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 12 August 1970; 47 years ago (1970-08-12)
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
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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 professional football club based in the city of Paris. Founded in 1970, the club 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, [1] with 34. [4] Domestically, the Parisians have won six Ligue 1 titles, a record eleven Coupe de France, a record seven Coupe de la Ligue, a record seven Trophée des Champions and one Ligue 2 title. In international club football, they have won one UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and one UEFA Intertoto Cup. [4]

Paris SG is also the only club to have never been relegated from Ligue 1, [5] one of only two French clubs to have won a major European title, [6] and the most popular football club in France. [7] 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. [8]

Oryx Qatar Sports Investments (QSi) has been the club's owner since 2011. [9] The takeover made PSG the richest club in France and one of the wealthiest in the world. [10] The capital club currently has active departments for youth football ( PSG Academy), [11] and women's football ( PSG Féminines). [12]

History

PSG's rise to the summit began with star signing Zlatan Ibrahimović (middle) in 2012.

Paris Saint-Germain was formed 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 Ligue 1 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]

At the start of the 21st century, there were new stars. But despite the ability of Ronaldinho and the goals of Pauleta, 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. [1]

Spearheaded by Zlatan Ibrahimović (156 goals between 2012 and 2016), QSi established an extremely ambitious project to take Paris SG to the summits of the European game. Since 2011, the club has won four league titles, three Coupe de France, four Coupe de la Ligue and five Trophée des Champions. [1] In July 2013, Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani joined the club, [13] followed by world-record transfer Neymar and 18-year-old French prodigy Kylian Mbappé in the summer of 2017, [14] [15] immediately forming a formidable attacking trio. [16]

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