2008–09 Paris Saint-Germain F.C. season
(until 4 February 2009)
|Managers||Paul Le Guen|
|Stadium||Parc des Princes|
|Coupe de France||Round of 16|
|Coupe de la Ligue||Semi-finals|
|Top goalscorer||League: Guillaume Hoarau (17)
All: Guillaume Hoarau (20)
|Highest home attendance||45,774 vs Marseille
(15 March 2009)
|Lowest home attendance||15,856 vs Nancy
(12 November 2008)
The 2008–09 season was French football club Paris Saint-Germain's 36th professional season, their 36th season in Ligue 1 and their 35th consecutive season in French top-flight. Paris Saint-Germain was managed by Paul Le Guen. The capital club was chaired by Charles Villeneuve until Sébastien Bazin took over. Paris Saint-Germain was present in the 2008–09 Ligue 1, the 2008–09 Coupe de France and the 2008–09 Coupe de la Ligue. Last season's League Cup win allowed the capital club to participate in the 2008–09 UEFA Cup. Paris Saint-Germain's average home gate for the 2008–09 season was 40,902, the second highest in the Ligue 1.
Last season, Alain Cayzac resigned with four games remaining and Paris Saint-Germain in relegation zone. Cayzac was temporarily replaced by Simon Tahar, then succeeded by Charles Villeneuve, days after Paris Saint-Germain maintained Ligue 1 status and was defeated in the French Cup Final by Olympique Lyon. He had pretty high ambitions for Paris Saint-Germain and stated his expectations from coach and former player Paul Le Guen. Villeneuve declared that Paris Saint-Germain started the season with the prospect of regaining success and stability:
|“||Sébastien Bazin, head of Colony Capital and shareholder of Paris Saint-Germain, offered me the presidency of the club and I accepted. Today, the day of my appointment, I had lunch for the first time with Paul Le Guen and told him that his place as coach was secured. I hope to build the team on a budget of 30 million euros. With some departures we would like to hire a great goalkeeper, one or two great strikers and a libero, and hopefully a good midfielder. My dream team would be like that of Chelsea's. They play very good and I hope Paris Saint-Germain can be like them.||”|
—Charles Villeneuve, 27 May 2008
Lens mayor Guy Delcourt wanted the match to be replayed after PSG fans unfurled a racist banner midway through last season's League Cup Final. The match was not replayed, but Paris Saint-Germain were fined and banned from next's year edition. The measure was later overturned on appeal. Charles Villeneuve replaced Simon Tahar as President, days after the club maintained Ligue 1 status and was defeated in the French Cup Final by Olympique Lyonnais. Charles Villeneuve announced that the Presidential Tribune was renamed the "Tribune Francis Borelli" to honor the former President. Pauleta, PSG's all-time top scorer with 110 goals, announced his retirement from professional football. Paris Saint-Germain announced that Lilian Thuram would not play for the capital club. His medical examination revealed heart abnormalities. Paris Saint-Germain and Rennes decided, by mutual agreement, to terminate discussions and negotiations concerning Jimmy Briand's transfer. Jérémy Clément signed a one-year contract extension until 2012. Guillaume Hoarau received the "France Football Golden Star" trophy for his performance in Ligue 2. Paris Saint-Germain refused a €0.3 offer from Real Madrid for Yannick Boli as he was determined to succeed at Paris. Apoula Edel signed a new one-year contract extension until 2011.
The renovations of the Camp des Loges were completed on 4 October 2008. The entire process cost €5m. It was inaugurated on 4 November 2008. Guillaume Hoarau was named "Player of the Month" for October by the UNFP with 55% of the votes. Charles Villeneuve announced that Pauleta would become ambassador and supervisor of the capital club. Paul Le Guen won the UNECATEF Fidelidade Mundial "Le Coup du Coach". Stéphane Sessègnon was named "Player of the Month" for December by the UNFP with 55% of the votes. Paris Saint-Germain announced that Charles Villeneuve would resign from his mandate as President-General Manager ahead of the General Assembly. The Camp des Loges was recognised by the FFF as one of the best pre-training centers in France, being classified as Elite, Class 1 and Class A in recent seasons. Sébastien Bazin was named the new president of Paris Saint-Germain. Péguy Luyindula was named "Player of the Month" for January by the UNFP with 55% of the votes. Guillaume Hoarau was named "Player of the Month" for February by the UNFP with 71% of the votes. Paul Le Guen left Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season after the capital club decided not to renew his contract. Jean-Eudes Maurice signed a new three-year contract extension until 2012.
