Football (Soccer), Paris
Paris Saint-Germain Football Club, also known simply as Paris SG or PSG, was founded on 12 August 1970, thanks to the merger of Paris FC and Stade Saint-Germain. The club is one of only two French clubs to have won a major European trophy, winning the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup in 1996
The current Parc des Princes was inauguarated on 4 June 1972 and is an all-seater football stadium that has been the home of PSG since 1973. The stadium and grounds are owned by the Paris city council and was the national stadium of the France football team and the France rugby union team until the construction of the Stade de France for the 1998 FIFA World Cup.
I got tickets with my wife to see Paris St.-Germain play Bordeaux, the top two teams on the table that season. This is something I would never have missed nor will I repeat it. It is on the west side of town near Bois de Boulongne. It is a very lovely stadium of 45000.
I was surprised by a few things. The food at Parc des Princes was (drumroll, please), hot dogs and coke. The fanatics (known as "ultras") tend to be in the end zones. Singing, chanting, flares, nobody there sits the entire game. There are iron fences between seat sections and a moat around the playing field. It didn't take long to figure out why.
At the half, I saw police out of the corner of my eye. They were swinging clubs. Apparently, a band of ultras from Paris and the ones from Bordeaux were taunting each other and then the fights started. From the far end of the stadium, ultras who were at the wrong end would jump into the 10-foot deep moat then help each other out onto the pitch, then do it again in front of the visitors section.
Needless to say, we left early so as to miss the ultras on the metro.
Equipment: If you are your American wide-end, you won't like the seats. They could handle about two-thirds of my butt. My wife contributed some room, but I buddied up with the guy next to me who switched back and forth from cigarettes to cigars.
I visited the stadium when Manchester United played LOSC Lille Metropole here in a Champions league game. Unfortunately United lost.
An excellent stadium though with an all seater capacity of 80,000. Opened in January 1998. It can be seen on your bus journey into the city centre from CDG airport.
The Parc de la Villette is designed with the ambition to be a meeting place for everybody with a combination of all kind of artistic, cultural and popular activities. Culturally this includes the renewal of popular arts (like circus, cabaret and film), the recognition of new forms of expression (like hip-hop, dance and rap) and the awareness of other cultures (by showing architectural, sculptural, musical and theatrical works).
But the Parc de la Villette offers also many possibilities for outdour sport activities. At sunday morning lots of people were playing soccer in the large green areas or doing their work-outs at the several apparatuses.
PSG is Paris soccer team. Well, they are not really appreciated elsewhere in France... They play at le Parc des Princes, near Auteuil, and usually rank between 2 to 10 out of 20 teams in French premier ligue...
This of course is more or a recommendation rather than an activity. The Stade de France can be visited by everyone - and is generally open between 10.00 - 17.00. The tour of the stadium lasts alomost an hour; and during it, you will be taken around the stands, the back house area including the changing rooms and of course the pitch.
Tours are conducted in French, but there are dedicated tours which are given in English. (During peak season 10.30 and 14.30) The stadium is accessible for wheelchair users too!
The stadium also boasts a museum which highlights the stadium from it's contsruction to the present day.
If you have to see only one soccer stadium in Paris, it must be... the only one that's worth the view !!! The "Parc des Princes" (princes stadium) is situated in the XVIth district, close to the suburban city of Boulogne... It's the stadium of the most famous local team (the only one that plays in first league), the Paris Saint Germain ... Sometimes the national team also kicks off in this stadium...
I didn't visit sportaccommodations in Paris, but in many parks I saw kids playing with a ball. In the citycentre in the Forum des Halles between the glass constructions I saw these guys playing football. So they added a third function to this huge multifunctional complex besides shopping and culture.
If you're in Paris for the weekend and interested in soccer you should find out the possibility of watching one of France's most well supported football clubs "Le PSG". They play at the Parc the Prince stadium situated in the 16 district. The stadium has a capacity of around 48 000 people.
The atmosphere is always great even if the club have had their ups and downs in the league lately.
For tickets visit the PSG store located at the Champs Elysees or ask at the reception in your hotel. Prices range from 10 to 90 euros.
Equipment: Visit the PSG store at Champs Elysees and gear up with their latest football shirts and baseball cap in order to completely fit in.
We were at the France V Ireland football match and I have to say the stadium was excellent, our seats were fantastic!
We should have won too.
Equipment: The metro/train service leaves you more or less at the door step of the stadium and it's clearly marked what stop to get off at.
Although I never got the opportunity to go to the Parc des Prince and see Paris SG play I tip you to do it. Normally they play during the weekends, or on friday evening.
The atmospere is said to be great, the team is good, and from what I heard the supporters are also friendly to newcomers. As long as they support PSG, that is of course...
Anyway, as it is with most of the supporter-stands in Europe, don't stand in the curva if you're not used to it and know where to go and not to go. It could be quite a chock otherwise.
Prices goes from 16 euro for a ticket in the curva, up to 70 euro for the most expensive ones. It's possible to order tickets in advance via the homesite of PSG.
You can also go a guided tour at the stadium when there are non games played. Cost 6 euro, and you should book a place in advance.
Equipment: A PSG-scarfe and you should be able to feel at home... :-)
The huge home of the French national soccer team, and the home of many different sport events and concerts - Stade de France is located in Saint Denis just outside of Paris, and can be reached with the RER-trains, the subway or the bus.
Even when there are no events going on, it's possible to visit the 80.000 seat stadium and get a guided tour in French or English.
You'll get to see the inside of the impressive 'arena', the locker rooms, the presidents VIP-seats, the player-entrance and stuff like that.
Worth a visit even though you're not a soccer fan!
There is also a small museum where you can see how the stadium was buildt, and a souvenier-shop.
The guided tours in English is only in the peak season, taking place at 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM. You don't have to order ahead.
Adult prices are 10 Euros, and children under 12 is 7 Euros. Children over 12 and students are 8.5 Euros.
Equipment: You don't need any equipmet, but a camera is always good to have.
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Just as my own country was winning the World Cup final last year, I was arriving at the airport Charles de Gaulle in Paris, missing out on the huge party that was going on back home, but not the cool party that many dozens of fellow countrymen - and foreigners - were having at the bar right there at CDG!! I asked a Frenchman who was winning, Brazil or Germany, and he kindly answered "Brazil, thank god!"... hehe
Any tourist will be stunned by the beauty of this 80,000 seat stadium, which is home not only to football matches.Symbol of the French victory in the 1998 World Cup, this stadium has become as famous as the other great Parisian monuments