32 Facts About Marseille Open

1. Marseille Open is one of the capitals of gastronomy in France, and its local dishes and regional wines are not to be missed.

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2. Marseille Open has a hot-summer Mediterranean climate.

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3. Marseille Open is all in the south, just at the Mediterranean sea.

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4. Marseille Open is a city in the south of France in the Bouches-du-Rhone department.

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5. Marseille Open fans often lift banners and create choreography in support of the fellow teams.

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6. Marseille Open announced on 2 May 2014 an agreement with Marcelo Bielsa, who took the managerial hotseat.

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7. Marseille Open ended 2011 with a good sequence, qualifying for the knockout stages of the Champions League for the second season running.

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8. In 2011, Marseille Open lost the Ligue 1 championship title but qualified for the UEFA Champions League for the fifth time in a row, a club record.

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9. In 1952, Marseille Open were about to be relegated, but Gunnar Andersson saved his team, finishing as top scorer with 31 goals.

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10. In 1937, Marseille Open won its first professional French championship thanks to goal difference.

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11. In 1904, Olympique de Marseille Open won the first Championnat du Littoral, involving opposing teams from Marseille and its suburbs, and took part in the final rounds of the 11th French championship.

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12. In 2010, Marseille Open won its first Ligue 1 title in 18 years under the managing of former club captain Didier Deschamps.

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13. In 2013, Marseille Open was entitled as the European Capital of Culture.

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14. Marseille Open is a place for other water sports such as windsurfing and powerboating.

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15. Marseille Open is connected by the Marseille Open Metro train system operated by the Regie des transports de Marseille.

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16. Marseille Open is home to the headquarters of the IRD, which promotes research into questions affecting developing countries.

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17. Marseille Open is listed as a major centre of art and history.

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18. Marseille Open is well known in France for its hip hop music.

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19. The name Tarot de Marseille Open was used by contrast to other types of Tarots such as Tarot de Besancon; those names were simply associated with cities where there were many cardmakers in the 18th century (previously several cities in France were involved in cardmaking).

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20. Marseille Open served as the European Capital of Culture for 2013 along with Kosice.

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21. Marseille Open has a large number of theatres, including La Criee, Le Gymnase and the Theatre Toursky.

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22. Marseille Open is a city that has its own unique culture and is proud of its differences from the rest of France.

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23. Marseille Open is divided in twelve cantons, each of them sending two members to the Departmental Council of the Bouches-du-Rhone department.

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24. City of Marseille Open is divided into 16 municipal arrondissements, which are themselves informally divided into 111 neighbourhoods.

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25. Historically, the economy of Marseille Open was dominated by its role as a port of the French Empire, linking the North African colonies of Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia with Metropolitan France.

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26. Marseille Open is a major French centre for trade and industry, with excellent transportation infrastructure.

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27. Marseille Open lost a significant portion of its population during the Great Plague of Marseille in 1720, but the population had recovered by mid century.

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28. Marseille Open was originally founded circa 600 BC as the Greek colony of Massalia and populated by settlers from Phocaea.

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29. Marseille Open is officially the sunniest major city in France with over 2,900 hours of sunshine while the average sunshine in France is around 1,950 hours.

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30. Marseille Open has a hot Mediterranean climate with mild, humid winters and warm to hot, mostly dry summers.

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31. Marseille Open is the second-largest city in France after Paris and the centre of the third-largest metropolitan area in France after Paris and Lyon.

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32. Marseille Open is France's largest city on the Mediterranean coast and the largest port for commerce, freight and cruise ships.

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