|21||FW||HAI||Jean-Eudes Maurice||22||EU||Youth system||Signed Pro||Summer||2012||PSG.fr|
|27||MF||FRA||Joseph Muscat||22||EU||Youth system||Signed Pro||Summer||2009|
|10||AM||BEN||Stéphane Sessègnon||24||Non-EU||Le Mans||Signed||Summer||2012||€8m||PSG.fr|
|9||FW||FRA||Guillaume Hoarau||24||EU||Le Havre||Loan Return||Summer||2012||Top Mercato|
|12||DM||CMR||Albert Baning||23||Non-EU||Sedan||Loan Return||Summer||2010|
|12||FW||FRA||Fabrice Pancrate||28||EU||Sochaux||Loan Return||Summer||2009|
|29||DM||COD||Youssuf Mulumbu||21||EU||Amiens||Loan Return||Summer||2010||PSG.fr|
|13||CB||MLI||Sammy Traoré||32||EU||Auxerre||Loan Return||Summer||2010|
Total spending: €10.5 million
|16||GK||FRA||Jérôme Alonzo||35||EU||Nantes||Contract Ended||Summer||Free|
|11||FW||CIV||Amara Diané||26||Non-EU||Al Rayyan||Transferred||Summer||€7m||PSG.fr|
|5||RB||FRA||Bernard Mendy||27||EU||Hull City||Contract Ended||Summer||Free||L'Equipe|
|6||CB||COL||Mario Yepes||32||EU||Chievo||Contract Ended||Summer||Free||Planete PSG|
|29||FW||FRA||Yannick Boli||21||EU||Le Havre||Loaned||Winter||L'Equipe|
|29||DM||COD||Youssouf Mulumbu||22||EU||West Bromwich Albion||Loaned||Winter||Sports.fr|
Total income: €14 million
|3||CB||FRA||Mamadou Sakho||19||EU||2007||18||0||2012||Youth system|
|4||DM||FRA||Claude Makélélé (captain)||36||EU||2008||0||0||2010||Free|
|17||RM||COD||Larrys Mabiala||21||EU||2006||6||0||2009||Youth system|
|18||FW||FRA||Loris Arnaud||22||EU||2007||25||3||2010||Youth system|
|19||FW||FRA||Gaëtan Charbonnier||20||EU||2008||0||0||2009||Youth system|
|20||CM||FRA||Clément Chantôme||21||EU||2006||69||1||2011||Youth system|
|21||FW||HAI||Jean-Eudes Maurice||22||EU||2008||0||0||2012||Youth system|
|24||LM||FRA||Tripy Makonda||19||EU||2008||0||0||Youth system|
|28||FW||FRA||Maxime Partouche||18||EU||2007||1||0||Youth system|
|29||AM||FRA||Abdelaziz Barrada||19||EU||2008||0||0||2010||Youth system|
Nike manufactured the kits for Paris Saint-Germain and Emirates Airlines continued to be the club's main sponsor. Nike have been PSG's official kit provider since 1989. Emirates have been the club's partner since 2005 and the major shirt sponsor since January 2006. Emirates Airlines confirmed their commitment to PSG by extending the current partnership until 2014. "Les Parisiens" received brand new home and away kits. The home shirt had PSG's traditional colors. It was dark blue with a vertical red band and two thinner white stripes on the middle of the chest which disappeared under the main sponsor's logo in white writing. The borders of the sleeves were partly red. The away shirt had a simple design. Silver was the main color while the sponsor's logo was accented by a red background bordered by white and black thin stripes. The shirts had the club badge on the top-left, the Nike logo on the top-right and the club sponsor Fly Emirates written across the middle.
