Paris Saint-Germain Football Club, also known simply as Paris Saint-Germain and familiarly as Paris SG or PSG, is a professional association football club based in Paris, France. The club was founded on 12 August 1970, thanks to the merger of Paris FC and Stade Saint-Germain. PSG has been playing in the Ligue 1 since 1974, the current championship record, and is one of the most prestigious outfits in French football having won two League titles, eight French Cups, three League Cups and two Trophées des Champions. Paris Saint-Germain, along with Olympique de Marseille, is one of only two French clubs to have won a major European trophy, claiming the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1996. PSG was named IFFHS World's Club Team of the Year in 1994 and ranked 1st in the UEFA Team Ranking in 1998. The capital club is the only French club to ever achieve these honours. Paris Saint-Germain is currently ranked 16th in the IFFHS and 46th in the UEFA Team Ranking.
The Parc des Princes, with a capacity of 48,712 seats, has been Paris Saint-Germain's home since 1974. The Camp des Loges has been operating as a training centre for the club since 1970. The Tournoi de Paris has been hosted by Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes since 1975. Paris Saint-Germain's crest features a red silhouette of the Eiffel Tower with the white royal cradle of Louis XIV between its legs on a blue background with white edging. The crest inspired Daniel Hechter to design the historical shirt of the club: blue with a red central vertical bar framed by white edgings. Paris Saint-Germain presented its official anthem and mascot in 2010. Allez Paris Saint-Germain, to the tune of "Go West" by Pet Shop Boys, was released as the official anthem before every match at the Parc des Princes. The lyrics of "Go West" were rewritten following suggestions made by the fans. Germain the lynx was unveiled as the new mascot of the capital club. PSG Ladies has been the female section of the club since 1991.
Qatar Investment Authority became the sole shareholder of Paris Saint-Germain after purchasing the remaining 30% stake held by Colony Capital and Butler Capital Partners in 2012. QIA had already bought 70% of Colony's controlling stake in PSG during 2011. The transfer price of the balance of Colony's shares put the club's overall value at €100m. PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi announced that he expected to invest €100m on the transfer market in the years to come to build a strong team. Following QIA's takeover, Paris Saint-Germain became the richest club in France and one of the richest clubs in the world. The capital club shares an intense rivalry with Olympique de Marseille and contest the most notorious football match in France, known as Le Classique. Paris Saint-Germain is the second best-supported football club in France after arch-rivals Marseille. Paris Saint-Germain's average home gate for the 2011–12 season was 42,882, the highest in Ligue 1. "Ici c'est Paris" is one of PSG's most popular mottos.
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“Oh, London is a mans town, theres power in the air;
And Paris is a womans town, with flowers in her hair;
And its sweet to dream in Venice, and its great to study Rome;
But when it comes to living, there is no place like home.”
—Henry Van Dyke (18521933)