Paris Saint-Germain

Crisis? What crisis? Money no object in Qatari strategy with PSG


With its signing of Argentine superstar Lionel Messi this summer, and its money-no-object refusal to agree the 180-million-euro transfer to Real Madrid of its French star forward Kylian Mbappé, football club Paris Saint-Germain’s Qatari owners, apparently immune to the financial effects of the Covid-19 crisis, once again demonstrated their unbridled ambitions in diplomacy through sport. As Jérôme Latta reports, the backdrop is the ever more deregulated structure of European football.

Qatar 2022: probe into World Cup award intrigued by job for Platini’s son

International — Investigation

In an ongoing judicial investigation in France into suspected corruption surrounding the awarding of the 2022 football World Cup to Qatar, evidence seized at the Paris offices of US firm Colony Capital suggests a well-remunerated post handed to Laurent Platini, son of former football star and UEFA president Michel Platini, by Qatari sovereign fund QSI may have been linked to its purchase of French football club PSG. The probe is focused on a crucial lunch meeting at the Élysée Palace in 2010 hosted by then French president Nicolas Sarkozy, and attended among others by Michel Platini and the then crown prince of Qatar. Yann Philippin unravels a complex case involving heads of state, business, diplomacy and arrangements behind closed doors.

Paris St-Germain awarded title as French football season ends early

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PSG were 12 points clear at the top of the table, with a game in hand, when French football was suspended indefinitely on 13 March.

PSG fined for ethnic profiling of young recruits

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Qatari-owned football club Paris-Saint Germain has been fined 100,000 euros by the French Professional Football League (LFP) following Mediapart's revelations of its practice of demanding talent scouts to report on the ethnic origins of potential young recruits.

How Neymar transfer became a financial abyss for PSG

International — Investigation

Documents from Football Leaks lift the lid on the real cost and the dealings behind the record-breaking transfer in the summer of 2017 of Brazilian football star Neymar from FC Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG). Revealed here by Mediapart, they tell of massive commission payments, up-to-the-wire negotiations that almost collapsed amid a tetchy moment of bluff, tax dilemmas and the club’s suspicions that some of those accompanying the player to Paris were in undeclared employment. Meanwhile, despite the capture of one of the world’s most celebrated players, the transfer appears to represent a financial abyss for PSG.

When French club PSG recruited youth players according to ethnic origin

France — Investigation

Talent scouts for French club PSG were required to detail the ethnic origins of potential youth recruits as an essential criterium in the club’s selection of players in a blatant discrimination policy that lasted over several years until this spring, Mediapart can reveal. As a result, a youngster now considered to be one of France’s most promising players was disregarded by PSG on the grounds of his black skin.   

UEFA bosses helped cover up PSG 'financial fair play’ fraud

International — Investigation

Over several years, Qatar injected 1.8 billion euros into French football club Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in a massive breach of the Financial Fair Play regulations of European association football’s governing body UEFA. Mediapart reveals here the background to the affair and how the then president of UEFA, Michel Platini, and his secretary general, Gianni Infantino, who is now president of FIFA, helped cover up the fraud, allowing the club to escape exclusion from the prestigious and lucrative Champions League.

Neymar says he followed his heart not his wallet in move to PSG

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Money was never motivating factor for his record 222 million-euro transfer from Barcelona, the Brazilian said on his arrival at Paris St Germain.

Di Maria, Pastore and a secretive club of Argentine agents

International — Investigation

Part of the earnings of Argentine footballers Angel Di Maria and Javier Pastore, both currently with French Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain, are paid into tax havens, according to documents obtained by the journalistic collective European Investigative Collaborations via the whistleblowing platform Football Leaks. The documents also reveal the activities of an informal but organised group of Argentine agents, operating to a backdrop of secret commissions, match-fixing and the placing of players in the Argentina national side in order to boost their market value. Michaël Hajdenberg, Michel Henry and Yann Philippin report.

Ranting football star Zlatan Ibrahimovic calls France 'shit country'

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The Swedish player was caught on camera angrily shouting at an assistant referee after his Paris St-Germain team lost to Bordeaux on Sunday.

David Beckham hangs up his boots with Paris St. Germain

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Beckham says his glittering career is over after earning 115 caps for England and playing for six clubs in England, Spain, Italy, America and France.

Paris Saint-Germain victory celebration ends in rioting

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Football club’s Ligue 1 title celebrations were cut short Monday night after ugly clashes between spectators and police in central Paris.

Beckham joins French Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain

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British football star David Beckham has joined French club Paris Saint-Germain, promising to donate his earnings to a local childrens' charity.

Can David and Victoria Beckham pass the Paris test?

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British football star David Beckham is expected to join Paris St-Germain and, writes Agnès Poirier, it's set the French capital abuzz with existentialist questions.

Paris Saint-Germain 'in talks' for Beckham

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Paris Saint-Germain are set to make proposition to David Beckham with the aim of landing the midfielder in January, according to daily Le Parisien.