Paris Saint-Germain F.C.

Paris Saint-Germain
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Full nameParis Saint-Germain Football Club
Nickname(s)
  • Les Parisiens (The Parisians)
  • Les Rouge-et-Bleu (The Red and Blues)
Short namePSG, Paris SG
Founded12 August 1970; 47 years ago (1970-08-12)
GroundParc des Princes
Ground Capacity47,929
OwnerOryx Qatar Sports Investments (QSi)
PresidentNasser Al-Khelaifi
ManagerThomas Tuchel
LeagueLigue 1
2017–18Ligue 1, 1st
WebsiteClub website
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Paris Saint-Germain Football Club (French pronunciation: ​[paʁi sɛ̃ ʒɛʁmɛ̃]), commonly known as Paris Saint-Germain, Paris SG, or simply PSG, is a French professional football club based in the city of Paris. Founded in 1970, the club has traditionally worn red-and-blue kits. The team has played its home matches in the 47,929-capacity Parc des Princes in the 16th arrondissement of Paris since 1974.[1][2] The club plays in the highest tier of French football, Ligue 1.[3]

Paris Saint-Germain established itself as a major force in France, and one of the major forces of the European football in the recent years. PSG has won a total of 36 top-flight trophies, making it the most successful French club in history by this measure.[3][4] PSG is also the only club to have never been relegated from Ligue 1,[5] the club with most consecutive seasons in top-flight (they have played 45 seasons in Ligue 1 since 1974),[6] one of only two French clubs to have won a major European title,[7] and the most popular football club in France and one of the most widely supported teams in the world.[8]

Domestically, the Parisians have won seven Ligue 1 titles, a record twelve Coupe de France, a record eight Coupe de la Ligue, and a record seven Trophée des Champions titles. The club has also won one Ligue 2 title. In European football, they have won one UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and one UEFA Intertoto Cup.[4] 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 PSG the richest club in France and one of the wealthiest in the world.[11] Currently, they have the seventh-highest revenue in the footballing world with an annual revenue of €486.2m,[12] and are the world's eleventh most valuable football club, worth €825m.[13] The capital club currently has active departments for youth football (PSG Academy),[14] and women's football (PSG Women).[15]

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.[3]

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.[3]

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.[3]

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.[3]

At the start of the 21st century, PSG produced many talents, including Ronaldinho and Pauleta, but struggled to rescale the heights they obtained during the earlier years. This changed in 2011, however, with the arrival of new owners Oryx Qatar Sports Investments (QSi), and new club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi.[3] QSi established an extremely ambitious project to take the club to the summits of the European game.

Spearheaded by the arrival of superstar striker Zlatan Ibrahimović, PSG attained four league titles, three Coupe de France, four Coupe de la Ligue and five Trophée des Champions titles.[3] The club further built upon this success by signing world-record transfer Neymar and 18-year-old French prodigy Kylian Mbappé in 2017.[16][17] Together with Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani,[18] they formed a fearsome attacking trio and claimed PSG's third domestic quadruple in four seasons.[19][20]

Other Languages
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беларуская: ФК Пары Сен-Жэрмен
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Пары Сэн-Жэрмэн Парыж
български: Пари Сен Жермен
Esperanto: Paris SG
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Simple English: Paris Saint-Germain F.C.
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srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Paris Saint-Germain Football Club
українська: Парі Сен-Жермен
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