The Paris Saint-Germain players finally got their hands on the Hexagoal trophy yet again last Saturday night after a 3-2 win over Stade de Reims to finish off the Ligue 1 season. It was a night of celebration but also goodbyes as long serving centre-back Zoumana Camara made his farewell to the Parc des Princes faithful after eight long years at the football club.
Papus was made captain for the night. But, what was most touching was that he was given the deserved honour of lifting the trophy high into the sky which was the pinnacle of some amazing scenes. The pyrotechnics was a treat in itself which created an amazing atmosphere within the whole stadium. Les Parisiens know how to celebrate a league title that is for sure.
Those scenes typified what a fantastic season this has been. As I said last week, there have been some sticky points along the way but the club has won three trophies already this season and it could end up being four on Saturday. The cream eventually rose to the top and ever since the start of April when we beat Marseille in the classique, we just got better and better. The football has been exhilarating at times and players such as Edinson Cavani and Serge Aurier have made their point at being big figures for the club next season. Aurier has already cemented his place as the club’s number one right-back and Cavani has finished the season strongly, netting 13 goals in his last 10 games (all competitions). I am sure his future will be continuously questioned over the next few weeks but he will be a Paris Saint-Germain player next season no doubt.
The victory over Reims also marked a new piece of history for the football club by registering a ninth consecutive victory in the league. This broke the record set last season between the months of February and April 2014.
As significant as that was, the send-off for Papus Camara was the toast of the night. Each time he touched the ball the Parisian faithful cheered. It was a fitting send off for a player who has been at the start of the Parisian project and beyond. The veteran is clearly well loved by his peers but also by everyone affiliated with the club. Thiago Silva must be given credit for letting the 36-year-old do the honours of lifting the Hexagoal which was a touching tribute. The Frenchman was in tears at the end of the game and he will clearly be missed by his teammates who hold him in the highest regard! He may end up with one more honour to his name come the end of Saturday night at the Stade de France. If that does happen, then PSG will become the first ever club in France to win the domestic treble.
President Nasser Al-Khelaifi pretty much summed up the season perfectly in his comments to the club’s Official Site. He said; “This season was sometimes difficult, but in the end it is magnificent. We have won three trophies, and we are hoping for a fourth next week. I would like to salute and thank Papus Camara, a great player and a great man who has given so much to the club”.
Well said Nasser.