league's best performers this season, scoring 10 goals and providing nine assists in 22 games, and his style has all the hallmarks of the Bayern Munich veteran.
Marseille’s image once again dented after attack on player
PARIS (AP) — Frank McCourt's plans to bring Marseille back to the top of French and European soccer could be undermined by local criminals.
Winger Florian Thauvin became the latest victim of the southern city's notorious thieves this week, suffering a vicious attack near his home in a chic neighborhood of the port city.