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Paris Saint Germain FC
Paris Saint-Germain, or simply PSG, is surprisingly a very young club by European standards having been formed in 1970.  Les Rouge-et-Bleu (The Red and Blues) have nevertheless become one of the most successful clubs in France.  The club crest is known as the Eiffel Tower logo due to the iconic landmark being front and center.
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Paris Saint Germain has a relatively short history after their founding by a group of Paris-based businessmen with the aim of creating a major sporting force within the French capital in 1970. For this reason, PSG did not need adopt the jersey colors (and in some cases the actually jerseys) of another local club or work around some of the rudimentary factors related to jersey production at the start of the 20th century.

By the time the six-time Ligue 1 champions stepped onto the pitch, soccer jerseys had already undergone several technical advancements. Gone were the cheaply-made, heavy cotton tops and the accompanying shorts that were cut below the knee. By 1970, lightweight materials were beginning to be pioneered and would, by the end of the decade, be widely used, as shirt sleeves grew shorter and the general fit of the tops a little more snug.

PSG’s initial kit was all red and manufactured by French sports specialists Le Coq Sportif, who famously also produced the iconic green St-Étienne jerseys of the same era.

They changed to wearing their now familiar colours of blue, red and white in 1972. The blue and red said to represent the colors of the city while the white was chosen to symbolise the club’s connection to the nearby Saint-Germain-en-Laye area.

The club’s crest also changed that year with the original simple blue soccer ball with a red ship in the centre exchanged for a new design which incorporated a red depiction of the Eifel Tower on a blue background. A similar variation of this crest has been used ever since, with the exception of four years during the mid-1990s when a gaudy and brash design which was simply the club’s initials in big red and blue letters was used.

In addition to changing the basis for the jersey design in 1972, PSG also sported their first shirt sponsorship the same year, emblazoning the name and logo of the Montreal supermarket chain across their players’ midriffs.

The general layout of the PSG’s shirt as we know it was conceived by fashion designer Daniel Hechter, who came up with the design upon becoming president of the club. He later admitted that Ajax, who were the best and most successful club in Europe in the early-‘70s, were the inspiration for his shirt -- he simply swapped the white of the Dutch club out for blue, while leaving the wide, central stripe red – et voilà!

The Parisian side wore white for their away shirt until 1982, at which point then-president Francis Borelli decided that the secondary kit should become PSG primary option, and for 12 years the white design became the home jersey. During this period, Hechter’s blue and red design was relegated to the away jersey role.

Whether or not the shirt switch was a catalyst can be debated, but PSG won their first major trophy shortly after, picking up the in Coupe de France that year, earning entry into the now-defunct continental competition the Cup Winners’ Cup.

The following season Les Parisens retained the domestic trophy as well enjoying an impressive run to the quarter-finals of the Cup Winners’ Cup in their first foray into Europe.

Then, just three years later, PSG became champions of France for the very first time. Within four years of swapping their home and away jerseys, the club had transformed into one of French football’s major players.

Although the Hechter design was brought back in 1995 – the same year PSG, with the likes of George Weah and David Ginola amid their ranks, made it all the way to the semi-finals of the Champions League – there have been some variances from the layout of the jersey in recent years, with a thinner red stripe often being employed and white being almost completely removed from the shirt some seasons.

The 2016/17 jersey on display at the Parc des Princes is perhaps the biggest departure from the Hechter layout since its reintroduction, with the thin central stripe now a deep burgundy rather than the usual vibrant red.

With the backing of their Abu Dhabi-based owners, the iconic colors of PSG, with all the tweaks that they have undergone, are sure to remain front-and-center when major trophies are being handed out for years to come.

Paris Saint Germain, better known as PSG, is one of the most popular clubs in Europe. Surprisginly they have a relatively short history but one littered with top players and silverware.

5. Catchy Team Anthem
Lots of teams have fun songs that are associated with them, but Paris Saint-Germain took it to the next level when they established an official team anthem. The club song, “Allez Paris Saint-Germain” (which translates to “Go Paris Saint-Germain”) was established in 2010 and is sung to the tune of the Village People’s “Go West.”

4. New Kids on the Block
Despite their success, PSG is actually the second newest team in Ligue 1. The club was founded in 1970 and despite its youth, has achieved an incredible amount of glory. The team isn’t even 50 years old and has already achieved more than other sides more than twice its age.

