Paris Saint-Germain was formed on 12 August 1970 after the fusion of
Paris FC – created a year earlier to fill the void of having no top-flight club in the capital – and
Stade Saint-Germain, founded in 1904 in
Saint-Germain-en-Laye, the birth town of
However, PSG really took flight in 1973, when fashion designer
Daniel Hechter took over the club. Coached by French football legend
Just Fontaine, PSG won promotion to
Ligue 1 a year later and slowly began attracting the first stars of the Red-and-Blues such as
Mustapha Dahleb and
In 1978, Daniel Hechter handed control of the club to
Francis Borelli, under whose guidance the Red-and-Blues won their first silverware: the
Coupe de France in 1982 and 1983 and the league in 1986, during a decade marked by players such as
Luis Fernández and
Canal+ took over the club in 1991, and propelled PSG to the forefront of the European game. Between 1993 and 1997, the club from the French capital made five European semi-finals in a row. Led by football icons
George Weah and
Valdo, amongst others, PSG won a second league title in 1994, two years before lifting the
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup.
At the start of the 21st century, PSG produced many talents, including
Pauleta, but struggled to rescale the heights they obtained during the earlier years. This changed in 2011, however, with the arrival of new owners
Oryx Qatar Sports Investments (QSi), and new club president
 QSi established an extremely ambitious project to take the club to the summits of the European game.
Spearheaded by the arrival of superstar striker
Zlatan Ibrahimović, who became the club's all-time record goalscorer, PSG attained four league titles, three
Coupe de France, four
Coupe de la Ligue and five
Trophée des Champions titles.
 The club further built upon this success by forming a fearsome attacking trio in 2017, with the combination of Uruguayan striker
 world-record transfer
Neymar, and 18-year-old French prodigy
 at a cost of €466 million.
 The club also re-developed their youth and scouting systems, with multiple academy graduates, including
Alphonse Areola, and
Presnel Kimpembe, becoming regular features in the first team.