Remembering 2011: The Last Time PSG Lost Le Classique

2011, that’s the last time any Olympique de Marseille squad was able to defeat Paris Saint-Germain. To put it in retrospective, 2011 marked the first full year of college as a fresh 20-year-old trying to figure what do with my life, like any young adult. 

My 20’s have seen PSG’s dominate their rival, turning Le Classique into a one-sided rivalry. On Sunday, the better squad will belong to PSG, and with the match being at the Parc des Princes the capital club will try to make it eight seasons in a row. It’s a stretch that pains those who support Les Phocéens.

Nonetheless, this piece isn’t one that will examine the capital clubs dominance over their hated rival. It’s a time machine, one that will take us back to 2011 and what the world was like the last time Marseille picked up a win over PSG. 

Pop Culture and Sports

Our first stop is the world of film; eight years ago, the world had yet to see any of The Avengers movies. Fast forward to 2019, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe has produced four Avengers. Furthermore, since the last time Marseille won in Le Classique, the film studio has said goodbye to both Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans, along with two different actors who have played the role of Peter Parker. 

During 2011, the television world was being captivated by Breaking Bad, which has not only ended, but there’s an epilogue film called El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie that has come out. Also, Game of Thrones had barely concluded its first season as it was becoming a cultural phenomenon. Seven seasons and zero Marseille victories later, Game of Thrones has come and gone.

When it comes to music, Adele’s Rolling in the Deep topped the Billboard 100 charts in 2011. The music industry had yet to see the in-your-face and humor of Cardi B, and the phrase “SoundCloud Rapper” was relatively unknown at this point. Meanwhile, Fergie was still a member of the Black-Eye Peas, and Drake was in the middle of shedding his Degrassi image as he tried to make it in the hip-hop industry. 

The last time Marseille defeated PSG, LeBron James was still searching for his first NBA championship after taking his talents to South Beach. Mike Trout was receiving his first cup of coffee in Major League Baseball, but still wasn’t the best player in baseball at this point. As for PSG, they would see an influx of cash to buy top players; however, Qatari Sports Investment would lay the grown work Les Parisians to soon become a global brand and one of the top football clubs in the world. 


With a seven-year (with the potential for eight) winless drought for Marseille, reflecting on how the world in sports and pop culture has changed puts it into perspective on how long its been since Les Olympiens claimed victory over the Parisian club. PSG fans, let us know what your lives were like back in 2011 and point out how much has changed since that November victory for Marseille.

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