PSG to expand into other sports like Real and Barca
Paris Saint-Germain are looking to build a huge, multisport club in Paris based around the model of Barcelona and Real Madrid, director general Jean-Claude Blanc announced at a press conference at Parc des Princes.
PSG, owned by the Qatar Sports Investments wing of the small but wealthy Middle Eastern state, have spent big on players and coaches in the past two seasons and are looking at rebuilding or replacing their current stadium.
But their ambition does not just extend to football, with long-term plans in place to create an all-round sports brand , the likes of which have achieved success with Spain’s Clasico clubs, with similar models also in effect in Russia, Turkey and Greece with the likes of CSKA Moscow and Lokomotiv Moscow, Galatasaray and Fenerbache, and Olympiakos and Panathinaikos.
"The idea is to rapidly create a large multisport club to promote the global project of Paris Saint-Germain," Blanc said at a presentation for PSG’s handball team, a re-launch of the Paris side that has existed in various forms since 1941 and has been associated with the football club since the 1990s.
"We will not stop at handball even if, for now, there is no specific list or timeframe of sports and deadlines."
Additional sports could include basketball – usually the main ‘secondary’ sport for such clubs – with facilities and teams for a variety of individual and team sports developed in time.
"We think Paris deserves a big club," Blacn continued. "If we look at equivalent cities in Europe, we can point to the big Spanish clubs, with the end result having Barcelona and Real Madrid among the best across sports, even if football is the main attraction."
The aforementioned multisport clubs boast successful basketball and handball teams that regularly challenge for Europe’s premier club competitions.