April 21, 2019 / 3:38 PM / a month ago

Factbox: Ligue 1 champions Paris St Germain

PARIS (Reuters) - Factbox on Paris St Germain, who claimed their eighth French title on Sunday:

Founded: 1970

Domestic titles:

First division/Ligue 1 (8): 1986, 1994, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019

French Cup (12): 1982, 1983, 1993, 1995, 1998, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

League Cup (8) - 1995, 1998, 2008, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

International titles:

European Cup Winners’ Cup (1): 1996

1970-1991: PSG received a major boost when fashion designer Daniel Hechter took over in 1973, and he surrendered the club to Francis Borelli who led them to their first trophy, the French Cup in 1982, before they won the league for the first time in 1986.

1991-2006: TV station Canal Plus took ownership in 1991 and PSG won their only European title in 1996 when they beat Rapid Vienna 1-0 in the final to clinch the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup.

2006-2011: Canal Plus sold their shares to investment fund Colony Capital in 2006 but they failed to take the club further up in the European hierarchy as they won two French Cup titles and one League Cup during that period.

From 2011: Qatar Sports Investments (QSI) took over in June, 2011 and became the sole shareholders in 2012, investing massively on transfers.

They brought in Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Brazil captain Thiago Silva but most importantly, in 2017, they paid Barcelona a world-record 222 million euros ($273.8 million) to sign Brazil striker Neymar.

They bought France striker Kylian Mbappe for 135 million euros in 2018 after a season on loan from Monaco.

Under QSI they won five consecutive League Cups, four French Cups and six Ligue 1 titles but have not made it past the quarter-finals in the Champions League.

Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Pritha Sarkar

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