Javier Ribalta arrives as director of football

Javier Ribalta arrives as director of football

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Since the arrival of Pablo Longoria, the supporters of Olympique de Marseille have found a smile. First appointed sporting director, the Spanish leader then rose through the ranks to become president of the Olympian club, after the chaos with Jacques-Henri Eyraud. Since then, the 36-year-old man has multiplied the nice shots on the transfer window and delighted the Marseillais. Moreover, on the sporting level, the Marseille team is coming out of a good 2021-2022 season with a second place in Ligue 1 synonymous with the Champions League next season.

With the return of the most prestigious of European competitions to the Orange Vรฉlodrome, Olympique de Marseille wants to do things right. For some time, Pablo Longoria was precisely looking for a sporting director, or a director of football, while David Friio, the technical director, was doing a lot of things in the meantime. But this Saturday, the Phocaeans have finally found the rare pearl. Via a press release, OM has indeed formalized the arrival of Javier Ribalta, as expected for a few days.

David Friio becomes sports director!

โ€œOlympique de Marseille is pleased to announce the arrival of Javier Ribalta in its sports organization to continue the development of the club. He was appointed Director of Football. At 41, Javier Ribalta already has a wealth of experience in the world of European football. He has worked for several prestigious clubs such as AC Milan, Manchester United and Juventus Turin. He recently held the position of sports director at Zenit St. Petersburg and then technical director at Parma Calcio 1913 until June.explains OM in its press release.

But that’s not all since at the same time, David Friio also changed jobs: โ€œDavid Friio, present at OM since 2020 as Technical Director, has been appointed Sporting Director. He will ensure the relationship between the management and the professional group as well as the management of the scouting teams. Between its president Pablo Longoria, its football director Javier Ribalta and its sporting director David Friio, OM have a shock trio to splurge during this summer transfer window 2022.

The full press release from OM:

โ€œOlympique de Marseille is pleased to announce the arrival of Javier Ribalta in its sports organization to continue the development of the club. He was appointed Director of Football.
At 41, Javier Ribalta already has a wealth of experience in the world of European football. He has worked for several prestigious clubs such as AC Milan, Manchester United and Juventus Turin. He recently served as sporting director at Zenit St. Petersburg and then technical director at Parma Calcio 1913 until June.

During his time at Juventus Turin, from 2015 to 2017, Javier was able to team up with Pablo Longoria by forming a duo combining modernity, methodology and experience in the field of recruitment. Gathered again, this time at the direction of the Marseille club, the Spanish leader will be responsible for overseeing the club’s entire sports policy.

David Friio, present at OM since 2020 as Technical Director, has been appointed Sporting Director.
He will ensure the relationship between the management and the professional group as well as the management of the scouting teams.

Olympique de Marseille welcomes Javier and is delighted with this new collaboration.โ€

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