3. The Best Team in France
PSG is the most successful club in France in terms of trophies with 33 different titles. This includes six league titles, eleven French Cups (a record) and seven French League Cups (another record). Paris Saint-Germain are also the only team to complete the domestic quadruple by winning the league, the French Cup, French League Cup, and the French Super Cup all in the same season. Even more, they’re the only team in Europe to ever win all four national trophies two years in a row.

2. Always at the Top
Paris Saint-Germain earned its place in the first division in 1974 and has been a staple of Ligue 1 ever since. PSG is actually the only French club that has never been relegated from the top flight. During the early 2000s the team got close to being sent down but always found a way to salvage the season and stay at the top.

1. Fashion-Forward Jerseys
Keeping with Paris’s reputation as the fashion capital of the world the iconic blue and red jersey of Paris Saint-Germain is part of that rich history. The kit was designed by legendary designer Daniel Hechter and was first used during the 1973/74 season. Hechter is widely considered to be the inventor of ready-to-wear fashion. Today the jersey is an inseparable piece of the club’s identity and is one of the most recognizable uniforms in the world.

Paris Saint-Germain was founded in 1970, but in the brief period since its establishment it has seen more than its fair share of fantastic soccer players. As France’s most successful team with 33 trophies there’s been no shortage of talent to take the pitch for Paris.

World Soccer Shop has gone through the more than 430 players that have made the first-team roster at PSG and has tried to narrow it down to 10 of the most legendary players to lace up their boots for the Red-and-Blues. This list isn’t in any particular order, and all of them are among the best that Paris has ever seen.

Zlatan Ibrahimovich (2012-1016) - Paris Saint Germain Jersey #10
Zlatan Ibrahimovich was only at PSG for four years from 2012-2016, but in that time he left an indelible mark on the club. Zlatan is the highest goalscorer in the history of Paris Saint-Germain with a whopping 156. In his first two seasons he was the top scorer in Ligue 1 and was awarded league player of the year honors twice in a row. He finished his time at PSG as top scorer in the league for a third time with 38. PSG won the league title every year that Ibrahimovich was with the club.

Ronaldhino (2001-2003) - Paris Saint Germain Jersey #10 (Also #21)
Ronaldinho only played two seasons with Paris Saint-Germain, but it’s important to note that this is where the Brazilian superstar got his start in Europe. He established himself as a world class talent and attracted the attention of many other clubs that were impressed by his performances in Paris. Ronaldinho failed to achieve much silverware save a UEFA Intertoto Cup in 2001, but PSG still served as the launching pad for his stellar career in Europe and he is fondly remembered by fans to this day.

Jean Marc Pilorget (1975-1989) - Paris Saint Germain Jersey #4
Jean-Marc Pilorget was a staple at Paris Saint-Germain from 1975 to 1989. The defender was a constant presence on the field, and he is by far the most capped player in the club’s history with 435 appearances. He was a member of the team that won the first league title for Paris during the 1985/86 season. Pilorget was also on back to back Coupe de France winning lineups, the first two of PSG’s 11, in 1981/82 and 1982/83.

Edinson Cavani (2013-Present) - Paris Saint Germain Jersey #9
The Uruguayan phenom joined Paris in 2013 and has been a crucial component of its attack from day one. Since Cavani appeared PSG has won the league on three occasions, the Coupe de France three times, and the Coupe de la Ligue four times. During the 2016/17 season Cavani scored 35 goals to become the top goalscorer for the season and was awarded Ligue 1 Player of the Year. Cavani is currently the second highest goalscorer in PSG history with 130.

Dominique Rocheteau (1980-1987) - Paris Saint Germain Jersey #9
Winger Dominique Rocheteau came to Paris Saint-Germain during the 1980/81 season. He quickly established himself as one of the Parisians’ most electrifying players. While in Paris Rocheteau helped lead the team to its first Ligue 1 title in 1985/86 and was also a part of its first two Coupe de France winning squads in ’82 and ’83. The wily midfielder sometimes known as ‘The Green Angel’ stayed at PSG until 1987. Rocheteau scored 100 goals for the club, making him the team’s fourth highest goalscorer.

Pauleta (2003-2008) - Paris Saint Germain Jersey #9
The Portuguese striker saw the best time of his career while he was at Paris from 2003 to 2008. In those five years Pauleta scored 109 goals, putting him in third place for the most all-time. He was a crucial member of two Coupe de France-winning sides in the 2003/04 and 05/06 seasons. During his last season with the club he scored in the final of the Coupe de La Ligue, helping Paris win the trophy for the third time.

