Paris Saint Germain
- February 11, 2016
At the moment, Paris Saint Germain seem all but guaranteed to clinch their fourth consecutive Ligue 1 title. Before they settle the score in the domestic league, though, the Parisians will get their first shot at 2015/16 silverware in the final for the Coupe de la Ligue.
A Golden Opportunity for Lille
The championship match, scheduled for April 22nd, will pit PSG against Lille OSC. Lille, of course, are not contenders for the Ligue 1 title this year and have spent most of the season ranked in the lower reaches of the league standings stable. The Great Danes last won trophies in 2011 when they picked up both the Ligue 1 title and the Coupe de France.
However, for the majority of the recent PSG dynasty, Lille have been kept away from the winner's circle. Last season, for instance, the
- February 08, 2016
There may be a few other kit manufacturers on the battlefield-like Puma or the newly involved New Balance-but for the most part, Adidas and Nike are the rulers of the football kit market. Ahead of the 2015/16 season, these two sporting gear companies held nine of the 11 most valuable kit manufacturing contracts in all of soccer. Judging just on contract price, Adidas was winning the battle at the start of the season, holding all four of the most valuable kit deals (Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, and Real Madrid). Nike's top soccer properties, meanwhile-Barcelona, Manchester City, and Paris Saint Germain-aren't quite as high-grossing, since those deals were all signed two or more years ago.
But what about aesthetic and performance? Whose jerseys look better this season and whose kits have been worn by the better-performing football clubs? Read on for Soccer Box's rundown of who made the better football kits for the 2015/16 campaign.
- January 20, 2016
By Karl Matchett.
French Ligue 1 reigning champions Paris Saint-Germain look set to retain their trophy at the end of this season, having already opened up an enormous 21-point lead over nearest rivals Monaco, remaining unbeaten in domestic league action and having both the best offensive and defensive records in the league.
It won't be a huge surprise to anyone that they have dominated the current campaign, given the drop-off in spending from Monaco, the departure of Marcelo Bielsa from Marseille and the injuries and inconsistencies of Lyon, but the lack of competition this year has still created a chasm beyond vast.
While PSG's real competition on the pitch comes in Europe in the form of the Champions League, they have another challenge to consider: revamping the attacking third of the team in summer.
- January 03, 2016
Can anyone keep Paris Saint Germain from winning a fourth consecutive Ligue 1 title in 2016? With competition in the French top-flight officially on hold until January 8th, it certainly doesn't seem like it. In just 19 games, the Parisians have managed to put 19 points between themselves and their nearest competitors. With a record of 16 wins, three draws, and zero losses, they are not only the single undefeated football club on the table, but the only team to have fewer than three losses so far this season. PSG have also won seven more games than any other soccer squad in the division-a remarkable feat that almost makes their 2015 2016 Ligue 1 title seem like a foregone conclusion.
The Hunt for an Undefeated Season
Paris Saint Germain, of course, have been no strangers to success, as of late. Since the 2012 2013 season, they've managed three Ligue 1 titles, one Coupe de France, two Coupe de la Ligue trophies,
- December 31, 2015
19 points up in the French Ligue 1, Paris Saint Germain are sitting pretty heading into the New Year. In fact, the Parisians have more of a leg up over their league than any team in any major European football league. With the rest of the field so far back, there's very little chance that PSG won't win a fourth consecutive Ligue 1 title come springtime.
Needless to say, Paris Saint Germain have been on another level from every soccer club in France this fall. They've done so well, in fact, that you have to wonder whether or not manager Laurent Blanc will even dive into the January transfer market. Sure, he could probably pick up a few new players, same as any soccer club, but why fix what is definitely not broken?
- December 16, 2015
Competitive play won't resume in the 2015 2016 UEFA Champions League until well into the New Year, but already, fans are getting excited for the next stage of Europe's most prestigious club football tournament. On Monday, December 14th, the UEFA announced the draw for the Champions League 2016 round of 16, with the first leg matches to take place on February 16th, 17th, 23rd or 24th and second leg matches scheduled for early to mid-March. Let's take a look at the match-ups!
The Games to Watch
Probably the highest profile draw for the round of 16 is the match-up between Bayern Munich and Juventus. Bayern won five of their six group stage fixtures, only dropping one game (against Arsenal). Juventus, meanwhile, have struggled
- December 14, 2015
Swedish soccer great Zlatan Ibrahimovic has had a remarkably great three and a half years at Paris Saint Germain, helping to usher the football club into its golden age. Indeed, since coming to France in 2012, Ibrahimovic has played a big role in three Ligue 1 titles, three Trophee des Champions wins, two Coupe de la Ligue victories, and one Coupe de France. And despite the fact that his senior career is currently in its 17th season, Ibrahimovic has hit his own peak with PSG, scoring more than a hundred goals in three-and-a-third seasons.
However, despite the success he's found with the Parisians, Ibrahimovic seems bent to leave the football club behind at the end of the current season. Though he initially signed a three-year agreement with Paris Saint Germain, Zlatan extended his contract with the club in 2013. The extension will run out in summer 2016, leaving Ibrahimovic free to leave the French champions behind on a free transfer, so now is the perfect time to take
- December 04, 2015
Only a week into December, several of Europe's biggest leagues are already shaping up to see monumental title fights, with the usual three big teams in Spain fighting it out at the top and any one of a handful in England looking capable-though not necessarily because they are all playing particularly well.
Over in France, however, it's a different matter: Paris Saint-Germain's dominance is extending into a fourth season and they sit atop Ligue 1 by a considerable margin, already well out of reach of the chasing pack and looking every bit as guaranteed their title medals as Bayern Munich do in the German Bundesliga.
When the gap between the best and the rest is this cavernous, though, both in terms of financial muscle and on-pitch quality, merely winning the title is
- December 01, 2015
Following Ligue 1 2015 - 16 week 15 three-time consecutive champions Paris Saint Germain still have yet to drop a game. The reigning title holders won once again on Saturday, beating Troyes in a 4-1 home match. It's the ninth league victory in a row for the Parisians, who showed signs of weakness in mid-September when they drew two matches in a row, but who have been borderline flawless ever since. PSG have only conceded five goals in those nine matches (while scoring 27) and only allowed Troyes to net a point in the closing minutes of Saturday's match.
The nine-game winning streak has made the wearers of the PSG home shirt 2015/16 more or less untouchable on this season's Ligue 1 standings table. With 41 points and a goal difference of +29, the Parisians lead by a landslide over current second-placers Caen. Following their own 4-1 victory over the weekend-against Bordeaux-Caen have the second-best win percentage in the league, with nine wins from their first 15 games. Still, Caen's
- November 30, 2015
Week five of the UEFA Champions League 2015/16 began to bring the next phase of the competition into clear focus, as 10 of the round of 16 slots are now confirmed. Week six of the group stage, which the UEFA has scheduled for December 8th and 9th, will see several on-the-fringe clubs battling for last-minute advancement. For the most part, though, the big title contenders have already secured their round of 16 spots.
The First Qualifiers
When we last checked in with the Champions League, following week four of competition in early November, three teams-Real Madrid, Manchester City, and Zenit St. Petersburg-had already guaranteed themselves advancement into the next round. Zenit St. Petersburg continues to carry the