Paris FC, Racing and fans of Juvisy-Sur-Orge would discuss merge into a single club with the goal of going up in Ligue 1.
The creation of a second high-level team is an old sea serpent of our French football. In this European capital, which took a long time to get round to the ball – most Parisian fans were fans of Saint-Etienne in the 1970s – multiple projects of this kind flourished and then disappeared at the bottom of the Seine. But this dream seems never to fade.
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As proof, the French Football Federation would support a project to merge three clubs of Paris-Île-de-France, Racing and Juvisy fans – to become the second club in the league in the long term 1, according to information revealed by RTL.
The team would start in National. The three sports associations focus on the department of Hauts-de-Seine, considering in particular to install the administrative headquarters and the training centre in Colombes.
Their leaders seem to have well apprehended the obstacles that had hampered the rise of other Parisian competitors of the PSG in the past.
Nomadic clubs, impatient shareholders
By invoking, in the first place, the fixed geographical layout of the structures – headquarters, stadium, training centre – the initiators of the project emphasises, indirectly, the previous failure of UJ Alfortville because of nomadism.
The team, once bought by businessman Michel Moulin in 2008, was indeed trembled in Choisy-le-Roi (Val-de-Marne), La Courneuve (Seine-Saint-Denis) and Colombes Before returning to Choisy-le-Roi. The new owner will be able to make big campaigns of promotion of his club, even on posters of the metro, it will never manage to retain geographically a public and Abdi Quora during 2011.
The choice of a loyal and lasting shareholder is also an important factor to take into account. The last big projects of a second Parisian football team in Ligue 1 also failed because of lack of impatience of the investors, rather quickly discouraged by the processes of intention that are made to them or by the stagnation of the club.
The case of Matra Racing (1984-1989) is quite revealing. This club had brought a bit of competition to the PSG by carrying out a lavish recruitment (Luis Fernandez, Pierre Little. But the shareholder Jean-Luc Lagardère, tired of criticism of his investment, had disengaged quite quickly, rendering the club inoperative on the sporting level and condemning it to an administrative relegation.
The same is true for Alain Afflelou, who took over the club of Créteil-Lusitanos in 1996, but, in 2001, he threw in the face of the Club’s inability to cross a landing by accessing Ligue 1.