What is the most and least significant PSG league title?

What is the most and least significant PSG league title?

1985-1986: 36 days in the lead, freelance Fernandez in goal and unbeaten record

Led by Joël Bats, Jean-Marc Pilorget, Safet Susic, Dominique Bathenay, Dominique Rocheteau and his captain Luis Fernandez, PSG, 13th in the previous exercise, won the French Championship for the first time in its history. A logical coronation, the formation of Gérard Houllier seizing the first place at the end of the 3rd day to never let go.

PSG 1985-1986 champion of France. (M. Deschamps/The Team)

A team with a steel mind, capable of overthrowing Lens (0-2 then 3-2), beating Monaco (goal from Sène in the 89th minute) and seeing a heroic Fernandez in the goal in Metz after a Bats injury. This resilience enabled him to establish a new unbeaten record in Division 1 (26 matches without defeat).

1993-1994: title stolen from the rival, maximum realism and record bis

After five years of Marseille domination, including a title which was finally withdrawn from OM for corruption, PSG put an end to the hegemony of its rival. Its top scorer, David Ginola, has only 13 goals (Weah has 11). But the danger comes from everywhere, because Artur Jorge’s team is formidable from set pieces.

She also shines with her iron defense: she only concedes 22 goals, wins 15 of her 24 victories by a goal difference. And above all, it is even stronger than eight years ago, with 27 consecutive matches without defeat. A mark then beaten by FC Nantes, in 1994-1995.

2012-2013: Almighty Ibra, the Beckham coup and end-of-season chaos

A year after QSI took over, PSG are hitting hard on the transfer market, notably attracting Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thiago Silva, Ezequiel Lavezzi and a young Italian talent, Marco Verratti. David Beckham will even join the squad in January. A real media stunt for the club and a final freelance before hanging up the cleats for the English midfielder, tears in the eyes against Brest for the last of the season at the Parc des Princes.

Second behind OL after 21 matches, Carlo Ancelotti’s team regained the lead after a victory at Bordeaux (1-0) and headed for their first league title in 19 years. It was validated on the evening of the 36th day, with success at Gerland, against Lyon, thanks to a goal from Jérémy Ménez (0-1). Which will give rise the next day to an electric celebration on the Place du Trocadéro, between messy organization and thugs.

Best attack and best defense, PSG are carried by Ibra, top scorer – by far – with 30 goals, almost half of the goals scored by his club in Ligue 1 (69). But the title will not be enough to ease the tensions of the season, symbolized by Leonardo’s bloodshed towards the referees against Valenciennes (1-1) and the departure of Ancelotti.

2013-2014: the White paw, rollercoaster and freewheel end

Reinforced by the arrivals of Edinson Cavani, the biggest transfer in the history of L1 (64 million euros from Naples), and Marquinhos, landed from AS Roma, PSG retains its title of champion of France for the first time in its history. The formation of Laurent Blanc, who arrived on the bench without being the first choice of management, takes the lead after 10 days and will keep it until the end, conceding only three defeats, including only one during the first 32 days.

Blaise Matuidi, Thiago Motta and Marco Verratti.  (L. Argueyrolles/The Team)

Blaise Matuidi, Thiago Motta and Marco Verratti. (L. Argueyrolles/The Team)

Articulated around a trio in the middle Motta-Verratti-Matuidi which will become a reference, PSG is gaining momentum over the season, to chain eight victories in a row between mid-February and early April. But the elimination in the quarterfinals of the Champions League against Chelsea will lead to a coasting end to the season (4 points taken between the 33rd and 36th day).

Statistically, the Paris balance sheet resembles in many respects that of the previous year; best attack and defence, best home and away team, Ibra top scorer (27 goals).

2014-2015: controversy in Lyon, Ibra’s punchline and perfect final sprint

Unlike the previous two seasons, PSG must work to the end to win the title. He is even fourth after 20 days, a consequence of his second setback of the season at Bastia (2-4 after leading 2-0). Paris is still ahead of Lyon after 29 days, after having hung a controversial draw in early February at Gerland (1-1), equalizing on a penalty from Zlatan Ibrahimovic first stopped by Anthony Lopes then given to the Swedish striker to withdraw.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic had two chances to beat Anthony Lopes from the penalty spot.  (A. Martin/The Team)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic had two chances to beat Anthony Lopes from the penalty spot. (A. Martin/The Team)

Pushed to their limits, PSG is under pressure, like the exit of Ibra on the referees after a defeat in Bordeaux in mid-March (3-2): “In 15 years, I have never seen such a bad referee in this country of m….. This country does not deserve PSG”. But Paris ends the season with nine straight victories in the Championship to keep its title and its end of the year opens the way to a first national quadruple, winning the Champions Trophy and the two Cups in addition to Ligue 1.

2015-2016: crushed competition, baby score at Troyes and Zlatan at his peak

In the perfectly oiled 4-3-3 of Laurent Blanc, PSG walks on the competition. Highest number of points (96), record gap with his runner-up (31 points), 30 wins, 2 losses conceded including only 1 away from home, first season for the club with more than 100 goals scored (102), lowest total goals conceded (19): this team explodes all the counters.

