On the 12th of August 1970, the Paris Football Club and the Stade de Saint Germain merged together to create the Paris Saint Germain Football Club.
Since then, in the space of just 50 years, Paris Saint-Germain has become the most successful French club with a record of 42 trophies. In addition to this, they’ve become one of the most iconic brands in the world of football and reached the Champions League Final for the first time on this, their anniversary year.
To celebrate this momentous occasion, we are releasing a special, very limited edition ‘50-year anniversary’ card collection (1 card per player) this Sunday 18th, October. These one off collector cards will be auctioned during the weekly Power Hour starting at 20.00 UTC.
Paris Saint-Germain History
When PSG was created in 1970, they were yet to have a professional footballer in their ranks. The first notable PSG star and captain was Jean Djorkaeff (the captain of the French team at the time).
For their first game at the Jean Bouin Stadium, more than 2,000 people came to see the “Red Devils”, the initial nickname given to the players of the club. They competed in 1970 within the newly formed 2nd division national division in France.
At the time, everybody expected Paris Saint-Germain to have a bad season but something was in the air, and they were able to become the 2nd Division Champions that year and gain promotion to France’s 1st Division.
Most football fans will probably have heard of Paris Saint-Germain since 2011 with the owners Qatar Sports Investments and their ambitious strategies, however, before that, PSG already had an illustrious local and international history. Many world-famous footballers have played for PSG such as Safet Susic, Rai, Anelka, Ronaldinho and many others.
Paris Saint-Germain’s Style
The colors of Paris Saint-Germain are white, blue, and red and have been this way since the club’s conception. In addition to representing the French flag, they also have a meaning specific to the City of Paris. Blue and red represent the city itself while white alludes to the club’s historic roots in Saint-Germain-en-Laye and the color of the royalty.
The crest has changed a few times in the past 50 years. It has specific significance to the city of Paris and the surrounding areas. The inner ring features a red Eiffel Tower and a yellow lily flower between its legs. The first logo included a ship, the symbol of Paris after its motto “Fluctuat Nec Mergitur” (She is rocked by the waves but does not sink).
The general layout of the PSG’s shirt as we know it was conceived by fashion designer Daniel Hechter, who came up with the design upon becoming president of the club in 1972. PSG’s initial kit manufactured by French sports specialists Le Coq Sportif, who famously also produced the iconic green St-Étienne jerseys of the same era.
We have taken inspiration from the history of the crest, the shirt and the city to create the special 50th Anniversary Edition cards.
Presenting the Paris Saint-Germain 50th Anniversary Cards
The 20/21 Paris Saint Germain kit is a direct reference to the Daniel Hechter design of the 70s. The retro look has no doubt pleased many football fans with PSG’s shirt being one of the most fashionable for this season.
The card we designed for the anniversary has three distinct components:
- The lily flowers are a reference to the royalty and Saint-Germain-en-Laye.
- The recognizable tapestry, which is a reference to the history of France.
- A reference to the suburbs in the lower part of the card of Paris famous for it’s street art and hip-hop scene. It’s most importantly a global talent pool for football (see here).
We look forward to watching these auctions and seeing which of our managers choose to collect and cherish these very special cards.
Don’t forget, this Paris Saint-Germain Power Hour also includes and finishes with the Neymar 2020/21 Unique card. If you haven’t already done so, we have a Twitter competition running where you can win yourself a Rare Neymar card for simply guessing his final auction price! To enter please visit here.
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