Marseille - Former Spain and Barcelona goalkeeper Andoni
Zubizarreta was named sporting director of French giants Marseille on Thursday,
club president Jacques-Henri Eyraud confirmed.
Zubizarreta previously served the same role at Barcelona
from 2010 to 2015 and helped the Spanish champions recruit Neymar and Luis
His appointment comes a day after Marseille parted company
with Belgian sporting director Gunter Jacob as the club's new owner, American
tycoon Frank McCourt, continues his overhaul of the nine-time French champions.
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"Marseille has a big heart, a great football soul like
Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona," said Zubizarreta, referring to two of his
"There's a great passion with the supporters in
Marseille, it's a huge opportunity for me football wise as well as
The Spaniard will work alongside new coach Rudi Garcia after
the former Lille and Roma boss signed a three-year contract to take over at the
Stade Velodrome last week.
Now 55, "Zubi" won 126 caps for Spain during a
distinguished playing career in which he represented Athletic Bilbao, Barcelona
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