Since yesterday, the French capital is home to 3 national champions in their respective sport. Additionally, the PSG women have were in the Champions League Final where they lost to the German power house 1.FFC Frankfurt in Berlin.
PSG – 3 in a row
In football it was almost obvious that Paris St. Germain would win the league, the question was the margin this would be done by or with how many matches to spare. As it turned out, Zlatan & Co. took their time to get to the top of the Ligue 1. They have held the spot for 3 matches between match day 30 and 32 and the again from match 34 until the very end of the season. They managed to win the league a week in advance and the margin is 8 points to Olympique Lyon in second place. For most of the team it was the third league title in a row. Moreover, they have secured a domestic quadruple. Winning the Trophee des Champions in August 2014 they added the League Cup, the Coupe de France and the League. Paris may have won the league once more and look to continue this trend, yet they have only half as many league titles as record holder AS St. Etienne. In fact, the Parisians find themselves behind AS Monaco, Stade Reims, Lyon and Marseille, who all have won more titles than PSG or any other Paris club.
The Paris Belles
Not as successful as their male counterparts were the women. Arguably, they enjoy less media attention and less financial backing than the male showcase team. However, they came close to a double in the league and the Champions League. Winning the latter would have put them ahead of Laurent Blanc’s team in terms of success and experience. Alas, they have to strive for success come the new season.
What many might not be aware of is that Paris St. Germain also have a handball section. This section have also been crowned champions of France, though by only one point ahead of Montpellier. PSG Handball secured their second title after 2013. Previous guises saw Paris UC win the league in 1959 and 1974 or ASPP Handball Paris, who managed to win back-to-back titles in 1954 and 55. These six titles for various Parisian Handballing outlets are nowhere near the dominance Montpellier have established with 14 league titles, 11 Cups and a Champions League trophy. Something they will do their best to reach.
Stade Francais Rugby
Last but no less least, Paris have a trophy to show off in Rugby. In the egg chasing variety of football, Paris stands out like a sore thumb: the sport is very popular in the south of France, 12 out of 14 clubs in the TOP14 league come from the Region Central or further south. However, Paris boasts 2 very successful and popular clubs: Stade Francais and Racing 92, the latter being one of the oldest clubs in France. Stade Francais have secured their 13th title, the Boucle de Brennus in a thrilling final at the Stade France against Clermont.
These 3 championship titles for the footballers, handballers and the rugby players underlines once more that Paris is the capital of France. Not just in political and cultural terms but also in sports.