Board & Staff
|Manager||Paul Le Guen|
|Assistant Coach||Yves Colleu|
|Goalkeeping Coach||Christian Mas|
|Physical Trainer||Stéphane Wiertelak|
|Head Doctor||Éric Rolland|
|Physiotherapists||Bruno Le Natur, Joël Le Hir, Pascal Roche|
|General Manager||Phillipe Boindrieux|
|Amateur Section||Simon Tahar|
|Academy Director||Bertrand Reuzeau|
|Ground (capacity and dimensions)||Parc des Princes (48,712 / 252m x 191m)|
Source: Ligue 1
Paris Saint-Germain opened their preseason campaign with a victory over Pontivy. The capital club then achieved a new triumph, this time over Ligue 2 side Châteauroux in Port Crouesty. Paris Saint-Germain continued their pre-season preparations for the coming season with a draw against Boulogne. The capital club then defeated Clermont scoring two unanswered goals and confirming that Paul Le Guen's squad is in top form just two weeks before the start of the 2008–09 campaign. Paris Saint-Germain recorded two consecutive victories over Belgian sides Gent and Roeselare with youngster Yannick Boli scoring his third goal in pre-season. Invited by Portuguese club Vitória for the first time, Paris Saint-Germain attended the Torneio Cidade de Guimarães, were "Les Rouge-et-Bleu" suffered a narrow defeat at the hands of the hosts in their opening match. Benfica showed great capacity and came back from two goals down to equalize against Paris Saint-Germain in the second day of the tournament. Just three days before the start of the season, "Les Parisiens" finished their pre-season preparations with a superb victory over Qatari side Al-Khor at the Camp des Loges. Paris Saint-Germain showed great character as the pre-season lived up to all its promise and more, being without any doubt a positive outing for Paul Le Guen's side.
AS Monaco made a winning start against Paris Saint-Germain's expensively-assembled team with a late goal. Guillaume Hoarau scored his first Paris Saint-Germain goal as the capital outfit condemned last season's runners-up Bordeaux to their first defeat of the season at the Parc des Princes. Sochaux got their first point of the season with a hard-earned draw at home to PSG. Paris Saint-Germain made it three games without defeat as their improvement under Paul Le Guen continued with another Guillaume Hoarau goal earning them a narrow win at Caen. Paris Saint-Germain took an early lead from the spot through new signing Mateja Kežman and held out for the 90 minutes to take all three points at home to Nantes. Saint-Étienne picked up their first win in four matches as they beat Paris Saint-Germain. Nassim Akrour's third goal of the season gave promoted Grenoble an historic win over Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes. Paris Saint-Germain's poor recent run continued as they let slip an early lead to take only a point from Nancy. Paris Saint-Germain staged a come-from-behind win at home to Lorient with a late goal from substitute Loris Arnaud. Goals abounded as Paris Saint-Germain handed Marseille its first league defeat of the season, outscoring their arch-rivals four goals to two and denying them top spot on the table in a thrilling 'clasico' at the Stade Vélodrome. A bizarre own-goal from Zoumana Camara condemned Paris Saint-Germain to defeat at home to Toulouse. Paris Saint-Germain coach Paul Le Guen blasted his players for being too soft at half-time of their clash away to Nice, but despite an improved second-half display, the capital club fell to a second consecutive loss. Ludovic Giuly's first goal for Paris Saint-Germain was enough to earn all three against a resistant, if largely uninspired, Lille who saw their nine-game unbeaten run brought to an end at the Parc des Princes.
Paris Saint-Germain were too strong for Le Havre and took the points with goals from Guillaume Hoarau and Ludovic Giuly. Ludovic Giuly struck for the third time in as many games to give Paris Saint-Germain a narrow win over Lyon in the capital as the leaders' cushion at the top was reduced to five points. Rennes moved up to second in Ligue 1 after Bruno Cheyrou's first-half goal proved enough to give Guy Lacombe's side a narrow win over Paris Saint-German. A first half double from Ligue 1's leading scorer Guillaume Hoarau set the stage for Paris's win, their fifth in their last six matches, over Le Mans at the Parc des Princes. Stéphane Sessègnon struck twice against Auxerre to lift PSG into third as Paul Le Guen's men registered a fifth league win in six outings. In the race for second place behind autumn champions Lyon, Paris failed to keep the pace drawing at home to Valenciennes. Laurent Blanc's Bordeaux thumped four unanswered goals past Paris to go within one point of top spot on the table, giving faltering champions Lyon serious cause for concern in the race for the title. PSG made it six wins from their last nine matches when they beat a tough Sochaux outfit at the Parc des Princes. Guillaume Hoarau grabbed his 13th goal of the season as Paris Saint-Germain moved up to third in the table thanks to their win over Caen. Paris Saint-Germain closed to within a point of Ligue 1 leaders Lyon thanks to an emphatic victory over Nantes. Paris Saint-Germain registered their fourth Ligue 1 victory in a row against Saint-Étienne to move outright second in the standings, one point behind Lyon, ahead of the champions match at home to Le Havre. Paris Saint Germain remained second, but lost ground after they were held to a goalless draw at Grenoble. Paul Le Guen's men made it three wins in four matches as they completely dominated a tentative Nancy outfit to consolidate second place on the L1 table. A superb first-half strike from Ludovic Giuly and a Mickaël Landreau penalty save were enough to give Paris Saint-Germain a narrow win at Lorient and ease Paul Le Guen's side within a point of leaders Lyon.
