How good does enjoying a match between Paris Saint-Germain and Bordeaux during your stay in Paris sounds?
Don’t dismiss the idea right away! Frenchmen take their football very seriously and it should come as no surprise that this is France’s most popular sport. This makes experiencing a match a colorful and vibrant spectacle.
And let us not forget that France’s national football team was once a World Cup winner in 1998!
Stadiums in Paris
Paris is home to at least two main stadiums, where both football and rugby matches are played, as well as events hosted. Important matches occurring here are mainly from France’s national championship – Ligue 1 – but one may also be witness to highly regarded games from different European championships such as the world-renowned UEFA Champions League.
Stade de France: the Stade de France in Saint-Denis is usually considered a symbol for France’s 1998 World Cup victory and has therefore become as famous as yet another of Paris’ landmarks. The stadium can seat up to 80,000 spectators for football or rugby games, 75,000 people for athletics meetings and 100,000 people for concerts. Designed to resemble a giant flying saucer, the Stade de France is usually open for guided tours even if no events are taking place.
Parc des Princes: this is Paris Saint-Germain’s home football stadium, built in 1972 and built to seat over 49,000 spectators. It is located in the Porte de Saint-Cloud area.
Paris Saint-Germain is the city’s local team for France’s football league system. Currently holding a spot in the country’s exclusive and vastly popular Ligue 1, the team is not experiencing its best times, but holds some very loyal fans.
Ligue 1 is the most important football league in France and currently holds the country’s main football championship. 20 different teams compete in it.
French football is usually known for its dependence on defensive tactics and, therefore, it is catalogued as being ‘boring to watch’. However, the spectacle is seldom found in the game itself but in the ardent fans surrounding the pitch.
The top three teams in League 1 at the end of every football season qualify for the UEFA Champions League. The top two proceed directly to the group phase whilst the third-placed team enters the final qualifying round.
Saint-Étienne is the French team with most first-division titles (10); Marseille, who holds 8 first-division titles, is the only French team to ever win the UEFA Champions League (in 1993).
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