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PSG History- All about The Club

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Whether players have made the stunning football teams famous or the teams have made them legendary is not the matter, though the latter seems to be more accurate. PSG, a renowned club, has a rich past, to know more about Paris Saint-Germain history follow the presented article.

Going through football history will reveal a wide range of memorable games, replete with lots of remarkable goals. The beginning of the twentieth century was the time for many European and South American football teams to arise from their not prominent days to their dominant ones. 

Being a club amongst the top and best ones need to have at least some essential factors, including one trophy and high technical standards. Furthermore, they have to experience enduring a period of severe opposition and extreme competition. By referring to PSG history, it is clear that it has gained lots of qualifications, which have made it one of the top and clubs in the football world. 

An Overview of Paris Saint-Germain History

Based in Paris, Paris Saint-Germain football club is a famous club, called by several names, Paris SG, Paris, or

PSG

. Winning over 40 official honors, PSG has achieved nine league titles and one major European trophy, which they have made it France's most successful club. Having founded in 1970, as PSG history shows, in 1982, they won the French Cup, which was their first significant honor, and four years later, their first Ligue 1 title. In addition to these successes, PSG has been one of two Fench teams that could earn it. 

Emerging the clubs Paris Football and Stade Saint-Germain led to the foundation of Paris Saint-Germain in 1970. After its establishment, PSG gained improvement to Ligue 1 and claimed the title of Ligue2 in its first season, which all of them caused it to make an instant impression. However, their forward trends did not last a lot, and in 1972, the club split. The separation led PSG to be relegated to Divison 3, while Paris FC remained in Ligue 1.

After many ups and downs, PSG could return to Ligue 1 and moved into the Parc des Princes.  Early of PSG history, in 1982, players such as Safet Susic, Luis Fernandez, and Dominique Rocheteau marked could earn their first significant silverware, Coupe de France. Once again, after claiming their maiden league title, the club weakened in the subsequent season. In PSG history, the golden period started when the television Canal+ revitalized it. 

David Ginola, George Weah, and Rai are three men who had notable roles in 

PSG history

, and their management led it to earn nine awards in the 1990s. One of the most remarkable points in the PSG champions league history is when the Parisians gained a second league title in 1994.

Two years later, they won the UEFA Winners' Cup and recorded it in the club's history as one of their crowning glory. There are many of these kinds of achievements in the

 PSG champions league history

, especially at the beginning of the 21st century, which coincided with the extraordinary play of Ronaldinho and remarkable goals of Pauleta.

Having professional players and struggling to rescale the heights led PSG to achieve more trophies, such as three Coupe de France, one Coupe de la Ligue, and one UEFA Intertoto Cup. However, what brought fame to the club was spending two seasons staving off relegations, which seemed as lurching from one high-profile challenge to another. 

The advent of Qatar Sports Investments (QSI) marked the end of the club's crisis-era, which by signing some excellent players, including 

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

,

Thiago Silva

, Edinson Cavani,

Neymar

, and Kylian Mbappe, could guarantee a future full of success for it. Showing brilliant performance, by winning seven of the last eight Ligue 1 titles, the new-made team became the dominant French club.

Though PSG has not yet won it, it knocked out all stages of the UEFA. Reaching the round of 16 each season and advancing on to the quarter-finals on five seasons are other two achievements that shine in PSG history. The last breakthrough PSG left in 2020 is advancing to the Champions League final for the first time, though they lost to 

Bayern Munich

PSG Kit History

The colors of red and blue of Paris and the white of Saint-Germain-en-Laye were the base colors of PSG home shirt in their first three seasons of existence. However, in 1973, when Daniel Hechter, the French fashion, was appointed as PSG's manager, the colors and design of the club's jersey changed.

The new jersey, a blue shirt with red vertical stripe flanked and two thinner white lines (blue-white-red-white-blue), was unveiled in the 1973-74 season, which also was famous by the name of "Hechter Shirt." During the home Ligue 2 game against Red Star, which was the team's first match with its new jersey, PSG scored three goals and won the game.

It was not the only debut of the famous jersey also the club's maiden match at the Parc des Princes, which coincides with the goal Othniel Dossevi scored and became renowned as the first with the Hechter shirt in 

PSG kit history

Having worn the Hechter shirt, PSG gained a wide range of success, such as reaching five European semi-finals between 1993 and 1997, claiming the UEFA Cup Winner's Cup, and getting eight wins consecutively over Le Classique arch-rivals Olympique from 2002 to 2004. 

According to the colors and the design of the jersey, most people believe that Hechter designed it based on the red and white jersey of Ajax, which was the above team at the time, and the French flag, though, himself disavowed the viewpoint and claimed the Ford Mustang as the source of his inspiration. Hechter had gotten the idea from the stripes on the car's hood of the mentioned company and imply three colors of the club instead. In addition to the kit described, there are two other versions in PSG jersey history that the club uses alternatively.

