Paris Saint Germain Football Club is commonly known as PS Germain or PSG FC.
It is a French professional football club from in Paris. They were founded in 1970 and the club has traditionally worn red and blue kits.
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PSG Football Club History
Founded on 12th August, this club is a consequence of the merger between Paris Football Club and Stade Saint-Germain. This club made an immediate impact when they won promotion to Ligue 1 already in the first season when they won the title for League 2. But that didn’t keep the club alive as they fell apart in 1972.
Paris Football Club remained in Ligue 1, while Paris Saint-Germain kept their name but ended in Division 3. Two seasons later, Paris Saint Germain returned to Ligue 1 in 1974 and moved into the Parc des Princes that same year.
The first trophy they earned was the French Cup in 1982. That period was marked by players such as Luis Fernández Safet Sušić and Dominique Rocheteau. Four years after that, they claimed their maiden league title and shortly after the went into decline. However, tables got turned after they were taken over by television giants, the Canal+.
Finally, the club entered their golden era. The club was lead by David Ginola, George Weah and Raí and managed to win 9 trophies during the 1990s. Not to mention, they claimed a second league title in 1994 and in 1996, the UEFA Cup Winner’s Cup.
At the beginning of the 21st century, their struggled to maintain their position even with Ronaldinho’s magic and the goals of Pauleta. They earned five more trophies but the club was mostly knowns because of their constant ups and downs. However, the entire situation changed with the arrival of the new majority shareholders Qatar Sports Investments. Since then, they dominated the field.
Identity of the Club
Since the club was founded, their main colours were red, blue and white to represent Paris and Saint-Germain-en-Laye. In their crest, you can see the Eiffel Tower marked with these colours.
In France, Fleur de Lys is a royal symbol and white is a colour of royalty which explains the symbol underneath the Eiffel tower. White cradle with Fleur de Lys on top recalls that French King Louis XIV was born in Saint Germain-en-Laye in 1638.
PSG’s home shirt had always featured these three colours of the club but in different combinations. Lately, they wore a red shirt during its first three seasons of existence and jersey also featured a blue and white collar to bring together the three colours. Daniel Hechter who is a French fashion designer served as the club’s president for five years in the 1970s and is considered as one of the driving forces behind the team’s foundation. That is the connection between Paris Saint-Germain and the city’s fashion houses.
When Daniel Hector became club president in 1973, he immediately designed PSG’s traditional look which is a red vertical stripe, bordered with white, on a blue background. Of course, there is a story behind this. The story goes that Daniel based his creation on the red-and-white jersey worn by Ajax, who was the Dutch champion dominating European competition at the time. But of course, he had a French flag also in his mind.
This “Hechter shirt”, first worn until 1980–81, was returned as PSG’s home identity in 1994–95 and has remained so ever since. Not to mention, PSG stars from the 1990s and 2000s like Raí, Ronaldinho and Pauleta are associated with the “Hechter shirt” as well.
PS Germain is the most popular football club in France ahead of arch-rivals Olympique de Marseille. One of the club’s most prominent supporters is former French President Nicolas Sarkozy. But there are many more famous PS Germain fans like tennis players Richard Gasquet and Gaël Monfils, French NBA player Tony Parker, French judoka Teddy Riner, French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo and French record producer DJ Snake.
PS Germain fan groups or ultras have been linked to football hooliganism since the emergence of the Boulogne Boys. Violence escalated in the early 1990s when the Bolougne Boys took the British neighbours as role models. In 1993, the feared French riot police were expelled by the Boys and other minor fan groups and incidents occurred everywhere where the club travelled.
In February 2010 shortly after Marseille beat PS Germain 3–0 at Parc des Princes, PS Germain supporter Yann Lorence was left in critical condition. It was after a violent exchange outside the stadium between the Boulogne Boys and the Supras Auteuil and Yann Lorence died month later.
Robin Leproux, the president at the time, was then forced to take action. In detail, “Plan Leproux” was a plan where all season tickets at Parc des Princes were pulled and all ultra groups were exiled. In the end, it resulted in the dissolution of the Supras Auteuil.
However, the Lorence was not the only one who died as a result of these riots. in November 2006 a Boulogne Boys member Julien Quemener was shot dead by an off-duty policeman during violence following PSG’s UEFA Cup tie with Hapoel Tel Aviv. There were many incidents and at one point, the club was also hit with €100 000 fine.
Presently Players of PS Germain
At this instant, the goalkeepers of the club are Alphonse Areola, Marcin Burka and Garrisone Innocent. The club has 14 defenders and those are; Thiago Silva, Presnel Kimpembe, Thilo Kehrer, Marquinhos, T. Meunier, J. Bernat, L. Kurzawa, A. Diallo, M. Bakker, C. Dagba, S. N’Soki, T. Kouassi, L. Mbe Soh and Arthur Zagre.
