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Stanley to face Marseille

18 June 2019

Accrington Stanley will face French giants Olympique de Marseille in their second pre-season friendly.

The Reds will come up against the former UEFA Champions League winners at the AJ Bell Stadium in Salford at 6pm on Thursday 11th July.

Stanley have already announced friendlies at Sligo Rovers (8th July), Bala Town (20th July), Warrington Town (22nd July) and Morecambe (27th July).

Stanley boss John Coleman said: "It will be a great game for us, they will field a strong side and it's great exposure for the club.

"Obviously they are trying to get in tip-top condition for their season and I can have a good look at our squad and see where we are at so it's a good test for us, especially against the players they have."

Owner Andy Holt has been in direct contact with Marseille since learning they were coming over to England to train at St George's Park.

"It's a fantastic opportunity, they are a massive club, playing PSG regularly, and now they are facing the mighty Stanley!

"I think it's absolutely brilliant. The only downside is that, having the pitch done, means it's not at home, it would have been fantastic to have the game at the Wham Stadium but this is the next best thing.

"It's a great friendly, they have players like Mario Balotelli and Dimitri Payet playing for them. It should be good fun and I can't wait. It's another step in the right direction for Accrington Stanley."

Marseille, who finished fifth in Ligue 1 last season, are managed by former Chelsea boss André Villas-Boas after he replaced Rudi Garcia at the end of May.

The French club have won Ligue 1 on nine occasions, with their latest triumph coming in the 2009/10 season, and they won the UEFA Champions League in 1993, the same season that Stanley finished 6th in the Northern Premier League Premier Division.

Marseille's squad consists of internationals such as Balotelli, Florian Thauvin, Luiz Gustavo and former West Ham United player Payet, who scored the winner against Stanley in the last minute of the Carabao Cup at the Olympic Stadium in 2016.

The game will take place on Thursday 11th July, 6pm kick-off.

Tickets for the game will be priced at £10 for adults and £5 for concessions, with more details to be announced shortly.


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