Marseille are up to second in Ligue 1 after they emerged victorious over a ten-man Paris Saint-Germain in the 'classico'. Toulouse continued their string of strong results with a comprehensive win at home to Paris, their tenth victory in 14 matches in all competitions in 2009, to climb back to fourth place on the Ligue 1 table. Paris Saint-Germain beat Nice at the Parc des Princes to maintain their title challenge. Lille's goalless draw with visiting Paris was a case of two points dropped against an uninspired opposition and did little to help either side's fortunes, with both clubs leapfrogged by Toulouse, winners over Nantes. Paris Saint-German moved into fourth place as the club from the capital eased past bottom side Le Havre. Lyon and Paris Saint-Germain raised the curtain on a decisive weekend of football with a heart-stopping draw at the Stade Gerland which, in the end, suited neither side. Paris Saint-Germain missed out on the chance to go above Lyon into third as they were narrowly beaten by Rennes. Mateja Kezman's second league goal of the season gave Paris Saint-Germain a narrow win at Le Mans to keep them in contention for a top-three finish. Paris saw their chances of overtaking Lyon into third place and a Champions League qualifying spot dealt a blow as they succumbed to in-form Auxerre at the Parc des Princes. PSG's ambitions of European football were in the balance after they saw a stubborn Valenciennes side come from behind at the Stade Nungesser. Paris needed to win at home to Monaco to clinch fourth or fifth and a place in Europe next season, but a tepid display from Paul Le Guen's men in a goalless draw left them empty-handed after being tipped as potential title contenders throughout the season.
||Qualification or relegation
|4||Toulouse||38||16||16||6||45||27||+18||64||2009–10 UEFA Europa League Play-off round|
|5||Lille||38||17||13||8||51||39||+12||64||2009–10 UEFA Europa League Third qualifying round|
Source: Ligue 1
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.
Source: Ligue 1
Results by Round
Source: Ligue 1
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Lose; W = Win; P = Postponed.
Coupe de France
Paris Saint-Germain entered the French Cup having last won the cup in 2006 and having reached last season's Final, narrowly losing to Olympique Lyonnais in a highly-contested match. PSG started from the round of 64, as all Ligue 1 clubs did. The draw for the last-64 of the French Cup saw Paris Saint-Germain paired with CFA club Montluçon. Paris Saint-Germain squeezed through to the last-32 of the French Cup, but failed to impress against fourth division outfit, Montluçon. Paul Le Guen's side had Stéphane Sessègnon to thank for the only goal of the game. The draw for the last-32 pitted "Les Parisiens" with fourth tier side Gazélec Ajaccio. Paris Saint-Germain beat lower league opposition to progress to the last 16 of the French Cup. Mateja Kežman struck twice for PSG as they beat Gazélec Ajaccio. The Serbian striker scored once in either half before defender Sammy Traoré helped secure Paul Le Guen's men a place in the next round. Last season's losing finalists PSG were drawn away to third tier club Rodez for the last-16. Paris Saint-Germain were sensationally knocked out of the French Cup, succumbing to a defeat after extra-time to lowly Rodez.
