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. It was founded on 12 August 1970 following the merger of Paris FC and Stade Saint-Germain. PSG has competed in Ligue 1 since 1974. Les Rouge-et-Bleu have won the Ligue 1 title four times, the Ligue 2 once, the Coupe de France eight times, the Coupe de la Ligue four times, the Trophée des Champions four times, the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup once and the UEFA Intertoto Cup once. PSG is the third most successful club in France and one of only two French clubs (with Marseille) to win a major European club competition.
The Parc des Princes has been the home stadium of PSG since 1974. The Camp des Loges has served as the club’s training centre since 1970. The Tournoi de Paris has been hosted by the capital club at the Parc des Princes since 1975. The crest and shirt of Les Parisiens were mainly designed by Daniel Hechter. The crest represents Paris through the Eiffel Tower and Saint-Germain-en-Laye through the fleur-de-lys between the legs of the tower. The traditional shirt is blue with a red central vertical bar framed by white edgings.
Allez Paris Saint-Germain, to the tune of “Go West” by Pet Shop Boys, is the official anthem of PSG. Germain the lynx is the club’s mascot. PSG shares an intense rivalry with Olympique de Marseille and contest the most notorious football match in France, known as Le Classique. PSG is the second best-supported football club in France after arch-rivals Marseille. “Ici c’est Paris” (This is Paris) is one of the club’s most popular mottos. Qatar Sports Investments became the club’s majority owner in 2011 and sole shareholder in 2012. The takeover made PSG the richest club in France and one of the richest in the world.