Paris has always been noted for being one of the major cities in Europe. However, its football team, Paris Saint Germain has lagged behind other French clubs, failing to make an impact on European football. But now there is a revolution in the City that is rising up a real competitive side in the French league, as PSG are aiming to win their first ligue 1 title since 1994. Under the guidance of Carlo Anchelotti, a real mastermind of the European game who has enjoyed successful spells at the likes of AC Milan and Chelsea has brought in some major names such as Maxwell, Alex and Thiago Motta. PSG also have a fine crop of young French players, such as Guiliaume Hoarau and Jeremy Menez, who is fire up the French attack in Euro 2012.
Anchelotti is not totally focused on winning Ligue 1 but gaining qualification to the Champions League. PSG have always failed to gain a real influence in Europe with their only success coming in the 1997 Uefa Cup winners cup, when they beat Rapid Vienna. However despite their short history of only 41 years they have managed to win two league titles. They may fall short of a third league title after they failed to take advantage at relegation threatened, Auxerre when Montpellier lost to Lorient, only drawing 1-1.
PSG have enjoyed a shift in power in the French league in recent seasons, with Lyon and Marseille failing to be their same dominant selves. With Lyon failing to win it since 2008, after having a tight grip on the title, winning it seven times in a row. Now the French is dominated by such as Lille, Montpellier and of course PSG.
The French teams have never really enjoyed much success in Europe, with Marseille being the only winner in 1993 by beating AC Milan. Carlo Anchelotti, however will hope he will be giving some Euros to spend in the transfer market and build a squad capable of giving French football the same influence in Europe as the likes of England and Spain.
Maybe one day, Paris will have a football team that will dominant Europe in a similar to that of Barcelona or Manchester United. One day we may refer Paris as a real football city and not just the ‘city of romance’ comparing to the likes of Manchester, Milan and Madrid.