 One of them is "Reversed Hechter," which is made by a combination of red-white-blue-white-red, and its debut was in the 1974-75 season. The other alternate kit in 

PSG jersey history

 is "White Hechter," a jersey with white-blue-red- blue-white, which PSG wore in the 1994-95 season. 

However, the most iconic away jersey was the white shirt with blue and red vertical stripes on the left. Unveiling the new shirt, Paris Saint-Germain showed it to their fans when they won their maiden Coupe de France title in 1982 and 1983, played in a European campaign in 1983 for the first time, and claimed their first league crown in 1986.

During the years 1981 and 1990, the jersey was PSG's home identity, which its president, Francis Borelli, had promoted. The jersey, famous as the "Borelli Shirt," is the synonym of the club stars of the 1980 decade, such as Safet Susic, Luis Fernandez, and Dominique Bethenny.

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PSG Logo History

Though the Paris Saint-Germain's first logo was as same as the Paris FC (PFC) one, after merging and giving birth to the club by using Stade Saint-Germain's stadium, the French club made some changes in it. Keeping the original design of its logo, PSG change the name below the crest from "Paris FC" to "Paris Saint-Germain Football Club."

Due to being a historical symbol of Paris and presenting in the city's coat of arms, the logo contained a blue football, a red vessel inside it, and PSG's name in red. However, splitting from PFC in 1972 caused a logo evolution for Paris Saint-Germain because it needed another crest.

Being the representative of both Paris and Saint-Germain-en-Laye, the club chose a round logo decorated with the Eiffel Tower in red on a blue background, which the basis comes from the club's second logo.

 Also, there are two symbols of Saint-Germain, a fleur de Lys and Louis XIV's cradle, between the legs. Christian Lentretien, the former PSG board member and the agent profession, designed the new logo. Going through 

PSG history

 between 1982 and 1992, you will confront several eras in which the club has changed its logo under some situations and stories.

The final design in 1992 contained the acronym of Paris Saint-Germain, PSG, in white on a blue-white-red-white-blue background and the word "Paris Saint Germain" underneath in white written against a black background. The next evolution in PSG crest history refers to the time the fans pressured the officials to return the traditional logo to 1995's design with "Paris Saint-Germain" above the Eiffel Tower, below the cradle such as its design in 1970.

Following the PSG's Qatari owners' request around slight changes in the logo, a principle makeover happened in the traditional logo in 2013. Eventually, the current PSG logo contains the word "Paris" in big white bold letters format, located above a large Eiffel Tower, and underneath there are the words "Saint-Germain" in smaller letters format, placed below the fleur de Lys. Additionally, the sign of the cradle and the year of the club's foundation are not in the logo anymore. 

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PSG Honors

Holding many records, Paris Saint-Germain has been the most successful French club in football history in terms of official titles won with 44. Furthermore, in domestic competitions, the club has been succeeded in winning nine Ligue one championships, a record thirteen Coupe de France, a record nine Coupe de la Ligue, a record ten Trophee des Champions, and one Ligue two title. 

As well as domestic achievements, there are some international hits in PSG history, including one UEFA Cup Winners' Cup and one UEFA Intertoto Cup. Furthermore, rather than domestic and international success, the team has been able to win 24 unofficial titles. Winning UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1995-96 caused PSG to become the only French team that has been able to achieve the award and one of two French clubs that could win a major European competition.

In addition to all the mentioned successes, playing in 47 seasons in Ligue 1 made the Parisians the club with the most consecutive seasons in top-flight. Some of the other the club's honors come from winning the Coupe de France without conceding even one goal, five Coupe de la Ligue in a row, four consecutive Coupe de France, and eight back-to-back Trophee des Champions.

Among the wide range of 

PSG honors

, there are four other national titles, which they won in only one season on four occasions. Known as the domestic quadruple, PSG has achieved the domestic double, the League and League cup double, the domestic cup double, and the domestic treble. All of winning made PSG the only club with the most national, League, and League Cup doubles. 

PSG Mascots History

What has affected the PSG colors is being the representative of both Paris and nearby the royal town of Saint-Germain-en-Laye. So, red and blue, as the Parisian colors and a nod to revolutionary figures Lafayette and Jean Sylvain Bailly, and white, as a symbol of French royalty and Saint-Germain-en-Laye, are the club's traditional colors.

The red Eiffel Tower on the blue background is a sign of Paris, and the white fleur de Lys, which works as a royal symbol, represents the coat of arms of Saint-Germain-en-Laye and recalls the birthplace of the French King Louis XIV.

