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.
Despite having luminaries like Dominique Rocheteau, Luis Fernandez, George Weah, Youri Djorkaeff, David Ginola, and Ronaldinho gracing their squad over the years, PSG’s on-field fortunes could often resemble violent mood swings, but through the up and down periods, fanatical, loyal fans were always a hallmark of the Parc de Princes.
For the 2019-20 season, Jordan brand presents another range of contemporary, sportswear bearing Jumpman and PSG crest co-branding, along with prominent, bold graphics proclaiming ‘Paris,’ for a dynamic, youthful presentation of the club’s Ici c’est Paris motto.