Invited to the set of C à Vous this Thursday, September 22, Basile Boli spoke at length about his relationship with Bernard Tapie. The former Olympique de Marseille footballer even made exclusive revelations about the last days before the death of the famous businessman.
“Dominique Tapie and her children have the infinite pain of sharing the death of her husband and her father, Bernard Tapie, this Sunday, October 3 at 8:40 amas a consequence of cancer. He departed in peace, surrounded by his wife, children, grandchildren and his brother, present at his bedside. He expressed his wish to be buried in Marseilles, the city of his heart.. On Sunday, October 3, 2021, almost a year ago to the day, the media La Provence announced the death of businessman Bernard Tapie. He was 78 years old and left many afflicted.
The former president of the Olympique de Marseille football club was fighting against double cancer of the stomach and esophagus About some months ago. The least we can say is that the famous businessman’s life has been full of ups and downs. Owner of Adidas, Olympique de Marseille (which led to the roof of Europe in 1993), politician, actor, at the center of many scandals… even if Bernard Tapie had been criticized, his existence could not have been more eventful.
Basile Boli: “Bernard Tapie has always amazed me”
Almost a year after his death, this Thursday, September 22, 2022, the former Olympique de Marseille footballer and great friend of Bernard Tapie, Basile Boli, was invited to the set of the show C à Vous on France 5 to talk about the launch of his book, “Mémoires d’hOMme”. When he was still president of the Marseille club, Bernard Tapie had greatly sympathized with his defender, to the point that Basile Boli was part of the closest circle around the coffin when he left the church of Saint-Germain-des-Pres, during the ceremony in Paris. “Sunday morning, I left my house to go for a walk alone, she cries by my side”, In particular, the former footballer had declared the day of the death of his great friend.
Thus, in front of Anne-Elisabeth Lemoine this Thursday, September 22, she logically returned to this tragic event for long minutes. But not only: Basile Boli also evoked certain memories that remain of the businessman, who has always impressed him with his pugnacity. “I was amazed. She came from time to time, there was her daughter, who is exceptional, always by her side. When she went out for a drink or something, she would start telling me: ‘Make me an article on the team that says, I’ll still be there for four years, because I was killed four years ago’.
The channel L’Équipe mistakenly announced the death of Bernard Tapie in 2020
As a reminder, the channel L’Equipe announced the death of Bernard Tapie by mistake in August 2020before being forced to proceed with numerous live apologies. “In fact, it is Tapie who becomes human, in the last years of his life, and who encourages many people with cancer, and who makes them want to fight. That’s what made me sad and at the same time…”, Basile Boli continued. A moving testimony that the former defender of the France soccer team had never done before.
For those who only know him by name, Basile Boli was born on January 2, 1967 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. A solid defender at 1.80m, the French-Ivorian began his career with the AJ Auxerre club in 1983, before joining the OM club in 1990. A great architect of the Marseilles’ victory in C1, he is logically called up for the national team from France, where he knows 45 teams. After his career, he devoted himself to politics for a time before returning to football as a advisor at AJ Auxerre then sports coordinator at OM. She later made television appearances.