Qualification for next season’s Champions League and the club’s best finish for eight years in Ligue 1 has proved just how successful last season was.
A blueprint was set out by Leonardo and QSI nearly 12 months back to put Paris Saint-Germain back to where it should be, competing at the forefront both domestically and on the continent. A flurry of activity in the transfer window allowed the likes of Kevin Gameiro, Jeremy Menez and Blaise Matuidi to join the fray at Camp des Loges as well as sending ripples across Europe with the signing of Javier Pastore for a record transfer fee paid by a French club. Antoine Kombouare set the foundations with his meticulous work but was eventually replaced by the marquee Italian in Carlo Ancelotti. More big names arrived in January with Thiago Motta and Maxwell and we also said goodbye to a loyal professional in Mevlut Erding
Whether or not you agree with some of the decisions taken by QSI through the season, it cannot be denied just how eventful and dramatic the 2011/2012 campaign was. Full of twists and turns, Les Parisiens jostled at the top of the table with eventual winners Montpellier right down to the wire, delivering an enthralling title race. Although we come up short in the end, the club’s long term plan is in working progress and the fact that the bellowing vocals of the Champions League anthem will ring through the Parc des Princes next term is proof that the good times are yet to come.
With that said, the excitement in the city is already brewing. Every day a renowned star is linked with a possible move to the club and season ticket sales are on the up. Prestigious meetings with Juventus and European Champions Chelsea are set for a prosperous tour of the USA and not to mention a clash with Barcelona at home in August. It is certainly a great time to be affiliated with the club!
The club’s General Director Jean-Claude Blanc also gave his appraisal on the club’s Official Site which is worth checking. He praises the work undertook last season as well as underlining the prospects for the next.