Paris St Germain
Yes, this preseason matchup was more about billionaires showing off than the actual game on the field. I mean, why else would the Qatari and Russian owners of PSG and Chelsea schedule a meaningless game in Yankee Stadium? To encourage the growth of soccer in the United States? Please. However, even though nothing was on the line in this game, we still learned about our team, including three things that we can watch in the season ahead.
PSG defeated Brest 1-0 at the Parc des Princes tonight on a goal from Javier Pastore. The Parisians move into a tie for third place, just two points back from leaders Montpellier. Read the rest of this entry »
Over 35,000 fans have already purchased tickets for this Sunday’s Ligue 1 matchup at the Parc des Princes between Paris Saint-Germain and Stade Brestois. With the addition of Diego Lugano and a long list of injuries, the team that Kombouare fields this week will look different than any other squad he has put on the pitch this season. An interview with Lugano from psg.fr helps us get to know him better ahead of this weekend’s match. Read the rest of this entry »
In the Spiderman movie, Uncle Ben told Peter Parker, “With great power comes great responsibility.” Similarly the PSG players are quickly learning that “With lots of money comes lots of pressure.” Many folded under that pressure as PSG lost 1-0 to FC Lorient over the weekend. There is no reason to panic and say that PSG are not title contenders, or that all the new signings will be flops. The 42,000 fans who came out for the season opener, though, were definitely hoping for more to cheer about than Javier Pastore’s presentation before the start of the game. Unfortunately, that was the sole highlight of an otherwise poor performance.
Five days ago, I took the opportunity on my last day in Paris to go the Parc des Princes for a guided tour. And yes, at the end of the tour I did buy the home jersey for the 2011-2012 season.
Before getting latest transfer news and discussing the most recent warm up matches from Portugal, I’d like to take a minute to talk about what struck me most from my tour of the Parc. Everything was so understated, outdated, and simple that I’m sure Mark Cuban – owner of the NBA champion Dallas Mavericks – was rolling in his future grave. I hope it’s all right to say that. Read the rest of this entry »
Shortly after the start of PSG’s preseason friendly against Benfica I had to ask myself the question, “What is the point of this game? Who cares?” The first problem is that there were almost no fans at the Estadio Algarve in Faro, Portugal. I could only hear one person cheering throughout the game and he was a PSG supporter. At the start of the second half in particular you could hear him yelling, “Aaaaaaaaaaaaallez Paris!” over the silence. No one at the stadium cared.
We’re now two days into the Leonardo era at PSG and some of the transfer rumors are starting to get more concrete. According to L’Equipe, the Parisians have made offers for three players, and none of them are French. Leonardo wants the Moroccan international Adel Taarabt in Paris and the Queens Park Rangers are expected to accept an offer of between 15 and 17 million euros. L’Equipe also reported that PSG made an offer of 30 millions euros to Santos for the Brazilian Ganso, while Maxifoot has reported that PSG offered CSKA Moscow 12 million euros for the Japanese international Keisuke Honda. Read the rest of this entry »
To prepare myself for my transition from Paris back to the United States next week, I went to the Parc des Princes yesterday to buy a few souvenirs to take home with me. I left the PSG store with a scarf from the Coupe de France final against Lille (yes, I know we lost, but will I ever get the chance to make it back to a cup final again?) and a sweatshirt. However, I didn’t get what I really wanted – a glimpse of owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi (president of Qatar Sports Investments), Leonardo, or team president Robin LeProux entering or exiting the stadium. It wasn’t until later in the afternoon yesterday that we got the official announcement that Robin LeProux is finished at PSG and Leonardo is the new sporting director. Read the rest of this entry »
Overtime goals from 17 year old Bahebeck and 18 year old Kebano put PSG through to the semi-final of the Coupe de France where they will play either Lille, Nice, or Angers. Here is the video highlight of the first goal:
In a post-game interview with fff.fr, Mamadou Sakho said he was proud of the young PSG players and their ability to contribute and win a Cup quarterfinal. He talked briefly about the abilities of the two young goal scorers:
““Kebano is a technical player, quick and intelligent in his play and he drops the ball when needed. As for Bahebeck, he goes very fast with the ball. I also think that even he goes faster without. They are young but talented. The group will need young people. On the field, we felt the difference when they entered. They brought their freshness, their passion, their carelessness. This is a collective victory, because everyone has worked hard. I‘m proud of them. “
PSG continues its defense of the Coupe de France tonight at the Parc des Princes against Ligue 2 leaders Le Mans. Tonight’s big story is that Edel will not be starting in goal for PSG. Coupet will get the start after a highly publicized and discussed confrontation between Edel and Kombouaré following Sunday’s match against Toulouse. In that game, Sylvain Armand let a ball go over his head in the box. The Toulouse forward easily took the ball and put it in the net to make the score 2-1. Armand looked backed at Edel in disbelief, like the goalkeeper called him off the ball, but then wasn’t there to collect it. Read the rest of this entry »