Paris FC plays in the French Ligue 2 but has always been under Paris Saint-Germain’s shadow in the country’s football world.
The last time Paris had two teams in the First Division was 29 years ago when Paris Saint-Germain and Paris FC played on the top flight.
And now, Paris FC wants to come out of PSG’s shadow to return to League 1 and show they can also represent the French capital with style.
“We’ve invested five million euros in it and have another two million to go,” president Pierre Ferracci told The Independent.
“We had arguably the worst infrastructure of any Ligue 2 club; now it’s among the best.”
“I genuinely think in the next four to five years our training ground will be one of the best in France, full stop,” he added.
Currently, Paris FC is running on the fourth position of the English Premier League table with 42 points, thanks to 11 wins, nine draws and four defeats.
“We’ve got four high-quality pitches, including a hybrid, heated one; you don’t get many of those in Ligue 1,” Ferracci continued.
“There are great changing rooms and fitness rooms and a place where everybody can live together. Finally, we have the normal surroundings you’d expect for a professional club.”
“There’s still a lot of work to do, but our working conditions are already better. Orly has added so much energy and vitality to the club,” he added.
“In the 10 years I’ve been here, 15 to 20 youngsters between the ages of 11 and 19 have left the club every year.”
“Without a professional academy, there was little we could do to stop that. We couldn’t offer professional contracts before the age of 20, and we lost players at a younger age, too,” he commented.
“Take [France U21 defender] Nordi Mukiele, for example. He left Montpellier for Red Bull Leipzig for €15 million last summer.”
“He was at Montpellier for two years, and before that at Laval in Ligue 2 for three years. But he was with us for nine years – aged seven to 16. We made some money from his move to Germany, but not much,” he concluded.
— Paris FC (@ParisFC) February 9, 2019