Paris Saint-Germain F.C.

Paris Saint-Germain
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Full name Paris Saint-Germain Football Club
Nickname(s) Les Parisiens (The Parisians) Les Rouge-et-Bleu (The Red-and-Blues)
Short name PSG, Paris SG
Founded 1970; 47 years ago (1970)
Ground Parc des Princes
Ground Capacity 47,929
Owner Oryx Qatar Sports Investments (QSi)
President Nasser Al-Khelaifi
Manager Unai Emery
League Ligue 1
2016–17 Ligue 1, 2nd
Website Club website
Current season
Active departments of
Paris Saint-Germain
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Football (Men's) Football (Youth Men's) Football (Women's)
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Handball (Men's) eSports

Paris Saint-Germain Football Club, commonly known as Paris Saint-Germain (French pronunciation: ​ [paʁi sɛ̃ ʒɛʁmɛ̃]) and familiarly as PSG or Paris SG, is a French sports club founded in 1970, and based in the city of Paris in France. The club is most notable for its professional football team, which plays in the highest tier of French football, the Ligue 1. [1]

The Parc des Princes, with a seating capacity of 47,929 spectators, [2] has been the home ground of Paris Saint-Germain since 1974. [3] PSG is the most successful French club in history in terms of trophies won, with 33. [4] Domestically, the Parisians have won six Ligue 1 titles, a record eleven French Cups, a record seven French League Cups, and a record seven French Super Cups. In international club football, they have won one UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and one UEFA Intertoto Cup. [5]

Paris SG is also the only club to have never been relegated from Ligue 1, [6] one of only two French clubs to have won a major European title, [7] and the most popular football club in France. [8] Moreover, the Red-and-Blues have a long-standing rivalry with Olympique de Marseille. The duo contest French football's most notorious match, known as Le Classique. [9]

Oryx Qatar Sports Investments (QSi) has been the club's owner since 2011. [10] The takeover made Paris Saint-Germain not only the richest club in France but one of the wealthiest in the world. [11] The club has other departments for youth football, [12] women's football, [13] handball, [14] and eSports. [15]

History

PSG players celebrating the 2014–15 Ligue 1 title.

Paris Saint-Germain was born on 12 August 1970 after the fusion of Paris FC – created a year earlier to fill the void of having no top-flight club in the capital – and Stade Saint-Germain, founded in 1904 in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, the birth town of Louis XIV. [1]

However, PSG really took flight in 1973, when fashion designer Daniel Hechter took over the club. Coached by French football legend Just Fontaine, PSG won promotion to the first division a year later and slowly began attracting the first stars of the Red-and-Blues such as Mustapha Dahleb and Carlos Bianchi. [1]

In 1978, Daniel Hechter handed control of the club to Francis Borelli, under whose guidance the Red-and-Blues won their first silverware: the Coupe de France in 1982 and 1983 and the league in 1986, during a decade marked by players such as Safet Sušić, Luis Fernández and Dominique Rocheteau. [1]

Canal+ took over the club in 1991, and propelled PSG to the forefront of the European game. Between 1993 and 1997, the club from the French capital made five European semi-finals in a row. Led by football icons David Ginola, George Weah and Valdo, amongst others, PSG won a second league title in 1994, two years before lifting the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup. [1]

The European trophy was the crowning moment of this generation, and the emblematic Raí, Bernard Lama, Alain Roche, Paul Le Guen, Daniel Bravo, Vincent Guérin, Youri Djorkaeff and Bruno N'Gotty, the goal scorer in the final against Rapid Vienna, in Brussels. [1]

At the start of the 21st century, there were new stars. But despite the ability of Ronaldinho and the goals of Pauleta (109 goals), PSG struggled to rescale the heights. This changed in 2011 with the arrival of new owners, Oryx Qatar Sports Investments (QSi) and president Nasser Al-Khelaifi. They established an extremely ambitious project, incarnated by Zlatan Ibrahimović, the club's all-time leading goal scorer (156 goals between 2012 and 2016), Edinson Cavani and Marco Verratti. The project that has one aim: to take Paris SG to the summits of the European game, [1] having already transformed the Red-and-Blues into the most successful French club in history, with 33 trophies, including 16 since the arrival of QSi. [4]

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български: Пари Сен Жермен
Esperanto: Paris SG
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Simple English: Paris Saint-Germain F.C.
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