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Paris Saint-Germain Féminine (French pronunciation: ​[paʁi sɛ̃ ʒɛʁmɛ̃]), commonly known as Paris Saint-Germain, Paris SG, or simply PSG, is a French women's professional association football club founded in 1971, and based in the city of Paris in France. PSG Féminine is the women's department of the men's football club Paris Saint-Germain.[1]

Paris Saint-Germain
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Full nameParis Saint-Germain Féminine
Nickname(s)
  • Les Parisiennes (The Parisians)
  • Les Rouge-et-Bleu (The Red and Blues)
Short namePSG, Paris SG
Founded1971; 48 years ago (1971)
GroundStade Jean-Bouin
Capacity20,000
OwnerQatar Sports Investments
PresidentNasser Al-Khelaifi
CoachOlivier Echouafni (First team)
Jorge Quiroz (U19 team)
LeagueDivision 1 Féminine
Challenge National Féminin U19
2018-19Division 1 Féminine, 2nd
CNF U19, Champions
WebsiteClub website
Departments of
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The women's section consist of the First team squad and the Under 19 academy side. The former play in the highest tier of French football, the Division 1 Féminine;[1] while the latter take part in the Challenge National Féminin U19.[2] The academy has produced several players which have gone on to sign professional contracts with Paris Saint-Germain and play for its first team, including Marie-Antoinette Katoto, Grace Geyoro and Perle Morroni.[3]

Since the women's teams does not possess a dedicated home ground, they have played some of its home games in several other venues along the years.[4][5] These include the Stade Municipal Georges Lefèvre,[1] the Stade Sébastien Charléty,[4] the Stade Jean-Bouin,[5] and the Parc des Princes.[6] PSG Féminine train at the Centre Sports et Loisirs de la Banque de France de Bougival (CSLBF de Bougival) and play its home matches in the 20,000-capacity Stade Jean-Bouin, located across the street from the Parc des Princes, home to the club's male football section.[7]

Domestically, PSG have won two French Cups as well as one Division 2 title.[8][9] In international club football, the Parisian side reached the UEFA Women's Champions League final in 2015 and 2017.[10][11] In friendly competitions, the club have won the Gipuzkoa Elite Cup once.[12] Additionally, the club's U19 team have reached the Challenge National Féminin U19 final a record six years in a row since 2015,[13][14] winning three titles (2016, 2017, 2019).[15]

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HistoryEdit

Rise to Division 1 (1971–2001)Edit

The female section of Paris Saint-Germain Football Club was born in the summer of 1971 following the green light given by the French Football Federation (FFF) to women's football.[16] The club signed 33 women for the 1971–72 season and the newly formed team began life from the bottom of the football pyramid.[1][16]

Eight years after its foundation, PSG still had not played in the elite. In turn, the team played in the Championnat de Paris with the likes of RC Joinville and VGA Saint-Maur.[1] They finished runners-up in 1972, their best result. PSG does not take part in the first five editions of the Division 1 Féminine (1974–1979), preferring to continue life in the Championnat de Paris.[16]

PSG finally joined the Division 1 at the end of the 1978–1979 season.[1] They were promoted to the top-flight after the Division 1 went from 20 to 48 teams for the 1979–1980 season.[16] However, three seasons later, the capital club was relegated to the Division 2 Féminine. PSG would bounce between divisions throughout the next 19 years.[1]

After a 1999–2000 season in which PSG dramatically missed promotion to the Division 1 due to a heavy defeat in the last match against SC Schiltigheim (0–3), they made amends the following season. Coached by Sébastien Thierry and guided by young defender Laura Georges, the team won 16 out of 18 games played in Group A and was promoted to the top tier. Additionally, PSG won the 2000–01 Division 2 title by defeating Group C leader Tours (2–1). Since then, Paris SG have never been relegated from Division 1.[1]

First major title (2001–2010)Edit

Under manager Cyril Combettes, PSG remained without major problems among the elite without ever challenging the top teams.[16] In the summer of 2005, Sabrina Delannoy and Laure Boulleau, two of PSG's most iconic players, arrived to the club from the CNFE Clairefontaine. Together, Delannoy and Boulleau played more than 400 matches with Paris. The defending duo experienced everything with the capital side: relegation battles, mid-table finishes and title races.[1]