Though many changes have happened on PSG's crest during its evolution, the three colors, red, blue, and white, featured as the club historical colors, have been common in all of them. Likewise, based on all recorded facts in PSG mascots history, the used colors in the PSG's most iconic shirts were the same as mentioned above. Also, the traditional colors are the same in the club's official mascot too. Unveiling the mascot during the 2010 Tournoi de Paris, the club celebrated its 40th anniversary. 

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PSG Stadiums

Located in the south-west of the French capital, Princes' Park is an all-seater football stadium in Paris. Being in the 16th arrondissement and close to Stade Jean-Bouin and Stade Roland Gross, it has the capacity of 47292 spectators and since 1974 has been the home of PSG. The Parc des Princes, the stadium's name in French, before opening, was the home of two other teams, including the French national football and rugby union team.

There are four covered all-seater stands, officially known by the names of Tribune Borelli, Tribune Auteuil, Tribune Paris, and Tribune Boulogne, around the pitch of Parc des Princes. Despite their reluctance to play on the grounds of the stadium of the Stade Municipal Georges Lefevre sports complex, the Stade Jean-Bouin, the Stade de Paris, and even the Parc des Princes, they did it in front of their early year spectators.

After moving to Parc, the host of their home matches for the club's youth academy and training sessions has been the Stade Georges Lefèvre's artificial turf and grass football pitches. Categorizing stadiums have led to three groups, the original stadium (1897-1932), the second stadium (1932-1972), and the current one (since 1972). 

The original one, Stade Velodrome du Parc Princes, was an area in a forested parkland, which the royal family had used before the French Revolution. The first international match at the Parc des Princes was a competition between an English team and PSG. The game played in front of 984 spectators, led to the defeat of the Parisians team.

Then, After carrying out a thorough reconstruction of the Parc des Princes, it became an appropriate stadium for 45000 visitors. However, later to improve the comfort, they reduced the number of seats to 38000.

The current 

PSG stadium

 is the one that looks innovative because of the works of French architect Roger Taillibert and an Iranian artist, Siavash Teimouri, which till these days its architecture has been unique acoustics.

PSG Rivalries History

Going through 

PSG rivalries history

, they have shared a great competition with Olympique de

Marseille

, referred to as Le Classique. Since Le Classique is the biggest rivalry in France, it might lead to a controversial atmosphere and causes taking a series of security measures necessary. 

Despite winning the major European awards, both clubs, PSG and l'OM, which are the most successful in French football history, before the emergence of Olympique Lyonnais in the 2000s, were the dominant teams.

In addition to their high-level reputation in the country, both French clubs have many followers outside of the country. From the beginning, in the 1970s, it did not seem that these two teams would be hardy rivals in the future because, at the time, the Parisians were trying to make a rival team, but the Olympians had the role of a Ligue 1 contenders in the football world. 

However, winning the first championship and being bought by a new owner, which happened respectively to PSG and l'OM, changed everything in 1986. At the end of the 1986s, there was a competition between PSG and Tapie's star-studded Marseille for the 1988-89 title.

In addition to the described situation, Francis Borelli, the PSG president, made accusations around the fixing matches against both l'OM and Tapie, which cause a large amount of rising opposition. 

PSG history

 recalls the 1990s as the point of starting its real rivalry because at the time, the French TV channel, Canal+, bought the club to break the power and authority of Marseille. 

Also, the new owner agreed with Tapie to feed the rivalry between themselves. These days, both clubs, which have a similar economic situation, are the top contenders in the title race. Though both clubs did not gain much success, the competition remained as fierce as it was in the past. However, since the 2010s, PSG has found a completely dominant position on the matchup and become ahead of their opponent. Eventually, the gap between the two old rivals became wider by the investment of PSG's super-rich Qatari owners. 

PSG Management History

By taking a look at the PSG management history, you will see the names of 30 managers, which 16 of them has at least one trophy in their report management. Being the former PSG's player and captain, Mauricio Pochettino is an Argentinian coach who has started to manage PSG since 2021. The first person in the 30-member-list of PSG's managers is Pierre Phelipon, one of two player-managers who started his management in 1970.

Pierre's guide led Parisians to Ligue 1 and helped them win their first award and the Ligue 2 title. Velibor Vasoviv, the former Serbian player, is the first foreigner who managed the team.

Since noticing the names of all 30 managers takes a long time, we have remarked just the name of some celebrities in the list, which had a brilliant performance in the PSG management history, such as Luis Fernandez, Carlo Ancelotti, Thomas Tuchel, and Laurent Blanc.

Generally, what we talked about in the article was an effort to cover all related facts, from 

PSG logo history

 to its champions league story. If there are any extra related data about 

Paris Saint-Germain history

, let us know in the comment section. 

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