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club’s sole share­holder in 2012. The takeover made PSG the rich­est club in France and amongst the rich­est in the world. Paris Saint-Ger­main are the best paid team in global sport ac­cord­ing to Sporting­in­tel­li­gence’s Global Sports Salaries Sur­vey (GSSS) for 2015, com­piled in as­so­ci­a­tion with ESPN The Mag­a­zine.

The crest and shirt of Les Parisiens were mainly de­signed by Daniel Hechter. 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. How­ever, “Ville Lu­miere” is con­sid­ered by the fans to be one of PSG’s most em­blem­atic songs. Ger­main the Lynx is the club’s mas­cot.

To­wards the end of the 1960s, an am­bi­tious group of busi­ness­men de­cided to cre­ate a ma­jor club in the French cap­i­tal. They chose to merge their vir­tual side, Paris FC, with Stade Saint-Ger­main af­ter the team from Saint-Ger­main-en-Laye, lo­cated 15 kilo­me­tres west of Paris, won pro­mo­tion to Ligue 2. The merger was rat­i­fied by the French Foot­ball Fed­er­a­tion (FFF) and the new out­fit, Paris Saint-Ger­main Foot­ball Club, came into be­ing in 1970.

PSG made an im­me­di­ate im­pact both on and off the pitch, build­ing a sub­stan­tial fan­base and win­ning pro­mo­tion in their first sea­son. Their mo­men­tum was soon checked, how­ever, and the club split in 1972; Paris FC re­mained in the top-flight while PSG was de­moted to Divi­sion 3. Two sea­sons later, how­ever, PSG re­turned to Ligue 1, mov­ing into the Parc des Princes in 1974.

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