Sunday, December 14, 2008

The Paris saint-Germain Crest

Paris Saint-Germain were created in 1970 when 20,000 subscribers who wanted to see a top flight club in Paris after the demise of RC Paris, Red Star Paris and Stade Francais came together with Saint Germain, who had been formed in 1904. In 1970 the newly named club played in the second division, but gained promotion. However after a dissapointing season in the first and with mounting pressure from the city council to drop the Saint Germain reference the club found themselves in the 3rd division. Ironically in 1973 the new FC Paris and Paris Saint Germain swapped places and PSG were welcomed to the new Parc De Princes where they have competed in the top flight since.

Apart from a period when Canal + had control of the club the crest has always been a cradle and Eiffel Tower symbol (oh, and a strange badge for the Olympics in 1992). The reference to Paris comes through the eiffel Tower, but Saint-Germain-en-Laye is known as the 'burceau royale' or 'royal cradle'. The fleur-de-lis is the royal seal of France and illustrates that Saint-Germain is a royal city.

Images from top to bottom:
1. The Current crest of PSG
2. The badge from 1992-96
3. The coat of Arms of Saint-Germain-en-Laye

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