Coupe de la Ligue
Holders Paris Saint-Germain were through to the last-16 of the League Cup after Fabrice Pancrate's goal proved enough for the reigning champions to beat AS Monaco. Paris Saint-Germain's defence of the League Cup continued against Nancy after the draw for the last-16, quarter-finals and semi-finals was made. Péguy Luyindula scored both goals in Paris Saint-Germain's victory over Nancy to send the holders through to the quarter-finals of the League Cup. In a dramatic twist of fate, Paris Saint-Germain hosted Lens in the pick of the quarter-final draw. In a remake of last season's Final, Paris Saint-Germain defeated Lens at the Parc des Princes to qualify for the semi-finals of the League Cup, where they met Bordeaux, winners over Châteauroux. Late goals from Souleymane Diawara and Wendel added to David Bellion's first-half strike put the icing on the cake as Bordeaux cruised past Paris Saint-Germain in the League Cup semi-final at the Parc des Princes.
Paris Saint-Germain entered the UEFA Cup at the first round, 18 months after their last European clash against Benfica on 15 March 2007. Sitting in third place on the Ligue 1, Paris Saint-Germain were taking on Turkish club Kayserispor, unbeaten in the Süper Lig. The hosts, however, lost their unbeaten record in the final minute thanks to Péguy Luyindula goal, just a few minutes after the Turkish side had equalized through Delio Toledo. Paris Saint-Germain qualified to the group stage at Kayserispor's expense in a scoreless match at the Parc des Princes. The capital club was inserted into Group A with German club Schalke 04, English side Manchester City, Spanish outfit Racing de Santander, and Dutch club Twente. Despite his faith in young players, Paul Le Guen's men were overwhelmed by the better organized and more experienced Germans, who were quickly firming as Group A favourites. Schalke went ahead early through Larrys Mabiala's own goal before Kevin Kurányi added to their tally, followed by Halil Altıntop. Clément Chantôme's far-post strike in stoppage time came too late in a game where Paris Saint-Germain struggled to find their rhythm as Schalke pushed forward relentlessly at the Veltins-Arena. Paris Saint-Germain blew a two-goal lead as Spanish side Racing Santander held the capital club to a draw at the Parc des Princes.
Paris Saint-Germain rued the missed opportunities in the second half of their goalless draw with Manchester City but still had a chance of qualifying for the next round. Paris Saint-Germain qualified to the last-32 after a dramatic victory over Twente at the Parc des Princes. Late goals from Mateja Kežman and Péguy Luyindula saw PSG clinch third spot in Group A ahead of Racing Santander on goal difference. Paris Saint-Germain reached the last-32 and received a tough draw being given Bundesliga side Wolfsburg. Giant striker Guillaume Hoarau marked his return by scoring two late goals as the side from the French capital finished over the top of German outfit Wolfsburg. Paris Saint-Germain walloped Wolfsburg in Germany for a convincing aggregate victory in the last-32. Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Mickaël Landreau made a number of good saves to deny before Péguy Luyindula put an end to Wolfsburg's hopes of a fightback by netting a penalty. Jérôme Rothen doubled the lead on the hour with a terrific strike. Wolfsburg's Japanese star Makoto Hasebe reduced the arrears with a fine solo goal three minutes later, but Luyindula netted his sixth goal of the competition with a header from Clément Chantôme's cross. Paris Saint-Germain, UEFA Cup Winners' Cup winners, marched into the last-16 where they faced Portuguese side Sporting Braga.
Paris Saint-Germain's European campaign was in the balance after they failed to break down a stubborn Braga side at the Parc des Princes. Jérôme Rothen came closest when he struck an upright in the second-half, which saw Mateja Kežman jeered onto the pitch by the PSG fans as he made his first appearance at the Parc since his infamous shirt-throwing incident during his side's League Cup semi-final defeat to Bordeaux last month. Guillaume Hoarau came off the bench to score the only goal of the game to give Paris Saint-Germain a win over Braga and see them join Marseille in the quarter-finals. The capital club was pitted against Ukrainian side Dynamo Kyiv and fared little better than Marseille as they were held goalless at the Parc des Princes. Paris Saint-Germain found their ambitions frustrated by a well-organised Dynamo side. A disastrous display by Mickaël Landreau saw Paris Saint-Germain tumble out. PSG travelled to Ukraine with hope, but were on the back foot throughout after Ismaël Bangoura had given Dynamo a fourth-minute lead. Péguy Luyindula struck a post with a header soon after, but Mickaël Landreau's poor goalkeeping put an end to PSG's European ambitions. He inadvertently punched a high ball into his own goal, before fumbling an Oleksandr Aliyev free-kick on the hour mark that allowed Ognjen Vukojević to score a third.
|41||4-4-2||L1 (29), CL (2), CF (3), UC (7)|
|9||4-2-3-1||L1 (6), CL (1), UC (2)|
|2||4-4-1-1||L1 (1), UC (1)|
Only competitive matches.
