Party at the Parc
By R. Thomson
Champions Paris Saint-Germain will be looking to finally celebrate their Ligue 1 title in style - and farewell David Beckham - at the Parc des Princes when they take on relegated Stade Brestois on Saturday.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Paris Saint-Germain - Stade Brestois 29
Last weekend was an emotional one for both PSG and Brest. The capital club finally secured a third Ligue 1 crown in the club's history with a 1-0 victory away to Lyon, while a ninth consecutive defeat confirmed Brest as the first club to be relegated to Ligue 2.
Paris' week of celebrations didn't go according to plan, however, with a proposed Ligue 1 trophy presentation at the iconic Place de Trocadero was cut short due to unruly elements in the 10,000-strong crowd. A presentation dinner and parade down the Seine river was then cancelled.
Beckham calls time
Then, on Thursday, David Beckham announced that he will be hanging up the boots at the end of the current campaign.
"I am very sad," declared Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi. "I would have loved to see him play one more year in the colours of Paris Saint-Germain. "It was an immense honour convincing him to join Paris Saint-Germain last January, watching him bring his exceptional talent to the team and, now, to know that the last jersey he will wear will be ours. We are discussing the possibilities to keep working together at Paris Saint-Germain."
The capital club hopes to turn Saturday's last home match of the season into a double celebration:
"Saturday, for his last game at the Parc des Princes, we count on all of you to show your joy for having seen him in Paris in the PSG colours as well as to celebrate the entire team for its fantastic victory in French Ligue 1," concluded Al-Khelaifi.
PSG are the best home team in Ligue 1 with 40 points garnered from 12 wins, four draws and two losses. They are undefeated at home in 2013 with a draw against Ajaccio in Week 20, followed by six home victories in a row, before a 1-1 draw with Valenciennes in Week 35.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the club's top scorer at the Parc des Princes with 11 of his 27 goals scored at home. PSG have won all 11 home matches in which they have scored first. They have won one, drawn two and lost two when the opposition has opened the scoring.
Brest became the first side to be relegated this season when they suffered a ninth consecutive Ligue 1 defeat at the hands of Sochaux. Sloan Privat scored a double for Sochaux (47', 81') while Florian Lejeune was sent off for Brest (77').
Brest have scored just two goals in their last nine matches, conceding 20. They sit bottom of the table with 29 points from eight wins, five draws and 23 defeats. Brest's last win was a 2-0 triumph away to Girondins de Bordeaux in Week 26. They then drew their next Ligue 1 match 1-1 at home to Lyon at sat 15th on the ladder, before the current run of nine consecutive losses.
They have won just one other match in 2013, 2-0 against Evian in Week 20. They have lost 13 and drawn two of the other 17 Ligue 1 matches since the turn of the year. Caretaker coach Corentin Martins has lost all six matches since taking over from Landry Chauvin.
PSG: Sirigu; Jallet (c), Z. Camara, M. Sakho, Tiéné; Ménez, Beckham, Matuidi, Pastore; Ibrahimovic; Gameiro
Brest: Thébaux; Lesoimier, Dieng, Makonda, R. Soumah; Ab. Sissoko, Licka; Chafni, Grougi (c), Raspentino; Benschop