This time it’s different: PSG and Manchester City

FOR some years, two of the world’s steroid-induced clubs (not literally, before the complaints come flooding in) have hankered to become part of the European elite. They’ve flickered briefly on the biggest stage, but winning the UEFA Champions League represents the tallest hurdle for any club. Chelsea, who that started the inflated investment cycle in 2003, won the competition in 2012, but in over 20 … Continue reading This time it’s different: PSG and Manchester City

A soft power-play with far-reaching consequences

QATAR is never going to win popularity contests. Nobody wants the middle eastern state to host the World Cup and no matter what they do, they will never be looked upon as a genuine football nation. They don’t have many friends, but they have plenty of money, and as we all know, this makes the world go round. It is certainly what makes the football … Continue reading A soft power-play with far-reaching consequences

Neymar, PSG and the decline of the contract

JEAN-MARC Bosman really did create the future of professional football when he challenged the laws around football transfers. It didn’t do him much good, but every major footballer in Europe has been the beneficiary of Bosman’s actions. Neymar may or may not move to Paris St. Germain in the coming weeks, despite signing a five-year contract in October 2016 with Barcelona. Neymar is idolised in … Continue reading Neymar, PSG and the decline of the contract

Emery and PSG need time to compete with peers

JUVENTUS’ 3-0 win against Barcelona underlined the catastrophe that was Paris St. Germain’s 6-1 defeat in the Nou Camp. It may also have hastened the exit of PSG’s manager Unai Emery, whose team threw away an astonishing lead in the round of 16. Such a result in Turin was not expected, as Barca’s recovery against PSG hinted that the 4-0 defeat in the Parc des … Continue reading Emery and PSG need time to compete with peers

And this is why the Champions League edges it

THE UEFA Champions League excelled itself in the first leg stage of the last 16. There were 34 goals in eight games, that’s an average of 4.25 per tie. These are the sort of figures we can only dream about in major football competitions. Just consider that in 2016, the average goals per game of the European Championship was a paltry and totally uninspiring 2.12 … Continue reading And this is why the Champions League edges it

PSG’s astonishing night may signal a new era for Europe

EUROPEAN football has become too predictable in recent years, with the major leagues being dominated by a handful of super-rich clubs. In Spain, Germany, France, Italy and to a lesser extent, England, the title winners can more or less be easily anticipated. On the bigger stage, the past five years have seen a similar group of clubs dominate the UEFA Champions League, namely: Real Madrid, … Continue reading PSG’s astonishing night may signal a new era for Europe

PSG and the problem of the one-horse race

SURELY Paris St. Germain could have done better? The manner in which the French champions went about their second leg quarter-final in the UEFA Champions League underlines the possible downside of one-club domination. PSG have steamrollered everyone this season in Ligue 1, one of the continent’s first confirmed title winners in 2015-16, but how often have they been really tested and how equipped are they … Continue reading PSG and the problem of the one-horse race

A PSG treble is the least they should expect

French champions pay more than any other club in the world Paris St Germain are on the brink of creating French football history. Ligue 1 champions already, and French League Cup winners, they face Auxerre in the Coupe de France final next weekend (May 30) in a bid to win an unprecedented treble. Only the UEFA Champions League would have eluded them in 2014-15. But … Continue reading A PSG treble is the least they should expect

Playing those mind games….Mourinho and PSG

Jose Mourinho – don’t you just love him?- has thrown the gauntlet down for tonight’s UEFA Champions League tie between Chelsea and Paris St. Germain by claiming that his team have more competitive training games than PSG have in Ligue 1. That’s a dangerous and premature statement to make given the tie kicks-off at Stamford Bridge at 1-1. Mourinho was also on BBC Radio this … Continue reading Playing those mind games….Mourinho and PSG

No sign of a city rival for PSG

Capital cities don’t always provide the bulk of a nation’s top football clubs, but generally, the most influential come from the most affluent parts of the country and by definition, that is invariably the capital. So it’s no surprise that in some places, clubs in and around the metropolis figure among the most successful. There are glaring exceptions right across Europe, however. In Spain, the … Continue reading No sign of a city rival for PSG

Calling in on….Paris St Germain, in the court of King Zlatan

Zlatan…..Zzzzlatan….ZZZZLATAAAN. The great man had just netted Paris St.Germain’s second goal of the game against no-hopers Valenciennes and the matchday announcer wanted everyone to know just who had scored. He didn’t have to try too hard, adding fuel to the argument that Ibrahimovic makes Ligue 1 look easy. He does…because if your budget is the equivalent of the rest of the league (bar Monaco, of … Continue reading Calling in on….Paris St Germain, in the court of King Zlatan

Ligue 1: The door is only slightly ajar

The problem with drawing at home to the league leaders is that the margin between top and second doesn’t get eroded. But at least Monaco squared up to the French capital’s finest and made it clear that they won’t give up in the title race. But with five points between them and 14 games to go, PSG look red hot favourities to win Ligue 1. … Continue reading Ligue 1: The door is only slightly ajar