At the end of March 2007, Cyril Combettes resigned due to relationship problems with the players.[16] Eric Leroy replaced him and signed striker Marie-Laure Delie to PSG for the 2007–08 season.[1][16] Despite a difficult start, a heavy 1–5 defeat to Montpellier in the first match, the season was a success.[1] Under Leroy's direction, the team finished in fifth place and reached the Coupe de France Féminine final for the first time in their history, losing against Olympique Lyonnais at the Stade de France.[1][16] The 2008–2009 season, however, was disappointing and Éric Leroy ceded his coaching position to the duo of Camille Vaz and Karine Noilhan in June 2009.[16]

PSG recruited French internationals Élise Bussaglia, Julie Soyer and Jessica Houara during the summer of 2009.[16] The club celebrated 38 years of existence by hosting the Parisian derby against Paris FC at the Parc des Princes on 18 October 2009. Usually reserved for the men's team, it was the women's first match at Le Parc in their history. In front of 5,892 spectators, PSG defeated Paris FC 1–0 thanks to an early goal from Camille Abily.[1] They ended the 2009–10 season in third place, a first for them on the podium, and reached their second French Cup final.[1]

In the final, they met defending champions Montpellier at the Stade Robert Bobin in the 2009–10 edition. Ingrid Boyeldieu opened the scoring in the first half, before the capital side added four more after half time for a final 5–0 scoreline. It was the club's maiden major title and its first since the D2 title. Moreover, PSG achieved the men's and women's double of the French Cup, with the boys having won the 2010 Coupe de France Final against Monaco (0–1).[1] Emblematic club striker Ingrid Boyeldieu would retire from football at the end of the season.[16]

Power struggle with Lyon (2010–)Edit

The 2010–11 season marked a turning point for the women's team. In the summer, Brazilian star Kátia joined on free signing from Lyon. Then, PSG finished league runners-up and qualified for UEFA Women's Champions League for the first time in their history, after defeating second-placed Montpellier in the final match of the season. Club captain Sabrina Delannoy scored the winning penalty, whistled in stoppage time. And finally, Élise Bussaglia was named Division 1 Féminine Player of the Season.[16]

PSG would then finish league runners-up between 2013 and 2016. The ladies also lost the French Cup final in 2013–14 and the 2015 UEFA Women's Champions League Final to 1. FFC Frankfurt.[1][17]

SeasonsEdit

As of the 2018–19 season.[1][16][18][19][20][21]
Winners Runners-up Third place Promoted   Relegated  

HonoursEdit

As of the 2018–19 season.
Type Competition Titles Seasons
Domestic Division 2 Féminine 1 2000–01
Coupe de France Féminine 2 2009–10, 2017–18
Challenge National Féminin U19 3 2015–16, 2016–17, 2018–19
Friendly Gipuzkoa Elite Cup 1 2018
  •   Record

Competitive recordEdit

As of the 2018–19 season.[1][16][18][19][20][21]
Competition T S Pld W D L Win % GF GA GD
National
Division 1 Féminine 0 28 522 277 90 155 53.07 1070 657 +413
Division 2 Féminine 1 12 56 41 4 11 73.21 166 55 +111
Championnat de Paris 0 8
Coupe de France Féminine 2 18 66 44 12 10 66.67 219 53 +166
Trophée des Championnes
Total 3 644 362 106 176 56.21 1455 765 +690
International
UEFA Women's Champions League 0 6 38 23 6 9 60.53 75 34 +41
Total 0 38 23 6 9 60.53 75 34 +41
Overall total 3 682 385 112 185 56.45 1530 799 +731

Records and statisticsEdit

As of the 2018–19 season.
 
Cristiane holds the club record for most goals in the UEFA Women's Champions League.

Club recordsEdit

AppearancesEdit

Record appearance makersEdit

 
Sabrina Delannoy is the club's record appearance maker in the UEFA Women's Champions League.
Rank Player Position Paris Saint-Germain Appearances Source
1   Sabrina Delannoy DF 2005–2017 320 [30]
2   Laure Boulleau DF 2005–2018 225 [31]
3   Nonna Debonne DF 2004–2014 187 [32]
4   Candice Prévost FW 2003–2012 173 [33]
5   Jessica Houara DF 2009–2016 172 [34]
6   Marie-Laure Delie FW 2007–2008
2013–2018
164 [35]
7   Caroline Pizzala MF 2007–2014 155 [36]
8   Shirley Cruz MF 2012–2018 131 [37]
9   Bérangère Sapowicz GK 2003–2013 125 [38]
10   Kenza Dali MF 2011–2016 122 [39]

