“The most beautiful soundbox of France experienced a few vibrations. But in the English style of Arsenal, without a tifo upon players’ entrance or continuity in the chants”. This is how Olympique Marseille describes the – according to them – poor atmosphere of French ‘Clasico’.
Sunday’s ‘Clasico’ ended up with PSG beating Olympique 2:0, lading from 11th minute till the end. And this is all the home side can be proud about, or at least according to the away team. Surprisingly Olympique published a very critical review of the game’s atmosphere, showing how ‘the game’ is getting commercialized in Paris, with passion replaced by loudspeakers and orchestrated music instead of spontaneous support.
This was a night of the ‘Clasico’, but of a new genre. Without incident before, during and afterwards. That, one should expect. But also, surprisingly, without much passion in the stands. Despite the victory of PSG. Despite an ideal scenario for the majority of the public. Despite the debut of David Beckham, simply but beautifully presented just before kick off with "Hey Jude" by the Beatles. The anthem of Manchester City ... for the former Red Devil, but never mind.
The fervor never captured fans. Cold, a bit more. Of course the Parc had its bouts of fever despite the snow. The most beautiful soundbox of France experienced a few vibrations. But in the English style of Arsenal, without a tifo upon players’ entrance or continuity in the chants – this is just a piece of how Olympique mocks the commercialization of atmosphere at Parc des Princes.
The away side embrace their following, who came in 400-strong group and sang throughout the game. Worth mentioning, the game actually had a tifo prepared for the players’ entry onto the field, but the famous end zones occupied by Auteuil and Boulogne Boys remained somewhat uncommitted.