Fabrizio Ravanelli Returns to Marseille with De Zerbi: His New Role Explained


After 25 years, Fabrizio Ravanelli is making a return to Olympique Marseille. The former striker has been announced by the club, which has recently appointed Roberto De Zerbi as their new head coach. Ravanelli will take on the role of sporting advisor and club representative, both in France and internationally, a position created at the request of club president Pablo Longoria.

The Role

Ravanelli, now 55 and affectionately known as “Penna Bianca” (White Feather), is a well-regarded sports commentator. He will now transition back into a practical role for a club he knows intimately. Ravanelli played for Marseille from 1997 to 1999, during which he also served as captain, scoring 31 goals in 84 appearances. Prior to his media career, he gained coaching experience with Juventus’ youth teams, Ajaccio, and Arsenal Kyiv.

Ravanelli’s Statement

Expressing his enthusiasm for the new role, Ravanelli stated, “Returning to OM, 25 years later, in this advisory role, is a true source of pride for me and also implies great responsibility. OM and its fans undoubtedly represent one of the most beautiful chapters of my career, and I return to Marseille with enthusiasm to put my experience at the service of the Institution and President Longoria.”

Impact on Marseille

Ravanelli’s return to Marseille, alongside De Zerbi, adds an intriguing dimension to the club’s leadership structure. His extensive experience and deep connection with the club are expected to be invaluable as Marseille embarks on a new era under De Zerbi’s management.


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