2013 UEFA Champions League: Paris Saint-Germain
Paris Saint-Germain, or PSG, was formed in August of 1970 when Paris FC and Stade Saint-Germain consolidated. Paris FC was a small club established in 1969 by a number of wealthy Parisian businessmen, but it shortly merged with Stade Saint-Germain, an in-form club from a small town close to Paris. PSG started in Ligue 2, but moved up to Ligue 1 in only a few years. PSG enjoyed quite a bit of success in the 80s, winning the French Cup in 1982 and 1983, and Ligue 1 in 1986. PSG’s success in the 80s was only a preview of their success in the 90s, a decade that many PSG fans call the Golden Era of their club. Paris Saint-Germain won the Ligue in 1994, and finished in 2nd in 1993, 1996, and 1997. They also won the Coupe de France in 1993, 1995, and 1998. The 00s weren’t as successful for the club, save a few Coupe de France wins, but PSG fans rejoiced in the summer of 2011 when their club was purchased by the Qatar Investment Authority, a consortium of über rich oil tycoons hellbent on winning the UEFA Champions League. Now, equipped with international superstars Thiago Silva and Javier Pastore, and galactic superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic, PSG are poised to be a real contender in the UCL.
Location: Paris, France
Stadium: Parc des Princes
Stadium Capacity: 48, 712
2011-12 Season: Second in Ligue 1, Quarterfinals in the Coupe de France.
UEFA Coefficient: 24th (65.466)
- UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup: 1995-1996
- UEFA Super Cup: 1996
- UEFA Intertoto Cup: 2001
- Ligue 1: 1985-86, 1993-94
- Ligue 2: 1970-71
- Coupe de France: 1981-82, 1982-83, 1992-93, 19945-95, 1997-98, 2003-04, 2005-06, 2009-10
- Coupe de la Ligue: 1994-95, 1997-98, 2007-08
- Trophée des Champions: 1995, 1998
Current Players to Know:
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic- The Zlatan is the most expensive player in the history of soccer, racking up a combined transfer fee total of 180 million euros. He is arguably the most enigmatic figure in soccer, filling up an entire book with his outlandish quotes. The Zlatan has 19 league goals in 19 league games for PSG, so his goalscoring influence cannot be understated. If he manages not to kick all of his teammates, he can lead this side to glory.
- Javier Pastore- Pastore was purchased by PSG for a whopping 40 million euros, and they believe the Argentine will be their number 10 for years to come. He has excellent vision, and can easily slice apart defense with his incisive passes.
- Mamadou Sakho- Sakho is truly the heart and soul of this side. At the young age of 22, he is already the captain of a top side, and is respected by his more experienced teammates. We might see a new star arise as the young center-back looks to step out on an international stage.
- Blaise Matuidi- Matuidi, 25, is a tough, scrappy holding mid. He is an anchor in PSG’s XI, and will play a big part in a possible title run.
Players of the Past:
- Jean Djorkaeff- Djorkaeff is the club’s first player and captain. At the time he was the captain of France. His signing was truly a coup for the infant team.
- Pauleta- The club’s all-time top scorer at 110 goals. Pauleta came in 2003, and led the team to two Coupe de France titles in his time.
- Jean-Marc Pilorget- PSG’s most capped player. Pilorget, a defender, appeared in 435 matches over almost 15 years for Paris Saint-Germain.
- George Weah- A Liberian forward who scored 55 goals in 138 appearances with the club. To date, he is the only PSG player to have won the Ballon d’Or and the FIFA World Player of The Year.
Valencia vs. Paris Saint-Germain
First Leg: Feburary 12, 2013
Mestalla Stadium, Valencia – 3:45 ET
Second Leg: March 6, 2013
Parc des Princes, Paris – 3:45 ET