GoalscorersEdit

Top scorersEdit

 
The Parisian ladies lift the French Cup in 2010.
Rank Player Position Paris Saint-Germain Goals Source
1   Marie-Laure Delie FW 2007–2008
2013–2018
131 [35]
2   Marie-Antoinette Katoto FW 2015– 66 [40]
3   Ingrid Boyeldieu FW 2001–2005
2008–2010
58 [41]
4   Lindsey Horan FW 2012–2016 54 [42]
5   Cristiane FW 2015–2017 50 [43]
6   Kosovare Asllani FW 2012–2016 45 [44]
7   Kenza Dali MF 2011–2016 44 [39]
8   Sabrina Delannoy DF 2005–2017 32 [30]
9   Candice Prévost FW 2003–2012 32 [33]
10   Caroline Pizzala MF 2007–2014 31 [36]
  Shirley Cruz MF 2012–2018 31 [37]

CaptainsEdit

 
PSG players celebrate qualifying to the UEFA Women's Champions League for the first time in the club's history in 2011.
No. Player Period Source
1   Florence Freyermuth 2000–2004 [19]
2   Laetitia Duffour 2004–2006 [19]
3   Sabrina Delannoy 2006–2015 [19][45]
4   Caroline Seger 2015–2016 [46]
5   Shirley Cruz 2016–2018 [47]
6   Formiga 2018– [48]

Award winnersEdit

First-teamEdit

As of the 2019–20 season.[48][55]

Current squadEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1   GK Katarzyna Kiedrzynek
2   DF Hanna Glas
4   DF Paulina Dudek
5   DF Alana Cook
7   MF Aminata Diallo
8   MF Grace Geyoro
9   FW Marie-Antoinette Katoto
10   FW Nadia Nadim
11   FW Kadidiatou Diani
12   MF Ashley Lawrence
13   MF Sara Däbritz
14   DF Irene Paredes (vice-captain)
No. Position Player
15   FW Karina Sævik
16   GK Christiane Endler
17   DF Eve Perisset
18   MF Lina Boussaha
19   MF Annahita Zamanian
20   DF Perle Morroni
21   MF Sandy Baltimore
22   FW Signe Bruun
23   FW Jordyn Huitema
24   MF Formiga (captain)
27   MF Léa Khelifi
30   GK Arianna Criscione

Youth systemEdit

As of the 2019–20 season.[56]

Under 19Edit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
  GK Alice Pinguet
  GK Mélinée Lepareux
  DF Nelly Da Cruz Rodrigues
  DF Célina Ould Hocine
  DF Audrey Lauer
  DF Alice Sombath
  DF Jade Le Guilly
  DF Mireille Viannelle Tchengang
  MF Magnaba Folquet
No. Position Player
  MF Inès Karaoun Bouchiba
  MF Sana Guermazi
  MF Laurina Fazer
  MF Thelma Eninger
  MF Hawa Sangaré
  MF Wissem Bouzid
  FW Vicki Becho
  FW Naomie Vagre

Notable graduatesEdit

These players helped the club win three Challenge National Féminin U19 titles and the Coupe de France Féminine in 2018.[3]

Rank Player Position Span Appearances Goals Source
1   Grace Geyoro MF 2014– 88 6 [57]
2   Marie-Antoinette Katoto FW 2015– 78 66 [58]
3   Perle Morroni DF 2015– 59 4 [59]
4   Sandy Baltimore MF 2016– 29 5 [60]
5   Anissa Lahmari MF 2015–2019 27 8 [61]
6   Lina Boussaha MF 2016– 6 0 [62]

OfficialsEdit

As of the 2019–20 season.[55][63][64][65]
Position Name
President Nasser Al-Khelaifi
Sporting director Bruno Cheyrou
Sports coordinator Laure Boulleau
Coach Olivier Echouafni
Assistant coach Bernard Mendy
Under 19 Féminin coach Jorge Quiroz

ManagersEdit

As of the 2018–19 season.[18][19]
Manager Paris Saint-Germain Honours Source
  Sébastien Thierry 1999–2004 Division 2 Féminine (1) [19]
  Cyril Combettes 2004–2007 [19]
  Éric Leroy 2007–2009 [19]
  Camille Vaz
  Karine Noilhan
2009–2010 Coupe de France Féminine (1) [19]
  Camille Vaz 2010–2012 [19]
  Farid Benstiti 2012–2016 [66]
  Patrice Lair 2016–2018 [67]
  Bernard Mendy 2018 Coupe de France Féminine (1) [68]
  Olivier Echouafni 2018– [69]

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