Safet Sušić (1982-1991) - Paris Saint Germain Jersey #10
Bosnian midfielder Safet Sušić came to Paris in 1982 and swiftly became a star on the European stage thanks to his dribbling and creative playmaking. He was a vital part PSG’s first league-winning side in 1986 and brought the team its second Coupe de France in 1983. Sušić holds the club record for the most assists with 95 and also scored 85 goals, putting him at seventh in the club’s history. He had 344 appearances for Paris between 1982 and 1991 making him the third most capped player for the team.

Mustapha Dahleb (1974-1984) - Paris Saint Germain Jersey #11
Mustapha Dahleb played with Paris for a decade from 1974-1984. He played 310 matches with the Red-and-Blues making him the its sixth most capped player. Dahleb is the third highest goalscorer for PSG in league competition with 85, and is fifth all-time in all competitions with 98 total. Dahleb was a brilliant playmaker and ranks second in the club’s history for assists with 80. He was an integral piece of PSG’s first two Coupe de France winning rosters during the 1981-’82 and ’82-’83 campaigns.

Carlos Bianchi (1977-1979) - Paris Saint Germain Jersey #9
Carlos Bianchi only spent two seasons at PSG, but he definitely made them count. In both the 1977/78 and 78/79 seasons he was the top goalscorer in Ligue 1. The Argentine striker scored a total of 64 league goals in his two years at Paris and 71 in all competitions, putting him at ninth in the history of the club. After his playing days Bianchi would go on to become a legendary manager in his own right.

George Weah (1992-1995) – Paris Saint Germain Jersey #9
George Weah is widely regarded as one of the greatest African soccer players ever, and he was a pivotal member of the team during its glory days in the ’90s. The Liberian striker came to Paris in 1992 and was the top scorer in Ligue 1 during both the 1992/93 and 1994/95 seasons. He brought the second league title to Paris during the 93/94 season, won the Coupe de France in 1993 and 1995 and also was victorious in the ’95 Coupe de la Ligue. Weah left for AC Milan during the 1995 season and would go on to become the first African player to win the Ballon d’Or.

Paris Saint-Germain has been around less than 50 years, but the team has established itself as one of the most recognizable sides in the world. With one of Europe’s most famous cities as its home base it’s no surprise that there have been plenty of sponsors that have wanted to be on the front of the iconic red and blue jerseys. World Soccer Shop has put together a quick history of the names PSG has worn through the years.

Paris Saint-Germain began its long and fruitful relationship with Emirates in 2006. Since donning the Fly Emirates jerseys the side has won four league titles, four Coupe de France tournaments, the Coupe de la Ligue five times and four Trophée des Champions titles. This has been the most successful period in PSG’s history. In 2015 the club briefly replaced the Emirates logo with the phrase “Je Suis Paris” (“I Am Paris”) in honor of the victims of the Paris terrorist attacks.

Another period of prominence came during the ’90s. The American computer company Commodore became the sponsor and was joined by Müller, a German dairy business. In the 1992/93 season Müller was changed with Tourtel, a French non-alcoholic beer, and the team won its third Coupe de France.

The following year with Commodore and Tourtel the team won its second league title. Tourtel would continue to sponsor the team for the 1994/95 season, but Commodore was replaced by SEAT, a Spanish car manufacturer. That year the Red-and-Blues won their fourth Coupe de France and their first Coupe de la Ligue.

In 1995 the Parisians swapped one car company for another when Opel took over for SEAT. Opel remained on the jersey until 2002. PSG won the Coupe de la Ligue in ’98 with Opel, its second.

The squad was next supported by Thomson, a French corporation that also owns Technicolor, until 2006. Paris Saint-Germain has come a long way from its early days when trophies were few and far between.

The first company to sponsor the fledgling club was the supermarket chain Montreal. The next year the team featured Canada Dry on its kit. In 1974 Paris found a new sponsor in the French radio station RTL, its longest sponsorship to date. It wasn’t long before PSG got its first taste of success with Coupe de France trophies in 81/82 and 82/83. In its final year with RTL as the lone sponsor Paris Saint-Germain won its first league title.

In 1986 RTL was joined by Canal+, a French premium cable channel, and the duo would remain until the 1987/88 season. In 1988 RTL co-sponsored the jersey with La Cinq, a French TV station. Japanese electronics manufacturer TDK took the place of La Cinq for the 1989/90 campaign. The last season with RTL was the 1990/91, when it was featured with Alain Afflelou, a French store specializing in glasses and eyecare.

Emirates sponsors Paris Saint-Germain today, and it will keep gracing the shirts until at least 2018. In that time PSG continues its unprecedented run of greatness, and its quest to earn its first UEFA Champions League title.