17 years … Yes!
17 years were needed to see Marseille go through the first round of the Champions League. In 1999-2000, the team went to the second round group, but did not qualify to a two-game elimination round. At that time in 1993, Marseille even went all the way, winning against Milan 1-0 in Munich.
After losing its two initial games against Spartak at home 1-0 and at Chelsea 2-0, Marseille had 10 percent chances to qualify. Still, after winning at home against Zilina 1-0 and away 7-0, the club was in a must-win situation when it was going abroad to Russia.