The club has also many midfielders and those are; Marco Verratti, Leonardo Paredes, Angel di Maria, Pablo Sarabia, Ander Herrera, Julian Draxler, Idrissa Gueye and Adil Aouchiche.
The rest, of course, are forwards and there is 5 of them; Kylian Mbappe, Edison Cavani, Neymar Jr, Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting and Jese. Neymar da Silva Santos is one of their most famous players and he is known across the globe for his skills. He is especially known for his dribbling, finishing, skill, pace, and ability to play with both feet. Neymar helped the club win two successive Campeonato Paulista championships, a Copa do Brasil and the 2011 Copa Libertadores, with the latter Santos’ first since 1963. Neymar is the third-highest goalscorer with 60 goals in 97 matches for Brazil since debuting at age 18, for his national team.
SportsPro named him the most marketable athlete in the world in 2012 and 2013 an even got cited as world’s fourth-most famous player by ESPN. He was also listening in Time magazine as one of the most influential people in the world. Not to mention, he is the highest-paid athlete in the world, right after Messi and Christiano Ronaldo.
PSG in UEFA Champions League
To begin with, this club really does have something to brag about in general. Altogether, they won the four out of five matches so far. On January 6th, November 2019, they won a match against Pontivy 4-0. Not to mention, the 23rd January where they won against Strasbourg 2-0. On 6th February of the same year, they won against Villenfranche 3-0. Later that year, on 11th August they won 3-0 against Nimes.
However, the only opponents that managed to take them down were the Rennes who won by 2-1 difference. For other matches, you need to be a bit patient because they are yet to come. You are certainly witing for barcelona vs ps germain. They, unfortunately, haven’t won any UEFA titles Champions League Titles but they won UEFA Cup Winner’s Cup. They have 12 titles from Coupe the France and 9 from Coupe de la Ligue. In Ligue 1 they have 8 titles and in League 2 they have one title.
Not to mention, they managed to win UEFA Intertoto Cup and 8 Throphee des Champions. However, let’s get back to the main subject which is the UEFA Champions League. In this league, they have participated in 12 seasons until now and played 104 games.
Which is, of course, nothing in comparison to League 1 whom they played 1728 times. Not to mention, they won remarkably 55 games in the UEFA. But also and 21 games altogether drawn and 28 games lost. Their winning percentage in the UEFA Champions League is 52.88%. Of course, we need to mention 205 goals they scored but they also had 124 goals against so all in all, the goal difference is +81 which is not so bad.
The competitive records
The Ligue 1 was the club’s first league to play in the highest tier of French football. This club holds many records, most notably being the only club to have never been relegated from Ligue 1 and also being the club with most consecutive seasons in top-flight. Not to mention, they are one of only two French clubs to have won a major European title.
They are also the only club to have won the Coupe de la Ligue five times in a row from 2014 to 2018 and the only club to have won the Coupe de France four times in a row from 2015-2018. In like manner, they are one of only two clubs to win the Trophée des Champions six times in a row from 2013 to 2018 and the only European club to have won all four national titles in a single season which are Ligue 1, Coupe de France, Coupe de la Ligue and Trophée des Champions. Not to mention, they are the youngest European club to have won a European trophy.
Paris Saint Germain is the most successful French club in history in terms of major trophies won, which is 39. At home, the club won eight leagues 1 titles, twelve Coupe de France which is a record, eight Coupe de la Ligue and a record nine Trophée des Champions. When it comes to the international club football, they have won one UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup. Besides that, they have also won other minor official titles such as one Ligue 2 and one UEFA Intertoto Cup.
There have been rumours that Niemeyer might end up moving to Real if he feels like he’s being Messi’s understudy. However, when former Spanish footballer Alvaro Benito was asked for the opinion he said that it’s highly unlikely for that to happen. He says he knows the teammates and he knows what they value. That is, in the first place, where they feel happy.
Neymar is open to the idea to stick with PS Germain for one more season while Barcelona would be happy to pull him back. The forward would like to leave Parc des Princes after just two seasons played in French Capital. In August of 2017 PS Germain broke the transfer record for Neymar when they paid £198million to Barcelona for his services. Not to mention, at this point it is believed that he will gladly join back Barcelona and welcome his former team members. However, the situation is more in favour of PS Germain so we will have to wait and see how will it develop.
Above all, Barcelona didn’t take the situation easily and they placed a new bid on Neymar. These Spanish giants are battling with Real Madrid to land the Brazil international. However, they have been locked in talks with Paris Saint Germain lately. Barcelona is supposedly offering a new bid for Neymar and they offer more money and more players. It is possible that Ousmane Dembele has been linked to a move to PS Germain. PS Germain might also try to sign Paulo Dybala from Juventus as well as going for the other player, Wilfried Zaha.