Fans who have only recently caught the soccer bug would readily be able to place Paris Saint-Germain amongst the ranks of the game’s superclubs. A sustained run of Ligue 1 titles (six in seven seasons) and a line up studded with glamorous, big name stars tend to have that effect. If you’re a longtime follower of the sport though, you know that another of PSG’s accolades, ‘France’s most popular club’ was earned well before their contemporary, dominant form.
The very roots of Paris Saint-Germain as a club owe more to passion than to pedigree. Unlike every other aspect of French life, Paris didn’t figure very strongly into the country’s soccer power structure. Places like Marseille, Saint Etienne, Bordeaux, Reims, Nantes, even the principality of Monaco dwarfed the capital, a situation that an ambitious group of businessmen set out to change. With the merger of Paris Football Club and Stade Saint-Germain approved by the FFF in August, 1970, Paris Saint-Germain was born.
The Bordeaux and gold motif presented by Air Jordan’s 2020-21 output for PSG may remind some fans of the club’s 06-07 away kit, which featured a monogramed design modeled after luxury luggage brands, but the colors’ return to PSG is actually inspired by a famous slice of Jordan history.
A full range of iconic and contemporary footwear models, sportswear essentials, and accessories are outfitted in Bordeaux and gold as a tribute to the original Air Jordan VII model, debuted by Michael Jordan at the 1992 NBA All-Star game.