- Address: 24 rue du Commandant-Guilbaud, Paris
- Country: French Republic
- Capacity: 47,000
- Opened: 25 May 1972
- Main use: Football
- Tenants: Paris Saint-Germain (football)
Extra stadium info – Parc des Princes
The construction of the Parc des Princes started in 1967. In 1988, Michael Jackson performed in the first concert at the Parc des Princes. The stadium’s record attendance was broken in 1989, when the national rugby union team of the French Republic defeated Wales 31–12 in front of 50,000 spectators. It hosted FIFA Women’s World Cup matches, FIFA World Cup matches, Rugby League World Cup matches and Rugby World Cup matches. The venue also hosted several matches for the European championship for national football teams.
The FIFA World Cup
In 1938, the Parc des Princes hosted its first three FIFA World Cup games. One of those games was a semi-final, which was won by the national football team of Hungary after beating Sweden 5-1 in front of 20,000 spectators. The prestigious FIFA World Cup, which is among the main sports competitions in the world, returned to the Parc des Princes in 1998. The stadium hosted its first 1998 FIFA World Cup match on 15 June 1998. Germany won the game against the United States 2-0 in front of a crowd of 45,000. The national football teams of the Argentine Republic, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Croatia, Jamaica, Korea, the Netherlands and Nigeria also played at the Parc des Princes during the 1998 FIFA World Cup.
The European championship for football clubs
In 1956, the Parc des Princes hosted the inaugural final for the European championship for football clubs. The Spanish club Real Madrid won the game against the French club Stade de Reims 4-3. 38,000 people attended the game. Real Madrid won five consecutive European football championship titles between 1956 and 1960. In 1961, Benfica became the second football club with a European championship title after beating FC Barcelona.
Paris Saint-Germain Football Club, also known as PSG, moved to the venue in 1973. PSG won the French top-flight football league in 1986 for the first time in their history. They drew an average home attendance of 24,000 during that domestic league season. Paris Saint-Germain FC, the first French sports club with 10 million followers on its main social media page, is among the first football clubs in the world with a value of at least $1 billion. In 2017, PSG broke the transfer fee record for a football player when the club signed the Brazilian football star Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior. Neymar left the Spanish side FC Barcelona for the club from Paris.
The UEFA Champions League
Paris Saint-Germain Football Club played their first-ever UEFA Champions League final in 2020. Ander Herrera Agüera, Ángel Fabián Di María, Jan Thilo Kehrer, Juan Bernat Velasco, Keilor Antonio Navas Gamboa, Kylian Mbappé Lottin, Leandro Daniel Paredes, Marcos Aoás Corrêa, Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, Presnel Kimpembe and Thiago Emiliano da Silva started for PSG in the final. PSG reached the final after beating the German side RB Leipzig in the semi-finals of the tournament. FC Bayern München from Germany won the final, which took place in the Portuguese city of Lisbon. The German football club from Bavaria won their sixth European football championship title after beating Paris Saint-Germain.
In 2021, PSG signed Lionel Messi, who is widely regarded as one of the best football players ever. The Argentine football star scored hundreds of goals for FC Barcelona before he signed with PSG. Messi played his first-ever French top-flight league match for PSG against Stade de Reims, the first French football club in a European championship final. Lionel Messi scored his first goal for Paris Saint-Germain in a match against Manchester City Football Club on 28 September 2021. PSG won the game against the English club. Messi left PSG for Inter Miami from the United States in 2023. That year, he played six Major League Soccer matches for Inter Miami. Lionel Messi scored once in those six matches.
Nicolas Paul Stéphane Sarközy de Nagy-Bocsa became a PSG supporter. In 2007, he became the president of the French Republic. The official transfer of power from Jacques René Chirac to Sarközy took place on 16 May 2007. In the afternoon of that day, the French leader Sarközy flew to Berlin to meet with the leader of Germany. The woman who was born as Angela Dorothea Kasner was the leader of Germany in 2007. In 2013, she attended the first-ever UEFA Champions League final between two German football clubs.