Paris Saint Germain or PSG for short, has finally reached the big deal status reserved for teams that beat champions league stalwarts such as Barcelona FC. The road has been long, since the clubs takeover by an oil rich Qatari consortium in 2011.
But what is the history of this French Ligue 1 side? It has been everywhere on the success spectrum, relegation and promotion,to being one of two french clubs to ever have won a European title (the other being Olympique de marseille) As regard to the number of trophies won, PSG is the most successful French club, with 31 titles in its history including 31 titles including; 6 Ligue 1 titles, 10 Coupes de France, 6 Coupes de Ligue, 6 Trophees Des Champions and one Ligue 2 title. All this in addition to a UEFA cup winners cup and UEFA Intertoto cup. Their club ground is called the ‘Parc de Princes’ with a capacity of 48,583.
All of these credentials means the club is the second most supported in France after Marseille, with which PSG have an arch rivalry. A hyper competitive derby known as “Le Classique” with Marseille occurs every year. However the club is a fairly recent creation with a merger of two clubs, Paris Fc and Stade Saint-Germain FC in 1970, creating the large club we have today.
Being a French club, red, white and blue are the primary club colours, often making an appearance on the club kit and crest. The crest usually has an Eiffel Tower symbol and a French lily in addition to its colour code.
Club fan chants include “Ici c’est Paris” or “Here is Paris” and “Paris est Magnifique” or “Paris is magic”. The picture below gives you a taste of the passion of PSG fans.
The first team has a large mix of nationalities playing in it, due to the club’s vast buying power. All high class players, an example being Angel De Maria of Argentina. The teams current manager is the very capable Unai Emery.
The point of this piece was to give the average layman a crash course on the story of PSG. Should the club’s star continue to rise in international football. Thanks for reading.