We have given to your attention many informative materials and we plan to go on with it. In this article we will depart from the orientation of our narration and tell you about one of symbols of Paris which doesn’t concern immovable sights. As well as in the majority of big cities, in Paris the important place is taken to sports, both amateur, and professional.
Yes, here they love Pétanque and the bicycle race Le Tour de France, but anyway the first place on popularity among capital inhabitants occupies football. If in many capital megacities there are several serious professional football clubs, in Paris there was a place only for one. So, the hero of our narration is a football club Paris Saint-Germain.
The history of this command begins rather recently and totals thirty years as it was founded on August 12, 1970, thanks to the merger of Paris FC (a pool of financial investors) and Stade Saint-Germain. And during the same season Daniel Hechter, Guy Crescent and Pierre-Étienne Guyot’s child started in the league of the championship of the second for the importance in France. For the first time the team succeeded to make the way in the main superiority (the permit to join the elite have also won “Lille” and “Monaco”). Unfortunately, the next year in elite division was not lucky, and the club with a crash therefrom has taken off. It has led to the split which result was that club “Paris” (with the status of professional) was again formed, and Paris Saint-Germain became amateur and has been submitted to the third French league.
Fortunately, this event didn’t become a sentence for a young team, and gradually certain successes have started to come to it. So, already in the season of 1973/1974 the capital club became the participant of the quarterfinal stage of the French Cup which is honorable for an amateur team. And in the following season there was an event that has forever changed the history of “Saint-Germain”, – the team entered the First division and doesn’t leave it since then, despite certain financial problems last years. And it is interesting that as soon as to Paris Saint-Germain became the representative of elite, Paris FC has lost this status, and the title of the first soccer team of Paris at the same time.
The first title to young ambitious club has come in 1982 when they won the French Cup, to defend which it was possible in the following season, having added the first medals of the national championship (bronze) to the collection. And in the season of 1985/1986 Paris Saint-Germain for the first time in history became the champion of the country, having given out thus a piece from twenty six safe games.
As well as it is necessary after such success, the team needed to prove the high status on the European arena. And Parisians throughout the next ten years coped with it successfully, repeatedly appearing in semi-finals of prestigious continental club competitions. In 1996 Paris Saint-Germain became the owner of the Cup Winners’ Cup, having won in a final duel a 1-0 victory over Austrian “Rapid” from Vienna.
Such a successful performance in the nineties is connected with such known football players, as Bernard Lama, Youri Djorkaeff and George Weah (eventually won the Ballon d’Or and the FIFA World Player of the Year in 1995). Today “PSG” also incorporates the glorified masters. Ludovic Giuly and Claude Makélélé share their experience with the younger companions among whom Mamadou Sakho is the most outstanding. There is a real line of clubs-grandees of world football behind him.
It is possible to visit matches of the “Parisians” from August till May when the French national superiority takes place. The house stadium of the team is Parc des Princes is open for fifty thousand spectators.