Angel Di Maria and Zlatan Ibrahimovic quickly found real chemistry.  (P. Lahalle/The Team)

Angel Di Maria and Zlatan Ibrahimovic quickly found real chemistry. (P. Lahalle/The Team)

This superb collective, leader for 37 days and crowned from mid-March after an offensive demonstration in tune with his season at Troyes (9-0), is magnified by a Zlatan Ibrahimovic at the top of his game (38 goals). And the addition of Angel Di Maria (18 assists in L1 in his first season) during the summer transfer window gives another dimension to this PSG. With the key for Paris a new national quadruple.

2017-2018: exit checkbook, madness attack and Cavani’s air conditioning

Beaten by AS Monaco of Mbappé, Bernardo Silva, Falcao, Jardim and others the previous season, PSG recovered their property, thanks in part to a mad attack. In one summer, QSI made the two biggest transfers in history, with the arrivals of Neymar and Mbappé, as if to atone for the “Remontada” in Barcelona in March 2017. Unai Emery’s PSG, who replaced Blanc on the bench in 2016, scored 108 goals, his record for a season, including… 70 at home!

Paris begins with six victories in a row, will chain nine in the middle of winter and the card inflicted on Monaco (7-1) to seal the Parisian title acts as a transfer of power. Cavani, top scorer of the season (27), even prevented a first defeat against the Marseille rival since November 2011 with a free kick in the 93rd minute to air-condition the Vélodrome (2-2).

Edinson Cavani, scorer at the Velodrome.  (P. Lahalle/The Team)

Edinson Cavani, scorer at the Velodrome. (P. Lahalle/The Team)

There is finally only the end of the season in freewheel (3 points over the last 4 days) to leave regrets and deprive this PSG of waiting for the bar of 100 points. And as Paris has a sense of controversy, it offered one one evening of an 8-0 victory against Dijon and a quadruple from Neymar, whistled for not having left a penalty to Edinson Cavani, in search of his 157th goal with the capital club to become its top scorer.

2018-2019: record start, redacted return phase and Mbappé goleador

Thomas Tuchel arrived on the Parisian bench in place of Emery and the start of the Parisian season is idyllic. PSG launches its Championship by… 14 victories in a row, a record in L1. The French champion has 53 points at the break (a record) and will end the exercise with 53 points garnered at home, out of a possible 57.

Neymar and Mbappé with Tuchel, during the title match against Monaco.  (A. Réau/The Team)

Neymar and Mbappé with Tuchel, during the title match against Monaco. (A. Réau/The Team)

But PSG slackens on the return phase, suffers defeats after having led to the score in Lyon (1-2), Nantes (2-3) and Montpellier (2-3), without forgetting a spanking received in Lille (1- 5), for the heaviest defeat of the QSI era. Paris, however, manages to achieve a unique performance in L1, namely to score in its 38 matches of the season. And with 33 goals, Mbappé finishes, for the first time in his career, top scorer in the Championship.

2019-2020: Covid season, less brilliant start and assumed imbalance

A Championship apart, shortened due to the Covid, but the outcome of which was never in doubt, due to PSG’s lead over the competition. Mbappé still finished top scorer, Di Maria top passer, and Thomas Tuchel’s side have the best home and away record.

But the Parisians are less sovereign than the previous season, with three defeats in the first 12 days, losing in particular against Reims at home (0-2) and Dijon, then red lantern (1-2). This PSG which assumes its imbalance also lives incredible scenarios against Monaco (3-3) or in Amiens (4-4).

Thiago Silva, during the PSG draw in Amiens.  (A. Réau/The Team)

Thiago Silva, during the PSG draw in Amiens. (A. Réau/The Team)

With 75 goals scored in 27 matches played before the end of the season due to the pandemic, he was however on the basis of a new season with 100 goals. Yet another proof of his incredible attacking power, with Mauro Icardi now in the role of the third man next to Neymar and Mbappé, again top scorer in Ligue 1, tied with Wissam Ben Yedder.

2021-2022: dashed hopes, ubiquitous Mbappé and sulky supporters

With Mauricio Pochettino on his bench, PSG won their tenth title and joined Saint-Etienne in history. But the arrival of Messi, considered by some to be the best player in history, raised phenomenal expectations that the attacking trio composed of the Argentinian, Neymar and Mbappé failed to meet. The Frenchman, voted best player of the season at the UNFP trophies, can’t blame himself: as it stands, he is at the top of the L1 scorers and passers rankings, which none have already achieved.

Kylian Mbappé scored his 25th Ligue 1 goal of the season in Montpellier. (A. Réau / L'Équipe)

Kylian Mbappé scored his 25th Ligue 1 goal of the season in Montpellier. (A. Réau / L’Équipe)

But the irregular performance on the field and the elimination in the Champions League have tensed the supporters, who shun their team. They also celebrate the title without the players, at the foot of the Auteuil corner, after another frustrating draw at home against Lens, yet reduced to 10 (1-1). PSG also has “only” 83 points one day before the end, which would be the lowest total for a PSG titled in L1, tied with 2012-2013 and 2014-2015, and despite a remarkable course at the Parc (15 wins and 3 draws).

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