LIGUE 1. Ruslan Malinovskyi (ex-Genk) moves to Marseille, Lucien Favre fired as Nice coach

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Ruslan Malinovskyi (29) will play football for Olympique Marseille on a rental basis. The number three in Ligue 1 negotiated a purchase option for the attacking midfielder, who comes from Atalanta. L’OM announced this on Monday.

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The former Racing Genk player is the first reinforcement for Marseille in this winter mercato. He has to absorb Amine Harit’s falling out. The Moroccan suffered a serious knee injury before the World Cup, he will not play again this season.

The Ukrainian international (51 caps), who was trained at Shakhtar Donetsk, came to Belgium in January 2016 after loan spells at Sevastopol and Zorya Luhansk. Malinovskyi first played on loan for Genk, which took him over in the summer of 2017. In 2019 he helped the Limburgers win the national title, after which the Ukrainian moved to Atalanta. After three and a half years in Serie A, he is now trying his luck in Ligue 1. At Atalanta, Malinovskyi scored 30 goals and 28 assists in 143 games. In the 2020-2021 season he was the assist king in Serie A. He participated in the Champions League three times with Atalanta.

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Lucien Favre no longer coach at Nice

Lucien Favre (65) is no longer coach of OGC Nice, the Ligue 1 club reported on Monday evening. The elimination by third division team Le Puy-en-Velay (1-0), on Saturday in the 32nd finals of the French Cup, turned out to be the straw that broke the camel’s back. The Swiss coach had been in post in the Allianz Riviera since July 1, 2022, succeeding Christophe Galtier, who had left for PSG. He was under contract until June 2024.

The 36-year-old Didier Digard, former captain of the Aiglons and member of the coaching staff, is the new coach ad interim. He will be on the bench on Wednesday for the home game against Montpellier on the 18th matchday in Ligue 1.


Favre also paid the price for a disappointing 11th place in Ligue 1 with 21 points from 17 games. Nice finished fifth in the league last season, losing the Coupe de France final 1-0 to Nantes. Nice managed to qualify for the eighth finals of the Conference League.

Lucien Favre already coached OGC from 2016 to 2018, after which he became T1 at Borussia Dortmund. There he was thanked in December 2020 for services rendered. Favre also trained FC Zürich, Hertha Berlin and Borussia Mönchengladbach, among others.

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