Football and Rugby
We open our section on football and rugby in Provence with a guide to the football team of the region, Olympique de Marseille, and to its home base, the Vélodrome stadium. Click here to read about the OM Brasserie on the Old Port of Marseille. Plus, the leading rugby team of Provence, the Rugby Club Toulonnais and its equally legendary stadium the Stade Mayol.
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French rugby is dominated by clubs from the South-West. But Provence's Rugby Club Toulonnais is one brilliant exception. Its stadium, the Stade Mayol, is a legend in its own right and Toulon's supporters are passionate.
The French are football-mad and none more so than the Marseillais. And Olympique de Marseille (OM for short) is central to the city's cultural landscape. Its local fan base is enormous and it regularly clocks up the highest match attendances in France.