- Starting XI
Appearances and goals
|No.||Nat||Pos||Player||Total||Ligue 1||Coupe de la Ligue||Coupe de France||UEFA Cup|
|1||GK||Landreau, MickaëlMickaël Landreau||0||4800||1||0||0|
|30||GK||Edel, ApoulaApoula Edel||0||360||0||0||0|
|3||DF||Sakho, MamadouMamadou Sakho||0||2545||2||0||0|
|6||DF||Bourillon, GrégoryGrégory Bourillon||0||1217||2||0||0|
|13||DF||Traoré, SammySammy Traoré||2||2603||1||0||0|
|15||DF||Camara, ZoumanaZoumana Camara||0||4644||3||0||1|
|17||DF||Mabiala, LarrysLarrys Mabiala||0||359||0||0||0|
|22||DF||Armand, SylvainSylvain Armand||5||4694||8||0||0|
|4||MF||Makélélé, ClaudeClaude Makélélé||1||3297||9||0||0|
|10||MF||Sessègnon, StéphaneStéphane Sessègnon||8||3890||8||0||0|
|20||MF||Chantôme, ClémentClément Chantôme||3||1667||3||0||0|
|23||MF||Clément, JérémyJérémy Clément||2||4172||4||0||0|
|24||MF||Makonda, TripyTripy Makonda||0||448||0||0||0|
|25||MF||Rothen, JérômeJérôme Rothen||4||4091||6||0||0|
|26||MF||Ngoyi, GranddiGranddi Ngoyi||0||90||1||0||0|
|27||MF||Sankharé, YounousseYounousse Sankharé||0||350||0||0||0|
|29||MF||Mulumbu, YoussoufYoussouf Mulumbu||0||212||2||0||0|
|7||FW||Giuly, LudovicLudovic Giuly||5||2791||2||0||0|
|8||FW||Luyindula, PéguyPéguy Luyindula||3||2988||3||0||0|
|9||FW||Hoarau, GuillaumeGuillaume Hoarau||4||3521||5||0||0|
|12||FW||Pancrate, FabriceFabrice Pancrate||1||1498||3||0||0|
|14||FW||Kežman, MatejaMateja Kežman||4||1745||4||0||0|
|18||FW||Arnaud, LorisLoris Arnaud||0||96||0||0||0|
|21||FW||Maurice, Jean-EudesJean-Eudes Maurice||0||15||0||0||0|
|28||FW||Partouche, MaximeMaxime Partouche||0||20||0||0||0|
|29||FW||Boli, YannickYannick Boli||0||10||0||0||0|
|Division 1 Féminine||8th|
|Challenge de France||Round of 32|
|Season Top Goalscorer||Candice Prévost (7)|
|Season Top Assister (3)|| Stéphanie Hoffele
|Highest Home Attendance||200 vs Montpellier (10 May 2009)|
|Lowest Home Attendance||70 vs Soyaux (1 March 2009)|
The 2008–09 season was French football club Paris Saint-Germain's 10th season in Division 1 Féminine and their 8th consecutive season in the top division of French football. PSG was managed by Éric Leroy - in his second season since replacing Cyril Combettes. The club was chaired by Alain Gobert. PSG was present in the 2008–09 Division 1 Féminine and the 2008–09 Challenge de France. Paris Saint-Germain reached the target set by the club last season after finishing 5th. Additionally, the fact that PSG became Challenge de France runners-up, the club's biggest honour to date, after being defeated by Olympique Lyonnais in the Final at the Stade de France set the bar even higher for the capital club. As seen in Éric Leroy's words, PSG started the campaign with the prospect of matching last season's heights by finishing between the first four in the league and pulling something off in the Challenge de France:
|“||Do as well as last season! To do this, I have a more comprehensive workforce with 22 girls at my disposal to work. The backbone of the group stayed unchanged, while some experienced new players will help us. My team is still young, but I think this season will be interesting.||”|
—Éric Leroy, 20 August 2008
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