Jean-François Pérès, edited by Solène Leroux 4:12 p.m., October 24, 2021

One of the most anticipated matches in Ligue 1 takes place tonight at 8:45 p.m. at the Stade Vélodrome.

A match to be followed in full on our antenna from Marseille.

What is the history of this derby?

How long has it been around?

Why does he raise the crowds?

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D-day for the OM-PSG clasico, the derby of France.

If strong regional football rivalries exist in our country, such as Lyon-Saint-Étienne, Lens-Lille, or Nice-Monaco, they can be explained in particular by the small distance that separates them.

OM-PSG, on the other hand, it's 800 kilometers.

That is to say the capital against the second city of France, the political power, economic, even the wealth, against a poor city, rebellious to the central power, proud of its centenary club vis-a-vis the young Paris-Saint-Germain.

It's the most divisive match, almost a social choice.

A flagship match that has not always existed.

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This legendary poster dates from the 1990s when Canal + bought PSG.

Until 1989, it was a good-natured poster.

The two clubs have never played against each other for titles.

PSG was then a young club founded in 1970: a friendly club, but not yet an ogre.

OM has a battered history, made up of very highs and very lows.

When Bernard Tapie bought it back in 1986, he wanted to make it a big European, but he needed a strong French championship to prepare him well for these European games.

For its part, Canal + is the broadcaster of the championship, it needs a strong poster to recruit subscribers.

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