TdC: A look at champions Paris SG
This Saturday, Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain take on Coupe de France winners FC Girondins Bordeaux in the Trophée des Champions. Lets have a look at some of the facts and figures of Les Rouge et Bleu!
- Paris Saint-Germain begin a record 41st consecutive campaign in Ligue 1.
Paris-SG are one of two French clubs (with OM) to win a European Cup courtesy of their victory in the 1996 Cup Winners Cup.
PSG played two Cup Winners Cup finals in 1996 and 1997 as well as a Champions League semi-final in 1995, a Cup Winners Cup semi-final in 1994 and a UEFA Cup semi-final in 1993.
PSG (1993-1997) is one of just four clubs to have played in five consecutive European semi-finals, along with Real Madrid (1956-1960) and Ajax Amsterdam (1969-1973). Only FC Barcelona (2008-2013) have done better.
George Weah (16 goals) is Paris top scorer in European competition ahead of Rai (11 goals).
This season Paris SG will take part in their 22nd European campaign since 1970 and a seventh since 1986 in the UEFA Champions League.
In 2012/13, Paris SG won the third Ligue 1 crown in the club's history after triumphs in 1986 and 1994.
Currently 19th in the UEFA Club Index, PSG finished with the seventh-best European ranking for the 2012/13 campaign.
With eight titles from 12 Coupe de France finals, Paris-SG are the second most successful team in the competition's history behind Marseille's 10 wins.
PSG are the only club to have won the Coupe de France (in 1993) without conceding a single goal throughout the campaign.
Over the course of the club's history, PSG finish one season in three in the top three of Ligue 1.
Jean-Marc Pilorget is the most-capped PSG player with 435 matches for the capital club.
Pedro Miguel Pauleta, twice top scorer in Ligue 1 with PSG, is also the clubs top scorer in history with 109 goals scored in all competitions. Algerian Mustapha Dalheb is PSG's top scorer in Ligue 1 with 85 goals.
Three players were crowned World champions while playing for PSG: Rai (1994), Bernard Lama (1998) and Ronaldinho (2002).
After Carlos Bianchi (1978 and 1979) and Pedro Miguel Pauleta (2006 and 2007), Zlatan Ibrahimovic won the club's fifth Golden Boot when he topped the 2012/13 scoring charts with 30 goals.
The Sweden international scored the club's fastest ever goal when he scored after just 27 seconds against Lille LOSC in September 2012.
Paris Saint-Germain have provided 47 players to the France national team for a total of 454 caps (fourth highest total).
Paris SG have won three Coupe de la Ligue crowns (1995, 1998 and 2008), including the first to be played at the Stade de France in 1998 against... Bordeaux.
Aside from the France internationals Nicolas Anelka, Mamadou Sakho and Luis Fernandez), the Paris Saint-Germain youth academy has also developed several African internationals: Patrick M’Boma, Selim Benachour, Lyazid Sandjak, Bartholomew Ogbeche (the club's youngest ever goal scorer), Youssouf Mulumbu, Boukary Dramé and Djamel Belmadi.
Six months after leaving PSG, George Weah became the first non-European and, until today, the only African, to win the Ballon d’Or in 1995. The Liberian also won two African Player of the Year awards in 1989 and 1994.
In addition to the Liberian George Weah, PSG has had several African stars: Mustapha Dalheb, Ali Benarbia (Algeria), Jay-Jay Okocha (Nigeria), Jules Bocandé, Sarr Boubacar, Oumar Sène (Senegal), François M’Pelé (DR Congo), Modeste M’Bami, Patrick M’Boma (Cameroon) and Bonaventure Kalou, Amara Diané and Siaka Tiéné (Côte d’Ivoire), who won the championship last season.
Paris SG players to have been voted Ligue 1 Player of the Year: David Ginola (1994), Vincent Guérin (1995), Marco Simone (1998) and Zlatan Ibrahimovic (2013).
In 2012, Safet Susic (PSG playmaker between 1982 and 1991) was named All-Time Best Foreign Ligue 1 Player by France Football.
COACH LAURENT BLANC:
- Laurent Blanc played 814 matches and scored 157 goals in a 20-year professional career.
- Laurent Blanc played 97 times for France (7th highest total) winning the World Cup in 1998 and the European championships in 2000.
- Laurent Blanc played in four different championships during his career: Ligue 1 (5 clubs), Serie A (Napoli, Inter Milan), La Liga (FC Barcelona) and the English Premier League (Manchester United).
- The former defender is the top scorer in the history of Montpellier HSC and was the third top scorer in the 1990-91 Ligue 1 season, playing as a sweeper.
- PSG's 25th coach did the Ligue 1- Coupe de la Ligue-Trophée des Champions treble in 2009 as coach of Les Girondins de Bordeaux.
- Laurent Blanc and the Brazilian Ricardo, whom he replaced at the head of Bordeaux in June 2007, are the only two men to have coached both FCGB and PSG.
- During his one and only season in the UEFA Champions League with Les Girondins, Laurent Blanc took the team to the quarter-finals, winning eight out of ten matches before being eliminated by OL.
- In three seasons with Les Girondins, Laurent Blanc won 58% of matches. At the Stade Chaban-Delmas, the former World Cup winner's ratio climbed to 67%.
- As France national team coach (2010-2012), Laurent Blanc won 59% of his 27 matches, losing just four and reaching the quarter-finals of Euro 2012.
- Between September 2010 and June 2012, Les Bleus recorded a run of 23 matches without defeat under Laurent Blanc.