An ambitious group of businessmen decided to merge Paris FC and Stade Saint-Germain and create PSG. The merger was ratified by the French Football Federation.
PSG has several nicknames: Les Rouge-et-Bleu (The Red and Blue) and Les Parisiens (The Parisians).
Since 1974, PSG has competed in Ligue 1. In 1981-82, PSG defeated Saint-Étienne and won its first major silverware in the shape of the Coupe de France.
Four years later coach Gérard Houllier led the team to their maiden league success, Safet Sušić pulling the strings in midfield.
In 1996, PSG became winners of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, after Bruno N'Gotty hit the only goal and Rapid Vienna were defeated 1-0.
All in all, Les Rouge-et-Bleu have won the Ligue 1 title four times, the Ligue 2 once, the Coupe de France eight times, the Coupe de la Ligue four times, the Trophée des Champions four times, the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup once and the UEFA Intertoto Cup once.
PSG is considered to be the third most successful and the second most popular club in France and one of only two French clubs (with Olympique de Marseille) to win a major European club competition.
The Stade Georges Lefèvre of the Camp des Loges was the main stadium of Paris Saint-Germain from 1970 to 1974. Since 1975, the Parc des Princes has been the home stadium of PSG. It has a seating capacity of 48,712 spectators and also used to host concerts.
The crest and shirt of Les Parisiens were mainly designed by Daniel Hechter. The crest of PSG represents Paris through the Eiffel Tower and Saint-Germain-en-Laye through the fleur-de-lys between the legs of the tower. The traditional shirt is blue with a red central vertical bar framed by white edgings.
One of the club's most popular mottos is "Ici c'est Paris" (This is Paris). The official anthem of PSG is Allez Paris Saint-Germain (Go Paris Saint-Germain). The original lyrics were written by French group Les Parisiens and the music follows the rhythm of Village People's song "Go West". The anthem was commissioned by former Vice-president and shareholder Charles Talar in 1977.
Qatar Sports Investments became the club's majority owner in 2011 and sole shareholder in 2012. The takeover made PSG the richest club in France and one of the richest in the world.